Take the legwork out of gift shopping…
We all know what it’s like: hours spent trawling the Internet, trekking around the shops, maybe even picking up the phone and making a few calls just to get all the items on that present list ticked off. Whilst the amount of choice we now have can be a blessing, it can also seem overwhelming – and suddenly, the time for buying, wrapping and giving gifts is running out fast.
So we spoke with Beauty Editor, Bella Blissett, to put together a list of presents which will please all budgets and all tastes. Read on for her suggestions and get that Christmas shopping list completed.
For the man in your life: The thing we’ve discovered about men and gifts is that they want something practical that ultimately, doesn’t make them stand out from the crowd. So let him slip straight into the functional yet stylish set with Reiss’ Leather Document Holder in Oxblood. He can put his phone, his card holder, his work and his iPad inside to keep them nicely organised – and no one will bat an eyelid. £110 (www.reiss.com).
For the budding reader: They spend their lives hiding under the covers with a torch, devouring whatever stories they can get their hands on; the youngest bookworm in your family definitely needs more reading material. Highly acclaimed, comedian David Walliams’ latest title, The Midnight Gang, tells the story of five children and their after-dark adventures. Give it to your 9 to 12 year-old – then nab it for yourself for some ultimate comfort reading. £12.99 (www.amazon.co.uk).
For the fitness bunny: This person’s life wouldn’t be complete without exercise. But paying for classes can quickly become expensive. For the spinning enthusiast in your life, treat her to some vouchers for Psycle classes in London’s Mortimer Street. (http://psyclelondon.com/buy-credits).
For the dog lover: Her four-legged friend is the centre of her world. So why not get her a Personalised Jonson (Doggy) Christmas Sack from Appleyard Flowers – then fill it with bowls, blankets and toys. From £22 (www.appleyardflowers.com).
For the beauty sybarite: What does one buy for the woman who has it all? Give her the gift of great skin with the ELEMIS Pearls of Wisdom anti-ageing trousseau. Immerse her in ultimate luxury with clinically proven products, the set contains award-winning Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, Pro-Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm, Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks and a Luxury Cleansing Cloth. It should retail at £335 – but just because it’s Christmas, we’re making it £199. Alternatively, you can always treat him or her to a treatment at The House of ELEMIS with our luxury Gift Card.
For the busy bee: She runs around from morning to night, doing everything for everyone. Lunchboxes, laundry, work, shopping and cooking – she’s really a regular wonder woman. So get her to slow down and savour more early nights with a pair of Monsoon’s gorgeous snuggly pyjamas. If you really want to spoil someone special, we’re eyeing the Monsoon Gift Card. Worth an indulgent £300, it can be spent on the brand’s classic knits, dresses, coats and staple seasonal pieces. We’re jealous already. (www.monsoon.co.uk).
For the stocking filler: It won’t surprise you to learn that the members of team ELEMIS are firm believers in skin-saving beauty sleep. Hush’s Metallic Star Eye Mask is the perfect way to power nap when wintery weekends call for hibernation. £12 (www.hush-uk.com).
For the clean eater: She Instagrams her avocado on toast, is always three steps ahead on the next superfood – and follows all the biggest health food bloggers. The Detox Kitchen’s Eat Your Greens Hamper Set containing spirulina powder, breakfast granola and their healthy-living cookbook - is everything she needs to start 2017 on an even healthier footing. (www.detoxkitchen.co.uk).