Can Santa Compete With The Ultimate Xmas Gift Guide?

07/10/2021
Can Santa Compete With The Ultimate Xmas Gift Guide?

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Is the countdown to Christmas exhilarating or slightly nerve-wracking? The idea of spending time with your loved ones, gift giving, indulging in bottomless alcohol and food over board games and classic Christmas movies, like Home Alone, all sounds exciting, but what about the prep-work? The ‘P’ word – be it preparation or planning – counts for everything in the lead up to Christmas.

The saying “the early bird catches the worm” is true, so be the person who stocks up on Christmas gifts, especially toys and turkeys, in advance, mainly if a shortage of both does occur this year. Where does that leave us? Well – it is events like Christmas In July Group, for example, that give journalists and influencers first dibs on product launches ahead of the festive season. As a result, consumers may feel encouraged to make swift buying decisions beforehand and, thus, budget accordingly for when such products launch.

Expertly-Curated Gift Guide

Gift shopping should not be last-minute as that might lead you to panic buy and resort to bath or hand soaps for your BFF – not my idea of an exciting gift. That said, it all begins with unique (and expertly-curated) Christmas gift ideas to give you a head start and put a creative spin to gift shopping. Why trawl the high street for gifts (unless you enjoy that type of shopping experience) when you can purchase some beautiful gifts online with additional guidance, right here.

Spoilt For Choice

There is something for everyone. Hold onto your seats while I introduce you to one-of-a-kind skincare, Miami Cocktails, Hollywood Browzers, Mood Cards, Bathhouse Seaweed collection and – wait for it – a water bottle combined with rock crystal. As suggested, it is worth exploring more innovative offerings while keeping the mug gift set on the back burner. That is where this gift-gifting advice comes in handy, which is not limited to Christmas. Feel free to apply it to other special occasions – birthdays or anniversaries. Alternatively, use it to buy a well-deserved gift for yourself.

The art of picking an irresistible gift boils down to two things – creative innovation and value for money. Santa and his helpers need to up their game in their gifting suite. A pair of socks or razors, as stocking fillers, will not make the final cut this year when there are more adventurous choices up for grabs. “Santa’s Coming For Us…Ho, Ho, Ho!”

Snow Garenia

  1. MOR Emporium Classics Snow Gardenia. Feel unique gift. MOR – Peacock is a symbol of Creativity and Aspiration, Paradise and Royalty, Spirituality and Mindfulness. RRP: £35.00.

Tisserand

2. Tisserand Aromatherapy gift – Soothing Lavender & Neroli. Improve your health, wellbeing and lifestyle naturally. 

Bath Soak – RRP: £14.00. Hand Wash – RRP: £13.00. Body Wash – RRP: £14.00.

  • Gift Tisserand Aromatherapy

Miami Cocktail

3. Miami Cocktail – Get in the mood with Organic Spritz. Vegan and gluten-free. RRP: £3.99 each

Sally Hansen x Mentos

4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x Mentos Limited Edition Collection. Say “yes to fresh” nails. RRP: £4.99 each

Lancome

5. Lancome. Hypnose Palette Bronze Absolu – RRP: £43.50. Ultra Wear Blush Stick Generous Honey – RRP: £29.50.

Bewater

6. Bewater Bottles incorporate beautiful, ethically sourced gemstones at their core, each chosen to transfer a specific energy ‘blueprint’ when the bottle is filled with water. There are four bewater ‘paths’ to chose from: belove, bepower, bejoy and bemagic. Each has been designed using gemstones inspired by these qualities. RRP: £25.95 (for adults). Junior Tritan bottles from £19.95.

  • Gift Bewater
  • Gift Bewater

Watermans

7. Watermans GrowMe & ConditionMe. The Essentials Set. Formulated with natural ingredients for maximum hair growth. RRP: £27.50.

  • Gift Watermans

Dreem Distillery

8. Dreem Distillery Night Drops. Made from the finest broad-spectrum CBD. Helps to promote sleep. RRP: £160.

  • Dreem Distillery CBD

Mood Cards

9. Mood Cards For Me & You. A set of 20 practical activities to get into a positive mindset, encourage growth, self-reflection and positivity. RRP: £12.50 each.

Dr Jackson’s

10. Dr Jackson’s Day & Night Cream. Both work in harmony to nourish and soften the skin. RRP: £40.00.

  • Gifts Dr Jacksons

Bath House

11. Bath House. Kombu Seaweed Face Care Collection. Made with natural ingredients, marine extracts and is suitable for all skin types. All products are uplifting and smell naturally divine Balancing Facial Toner – RRP: £20.00. Hydrating Cleansing Milk – RRP: £22.00. Hydrating Facial Serum – RRP: £42.00. Purifying Face Mask – RRP: £25.00. Hydrating Face Cream – RRP: £38.00. Hydrating Eye Cream – RRP: £34.00. Patchouli & Black Pepper (Eau de parfum) – RRP: £55.00. Skimming Stones NEW – RRP: £86.00 (Eau de parfum). Bath Oils: Climbing Trees NEW – RRP: £28.00, Spirit – RRP: £28.00. Rosehip & Sweet Orange – RRP: £28.00,

  • Bathhouse Collection
  • Gift Bath House
  • Gift Bath Shop
  • Gift Bath oils

Hollywood Browzer

12. Hollywood Browzer At-home dermaplaning products for smooth, glowy skin and a flawless make-up application. Hollywood Browzer – RRP: £8.95. Hollywood Perfector – RRP: £12.95. Deluxe Microfibre Puff – RRP: £7.95.

  • Gift Hollywood Browzer

Nilaqua

13. Nilaqua – The Fragrance Gift Collection. Vegan-friendly, Nilaqua works by adding a protective invisible layer to your hands which continues protecting you for up to 6 hours. RRP: £2.99 each.

  • Gifts Nilaqua

Neubria Edge

14. Neubria Edge makes your brain feel brighter and sharper, bridging the ‘nutrition gap’ with optimal levels of vitamins, minerals and botanicals. RRP: £24.99.

  • Gift Neubria

Nourish London

15. Nourish London New Limited Edition – Celebrating 10 years of Green Beauty Collection. RRP: £40.00.

  • Gift Nourish London

No Secrets

16. No Secrets ‘Mini Home Spa’ Gift Set. Skin softening and smoothing Bath Jelly, a jar of the brand-new nourishing, moisturising Hand and Body Butter and a hand-poured soy wax votive candle. Contents: Bath Jelly (15ml) x 2, Hand Butter (15g), Votive candle (5cl). RRP: £23.00.

  • No Secrets

Bagpad London

17. Bagpad London. An elegant and long-term solution for keeping designer handbags in their original perfect shape and is handmade in the UK. RRP: £40.00.

  • Gift Bagpad
  • Gift Bagpad

Wellness Slumber Box

18. Sanctuary Spa – Wellness: Slumber Box Gift Set – Cloud of Dreams. Relax, unwind and dream peacefully in the land of nod with this calming combination of night-time luxuries, that will give you the gift of restful sleep – includes a Sleep Mist 100ml, De-Stress Bath Salts 150g, Calming Candle 35g. RRP: £20.00.

  • Gift Cloud of Dreams

Sanctuary Spa Favourites

19. Sanctuary Spa Favourites Gift Set. Take time out to relax with the ultimate pamper box filled with some of the brand’s most iconic products, to give you an at-home, head-to-toe spa moment and help you truly let go – includes a Shower Oil 75ml, Body Wash 250ml, Salt Scrub 100g, Body Lotion 75ml, Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 50ml, Heel Balm 75ml, Hand Cream 75ml, Sleep Mist 50ml and Body Puff. RRP: £40.00.

  • Sanctuary Favourites

Andfragrance

20. Andfragrance Gift. Poole-based ethical fine fragrance brand. All five fragrances – (Sånd, Frånk, Måd, Båre, Beån) are available in 50ml/10ml parfum bottles – RRP: £125/£35, 50ml eau de toilette bottles – RRP: £69, and Tåg 5ml solid parfum – RRP: £35.

  • Andfragrance

Written by @styleiconnat | Gifted Partnership

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Style Icon Nat

Award-winner of the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards for most innovative celebrity stylist & lifestyle writer, Natalie is London based. Additionally, she is known for her work as a content creator and launched her blog in 2017 - Style Icon Nat's The Lifestyle Collective. The latter consolidated her creative skills and supports lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands. Natalie's fashion journey began in Harrods and Browns - South Molton Street, where she worked as a fashion consultant. In 2004, Natalie continued her fashion career as a personal shopper in Selfridges and set up Style Icon Ltd (a personal shopping company) in 2015. This led to worldwide travel for private clients, red carpet styling, student mentoring, public speaking at LFW, Clothes Show Live and British Airways corporate events. The end goal is to inspire, motivate and educate people globally. Natalie has a BA (Honours) degree in social policy & politics, PGCE and creative writing certification from Central St Martins.

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