Friday, 23 December 2016

The Annual Last Minute Gift Guide

jo malone christmas gifts 2016
Jo Malone candle

You guys know me, i'm a pretty last minute kind of gal. I get so busy in my own little cloud that before I know it, it's the 23rd December and I have two days to go to treat my family and friends (but i'm definitely not the only one). With that said, it's time for the annual last minute gift guide! If there's one thing us last minute shoppers should do, it's stick together - so without further ado, here's a little bit of everything for everyone, no matter who you're buying for this year! 

alcohol christmas gifts 2016
Blue Bottle Artisan Gin, Cockburns Special Reserve Port 
last minute christmas gift guide 2016
Rose Gold Cocktail Making Kit
The easiest gift you could ever give (and debatably the best one) - ALCOHOL! But not just any alcohol, say it with taste if you're going to do it. I find artisan Gins are always a favourite, as well as something that could be of use such as Port (particularly at this time of year when everyone's living on the Port and Cheese diet). Want to go the extra mile? Opt for something related that they might use such as this gorgeous Rose Gold Cocktail set from Domu - easy, pretty and functional. 

secret santa gift guide 2016
Limited Edition Disaronno, I Heart Wines
christmas gift guides for home 2016
VonShef Juicer/Blender, Tippleworth Cocktail Kit
The same for alcohol goes for homeware, so when it comes to my Grandma or my Sister - I know exactly which department to head to for something a little more thoughtful than a bath set. Know someone who falls victim to New Year's Resolutions (which they likely never stick to?) - pick up something like a Nutribullet like this VonShef Blender which doubles up for smoothies and juices. I'm the kind of person who likes to get people things they'll use and not throw in the bathroom basket, so for me these kind of things are the perfect gift! 

stocking fillers 2016 christmas
Mellow Lipstick, Christmas Packaged Soaps, SebaMed Face Creams
beauty stocking fillers guide 2016
Beauty Pro Brightening Collagen Mask, Blank Canvas Cosmetics Face Brush, Dr Paw Paw, Madame La La Bronzing Ball
When in doubt, fill up those stockings! Sometime's the best things come in small packages, and it's likely who ever your gifting's favourite thing is a beauty/make up item of some sort - I know that's the case for me. While I get the ladies in my life big presents each such as fragrances etc. I'll always pack out their stockings with some little treats such as skincare essentials, make up brushes, face masks and other make up items. Nothing feels better than being truly pampered! 
While little items like bronzers and lip balms are such every day essentials - I love introducing people to new brands they might fall in love with, such as Dr Paw Paw. To some, it may just be a lip balm - to me, it's a life saver! 

gifts for home guide 2016
Beauty Storage
Ok, so for me - this is basically the holy grail of gifts. BEAUTY STORAGE. But not just any beauty storage, actually gorgeous beauty storage big enough for every single item i've acquired. I'm not talking one make-up bags worth of product, i'm talking the amount of beauty products that could fill a Boots Superstore. I'm a huge product enthusiast and a massive sucker for buying new lipsticks and skincare items, so the right storage makes me so, so happy. Plus, they're super Instagrammable and that trumps everything. 

women's stocking fillers 2016
Divine Lips by Joan Collins, Plump It! Lip Gloss, St. Moriz Tanning Mousses

So these are definitely more for the stockings - but again as I said, sometime's they're the best parts! You can never go wrong with beautifully packaged make up items. These Joan Collins lipsticks are surprisingly gorgeous, they're beautifully packaged and glide on so smoothly, so they're a really great gift if your Nan or your Mum love new lip colours. And in my Northern family, Fake Tan is a winner EVERY TIME. 
mens beauty gift guide christmas 2016
Gucci Guilty for Men 
Men are so much easier than women to buy for - they don't treat themselves like women do, so it's guaranteed there is so much more on the market that you can surprise them with. Fragrance Direct do some incredible sets every year that are perfect for easy gifting and stocking filling - and with more and more grooming brands landing on-site, i'm guessing next year will be ever more of an incredible offering! 

pyjama christmas gift guide 2016
Pug Onesie
Next on the easy gifting list? Anything pyjama related, of course! It's all about treating people to those cosy items we don't really use our own disposable income on, like fluffy onesies, super soft dressing gowns or luxurious pyjamas. This pug onesie is from South Beach who have some amazing novelty items including dressing gowns, onesies and slippers - and for me i've found Boux Avenue and Victoria's Secret are always a favourite! 
fashion blog christmas gift guide 2016
Avalon Organics Creams, Paul Smith Socks Set, Impulse Cracker Gift Set
real techniques gift set christmas 2016
Real Techniques Multitask Set

You can't go wrong with mini sets when they're as amazing as this. Real Techniques will never let you down in the gift department - I know so many people who swear by them or try them for the first time and are completely wowed, and at £20 a set, they're more of a treat to some than continuously replaecable. Plus, they're super pretty so if you could put some in my stocking, Santa, that would be great!
sexy hair beauty blog review 2016
Sexy Hair Range
A pretty versatile gift for a friend, sister, mum or nan - the SexyHair range has products for every hair type which was great to see. I love when a brand takes the time to develop something for everyone rather than a fit for all since it can go really really wrong that way. The cute packaging isn't too young or too serious, making for a perfect gift for literally anyone. 

sleek matte minis review beauty blog
Sleek 'Say The Magic Word' Matte Minis
So these, i'm in love with. Matte lipsticks have been all the rage over the past year with both NYX and Kylie Jenner absolutely reigning with their product releases. I own so many from both brands and I just can't get enough so when I tried these and saw they had gift sets available, I know they were the perfect gift. I've converted even my mum to the likes of a matte liquid lipstick over a classic creamy lipstick now and they're continuously more popular than ever. Sleek have some gorgeous colours and the fact that you get to try four different classic shades for only £5 makes for the best stocking filler of all time. 

stocking fillers beauty blog
Eylure Enchanted Lashes Range, Bee Jolly Scented Spiced Orange Candle

phillips rose gold epilator review
Phillips Satinelle Epilator, Andrew Collinge Hair Products
Bored of make up options for stocking fillers? Phillips have really upped their style recently, with the infusion of beautiful metallic details across a lot of their products - this Epilator included. So Epilating - sure, it's not glam, but it's useful and someone is going to be really appreciative of this kind of thing for Christmas (I know I would be since I would never spend my own money on something like this), and you know, again... It's pretty. Who knew Epilators could be Insta-worthy?

last minute christmas gift guide beauty blog
The Bluebeards Revenge EDT Set, Grace Cole Bath and Body Creams
And finally, if you've never bought someone something bath related/toiletry related for Christmas then a round of applause for you for such effort! I don't think i've ever met someone who doesn't love a good bath or scented product - especially one well packaged. For this type of gift, it's all about the quality and i've heard great things about The Bluebeard's Revenge. Know someone who's sporting a good beard? He's probably going to love this brand for their alternative packaging and approach to branding - they're definitely not boring. 


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