The Ultimate Guide for what to buy at Christmas
“He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin’ to town”
Christmas has come to town again and I have to admit that I’m excited this year. I’m excited to have the colder weather and the cozy jumpers out. I’m excited for all the hot chocolates and marshmallows I will be having with my family. I’m excited about sitting in front of a roaring fire and watching traditional movies. I’m also excited about picking gifts that are special and say to my family that I have been thinking about them and to say thank you with a little something.
High streets are often starting to feel hustle and bustle this time of year and it won’t be long until the festive lights are on. It’s also now time to start to consider your Christmas shopping and the presents for your family, friends, loved ones and colleagues.
This year I have taken out a lot of the hassle for you by helping you save time and get in the Christmas spirit by sharing with you some gift suggestions for everyone. Whether you need to buy a present for a partner, a son or daughter, a mum or a novelty prezzie for your colleague, I have you covered below. I have tried and tested all these items for you and can highly recommend them!
So happy shopping!
Aqua Manda Perfume, borne of a memorable era is a fantastic perfume for all those vintage lovers! The fragrance begins with a luminous and juicy citrus accord delicately combined with a contrasted floral heart. The soul of the composition is written in the warm chypre gourmand dry down enhanced with the sensual mystery of the vetiver note. The original creator of Aqua Manda fragrance, Christopher Collins and the original oil suppliers have acted as advisors on the relaunch of this iconic perfume. Making the fragrance as close as possible to the original. You can get yours for £39.99 for 100ml ataquamandaperfume.com
These personalised Christmas stockings are stunning! You can get them personalised with a name of your choice and they really do make a fantastic gift from small people to adults! This one is part of a wider range of luxury, personalised festive sacks and stockings available to order from Harrow and Green. You won’t be disappointed with the quality of these.
This is a very, very special gift. When all is said and done, things that come from the heart and are thought about make the most wonderful presents. This little Box Of Favours is a gift box full of favour cards with a tongue in cheek contract to sign. The concept is simple. You give someone special a Box Of Favours. When they give you back the card you fulfil the favour. Think of it as a box of I.O.U’s. It can be anything from doing the washing up, babysitting, whatever you can think of. In today’s busy society one of the most precious gifts we can give someone is our time. You can purchase your Box of Favours here.
How fantastic is this for a unique Christmas Gift? It’s a Selfie Frame which you can use for all your Christmas photos for Instagram! You can also personalise your selfie frame to feature an Instagram or Facebook theme or create your own with our selfie frame designer. What a fantastic idea and a lovely unique pressie.
For that man in your life a vintage look Levis Wallet from Mainline Menswear. I have to admit to loving all things vintage and this wallet is ideal for a Christmas present. It is made from leather and is so soft with room for plenty of notes and cards. It comes in a beautiful red tin so an ideal gift.
I wanted to introduce you to the new way of making New Year resolutions! The Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 journal! It is a tool that has been inspired to empower and support you to design a life that you love. It allows you to reflect on what happened this year and what our goals and plans are for 2019. The journal is fantastic at capturing your dreams, your thoughts, your goals and turn them in to tangible actions. You can see how you progress to them throughout the year. It is truly a stunning journal and anyone who wants to improve themselves, this is the perfect present. Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 is available at Oliver Bonas and www.
I love notebooks and I love to cook so you can image my delight when I came across the ‘Dairy Book of Home Cookery’! The cookbook is so popular everyone is talking about it from the Sainsbury’s Magazine to the 2012’s Great British Bake Off Winner & Celebrity MasterChef winner, 2010. If you have a loved one who likes to cook they will absolutely love this diary! You can get your hands on one here.
Root7’s dipped collection is just fantastic, this mint green mug and saucer is the perfect present for all coffee and tea lovers! I adore a good mug and saucer so this is ideal! You can also purchase it in other colours too, just head over to Root 7 to see the whole collection.
I wanted to share with you these amazing brushes. Created by Paula Pokora, Nanshy is the Cruelty-Free & Vegan makeup accessories brand that delivers high-end professional results. Paula constantly struggled to find a range of brushes and accessories that didn’t aggravate her eczema. The solution was to develop a range of affordable and easy-to-use brushes that help achieve a flawless look. These would make the perfect Christmas stocking gift.
I wanted to share with you this amazing accessory I have come across. It’s called Funstonze and they are colourful clip on accessories that allow you to create different looks with your all-purpose favourite boots. They come as a pair and in unique prints and patterns, the great thing is that they are for both adults and kids. They are so cute and when you want to add a touch of colour to a black outfit it’s very easy to do. Why not see the fantastic selection at www.funstonze.com and they are only £12.99!
What a selection Haribo have this Christmas! Haribo Fairyland Delivering a sprinkling of magic this Christmas, the gift box includes an enchanting mix of unicorns and fairies in strawberries & cream and strawberry candy floss flavours. HARIBO Selection Box is the ideal gift for those that enjoy a tasty treat which includes their favourite gums and jellies. Making the perfect stocking-filler or surprise from Santa, these treats are great for kids and adults!
There are times when only a camera will do! I love going for a walk with mine and taking some memorable images to print out and put on the wall! This is an amazing little camera from Kodak. It is the Pixpro which shoots an amazing amount of detail, clarity and precision, so no matter what you are up to this Christmas and New Year, Kodak Pixpro has a camera to suit every budget. A Kodak Pixpro camera means you’ve got Christmas gifting and capturing every happy memory covered and you can get them printed out without any hassle and in excellent quality and detail too.
For a bit of fun – or not depending on how much you need the sleep! The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring is a completely natural remedy which uses acupressure points
It really doesn’t matter how old they are, kids and big kids like pens and pencils! So happy ‘BIC’Mas! the perfect stocking filler is the BIC 4 colours pen and this one is the ultimate limited-edition BIC® Designed by Evie, the design was voted the nations favourite by a public vote and is now available to buy at amazon here.
I’m delighted to present to you Critically Endangered Socks, a sock company that helps protect some of the world’s most critically endangered animals. I love supporting businesses like this. The thing is you won’t be compromising on quality either as the socks themselves are made from a beautifully soft and sustainable blend of bamboo and cotton. They are so soft and ideal for sports too! The socks come in five designs and two sizes, and at £12 a pair they are a great Christmas Gift. You can visit Critically Endangered Socks here.
I know we often talk about stockings this time of year – the ones that Santa can place lots of presents in! However, I wanted to share with you a fantastic range of tights for plus-sized women. They are by Pamela Mann. The ‘Pamela Mann 50 Denier Curvy Super Stretch Tights’ have a deeper body rise, wider thigh fit, re-designed waistband, flat seams and light leg support and are available up to UK dress size 34. I have to say they are the most comfortable tights I have worn and I really do want Santa to place several pairs in my Christmas stocking this year! If you would like to order a pair you can find the fantastic range in UK Tights store.
You cannot go wrong with a pair of luxurious pjs for Christmas. These Promise Tisbe Floral Pyjama Set is a whole new luxury! It has a stunning floral design with red and pink highlights. It is so stunning and comes in a beautiful presentation box. Anyone getting these for Christmas will know you have taken the time to search for something special, that the pyjamas are stunningly beautiful and are very well made. You can buy yours at UK Lingerie.
Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work in harmony with each other. An Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. All with a gorgeously aromatic, unisex scent. The scent is truly something else and would make a fantastic gift this Christmas. Although once you smell this you won’t be giving it away as a present, instead keeping for a treat!
It’s nice to see a razor subscription for women at last, thanks to Dorco. They utilise nutrient-rich plant extracts so that the razor is as kind as possible to your skin. Cooling, soothing and moisturising, the Dorco EVE 6 works with your body to give you comfort and precision. It really is a great razor with 6 blades. It is a South Korean Razor brand, 60 years old, that uses ancient blade making techniques. The perfect present that keeps on giving beyond Christmas!
How about something for Baby? I have to admit I adore the Aveeno range for all skin types. These products are just so wonderful to use and they work! The new Aveeno baby range would make a wonderful gift for mummy and baby especially when you don’t know what size to buy as a present! You could also make up your own hamper based on several items available. A personal touch!
This is a traditional Bath & Body gift set from Acti-Labs with a splash of purple, huge splurge of luxury and a heavenly coconut scent. I love coconut so this is a must as a gift this Christmas. You will get: Coconut Shower Gel (180ml), Coconut Bubble Bath (180ml), Coconut Body Cream (50ml), Coconut Body Lotion (105ml), Coconut Mini Bath Bombs (x4) combined into a beautiful Gift Box. You can order yours from Acti-Labs here.
Newly launched in the UK, Crazy Rumors lip balms make the perfect Christmas gift for under £5.00 These 100% natural, vegan lip balms are tasty, fun and a brilliant stocking filler for teens and adults alike. There are 15 tasty flavours in this hand-crafted collection but for Christmas I have tried several of them and they are just fantastic just what we all need this time of year! You can get yours from Amazon.
These Cozies Trio from Stewart Garden are beautiful and ideal for plant lovers everywhere. They are so versatile and look stunning in any decor setting. They are very stylish with a knitted design. You can visit Stewart Garden here to get yours!
This beautiful 925 sterling silver necklace is from Find Me A Gift. The place I always go to for a unique one off present for birthdays and Christmas. They have a fantastic range and this stunning forget me not necklace is no exception. The flowers are grown especially for this range of jewellery and picked at just the right time, to ensure each and every bloom is captured in its full beauty. The flowers are artfully arranged by hand, and preserved in clear resin.
You really can’t go wrong with gold jewellery for a Christmas Gift. These little heart studs from Jewellery Box are so very on trend. Everyone on Instagram seems to be wearing them, so you will be giving your loved one a really fashion piece this Christmas. Jewellery Box has such a fantastic range of jewellery and at very reasonable prices, not to mention to same day dispatch if you order by 4pm, so why not go have a look now at all the stunning jewellery.
Office parties, buying presents, family to entertain and endless gift-wrapping – just surviving the festive season can be a battle. Help is at hand, choosing something special from Malki’s Dead Sea range makes the prefect present. Whether you are searching for a little treat to fill a stocking or a gift that shows you care without breaking the bank. The Malki Dead Sea aromatherapy bath salts make the perfect present and are so relaxing.
This is your Christmas Stocking essential! The Leighton Denny Expert Nails – Crystal Nail File with a cult status: there’s nothing worse than a broken nail whilst out and about over the festive season, so carry this nail file with you at all times to make sure your nails are in the best shape they can be!
I am so impressed with this little device. Magnitone’s revolutionary new brush is the perfect gift for mums for the upcoming Christmas season. Clear the way for super skin in as little as 2 weeks* whilst toning and invigorating facial skin for a fit, healthy complexion that will see you through the cold fall and winter months. It is a stunning bit of kit and one I am so glad that I got my hands on. You will impress your loved one by getting this for a gift!
So what options do you have when you don’t want to purchase the usual smellies for your husband, son or brother this Christmas? Well that’s where www.mensgroomingguide.com comes in. It is a luxury grooming subscription box service for men with the contents of each box around £65. You can get 25% off your first box with coupon code launch if you order before 25th November. A great alternative this Christmas and the quality is great too.
Phones are so expensive these days and kids just seem to keep dropping them! Well the Presidio CLEAR+GLITTER or Presidio CLEAR+ PRINT has been tested to 4 metres to withstand and protect phones so no more cracks! The IMPACTIUM™ CLEAR: Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER and PRINT cases feature an innovative shock-absorbing IMPACTIUM™ CLEAR rubber that absorbs and disperses shock when the phone is dropped. Did I also mention it is embedded with glitter crystals? A must for all kids with phones and adults too!
Hayes is a very well known and popular brand. I just love getting books at Christmas as do the rest of my family as it makes a change from all those techie gadgets! You can find all manner of books from cars, bicycles to a whisky manual! These are fantastic gifts, why not have a browse here and see what exciting books you can buy?
Supporting local and not so local, you could opt to buy the food lover in your life a selection of goodies from Ken. Produced in Kent is an organisation supporting awareness of food and drink from Kent. It aims to highlight the work of the organisation through its incredible membership which include producers, growers, retail, hospitality, tourism and artisan craft businesses. They have a fantastic and tasty array of Kentish food and drinks products and food tourism through the Kent Food Trails . Please go and support them and get something delicious and unique for your or your loved one this Christmas.
You really can’t go wrong with chocolate at Christmas! These Guylian Belgian Chocolates are luxurious and indulgent. Whilst the unique marbled shapes and delectable roasted hazelnut praline flavour of Guylian chocolates may be internationally recognised, what many may not realise is that the Guylian brand actually started with a love story. Guylian was created in 1958 when lovers Guy and Liliane combined their delicious praline recipe and delicate shapes to create the seashells that we now know and love. You can pick your love story chocolate up at most supermarkets!
Fudge Kitchen 12 flavours of Christmas is for all fudge lovers out there. It is truly delicious and you can get it delivered direct to your door here. It contains 12 delicious flavours inspired by recipes from seasonal dishes; such as Speculoos, Stollen Fudge and Mince Pie as a few examples of our tempting recipes presented in a luxury, solid box.
Add a little sparkle to your Christmas and #SpreadJoyThroughCake with Konditor & Cook’s Starry, Starry Night collection. The range is packed full of festive favourites and new yuletide treats alike. The bestselling mince pies are stunning beauties and the selection of cookies are amazing. How on earth could you resist buying these for your loved ones or even for yourself! You could even buy a selection to make up your own hamper, just head over to Konditor & Cook now.
There is no getting away from it, Gin is cool! It is the gift that will have your family and friends thanking you forever! So can you imagine giving these Pickering’s Gin Baubles? You can fill your festive season with mirth and merry as the must-have Christmas decoration (and gift) is now on sale. Pickering’s, the Edinburgh distillery and purveyors of Christmas cheer, has crafted over a million gin-filled baubles ready for the tree-mendous demands heading their way. The original gin baubles are now ripe and ready for customers to bring the novelty back at Christmas – move over Christmas jumpers and sandwiches – Pickering’s Gin Baubles are the novelty tradition of Christmastime. You can pick yours up at Pickerings now!
A wine with 1/6 of the calories is just what I need and most of us probably need too at Christmas! Botonique contains a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This means Botanique is able to provide anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, alkalising, detoxifying and hydrating benefits! So drinking without all those horrible side effects has to be a win-win for us during the festive time of year. You can order yours at Ocado.
For those who love G&T -we know Gin has had a revival and there are some stunning craft gins on the market. But which one do you choose? Well you can take the guess work out of that by opting for a Gin Gift from Popaball who have taken all the guess work out of your gin dilemma. So go explore this delicious range to ensure you get the most exciting gins on the market. They are the perfect stocking filler.
When unexpected guests come calling during the festive season it’s important you have the right tableware and especially those glasses for the bubbly or mulled wine! I cam across GlassCo which offer a fantastic range of glasses and at such fantastic prices. I particularly like these Manhattan glasses, they remind me of the 1940s so I can image drinking from them at Christmas time in all the glamour and sparkle!