Christmas Gift Guide ‘For Her’ 2023!
The 2023 Christmas Gift Guide guides are looking a little different this year. Gone are our lengthy intros and posed imagery. Feedback is that readers want candid snaps of what they get from the retailer – what is in boxes and pots! The packaging and how it comes in the post. Buy one or two gifts she will love rather than a bundle of gimmicky ones that will live in the back of a cupboard. Radical suggestion? Ask what people need or would like. Also we went with His/Her guides this year because they are the most widely searched but please interchange the guides for all genders 😊
We have made it easy to see the retailer, price, postage info etc, followed by our own review as a customer in our product descriptions. (Always check websites’ last postage before Christmas dates.)
P.s Check if websites have discounts to sign up to mailing lists before you buy – every little helps and most offer between 10-20% off on first purchase.
So, let’s jump right in and get shopping!
Màzo Candles MYSTIC 200g, RRP £67.
Renowned luxury Màzo Candles (pronounced Mar-zo) is a London-based all-natural candle company run by sisters Zö and Maz which launched in 2022. Sustainable and vegan, botanical inspired Màzo candles are made with all-natural (biodegradable) plant wax blends combined with pure essential oils. Each candle holds a 100% cotton wick and is packaged in recyclable materials. They contain no paraffins, artificial chemicals or synthetic fragrance enhancers. So much time has gone into considering how to produce a planet-friendly candle which is hand-poured in the UK. Available in four aroma blends (Chaparral, Pink, Q) we feature the MYSTIC candle, recognisable by its deep purple box and the scent of Myrrh, woody Tobacco and earthy Patchouli. I don’t like overly sweet candles, and this gives out such a soft, lasting fragrance. Available in three sizes, 200g, 1kg or 2kg with two, four, or five wicks, prices range from £67 for a 220g 2-wick candle to £365 for a 2kg 5-wick candle. They give a really clean burn. We feature a 220g candle (which offers around 40 hours of burn time) and I love how it is presented in a sophisticated glass cube encased in a floral polished metal cradle. The modern design goes well with any décor and overall Màzo. The site has a wonderful charity initiative. Next day delivery is available if ordered before 12pm. Delivery is FREE on orders over £100.
Evolve Organic Beauty ‘Super Treats’ set, RRP, £45 but on SALE £35.
The UK’s leading sustainable and organic beauty brand was launched in 2009 by Laura Rudoe. Evolve Organic Beauty products are handmade in small batches in their Hertfordshire eco studio, run by 100% wind power and low-energy lighting. The artisan products are vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. The Christmas Collection for 2023 offers a selection of natural and certified Cosmos organic gifts at different prices, designed for a variety of skin types and ages. Each product is made with the finest clinically proven natural and organic ingredients. This ensures the freshness of the natural oils, butters and extracts that are used, helping customers to have healthy, radiant-looking skin. The Super Treats gift set (worth £45) contains three 30ml targeted face masks, that come in a beautifully decorated box and brown glass screw lid jars. The Bio-Retinol Gold Mask contains natural retinoids from Bidens Pilosa (a flowering plant found in Central America that smooths wrinkles by stimulating collagen. It smells amazing. Apply a thick layer onto the skin after cleansing. Leave for 5-10 minutes. The Green Clay True Balance SOS Mask contains Quora Noni is cooling, apply with dry hands and leave for 5 minutes. The Miracle Mask has a more jelly-like consistency which contains Fruit AHA’s gently exfoliates skin as well as Glycolic acid from Sugar cane together with Lactic, Citric, Malic and Tartaric acids from Bilberry, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Maple. Leave for 3 minutes. Each mask has a purpose ideal for self-care. Free Royal Mail 1st Class delivery over £25 and DHL express delivery over £70. Sign up to save 15% on your first order.
CleanCo Clean G Rhubarb, RRP £16.
CleanCo is the premium non-alcoholic spirit brand founded by Spencer Matthews, who offers a selection of premium non-alcoholic spirits that taste just like the real thing across gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey, allowing consumers an alcohol-free alternative without compromising on taste or social interaction. For those that don’t drink, such as expectant mothers Clean G Rhubarb offers a Gin alternative 70cl bottle. What I love about this Gold Award Winner – IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Competition) 2021 is the bottle and branding quality. You feel like you are not missing out. The drink includes No Sugar, No Sweeteners, is Vegan, Lactose Free, and Gluten Free. You smell the lovely scent of Rhubarb first and the taste is primarily Rhubarb and berry (with a hint of citrus) which is followed by a dry taste from the botanicals. When you add 50ml over ice, topped with 150ml tonic and garnished with a lime wedge raspberries it is the closest alcohol-free alternative that I have ever tasted to actual alcohol. Standard delivery from £4.49.
Lighthouse Alice Jacket (Pink) RRP £84.99 SALE £53.99.
Beautiful rainwear for the wonderful every day. Designed in Northern Ireland, Lighthouse Clothing sells style-led apparel for daily life designed for you to look great and stay dry! Their clothing has strong nautical influences and includes bright colours, iconic stripes and even pieces inspired by the historic outerwear of fishermen. The Alice Jacket is a waterproof (up to 5,000mm) and breathable ¾ length jacket made from sustainable fabric. It is available in 4 colours in sizes 8-20. The textured outer fabric is made from recycled materials. The shirt hem detail and optional cuff turn-back complement the cotton blend striped shirt lining in a range of eye-catching shades. This coat has two front pockets with side entry and a zipped internal pocket, useful for keeping items safe. It is zipped with an adjustable waist drawcord. For functionality, the coat is machine washable. This is designed as a lighter weight coat, so has no additional insulation or padding. I find it perfect for layering. It is lined in a soft cotton blend. Orders over £35 qualify for free standard UK postage.
Forever Nourishing Hair Oil, RRP £30.60.
Founded in 1978 by Rex Maughan, Forever Living Products is a multi-billion-dollar company that manufactures and sells hundreds of wellness and beauty products. Recently launched Forever’s Nourishing Hair Oil combines aloe and a blend of six silicone-free botanical oils to provide moisture, shine and frizz control. Each of the six oils packs a nourishing punch, while enhancing your hair with a lightweight feel. Crambe abyssinica oil is derived from a mustard plant and shields hair from styling or environmental stressors. Jojoba oil resembles natural skin sebum of the scalp and hair. Pataua oil is rich in antioxidants and derived from the fruit of an Amazonian palm tree, which soothes and smooths hair with a non-greasy feel. Tsubaki oil, which is extracted from the Japanese camellia plant, adds shine. Pequi oil, known as ‘Cerrado’s Gold’, is from the fruit of a tree found in Brazil, whose fatty acids smooth the hair’s cuticle and reduce frizz. Finally, Safflower oil promotes moisturisation. These oils are then supported by the power of aloe vera, which provides moisture to the hair and also contains trace elements of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. It is ideal for all hair types and textures, has minimal scent and doesn’t sit heavy on the hair or leave hands greasy.
Pick & Mix Candy’s Cupcakes Box of 6, RRP £24.99.
Candy’s Cupcakes are a family-run business based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester who have a team of 7 fantastic bakers/cake decorators. They bake cupcakes, brownies, cookies and cakes in their bakery decorated to your order requirements. Working as a team, they put passion and care into everything from baking to packing. It is so important to support small businesses when buying gifts and if you have relatives far away why not send a tasty gift via post for them to enjoy? With the Pick and Mix box you can create your own selection of freshly baked cupcakes from our top sellers. There are 30 odd choices! We LOVED the Mint Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange cakes and each box will contain 2x chocolate sponge, 2x vanilla sponge, 2x red velvet sponge for variety. They are so generously iced and the sponge moist and flavoursome. Your cupcakes are ready to eat and will last up to 1 week. They also include a free gift tag for you to leave a personal message or there is an option for a video message. If six is not enough you can also buy a box of twelve. The site has a section dedicated to ingredients and allergens and sells Vegan and gluten-free options. The food products are carefully prepared and packaged using recyclable materials. I was wondering how they would travel but none of the cupcakes were squashed and all the icing intact. They arrive in a smart box of six covered with delicate paper inside a very sturdy larger box. They offer a variety of delivery options. Weekday orders are £5.99 – place your order online before 3pm (Monday to Friday) and have your cupcakes delivered the next day.
AEOS Starter Kit Pink £9.50
With crystal energy and organic skincare brand AEOS, organic comes as standard. Alongside the active plant extracts, essences and essential oils, AEOS produce spagyric quintessence tinctures which take up to 12 months to produce and sees solid crystals transform into a liquid form. Explore the wellbeing powers of crystals with the Pink/Blue AEOS mix-and-match Starter Kits designed to give you an introduction to their complete award-winning skincare range. The Pink set supports the heart chakra, encouraging kindness, caring and love towards yourself. A perfect stocking filler, the Starter Kit is designed for 4 – 5 days use, each morning and evening. The Starter Kit Contains 3ml branded squeeze tubes of Cleansing Oil dé-Maq, Dew Facial Wash, Gentle Cleansing Lotion Pink, Gentle Exfoliant Pink, Energising Conditioner, Refreshing Hydrating Mist, Realive Serum, Enriching Moisturiser Pink. All AEOS products are highly concentrated, so you only need a tiny amount. I love that the site has information on morning and evening applications and how to use the products. The site offers free shipping on orders over £100, or £6 under.
Summersdale Books – Good Morning Rituals, The Herbal Apothecary &The Dog Lover’s Puzzle Book.
Founded in 1990, Summersdale is a vibrant publisher that puts its heart and soul into creating exceptional books – personally, I think they have a particularly good collection of health/wellbeing and new age titles. Good Morning Rituals by Miranda Moore is a hardcover book (RRP £8.99) filled with simple guided self-care practices and inspiring quotes and affirmations. I like that the suggestions are only a couple of minutes and realistic as part of a busy lifestyle. The stretching tips I particularly enjoyed. With over 50 rituals to try the book is jam-packed. The Herbal Apothecary is by best-selling author of The Hedgerow Apothecary and The Garden Apothecary Christine Iverson (Hardcover, RRP £14.99). I love this collection, and The Herbal Apothecary is a beautiful photographic guide to working with herbs and spices to create healing remedies and delicious recipes using everyday ingredients found in herb gardens and kitchen cupboards. Sections help you safely identify plants, offer advice on what is available each season, how best to grow, prepare, and preserve your herbs and spices, and the folklore surrounding plants. The herbal remedies are particularly useful for treating coughs and colds! Finally, we feature another Hardback – The Dog Lover’s Puzzle Book by Kate May (RRP, 12.99) packed with dog-themed puzzles – including Sudoku and cryptic crosswords. On each product page, you will find links to reputable retailers to purchase the books with a variety of delivery options available.
Earth Mother by Wanderflower Time Out Gift Set, RRP £24.99.
Inspired by all the gifts of nature Wanderflower is a beautifully curated wellness gift collection incorporating bath, body and aromatherapy products that promote thoughtfulness and wellbeing. The Time Out gift set features products that have been formulated with natural blends of Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Bergamot essential oils. Even whilst in the box you are hit with the wonderful fragrance. Perfect for the new mum, or anyone who needs some self-care, the set includes: a scented candle (80g) housed in glass holder with a calming essential oil blend of Bergamot & Lavender. A Body Mist (30ml) in a brown spritz bottle offers the aromas of Bergamot & Jojoba essential oils to help aid and a soft calming slumber Eye Mask. Also is a Hydrating Cream (50ml) to help keep the skin feeling soft and nourished with Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Bergamot essential oils. It is a lovely lightweight, silky cream. All the product shades are muted browns, oranges and deep pinks with subtle but attractive designs. There are so many gorgeous gifts and this set sells at Sephora with £4.95 Delivery.
LOVALL Soft Touch Button Up Short Pyjama Set and Seamless Bralette
Women’s Clothing brand LOVALL launched in 2019 and have expanded from being the home of leggings to selling timeless basics such as Loungewear Sets, Pyjamas, and Denim! The brand aims to be accessible for real women, with real bodies offering premium quality, reliable products for everyday wear in an expansive range of sizes, shades and leg lengths. Products are also available in Maternity, with a supportive over the bump design, for style and comfort. The Soft Touch Button Up Short Pyjama Set (RRP, £24) is available in multiple colours in sizes 6-28. The cosy brushed fabric and adjustable waist mean it is such a comfortable set. They are really good value. For the gym, around the house or dressed up with boots and an oversized knit we recommend the Ultimate High-Waisted Seamless Leggings (RRP, 34). Sold in 6 colours – regular, petite and tall, and sizes 6-22 I am so impressed by the variety LOVALL offers. The high waist is flattering and 4 – way stretch means you can move easily but the item does not get saggy in the wash. The material is sweat-wicking and NOT see-through. We all hate leggings that you can see pants through. Pair with The Ultimate Seamless Bralette (RRP, £25.00) available in size 6-22 and a range of colours (Teal, Mauve, Greens and more!) A wardrobe staple for all occasions it has thick shoulder straps and removable pads. It gives me as a DD enough support and nothing digs in! Sizing is true to fit which is always a win and if you need a bit of extra advice the site has a handy sizing guide. Standard Delivery is £3 and Free on orders over £75 and UK returns Are Free.
Baylis & Harding Ultimate Bathing Large Gift Set, RRP £28, on sale for £23 on Amazon.
Founded in 1970 in the Heart of England, with a loyal customer base for their affordable luxury, Baylis & Harding is a British family-owned business that sells designer quality toiletries. They have grown from humble beginnings to become an award-winning, international success. There are a variety of Christmas Gift Sets for all budgets, we love the sweet scent of Jojoba, vanilla, and almond oil – their most indulgent fragrance. Gift the ultimate pamper night to a loved one this festive season. Vegan-friendly the gift box contains luxurious 300ml body wash, 300ml bath milk, 150g soap, 130ml shower crème, 130ml body lotion and 100g bath soak crystals. I like that they are plentifully sized. Lovingly packaged each scent has its own packaging – this one being nude pink and pastel lilacs accentuated with geometric gold foiling. It gives a luxe, feminine look. The Baylis and Harding website offers multiple retailers to purchase from so you can choose your shipping.
MAGNITONE Well Heeled 2 Rechargeable Express Pedicure System, RRP £29.
Since 2013, MAGNITONE has been a leader in skincare and electrical beauty. The Express Pedicure System is the perfect addition to a beauty routine. Lightweight, splash-proof (so you can use it straight from the bath) and fully rechargeable via USB the WellHeeded2 is your perfect pedicure companion. It comes with 1 year warranty. The long-lasting buff heads are changeable (it comes with two) – these dome-shaped micro-crystal rollers are perfect for the curves of the feet and under the toes. The rollers come with Regular or Extra Buff grades so you can adapt to your skin needs. Spinning at over 300 times per minute and with 1 recharge giving 1 hour’s use, your feet feel smooth after use and the process is painless. The handle is ergonomically designed and easy to use with a simple on button. Pair with a nice thick moisturiser. Free shipping on orders over £20. Get 15% off your first order.
Say It With Champers RRP, £54.99 SALE £44.82 (classic) RRP, £67.99 SALE £55.41 (premium).
Nothing says celebration like Champagne. For a unique, personalised gift and the highest quality Champagne Say It With Champers offers the best value personalised Champagne company in the UK. You can choose from Classic Brut, Rose Champagne, English Sparkling Wine, Vintage 2008 and Premium Champagne. The lower-priced Champagne (light, fresh, citrus fruit flavours) is made by Philizot & Fils who are a multi-award-winning producer. The premium Champagne (apple and lemon notes) is sourced from a vegan friendly family vineyard. Champagne Neveux-Rousseau is located in Jonquery, an area recognized for the quality of its Pinot Meunier, in the heart of the Marne Valley. Following a long line of winegrowers, and now in its seventh generation, Champagne Neveux-Rousseau has been making exceptional Champagnes respecting the purest traditions. The Champagne is totally exclusive to Say It With Champers. Bottles can be fully customised. When you select the design of your personalised Champagne label, you will be able to enter a line of text in the collar label (top label) and also text in the body label (bottom label). For Say It With Champers premium personalised Champagne you have the option whether to have both labels or just the body label – the reason being that the foil around their premium bottle looks elegant and they believe it has a more premium feel with just the body label. I love the decorative colour-themed labelling and fonts, we opted to put our names on the bottle, and it was dated which made the bottle feel so special. These gifts are not just perfect for Christmas gifts but can also be for Birthdays, Engagement, Thank You’s, Anniversary, Graduation – there are multiple label designs to choose from. There are savings on multiple bottle buys. There is also a bespoke label design for corporate products. Say It With Champers offers a free 48 hour delivery on all orders.
Kandesn Pure hydrating gel cream, RRP £45.26 #kandesnpure.
Sunrider was founded by husband-and-wife team Drs. Tei-Fu (medicinal properties of these plants) and Oi-Lin Chen who focus on the medicinal properties of plants and herbs. Kandesn Pure hydrating gel is a lightweight facial moisturising gel that comes in a generous 1.25oz squeezy applicator tube. It is vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. The blend of botanicals including soothing Arnica and Beetroot, promotes renewed softness, suppleness, and elasticity while sodium hyaluronate brings intensive moisture. Use morning and evening, after cleansing and balancing. Place a small amount on five points of the face (forehead, nose, chin, and each cheek). It is gentle, is minimally scented and non greasy.
Danilo Bake Off 2024 Family Organiser, RRP £10.99.
Operating for more than 40 years family-run company Danilo is the leading publisher of 100% official calendars, diaries, greeting cards, gift wrap, and gift bags. Fans of the Bake Off will love the Bake Off 2024 Family Organiser. Each month features a seasonal recipe for the family to enjoy alongside monthly date panels with five columns provided for writing each family member’s daily itinerary. I love the bright colours and large photographs. This organiser also includes up to 200 themed stickers for you to add to the calendar throughout the year and there is a pocket at the back to store all your notes, vouchers, and receipts. It is such a useful item, and I would be lost without mine. Alongside a wall Calander, I like to have a handy pad in the kitchen to jot down what we have going on during the week. The Pusheen Desk Pad Calendar (RRP, £6.99) is perfect for to-do-lists and has space for each day and a note section. There are ample pages and adorable characters decorating the pages. Delivery is available First class for £1.79 and Second class £0.99. You can get 10% off your first order.
Hycloskin Luxury RNR set, Repair Treatment Gel & Replenish Moisturiser, RRP £46.54.
Hyclo Skin is a revolutionary skincare brand scientifically designed to treat flare ups of acne, eczema, rosacea and other skin irritations. Hyclo Skin is the first-ever Skincare brand to launch a 90% antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, pure Hypochlorous Acid formula. The gel formula of Repair is up to 65% purer than current spray products on the market. The Hyclo Skin Repair (50ml) is essential for anyone who is suffering from irritated, inflamed, sensitive and hormonal conditions. What I like is the minimal ingredient list. Repair works with the body’s natural defences to destroy harmful microbes and bacteria while nourishing and protecting the skin. You can use it up to 4 times a day. It has no harsh scent and has an almost water-like consistency, so I found the best application is two pumps and to gently pat it into the face. I get no redness as Repair does not contain any harsh chemicals/mineral oils that can often irritate or clog the skin. The Replenish Gentle & Nourishing Moisturiser is a hydrating daily moisturiser, suitable for all skin types. Its mild lightweight formula absorbs quickly and does not leave a residue. Formulated with a blend of natural ingredients, many of them organic, including Cacao Seed Butter – which creates a barrier, Avocado Oil, which contains high levels of vitamins A, C, D and E and helps protect the skin against sun damage/pollution. Sunflower Seed Oil is soothing for those who suffer from sensitive, dry, itchy, hormonal skin. Dermatologically tested it does not contain SLSs or mineral oils. Pump a pea-sized amount from the 100ml bottle morning and evening. Neither formula contains SLSs or mineral oils and are dermatologically clinically tested and proven to be kind, mild and safe for the skin. After 2 weeks of use my skin tone looked more even, redness calmer and looked brighter overall. Repair is priced at £36, Replenish at £18.75 and as a set together £49.95. Sign up to receive 20% off your first order. Free delivery on orders over £50.
Perfect Cellar TastingBOX, RRP £20.
Launched in 2020 by French wine enthusiast Moez Seraly Perfect Cellar is the fastest growing, award-winning direct-to-home wine retailer in the UK, making more than 200 premium and unique luxury wines accessible for everyone. They have launched industry first the TastingBOX, which combines wine and technology, giving customers the opportunity to try fine wines and receive a Michelin level sommelier experience from the comfort of their own sofas. It is delivered (FREE) through your letterbox with bold blue packaging containing a selection of three 100ml wines or six (three pairs to share) that are poured from cleverly designed boxes (a perfect glass size). The QR code on the label links you to detailed tasting notes and information about the wine’s provenance, origins and background. The innovative TastingBOX also includes an invitation to join Perfect Cellar’s regular live tasting experiences with a Master Sommelier using your personal Amazon Alexa device. This first of its kind, the service allows wine lovers to engage in a fun and informative experience to expand their knowledge and become an armchair wine aficionado. This interactivity just brings a new dimension, why not order a box of six, grab the cheese and share a wine tasting evening with your partner. Finally, Perfect Cellar customers can also enjoy and build their very own virtual wine cellar via the website, allowing them to keep their own personal tasting notes to advise on their next purchase.
Peugeot Tahiti Salt & Pepper Mills, £64.99.
Peugeot is one of the most iconic French brands with a strong tradition of exceptional quality and innovation. No, I am not including this brand for their cars…but for their ingeniously made cookware. With a brand ethos to manufacture products that enhance taste, it is no wonder that the products are loved globally and used by top chefs including Raymond Blanc and Rick Stein. They produced their first coffee mill back in 1840 so are well known for their excellence in engineering and timeless product design. Bring colour to your table with the Peugeot Tahiti Set of Manual Beech Wood Salt and Pepper Mills. At 15cm they sell in six colours and their aesthetic is subtle and sophisticated. We showcase the Brick Red & Flame Red mills. The deep brick red hue of the pepper mill is perfectly balanced by the delicately warm flame red salt mill. Retailing with a lifetime-guaranteed steel mechanism and adjustable grind setting (Concealed in the S & P buttons) means you can achieve the texture best suited to your taste and recipe requirements. A generous five-year warranty accompanies the salt and pepper mills. I like that it is sold with ready to use with peppercorns and salt crystals. If you sign up to the newsletter you get 10% off the first order.
I hope these ideas have helped give you some ideas for Christmas! Remember if you can pick wrapping paper that can be recycled!
#AD. We were gifted the products for the purpose of inclusion, our thoughts and views are our own.