Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Ultimate Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

I know I'm not the only one out there that does just about everything last minute. It's the only way I can get my ass into gear to actually get something done. Christmas shopping every year, birthdays too, my dissertation when I was back at University, just about everything... Hence also why this gift guide has gone up a little later than everyone else's. So if you're in the same boat as me, and need a little bit of festive inspo this year, read on... 

The Stocking Fillers

Indie Bay Pretzel Bites

I love finding tasty treats in my stocking each year and these Indie Bay Pretzel Bites are new favourite of mine. Introduce them into your and your love ones lives this festive season (and they go delightfully with a glass of wine or prosecco). 

Grow Me Sprouts, £3.99

Sprouts are becoming more and more loved in many households. Long are gone the days of soggy sprouts and dreading eating them. There are so many delicious ways to cook them and with that there are so many sprout lovers out there (me included, blooming love them!) and with that this is a little 'lol' gift to pop in that sprout lovers stocking this year. 

Masque Bar Pretty Animalz Polar Bear Nourishing Face Mask, £4

I fell hook, line and sinker when I saw this range of festive sheet masks and knew it was the most perfect stocking filler I've ever seen. This range of sheet masks hits the masking trend but are so festive you can't help falling in love. 

Lypsyl Mirror Compact Heavenly Vanilla, £4.99 

This is just adorable. A beautifully scented lip balm with a cute little mirror for easy on-the-go application. A lovely scent and so incredibly useful. 

Bronnely Orchid Hand & Nail Cream, £5

A lovely hand cream in a cracker, need I say any more when it's this affordable? 

Kneipp Herbal Bath Collection, £5.95 

I am obsessed with bath oils but finding them on a budget can be a little on the difficult side. When Kneipp came into my life a few years ago, I haven't looked back as they are so great and so budget friendly. This collection includes three of their bath oils - including my favourite "Cold Season" with Eucalyptus as it's perfect for when you're feeling under the weather, especially at this time of year. 

Barry M Get Matchy Lip & Nail Kit, £5.99

If budget friendly beauty is what you're looking for, Barry M is just perfect. Their products don't break the bank but are seriously incredible. I have loved their nail polishes for years and my collection hasn't stopped growing. Their Matte Me Up liquid lipsticks however are a new entry to my makeup collection this year, but the quality again doesn't disappoint. They apply beautifully and last well, and I'm starting to grow a collection of these too. 

Mane ‘n Tail Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.99 each

Mane 'n Tail is a cult favourite hair brand and I see it constantly being talked about more and more. The new formula of the Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner is the perfect addition to any stocking and is the perfect hair strengthener for damaged hair at this time of year.

I include Weleda in my gift guide every year and the beautiful Citrus scent is always one of my favourites. This stocking filler is the ultimate gift for anyone as it's so useable- but so luxurious at the same time. Treating someone to a luxurious version of something they use all the time is one of my favourite things to do. 

The Essie Gel Couture Nail Polishes are some of the longest wearing polishes I've come across. Their shade range is ever growing and I adore the beautiful design of the bottles inspired by couture dresses. The perfect stocking filler as you can choose the shades that suit the person you're buying for.  

Beauty Kitchen Rainbows Hand & Body Soap Lotion Duo, £10 

If you know someone that loves colour, you need to pick this up for them! Hand soap and cream is something that everyone uses and I love using this time of year as an excuse to get my hands on a nice set. The best bit about this set from Beauty Kitchen is that 100% of the sales of this product go to Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People. 

REN Skincare Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Bath Oil Stocking Filler, £10

I adore REN. Their products are luxurious but still work incredibly well. I adore them. This Bath Oil is the perfect stocking filler if you're looking for luxury on a budget. It's an incredibly relaxing scent and I am already tempted to pick up a larger one. 

Time Bomb Hand Cream Cracker, £10

Beauty crackers are one of my all time favourite Stocking Fillers. Yes, they can sometimes be super expensive but this budget friendly but still super luxurious one tops my list. I have loved Time Bomb for a long time and the two mini hand creams included in this cracker don't disappoint. 

Glossier Balm Dot Com, £10

I have fully jumped on the Glossier hype and alongside my love of their Boy Brow, their Balm Dot Com's are the products that have totally blown me away, and at £10 each they're the perfect stocking filler. I have Birthday and Cherry and totally recommend both. With so much hype around this brand, I don't know who wouldn't be happy to find this in their stocking this year. 

Teapigs Selection Box, £10.95 

As a tea obsessive, I couldn't not include this. A luxurious tea set, this Selection Box features a mixture of singular teas from the classic Everyday Brew to Chai, and from Lemon and Ginger to Superfruit and is perfect for any tea lover out there. 

Pai The Landmark Edition: Rosehip Oil, £15

Pai are one of my all time favourite skincare brands as their products are gentle, but still get the job done. This adorable little gift set is perfect for someone that's looking to hydrate their skin. This oil is a great all-rounder, so if you're unsure it will still go down well, trust me. 

KORRES Oh Little Stars Gift Set, £15 

Christmas and stockings are the perfect time to stock up on mini's for your travel plans throughout the year. The KORRES Oh Little Stars set features a selection of mini shower gels and body lotions - the products I actually use! And they smell incredible. 

I often think about how I never get through a full sized nail polish, and so when I spotted this mini nail polish gift set I had to include it. The collection features super wearable shades with a subtle festive edge. It's just beautiful. 

Aveda Cracker, £18

Aveda's products are seriously incredible - and if you know someone that loves looking after their hair, you need to get them this. Super festive but not at all gimmicky like some gifts can be, this Beauty Christmas Cracker will not disappoint!
My most expensive stocking filler, but trust me it's worth it. Gatineau's products are incredible, the cracker includes the DefiLift 3D Revolumising Lipcare, enriched with soothing Lavender Extract and Shea Butter to soothe and soften, as well as Hyaluronic Acid to create a plumping effect. Hit the plumped lip trend with this Christmas cracker. 

For The Skincare Lover

Sukin Super Greens Facial Set, £19.99

The Sukin Super Greens Mask is one of my all time favourite skincare products and when I spotted it in a set, I just had to include. Treat the skincare lover to a pamper this Christmas with this set, you won't regret it.

I include Bee Good in my gift guides every year and this time I had to include this skincare duo as it features my favourite product from the brand - their Lift & Brighten Eye Cream alongside their Plump & Firm Moisturiser. Beautiful natural products that will fit perfectly into anyones skincare regime. 

The Omorovicza Cracker, £25

This is one of the most beautiful crackers I've seen. It's luxurious from the packaging of the products straight to the incredible products inside. I'm a massive fan of the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser and I'm so glad to see it inside this. Also included is the Refining Facial Polish. 

If you're looking for the ultimate skincare regime in perfect travel-sizes, you've come to the right place - and it comes in a gorgeous pouch too. The set features 7 mini's from the range including my favourite - their Floracil Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. 

I adore the Evolve skincare range. I have loved their Radiant Glow Mask for a long time now, and not just because it smells like chocolate! So when I spotted this gorgeous set, including just that alongside their Hyaluronic Serum I just had to include it. Both are 30ml sizes and are the ultimate way to give these products a go before picking them up full size. 

The packaging of this made me fall in love with it at first sight. The products inside are cult favourites, including the full-size V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream alongside minis of the Flash 1 Minute Facial and Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial. 

Pai The Landmark Collection, £40

This skincare set might just be my favourite. I adore Pai's cleanser - it's super gentle but gives my skin a deep clean so I'm glad to see it in this set this year. Accompanied by their day cream and rosehip oil, this set is perfect for everyone as it suits all. 

If you know someone that's into their natural beauty, then this will be right up their street. The #SaveStan set is perfect for any seahorse lovers out there as alongside the skincare products is a 4 month seahorse adoption pack - so adorable! Skincare wise, the set includes a facial oil, moisturiser and mask.  

Another gorgeous set from the incredible guys at Beauty Kitchen. I adore finding out what's unique about each set and this one is no different. Each gift set includes a beautiful tartan bag handmade in the UK using off-cuts from the production of kilts that would normally go to waste. Inside the bag are daily essentials; a cream cleanser, facial concentrate and moisture cream. 

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser, £42 

My absolute favourite cleanser of the moment. A gentle cream cleanser that is perfect for everyday. Christmas is often about gift sets and minis and although I do love that (as you can tell by a lot of the rest of the guide) I think it's also a good opportunity to pick up luxury staples that the person you're buying for actually needs. This is an ideal cleanser for anyone and if the amount of empties I've got through is anything to go by, then you must pick one up. 

Gatineau Aquamemory Replenish Collection, £54 

This time of year calls for skin nourishment wherever possible and this set from Gatineau is perfect. Not only is it packaged beautifully, but the set includes hydration essentials including the Moisture Replenish Cream, Eye Roll On, Cream Mask and Mask Brush. 

Eve Lom Perfecting Ritual Collection, £125

I adore Eve Lom's cleanser and the rest of the skincare range doesn't disappoint. The packaging of this set is perfect for any copper/rose gold lovers and they will fall hook, line and sinker for what's inside. If you're looking to treat a skincare addict, treat them to this.

For The Makeup Obsessive 

Leighton Denny Two Of A Kind Collection, £10 

The most adorable luxury nail set, perfect for this time of year. I adore Leighton Denny polishes as they apply beautifully to the nail and these do not disappoint - plus they come in a beautiful shade range to pick the perfect shade duo for who you're buying for. 

Metallic nails are perfect at this time of year and if you're looking for choice the Molton Metal Gift Set from Barry M is ideal. 

Barry M Cosmic Nights Gift Set, £14.99 

Another beautifully festive set from Barry M and it's perfect if you're on a budget as it includes several party season essentials - perfect if they've got a big night out planned post-Christmas or for New Years Eve. Bold lashes, on point highlight, festive glitter and bold liner is included here.

Butter London Little Gems Set, £15

Mini nail polishes are one of my favourite things to receive at Christmas. I'm all about having a lot of choice when it comes to my nails and this gives you just that. A selection of wearable shades in Butter London's lovely formula. Love!

Lipstick Queen Transformative Trio, £22

I adore the concept of this lipstick set. Not only is it affordable, it's super fun too and wearable for all. Each lipstick changes from the bullet to when you apply it and if you can't have fun with a lovely set like this at Christmas, then when can you. A must buy! 

Elements: The Art of Makeup by Yasmin Heinz, £36

The ultimate makeup coffee table book by the incredible Yasmin Heinz,  published by Prestel. This book is filled with some of the most beautifully artistic makeup looks and is perfect for a flick through with your coffee. If you're looking for inspiration or know someone that would love this, it's a must buy. 

HD Fake It ‘Til You Make It Gift Set, £69

For insta brows, you need this set. It includes everything you need to create the ultimate brow look and of course from HD, the brand that invented HD Brows, you're in great hands as the products are super high quality. 

I always love to try and give people gifts at Christmas from brands they may not have tried yet and Inika is a great one for this. I've loved the brand myself for years but it's often one of those brands when mentioned, they haven't heard of. This gift set from Inika includes everything you need to create the ultimate base including an incredible foundation brush. I also have fallen for the beautiful case it comes in. Love! 

For The Person In Your Life Who Needs A Pamper

Beauty Kitchen Love Me Little Princess Kisses Bath Bombs, £12 

Bath bombs are one of my go-to's when it comes to a pamper and these from Beauty Kitchen do not disappoint. I adore the Beauty Kitchen range and these super cute hearts are the perfect addition to any pamper session. 

Sheet masks are all the rage at the moment and I adore the idea of this gift set. I love choice and Skin Republic has given us 4 incredible ones here for the ultimate pamper. For the face, eyes, feet and hands this set covers all basis and I am hooked. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Festive Winter Hand Trio, £18 

Crabtree & Evelyn always have the most beautiful festive scents and this hand trio in festive winter fragrances is no different. If you're looking for hand creams to keep you going in the festive spirit, this is the perfect set. 

Baileys Chocolate Luxe Cream Liquor, £18

Hit all basis on the pamper front and what better to add than a little drink. Baileys is the ultimate festive drink and this Chocolate Luxe edition is perfect for Christmas. I always pick up some chocolate too to go alongside this, Cadburys is my current go-to as it always goes down well. 

Trilogy Body Care Botanical Beauties, £19.50 

Body care is something that often gets forgotten about and Trilogy have the most beautiful body products. I'm all about gifting people with things that they will actually use and I just know that the Body Oil and Hand Cream included here will go down a treat. 

Luxurious shower gels are a beautiful part of a pamper and KORRES includes a beautiful selection including my absolute favourite from their range - fig. 

Toni & Guy Style Fix Straighteners, £30

Hair is something that often gets forgotten about and for me, a pamper isn't finished until I've done my hair. These Toni & Guy Straighteners are incredible for the budget friendly price and certainly don't look as though they would have cost so little. If you're looking for high impact for a low price, for something that actually works, then these are a great option.  

I am obsessed with OGX haircare and so when I spotted they have gift sets, I just had to include. I've not tried a product from the range I haven't loved and I know this one will be no different - and the Vanilla and Chai scent sounds just INCREDIBLE.

Aquis Long Hair Towel, £30

Christmas is often about buying gifts for people they wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves but would love and this is just that. I'm not sure I'd pick myself up a towel specifically for my hair in the vein of saving money, but I have always wanted to try one of these. They're incredibly luxurious and I'd love to see it under the tree this year!

Weleda Luxury Three Drawer Gift Set, £32

I think I might just include this in my gift guide every year but it's so incredible I can't not. If you know someone who loves mini's or travels a lot - you need to get this for them. It's a little drawer gift set stashed with travel mini's perfect to keep your beauty needs great on-the-go. 

Onto potentially the most luxurious inclusion of my gift guide and most definitely my favourite. Aurelia Skincare is one of my favourite skincare brands, and this gift is seriously incredible. If you're looking for the ultimate set to upgrade someone's pamper - this is it. It includes their limited edition Peacefulness Candle, their Cell Repair Night Oil and Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser. 

For The Home Fragrance Collector

Mini Moderns Darjeeling Tea & Fig Candle, £24 

I knew this candle would be right up my street before I had even smelt it. It is truly incredible. If you know a tea lover, you need to get your hands on this beautiful candle. The best bit about the fragrance? The Tea is mixed with Fig for a beautiful fragrance. 

Another candle for tea fans out there, this Earl Grey candle smells like just that, Earl Grey. The packaging is truly stunning and I feel so happy to have this out on my coffee table. 

If you're looking for a fresh festive scent, this is just it. ESPA is again another brand I include in my guides every year and this candle is one of the best from the brand I have come across. I'm a little obsessed with it. 

Neom Christmas Wish 3 Wick Candle, £45

I get myself one of these every year and they never disappoint. Potentially my all time favourite Christmas scent, and in fact, I've already got through one of these already this year and the temptation to pick up another is just so real. I will never get bored of this luxurious fragrance. 

Crabtree & Evelyn White Cardamon Diffuser, £50 

Crabtree & Evelyn have some incredible home fragrance options at this time of year and this Diffuser is so luxurious. If you're looking for a gorgeous diffuser that will look perfect in your home at this time of year, then you're in luck. You need this. 

Another candle from the Limited Edition range from Aurelia. This is their Wakefulness candle and with notes of grapefruit, mandarin, rose geranium, palmarosa & neroli and ylang ylang it is perfect for re-energising and uplifting. If you know someone that's in need of a boost, this is the scent for them. It's beautiful. 

For The Lover Of Fragrance (When Your On A Budget)

4711 Original Cologne 100ml, £17.49

If you're looking for a classic fragrance on a budget, this is a great option. This launched originally back in 1792 and with it's refreshing citrus-based fragrance that warms to a light floral, woody base it's a great option for Christmas this year.

Babe perfume, £24.99 

If you're buying for someone a little younger, this is a great option. This fragrance is super colourful with notes of rose, ylang, violet, orris and lily alongside a slightly woody edge with sandalwood, moss and ambrette. 

Ted Baker Beauty Bow Mia Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £24 

I fell hook, line and sinker for the beautiful packaging of this set. A fragrance and a mini mirror compact is a perfect gift if you're on a budget and are looking to wow. 

Missguided Babe Power EDP set, £28

Another Babe fragrance to add to the mix. This is a fail safe if you know someone buys their clothes from Missguided - or if they love Instagram as this is so Instagramable. 

Ted Baker Ella 100ml Fragrance, £30

If you'd prefer to spend your budget on more fragrance though, the 100ml version of the Ted Baker fragrances are a great shout. Have a sniff and pick your favourite, but Ella is my current favourite. 

Roger & Gallet Extraits De Cologne Cassis Frenesie 100ml, £54 

If you're looking for luxury without spending too much, the new range of Roger & Gallet fragrances will be right up your street. Fragrances can be incredibly expensive and although often worth it, it can be hard to make the right decision. These fragrances are incredible quality and with the most beautiful pastel packaging I have the need to collect them all. 

For The Man In Your Life

Brisk Beard Shampoo, £4.99 

Brisk is my go-to for bearded men at this time of year and their shampoo always goes down well. Men don't always look after their beards as much as they should, and often I find they don't know they should so giving them a gentle nudge in the right direction with a pamper product like this is great. The Brisk Beard Balm, £5.45 and Brisk Beard Oil, £6.99 are also great additions too. Pick up all three for the ultimate beardy gift. 

I always use this time of year to pick up skincare products for the men in my life as I know they like using them but often right them off as a non-essential and not worth picking up. Magnitone has a great range and their Energizing Face Wash always go down well. 

Palmers Skin Therapy Oil for Face, £10.49 

Each year, I pick up an oil for my Dad to use on his head and this is perfect. Not the most wide-reaching gift, but if you know someone with a bald head, pick them up a hydrating oil like this one for all year hydration. 

Joe & Seph's Popcorn Kilner Jar of Mince Pie Popcorn, £11.16

Mince pie popcorn. Need I say anymore? If your boy loves mince pies, buy him this. 

Alongside the Energizing Face Wash, the Resilience Moisturiser is the perfect addition to the men in your life's skincare regime. It's simple and that's why I always find it goes down well. 

Cheese, biscuits and chutney

One of my absolute favourite things around Christmas time (and I know it's many others too!). I'd recommend this incredible Paxton & Whitfield Goat Cheese Star, £6.80 because, well it's a STAR, these Peter's Yard Original Artisan Crispbread, £2.36 and this Paxton & Whitfield No 93 Ale Chutney, £4.99 because which man doesn't like beer. 

Teapigs Feel-Good Teas, £17.95 

If you know a man that loves tea, this feel-good set will most definitely go down well. This luxurious set includes three different boosting teas that will go down so well. 

Ted Baker Ag Eau De Toilette and Body Wash For Men, £34 

Ted Baker is one of my all-time-favourite affordable fragrance brands and this gift set had me written all over it when I spotted it. Not only is it packaged beautifully but the fragrance is also gifted alongside a luxurious body wash that had my boyfriend oggling it as soon as it arrived on our doorstep. I know where this one will be going...

Peaky Blinder Irish Whisky, £27.84

Whisky is always a great shout for what to buy the men in your life at Christmas. This Peaky Blinder themed one is a great option as it's a little different to the others out there. If they aren't into whisky, I'd recommend the Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin, £36.77. 

Lorna x

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