There will be a guide which focussed on gifts for her, one for gifts for him and one that looks at stocking fillers (it’s full of gifts which cost less than £15)! To kick us off I’m starting with the gifts for the ladies in your life. This gift guide is literally HUGE, so we really need to get started…
The makeup gifts she needs
I can’t pretend that there isn’t a huge range of makeup gifts this year, it can pretty hard to work out which way is up! If you’re looking for a brand who well outperform their price tag, you should check out the gift sets by Sleek Makeup. The Face The Day Gift Set* (£20 here) gives you everything you need to make you feel like a star! Inside this substantial box you get the Au Naturel i-Divine eyeshadow palette, Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco, Full Fat Lash Mascara and Lip VIP lipstick in Nightspot.
I really think my heart skips a beat every time I look at the Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit* (£28 here) – it’s one of the gifts I got most excited for in the whole gift guide! You open the pretty green box to reveal a folded palette FILLED with pretty Pixi products. There are eyeshadows, blushers, contour shades and even highlighters – it’s a really deluxe palette. What’s even better is that it’s been designed to suit all skin tones, featuring a range of cool and warm shades in a variety of textures. This really is a must buy in my opinion!
If you have a friend or family member who loves lip products, she needs to try the ESPA Nourishing Lip Tint Trio* (£29 here). These oil tints provide a hint of pretty colour, with an oil formulation, which creates the perfect festive look and an ultimate treatment in one tube! There are three shades in the kit, one is clear, one is pink and one is red! Why not gift the lady in your life beautiful lips!
I had to end this section with a gorgeous gift bad from Emma Lomax! Specifically, the Emma Lomax Lipstick Pink Pouch* (£15 here). This is actually of my favourite makeup bags and I’m pretty sure that any beauty fan would love it too. It’s created from a canvas material and finished with an embroidered lipstick design.
Makeup gifts you can grab in the airport
A lot of us will be be travelling before Christmas, so if you're in the airport why not grab a bargain? I always find that World Duty Free have a really good selection of products (all available at the fabulous tax-free prices) but also some gorgeous travel exclusives, which you can't get anywhere else. World Duty Free stock a huge range of Urban Decay products (prices start at £5.80 here) including the Urban Decay Electric Palette*. This is a great palette for colour junkies - packaged with ten of the brightest, most vibrant shades.
They also stock GIVENCHY (available here) and the GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit Vinyl Lipsticks are incredibly luxurious, the packaging alone has me weak at the knees! There are tons of shades, so there's a colour for everyone! If you know someone who is a bareMinerals fan, World Duty Free stock a whole load of travel exclusives, plus their Christmas gifts at a bargain price. The bareMinerals Mineral Veil* (£17.45 here) is a finishing powder designed to minimise lines and absorb oil leaving a flawless finish. I absolutely love checking out the MAC store in Heathrow T3. I don't think MAC's Pro Longwear Fluidline Eyeliner* needs much introduction, they beautiful pots of liquid liner which are available in eight shades. There are purples, blacks, golds and navy hues.
Finally we have my favourite product, which is The Clinique Kissed By The Sun Bronzing Palette* (£35 here) is absolutely gorgeous, it arrives in the most stunning scalloped palette. When you open the palette you find two eyeshadows, two lip colours, a pretty bronzer. If you're planning a trip, you can actually shop before you travel! You simply select your favourite products on the World Duty Free .
Stunning brushes for the makeup addict
This year I've fallen head over heals for Sigma and I'm overjoyed to include two of their gifts in my Christmas Gift Guide this year! The Sigma Beauty Copper Belle collection should be high up every girls list this Christmas! The collection is full of ginger-toned, copper-plated brushes, party-ready makeup and glam gadgets to warm the heart of the beauty lover on your list!
The Blushing Babe Brush Set* ($58 here) features three copper plated brushes (F05 Small Contour Brush Copper, the F25 Tapered Face Brush Copper and the F40 Large Angled Contour Brush Copper) all in a copper cardboard box, finished with pretty black writing. The Classic Express Duo Kit* ($39 here) would be a dream kit for anyone who loves makeup brushes, but hates washing them. Inside the copper box you get the Sigma Spa Express Glove and a F80 Flat Kabuki Brush in Copper. This set combines Sigma’s all-time, best-selling brush and their deep cleaning tool, which has seven patented textures in one convenient device.
Real Techniques have REALLY upped their Christmas game this year! It’s clear they saw a gap in the marker that needed to be filled, I could include several gifts here! However, the gift I want to talk about is the Real Techniques 6 Miracle Complexion Sponges (£20.99 here). In this handy set you get 6 miracle sponges, which many agree are the key to well-blended, airbrushed looks. There is the original miracle complexion sponge, plus the brand new miracle mini eraser sponges and the miracle sculpting sponge. A must have addition to any beauty fans kit!
If you’re looking for a really luxurious Real Techniques Gift, I highly recommend buying the Bold Metals Complete Eye Essentials Set (£40 here). Inside the set you get four uniquely cut eye brushes, which give you every brush you need whether you’re creating an everyday natural look or an extreme smokey eye. Inside the box you get; 200 Oval Shadow (designed to cover the whole lid in shadow, also good for blending), 201 Pointed Crease (densely packed brush, applies eyeshadow with a smokey effect), 202 Angled Liner (designed to fit close to the lash line), the 203 Tapered Shadow (precision cut for blending shadow) and a pretty brush roll.
Gifts for the nail polish obsessed
I really feel that deborah lippmann doesn’t get enough exposure in the blogger community, her nail sets are just gorgeous! Two sets that I wanted to highlight in this gift guide are the Ice Queen 2-Piece Nail Lacquer Set* (£17 here) and the Ice Princess 2-Piece Nail Lacquer Set* (£17 here). Both sets come in pretty square boxes and they are surrounded by GLITTER! The Ice Queen set includes Lady Is A Tramp (a deep red) and The Golden Rule (a warm golden shimmer). The Ice Princess set includes La Vie En Rose (a sheer pastel pink shimmer) and Heart of Glass (an ethereal iridescent shimmer). Both sets are perfect for Christmas and all year round!
The other nail polish set that I wanted to give a mention is the Temple Spa After Dark Gift Set* (£20 here). This set was inspired by the colours of Mediterranean interiors, with three pretty nail shades to choose from. There is Opera (a lavish chocolate hue), Toccata (a rich pomegranate) and Nocturne (dark green). These polishes are quick-drying and boast a breathable formula, which provides a glossy and durable finish!
The skincare gifts she can’t be without
Is a Christmas gift guide even a gift guide if you don’t include a REN Skincare Set* (£25 here)? This set is exclusive to M&S beauty hall and it’s a select line-up of REN’s best-selling skincare products. Each of the products is designed to leave the skin looking and feeling brighter, smoother, hydrated and healthier. Inside the pretty pastel blue box, you get: the Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel (50ml), the Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream (50ml), the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (2ml) and the V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (15ml).
La Roche-Posay get a lot of airtime on Hope, Freedom, Love and it’s with good reason! They are one of my favourite skincare brands and I’m never disappointed by one of their products. What’s fabulous about them, is that their products basically work for everyone, which is why the La Roche Posay 3-step System Toleriane Gift Set (£22.50 here) makes such a good gift. This is a new set designed to offer immediate and long-lasting relief for all types of sensitive skin!
If you’re looking to spend a bit more money, I highly recommend the six limited edition sets from Dermalogica. My two favourites are the Skin Health Heroes Set* (£33.10) and the Power Rescue Masque Trio* (£43.25 here). Inside the Skin Health Heroes Set you get a trio of Dermalogica’s most popular products: the Special Cleansing Gel, the Multi-Active Toner and the Hydrablur Primer for the healthiest skin ever. Saving the best to last we have the Power Rescue Masque Trio, which is the ultimate set for hungover skin! Inside the box you get a contains trio of problem-solving masques to treat multiple skin concerns: the Charcoal Rescue Masque, the MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque and the Skin Hydrating Masque. Why not gift the lady in your life this trio so she can give multi-masking a whirl!
Scents so you smell gorgeous all year round
Christmas is a huge season for buying scents, in fact I’m pretty sure it’s the only time of year when I actually gift fragrance. This year the team at Escentual picked out the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Spray Gift Set* (£52 here) for my guide. It’s Jimmy Choo’s signature fruity-floral fragrance, it’s alluring and it’s a lovely scent for the fashion-focused - it’s definitely a crowd pleaser! Inside the gorgeous box you get a stunning Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Spray (60ml) and the Jimmy Choo Perfumed Body Lotion (100ml).
The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty I Am Woman Set* (£21.52 here) is amazing if you're purchasing for someone a little older. I AM WOMAN is created by Joan Collins herself, designed to be a reflection of her personality. The top notes include: lemon, bergamot, orange, mandarin, peach nectar, whilst the heart notes are a mixture of: rose, orange blossom, jasmine, herbs, moss. The base notes are more woody with a mixture of: musk, vanilla, amber, sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli. Inside this matte black and gold box you get two dinky bottles of Joan Collins products; the I AM WOMAN Eau de Parfum and I AM WOMAN Fragrant Essence.
Ultimate bath and body treats
If you have a lady in your life who really likes to relax and treat herself to some indulgence, these sets are for you! Let’s kick things off with the Burt’s Bees Burt’s Bag of Treats Gift Set* (£19.99 here). You get a really pretty wash bag and inside you get four great products: the gentle exfoliating Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub, nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion and the classic 100% natural Beeswax Lip Balm. This is a fantastic set and it’s under £20, which I think is a great bargain!
For an ultimate indulgence, I always turn to my friends at ESPA. Moments of Peace* (£20 here) provides exactly that – everything you need for a moment to yourself. The beautiful package includes a Soothing Candle (70g) and the stunning Soothing Body Oil (28ml). Both products are infused with nature’s ultimate unwinders – serene Frankincense and Myrrh blended with sensuous Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood.
As always Rituals have a huge collection of bath and body gifts, they have gifts ranging from £19.50, right up to £65, so there really Is something for every budget this year! All of the gifts feel luxurious and they each look beautiful! The set I have in my gift guide this year is from The Ritual of Sakura range, which aims to restore your inner peace with a wonderful fragrance of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. The Ritual of Sakura Gift Set* (£19.50 here) includes such a good selection of products! Each set contains: the Foaming Shower Gel (50ml), the Body Cream (70ml), the Shampoo (70ml) and the Shower Scrub (70ml).
Vita Liberata are one of the most talked about tanning brands in the bloggersphere, which is why I just had to feature the Vita Liberata Fabulous Glow Luxury Tan Kit* (£29.95 here). This 3-piece luxury tan arrives in the most gorgeous rose gold bag and the kit has been designed to give you everything you need for healthy, natural colour. Inside the bag you get the Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion, Body Blur and a super soft mitt for a flawless finish.
The Wella Professionals Elements Gift Set* (£24.99 here) is a fantastic gift if you are buying for someone with a sensitive scalp. It’s a fantastic gift for girls on-the-go as you get the full sized products, plus you get minis that you can take away when you travel! Inside the cream and green box you get the Elements Shampoo (250ml + 30ml), the Elements Conditioner (200ml + 30ml) and Elements Mask (30ml), which saves you £9 on the normal RRP. All the products are designed to protect from keratin degeneration, plus they are free of sulphates, parabens and artificial colourants.
The KORRES Almond Cherry Collection Gift Set* (£18 here) combines a shower gel and a body milk (both 200ml) in a pretty gifting both. The Almond Cherry Collection Gift Set is actually my second favourite KORRES scent and it smells just like a Bakewell tart (unsurprisingly mixing the scents of sweet Almond and fresh Cherries together). The sets retail for £18 which offer you a £3 saving on the products RRP.
I can't believe how gorgeous the Scholl Velvet Smooth Party Pedi Collection
Pack* (£69.99 here) is! They arrive in the most gorgeous box, which is covered in pink glitter! Inside the box you get everything you need for party ready feet this season! There is the iconic Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File, the GelActiv Extreme Heels Insoles, a bottle of Nail Care Oil, plus a festive-friendly Nail Polish by NAILBERRY!
For the last beauty gift of this whole gift guide, I wanted to talk about the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Quartette* (£50 here), which feels like a really extravagant gift. Temple Spa say that this set can breathe new life into your skin, taking your anti-ageing routine to a whole new level. There are four products in this set: Truffle Noir (15ml), Body Truffle (50ml), Eye Truffle (5ml) and Skin Truffle (15ml). Each of the products work in harmony with each other, recharging and replenishing, targeting and treating the skin.
A few lifestyle gift ideas
I love to end all my gift guides with a few additional lifestyle gift ideas and in my mind there is nothing better than the Scrumptious Stay – Smartbox by Buyagift* (£120 here). This arrives in a pretty square box and it grants the owner to a night of luxury. Choose from 200 decadent gourmet breaks, where you can enjoy a night in a hotel, plus enjoy a meal with your loved one. Whether you are looking for somewhere near you or you want to travel further afield, you’ll be sure to find a break in a suitable location.
As somebody who travels a lot, I’m always looking for ways to make it that little bit more simple, which is why I love the Cath Kidston travel accessories! I recently picked up the Cath Kidston Travel Wallet (£20 here) which pretty much has everything you could wish for in a travel accessory! It has passport and document holders, three card slots, a mini zip purse and a pen holder, all secured with a popper fastening. The other item I picked up was the Mini Dot Envelope Card Holder (£9 here), which is perfectly proportioned to house 12 cards. I thought this would be ideal for when I don’t need to carry case, but I do need all my various debit/credit cards and loyalty cards.
The last accessory I've featured here is the River Island Mini Glitter Bag (£18 here), which I think would make a perfect NYE accessory. It's a square shoulder bag, which is covered in glitter detail, it has a zip across the top and a silver chain strap.
The very last gift of this years gift guide is the Zoella On My Travels Gift Set* (£50 here), but it's certainly not leaving the worst to last, in fact this is one of my favourites! The gift comes in a gorgeous grey slouchy rucksack and inside there are three lovely surprises. Each of the goodies inside are from the new Zoella Lifestyle range. There is the Key to Inspiration Keyring, the Write On Point Pencil Set, plus the Topped with Cream and Sprinkles Travel Mug. I think it's such a lovely alternative gift which loads of women of all ages will love!
And breathe - I can't believe that after months of planning, that's the end of my packed gifts for her guide! I'd love to know what you think of the gifts in this guide and if you can pick a favourite, let me know what it is in the comments below!