Sunday 10 December 2017

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas only a few weeks away it's officially gift guide time. In the past I've done a Gift Guide for Her followed by a Gift Guide for Him but this year I thought I'd do something a little different. So here's my ultimate gift guide; an A-Z of what to get your loved ones this Christmas, whether they're a fashion lover, beauty maven or tech savvy I've got you covered. 

- The Fashion Lover -
Fashion Lover's can be hard to buy for as they're usually pretty picky when it comes to their clothes. I have a few in my family and the first thing I always do is find out their favourite place to shop. If it's high street, I'll get them a voucher. Some people say it's a thoughtless gift but personally, I'd rather give someone money towards a spending spree at their favourite store than an item of clothing that they might never wear. If vouchers really aren't your thing though I've thought of a few ideas for what to get the fashion lovers in your lives:

HIM - Cashmere is literally everywhere this season. If you can stretch to splurging a little on something good quality, then I'd definitely recommend something like a cashmere scarf. Selfridges do a gorgeous Herringbone one from Johnstons HERE but if you're on more of a budget, H&M have a reasonable one for just under £60 HERE.

HER - Womens fashion can be a hard one to get right but there's a few key seasonal trends that you can stick to. Slogan Tee's are really popular at the moment. I bought this cute little cropped one from Miss Selfridge a few months back and it's still in stock HERE. If you'd prefer to stay away from clothing though and stick to accessories then a good pair of leather gloves is always a winner. Aspinal of London have some gorgeous cashmere lined ones but if you're looking for something a little less pricey, H&M have some gorgeous budget ones HERE

- The Beauty Maven -
HER - When it comes to shopping for the beauty loving ladies in your life you can't go wrong with L'Occitane. They have some great Christmas gift ideas for her which include a beauty advent calendar for under £50 (actual value is almost £90) and some great value for money gift sets including their Shea Butter Collection. Clarins is also another great brand. Boots stock some of their most popular products HERE, perfect for mum! Liz Earle have some lovely sets too; anything that includes their hot cloth cleanser will go down a treat.

HIM - If you know a man who's really into his beauty regime then there's a few key brands that you'll need to look into. Kiehl's do some great male grooming products including their Facial Fuel moisturiser and their Eye Alert eye cream. Neal's Yard also do a men's range which includes cologne, body wash and moisturiser. Both brands use organic, natural ingredients with Neals Yard's products being vegan friendly too. 

- The Tech Savvy -
HIM - If he's into his music then you can't go wrong with a good wireless speaker. The best of the best has got to be from Bang and Olufsen; their Beolit 17 is the newest in their portable Bluetooth speaker range and boasts 24 hour battery life and 360 surround sound. The designs are gorgeous too. If you're on more of a budget then there's some great alternatives from Sony HERE. I have one of their Bluetooth water resistant speakers and I absolutely love it.

HER - There's a new addition to the GHD hairdryer family. The Nocturne Hairdryer claims to be able to give you silky, frizz free styles in half the time of conventional dryers. With it's sleek design and promise to cut my hair drying time down in the morning I'm definitely sold. Looking for something a little less pricey? Then the Braun HD730 has great reviews and can be found HERE

- The Perfume Collector -
HIM - YSL have a new fragrance out called "Y". Described as being fresh, aquatic and oriental it definitely sounds like a contrast, but one that I'm sure YSL have managed to nail. Scents are always difficult to choose unless you know the person well, but I always recommend sticking to the big names if you're unsure.  

HER - Armani have just released their new His and Hers range called Because It's You. The two fragrances are supposed to compliment one another when worn by both parties which I think it quite a cute idea. The Eau de Parfum has notes of vanilla and musk which sounds perfect for this time of year.

- The Foodie -
There's a few different things you can do for the foodie lovers in your lives. First I'd recommend checking out their recipe book shelves to see who their favourite celeb chefs are. Jamie Oliver's new book "5 Ingredients" has just come out so for the family chef who loves simple, easy to cook dishes this book could be ideal. Alternatively you could take them to their favourite restaurant, or how about putting together a collection of their favourite ingredients to cook with; maybe some special oils, seasoning etc? 

Happy shopping!

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