Christmas Gift Guide // For Her

My favourite thing about Christmas is buying gifts for other people. Obviously receiving lovely things is a great thing too, but nothing makes me happier than gift shopping for my loved ones and seeing their faces when they open them. I think I have got gift buying down; I’ve always been told I buy great gifts and it’s such a nice, rewarding feeling to know someone else loves what you have picked out for them. I have put a few things together for my 'For Her' Christmas Gift Guide that I think any gal would love to receive; whether that be your Mum, your Sister, Aunt, Nan or friend. These are just general category ideas, whereby the product can be changed to suit the individual.

I think buying fragrances around Christmas time is a fail-safe gift idea; most people love them and there is a huge choice out there – including some really great gift sets and affordable deals. I’ve picked out Juicy Couture I am Juicy Couture (£69, 100ml), which would be ideal for a younger sister or friend; and Michael Kors 24k Brilliant Gold (£79), which I am sure most Mothers or Aunts would enjoy (or in my case, a great gift for yourself… you’ve got to keep one, right?)

In terms of skin and body care, this year there are some great sets out there, but one I have to show you is the Limited Edition Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Gift Set (£47.70), which is ideal for those with dry skin that need a little winter indulgence. I think Christmas is a great time to secretly pass on your beauty secrets to a loved one as, especially if luxury, they wouldn’t usually buy the products themselves. I am always trying to get the women in my family into engaging a proper skincare routine, therefore giving them a little nudge at Christmas with a suitable gift always helps. For the one that likes a little luxury, the Argentum Apothecary La Potion Infinie (£147) is the ultimate gift. For body, the Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel (£6.50) is an absolute winner. Certain stores offer events with the photo booth whereby bottles can be personalised which is awesome! Products aimed at relaxing are always a good idea for Mums, don’t you agree? I know mine doesn’t get to pamper much during the year, so at Christmas I like to treat her with something that will force her to take time to unwind. The Selexir Peace Bath Salts (£29) and Selexir Peace Balm (£14.90, 15ml) are ideal for such things.

Now every girl/woman/sex goddess loves to receive make-up; you cannot go wrong there. Unless the person you’re buying for doesn’t really wear make-up, so if that’s the case then bypass this one. For the person who doesn’t really know that much about make-up brands, the Smashbox Best Sellers Gift Set (£19) is a great idea, allowing someone to test lots of miniatures before committing to the full size. The bareMinerals The Royal Court Contouring Palette (£25) would also make a lovely gift.

Do you know someone that gets gel nails done? Maybe introduce them to the Belle Gel Rapide Starter Kit (£85), allowing them to try doing their own nails from the comfort of their own home. This kit is genius, it saves time and effort of going to a salon, yet provides a professional gel finish.

For the beauty enthusiasts that love to read, whatever their age, The Anti-Ageing Bible from Josephine Fairley & Sarah Stacey (£11.99) would make such a lovely gift. It’s filled with great tips and tricks, as well as the most beautifully laid out pages and photographers. For the younger ones, the Fleur de Force Glam Guide (£14.99) is a great option.

Now Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the lounging aspect, so what better than to treat someone to a pair of PJs? (It’s obligatory at this time of year). These Pjs in a Bag from Boux Avenue (£32) are my favourite. You can often grab these on a 2-for-1 offer as well and they do a number of designs. Again, if I didn’t receive underwear or socks at Christmas, I’d be lost. Happy Socks offer a great gift box selection for women in fun, funky designs that include both pants and socks (£19.95). You cannot suitably unwind without a candle, and this Baylis & Harding limited edition Rhubarb & Vanilla Cream (£8) smells incredible. For the one that is really difficult to buy for, how about some alcoholic Smith & Sinclair Cocktail Pastilles (£16.95)? Just be careful because these contain a high percentage of alcohol (6-8% abv), so don't let someone eat them all and then drive home!

*this post contains PR samples*

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