“I don’t want any more candles!” Said my mum last year when I gave her all the candles from my gift guide. First up in this year’s Christmas gift guide is Wax Lyrical – the UK’s largest home fragrance company. Because mums always need candles even if they tell you they don’t. Wax Lyrical started commercial life as a small importing company, based inside a garage on the edge of Morecambe Bay. Unlike the businesses based in my garage, these guys grew their idea into more than just piles and piles of stuff and now they enjoy a prestigious position in the UK home fragrance market. From their home in the Lakes, new scents are constantly being developed by PhD scientists and the team are super proud of their ‘Made in Britain’ status.
Two of my picks for this gift guide lie in the Fired Earth range and they include a Chai & Lime Blossom Boxed Candle priced at, £22, and a large, luxurious Assam & White Cedar Large 2 Wick Candle priced at, £36. The third, pictured below, is very charmingly named, Gingerbread House, £11. If you want your loved one’s house to smell like the bakery that definitely exists inside Santa’s workshop, then this candle is for you my friend.
I love this little gift set from Burt’s Bees. The lip balms are the stars of the show, with the Milk & Honey body lotion acting as a bonus prize for being so bloomin’ good to your lips. At £16.99 your recipient will get a nourishing body lotion, the traditional beeswax lip balm that everyone’s heard of, a vanilla bean lip balm (as good as it sounds) and a tinted hibiscus lip balm. They all come packaged inside a sweet canvas makeup bag.
We all know and love Burt’s Bees for being animal-friendly, paraben free and lusciously natural, so this adorable set is a perfect stocking filler for those who love eco-friendly beauty. It’s available from John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Amazon.co.uk and Holland & Barrett.
It wouldn’t be a gift guide without some goodies from one of my favourite brands – the gorgeous Ted Baker. Polly is a really sweet fragrance – with yummy notes of berries and peach. At £30, it’s a decadent treat for the woman who loves Ted Baker. Inside, the rose gold top and ombre pink bottle is an irresistible combination for your dressing table. For a 100ml bottle, £30 is actually a pretty good price.
It’s a really sweet finish, so it’s not a great idea for those who prefer their muskier/heavier scents. Also in the range you’ve got Mia and Ella, all of which are available here.
When you have adulty things to do like pay the mortgage and make sure you eat something other than pizza, it can be easy to neglect yourself – your face, specifically. I always like to get fancy balms and creams for Christmas because I can never justify buying them for myself throughout the year.
This duo treatment is exactly the sort of thing I’d LOVE to get as a present – it includes a day cream and a night cream, both of which are enriched with dead sea minerals that promote skin regeneration and elasticity. The outer packaging is unnecessarily fiddly but the products themselves are gorgeous. I only mentioned the packaging because I nearly smashed one of the pots on my kitchen floor as it plummeted out of the box. That might just be me – I am nothing if not uncoordinated.
For that friend who always goes above and beyond for you, this Sukin gift set will make sure they are treating themselves too! This gift set includes a simple, three-step routine that promotes healthy, radiant skin and who doesn’t want that for Christmas?! This particular set has been formulated for sensitive skin – a must have for me. It features Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Cucumber and it retails at £25.00. It was only released in September this year and is available to buy from Holland & Barrett. The Foaming Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Mist Toner and Facial Moisturiser are beautifully designed and i’d be thrilled to receive this as a gift.
Also in the range – a ‘Super Greens’ set to put much-needed moisture back into the skin and an ‘Oil Balancing’ set to mattify oil-prone skin. Dr Organic‘s got you covered whatever your skin type.
Here’s a fact I’ve only just realised about myself – I’m madly in love with Charles Conrad – specifically this rose gold wristwatch with a mesh link strap and large 40mm face. What I love about the Charles Conrad watches is that they are all designed to be unisex. That means all the styles on offer are super simple and luxurious – real statement pieces without being fussy. The colour combinations are never-ending but they all feature that gorgeous, standout face.
This is the most expensive gift in the guide – currently retailing at £169. However, readers of this blog can grab themselves a bargain with 30% off a gorgeous watch like this one by using code GEORGIA30. This discount is valid on full price Charles Conrad pieces until 31st January 2018 on watches2u.com. Enter this code at the checkout to claim your 30% discount! Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or sale item.
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These stunning Ted Baker earrings are available from one of my all-time favourite online retailers, Amara.com. I’m completely obsessed with their dainty floral shape, rose gold finish and little Swarovski crystal in the centre. Amara’a selection of jewellery is immense and the perfect place to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. They offer everything from luxury home accessories to stocking-fillers under £25. Psst…there’s a 50% off sale right now so I’ll meet you there?
Okay. I’m super excited about this one. This £31 basket by Bloomingville is available from Amara.com and as far as I’m concerned it’s a bedroom must-have! It’s a natural, woven basket with a white painted bottom and it’s big enough to use as anything from a laundry basket to magazine storage for your guest room! Swooooon!!! Don’t even get me started on having it in an all-white bathroom full of fluffy, rolled-up towels. In fact, the entire Bloomingville collection is a dream – full of bohemian textiles, modern ceramics and stand-out storage solutions. For home interior gurus this one is a winner. Check them out on Amara here!
Based in the Scottish Highlands, Gordon Castle is home to one of the oldest walled gardens in Britain. It’s the walled garden where botanicals are grown to be crafted into a range of beauty products (and gin – but that’s a gift guide for another time!)
This incredibly luxurious salt scrub is completely free of microbeads and feels absolutely incredible on the skin. From body wash and lip balm to complete beauty sets, this luxury range is handcrafted using pure essential oils from plants and herbs grown inside the castle’s walled garden. That means no artificial fragrances or colours – just pure and simple beauty. I love that the packaging isn’t fussy either – it’s just pure goodness. The salt scrub isn’t cheap – it’s £24 – but as a stand-alone gift for a loved one I think it would be a thoughtful choice, especially since it helps to support a thriving family-run business. Take a look at the Castle’s collection here.
Melody Maison have won Christmas as far as I’m concerned. Just look at this! It’s made from solid wood and it’s just the right size for the bottom of the Christmas tree. Not only is Melody Maison full of gorgeous, affordable home furniture, they also have the most incredible Christmas decorations. This large wooden sleigh retails at £32.95 and I’m completely in love with it. It’s also available in a slightly smaller size, which is £16.95. For someone who loves the festive season, you really can’t go wrong with this gift. It will become a treasured part of their Christmas decor tradition (and they’ll love you forever).
I hope these gorgeous ideas have inspired you to start your Christmas shopping! If they have just induced a panic that can only be cured by Quality Street…that’s fine too! If you’re still stuck for ideas, why not visit Suggestr? With carefully curated sections for finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, it takes all the stress out of searching for gifts they’ll love.
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