Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s officially Christmas month!

Before delving into the subject of Christmas shopping I should probably come right out and admit to the fact that I’m a little bit of a shopaholic. Shocked? No? I didn’t think so -)

So it should as no surprise that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love buying people gifts even if it means battling though crowds at the mall and listening to horrible Christmas music all day long (some of these Christmas remixes should NOT be allowed to exist). It’s really a selfish exercise as nothing makes me happier than seeing the smile on someone’s face when they open their present on Christmas day.

I don’t always spend much money on my presents but I always try to make them as thoughtful as possible. People often ask me what’s my trick to gift giving and to be honest it’s really simple: I listen. When having conversations with my friends throughout the year I always try and take mental notes of their tastes or hobbies so that when Christmas comes around I know exactly what department to head to for them.

Of course, I realise that I’m a freak and that most people don’t spend their time obsessing about what to buy others for Christmas (nor should they really, let’s be honest). So with that in mind I thought I’d compile a Christmas gift guide for you. I’ve also divided the gift guide into categories and hobbies to make things even easier for you!

And if you really don’t know what to get for your special someone or are plagued with ungrateful family members who won’t even look twice at your offerings then consider donating money to charity on their behalf instead. Oxfam has really funny Xmas gifts options; you can ‘give someone a goat’, ‘piglet’ or even a ‘pile of poo’(although I don’t suggest getting that for your girlfriend). All of the money goes to a great cause so it’s a great way to share the love with people who really need it.

Happy shopping xoxo

Christmas Gift Guide (Part 1): Stylish Gifts For Her

1- Beauty Products

Christmas guide 2012 - Beauty Products 1- Bobbi Brown make up manual, 2- Nails Inc. French Manicure set, 3- Have a Cherry Christmas shower gel from Philosophy, 4- M.A.C Lipglosses gift set, 5- Rich caviar eye palette by Bobbi Brown, 6- False eye lashes by Bourjois, 7- Thierry Mugler Angel Giftset, 8- Nars Andy Warhol gift set, 9- Stila Seeing Stars smudge stick set, 10- Real Techniques make up brushes

Beauty products are a great option for Christmas as most women wear makeup and/or perfume. Pretty much all the brands create special Christmas sets around this time of the year which means you can get multiple products for much cheaper than you normally would. Have a look at what the person you’re buying for normally wears in term of colours: if she’s more into a natural look then stick to eye shadow palettes with earthy tones or a collection of sheer lip-glosses. If she loves a smokey eye then go for something like the Bobbi Brown ‘rich caviar’ palette below or a set of gorgeous false eye lashes! Make up brushes are also a fantastic option. One word of caution against buying perfume though: smells are a very personal thing so if you’re unsure of her taste then I suggest buying the same perfume or the body lotion or shower gel version.

2- Exercise Gear

Christmas Gift Guide - For the Sporty Woman

 

 1- Nike Shoes, 2- Nike Shorts,  3- Stella McCartney for Adidas yoga mat, 4- Adidas training top, 5- Adidas Sports bag, 6- Drink Bottle, 7- Nintendo Wii Fit, 8- Motorolla Motoactv, 9- Swiss Ball

Again there are many gift options for exercise lovers depending on what sports they are into. Yoga mats, swiss balls or sports bags are all pretty safe gift options as they can be used for different sports. If your friend hates the gym then a Nintendo Wii fit is the perfect gift, it’s a lot of fun as well! And if you feel pretty confident about their taste in clothes then shoes and sports outfits should please any sporty lady too. For the gift that keeps on giving consider registering your friend or partner to an out-of-town sports’ event and making a whole weekend out of it! And since we’re indulging, why not throw in a Motoactv in the mix?

3- Books

Christmas Gift Guide - books
From top left to right: 1- Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers, 2- My Love affair with jewellery by Elizabeth Taylor, 3- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James, 4- The Help by Kathryn Stockett, 5- Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver, 6- 1000 Places to see before you die, 7- Mystic Medusa’s Astro Guide, 8- How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by Matthew Inman, 9- The Sartorialist by Scott Shuman, 10- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier, How to be a domestic goddess by Nigella Lawson

Although I’m one of these dinosaurs who still buy books I can’t deny that Kindle and the likes are fantastic for travelling. I’m very close to caving to buying one myself. For the very few who haven’t read it yet, I suggest buying your special someone “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It also falls into the category of ‘the gift that keeps on giving’… Cooking and Coffee table books are also fantastic and there’s one to fit everyone’s interest really- you’ll find my personal favourites above (all should be available on Amazon).

4- Jewellery and Accessories

Christmas gift guide - jewellery and accessories

1- Ray Ban Sunglasses, 2- Personalised necklace, 3- Topshop Belt, 4- Marc by Marc Jacobs daisy stud earrings, 5- Michael Kors Limited Edition Paris watch, 6- Karen Walker Charm Bracelet, 7- Vivienne Westwood Wallet, 8-Vivienne Westwood Ring

It’s not only Elizabeth Taylor who’s got a love affair with jewellery – most girls love the idea of finding a jewellery box under the tree! I’m in love with the limited edition Paris watch by Michael Kors but I’m afraid it’s a little bit out of my honey’s and I’s budget…still, a girl’s allowed to dream, right?

One note of advice though: unless you’re planning to propose to your girlfriend avoid buying her a ring as the shape of the box could lead to false deductions and uncomfortable conversations (not ideal on Christmas day, especially in front of the whole family). Anything else should earn you brownie points. I personally love the thought of a charm bracelet which you can then add to over time; it also means that you won’t have to think about what to buy for your partner for the next few years: a win-win me thinks!

5- Unique Home Gifts

Christmas gift guide - house gifts

1- Veuve Cliquot Traveller Set, 2- LP dividers by Suck UK, 3- Duvet covers by Urban Outfitters, 4- Herb Garden by Simon James, 5- Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount, 6-  Chopping Boards by Joseph Joseph, 7- Riedel  Wine Glasses, 8- Ecoya Candle, 9- Bottle Opener key ring by Suck UK,
10- Vision Board by Kikki K

I love entertaining at home therefore I’m always excited at the thought of cool house gifts. Recently I’ve been dreaming of getting an ‘ideal bookshelf’ print made from artist Jane Mount. She does the cutest illustrations and you can even have your painting customised to feature all your favourite books! It’s the perfect gift for any book lover.

I know this might sound awfully domestic but these sets of chopping boards or nesting mixing bowls by Joseph & Joseph are truly awesome (especially if you have a small kitchen or live in an apartment) and so is this herb garden from Simon James.

If you have a friend in need of inspiration then a vision board could be the ticket to helping them plan out their dreams and aspirations. I have mine in my bedroom and it’s so nice to wake up to my favourite images every morning! There’s no better to start the day.

On the more conservative side: Candles, Wine Glasses or Champagne sets are always popular choices as well. I also love everything done by Urban Outfitters (their duvet covers are particularly cool) or Suck UK.