Christmas Gift Guide 2018
It’s that time of year again when we’re scrambling our brains for what to get our loved ones who already have everything.
Not to worry because we’ve done the window shopping for you and found amazing gifts for everyone.
Our gift guide compilation this year is split into main presents and stocking fillers, all around the theme of health and wellness for the mind and body with a healthy dose of self-indulgence and papering. Because life’s all about balance, right?
Presents for her
This amazing brand has made a name for themselves for wonder problem solving beauty products such as hair reduction, spot zapping and thread vein busting potions.
A great introductory product featured in our gift guide is the Potent Vit. A Retinol serum. The concentrated paraben-free anti-ageing treatment comes in 50 single measured dose ampoules to be applied on the skin at night, for £39.99.
The casing is designed to protect the serum from being affected by environmental factors such as air and light. Miraculously light with a creamy texture that delivers powerful results, each collagen boosting night ampoule contains .15% pure retinol treatment.
Gorgeous shoes by vegan footwear label Ruby Shoo make the perfect gift for a fashion conscious ethical babe.
We love the 50s-style Molly wedges and the bright and colourful Jungle print, above, is our fave. The peep-toes featuring faux wood heel and polka dot lining are a steal at £55 and go great with the Lima bag and Como purse.
Toni & Guy
Create your dream party hair using your tools from the glitzy Toni & Guy Party Squad gift set, £49.99 from Boots.
You can create the straight look with the variable heat, ceramic XL straightener or curly hair with the Spiral Wand with worldwide voltage. Both fit in the glittery party clutch which you can use to store your products or take out with you to the party!
Marc Jacobs Beauty
We’re obsessed with all things Marc Jacobs Beauty, such as See-Quins eyeshadow pigments and this new but already iconic Leopard Frost Eye-Conc Multi-Finish palette in Flamboyant, £39.
Dedicated MJB fans, we had to include the leopard palette in our gift guide… Featuring new frost finishes in a gorgeous animal-print case so you can go wild to layer and dress your eyes.
This limited-edition palette features seven next-generation high-impact metallic shades with a mix of icy finishes and creamy mattes… Sure to get you spotted.
Vegan professional hair care brand Lee Stafford has brought out a lovely collection of pink, girly and glitzy gift sets for Christmas.
We love the Chocolate Cupcake Gift Set, £16, which smells like a delicious chocolate cupcake and contains the CHoCo LoCKs Shampoo & Conditioner (50ml), Butter Cream Treatment 200ml, and Hot Choc Shot treatment 15ml.
Create smooth, glossy locks that smell scrumptious using the featured products, which come inside an adorable reusable pink cupcake tin.
Alternatively, a slightly more grown-up take on the pink and girly Xmas beauty gift is the Blondes Have More Fun Gift Set, £14, featuring the 250ml full size BLEAch BLondes Shampoo and Conditioner to tone bleached hair and banish brassy tones.
Keep your blonde bright and restore salon beautiful colour with these fab new products, perfectly packaged in a glittery slogan washbag.
Posh knickers brand Scrumpies of Mayfair make the perfect gifts for a fun friend or one to request for yourself. We’re into the £35 Pink Lady pair – which is outrageously bright, sexy and vegan-friendly.
Reveal your sassy side with this tanga brief crafted in metallic pink spandex, overlaid with a retro polka dot black tulle. The Pink Lady’s metallic silver mesh back panel swings over the hips and rear giving a sporty feel, and finished with a jet black georgette bound elastic for the most flexible fit.
This Powder product from Hairstory is something of a revolution. While ensuring oil-freedom, the sheer genius of this translucent powder instantly creates Bardot-worthy body (tease no more), extends the life of a hard-won hairstyle, beefs up braids, and helps updos hold up.
Microfine granules of vegetable and mineral matter are invisible to the eye, silky in hand, and smells sublime. The miracle all-in-one costs £39, and is created by Eli Halliwell, of Bumble and Bumble fame.
DIY Moroccan hammam
Choose Vie Healthcare’s new Moroccan Hammam Spa gift pack as a Christmas gift for mum or auntie.
For just £18.95 it features signature Moroccan hammer products such as Beldi Black Soap, Rhassoul Clay from the Atlas Mountains and Argan Oil. It’s the perfect spa gift for that special someone – and of course yourself.
The set comes complete with an exfoliating kessa glove and ethically sourced coconut spoon.
Presents for anyone
Instax SQ6 camera
It’s amazing to believe that you can pick up this gorgeous camera for less than £100. Fujifilm have released this much-anticipated Polaroid-style square format just in time for Christmas. It comes in three stylish colours but we love the Blush Gold (above) best.
Snap away during Christmas Day and into the New Year with this classic yet super-modern instant film camera. Plus, automatic exposure control helps to brighten images so your favourite faces won’t get lost in the gloom.
Cineworld gift box
The Cineworld Xmas Gift Box is the perfect present for anyone!
For £25 you’ll get two 2D film vouchers, 2 regular soft drinks, 1 regular popcorn voucher and 2 candy canes (white box) or a pack of humbugs (black box).
All of this can be redeemed from the 26th December 2018 and is valid for 6 months.
It’s the fail-safe present for any friend, member of the family or your partner – but hurry because last order date for online purchases to guarantee Christmas delivery is Tuesday 18th December.
Luckily gifts are still available to buy in Cineworld cinemas and you can purchase E-gifts online now.
WaveWall laptop case
Protect your body from EMF radiation with cases for electronics by WaveWall. We love this £49.99 laptop case, made from sleek vegan leather.
Phones and other wireless technologies use electromagnetic fields to pass data to the network, and this field is all around your devices – including your laptop – so having your laptop on your lap exposes you to radiation, excessive heat and these strong electromagnetic fields.
Thankfully the new WaveWall laptop case not only looks super stylish but provides protection – and it makes a great gift for someone you care about this festive season.
Moleskine have an ever increasing product range perfect for gifting this Christmas. One of our favourites is the Passion Journal series, comprising of notebooks dedicated to 7 passions including recipe, above, as well as baby, travel, books, wellness, wine and wedding.
Write down all your favourite recipes in the Recipe Journal, which comes in at £26.99, helping you prepare your favourite dishes again and again. The intro pages are a hot pot of helpful foodie facts including seasonal produce calendars as well as a guide to the many ways to chop veg.
The rest is sectioned into five chapters: Appetisers, First Courses, Main Dishes, Side Dishes and Desserts. Jot down ingredients, methods, timings, wine pairings and difficulty rating – and you can even add sketches, images and downloaded recipes.
Originally made to fit the needs of open water swimmers, you’re going to want a piece of kit from Selkie whatever you’re into.
This brand aesthetic is super-cool as well as featuring all the practical and technical features perfect for damp and cold English climate.
Start with a Canvas Barrel Bag for your loved one, £35. It’s made from a bonded backed cotton canvas for extra strength and lined in contrast nylon ripstop for practicality, and has a durable detachable webbing shoulder strap aswell as hand straps. Double ended zips give a greater ease of access.
Alternatively go for the Essentials Xmas Bundle for just £80 saving 25%. You’ll get the khaki canvas barrel holdall bag, plus a tow dry bag, bottle & navy/orange towel. Perfect for a New Year’s Day swim in the sea.
With comprehensive guides on Walks, Road Trips, Ideas and more, the 1001 series is a lovely book collection to peruse while shopping for a gift for curious and inquisitive loved ones…
1001 Walks: You must experience before you die – the perfect guide to the world’s most exhilarating walks – is one of our favourites. Edited by Barry Stone and published by Cassell, you can now get it for an amazing £3.99 on Kindle or £10 on paperback.
Perfect for outdoorsy types who get excited by the thought of recreational walking, national parks, getting lost in the wilderness, discovering a mysterious new walkway and starting another fresh trail.
The Do Book
Are your friends and family like Deni and love TED talks and Tony Robbins? Then you need to get them a Do Book for Xmas (or three!). We love Grow, Lead, Purpose and Story – but there are so many to choose from.
The short inspirational handbooks (print, digital and audiobook) come from Shoreditch-based publishers The Do Book Company.
Each one is written by a speaker from the Do Lectures annual event in West Wales and California, aiming to create the same positive change in book form – whether that’s the mastery of a new skill or positive mindset.
BONUS: Present for him
Personalised beard grooming
For the man in your life with some facial fuzz, get him a Personalised Beard Grooming Kit.
It comes with a 30ml beard oil, 300ml beard shampoo and the same size conditioner and face moisturiser, for £24.99. The products are all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and contain tea tree oil, menthol, avocado, argan and jojoba oils.
Stocking fillers for her
Twist & Spritz
Refillable 8ml fragrance atomisers from the Fragrance Shop have to be top of your stocking Christmas shopping list.
One of our favourite gift guide additions, this little bottle allows you to decanter some of your gorgeous expensive perfume from its large heavy glass bottle into a pretty much weightless little tube which fits nicely in your handbag, perfect for a night out, date night, holidays and so much more. Amazing! And so cheap…
Babe Power by Missguided
Babe Power: The debut scent from Missguided, contains a vibrant splash of grapefruit zest and sour cherry, sharpened with crisp apple and pink pepper. At its heart, orange blossom is accentuated with soft peony and jasmine for a succulent signature; while vanilla, creamy musk, playful candy floss and amber crystals combine to leave a provocative lasting impression.
Get this gift set with 10ml spray and a fluffy Pompom packed into a gorgeous glitter bauble for £28 from the Fragrance Shop, Missguided or the Perfume Shop. This gift is pretty enough to add onto your tree and is the perfect scent to pop into party bags, spritzing anywhere, anytime.
BEING by Sanctuary Spa
This pink and sparkly fun and luxury bathing Tub Goals gift set from BEING by Sanctuary Spa comes in at just £11.25 from Boots! It smells gorgeous and is totally vegan-friendly.
Inside you’ll find some Bubble Bath 50ml, Face Mask 75ml, Inflatable Drinks Holder and Body Puff. For the girl who likes to pamper and doesn’t take life too seriously.
Kokolokahi Sensory Retreat Candle
The hand-crafted Sensory Retreat Candle makes the perfect gift, combining 100% natural vegetable wax, with Coconut Oil, Grapefruit, Geranium and Lavender, to deliver a captivating aroma around your home that allows you to surrender your senses to the enchanting scent.
The therapeutic benefits of the pure essential oils combined work to provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing as the natural aromas unfold around you. With no artificial fragrance or synthetics, just pure and natural as nature intended. Available here at £27.00
Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce
For party-ready hair, look no further than the new Volume & Bounce range buy Charles Worthington.
Gift some of these products to your bestie for Christmas so she looks amazing for New Year’s Eve – with hair that’s always in red carpet condition! Try the £5.99 Body Booster Mousse with ‘style memory technology’, which gives vital body, bounce, and control to lifeless hair, keeping it full of volume all day long.
We’re obsessed with the Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Gift Set, available at Boots.com & ASDA for £14.99.
Say hello to winter with this revolutionary new razor. It has gorgeous white-tea scented Spa Breeze shave gels bars which release lush body butters, so there’s no need for extra lather to create a smooth glide for instantly hair-free skin.
The set contains a ComfortGlide handle, 3x refill blades and a bath pillow for extra pamper time indulgence.