Trying hard to contain my excitement while writing this, as I am definitely one of those people who fully embrace Christmas, and love all things festive! I have to try hard to retrain putting up decorations too early and always end up buying more gifts then I really should! And it’s all because this time of year is my absolute favourite!
Gifts are definitely not the be all and end all of Christmas, but it does feel so good to give to others, especially when you see their face fill with joy as they open their pressies! I’m definitely someone who likes to put a lot thought into gifting, and I really do enjoying giving them rather over receiving them!
When it comes to gift guides, they’ve become commonplace in the blogosphere to say the least! There are so many of them, covering all sorts of gifting categories, and so there really is something for everyone! This year, my guide is an all-in-one, ultimate round up of all the gift categories I’d love to receive myself! I hope it can be useful for giving you guys some ideas!
Skincare & Nail Care
Skincare and nail care gifts are sure hit for ladies (and gents!) of all ages. For me, I love anything that I can use in my self-care routines, so you could pretty much buy anything from this catagory and I’d be pretty chuffed with it!
Earlier this year I tried the Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask and it is such a gentle but effective mask for my Winter-sensitive skin! Pai is a brand that prides themselves on high quality, natural ingredients and technologies, so all skin types are safe with this one! Another mask I love for the same reasons is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask!
If you’re looking for something a bit more high-end and luxe, the Lucia Magnani Skincare range is absolutely stunning! I was just as impressed with the beautiful packaging as I was with the amazing quality of the products!
For a body treat, why not try the REN Morroccan Rose Gift Set! They have a couple of other great gift sets and they’re all really interesting scents! Ren skin and body care is some of my absolute faves. I have literally never used anything from Ren that I haven’t loved!
Everyone loves some nail prettying, right? I think the Nailed London Gel Wear Sets & Singles make absolutely gorgeous gifts! They’ve worn so well for me as they are gel based, I love theyre colour range too! And guess what? You can get 5 for £5 (maddnessss!) by using the code LINDSAYBLOG – trust me, you’ll love them so much you won’t want to give them away!
Okay – this is possibly my fave category of gift, but is unfortunately one that people tend to shy away from because everyone’s tastes are so different! When it comes to choosing a lifestyle gift, you can still go safe, while still choosing something stylish. I am totally in love with the cute, minimal prints from Old English. They also sell lots of other homeware, pins and personalised gifts that would be sooo great for Christmas!
Another sure winner of a gift is books! I am an absolute sucker for books, especially the pretty, blogger-library essential books! My latest faves are the Dress Scandinavian book & the Lagom book! Dreamy looking books that are such good reads!
Another kind of lifestyle gift that I love to receive are chic but functional pressies. How completely gorgeous are these matching brushstroke CaseApp case & MacBook skin?! So cute! They have so many cute pre-made designs, but you can also design your own my uploading images and deciding how they sit on the products!
I’ll be running a giveaway on Twitter next week, so keep your peepers open for that! Follow me here to keep up to date with that! www.twitter.com/lindsaydblog
NOW we’re into the good stuff! I think giving and receiving makeup for Christmas might be one of my fave things! Admittedly, unless we specifically ask for something particular, we’ll never end up buying or receiving something we’d usually purchase or already have in our stash. But how good does it feel to try something you’d not normally try, and then absolutely love it?!
There are a few things I’ve tried lately that I think would make fool-proof gifts, like The Ordinary, Coverage & Serum Foundations – they’re cheap enough to get both, and even to get a few shades. The mix perfect and can be worn individually or mixed together. They’re just great! Another perfect gift for any makeup lovers out there are palettes – the ABH Subculture Palette and Inglot Palettes are absolute stunners! Pretty packaging, like this YSL blush beauty, is also gonna win you some serious gift-giver points! For a makeup stocking filler, you cannot go wrong with some miniatures – I love this Stila lip trio minis set – the shades are so gorgeous!
Another perfect category of gift that I love to shop for is haircare & hair tools! There are so many products and tools out there, and it’s fairly easy to shop for haircare gifts with not a lot of info about someone.
I can highly recommend these amazing, if not slightly sex-toy-looking, CoCo Loco Bubble Wand from Lee Stafford. He has sooo many tools in his collections so you can find the perfect gift for any hair type, length and look! With these, it’d be great to give some extra special hair products, like the Leonor Greyl Hair & Body Oil and Serum – i have literallyused these after every hair wash for the last 2 months! Addicted is not the word! And lastly, you’d never go wrong with a hair treatment. The TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask is perfect and is SUCH a treat for your locks!
Another sure hair hit would be a haircare kit! I feel like my friends and family never seem to buy good haircare for themselves, so I love picking up cute gift sets for them. Two faves this year are the S-Factor True Lasting Colour gift set & Tigi Haut Catwalk Volume gift set!
And last but certainly not least, the trusty catch-all Christmas gift is always gonna be fragrance! A couple that I can highly recommend are the Daisy & Decadence miniatures & Calvin Klein miniatures – for those friends and family you’re not as close to, and might feel better getting a few different scents to be sure! Another winner is the uber feminine Chloe Signature fragrance. I think this would suit all ages, and is definitely a classic, chic and girly scent.