The festive season has arrived and along with the decorations and parties, there’s the gift shopping to complete. Choosing for those closest to you can be fun, but it’s easy to lose inspiration when it comes to those trickier friends and family. Luckily, you’re in the right place, follow our Christmas gift ideas and head straight to the top of the nice list.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Newbies
New people in your life are of course, a blessing, but when it comes to choosing a gift for someone you’ve only just met (like your brother’s new girlfriend or the friend of a friend who is coming to Christmas dinner), it can be hard to find something that strikes a friendly, welcoming note, but doesn’t presume to be too intimate. Our solution is the scented candle; a luxurious gift at any time of year, a good candle will fill their home with soft light and gorgeous fragrance.
Plus, the beautiful packaging and weighty-feel makes them special and you can choose a crowd-pleasing fragrance like Diptyque Baies, Byredo Burning Rose or a festive favourite like Jo Loves Christmas Trees A Scented Candle. Point out that the empty glasses make perfect pots for storing pens or makeup brushes and you’ll find you have a new best friend going into 2019.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Surprise Givers
Emergency! You haven’t bought them a gift, but they’ve just given you one. We’ve all been in this awkward situation, remedied only by having a pile of suit-anyone gifts to hand. Rather than the slightly obvious basket of ready wrapped books and chocolates, this year we’re choosing tree trinkets.
The rather beautiful mini gifts from fabulous brands that come with a hanging ribbon and look festive amongst the baubles and lights on the Christmas tree; simply hand one to a visiting friend or let them choose themselves. We love By Terry Baume de Rose Ornament with its cute mini pot of the must-have lip balm, This Works Sleep Tight – a mini trio of calming rescue remedies ideal for men or women suffering from festive burn-out and the Cowshed Tree Decoration with its gorgeous packaging and travel-friendly shower gel and body moisturiser.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenagers
Teenagers are uniquely placed to know the latest makeup trends and every cool new brand going thanks to their fantastic consumption of popular culture, the only trouble being, they haven’t got the cash to splash on the makeup they covet. Choose them a hot new beauty product and you never know, you might even get a rare smile come Christmas morning. We recommend a thoroughly grown-up and glamorous treat like an ultra-covetable, new Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lipstick.
For shimmer-obsessed magpies the beauty world is your oyster, but we love Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss – which gives instant sparkle, plus layers over any colour to give eyes a glossy finish. Metallic pink studs are usually a winner and combined with the makeup giant that is Francois Nars makes the Insta-worthy exclusive Nars The Orgasm Infatuation Palette a Christmas gift that she’ll be proud to post all over social media.
Christmas Gift Ideas for The One Who Has Everything
She doesn’t even own that much, it’s just that she never scrimps on quality. This friend always has the finest hand soap and the matching cream in her bathroom, her handbag is stocked with one perfect lipstick and a neat compact. Do you recognise her? She’s hard to buy for because she’s exacting and specific. Choose a classic brand with a vast heritage and opt for something unusual like Margaret Dabbs Manicure & Pedicure Set, which contains the finest grooming tools in the land.
We also recommend Eve Lom Simply Radiant Gift Set, which contains the original Cleanser, loved for generations, alongside three well-honed formulas designed to boost skin glow. Acqua Di Parma’s Italian fragrances are the epitome of sophistication, so treat your friend to the Rosa Noble Shower Gel for a touch of everyday luxury long into the new year.
Christmas Gift Ideas for The Distant Cousin
You’ve been friends since childhood, yet you only ever meet at Christmas, but lives go in different directions and now it’s almost impossible to know what she would like to open on Christmas morning.
Because of your shared history it’s nice to choose something a bit personal and that’s why we recommend the Commodity Style Guide; fragrance always feels special and intimate, but because this set contains nine different scents that can be layered or worn alone she’s bound to find a combination she loves. Christmas is the perfect time to rekindle your old bond, so why not introduce her to a brand you adore with a kit like Omorovicza Christmas Intro Set or Emma Hardie’s All is Bright Cracker.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Incredibly Practical People
We all know those friends or relatives, occasionally termed Grinches, who just don’t get a thrill from unwrapping a beautiful parcel. To our mind this is all about practicality, they abhor waste, can’t get excited about things they haven’t chosen and have no connection to the little joys of ribbon and bows.
The perfect gift for these guys is one they can choose themselves, so pop one of our gift cards in a decorated envelope, or if that’s too much, send an e-gift card straight to their email address. They’ll be able to choose a perfect gift without the pressure of having to look pleased in front of their awaiting audience, and they’ll be quietly grateful.