The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide
Editing down the products to include in my annual Christmas Gift Guide is certainly not an easy task, but it’s one of the things that I truly savour every year. Searching through hundreds of stores, testing out countless beauty products – all so that I can recommend the best of the best for you to treat your loved ones with this Christmas. I considered breaking this down into a few posts; gifts for mum, gifts for your best friend, etc etc, but as it’s just so personal I thought instead I would just share with you all of my favourite products which I think would make a fabulous gift for any fabulous friend or family member that you’re looking to spoil this year.
The gifts range from beauty stocking fillers to luxurious high end gifts, so hopefully there will be something for every budget and taste.
It’s a long one, so without further ado, here’s my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide!
Beauty, Makeup, Body & Home
Without doubt the hugest category and one with millions of fabulous products to choose from! Candles are always a beautiful gift, and this year Clarins have a fabulous festive Tonic candle to help create that spa feeling at home – all encased within a beautiful golden glass. Diptyque always have some fabulous options too, and this year their Christmas Candles have the most extraordinarily luxurious scents, they make the perfect gift or stocking filler – something incredibly luxurious that a proud homeowner may not necessarily splurge on for themselves.
Gift sets always elevate a beauty gift – and from nail varnishes to skincare, this year there are more fabulous sets than ever before. No matter what age, the perfect gift for those that love to care for their nails is a set from Deborah Lipman, the Ice Princess set is a personal favourite – a wearable classic pink as well as a festive sparkle shade!
Skincare sets don’t come much better than Liz Earle, and the Bright Eyes gift set is perfect for those already converted to the Cleanse and Polish. Those who like their skincare to be a little more natural would also appreciate the Body Shop‘s personalised body butters – get their name printed to make a luxurious gift even more special. For those that like those lesser known brands, or just appreciate fine natural ingredients, a gift from Lola’s Apothecary will tick all the boxes. The products are not only beautiful to look at, but equally sumptuous on the body; my current favourite being the body and massage oils.
Makeup is a fabulous gift to receive; especially when it’s from a luxury brand that we may not often splurge on ourselves. This year, Bobbi Brown have out-done themselves with their festive offering – encased in beautiful gold packaging, and wearable, luxurious shades within.
Palettes are often hard to get your hands on, which makes them an exclusive and coveted gift; this year, beauty lovers will no doubt have the Anastasia Glow Kit, Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, and a palette by Tarte at the top of their wishlist.
As always, the highstreet has some incredible value sets too – each year I am always lucky enough to find a massive gift set from Soap & Glory under my tree – ensuring that my pamper evenings are topped up with the most sumptuous products. If your recipient is into their oils, perhaps a gift set from Neals Yard Remedies or NEOM would be even more to their taste.
Treat a lipstick lover to a gift set featuring the most lust-worthy shades, and they’ll be selfie ready for the New Year – an affordable and incredibly blogger-approved option is this MUA Luxe set, the only tough decision is which shade to wear first!
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Fabulous Festive Fragrances
Perfumes are absolutely always a winner at Christmas – it’s often a personal choice so finding out what they already wear is often a great place to start. The scents that I have chosen however are easy to love, incredibly wearable scents. Nina Ricci is a classic scent – instantly loved by all who experience it, and the fabulous apple perfume bottle looks simply beautiful on the dressing table. For those that don’t like to smell like anyone else, Replica have created fragrance ‘filters’ to layer with an existing scent to make it absolutely personal to the wearer.
Another personal favourite is Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, this year they have plenty of options to choose from, including an Extreme oud, or the slightly sweeter Bon Bon couture for those who like their scents light and feminine.
Fragrance gift sets are a fabulous treat to receive, and this year my favourites include the Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture; containing not just the beautiful fragrance, but also two body lotions to let you enjoy the scent for even longer. An even more glamorous and sophisticated option is the Bulgari Godea set; and you can always ensure you’re paying the best price when stocking up on gift sets at FragranceDirect.co.uk!
From the affordable to the absolutely excessive, it’s magical to treat someone to a luxurious scent from a lesser known brand – perfect for the true fragrance connoisseurs. This year, two that have caught my eye are Lalique and Kilian – exquisitely crafted and blended to the highest quality, these are fragrances at their finest. A trip to their London boutiques is a must to experience these intense fragrances in the brand’s opulent surroundings.
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Baubles and Crackers
Perfect for stocking fillers, gifts for hosts at parties, and simply fun extra treats, beauty Baubles and Crackers are a truly wonderful way of giving someone a slightly more unusual treat. Ranging from high-street to luxury, this year there are more than ever – but here are a few that really caught my eye.
When it comes to baubles, Decleor have created designs that are truly beautiful enough to re-use as decorations, with nourishing lip balms encased within, while ghd have giant golden baubles filled with essentials such as their Serum or Split End Therapy balm.
Also from Escentual, I spotted a beauty cracker from Nuxe, containing skincare minis, it’s the perfect way to trial some of the most popular products from the brand. Those who love to indulge in their beauty sleep will appreciate the Sleep Spell cracker from ThisWorks, while those who can’t complete the day without a luxurious cleanse will adore the Oskia Merry & Bright cracker which holds the brand’s bestselling Renaissance cleanser inside.
For a dinner party with a twist, what about a set of beauty crackers from The Vintage Cosmetics Company? The beautiful retro design is festive yet fashionable, and each one has a luxury beauty gift inside.
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And finally – my own wishlist!
Of course, I couldn’t do a gift guide without including the pieces that I’d hope to find under my tree this year! I may be wildly optimistic, but a girl can dream, right?! I think a lot of fashionistas will have the new Gucci Marmont on their Christmas Wishlist, and this chevron print design has truly caught my eye, while I just know I’d get so much use out of these Sophia Webster Butterfly Beauties.
Lastly, you can’t go wrong with jewellery – and Merci Maman have upped their game with their newest collections, and I adore this personalised Boho necklace complete with Rose gemstones. You can get 15% off your order with code Josie15 if you fancy treating someone to a beautiful accessory from the brand.
What’s on your Christmas Wishlist this year?