It’s December and that really only means one thing….presents!! Sorry, I mean, Christmas! Which means Cliff Richard, the Pogues, tinsel, stupid jumpers, mulled wine and turkey sandwiches. There’s so much fun to be had, so don’t do a me and try to take on Oxford Street, on Christmas Eve.
Last year I loved limited edition gifts, the year before it was all about palettes and gift- sets. This year I thought I’d go bigger and better and combine them all for a Blush Bonanza. We’ve got gift-sets for the people you’re not quite sure what to get, the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani limited edition palette for the beauty junkies, beauty books for the coffee table and Christmas candles for the lifestyle aficionados (basically anyone whose house you’ve spotted a diffuser in).
The list is endless and the brands diverse. I didn’t want to do a gift guide of all the things you can get on the High St, so we have some great new brands. Ayten Gasson’s Lover’s Gift Set is definitely not one for the parents, but perhaps the perfect Boxing Day Gift for the BF (or BFF in need).
Having had many a reaction to over-perfumed beauty products, natural products are a great gift if you’d rather be safe than rashy. With that in mind, I was so happy to be introduced to organic skincare brands Bee Good and Douvall’s whose Argan Oil Gift and Hand & Lip Treats sets are great for the environmentally-conscious pals you have.
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The Stocking Fillers:
Back at school our stocking fillers consisted of a clementine, cracker and a few Celebrations. These days stocking fillers are a little less Oliver Twist- with brands such as This Works and Crabtree & Evelyn putting some of their best-sellers in very chic looking crackers.
If you’re not quite in the Christmas spirit there’s nothing like the sight of a special edition Diptyque candle to get you in the mood. Diptyque’s Oliban is a heady medley of oriental incense. If you’re after something a little more light-hearted then Crabtree & Evelyn’s Windsor Forest candle comes gift-wrapped in nutcracker-inspired packaging and the uplifting scent of holly, ivy and juniper berries, doesn’t even need to be lit to fill the room.
I’ve never really been that into gadgets -but Beauty gadgets, I can get behind. Following in the footsteps of Clarisonic, spa brand Sensio Spa & US cosmeceuticals company Pulsaderm have both created their version of the vibrating cleanser. Sensio’s never fails to make me giggle and is impossibly easy to use- as it doesn’t have any add-ons. Pulsaderm’s Buddy bears more of a resemblance to the traditional cleansers, and is just so cute!
Also on the list is the Red Carpet Manicure at home gel nail kit, which comes loaded with everything you need to do gels at home- including the light that makes you feel like a manicurist.
Last but not least is the product that made me gasp with joy when I opened it. Revlon’s Perfectionist 2in1 Dryer is a hair-drying paddle brush and perfect for those girls like me who still haven’t quite mastered the blow dry.
The Gift Sets:
Gift-sets can be the best (or the worst) of presents. They may imply that you don’t really know who you’re buying for- and that may well be the case- but hey a present’s a present right?
The trick to giving good gift-sets is to tailor the brand or product to the receiver. Someone obsessed with their hair would always be happy to receive some Moroccan Oil. Their Repair gift-set which comes with a wide-toothed comb, repair shampoo and conditioner and their world-famous argan oil. In the same vein, French skincare brand, La Roche Posay’s trio for blemish-prone skin, is ideal for the friend who is always complaining about breakouts; whilst the Dermalogica best of the best edit is for the friend whose skin you have no clue about.
Or you can just give her the Balmain Nails Kit, which should have her giddy at least until NYE.