Monday, 7 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide

We're barely into December and I'm already feeling so christmassy! Mulled wine, twinkly lights, cosy socks, you name it, I love it. I'm fully embracing the festive spirit, and with that comes present planning! Searching for Christmas gifts can be slightly overwhelming and it's very easy to get stuck for ideas. I'm a bit of a nosy parker and I love to see what people are giving and receiving for Christmas so I read a lot of gift guides and wish lists. In light of that, I thought I'd put together my own little Christmas gift guide in case any of you are still looking for an idea or two. There's a bit of a mix of beauty, lifestyle and everything in between, so here's to hoping you find something for you!

1. Adult colouring book - This is actually my mum's that I nicked off her for this photo, but I often see her colouring in this in the evening and I'm so jealous. Believe you me, I know it may seem weird to imagine adults sitting around colouring in pictures, but these are gorgeous, intricate designs that can take hours to colour in properly. Studies have also shown that it's an extremely therapeutic activity, so if you know someone who tends to have a bit of a racing mind (ahem - guilty) this may just be a good gift for them!

2. Colouring pencils - These are a fairly self-explanatory addition to the first gift. Caran D'Ache are a classic brand for good quality colouring pencils and the ones I've linked to actually also perform as watercolours when wet - ooh, fancy.

3. Zara scarf - I've previously stated my love for the super-soft, blanket-like scarves that Zara always have around this time of year. They're the cosiest scarves I've ever owned and I think they're more than fairly priced for the quality you're getting. The one in the photo is one from last year, so I've linked to a slightly similar one but to be honest, you can't really go wrong with these. Pretty much the epitome of cosy!

4. Katie Leamon notebooks - Yes, I know, I'm talking about these again! I've sung the praises of these notebooks before, but I haven't found anything that compares to these. I'm a bit of a stationary lover and I like having notebooks at hand for planning and jotting down ideas as I go. The size, quality and designs of these notebooks are top notch and I think they'd make a lovely gift for any fellow stationary enthusiasts!

5. Voluspa candles - I'm pretty sure I've mentioned these on the blog before too. Aside from Yankee Candle, this is the only other brand I own multiple candles from and I've also bought these as gifts for other people before too. What I love about this brand is that they have candles for every aesthetic preference. They carry the "decorative tin" candles (the ones above), but they also sell larger candles housed in gorgeous glass jars. The small tins are perfect as stocking-stuffers and the bigger candles make a lovely more medium-range gift. These are also the best quality candles I've ever used, the wax is a 100% coconut wax blend and don't tunnel at all. Highly recommend.

6. L'Occitane gift sets - L'Occitane have loads of different gift sets available for Christmas, but some of my favourites are always their hand cream collections. Not only are they adorable, but these are also great for giving as a gift to one person, or breaking up and including in gifts to a few different people. Their hand creams are fab and the scents (especially the almond one) are the kind that will make you sniff your hands for hours - just me?

7. NARS X Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette - You didn't think I was going to do a Christmas gift guide and not include this, did you? Nope. If you have any beauty-lovers in your life, I really don't think you can amiss with picking this one up. I've written a whole post on this palette here, so if you're after the deets, you can see swatches and more in depth thoughts there. But as a general overview, you get a shedload of product in here and a great amount of variety. On top of all of that it's housed in gorgeous limited edition packaging - the perfect addition to any makeup stash!

8. Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme (not pictured) - I got this for my mum last year for Christmas. She's not someone who spends a lot on beauty products, be it makeup or bodycare and I thought this would be a really nice indulgent gift for her. She absolutely loved this and used it super sparingly over a long time. This stuff is gorgeous, it's so fragrant that you really don't need to wear any perfume or any other form of scent when you use it. I think this is a great gift for a mum or anyone else you want to spoil a bit during the festive season. Or you know - just treat yo'self.

9. Aromatherapy Associates The Star (not pictured) - This is a gift that's currently on it's way to me from SpaceNK as I've already purchased it for someone. I've never tried anything from Aromatherapy Associates, but I think this is just a really cute idea as either a stocking stuffer or a little extra present for someone. Who doesn't love a little bath oil housed in cute Christmas ornament packaging?

I hope that this has given you some Christmas gift inspo! I've definitely been getting into the festive swing of things and I really enjoyed putting this gift guide together! I far enjoy giving gifts over receiving them and I'm one of those people that will sit eagerly by you until you've opened your gift to see if you like it - sorry, not sorry. So yes, I think it's safe to say that I'm loving the lead up to Christmas - if only for an excuse to drink copious amounts of mulled wine!



  1. I'm going to be picking up one of the adult colouring books for my sister either for Christmas or for her birthday. There's so many great ones to choose from! Love the Nars palette, I've been using it every day since I bought it. x

    Megan |

  2. Great to hear this. Really like your blog

  3. I love this guide, especially the Zara scarf!

    xoxo Emily


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