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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

21 December 2014

Twelve Christmas gift ideas - six for him and six for her - for last minute shoppers.

Balmain Extatic Eau de Parfum

Perfume is such a classic gift and a great idea as long as you know their taste...  The latest addition to my fragrance family is Balmain Xstatic which is perfect for the party season: a provocative, sensual oriental floral scent which opens with Bulgarian rose, moves onto the chocolatey Sharry Baby orchid, night jasmine and dark iris and ends with longlasting leather and sandalwood. Heady, glamorous and lasts all night.

Gary Birks Marble Mugs at Heal's
Marble Mugs by Gary Birks at Heal's 

These fine bone china marble mugs, hand decorated by skilled craftsmen in Stoke on Trent, are the perfect stocking filler/ secret santa for guys or girls/ little pressie for hosts/ in-laws etc, everyone.  Available in black, blue or pink.

THE BEST OF L'OCCITANE COLLECTION - L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
The best of L'Occitane gift box

French beauty brand L'occitane has SO many gorgeous gift boxes ideal for Christmas with lots of festive limited editions, but this one is my favourite featuring the best-selling products: Almond Shower Oil, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Ultra Rich Body Cream, Lavender Foaming Bath, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Butter Foot Cream and Verbena Eau de Toilette.

Jigsaw Grey Cashmere V-Neck Jumper

Every woman wants cashmere for Christmas and every woman needs luxe V-neck jumper in their wardrobe.  This one, made with 100% cashmere, from Jigsaw feels super soft.  Go for a couple of sizes up for a slouchier fit.

Clarisonic Cleanser mia 2 deep pore solution

The clarisonic has transformed the beauty industry. It's the number one cleansing device recommended by US dermatologists and they've topped more best beauty buys lists than I can name.  The mia 2 offers facial sonic cleansing with 2 speeds of up to 300 movements per second for a customised routine, with a patented deep pore brush head.  The two step solution includes a pore-refining daily foam cleanser which controls excess oil and removes impurities, then the decongesting clay mask absorbs oil and the hydroxy acid extracts help decongest pores.  I started using the mia 2 this autumn and when I haven't taken it with me when I've travelled, I've missed it. A must-have.

L'Erbolario Effeto Reale haircare

L'Erbolario is an Italian natural beauty brand which has recently opened a store on Upper Street in Islington.  I was given a few products to try out and my hair is loving the Effeto Reale intensive shampoo and nourishing conditioner made with amino acids, royal jelly, olive, coconut and hibiscus flowers.  Smells divine too.

FOR HIM

Daniel Wellington blue and white stripe Glasgow Watch

Daniel Wellington's unisex watches are slick, contemporary and a refreshing change from the standard men's watch style. The navy and white stripe fabric strap Glasgow watch has a stainless steel case and Japanese-made movement.  I love mine.

Linley Somerset Crystal Champagne Glass Set

I would love to receive these two crystal champagne glasses from luxury British interior design brand Linley.  The Somerset Champagne Gift Set includes two delicate flutes made from the finest lead crystal.

Molton Brown Shower Gel Christmas Gift Set For Him

This men's gift set includes three popular winter blend 300ml shower gels: black peppercorn, silver birch and bushakan.  Molton Brown body washes are energising and the scent stays on your skin all day.

Oxblood Red Leather Cambridge Satchel Company Batchel satchel bag

This "batchel" - a mix between the satchel and the briefcase - is a beautiful oxblood red leather, convenient with top handle and removable shoulder strap makes a chic gift for men and women. 

Calvin Klein Pin Dot Socks

The quintessential stocking filler.  Giving socks as a gift is boring but necessary - men seem to insist on collecting slightly threadbare pairs.  Throw them out and replace them with smart ones.  New year, new socks.

Cornerstone personalised shaving kits
Cornerstone shaving kit

Cornerstone is a new men's shaving brand offering personalised products delivered straight to your door.  I gave my boyfriend a set for his birthday and it's a great idea - you choose a combination of products (pre-shave exfoliating face scrub to help prevent nicks, a sensitive shave gel to reduce irritation and a post-shave balm to moisturise), a razor engraved with initials and a delivery schedule to match each guy's shaving routine.

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