It’s that time of year again. Christmas is upon us. And yet undoubtably, things look a little different this year. 2020 has been the strangest year many of us have ever faced, with surreal lockdowns, spending time away from family and friends and surmounting financial pressure with potential redundancies and pay-cuts.
Really and truly, if this year has taught us anything it’s that time is precious and being able to use it to spend with family and friends is something you cannot put a price on and is a gift in itself. However for lots of people, Christmas is also a time to be able to treat our loved ones with material tokens of our appreciation. We give people gifts (however big or small, home-made or Amazon ordered) to show them that we are grateful for them and value the role they play in our lives.
I’ve really tried to feature a mix of expensive and more affordable gifting options, as well as those that are from small family-run businesses. Christmas may look different this year, but we can still have fun with it – however that may be!
So without further ado, let’s dive into my ultimate gift guide!
Disclaimer: features gifted items.
So many of our close friends and family have had their first babies born this year, which is incredibly exciting for us – as it means we’ve been treated to lots of baby spam and I’ve been able to fawn over the adorably tiny socks and baby-grows in the supermarket (and have an excuse to buy them)! I’m looking to put together baby hampers for each, featuring a mix of brands that have been highly recommended!
Baby Kingdom – A beautifully packaged luxury baby skincare brand, which has been passionately created by parents, for parents, using the best possible ingredients. Baby Kingdom have created products offering fresh, clean scents and are gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin to help ease symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap etc. Ranging from their best-selling Nappy Cream to the 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash, and gorgeous Body Cream, the products are 97% – 99% natural and free from sulphates, parabens and other harsh irritants, leaving baby’s skin soft, nourished and protected all day long.
Fornessi – are the go-to wrap carriers for babywearing – light, durable and silky soft to touch cocooning your baby close to feel your heartbeat. It creates a custom fit for you and your baby’s body shape, size and weight, whilst the wide straps ensure even weight distribution reducing pressure on your back. Without the bulk and fiddly adjustments of traditional carriers, it’s so easy to carry around or travel with and slips into your changing bag without taking up space. It can be washed and tumble dried easily without losing its shape or colour as it’s built to last and is certified by the Hip Dysplasia Institute. They also do some lovely bodysuits too which come in a wrap style, so they are much easier to put on!
Fisher Price Musical Moose – Suitable for babies 9M +, Linkimals Musical Moose is loaded with exciting interactive play that introduces babies to counting, colours, and more with playful songs, lights, and phrases. Just press his belly to get the light-up learning party started! Plus, when Musical Moose recognizes other Linkimals friends, they create a synchronized music and light show!
Lexie Drew Bib – this wonderful eco-friendly baby brand design and hand-make products and gifts. Lexie Drew began as a small family venture to fill a gap in the market for sufficiently absorbent bibs that not only kept babies dry, but looked stylish at the same time. The family have a background in fashion and have created the most wonderful range of products that focus on organic bamboo towelling products to ensure your baby stays dry and fashionable all day long!
Amawrap Baby Sling – With multiple awards under their belt, Amawrap’s baby slings come highly recommended! Made with 100% natural cotton, their wraps are soft, supportive and breathable and allow for optimum positioning, they are even certified ‘hip healthy’ by the IHDI. They also offer reusable wash cloths in an assortment of stylish designs, perfect for mopping up spills – and popping in the wash!
Cbeebies Puddle Mat – Available from BargainMax, this puddle mat means that kids can experience water fun without even getting wet (which I’m sure is music to parents ears!). It’s suitable for 6 months + and the mat is a great tummy time activity that includes floating character inside. Simply fill with water and air to make it nice and squidgy!
Rainbocorns Wild Heart Surprise – this supersized gift features ten layers of surprises, with six cuddly Rainbocorns to collect! There are 6 characters to find including the Toucancorn, Zebracorn, Giraffecorn, Elephantcorn, Zebracorn, Tigercorn and the Rare Sparkle Sloth!
Gund Luna Plush Toy – Another BargainMax find, Luna (love the name!) is a sweet unicorn who makes playtime with baby magical! This 7-inch plush rattle format of Luna, with her signature pink mane and golden horn, makes pleasant rattling noises as baby plays for added interactive value and sensory input.
Og by Joanne Hutchinson – This beautifully illustrated picture book story, written in rhyme, will capture the hearts of children and parents alike. Capture the magic of story time with Og, and discover what happens when an Ogre’s enchanting love of books takes him on an adventure, where he becomes the hero in the most unexpected way… There are twenty popular books referenced throughout the story, which leaves the audience guessing which books Og has listened to and enjoyed.
Christmas Around The World Advent Jigsaw – This luxurious advent calendar comes in a large gold-foiled cube box, features 24 doors, and conceals 22 beautifully illustrated festive puzzle surprises, a bottle of glue and ribbon. Each puzzle is between 30 and 70 pieces and portrays a Christmas tradition from around the world, from surfing Santas on the beach in Australia, to Christmas lights in London’s Oxford Street, mythical creatures in Nordic folklore, and Europe’s Christmas markets. Once completed, each mini jigsaw creates one of four Christmas themed puzzle shapes – a Christmas tree, snowman, bauble or stocking. Puzzlers simply coat them in the glue provided and attach ribbon to turn them into hanging decorations – that can be used next Christmas and the one after too!
Asda Photo Gifts – Personalised gifts always go down a treat with my family (there’s something so special about something with a personal touch) and excitingly, Asda have just launched their photo gifts range, which caters for a variety of budgets and features beautifully printed photo-books, calendars, magnets and jigsaws.
Rock Rose Scottish Sloe Gin (Slow Berries) – The perfect gin treat for those with a sweet tooth! This rich and fruity sloe gin has a smooth, warming finish and is packed with locally grown elderberries, sloeberries, botanicals, spices and decadent muscovado sugar. Think homemade jam tart – just in gin form!
Mermaid Salt Vodka – from the much loved Isle of Wight Distillery, this beautifully bottled vodka is infused with locally sourced sea salt that enhances its smoothness and flavour – described as being ‘like the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. Perfect on its own over ice or with a mixer, Mermaid Salt Vodka also layers on a unique savoury element for cocktails that you just can’t get with other vodkas. As with the distillery’s gins, the bottle is plastic-free, with an all-natural cork and wooden top, complemented with a plant-based, biodegradable seal. Plastic-free and Net Zero, it’s an environmentally-friendly vodka with a hint of sea air!
Bobby’s Schiedam Gin – Described as ‘Dutch courage mixed with Indonesian spice’, the recipe blends a base of juniper with whole clove, cubeb pepper, cinnamon, lemongrass, rose hips, fennel and coriander. It’s spicy and fragrant, with a burst of citrus and a bite of pepper. With the recommended garnish being a clove-studded orange slice, it’s an exotic gin that also beautifully incorporates some familiar Christmas flavours! I also love the patterned bottle, making for quite a stylish staple in your gin collection!
Cranes Cider Gift Set – Cranes natural ciders come in three delicious flavours – Blueberries & Apples, Cranberries & Limes and Raspberries & Pomegranates. And for those who can’t pick just one favourite, all three are available in a premium crated gift set (complete with pint glass) to make for the perfect present for any cider lover. Plus, they’re available on Amazon Prime, so can be easily bought over the Christmas period – even if you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the very last minute!
Mermaid Pink Gin – Not only is this the most beautifully bottled gin on the market (in my opinion), but it’s also a sweet staple in our house, with the infused flavour of fresh Island strawberries – making it subtly sweet with no added sugar!
Nikka Days Blended Whisky – Nikka Days is a sunny and bright blended Japanese whisky with both fruity and malted flavours. I love the bold packaging – and the whisky lovers in our family are sure to appreciate the subtle hints of fresh and fruity apples, pears, honeydew melon, strawberry and lemon cheesecake!
Conker Gin – Distilled in Bournemouth, this is Conker’s refreshing take on a classic London Dry; with 10 well-balanced botanicals and refreshing notes of elderberries, marsh samphire and hand foraged gorse flowers.
INNERJI – There’s a new natural drink in town, and it’s going to revitalise the nation. Introducing INNERJI, the first ever caffeine-free, carbonated, low sugar tonic made with the unique antioxidant properties of Jiaogulan. Also known as ‘the herb of immortality’, Jiaogulan is found deep in the mountainous regions of the far east and possesses the most wide-ranging benefits for human health and wellness of any plant yet discovered. The super-herb is also proven to include wellness benefits such as reducing high cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and improving heart function, making you feel good from the inside-out. Perfect for any occasion and to be drunk at any time of day, on its own or in a cocktail, this refreshing 100% natural drink is available in Tropical Lime flavour!
AlcoSenseExcel – We’re all partial to a festive tipple or two – and in usual times, doing the rounds to family and friends in the car means we’re usually watching our intake too! This clever device is extremely accurate, helping you to know when alcohol has cleared your system. One of these could be a life-saver for you, your passengers or other road users and pedestrians.
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Venezuelan Rum – A multi-award winning Venezuelan dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper pot before being aged for up to 12 years.
White Heron British Cassis Blackcurrant Liqueur – Crafted with locally grown blackcurrants, this fruity liqueur is rich and full bodied. It has a fruity yet sharp flavour, the burst of blackcurrant imbued with a hint of sweetness. A delicious aperitif or the perfect complement to champagne or prosecco, cocktails and desserts!
Boatyard Double Gin – A delicious fresh gin, with a hint of refreshing zesty lemon! The Boatyard Distillery is an award winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne in north west Ireland.
The Whisky Exchange London Dry Gin – Created by The Whisky Exchange this elegant London Dry Gin is made with seven expertly-selected botanicals presented in a striking bottle for you to personalise for the special person in your life. Simply choose from six label designs, add one of the custom messages and include your own dedication, or there is an option to personalise the entire label.
Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur – This is the ultimate coffee liqueur for coffee lovers. Plus, it is handcrafted from Grade 1 Speciality Ethiopian and Brazilian coffees, grown using sustainable practices that help small, independent farmers produce exceptional coffee in harmony with nature, for a fair price.
Vandestreek Non-Alcoholic IPA – This 0.5% ABV India Pale Ale gives you smooth flavour from three different types of American hops – Mosaic, Citra and Cascade!
The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters Cocktail Flavouring – This will add Mediterranean aromas to your drinks with its delicate green olive flavours, soft hints of salt, notes of brine, mustard, sage, and thyme. They are a perfect match for all white spirits like vodka, gin, and blanco tequila.
Reverend Hubert Winter Gin Liqueur – A balanced and smooth warming gin liqueur bursting with aromatic notes of dried fruit, winter spices and the freshest organic orange and lemon zest from Amalfi. To be enjoyed neat or as part of a cocktail. Created on the edge of the cotswolds in small batches by hand with natural ingredients – and bottled colourfully!
Vahdam Tea Gift Set – For the tea lover in your life, these stunning gift sets feature handpicked teas in India. The ‘Blush’ set is a trio of unique blends with a number of health benefits. Choose from Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea, Earl Grey Masala Chai Tea and Saffron Masala Chai. The Adventures of Chai features six indulgent blends, including Masala Chai, Sweet Cinnamon Masala Chai, Kashmiri Kahwa Chai and Turmeric Spiced Herbal Tea!
Sensica’s Sensilift Mini – Light, compact and powerful, the Sensilift MINI helps to slow down the signs of ageing, reduce wrinkles and smooth your skin. Enjoy visible results with just one 5-minute treatment a week. For a long-lasting improvement, use consistently on your face and neck to tighten and firm your skin.
Edifier TWS1 – The TWS1 earbud headphones have recently been relaunched in a range of stylish colours (including dark navy, mint green and a beautiful blush pink…yay!). They have 8 hours of playback time, with an additional 24 hours using the compact charging case; perfect for travelling with. They are wireless and ergonomically fit into the ear cavity, promoting comfort and security, meaning you can really lose yourself in what you are listening to. The IPX5 rating means they are splash and sweat proof so are perfect for working out with.
T3 Lucea ID – Introducing smart styling! The T3 Lucea ID 25mm Smart Flat Iron uses unique CeraGloss ceramic plates for added smoothness to the hair cuticles, working to maintain a luxurious and long-lasting shine. If a style touch-up is required, this iron includes a Refresh Mode, specifically curated so that the hair is exposed to less heat for added protection. Amazing!
TomTom Go Camper – As winter ‘staycations’ become the new Christmas vacations travelling via campervan and camping is now more popular than ever. Crucial for a successful trip, portable navigation devices are among the most popular accessories for campers & caravans. They differ from their counterparts for normal cars by taking the special requirements of campers & caravans into account when planning routes. They also offer key information relevant for campers such as rest areas & nearest campsites. In time for Christmas staycation season and trips to visit family, navigation expert TomTom and ACSI, Europe’s leading campsite expert, have collaborated to create a collection of more than 9,000 points of interest (POIs) for the TomTom GO Camper navigation system to help campers plan their next winter trip!
STM Goods ChargeTree – A stylish tech gift this Christmas – whilst most 3 in 1 chargers available look like a flattened hockey puck, the ChargeTree is bucking the trend by taking things vertical. Slim and sleek, the ChargeTree fits the most it can into a small footprint – it will charge your phone, AirPods/AirPods Pro and Apple Watch. The front features a small lip for the phone to rest on meaning that, whether it is placed horizontally or vertically, the phone will always be aligned perfectly with the charger. It is also a great stand for watching videos or making video calls at the same time as charging.
Mainline Menswear – The men in my life are notoriously difficult to buy for since they are quite specific about what brands they like and each Christmas, I find myself panic buying socks from M&S for all of them last minute! This year, I was delighted to discover Mainline Menswear who stock 85 designer brands (ranging from Nike to Ralph Lauren) and over 8000 products! They even have an outlet section where you can find designer items at much lower prices!
Bluebeards Revenge Gift Set – “Despite the myths you might hear, guys are always chuffed to unwrap a bundle of grooming goodies!” Bluebeards Shaving Cream and Post-Shave Balm Set is the essential skincare package for men. It combines two of their best-sellers to tackle stubborn stubble while soothing razor rash and redness with ease.
Sif Jakobs Ellera Earrings – This stunning pair of 18K gold plated hoop earrings are the perfect staple accessory to any outfit. I’ve been looking for an everyday pair for quite some time now, but have never quite come across the thickness and style I’d envisioned until now! I love how elegant and expensive these look, while still appearing minimalist and classic!
Our Remedy’s Ultimate Hot Chocolate Gift Set – Female-founded brand Our Remedy’s have created a beautiful festive gift set featuring their award-winning CBD for women and vegan hot chocolate! Their Moon Swings Oil mixes into hot chocolate like a dream, creating a decadent and delicious mint hot choc treat that not only tastes wonderful but may soothe pains, anxiety and help minimise sleep disruptions. Featuring everything you need to create this much loved festive staple (including a beautiful pink ceramic mug), it’s reassuring to know that everything is packaged in recyclable, compostable and biodegradable packaging.
Delilah Glow Collection – This PETA certified brand have a lovely selection of gift sets and bundles to delight during the festive season! This limited edition Glow Collection includes travel size versions of our best selling Pure Light Illuminating Powder in Aura and Liquid Radiance in Lunar, with a beautiful Bespoke Powder Brush.
Authentic Beauty Concept Glow Collection – Authentic Beauty Concept’s beautifully packaged gift boxes are ideal for Christmas and available for 3 hair types – Glow for coloured hair; Hydrate for normal to dry hair and Replenish for damaged hair. The ethical, sustainable brand has won awards from Red, Cosmo, Woman & Home & Veggie magazine and the gift box contains a gorgeously scented candle, luxury shampoo and treatment mask, making for a wonderful pampering treat!
Rare Birds Book Club – For the insatiable readers, or those that have missed their monthly book club meet-ups because of this unusual year, Rare Birds Book Club offers the gift of a good chat about all your fave female fiction, authors and characters. Available in four tiers (pay as you go, £14; 3 months, £42; 6 months, £78 and 12 months, £150) members will receive a surprise read at the start of each month along with a personal intro from founder Rachel as to why she thinks it’s worth their time. After completing each book, they can then log onto the digital book club where they can chat about the story with likeminded others, as well as access members-only bonus content.
Leo With Love – Leo With Love offers eco-silver jewellery that calls to be mixed, matched and worn every-day. Championing sleek shapes that fit together in innovative ways, the subtle silver pieces combine a mix of classic with extravagant, for a collection that works for any occasion, any outfit, any woman. Evolving into a transitional capsule of must-have pieces that celebrate the many layers of style, each individual Leo With Love token is both strong enough to sit boldly alone, or versatile enough to be blended with any other.
Stellar Rochester Cutlery Set – This beautiful 16 piece cutlery set is dishwasher safe and has a lifetime guarantee, making for a wonderful gift for any friends or family who are new homeowners and kitting out their new kitchen! Or for anyone who wants to upgrade their current cutlery set of course! Plus, if you purchase in December – you’ll receive a free cake server set (worth £35), making for an even larger gifting bundle!
Ohelo Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Say Ohelo to 100% leakproof bottles and travel cups! These beautifully designed dishwasher-friendly reusable cups have a practical leakproof sip lid – a simple twist turns it from sip mode to leakproof. Plus they’re BPA free!
Sorel Slippers – An off-duty classic for its warmth and comfort, this cosy slipper is crafted of a suede, faux fur, an EVA footbed, and a rubber outsole for slip-free days!
Amawrap Natural Cotton Reusable Wash Cloths – These wonderful reusable wash cloths are UK made and come in an assortment of stylish designs, perfect for mopping up spills – and popping straight into the wash!
Mermaid Aluminium Bakeware – The preferred choice of professional chefs, these indestructible baking trays made in England by Samuel Groves with a lifetime guarantee make for the perfect gift for kitchen enthusiasts and new home owners in your family alike.
Forthglade 12 Meals of Christmas – One of the best things about the festive season is all of the incredible food we can enjoy, so why shouldn’t the same be said for our dogs? The brand new ‘12 Meals of Christmas’ variety pack enables our canine family members three tasty festive feasts (x4 each). The 395g trays include Christmas Dinner for Dogs, beef with pumpkin and broccoli meals and lamb with broccoli and vegetables. The complete meals, again all made in Devon, are grain free and contain all the goodness a dog needs to stay happy and healthy!
Sniffe & Likkit – A young British brand, S&L has just unleashed a new range of amazing ‘pet-scentric’ dog-pampering products. For the modern ‘pooch parent’, the luxurious shampoos, fragrances, balms and wipes are based on an all-natural aromatherapy oil scent and represent a gentler approach to dog grooming. With a focus on natural ingredients, each is specially formulated to be pH-balanced for dogs’ skin. No Rinse Charming (how fun is the name) is a dry shampoo ‘powder shower’! This no-rinse-needed shampoo contains a unique blend of skin and fur-friendly powders selected for odour-neutralising and oil absorbing properties, amazing! Dry shampoo for dogs!
Pet Teezer Dog Grooming Brush – from the makers of the famous tangle teezer, this detangling dog grooming brush is recommended and endorsed by Battersea Dogs Home. Royalities from sale go to supporting the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Lily’s Kitchen Proper Treats Gift Box – This fabulously festive selection is filled with an exciting assortment of wholesome treats for your pup! A tasty tuck box of treasures your furry family will want to keep all to themselves!
Willie’s Cacao – Willie’s have a huge range of 100% natural, bean to bar chocolate that make for perfect stocking fillers and gifts this Christmas, spanning from 35g boxes of truffles to luxury chocolate hampers! A favourite in our household is the Dark Chocolate & Luscious Orange bar, which is so decadent and delicious – you can devour an entire bar in one sitting! Impressively, they have quite an extensive vegan range – so no-one needs to miss out!
Bradfords Bakers Festive Fayre Gift Tower Hamper – The Fancy Festive Fayre Gift Tower is a real luxurious treat, filled with a selection of delicious goodies guaranteed to thrill any family or friend with a sweet tooth. The beautifully boxed stack of delights includes four Christmas Cupcakes, Fudge Bites, Double Chocolate Chip Biscuits, a Farmhouse Fruit Loaf, Champagne Truffles, Salted Caramel Truffles, a Jar of Sweets and a Chocolate pudding.
Bailey’s Chocolate Crackers – The perfect gift for any Baileys fan, these heavenly milk chocolate truffles have a deliciously creamy and decadent Baileys filling!
Lindt Chocolate Selection Box – This is not your usual selection box – but an irresistible and indulgent assortment of LINDOR favourites including tempting truffles and Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate and Orange bars or available as a selection of LINDOR Milk.
Sous Chef World Salt Selection – Sample different coloured, textured and flavoured salts from around the world. Choose from Persian Blue Salt, Black Lava Sea Salt, Red Alaea Salt (from Hawaii) and Viking Smoked Salt – with delicious smoky bonfire flavours with hints of spice!
OGG’s Luxury Handmade Mince Pies – Excitingly, these melt in the mouth festive treats are not only crumbly and sweet (as mince pies should be) but completely vegan too! You can now find them in most supermarkets – though I recommend stocking up online if you can, because they flew off the shelves of my local supermarket last year!
Livia’s Dunx Dips – Livia’s is my go-to for dairy-free treats and this year, I’ve been absolutely besotted by their incredible and versatile Dunx Dips – which are a true kitchen staple! Whether you want to spread it on toast, drizzle over porridge or weave it into your baking, Livia’s offer three indulgent vegan flavours (which amazingly only have three wholesome ingredients in each) – Caramel Almond Swirl, Peanut Drizzle and Choco Hazel Twist. My favourite (if I HAD to choose) is the Caramel Almond Swirl, which is the closest thing to salted caramel and is the finishing touch to any caramel cakes I’ve been baking! They make for a fabulous stocking filler or gift for friends and family with a sweet tooth.
Jackpot Peanut Butter – Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, using no sugar and no palm oil, Jackpot is an all-natural, traditional American peanut butter made in the UK. They value themselves on helping others help themselves, so have a number of inspiring social projects ongoing – including supporting grass roots music culture, and reducing waste by reusing and recycling. A great stocking filler for peanut butter fans!
Niederegger Chocolate Bauble – sold in Selfridges, Lakeland, John Lewis and Chocolates Direct
Sous Chef Ramen Bowl Set – This Karasuba-Iro Japanese ramen bowl set is THE gift for ramen obsessives! The gorgeous set contains two Karasuba-Iro ramen bowls, two ramen ladles, and a full colour ramen recipe booklet. All packed together in a reusable drawstring cotton gift bag.
Cake or Death Letterbox Brownies – Cake or Death deliver some of the UK’s most loved brownies nationwide and hassle-free through your letterbox. Beautifully packaged in hot pink leopard print, customers are also able to include a personal note making Cake or Death brownies the perfect gift. The fudgey, indulgent brownies come in a variety of flavours and also happen to be vegan (and most varieties are gluten-free). Having taste tested these myself, I can confirm they are INCREDIBLE – in fact, I’d go as far to say THE best brownies I’ve ever eaten (quite a statement I know, but well deserved). So any family or friend receiving these is guaranteed to be very happy!
Grass & Co Breathe In, Breathe Out – I first discovered Grass & Co while shopping in Bath – and I immediately fell in love with their aromatherapy delights that instantly soothe the senses and calm the mind! This beautiful gift set combines three of their signature pillow scents (rest, ease and calm) to help you (or your gift recipient) unwind, relax and breathe!
Lola’s Apothecary Tale of A Winter Rose – This is the ultimate Lola’s Apothecary experience, beautifully presented in a wonderful botanical print gift box. It is a delight of rose scented fragrant things – including their hero product ‘Queen of Roses Bath Milk’ which is loved by the likes of Emma Watson – and is one of my all time favourites from this luxury British brand! This opulent gift is perfect for the discerning queen in your life who loves the finer things!
Sanctuary Spa Travel Treasures Kit – A go-to for pampering gifts, this beautiful Sanctuary gift set is available to pick up from Boots and featuresSanctuary Body Wash 75ml, Sanctuary Body Scrub 50ml, Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 50ml, Sanctuary Body Butter 50ml, Sanctuary Rose Gold Radiance Liquid Gold Bath Elixir 75ml, Shower Puff and a pretty Cosmetic Bag!
Jurlique Mini Face Treats – The perfect gift to provide a luxury pampering treat, this set includes four of Jurlique’s most hydrating face products for a ritual that ensures glow all day! Includes their Radiant Skin Foaming Cleanser, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum and Jurlique’s Activating Water Essence.
Woods of Windsor True Rose Gift Set – Featuring their Moisturising Hand Wash & Nourishing Hand Cream. Woods of Windsor specialise in luxury Bath, Body and Home made in England and inspired by Windsor’s beautiful landscape, since 1770. The ranges of fragrances and bath luxuries are for you to enjoy yourself or to give as a gift. The range includes Eau de Toilettes, Bath and Shower Gels, Body Creams, Hand Creams, Hand Washes, Dusting Powders and Luxury Soaps.
A Stylist’s Secrets – We’ve all had much less time in the hairdresser’s chair than usual this year, so anything that can replicate the in-chair styling experience, at home, is a win-win in my book! The 24 Hour Minute range consists of a Styler, a lightweight gel serum styling formula which is enriched with wheat protein and makes all hair typesbehave, and a Volumising spray for thicker and fuller looking hair, that gives your locks an instant boost with its unique formula that ensures volume is smooth, silky and never dull. The product range is suitable for all hair types, including frizzy, thick, curly, wavy and kinky.
Guava & Gold’s Luxury Bath & Body Collection – The Guava & Gold range is formulated to combine luxury scents with quality botanical ingredients, all selected for their skincare properties and all presented in packaging reminiscent of the bright colours of the topics. The result is a bath and body range that truly soothes the body, mind and soul, to make life a little more harmonious, a getaway in the comfort of your own home! My personal fave is the Paradise found shimmering body oil, which is perfect for bringing a little bit of summer tropics to the cold wintery months!
West Lab Pink Gin Bathing Salts – Totally naturally-derived and vegan-friendly, this product combines Himalayan and Epson Salts to deliver a refreshing experience each time you take a bath! Scent wise, this is a fruity cocktail of sumptuous Juniperberry, juicy Pomegranate and fresh and zesty Lime.
Grass & Co Glow For It – The Glow For It Gift Set contains the incredible aromatherapy duo of this wonderful brand’s CALM and REST candles. These poured soy wax candles are combined with high-quality essential oils to comfort your soul, body, and mind!
Ecooking Gifts – Launching in the UK at the end of 2018, this is one of the fastest growing skincare brands in Denmark. Containing over 40 different products, the range is made up of 100% organic oils and the highest quality natural vitamins and peptides. Everything is paragon free and vegan (excluding the lip balms) – and in fact, a selection of products within the range are so pure they’re actually perfectly safe to eat. Not that I’d recommend it. The brand’s tagline is ‘food for your skin’, and the starter kit contains all the skincare essentials you may need (in travel sizes), in a compact and environmentally friendly bag. I also love the multi-tasking organic jojoba and sesame oil (the multi-oil) which is a bathroom staple – and a pretty one too, in a chic sustainable glass bottle.
Blooming Blends Digestion Botanical Tincture – The Digestion Herbal Tincture is a perfect blend of some of nature’s best herbs that have been known to boost digestion, helping you to get most of the nutrients from your food. A great one to try if you’re prone to a little overindulgence at Christmas and then suffer the consequences in the weeks to follow (hello bloating, I’m looking at you).
Pip & Nut Gingerbread Almond Butter – Nut Butter brand have launched their limited edition almond butter with a hint of spicy gingerbread, which has a 25p per jar donation to Hackney Foodbank! It makes for a lovely stocking filler for any nut butter enthusiasts (in my family – there are many!).
JP Original’s Soul Soother Tea – This delicious tea blend combines 15mg of the finest full-spectrum, organic CBD and a variety of herbals and botanicals – creating the ultimate Soul Soother! Vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, and soy-free.
Rubik’s Revolution – Rubik’s Revolution combines the challenge and fun you’d expect from the original Rubik’s Cube in an exciting electronic version. This multi-sensory game includes 6 different modes and can be played individually or in groups.
Dr Levy Cell Matrix Mask – An anthropologist-turned-trained medic-turned-dermatologist, creator Dr. Phillip Levy is a laser and wound-healing specialist who strove to develop a way to re-boot ‘worn out’ cells and kick-start the production of collagen. The Cell Matrix Mask is enriched with vitamins, antioxidants, retinol and hyaluronic acid to reinforce skin’s natural defences.
Farhi Assorted Chocolate Almonds – Sold in Selfridges, this family-owned luxury confectionery brand are renowned for their gourmet nuts, indulgent truffles and stuffed dates. For Christmas they have their new hand-painted papier mache bonbonnieres filled with a choice of dark chocolate gingers, cocoa dusted almonds or chocolate coated coffee beans, which make for beautifully indulgent gifts!
Ted Baker Heavenly Lips – A pocket-sized packet of perfection for glamour on-the-go, Ted Baker’s Heavenly Lips Gift Set contains a Nail Polish and richly pigmented berry coloured lip balm.
Joby Freehold Kit – The perfect gift for anyone who loves taking photos or videos on their phone, the Joby Freehold is a flexible tripod adapter with wrapping arms which mean that you can wrap your phone around a variety of objects to get the perfect shot. A great gift for the creative TikTok-ers in your family!
Critically Endangered Socks – This amazing sustainable sock company helps protect some of the world’s most critically endangered animals. Their gorgeous and colourful socks are made from a beautifully soft blend of bamboo and cotton and are packaged in a recycled cardboard box, making for a beautiful (and eco-friendly) Christmas gifting option.
Aduna Super-Tea Pyramids – Made from organic cacao shells spiced with cinnamon, this Great Taste Award winner tastes just like Christmas in a cup and is the perfect winter warmer! Packed with endorphin and serotonin boosting cacao, it helps promote a sense of calm and would be the perfect stocking filler for loved ones this Christmas. All Aduna Super-Teas are vegan and plastic-free and as Aduna is a social business, every Super-Tea supports the creation of incomes for women in Africa too! I also love the Radiance blend – a mix of rosehip, aloe vera and hibiscus for a subtly sweet and refreshing drink!
F4 Falcon Mobile Gaming Controller – A great gift for anyone who likes to game on their smartphone, the F4 Falcon is a simple ‘plug and play’ mobile gamingcontroller with a unique folding design. It doesn’t use Bluetooth to connect to your phone meaning there is no lag when you are gaming. It works by imitating fingers movements, and one charge will give up to 30 hours of gaming time.
Ted Baker Regal Glow – Indulge in Ted’s Harmony Blossom fragrances at home this season. With irresistible notes of pink pepper, green apple and winter flowering honeysuckle, these elegant candles are the perfect gift for someone special.
ilody Serums – Meet ilody, the modern conscious luxury beauty brand grounded in its traditional Indian Ayurvedic roots with a blend of universality inspired by practices from around the world. Formulated without unnecessary synthetic ingredients, ilody aims to use naturally-derived ingredients wherever possible without compromising on safety and efficacy. ilody believes in holistic skincare using products as an integral part of your overall health and wellbeing, be it ingredients, performance or ritual. ilody’s products are free of parabens, sls, silicones, phthalates, synthetic colours and fragrance, mineral oils and propylene glycols. Developed and manufactured in the UK, and always eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty–free.
Sugar Coated Vegan Sugar Wax – Made from pure sugar syrup and water, Sugar Coated is the future of hair removal and the ethical alternative to waxing. Not only is Sugar Coated ultra-effective, more gentle on skin and the environment, but it is also vegan, 100% natural, completely water soluble, biodegradable, and eco-friendly with its washable and reusable strips.
Circular & Co Cup – Pioneers of circular design and experts in turning today’s waste into tomorrow’s product, Circular Cup is the UK’s first reusable coffee cup made from recycled paper cups that’s leak proof and lasts 10 years. An innovative solution that’s also 100% recyclable, with 360 degree drinking and a one-handed open/close mechanism – Circular Cup is a good choice for the planet and for keeping materials in use and at their highest value for as long as possible.
Lindt Teddies – An adorably delicious stocking filler, guaranteed to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Dividing up a pack of these is the perfect addition to a stocking!
Have yourself a Merry Christmas – and happy shopping!