Well lovelies December is nearly upon us, and I know sometimes it is a difficult month when all of a sudden someone has come into your head you have forgotten about or you need a hostess gift or your girlfriends or even need some stocking filler inspiration! Gents look no further for ideas, I am here to offer some suggestions and tips!
The first thing I need you to do is take a breath, don’t panic, breaking down what you can get for someone is a lot easier with just a little planning, and the key word “thought”. Always write a list and stick to it and you will be fine!
The best advice if you want to be more organised I can give you is to create a list of all the lovely people you have to buy for and write what they like, do they travel a lot for business or for work, do they love beauty or fashion, are they a diehard bake off fan?, do they in conversation see something and say “oh I would love that” Guys if you are able to hear her say that, go get your list out of your wallet write it down and go get it! My dad always did this for us, he was a hero gift giver, and because he listened and remembered something we said months ago can you imagine how appreciated and thoughtful we though he was! And he truly was! The other thing about being a great gift giver is the joy you will find is giving instead of receiving! Every year for years I have always gone last opening my pressies, one I love the anticipation, but more than anything I love to see people’s faces and enjoy their moment!
So for ladies or gents that travel a lot either work or pleasure, or are very into beauty & grooming or Stocking fillers here we go! I would suggest taping into skin care brands, Nuxe I have found to be fantastic this year as not only are their gift sets and travel sets great and so reasonably priced, sign up for their loyalty programme to earn points whilst you shop and you will receive fantastically sized samples, which add to travel kits or great stocking fillers, or maybe even a treat to yourself!
The other companies I find which are great for samples and sets is Elemis & Liz Earle who always have great offers though Elemis is more pricey than Liz Earle but both are great British brands and let’s be honest who would be unhappy with a gift from any of these fabulous brands!
For Makeup Charlotte Tilbury, Mac , Estee Lauder and Tarte have great collections and git sets!
Other ideas for other stocking fillers, hostess gifts and anyone who is a serious interiors lover I would suggest tapping into a more safer zone so here is a few suggestions
For Home gifts I would definitely take a look online or visit Anthropologie , Marks and Spencers, TKMaxx, Hotel Chocolate, Lakeland and Oliver Bonus. Great gifts are Anagrammed cups /Mugs M&S Gourmand Coffees – TK Maxx have a great selection, beautifully made chocolate truffles by Hotel Chocolate, A lovely Prosecco and popaball bubbles for prosecco – the rose gold from Lakeland are my favourite and look fantastic at a party!
Jewellery or cosmetic brush pots, and coasters are another great gift and Anthropologie and Oliver Bonus are fabulous for these. Anthropologie and Marks and Spencers do also beautiful candles, Though TKMaxx range has something for everyone, and great price points! If you wish to go luxe then I would suggest the best Luxe Candles are Jo Malone, Diptique, Boredo and Voluspa
If they love baking or want to get into it, go onto Amazon and find a great cookbook, or eat yourself beautiful! Liz Earle books, Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe, Mary Berry’s cookbooks are always a winner Also look at Lakeland and TK Maxx for cooking implements, baking accessories, Oven gloves and gorgeous tea towels! There are also fabulous service plates or cocktail accessories and Anthropologie are great for those too!
For Fashionistas I would say you can never go wrong with Accessories such as Hats, gloves and bags from Zara, Topshop and River Island! If you have a medium to high Budget Radley, Michael Kors and Kate Spade are great, And if you have a luxe budget then it has to be either Valentino, Aspinal, Mulbery & Dior.
Do you have someone who needs to destress and relax? Why not create a home spa or give them some time out for themselves. then I think Aromatherapy Associates, Rituals, This works and The White Company are excellent sources, they have great christmas gifts sets as well as individual products! Sleep spray by This works is phenomenal.
If you want to go down more a small business and artisanal route can I suggest the Little House Of Hygge, Susie Watson and Faileag Scottish Rosehip Oil. I know you will find something you love!
So I hope some of tips have helped you out of a panic, or got your creative juices flowing and you will now be off and running! Take your time and enjoy the buying, you don’t have to spend a fortune! Maybe you are creative and can make your own home made gift i.e. candles, Condiments, cakes, Biscuits, beauty and candles!
Let me share this last moment with you!
One year at Christmas my dad wrapped up some rubber gloves for my mum, when she opened them, well can you imagine!!! He kept her going for a while! When really he had bought her a lovely bracelet which after he realised he was still alive …. Just, he gave to her real pressie! The laugher and love in this house was always abundant at Christmas, a few small family spats but hey isn’t that what Christmas is about! It’s a time I always look back at with such a happy heart, between my grandparents, parents and friends who all were welcome, there are so many great memories some utterly hilarious, Between Charades which wasn’t a film but a microwave…… burnt mince pies stuck to someone’s teeth and they smiled unaware! A friend cycling home from our boxing day part slightly merry to his parents Christmas party and fell of his bike and got stuck in a hedge!! Yes everyone seen him! To a candle on the dining table that kept going out after a second of it being lit, though maybe it being bought from the Reject shop ……. The clue could have been in the name!!
Always remember why you love the person you a buying for and how much giving them a little bit of joy could brighten a tough or stressful time
Make sure to always take time to enjoy seeing others faces and joy when they open what you give them is a priceless memory! And what is It we remember like I said above about my dad, it wasn’t what he bought me or my mum although very treasured, it was the thought and care he took, and also the laughter with his silly gifts with his serious ones!
Happy Christmas lovelies, I hope you have a happy and peaceful one, creating lots of memories with those you love!