Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018

Whether you like it or not, February is the month of love! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you may be running around like a headless chicken, hunting for the best gifts! If this sounds familiar, fear not! I'm hear with some of the best gifts on market, whether you're hoping to spend £10 or £100. So, whether you're shopping for your Valentine, Galentine or even yourself - keep reading as I've got something for you. 

The gift experience: Ultimate Time Together Smartbox by Buyagift* (£129.99 here)
Whenever I'm looking to buy someone a gift, I always turn to Buyagift, so it's no surprise that they are first on my list for Valentine's Day! This time round I've picked out the Ultimate Time Together Smartbox, which is a great way to shop if you're not sure exactly what they might want to do. The Ultimate Time Together Smartbox is all about finding the perfect experience to share, with 990 different experiences for two, based all around the UK. Whether you want an extravagant dinner, overnight stay or something for the adrenaline junkies, this one has you covered! I personally have my eye on the Overnight Stay at the Malvern Hotel - it looks absolutely incredible! 

Lips made for kissing: French Kiss Lip Balms from Caudalie* (£10 each) & Tanya Burr Lipsticks* (£6.99 each) 
Although it's a little bit of a clichĂ©, many of us want the perfect lip product for Valentine's Day and these beautiful French Kiss Lip Balms from Caudalie are perfection! They arrive in a gorgeous little tub with a wood effect lid, perfectly packaged for a little gift. Each of the lip balms has a velvety texture, containing a blend of aloe vera, beeswax, polyphenols and sunflower and castor oil. There are three shades to choose from, so whether you want a pretty subtle pink, or a rich burgundy hue, there's one for you! Until February 28th, Caudalie are offering customers a Luxury Pamper Kit when they spend £60! Simply enter LUXEKIT18 at the checkout for a kit including travel sized versions of the Premier Cru Serum, Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil and Moisturising Mask.

If you're more of a lipstick fan, I'm loving these beautiful lipsticks from makeup queen, Tanya Burr! Her gorgeous lipsticks come in a beautiful array of shades, including pretty pinks and some more statement shades, so you're bound to find something made for your loved one! They are all packaged in the most luscious metallic gold tubes, which look and feel much more expensive than they actually are! These gorgeous lipsticks are richly pigmented and deliver a silky, smooth finish. Enriched with Vitamin E, it feels beautifully soft and moisturising to wear.

The gift of rose: KORRES Roses Are Red Japanese Rose Gift Set* (£18) 
Another one of my favourite gifting brands is KORRES and this set is perfect, as we all know that rose is the traditional symbol of love. This year KORRES have created a special edition set, especially for Valentine's Day, which includes a trio of best selling KORRES products. Inside the box you find the Japanese Rose Body Milk, Japanese Rose Shower Gel and Japanese Rose Hand Cream. All the products have a warming scent of elegant Eastern rose petals and are packed with antioxidant enzymes, as well as softening and moisturising natural ingredients. 

A sophisticated scent that doesn't break the bank: Ted Baker Residence Collection* (from £28) 
So you probably know about the Ted Baker clothing and handbag range, but do you know that Ted Baker also have an amazing array of home fragrance products too? The Ted Baker Residence Collection is all about indulgence and sophistication, blending impeccable style and unique fragrances. Better still, all of the products have been packaged in on-trend packaging, with a dreamy colour palette of burgundy, pretty pink and elegant grey. The luxury doesn't end there either, thanks to the weighted glass vessel, which feels as luxury as it looks. There are three different scents, which each match a particular colour way. My favourite of the three is Fig & Olive Blossom, which blends notes of fig, olive blossom, geranium and amber. 

Paperchase Bumble Bee Bottle Opener (£14)
As somebody who calls their other half Bumble, I'm pretty chuffed by the amount of bee-inspired gifts on the market this Valentine's Day. Chris isn't one for 'tat', so when I saw the Paperchase Bumble Bee Bottle Opener, I thought it was the perfect practical-cute gift! It arrives in a little box and it's a really good quality product - it's not something that will break or snap on first use! Of course Paperchase always do Valentine's Day so well, so if you're looking for a bit of inspiration, I highly recommend checking them out! 

The perfect gift for under £4: COLAB Candy* (£3.49) 
For a small token gift, that says you've thought of them, but is practical, useful and cheap, why not gift a can of COLAB Dry Shampoo? Of course, you've heard me hype about COLAB for years now, so it's no surprise when I tell you it's a damn decent product! It's the only dry shampoo I've tried that instantly refreshes the hair, without leaving a ghostly white residue behind. The best thing about COLAB is that they have loads of different scents, so whether they love Unicorns, or want something sweet-inspired, they have something for you!

Biscuiteers Lobster (£18) 
After attending the Biscuiteers Icing Café a couple of weeks ago, I've become completely and utterly obsessed with the Biscuiteers designs! Unfortunately I've recently had to go dairy-free, but it hasn't stopped me buying them as presents for everyone else I know! As soon as I saw the Biscuiteers Lobster I knew I had to have it, not only is it the cutest thing I've seen in ages, but of course, it's a nod to F.R.I.E.N.D.S, which I'm totally on board with.

Valentine's Day Sweet Cubes from M&S (£2.30 each)
If like Chris and I, you don't take Valentine's Day too seriously, but you just want to buy a little something. You'll love these little Sweet Cubes that I found in my local M&S. There are about four different sweets, which have been packaged in little cubes, finished with swoon-worthy puns, which will make you both chuckle! I went for the "You're RAWRSOME" dinosaurs and the "I TURTLE-LY love you" turtles, which I just know Chris will find hilarious.

The gift of fragrance: Ghost Forever* (From £27 for 30ml)
I'm a big lover of Ghost Fragrance, I just think they get it totally right, without breaking the bank! There is something about Ghost Forever that is just perfect for Valentine's Day, thanks to the pink packaging and the 'forever' inscription on the bottle. The fragrance is inspired by sun-drenched afternoons in Paris, featuring top notes of cassis, lychee and orange, heart notes of rose and white flower and finally, base notes of patchouli, vanilla and wood. It's a lovely gift, which will feel expensive, but comes in at under £30. 

LUSH In Your Dreams Gift* (£11.75)
This Valentine's Day the LUSH gang are inviting you to go naked - after all the two kinda go hand-in-hand, but not in the way you think! The entirety of Lush's 2018 Valentine's range is completely free packaging, meaning that you save money on your products, leaving more room for beautiful, high quality ingredients. There are absolutely loads of things to choose from this year, which you can read about in my blog post, but if you're looking for something that requires minimal effort, I recommend this In Your Dreams Gift Set. Inside the box you get the Love Boat Bath Bomb and the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar - the perfect bath combination! Whilst the Love Boat Bath Bomb lifts your spirit with Sicilian Lemon, the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar will swirl in the water, leaving the scent of lavender oil behind!

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Home Candle (£45)
I absolutely adore receiving Jo Malone Candles as gifts, as they are one of the products I just don't buy myself. They always feel like the ultimate luxury present, which fill your home with the most stunning sets. One of my new favourites, which is absolutely perfect for Spring is the Nectarine Blossom & Honey Candle. Inspired by London's Covent Garden market, it has notes of nectarine, peach and cassis, with notes of spring flowers and of course cacia honey.

The gift of sleep from Feather & Down (£5)
If you know someone who perhaps doesn't get the most sleep, I'm in love with this Feather & Down Best Before Bedtime gift set. Inside the super cute box, you get everything you need for a relaxing moment before bed. You get a mini Pillow Spray, a mini Melting Shower Cream and Chamomile Tea bag - I just think it's the cutest little set and I fail to see how anyone could be disappointed receiving it! 

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