Who’d have thought I’d start compiling gifts for a Christmas Gift Guide with a brand you can buy in Holland & Barrett (amongst other places) but I’m going to?! I’ve bought the Sukin Facial Moisturiser there before and it really is lovely. This Sukin – Love Your Skin Gift Set above is reduced and around the £15 mark from Ocado and is beautifully presented in a smartgift box. It really is the most perfect present for lovers of natural skincare. The Hydrating Mist Toner is brilliant for spritzing on your face to set make-up and the moisturiser is so soothing.
Browsing my phone the other day, I came across a website I’d never heard of before called The ECO Beauty Shop and I picked up a few bits and bobs for the various ‘girls’ in the family.
The Energising Lemongrass and Lime Scented Candle by Nizou smells amazing and frankly I want to keep it for myself. It’s got the fragrance of lemons, limes and euchalyptus with a touch of lemongrass and is a really refreshing candle. I can’t stand those cloying floral ones which inevitably give me a headache but this candle from Nizou is the bees-knees! The other plus point it has is that it’s been created with pure, natural soy bean wax which is better for the environment and lasts longer too. Win-Win!
I loved this Lavender Liquid Soap by Le Petit Olivier as soon as I saw it too. It’s got an olde worlde retro feel to it and like the candle smells gorgeous. It says on the website that it’s ‘manufactured in a cauldron according to the traditional methods of Marseille Master soap makers’ (which all sounds a tad Harry Potteresque) and the fragrance comes from Grasse aka ‘the world capital of perfume’. I like to buy paraben-free toiletries and was pleased to see that this soap ticks that box.
This fab Framed House Map from IJustLoveIt.co.uk is a perfect Christmas Gift for just about anyone. The area where the house is, is highlighted in the centre.One of my daughters just moved into her first house with the Mister in her life and I bought it for her as a moving-in gift but someone will be getting one from me for Christmas too. It’s a stylish gift and comes in a good price considering it’s personalised and unique.
As always Sanctuary have some pretty amazing gift sets this Christmas. To be honest you could easily pop into Boots and buy a different Sanctuary gift box for every woman in the family. It would save a lot of time and think of the Advantage Points you’d get! I particularly like the Ultimate Spathroom Collection below and the Decadent Delights which contains my fave Sanctuary Body Scrub!
Frame Again do great cheap and cheerful photo frames which look really contemporary, bright and minimalist. You can buy an individual one or multiple complementing designs from their website where you choose the colour combination you want and then upload your chosen photo to each frame. The chunky frames are magnetic so you can stack them and kind of create 3D photo collages with them. Each of my three daughters will be getting one of these frames in colours which ‘go with’ their decor.
Balmi have some good inexpensive lip balms this Christmas too. They come in lovely metallic festive colours and fruitilicious flavours. The little Balmi pots are a stylish addition to your make-up bag or your clutch when you go out partying this Christmas and at £4.99, Balmi is a fab gift if you’re on a tight budget.
You can buy Balmi lip balms from Boots, Superdrug and a few other High St shops.
And no they’re not too sticky but are nice and shiny. Win Win!
Another website I love to bits which sells all manner of lovely scented candles, soaps, body oils, body scrubs and skin balms amongst other things is NathalieBond.com .
My all-time favourite Christmas Candle is the Orange & Clove Classic Candle from Nathalie Bond Organics. It smells so much like Christmas and because it’s blended with 100% natural soy wax, it has no hidden chemicals.