Welcome to the month of December! No doubt you’re now ramping up with your Christmas shopping, and looking for some Christmas gifts for her. Here’s my pick of some of the loveliest gifts around to get your mum, wife, girlfriend, friend, sister or daughter.
Before I start, I wanted to mention a way to give back to charity this year while doing your Christmas shopping online. Give As You Live is like a cashback site but with a difference. Instead of earning the cashback yourself when being directed to a retailer, the cashback is instead donated to a charity. You can choose which charity you want the money to go to. You’re not charged any extra for your purchase at all. It’s a lovely way to support a charity this Christmas just by shopping online.
How beautiful are these gin-filled glass baubles? There are 6 in total and they come in a pretty presentation box. There are three different types of gin, so these are perfect if you have a gin-loving friend. You get The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Sloe Gin Liqueur, and The Lakes Damson Gin Liqueur. Available from Find Me A Gift.
A pretty gift box comes with three jars of The Nut Kitchen’s spreads. The Gianduia Spread is made from roasted hazelnut and chocolate – so perfect for this time of year. The box also has Almond Spread and Hazelnut Spread. Perfect for someone who likes to indulge in a nutty treat every now and then, or for a foodie you know. Available from The Nut Kitchen.
Tile make some very handy (and very stylish) devices and gadgets which are so useful. This Tile Mate is a small bluetooth tracker which can be clipped to anything; your keys, bag, bike, or remote control for example. You use a phone app to ‘call’ the Tile Mate, which rings so you can find your belongings. If you’ve lost your phone, all you need to do is press the button on your Tile Mate so that your phone beeps wherever it is. It’s really handy for so many other things; have a look at the video here for its other uses. The Tile Style is a white and gold version which is more powerful and is also waterproof. Check the website for stockists, or buy from Amazon.
These are such a lovely gift idea. Wax Lyrical has created three Christmassy reed diffusers which come in gift boxes that you can write on, so you can personalise your ‘to’ and ‘from’ message. The three fragrances, Stocking Filler, Merry Christmas and Celebrate, are lovely and each one costs only £7.99. These are such a unique twist on a Christmas card. Buy from the Wax Lyrical website; here are Celebrate, Stocking Filler and Merry Christmas.
Who wouldn’t love to find this under the tree on Christmas Day? This beautiful Christmas cracker contains an individual-sized bottle of Moët as well as some champagne trivia and a Christmas hat. Stuffed full of gold and white table decorations, it’s the ideal gift for someone who loves a little luxury in their life. Available from 31Dover.com. I have a 10% discount code for use across the entire site, so you can ensure your drinks cabinet is well-stocked this Christmas. Just use the code MJL31D10 at checkout.
This is an ideal gift for natural beauty lovers. These products are both organic and suitable for vegans. They come in a pretty winter-themed box. It contains a body lotion, shower gel and lip balm (I absolutely love this lip balm). They are all vanilla-scented. This kit is really affordable at £10.95. Available from Benecos.
This stunning bracelet is from the UNOde50 range at WatchShop.com. This 15-micron silver plated mixed metal rigid bracelet is set with a beautiful Swarovski Elements crystal at the end. It has a spring mechanism in the centre for easy opening. Designed and created by artisans in Spain, it’s very eye catching and I’ve had a lot of compliments on it. It’s very solid and heavy, and is quite unique. Available from WatchShop.com.
Are you looking for something really unique and personalised? The Book Of Everyone is just that. You can create a personalised book for a loved one, with the contents tailored for them. It’s really cool – try it out on their website.
ElizabethDbakes is a dedicated London bakery specialising only in gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free & low sugar cakes and bakes. This is the perfect gift for foodies with food intolerances or dietary preferences. This festive Stollen is absolutely delicious, and now long gone since I took this photo! Find your nearest stockist at ElizabethDbakes.
Do you have a female in your life who loves innovative beauty products? Curaprox has a whitening toothpaste formulated with activated charcoal, which removes stains safely and without abrasion. They also have a chewing gum which does the same thing, so you can whiten your teeth gently throughout the day. These products are also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, and are made in Switzerland. They’re perfect if you’ve indulged in too much red wine this festive season. Available to buy from Curaprox.
Perhaps your goal over Christmas is not to hit those parties but to spend time relaxing and concentrating on your wellbeing. Or you might know someone who could do with a calming and restorative stocking filler. These products from Nelsons will aid in relaxation and serenity. Take a dip in the Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm, soothe chapped skin with the Calendula Cream, and cool heavy limbs with the Arnica Cooling Gel. Available to buy from Amazon.
Rescue Remedy is another timeless product that so many people swear by for the relaxing and calming properties. Try their lozenges or chewing gum for instant serenity on the go.
This is such a fantastic gift idea for lovers of fizz. With this kit you really can turn water into wine. You get your own bottle and a set of sachets, and all you need to add is water. In 14 days you can have your own sparkling wine! It’s such a great idea. I have mine on the go now and can’t wait to pop the bottle open when it’s ready. Available from Find Me A Gift.
What about the lady who won’t be partaking in any alcohol this Christmas? If you have a breastfeeding or pregnant lady to buy for, a maternity and nursing pillow is a lovely and thoughtful gift. This one from Theraline is very luxurious. It’s light as a feather but very soft and squishy; however it is designed to hold its shape which is perfect when resting your nursing baby on it. The pillow comes in its own carry case. The fabric is free from harmful chemicals, is anti-allergenic and can be machine washed. Available to buy from Theraline.
I love shea butter so am loving using this Shea Butter Shower Gel from Organii. This brand is suitable for vegans, is cruelty-free, and is organic. They have some lovely stocking fillers, and this shower gel is only £5.95. It’s very rich and creamy and has a lovely comforting scent. I love the packaging too. Available to buy online.
I love Amazon, and probably nip on there a couple of times every week to buy something I need. Did you know Amazon has a handmade section which stocks handcrafted items from artisans around the world? Here are some of my favourites which would make lovely Christmas gifts.
Handmade at Amazon Initial Pillow by Michelle O’Hollaren Designs / Doodles Of Wisdom Notepad by Sioux Alice
They also have some funny cards that you can’t buy anywhere else.
‘I only have mince pies for you’ Christmas Card by Yellow Blossoms Design / ‘I Love Christmas’ Card by Sugar & Sloth
All these and more are available at amazon.co.uk/handmade
These beautiful baskets are handmade by women in Senegal to offer a better life, food, shelter and education to families in rural areas of Senegal. They are made from local grass strips of coloured plastic, and come in a lot of styles. This is a Christmas gift which will really make a difference. Here is a quote from Tabara N’Diaye the founder of La Basketry:
‘At Christmas we usually want to gift family and friends something special, something we’ve thoroughly thought about, something that shows love to them, and what’s more special than something for their home like a woven basket that’s been handmade by a female artisan in a small village in Senegal? The baskets are beautiful, stylish yet practical and knowing that you’re supporting something while making this purchase is even better. They come in all different type of sizes – from a mini-basket that can be used as a handcrafted jewellery box to a laundry basket, with prices starting from £10.’
I think so many of us are stationery lovers, so these beautiful gifts from Kikki.K will be appreciated at Christmas. These are available to buy at St. Pancras station.
What’s your favourite item from my list? I would love to know what gifts you recommend for her this Christmas too.
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