It is not the gift, but the thought that counts – Henry Van Dyke.
I may be a little late with the Christmas gift guides this year, especially as I have preached about getting all organised way in advance. I still love creating them, especially in this format. I love to see what is out there for people of all kinds, no matter what relationship they are to you and whatever their passions are. Obviously, I couldn’t have created something across the entire spectrum of gift-giving as this post would be never ending. And so, I have created seven core themes that I would personally love to receive, and I know are perfect for various special someones’ in your lives. Whether you are looking for last minute gifts online or in store, there is plenty of inspiration for travel, fashion, beauty and more. I also know that this is the time of year where money needs to be stretched, every penny counts and sometimes, we just can’t afford to be spending over £50 on each and every member of our family and close circles. I feel like £30 is a perfectly valid price limit, but it’s up to you. Remember you can also mix and match to create the perfect gift for your loved ones.
For the wanderluster in your life, buy him or her anything from jewellery to symbolise their travels, journals to write all the incredible memories, or practicalities that they won’t be able to leave at home.
Passport Cover £30 Ted Baker | French Connection Minis £12.50 Boots | Weekend Bag £24.99 TK Maxx | Tote Bag £22.26 ArtbyLucie Etsy | Adventure Scrapbook £16 Paperchase | Keepsake Box £4 Paperchase | Travel Journal £10 Paperchase | Alex & Ani Bracelet £29 Mococo | Charm £25 Pandora | Travalo £5.99 The Perfume Shop
From the dreamers to the believers, books are a best friend to all. The gift of books is incredible for all recipients, but if you want to think outside of the book box this Christmas, why not buy a bookmark, a book notebook or even a book subscription box.
Literary Listography £12.99 Waterstones | Really Tiny Book Light £6.99 Waterstones | Handpainted Pom Pom Bookmark £3 Dorkface via Etsy | Tote Bag £10 Waterstones | Fairyloot Subscription from £26 Fairyloot | Harry Potter Enamel Badge £3.99 Waterstones | Gold Book Stand £15 Paperchase | Mug £12.40 Zazzle | Charm £30 Pandora | The Couple Next Door £5.99 Waterstones | Turtles All The Way Down £9.99 Waterstones | Matilda Keyring £5.99 Amazon
Calling all beauty lovers, or if you just know that your best friend has ran out of their favourite lippy or perfume, stock up on new products or buy something completely different for this special time of year.
Jack Wills Set £20 Boots | Ted Baker Set £8 Boots | Alien 15ml £28 The Perfume Shop | Rosie For Autograph £18 Marks and Spencer | Lacoste Gift Set £29.99 The Perfume Shop | Real Techniques Brush Set £16.99 TK Maxx | Simple Facial Gift Set £8 ASDA | Nivea Gift Set £10 ASDA | Real Techniques Beauty Blender £5.99 TK Maxx | Touche Éclat YSL £21.25 Debenhams | Chanel Rouge Velvet Lipstick £25.20 Debenhams | YSL Nail Polish £16.57 Debenhams | Rimmel Nail Polish £5.99 boots
Style never goes out of fashion and you can contribute to your loved one’s new year wardrobe. Or, fuel them with inspiration from the very best like Vogue and Coco Chanel.
Scarf £19.99 Zara | Hoody £29.99 H&M | Gold Dress £17.99 H&M| Shoes £12 Boohoo | Coat £20 Boohoo | Purple T-Shirt £16 Topman | Coco Chanel Book £9.99 Waterstones | Postcards From Vogue £14.99 Waterstones | Vogue Subscription £19.99 vogue.co.uk | Ben Sherman Belt £16 Debenhams | Cufflinks £18 Burton | Stella Belt £25 John Lewis | Pink Purse £18 River Island | Bag £12.99 New Look
If your bestie has moved into a new pad, or somebody needs to spruce up their bedroom for the new year, the ideal gift could be a fluffy throw or some fairy lights to make their space the perfect place to relax.
Boxed Candle £8 Matalan | Cushion £20 Urban Outfitters | Clock £24.95 Tesco | Geometric LED Lights £6.99 The Range | Mercury Vase £7 ASDA | Makeup Hanger £13 Tesco | Mug £7.99 Mugpie etsy.co.uk | Harry Potter Fairy Lights £8.99 Primark | Desk Lamp £8.99 Primark | Soft Throw £25 Marks and Spencer | Floral Print £25 Marks & Spencer | LED Mini Butterfly Lights £2.99 The Range | Jars I£2.25 IKEA
FILM & MUSIC
For the film buff in your life, alongside the music lover, anything from actual music to listen to and films to watch is your first port of call. Then, books to get to the nitty gritty of stories as well as any niknaks shows you love them and their entertainment passions.
The Stone Roses On Vinyl £19.99 HMV | Tickets To Rooftop Film Club Membership from £36 Rooftop Film Club London | Music Listography £11.99 Waterstones | Memoir £6.99 Waterstones | Spice Girls Vinyl £25 Urban Outfitters | Guitar Shaped Tin £20 Urban Outfitters | Earphones £12 Urban Outfitters | The Revenant DVD £5 Tesco | IT Book £10.99 Waterstones | Breakfast At Tiffany’s Journal £10.99 Amazon | Earrings Green River Studio £27 NotOnTheHighStreet | Cinema Gift Cards from £5 The Light | Liberty Bee Music Print £14.99 NotOnTheHighStreet
FOOD & DRINK
Everybody needs to eat and drink. If all else fails, a care package or hamper is a great gift, especially if the recipient is a uni student, or graduate trying to balance everything out of their wages. A simple gift can sometimes be the most poignant.
The Mixer’s Manual £9.99 Waterstones | Baileys Hot Chocolate Mug Set £10 Boots | I Love Coffee Sleep T-Shirt Dress £16 Topshop | Glass Tumbler £3.99 H&M | Recipe Journal £16 Paperchase | Avocado Hot Water Bottle £13.50 Paperchase | Pale Ale Dozen Case of 12 £28.80 Marks and Spencer | Sweet Treats For Her £26 Tesco
Have you been inspired to buy your Christmas presents? Or, even, add more under the Christmas tree?
Love, Faye xo
* All prices were correct when researching this post.