What do you get for the girl who has it all? That’s the question on everyone’s mind (or else what do you get for the guy who has it all?) this year. Well, I am revealing my top picks this year for a Christmas Gift Guide for her – whether that is your mum, best friend, yourself, your sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother – any special woman in your life! So let’s start…
- Molton Brown ‘The Cruise Collection’ (Exclusive to Boots) £26.00
This is perfect for a jet-setter who also likes to take luxury with her on the road. This gorgeous set contains Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion, White Sandalwood Body Wash and White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion. The body washes and body lotions smell amazing as well. Great price point but still luxurious.
2. Ghost Sweetheart Gift Set (Available at Debenhams) Now £20.00 – was £25.00
This is a great gift for a young woman – perhaps in her early 20s. This is a feminine scent and gentle and sweet. The top notes contain Sweet Lemon, which evolves to a classic floral heart led by Rose and Heliotrope and dries-down with the sweet sensual notes of Caramel.
This is truly a luxurious gift for someone special. Someone who loves luxury and cares about ingredients and quality. This beautiful set contains 1 x Enrich Body Oil 100ml, 1 x Natural Polishing Scrub 25ml and 1 x Enrich Body Butter 25ml. So it’s great for winter because it is an exfoliating and nourishing set. If you have tried Aromatherapy Associates before you will know that they take the greatest care in sourcing the finest oils on the planet and with their products a little goes a long way so this set will last someone awhile, due to the intensity of the ingredients.
4. Soaprise! By Soap & Glory (Available at Boots) £16.00
The folks over at Soap & Glory sure know how to have a bit of fun. Which is why this gift is perfect for the carefree girl who likes a bit of sparkle and fun in her life. Not only is this a fantastic price point, but each of the six crackers contained within this box have a lovely ‘Soaprise’!
Includes: CLEAN ON ME (rose and bergamot), SUGAR CRUSH (smashed brown sugar and sweet lime), RICH & FOAMOUS (almond and sweet vanilla), FOAM CALL (FRUITIGO – yuzu fruit and wild fig), CLEAN GIRLS (MIST YOU MADLY – freesia, cassis and vanilla) and ORANGEASM (green orange and bergamot). Also each cracker comes with a party crown – see I told you this was a fun gift!
5. Smashbox Art.Love.Color. Bestsellers Gift Box (Available from Boots) £23.00
This is a gift box of four of Smashbox’s bestsellers. This makes a great gift for a true make-up magpie because it allows them to test out four bestsellers at once. The box includes Travel Photo Finish Foundation Primer (clear) 15ml
Mini Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter [Vanilla (matte warm ivrory), Sable (matte soft brown), Sumatra (matte deep brown)] 1.2g, Deluxe Sample Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pink Lady (pink with light shimmer) 3.6ml and Deluxe Sample Full Exposure Mascara (black) 4ml. For the primer alone you can’t go wrong with this box!
6. Affinitas Lingerie Prices vary
This brand truly makes great fitting lingerie. And there is nothing more annoying than having a bra that doesn’t fit properly where the straps constantly fall down and/or just feels uncomfortable in general. I was fitted properly and found a bra that probably fits better than any other bra I have owned. So lingerie – and I mean everyday lingerie that will take someone through the year – is definitely a fantastic gift to get! Forget the sexy, once-a-year kind – I’m talking about the kind that you need every single day!
I’ve talked about Aromatherapy Associates a lot and it’s because their products truly are lovely. Yes, they are expensive but as I said before, a little goes a long way here! This set together would make a wonderful gift for a true lover of skincare products that enjoys a bit of luxury skincare. The Rose Infinity Moisturiser contains Alpine Rose stem cells as well as hyaluronic acid – both great for anti-ageing. The Hydrating Rose Mask is nice for someone who likes to be pampered. It smells amazing and is great for winter because it is intensely hydrating.
8. Lotions & Potions Make-Up Bag from The Handpicked Collection £12.95
This will pretty much please any woman who wears make-up – which is almost all women! The bag is quite big and will easily fit in all your make-up for everyday use. It’s cute, fun and quirky and is a unique gift to give a make-up addict who has it all!
9. The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible by Jo Fairley & Sarah Stacey – Available on Amazon.co.uk for £11.89
Jo and Sarah are a beauty geniuses. They have a multitude of experience in the beauty industry and have been testing their way through products for awhile now! So if you are looking for advice on what the best skincare and make-up and bodycare and everything else to use then this book is a perfect gift for you! Yes, I said you! In all the madness of shopping it’s nice to get something special for yourself. Which is why I love this book – Jo and Sarah tell it how it is and have done all the hard work for us by testing their way through a load of products. So they can then give us our best recommendations based off of their many years of knowledge and experience. Think of this book as a ‘Little Black Book’ of beauty secrets and tips. A must-have!
Thalgo is a perfect gift for a woman who is starting to get concerned about ageing but doesn’t want anything too heavy for the skin. This is a perfect gift for the picky woman – it’s a crowd pleaser! In tests it so perfectly combined effectiveness and sensoriality that 100% of women were won over! So honestly I am not lying when I say it’s a crowd pleaser. This is for someone who is looking for a skin cream (we all know one) and who needs someone to give her a nice one. It’s hydrating and soothing so also great for sensitive skin.
11. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Available from QVC £39.00
This is an absolute dream. Okay fine, this present is for you or for a friend who you know is going to be out on the town at all the hottest Christmas parties. This is a shimmery, delicious body butter that is whipped so it feels amazing on and it makes your skin glow. It would be great to apply on skin before a night out. It smells good too – with a vanilla fig scent. The body butter absorbs quickly and is pretty much the dream.
12. Goldfaden MD Plant Profusion Lifting Neck Cream £125.00
This would be the perfect present for mum or for someone in their late 30s/early 40s because it targets the crêpey neck. I’ve been using this because I am concerned about my neck (don’t want a turtle neck) and this stuff is fabulous. I’ve been using it for about a month now and it has really firmed things up. I don’t have a sagging neck but honestly I can tell the difference. I also sleep on my side so had noticed one side of my neck had more wrinkles than the other. This fixes those too. Your mum will thank you forever.
Here’s an amazing gift for someone who DOESN’T like to wear make-up. Why? Because Perricone MD’s genius No Make-up Skincare range is skincare, disguised as make-up. Or make-up disguised as skincare. Either way this is skincare but doubles up as make-up. It is fantastic as well. The No Foundation Foundation is actually a serum but looks like a foundation so you can use it as such. It targets wrinkles, pores and contains an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.
Same with the No Blush Blush – it has a lovely texture and blends easily into skin. It is also a serum which adapts to skin chemistry for a naturally youthful flush. It’s amazing. The High Potency Evening Repair is a powerful overnight repair treatment that refines, firms and targets wrinkles, uneven skin tone, everything! With 400% more Alpha Lipoic Acid and 150% more DMAE than the original formulation, and the highest levels of non-irritating retinol available in over-the-counter cosmetics, it is pretty powerful indeed.
14. Japonesque 360 Degree Brush – Available from QVC – Prices vary
Have a make-up artist as a friend and don’t know what to get them? Try this Japonesque 360 Degree brush – it’s fab for contouring and really getting control over applying make-up. It’s the greatest gift for the girl who has it all!
15. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation – Available from QVC £32.50
For the green beauty lover! A perfect gift exists with this Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation. This is an oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters. It also has a whipped texture so it absorbs into skin really easily and becomes a part of it rather than sitting on top of it in a greasy mess. A fantastic light and blendable foundation that is also a high performance natural for a green beauty addict!
16. Under the Mistletoe Gift Set from Lush 79.95
This is a mega-gift for Lush lovers. And there are A LOT of Lush lovers out there, including myself. This gift encompasses EVERYTHING you could want from Lush – in fact, they have picked out 16 of their favourites! So what’s inside? There is the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Tender Is The Night Massage Bar, Pink Flamingo Bath Bomb, Reusable Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Shower Gel, Oral Pleasure Toothy Tabs, Santa Lip Scrub, The Comforter
Shower Cream, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly, Five Gold Rings Bubble Bar, The Comforter
Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Candy Mountain bubble bar, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, Reindeer Rock
Soap and So White Bath Bomb.
This gift is the ultimate Lush gift and it’s the bomb. You’re welcome