Saturday, 12 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE || FOR THE LADIES

We all need a little help sometimes when it comes to choosing peoples Christmas presents, right?

Continuing on from my previous gift guide where I shared some potential stocking filler present ideas with you, today I thought I would talk about those little luxuries in life that we desire at Christmas time. I have focused this gift guide all around the ladies, so if you are wanting to treat your mum, nan, sister, auntie, girlfriend or even just yourself, then I hope you find the perfect present here amongst this lot!
The present ideas which I have included in this post may be a little higher in the pricing scale, so these gifts might need to be saved for a special purchase for a certain special lady in your life. Each of these items would make wonderful Christmas presents that any woman would absolutely adore to open up on Christmas morning!   

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE || FOR THE LADIES

It would not feel like Christmas if you did not get a new pair of pyjamas to spend the day in, and what better way to make your lady feel special than a pair of the signature striped Victoria Secret satin pyjamas?! Victoria Secret is any women's desire when it comes to lingerie and nightwear, and opening up a pair of pyjamas from there for Christmas would make anyones day, for sure. There is something about this brand that makes you feel sexy and a little bit sassy whenever you put it on, and I don't know anybody who wouldn't want to feel that way at Christmas.
Victoria Secret offer such a massive range of pyjamas in different patterns and different fabrics, so if would prefer a warm, cosy fabric in a more Christmassy pattern, you will not struggle to find something suitable!

Jewellery is a great gift to spoil any woman with - We may not need it, but secretly, we really want it! For someone extra special, Tiffany & Co is a brand that you cannot go wrong with. As they say, the best presents come wrapped in a little blue box, and seeing one of these underneath the Christmas tree would make any woman slightly starstruck! Choose from a variety of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and much more to put a smile on her face. I understand that some people freak out where they hear this brand mentioned because it is very luxurious, meaning it is associated with a large price tag. However, their pieces are available at a range of different prices, starting from roughly £100, so you may be able to find something within your budget!

A mini house packed full of Jo Malone products? Does it get much better than that? 
The iconic cream and black box comes fully equipped with 6 amazing Jo Malone products, all of which I believe are full sized and perfect for all of the Jo Malone lovers out there. When you open up the beautifully illustrated box, you will be faced with a 30ml red roses bath oil, a 30ml lime basil & mandarin cologne, a 50ml peony & blush suede body creme, a 100ml grapefruit hand and body wash, a 60ml pomegranate noir candle, and lastly a 100ml english pear & freesia body and hand lotion, so you are definitely getting your moneys worth there! I think any woman would be so grateful to receive this wonderful gift on Christmas Day - We all love getting smellies at Christmas, and Jo Malone is the ultimate brand to get them from!

I mentioned in my stocking filler gift guide about a variety of brands bringing out their own Christmas crackers, which include some deluxe-sized products of theirs inside. One of my favourites this year comes from Jo Malone. Can you guess that I like this brand? This is a great little gift for someone who is new to the brand, because it gives them the opportunity to try out a small variety of the products before deciding on wether they want to go out and purchase the full sized products or not. This cracker includes a 9ml blackberry & bay cologne, a 15ml lime basil & mandarin body and hand wash and also a 15ml peony & blush suede body creme, so you get a little tester of each of their types of products they have to offer, which is really lovely and it helps to decide your favourites! 
If you have a bit of a bigger budget and a really special lady who loves Jo Malone, then they also have the 'Ultimate Christmas Cracker', which includes 3 full sized products and also one of their home candles as well! 

Orla Kiely Reed Diffuser
For the person who loves to keep their home smelling beautiful at all times, a reed diffuser is a lovely gift. They are a great alternative to candles, and they look so nice placed on a desk or a dining room table, as they also double up as a little decoration. Personally I love having a reed diffuser in my home because unlike candles, they give off a scent all day and all night long that fills the room with its gorgeous aroma. 

Tumblers I find a great gift for someone who is always on the go, and when I saw this gold polka dot Kate Spade one I fell in love instantly, (I am guilty of purchasing one for myself). I always keep one of these in my car to hold my cold drinks in, so if I am driving around a lot or have a busy schedule and I do not have time to stop for a drink, I still have something accessible to keep me hydrated - also, it comes with a straw rather than having a screw lid like bottled drinks, so it is much safer when driving! If you know someone who never stops and has the bad habit of not drinking enough fluids in the day because they 'don't have time', then this would be a lovely gift, it is so cute and if they have it to carry around it may just remind them to keep drinking regularly. 

Perfume is a gift that any woman loves to open up on Christmas morning, and no one can deny that - We all love a new fragrance to drench ourselves in on Christmas day! Personally, I have always loved this one from Chloe, it is a very light floral scent, which is feminine and fresh. There are now SO many incredible perfumes available to choose from, all with different kinds of scents, so when deciding on which one you want to buy someone, it is all down to personal preference and what kind of fragrance you believe would be suitable to that person, because obviously not everybody likes the same scents! So, just because I am sharing this one from 'Chloe' with you, I am not saying go and buy this specific one, I am just offering the idea that perfume in general is a perfect Christmas gift! 

A watch is always a nice present to receive at Christmas, because they just add an extra element to finish off an outfit and make someone feel so much more sophisticated and put together. I never used to wear a watch, but since receiving my Olivia Burton one for Christmas last year, I cannot be without one, my wrist feels naked when I don't have one on! Olivia Burton is 100% my favourite watch brand for women, all of the designs have such a 'vintage' feel to them and they offer a great range to suit everybody - You can choose from floral printed ones, woodland printed onea, large dial ones, mini dial ones, chrono detailed ones and many more to suit anybody's preferences. Watches like this look so beautiful on the wrist because they are very sleek, not too bulky and they just look timeless. Another great watch brand to check out is Daniel Wellington - they do some stunning designs also. 

Tom Ford Lipstick
You can never go wrong with a luxurious lipstick, and make-up does not get much more luxury than Tom Ford. These lipsticks are packaged so beautifully, the colour range is so vast and I believe any women would love to find one of these under the Christmas tree.  

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Cracker
Another cracker? Apparently I just cannot get enough, they are such an adorable Christmas present idea! This one is from Molton Brown and it includes a 40ml pink pepperpod replenishing hand cream, a 50ml pink pepperpod body wash and a 50ml pink peppered nourishing body lotion. Compared to the Jo Malone cracker, you get a lot more for your money with this one because the size of the bottles are obviously a lot large, meaning you receive a lot more product. Which ever one you choose all depends on the person you are buying for, the type of products they will like most and what would be most suitable for them. 
Molton Brown have also released one of these Christmas crackers for men as well this year, so don't worry boys, you haven't been forgotten about! Both of them come packaged so nicely and the dream would be to have one of these placed at each seat around the dining table on Christmas Day, for everyone to enjoy one!

Of course I had to include some items for my fellow make-up junkies within this gift guide! This first palette is a limited edition product bought out by the brand 'Hourglass' for the Holidays this year. If you don't already know, Hourglass is a luxurious make-up and skincare brand, that offers a range of great quality products. This is the 'Ambient Lighting Edit' palette and it is a wardrobe of 6 handmade powders created for blusher, highlighting and bronzing, and it has been designed to give your women everything she needs to finish, brighten, contour and highlight her skin in one compact. 

Laura Mercier Luxe Body Collection
For the lady that loves to pamper herself you can not go wrong with the Laura Mercier luxe body collection. This set is a limited edition release for Christmas this year and inside you receive, a creme body wash, a soufflĂ© body creme, a honey bath with wooden honey dipper and a vanilla eau de toilette, sounds incredible for a relaxing evening in, doesn't it? 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum
Another beautiful perfume to treat your women to is 'Flowerbomb' by Viktor & Rolf. This is one of my personal favourites and I know a lot of other people share that feeling with me as well. This one is a soft floral scent, which is quite sweet, sexy and seductive. 

Another choice for the make-up lovers comes from Laura Mercier, one of my favourite brands for make-up products. This is a gorgeous limited edition compact, which has everything a woman needs for everyday. The palette includes 6 stunning eyeshadows in fairly neutral colours, 1 blusher and 1 highlighter as well. This is a lovely palette because it has a variety of products in it, it is not just about the face or the eyes, it includes both - a great little travel set! 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Skincare is such an important step in so many women's days, so these kinds of presents will certainly not go a miss! Liz Earle is a well known, natural skin care brand that is loved by many people. The Cleanse & Polish product that they offer, is multi-award winning item that everybody knows and loves. For Christmas this year a limited edition one has been released, with the scent of sweet orange and peppermint - sounds very festive! 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Continuing on with skincare and something a little higher in the pricing, is the extremely luxurious 'Magic Cream' from Charlotte Tilbury. This would be a wonderful present for your special lady, as I feel it is not the type of thing many people would go out and buy themselves due to the price tag, meaning Christmas is the perfect opportunity to treat her! 

Cocolux Candle
When I saw this item, my first thought was 'what a perfect gift for the candle lover'. This candle comes from the brand Cocolux, and it is a coconut wax candle with wild frangipani infused in coconut. The box that it comes packaged in absolutely beautiful, it makes it look like such a 'giftable' candle and I feel like if your buying this as a present for someone who enjoys their candles, they could appreciate that this is a really nice one. 

A tube of hand cream may seem like such a random present to gift someone with at Christmas, but honestly in these colder months I feel like everybody would appreciate it! At this time of year a lot of people suffer from dry skin on their hands and this can cause them to crack and just feel a bit rough and painful. That is where intensive hand cream comes in extremely handy! This one is from Josie Maran and it is a 'whipped argan oil hand cream', that is available in a small variety of different scents. It is an ultra-hydrating, non-greasy hand cream, infused with 100% pure argan oil and shea butter, so it sounds incredibly soothing and with the ingredients included it would definitely work wonders for people who suffer from dry hands!

Moving on to the more expensive end of the pricing scale..I wanted to include a small handful of items that may interest some of you who are wanting to splurge and spend that bit more extra money to treat someone to an incredibly generous gift. 
The first one being, a gorgeous leather purse. There are so many you can choose from, and just because I have chose 'Mulberry' does not mean I am encouraging you to go for that brand..Michael Kors do lovely ones, as do Ted Baker and also Aspinal of London, it all depends on your budget and what you think the lady in your life would like. 

A more expensive gift for the person who loves their skincare, is a Clarisonic. These offer the best form and function for clean, beautiful looking skin. 

Finally, one for the person who loves taking photos - the bloggers favourite, 'Olympus PEN'. Cameras make such an amazing gift at Christmas time, and from that day onwards you will begin to create and save so many memories! Compact cameras like this one are really great because they have incredible quality to take outstanding pictures, but they are lightweight enough so that it is portable to carry around in your handbag - so even when you are out and about, you can still get that perfect Instagram shot! 


I hope that you have all enjoyed this follow on Gift Guide and hopefully it has offered some inspiration to help you decide on some lovely, slightly more luxurious Christmas presents to gift your wonderful woman with! 
What are you hoping to receive this Christmas? What would you love to find underneath your tree when you wake up on Christmas morning? I would love to know what people are asking for! 
Always remember though, Christmas is not about the presents, it is about spending time with your family and your loved ones, and more importantly eating so much food that you can barely move!  

Thank you all so much for reading. Do not forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to make sure you do not miss out on any future posts, and in that case, I will speak to you soon.

Lots of Love,
ALICIA
XO
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