#AD These items were gifted for inclusion in the guide. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
How do you pick the perfect Christmas present?
I always say that I would prefer one or two ‘good’ gifts to lots of gimmicky presents that will be put in the back of the cupboard. As a child, I hated it when I was given a bubble bath and chocolate. These are now the best gifts I can be given as I rarely treat myself. A body scrub from Rabot 1745, heaven. For the festive season, we favour buys under £100 that are a range of shapes and sizes, perfect for stocking fillers.
So, here are our top gift choices!
# Ted Baker Stocking Filler Gift Sets.
Ted Baker are a popular British brand with a strong heritage, renowned for their sophisticated style. Personally, I love their make up range and feel they are synonymous with quality products and beautifully packaged designs. Offering the perfect stocking fillers as part of Boots ever popular 3 for 2 range there is a HUGE variety of gift options for her from make up to bath bubbles. Pocket-sized packets attractively designed with floral petals and block colours, some of our favourites are Ted Baker Pretty Little Bloom gifts (RRP £4). The fragrance is sweet and is housed in a geometric spray bottle. The boxes can hang like ornaments on the tree. The Harmony Kisses Duo Gift Set (RRP £8.50) contains a lip crayon and lip gloss in nude shade, and they smell just gorgeous! They are not full sized so are great for her to try out new products. The Blush of Blossom Gift Set also sells for a very reasonable £8.50 and includes a bespoke mini Blush and Bronze Duo complete with a mini Kabuki Brush. The Boots website lists all of the product ingredients which is great for if she has allergies.
# Wax Lyrical Candles & Reed Diffusers.
As a thirty something woman, candles are up there with bubble bath and gin as my favourite presents to receive. Light one on a gloomy morning and let the scent fill the house. Reed diffusers are the new electric plug in, and a good alternative to a candle if you worry about an open flames near children or pets. Wax Lyrical are the UK’s largest home fragrance company with 4 decades experience, exporting to 46 countries and continuing to draw inspiration from their home in Cumbria. There is a HUGE range of products on the site – the collections all bringing a varied aesthetic from Fired Earth (bold tile prints) to the fine Wrendale ceramics. I have to say I adore the latter and feature the Hedgerow Trinket Candle, RRP £22 as I just love Hannah Dale’s classical British illustrations of bees. If you want to get festive the Nutcracker Reed Diffuser (RRP £20) will help you feel Christmassy and you can reuse the large tin year after year. If you like simplicity the Colony collection are simply bottled with classic fragrances – the seasons Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh scents are on sale now. Day at the Spa, RRP £28 is our favourite as it does not overpower the room but is lovely and fresh. Wax Lyrical are offering free UK delivery on orders over £35.
# Smith England Christmas Gift Set.
Inspired by nature Phil Smith’s Salon Professional range is a sophisticated range that do not contain sulphates, parabens, colourants, mineral oils or genetically modified ingredients. Smith England is kind to the environment and your hair, made from recycled plastic and is recyclable too. The brand is one of a few haircare brands to be awarded with the Leaping Bunny recognition the gold standard for cruelty free products. Offering salon-quality haircare, formulated with naturally active plant extracts your hair feels hydrated and doesn’t get weighed down with products. Inspired by the British countryside, ingredients include sandalwood, lavender, white-nettle and chamomile. Smith England has released a beautifully illustrated boxed Christmas gift set RRP £16 – buy Moisture Remedy, Shine Expert, Colour Shield or any option for your hair needs! Enjoy 10% off your first purchase and stay updated on product news and exclusive offers when you sign up to their newsletter.
# Infinite by Forever Firming Serum.
Forever products have over 40 years of experience in wellness and beauty helping you to look better and feel better. The Firming Serum is a premium product certified by The International Aloe Science Council and targets signs of ageing with a clinically proven three-amino acid peptide. Paired with powerful natural ingredients and patented aloe, Infinite Firming Serum is a rich moisturiser that makes skin feel smooth and firm. The Forever Living Aloe field in the Dominican Republic is the largest plantation in the world and every Aloe leaf that is picked is processed within hours. The website offers an Ultra-Fast-Tracked Delivery and 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. The serum is gel like, fragrance free and comes with a pump dispenser which I prefer over a pot. The serum absorbed immediately and felt non greasy though did feel a little tacky at first – it is light enough to wear under make up. For £50.51 this high-end skincare product would fit perfectly in her stocking!
# The Bio-Synergy Active Woman Box.
Whether you began a new fitness regime over Lockdown, are planning a new health kick post-Christmas or are a seasoned gym goer Bio-synergy.uk have the perfect gift to help meet your training goals. With an RRP of £55.00 the boldly packaged Bio-Synergy Active Woman Box helps you get in shape with the best supplements such as vitamin D, iron, calcium, and folic acid. As a newbie I did not feel overwhelmed by the contents, as they are simply designed and clearly labelled. Activate is a protein shake (available in chocolate or strawberry) that is low in carbs and calories and will help you burn fat and increase lean muscle. I like that this arrived with an Active Woman shaker, which is large and multipurpose. Easy mixing means no clumsy shake. Define is a scientifically proven supplement that helps curb craving. It contains 60 capsules so gives enough for a couple of months to see results. The website gives clear advice on ingredients and offers helpful suggestions i.e. do not take these at night as they contain caffeine. The Active Woman vitamin will keep you feeling great, it is a carefully considered all round nutrition box designed for women.
# Gotham Black ARTISTRY STUDIO™ NYC Edition Mascara.
I am always on the lookout for that perfect high-end mascara. The Lash Boosting 3-in-1 Mascara Gotham Black ARTISTRY STUDIO™ NYC Edition is available online for £28.65. This high-quality product is both dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and won’t clump, flake or smudge. Winner of the UK Global Makeup Awards 2020 the easy-to-twist adjustable wand has a revolutionary 3 in 1 design to pump up the volume, separate or lift lashes. The mascara contains Calendula Flower Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin C to help condition and Carnuba Wax helps curl giving an intense, bold finish that lasts all day. The packaging is attractive with the contrast of white against the black eye illustration. The mascara bottle itself is a black and white reflection of the boxed packaging and is a slim tube. Tip: website offers tips on how to use the adjustable feature where the packaging offers minimal information.
# The Linen Table Highland Cow Tea towel.
Just Slate have partnered with the last remaining linen mill in Scotland to create a range of sustainable linen homeware, woven using traditional techniques that have been in use on this site since 1825. The Linen Table sells gorgeous homewares, such as tea towels, napkins, place mats and table runners which make great Christmas gifts, especially if you need to post as they are lightweight. Designed in-house, the neutral coloured country animal prints look great in any contemporary home. They are priced at £16 for the tea towels and £30 for the napkins or mat sets. We love the traditional, hand screen printed Highland Cow!
# Blonde and Brown Co. luxury boxes.
Blonde and Brown Co. deliver Luxury Spa Boxes Straight to Your Door. Kim Stockdale and Tiff Fawcett are sisters who own Aspire beauty & skincare in the small village of Menston, West Yorkshire. During the Covid-19 lockdown, with the salon closed the sisters came up with the idea of a pamper box to cheer people up! Kim & Tiff wanted to make gift boxes that people can buy as a treat for themselves or as a gift for a friend knowing that self-care is important in these rather gloomy times! The sister’s hand pick the contents and partner with small independent companies along with Blonde & Brown products and bigger well-known brands. All the products are chosen with love, quality and fun in mind. Each quarter they change the boxes contents to reflect the season. There is a range of boxes available from; the Pamper box (RRP £37.00), luxury box and skincare boxes – all with FREE UK Shipping. We received a box and were so impressed by the chic packaging and wow how gorgeous it smelled when you open the lid! Inside was a self-lathering sponge, facial sheet, bath scrub, candle, super nourishing lip balm and treats for in the tub.
# Norfolk Natural Living products.
Norfolk Natural Living is a slow-luxury home care and wellbeing brand created by trained aromatherapist Bella Middleton with one aim: to enhance the everyday and bring a sense of pleasure to daily rituals, from washing your clothes to caring for your plants. The collection is blended, bottled and crafted by hand at their Norfolk workshop and is 100% non-toxic, 100% vegan and 100% hypoallergenic. Inspired by the countryside and coastal landscapes the products are gentle enough for even a baby’s delicate skin and it goes without saying we would never test on animals. The face is sensitive so the 300ml bottle of Hydrating Face Wash (RRP £19 with free UK delivery) formulated to be kind to sensitive skin. They use completely recyclable materials in our packaging. That includes the bottles and jars that our products are housed in. Please take care to wash them out and re-use/recycle them after use. You can also refill your bottles at the store in Holt.