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It’s that time of year again – how is that even possible?
The festive season can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with a LOT of preparation. I love buying gifts for my loved ones, but coming up with the perfect present can be difficult. Plus, it only gets more difficult the later you leave it. So what’s a girl to do?
I’ve created a huge list of holiday gifts guaranteed to delight even the pickiest of recipients. Whether you’re buying for your sister, BFF or grandma, these gifts will definitely put a big smile on her face.
I love stationery holiday gifts. There’s nothing like writing on the smooth pages of a heavy, leather-bound notebook. In this day and age, luxurious stationery isn’t something many people think to buy for themselves, which is precisely why it makes the perfect gift. A journal or diary to some can be an amazing gift that could be the start of self discovery, introspection, and an outlet that many don’t know how to start.
Smythson are revered worldwide for their high quality stationery and so why not treat a loved one to an extra-special diary or notebook this Christmas? There’s even a beautiful travel and experiences diary for the jetsetter in your life.
Montblanc pens are timelessly elegant and they make for very thoughtful gifts, particularly for friends or family members who love to write.
If you’re looking for a more affordable, but still well-made and beautiful, stationery gift, why not check out Flame Tree? They create gorgeous foiled journals that feel like they’ve come straight out of a Harry Potter book!
Fragrance is a classic holiday gift and I always think that “you smell great” is one of the best compliments you can receive. When buying perfume for a loved one, I always think it’s best to opt for a universally flattering fragrance rather than anything too niche.
Shay and Blue is a boutique perfumery that makes gender-neutral fragrances that work on anyone and everyone. Their scents are clean, vegan and cruelty-free and they arrive packed in a pretty box, so they make perfect gifts for anyone! Black Tulip is my personal favorite.
I’ve always felt that Chloe’s fragrances are elegant, feminine and never overpowering. I especially love Nomade, an earthy scent with playful hints of cherry plum and freesia, whilst Fleur de Parfum is perfect for those who like floral scents.
Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle is one of the best-selling fragrances worldwide, and with good reason. It contains jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, bergamot and orange blossom to create the ultimate irresistible feminine scent. At the same time, it’s clean and not-at-all overpowering.
Sometimes, the best holiday gifts are fun novelty ones that you can entertain yourself with over the festive season.
The 23&Me kit is a comprehensive home genetics test kit that gives you a comprehensive breakdown of your ancestry, giving a new meaning to family fun this Christmas. You can also opt for the added health test to gain a deeper genetic insight into your wellbeing. Don’t worry – the recipients don’t need to take a blood sample, only saliva.
Got a friend who struggles to get up in the morning? Add a whole new meaning to the phrase “rise and shine” with the Lumie Bodyclock Alarm, which wakes users up by emitting fluorescent white light designed to mimic the sun’s rays.
There’s nothing like a luxury candle. Aromatherapy is a really important part of my self-care routine, and I’m sure that the same is true for many of the ladies in your life. Candles are great holiday gifts and good quality ones will last for months.
You can’t go wrong with a Diptyque candle – they’re the gold standard of luxury in this particular field. Here are a few of my favorite soothing scents:
Yankee candles are perfect for those who love sweet scents, and they last for a long time. The dried lavender & oak fragrance is perfect for winter relaxation, and pumpkin spice is ideal for cosy nights in.
For a truly special gift, the Armani Privé Rose D’Arabie Candle Set is an amazing way to show someone that you care.
If your loved one is making an effort to be a more conscious consumer, why not help them out with a few eco-friendly holiday gifts?
Chilly’s bottles keep your drinks hot for up to 8 hours and cold for 12. They’re perfect refillable work or gym bottles and they have a super cute, yet functional, design.
The Martha Stewart Collection 6 PC Reusable Metal Straws is the perfect addition to any drink. The reusable straws are made of stainless steel and come with a built-in cleaning brush for easy cleaning. These straws are great for everyday use, ideal for smoothies, milkshakes, cocktails and more.
The best thing about makeup lovers is they’re easy to please when it comes to holiday gifts. Here are the hottest high-end makeup items around right now.
Who doesn’t love a warm neutral eyeshadow look? Natasha Denona sets a new standard for makeup and her palettes are highly sought after, so unwrapping the sunset palette will make any makeup aficionado’s heart skip a beat.
The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation has taken the beauty industry by storm this year. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s overtaken the iconic Orgasm blush in terms of hype, and that’s not something I thought I’d ever see!
Prior to the pandemic, beauty trends were all about heavy makeup and full glam. Now, however, there’s been a definite shift towards a more natural look. I love a full kilowatt highlighter on special occasions, but for day-to-day beauty, the stunning Ambient Lighting Palette will give a sensational glow that somehow manages to make the wearer look as though they woke up like this.
Charlotte Tilbury products always make amazing gifts because of the gorgeous packaging and her Cryo Skin Mask is all the rage right now. The mask is reusable, super soothing and delivers younger-looking skin in a matter of minutes. Find out more about the benefits of cryotherapy here.
A jade roller is the perfect, aesthetically-pleasing present that makes for a perfect addition to any skin care lover’s morning routine. And where better to source a jade roller than from the ultimate skin care specialist brand?
I’ve mentioned the Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum in so many articles now that you’re probably sick of me talking about it. Sorry not sorry – it really is that good. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types so you can’t go wrong when giving this as a gift.
The serum contains full spectrum CBD oil which is effective in treating acne, eczema and psoriasis. It helps to regulate sebum production, boost radiance and protect the skin against environmental stressors. Seriously, what more could you want?
Both skincare purists and luxury aficionados love Augustinus Bader’s The Body Lotion. It’s light yet deeply nourishing and is amazing at treating dry skin and improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
For those who love taking bubble baths, L’Occitane’s uber-hydrating shea butter formula is the perfect winter treat. It leaves skin looking, smelling and feeling amazing.
Aesop has created the ultimate hand care gift set that not only smells amazing but will leave skin feeling luxuriously soft.
I always think that photography holiday gifts are so much fun and the perfect way to capture those magical memories. Instax cameras are not only cute and fun, but they create wonderfully nostalgic-feeling photos. I’m obsessed with this stylish glacier blue version.
Like it or not, we live in an age of selfies, so this ring light makes for a perfect playful gift.
You can’t go wrong with cosies at Christmas and these Ugg slippers are sure to keep your loved one warm all winter long!
Everyone needs a cosy scarf for the winter and this Burberry cashmere is a soft, stylish and timeless statement that works with any outfit.
It gets cold up in Canada but this brand is here to keep you cosy and warm all winter long. Their gloves are both luxurious and practical – what more could you want?
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