Women's Christmas Gift Guide 2016
It will soon be that magical time of year - Christmas! Love it or hate it, there is no escaping the festive period. It can often be tough deciding what to buy for everyone, so over the next couple of weeks we will be creating a series of gift guides to help make things as easy as possible for you.
With this in mind, we thought we'd start by popping a little list together of gifts perfect for the women in your life, whether it be your mum, sister, friends or girlfriend. It might even provide you with a few ideas for your Christmas list!
For the woman who loves her beauty products, a L'occitane Gift Set is a great place to start. They have a wide selection to choose from and all come in gorgeous festive packaging. The Shea Butter Set comes with five different products to try; a 75ml Hand Cream, 10ml Foot Cream, 50g Milk Soap, 100ml Rich Ultra Rich Body Cream and 3ml Lip Balm. These are the perfect size for handbags, travelling or simply trialling a product before buying. And they look so pretty lined up in the bathroom!
Looking for one simple beauty treat? A good face cream such as Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream would be enjoyed by everyone. It is suitable for most skin types, except oily. (Look for an oil such as Dr Hauschka Clarifying Oil if this is the case.) This rich, comforting moisturiser is perfect during the cold winter months with its key ingredients of Rose Petals, Shea Butter and Avacado Oil providing protection and nourishment for skin.
Skincare addicts will appreciate the luxurious REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Care range. It smells divine and the essentials oils make skin super soft and silky. Our favourites are the Sugar Body Polish to reveal fresh new skin without dryness or that tight feeling and the Ultra Moisture Body Oil which sinks in quickly leaving the skin glowing and hydrated.
Perfume is a staple Christmas gift and for good reason. Beautifully packaged, it not only looks good on a dresser but allows you to smell beautiful too. Perles de Lalique is one of our favourite scents and always a bestseller; a classic fragrance of earthy florals combined with a hint of spice. A spray or two is all you need to last the day.
Need a stocking filler, secret santa or table gift? Try splitting a L'occitane Christmas Cracker Trio for three affordable, adorable gifts.
Know someone who likes the finer things in life? If you after a bit of unique sparkle, Georg Jensen is the place to start. The delicate Daisy jewellery range is a contemporary collection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. Simple and elegant they are available in two different metals; gold plated silver and rhodium plated silver and two different enamels; black or white. Simply pick the combination that suits best. If you are after more of a statement piece, try the Regitze necklace. Geometric circles of sterling silver contrasts against black agate stones creating a striking look.
For true luxury, look no further than a statement bag. Hugo Boss have a gorgeous selection of classic leather bags available in an array of sizes and colours. Our pick would be the Maxine G Bowling Bag in Open Grey; sumptuous, soft grained cowhide leather and gold hardware details make this handbag a truly indulgent treat. A smaller option would be the Hugo Boss Genni wallet. Constructed from the same leather this mini purse has plenty of space for cards and money as well as having a useful mirror inside.
For a glitzier option, try Michael Kors. The versatile Ava Studded Convertible Leather Pouch is our choice, featuring a detachable strap that can turn this clutch into a crossbody in moments. The silver stud detailing adds a bit of sparkle, perfect for the festive season. If you want a smaller gift, the Jet Set Travel Carryall Logo Leather Card Case in Metallic Silver has space for eight cards, notes and a coin compartment but remains small enough to fit into the tiniest of bags.
If you are on more of a budget, the Michael Kors Pom Pom Key Charms are the way to go. Presented in sleek Michael Kors branded gift boxes, they make a glamorous addition to handbags or keys.
If you know a gal who loves nothing more than being in the great outdoors, a pair of Hunter boots are essential. Great for leisurely country walks, they come in a wide variety of styles and colours. The Original Tall boot would be our choice for light use or short strolls, while the heavier duty Balmoral Lady Neoprene would be best for tougher terrains and longer trekks. Do they already own a pair of Hunter Boots? Try a matching pair of toasty Boot Socks as a stocking filler.
Leather gloves are a style classic. More elegant than their knitted counterparts, they still keep hands snug and toasty. Longchamp Roseau Croc Leather Gloves are available in a range of sizes to provide the perfect fit. Soft, buttery leather adds a luxurious feel to these gloves whilst allowing ease of movement. For an edgier look, try the Barbour Ladies Quilted Gauntlet Glove in Burgundy/Merlot which are stitched in the classic quilted design.
For the women who love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa in a cosy onesie bingeing on their fave box sets, a candle makes an ideal gift. Max Benjamin Candles come in beautiful packaging and a variety of fabulous scents, from the traditional Persian Rose to refreshing Blue Azure. Our personal favourite is the Assam & Lemon Tea fragrance; uplifting, light and fresh it comes in a gorgeous duck egg blue tin. All the candles in this range burn evenly and last for a minimum of 35 hours. Think how many box sets she could get through in that time!
Not into candles? A room spray is a great alternative to fragrance rooms. L'occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist is not just for bedtimes. Containing a blend of Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Orange and Geranium essential oils, it can be used anywhere in the house to create a calming atmosphere. The Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Salts make the perfect companion to the mist, simply sprinkle into a hot bath for an unwinding treat.
Occasionally the homebody will have to venture from the sofa which is when a pair of slippers will be required; nobody wants cold feet after been curled up toasty warm. The Barbour Ashley Slipper Boots are warm, stylish and durable. Fleece lined with with a soft but supportive suede upper, these slippers have a sturdy sole so you can nip outside in them if required.
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These snuggly Barbour Carsten Earmuffs are a stylish choice for keeping ears warm in the most bitter weather without spoiling your hairstyle. Featuring an adjustable headband, they come in either Winter White or Natural.
If you think your recipient would prefer a traditional woolly hat, Barbour have a fab selection of warm and cosy beanies. The Fur Pom Pom Cable Knit Beanie Hat in Snow suits anyone and as it comes in one size only, there is no worry that it won't fit! Want a matching hat and scarf set? Try the Barbour Knitted Hat and Snood Set which combines a cute pom pom topped hat with a coordinating snood. Made from super soft yarn, this set will definitely keep you toasty during the colder months while the snood sits perfectly, being neither too long or short.
A classic Barbour Lambswool Scarf is another option, available in a vast array of colours and tartans so there is bound to be something to suit your requirements. The Ladies Country Tattersall Scarf in Arctic White is a contemporary take on the ever popular Tattersall check, or if you prefer a classic tartan the Shilhope Check Scarf in Antique Royal Stewart is a more feminine version, coming in a delicate salmon pink.