December 15, 2016

the christmas gift guide: for mums

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur - £18
Neal's Yard Rejuvenate Frankincense Organic Collection - £42.50
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Gift Set - £10.50
Montezuma's Dainty Dollops - £7.50
Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne - £86
Neal's Yard Oil Burner - £16
Printic Photos - 29p per print
Mondaine Mesh Bracelet Strap Watch - £269
The Savoy Cocktail Book - £21

I'm back with a Christmas gift guide once again but this time it will be my last of the season (sad face). I've had so much fun creating the gift guides and have been thrilled to hear so many of you finding them to be useful. This time around, I've put together a few ideas for mums, or any special older lady in your life. That being said, I'm 22 and would still love to receive anything featured above.

My all time favourite watch that I own is my Mondaine. I received it as a special gift for Christmas in 2014 and have since treated my mum to the leather version for her birthday. Both are equally as stylish and have it nailed with their minimal design. 

As an alternative gift, downloading the Printic app and selecting a load of meaningful photos to be sent over to a family member is a truly thoughtful idea. You could also invest in a fancy frame to arrange them all nicely into. 

If you're stuck for ideas, check out your local charity and antique shops for vintage gifts. I always manage to find something out of the ordinary including this 1930's Savoy Cocktail Book which includes all of the classics. You can't beat a good coffee table read.

Neal's Yard offer wonderful skincare gift sets that make for the perfect luxury present. Included in the Frankincense set is everything needed for a daily skincare routine and is packaged beautifully. Other beauty ideas that I'm a fan of is these festive themed Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams and of course my favourite Jo Malone scent, Early Grey and Cucumber. 

I'm super nosy so would love to hear what Christmas gifts you all picked up, I hope my gift guides have been of some use! Bring on the wrapping.

December 13, 2016

the christmas gift guide: for her

Artis Five Brush Set - £132
Origins Feeling Rosy Comforting Body Cleansing Mask - £25
Origins RitualiTea Comforting Powder Face Mask - £30
Moet Champagne - £18
Make Up For Ever Artistic Eye Must-Haves - £17
Wonderbra Luxe Collection Lingerie Set - £56
Ray-Ban Erika Tortoise Sunglasses - £88
Neom Tranquility Candle - £36

Ladies, send this gift guide to your other half pronto. Or if you happen to be a single agent, you now have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a few goodies this Christmas. 

Pretty lingerie sets are perhaps my ultimate favourite gift to receive, and although I usually opt for Victoria's Secret, I recently tried out Wonderbra for the first time and have been super impressed by the quality and fit of this set. Plus I've absolutely fallen in love with the festive burgundy colour. 

If you're hunting down a big treat for either yourself (holla single ladies) or for your special one, there's no gift more impressive than the Artis Five Brush Set. As they'll be used daily, they're a great investment and are the Ferrari of the make-up brush world. 

I've now gone through two of the Neom Tranquility Candles and will most likely repurchase it for the rest of time. Not only does it fill the room with the most beautiful, relaxing yet delicate scent but it also burns into a warm oil that can be used all over the body just before bedtime. 

Although it feels as if the sun has well and truly deserted us all, wintertime can still have its fair share of bright spells and I couldn't be without my pair of Ray-Bans even this far away from summer. The Erika Tortoise version are one of their bestselling pairs and are guaranteed to be treasured by any fashionista. 

A couple of lovely stocking fillers are this set of Eye Must-Haves from Make Up For Ever (set at an incredibly reasonable price) and of course you simply cannot go wrong with skincare from Origins. Their face masks are always a firm staple in my skincare routine and make for a great pamper incentive.

December 11, 2016

the christmas gift guide: for him

Beano Mug - £8.95

I'm clueless when it comes to men so I won't pretend I know what in the world they'd be after for Christmas, but I've given it my best shot. Perhaps the ultimate of all safe bets is the Cornerstone Shaving Gift Set. It includes everything a man could need to ensure his skin is left feeling soft and smooth, and most importantly is set at a really reasonable price point (hello free shipping!). 

Talking of keeping skin looking its best, I always find myself pushing skincare onto any man nearby and pimping out brands such as Kiehl's, Aveda and Dermalogica. Male or female, a skincare routine should be just as essential for one as it is the other. Which leads me onto the priciest gift idea in this post, the Foreo Luna Mini 2. If you're sticking to a more sensible budget for your other half this Christmas, then look away now. To the big spenders of you all, the Foreo has countless benefits such as deep cleansing, brightening skin and prepping skin for a closer shave. It's a device guaranteed to leave him wondering how he ever coped without it. 

If your gift recipient is on the lazy side when it comes to haircare (aren't they all?), check out the Purifying Finishing Lotion from Christophe Robin which works as a lightweight dry shampoo and also rids hair of product buildup and dandruff. 

Drifting away from the grooming theme and onto lifestyle, I absolutely adore this silver plated pen from Thomas Lyte. For someone who writes daily, or works in an office, a high quality pen would make the perfect gift and is guaranteed to be something completely unexpected. The pen comes in a beautiful wooden box and is far superior to any you've pinched from a hotel that's half dried out of ink. 

A couple of smaller gifts that would make for great stocking fillers would be a box of tea from Teapigs, a beano mug, or perhaps a Lush shower gel. My best advice is to look at gifts that you'd like for yourself and then try to find the manly version of that gift.

December 07, 2016

the christmas gift guide: bluebird tea co.

Mulled Cider Cocktail Kit - £7.50
Hey, Sugar Plum - £6
Gingerbread Chai - £5.70
Snowball - £6
Christmas Cake Tea Bauble - £7

Amongst all of the Christmas themed goodies that have landed on my doorstep in the last couple of months, the most exciting of them all was the Christmas collection from Bluebird Tea Co. I've recently become an absolute addict when it comes to high quality teas, and have never looked in the direction of cheap dusty tea since. Since making friends with the guys over at Bluebird, I've been sent a fair few teas by them to test out but have also made many orders of my own to ensure I'm always stocked up. My all time favourites are Cherry Bakewell and Rooibos Earl Grey, which I drown myself in on a daily basis. 

I'm so so impressed at how decently priced the whole range is and could easily see myself creating a Christmas themed tea hamper as a special gift for a family member. Luckily I'm the main tea obsessive in my family, so this lot is for keeps. I absolutely cannot wait to crack open the mulled cider kit after a frosty walk on the weekend.