Lifestyle: 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

It’s Christmas, well nearly. I love Christmas present shopping for others and tend to spend hours agonising over sites online trying to find the perfect gift. I tend to do most of my shopping online because I’m always a bit too scared to risk heading to the shops with everyone else on their gift quest.

So I’ve put together a select Christmas gift guide to give you some shopping inspo and cute finds. I also attended a couple of Christmas in July events, you can find details of my top picks from John Lewis and Etsy here and here.

The gifts which keep on giving:

Christmas is but once a year but with these gifts they keep on giving after the big day!

Birchbox subscription

Birchbox is a monthly beauty box subscription service which delivers five beauty treats through your letterbox each month. The Christmas box includes a Ciate full size eyeliner. Birchbox is a great way try lots of different beauty brands and treats before investing in the full size product. A three month subscription costs £30 plus £2.95 per month for postage.

monthly beauty box subscription


Bloom & Wild subscription

I love having fresh flowers in my house and I don’t think there’s anything better than receiving them as a gift. Bloom & Wild has a three month subscription service which delivers beautifully packaged flowers through the letterbox. The subscription costs £50 for three months.

'Bloom & Wild flower delivery'

Not Another Bill subscription

I love the look of Not Another Bill, it’s quite a unique subscription service and includes beautifully chosen gifts to arrive at your door each month. It costs £24 a month including postage. Some of the past presents include a pineapple necklace, a glass terrarium, a leather artist’s roll and much more.

not another bill gift box


Make it personal:

I always think personalised gifts make the spirit of giving that little bit more special.

Luxe Stretch Bead Bracelet

I’ve found Not On the Highstreet has become my go-to for gorgeous personalised gifts. This bracelet caught my eye and it’s such a versatile gift it would suit anyone from your mum to your BFF. It’s only £19 and everything can be personalised – from the bead metal to the bracelet colour.

stretch bracelet


Marble alphabet coasters

Everyone loves a good cuppa and these personalised alphabet coasters make tea time all the more special and they are only £6 each from Oliver Bonas.

personalised coaster


Stocking fillers

Fair Squred Christmas Gift Set

Fair Squared is uses fair trade ingredients across all of its products and this gorgeous little set not only makes the perfect stocking filler but it also gives back. Within the set there’s a body lotion which uses Fair Trade green team from India and smells so dreamy, apricot shampoo containing Fair Trade Apricot Kernel Oil from Pakistan, vanilla shower get with Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine and Olive hand soap also containing Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine. It’s only £8.95 and can be bought online here.

fair trade beauty products

#Middle Class Problems

I love this book, it’s a collection of Tweets which have all used #middleclassproblems. Some of the examples include ‘have you seen the price of Quiona these days?’ and ‘too much truffle oil gives me a headache.’ It’s a great read for over the Christmas table. The book costs £6.99 and can be bought online here.

Pink Fizz Bath Salts

These bath salts not only smell super dreamy but they also make a really gorgeous stocking filler and they won’t break the bank at £6 each.

bath salts in pink fizz


Gifts for beauty lovers

Everyone loves a little bit of me time and the chance for some pampering.

Docteur Renaud, My Glowing Complexion Programme

This cute little kit includes a cleanser, eye cream and daily face cream and each one smells so so good. Each product is made using active ingredients from fruits, vegetables or flowers. This would be the perfect gift for a beauty loving travel addict and ideal for any hand luggage bag and it’s only £9! You lucky lot could win your very own kit, I’ve got one to give away.

glowing complexion programme beauty products

Jamela Luxurious Gold Crystal Collagen under-eye masks

These look and feel so luxurious on the skin. Each eye mask contains a combination of collagen, hyaluronic acid and gold, each contains oodles of anti-oxidants and vitamins for the skin. Using these under your eyes will reduces puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. Each box contains five sets and costs £17.  These would be the perfect product to use on a long haul flight when your skin feels a little lack lustre. And guess what?! I’ve got one box to give away!

eye masks with gold and collagen


New Look Strobe Highlighter Palette

New Look has recently launched its brand new beauty range and it’s so so good and so reasonably priced. I love this strobe highlighter palette and it’s only £7.99! The perfect present for a beauty lover.

new look highlighter palette

Amelia Cosmetic Bag      

Oliver Bonas is a dream for presents and this coral make up bag is no exception, it’s only £10 and such a beautiful colour. It’s the perfect size to fit in any handbag and will look great on any travels.

coral make up bag from Oliver Bonas



Gifts for foodies

Who doesn’t love a food related gift!

John Lewis Hamper

Nothing says Christmas like a hamper filled with delicious goodies. John Lewis have some great hamper options to suit all budgets. I’ve picked up the ‘Taste of Christmas’ carton for my Uncle and it literally has everything you need; mince pies, cheese twists, shortbread and more and it was only £20!

john lewis christmas hamper


Gin & Tonic Gourmet Sweets

Another fabulous Not On The Highstreet find, who doesn’t love a gin& tonic?! These are the perfect way to taste your favourite tipple without cracking out the gin at 9am! They come beautifully packaged in this glass bottle with a cork stopped. They cost £9.95 with £3.75 for postage.

Gourmet gin & tonic sweets


Have you completed your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you leaving it until the last minute and will do a mad dash on Christmas Eve? I’d love to see your top finds for 2016!


Now as it’s nearly Christmas I have a little giveaway of the Docteur Renaud My Glowing Complexion Programme and Jamela Luxurious Gold Crystal Collagen under-eye masks. I have one of each to giveaway and one lucky person will win both!



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