This guide is packed full of pampering bath treats, relaxing drinks and chocolates, plus some beauty favourites we managed to try this Christmas. Each gift has been carefully chosen and reviewed; just to make sure the special lady in your life loves them this Christmas.
Champneys Cracker Collection (£10)
Champneys is one of our favourite providers of spa goodies and spa destinations. This collection of crackers is a fantastic way to treat her to a bit of pampering goodness. The set includes Citrus Blush enlivening mini body lotion 50ml, Citrus Blush enlivening mini shower gel 50ml, summer dream rewarding mini shower gel 50ml, heavenly days relaxing mini shower cream 50ml. For £10 this set is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also the products are of the highest calibre. A real treat – we loved our set! Find them here.
Braun Face 831 Beauty edition (now £59.99, usually £90.00).
The facial cleansing brush allows for you to remove make up and clean up pores as you go. The cleanser offers cleaning, which is up to 6 times more effective than manual cleansing. Micro oscillators function to exfoliate the skin too and remove any skin impurities. Plus, you can even use the device in the shower!
The handy epilator also has a raft full of benefits. 10 micro openings in the tool capture even the finest hairs; this device offers high-frequency plucking at 200 movements per second. This can be used anywhere on the face and Braun claim the results last for 4 weeks.
Each product is really high quality and we think they will last a long, long time after purchase. Not only does the set offer a fantastic range options for keeping the face in shape, but it also comes with a white beauty pouch, a lighted mirror and small cleaning brush. This is an absolutely wonderful gift and one that any lady would love. Buy yours here.
Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Cracker (£20)
Treat someone special to a festive Pink Pepper Cracker, blended with notes of ginger and patchouli. This elegantly presented gift set is ideal for someone who really appreciates wonderful smells and aromas. The set includes a 40ml bottle of Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream (Full-size), 50ml Pink Pepperpod Body Wash and 50ml Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion. Grab yours here.
Nespresso Pixie Clips (£139)
As well as being a visually stunning coffee machine, the Nespresso Pixie Clips also makes a mean Espresso in record time. It’s a joy to look at, with a sleek minimalist design and an emphasis on bright colours; it’s also very customisable. The two panels on each side can be taken off and replaced with a wide choice of harmonious colours and striking patterns.
Using the machine was a simple process and required very little technical knowhow. The machine is a little loud whilst in use, which may wake you up before you’ve even started on your coffer, but we had no issues using it and found it to be one of the fastest coffee machines we’ve tried.
We were also lucky enough to try out the limited edition Christmas capsules, which included Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti and Vanilla Cardamom. Our favourite flavour was Vanilla Cardamom, but all of the Christmas capsules bring a warm aroma to the kitchen and would be a joy for the whole family during the festive season.
You can also combine the Pixie Clips with the Aeroccino milk frother for a winning combination, which let’s you create all types of coffee. You can enjoy creamy frothed milk for lattes, or an airy milk foam for cappuccinos in seconds. If iced drinks are more up your alley, you can even froth cold milk.
Overall the Nespresso Pixie Clips is a flamboyant and efficient coffee machine which would easily cater to all coffee lovers around the world. You can pick one up today for £139 (or £179 with an Aeroccino milk frother), and to find out more information about it visit the Nespresso website.
Remington PROtect Straighteners (£99.99 from Boots)
Straighteners are a must have in any lady’s beauty armoury. This brand new set from Remington offers some very unique functions that make it stand out from the crowd. The PROtect straighteners utilise HydraCare technology, which releases a cooling mist to hydrate as it passes through the hair. This means that the straighteners can operate at lower temperatures (170C) than normal, therefore protecting the hair. The result is silky smooth hair and little long-term damage. This may just be the future of straighteners – we absolutely loved the results, a great buy. Plus, the build quality is high and they have a really robust feel.
Thalgo Indoceane and Polynesia Spa Sets (£35)
If you are looking to buy for someone who loves going to a spa, why not bring the spa to them! Thalgo has created a unique set of relaxing products that aim to bring instant relaxation. An absolute winner for us is the Polynesian exotic island body scrub. This super high quality scrub draws on Maohi traditions, this scrub with Bora Bora sand, sea salt and coconut shell gently exfoliates the body. It contains Monoi and jojoba oils to leave skin feeling soft and velvety. The result is silky smooth skin and a feeling of hydration. We love our scrubs, but this is one of the best out there! All available at www.thalgo.co.uk or in your local Thalgo spa. For stockists contact 020 7512 0872
HoMedics Portable Manicure and Pedicure Kit (£14.99)
This fantastic set includes 5 interchangeable sapphire coated tools for filing, shaping and cuticle care. We love the neat little box and how all of the items snugly tuck away. For under £15 the quality is pretty good too. The machine uses bi-drectional, two speed controls to allow for maximum precision. You will need a pair of AA batteries though, so don’t forget to pick them up before you buy! From Homedics.
Fleur De Sel Caramel Marshmallows from Baru
A delicious little treat – this set of 4 marshmallows are super light, super tasty and just delicious. With a salty caramel flavour, these marshmallows are perfect partners for a pampering session. Available for £3.15.
Prosecco in a wooden gift box from BuyAGift.co.uk
This is a classy gift for a classy lady! Available from BuyAGift.co.uk, this gorgeous bottle of Prosecco comes in a personalised wooden box. Stylish and high quality, this is a gift with real wow factor. No need to worry about the quality of the Prosecco either, as it is fit for a Queen. Personalisation can take up to a week, so make sure you get in early with this gift and get it ordered as soon as you can. My partner, who adores Prosecco, loved this gift and really appreciated the slick packaging. Buy yours here.
Brockmans Gin (£31.99)
You know what they say, “G & Ts are a girl’s best friend”. Well, almost! For us, Brockmans is a revelation in the gin world and we are now big fans. A super premium gin, Brockmans is made in England from the finest botanicals and berries. This unique gin utilises bittersweet Valencian orange peel for a completely different flavour to other gins out there. The tagline is “intensely smooth”, but we have to suggest it also intensely delicious. We highly recommend Brockmans if the lady in your life loves gin, but needs a new tipple to get her teeth into. Find out more here.
Jamela 24kt Gold Face Masks (£49.50 for 5)
What could be more indulgent than a 24-karat gold facemask? Well, not much really! Skin care specialists Jamela have created these ultra luxurious facemasks to provide the ultimate in facial rejuvenation. According Jamela, “the combination of minerals and nutrients deliver powerful antioxidants to combat damaging free radicals, promoting the regeneration of collagen for optimum skin rejuvenation.” That’s the science behind it all, but do they work? Yes, they do indeed! We tried a face mask and found skin to be instantly more radiant and it felt more hydrated too. All Jamela products are Halal certificated, cruelty-free; contain no animal oils, nor alcohol and no synthetic fragrances. Available from here at £49.50 for a box of 5.
Avon’s Planet Spa Body Butter
Avon’s Planet Spa Body Butters are the ideal stocking filler this Christmas. At only £8 for 200ml, Avon offers a range of three different scents. Perfectly Purifying (with dead sea minerals), Blissfully Nourishing (with African Shea Butter) and Caribbean Escape (with Pearl extract). We tried one and they leave the skin feeling silky soft. A fantastic buy.
TIGI Bed Head Big Shot Gift Set
Do you know someone who spends hours on their hair for a big night out? If so, why not treat them to this TIGI Bed Head Big Shot Gift Set.
The set includes two leading TIGI products. The first, TIGI Bed Head Superstar ‘Queen for a Day’ Thickening Spray, is a spray, which aims to add texture and volume to your hair in seconds. We absolutely love this spray and we can personally vouch for its effects. Hair just feels a lot fuller after use!
The second product is the TIGI Bed Head Blow-Out Golden Illuminating Shine Cream. The shine cream does exactly what it says on the tin (so to speak); simply apply a small amount to give the hair shine. This is a great solution if you are struggling to get that frizz free, high gloss finish. Available for £20.95.
L.A.B.2 Strokes Of Genius Eye Brush Set of 5 (£18.99)
Make no mistake; buying a new set of brushes for a lady is a minefield, as there are just so many options on the market and so many bad imitations. This set of 5 brushes, we are happy to report, are of the highest quality and make for the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. Utilising “FibreLuxe” technology, these brushes are crafted with the softest and highest quality hairs for a professional finish. Grab them from Superdrug today. The set includes:
- Eyeshadow Brush – distributes color evenly onto the lids, crease and brow bone
- Crease Brush – accentuates the crease and blends colors seamlessly together to soften harsh lines
- Pointed Eyeliner Brush delivers a precise, firm, even line
- Brow & Liner Brush – fills in brows and lines eyes for extra definition
- Brow & Lash Groomer – grooms, combs, and defines brows and lashes
Gin & Tonic Bath Salts and Lip Balm
A perfect gift for any G & T loving lady has to be this unique little set from Qwerkity. Inspired by the famous tipple, this set offers a pair of miniatures in a handbag style box. The cool packaging contains lip balm and baths salts infused with a juniper smell which is true to the drink and a delight on the nose. Plus, the moisture rich lip balm is enriched with Shea and Cocoa Butter with added Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E. Simply add a teaspoon of bath salts to the water to soften and scent it. 100g bath salts and 15g lip balm. All in all, this neat gift set is well made and an absolutely ideal stocking filler! From Qwerkity, who specialise in a range of his and hers gifts. We would highly recommend taking a look at their site for some great ideas!
Scholl Velvet Smooth Glam & Pedi Gift Set – £29.99
This set from Scholl is both practical and thoughtful! The Velvet Smooth roller head uses long lasting micro-abrasive particles and finely ground diamond crystals to buff your feet back to natural beauty. It buffs away hard skin in an instant* leaving you with fabulous, visibly smoother feet.
The result of this buffing is silky soft skin and fresher feet. No more dry bits to worry about! The cute little set is completed by a pair of Revlon nail varnishes, which can be used to complete the rejuvenation of your feet with a classy finish and to make your feet feel extra pampered! Buy yours here.
Footsie Blanket from JML (£14.99 JMLdirect.com)
The Footsie Blanket from JML (£14.99 JMLdirect.com) (watch video here) the perfect gift to keep her warm this Christmas. Super cosy and soft, this provides handy foot pockets to keep toes covered against the cold. Whether you are sitting back and relaxing, or just reading a book, this is a fantastic stocking filler.
12 Christmas Yankee Candle Votive House
Bring the fun inside with a gift set full of favourite holiday fragrances. Perfect for fragrance layering and sampling new scents, the Yankee Candle Samplers® votive candles offer lots of decorative. Sold individually, each one comes wrapped and labelled. Each provides up to 15 hours of fragrance.