It’s time to get serious people – a mere three weeks to go til the big day and if you haven’t already done your Christmas shop in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday mayhem, then it’s time to knuckle down and nail the list.
I know that my gift guides are always pretty popular but the feedback is cut to the chase and tell us what, where and how so here goes, no messing let’s just get to the nitty gritty!
First up, making memories is the best gift you can give so Virgin Experience Days are my go to for a day out or an event that will spark a fair few selfies and ensure the gift is never forgotten.
Dinner at the Gherkin is a pretty wow one – I was there last week – what a place, definitely a special night out to say the least so this was my pick of the bunch – going to treat the hubby so just need to get the babysitter sorted.
For the boys I always think a driving experience is the way forward so this option will be a winner with my Dad and I will be in the running for daughter of the year with this gem!
Now, getting fit has been on my agenda a lot in 2018 and I’m feeling pretty good actually. With that in mind, I think it’s time to ramp it up and I will be doing that with the help of this FitBit Versa which will track my heart rate and my cardio fitness level whilst playing my favourite tunes and a lot more besides!
Drinkswise this festive season it has to be first of all, my fave brand of bubbles, Bosco De Merlot – we enjoyed this delicious taste at an event I held this year and from then I was hooked.
Although I’m not a gin girl, most of my friends are and this beauty from Gordon Castle has been engraved for a very special friend of mine. They have a plethora of beautiful gifts for everyone in their range, please do check them out.
Personalisation is deffo my thing and customising my own bottle of bubbles was a bit of a treat I can tell you. Bottle Bazaar have cornered the market with their luxe line in top tipples with your own message.
For the kids I was spoilt for choice but I know Dominic has his eye on these Laser MAD blasters and as the boys are always asking for a pet but the answer is a firm no, this Silverlit robo chameleon will keep them happy and hopefully distract them from the real deal!
I feel like this aqua crystals set is the ideal girls gift and this will be well received.
A Girl for all time have a trend led range called Your Modern Girl which are a trio of ultra hip London girl dolls to appeal to the discerning little ladies this Christmas. Pretty, relatable and award wining, they are ticked off my Christmas gift list now.
Personally, now I’m too long in the tooth for dolls, I have really wanted a dashcam for ages. Since I had my accident in the summer and also for vlog purposes, this was something that was quite key for me. I got this one from Nextbase and I am so excited to use it. Sometimes practical things are invaluable and I’m plenty keen about getting this going.
I also needed to upgrade our viewing possibilities so a Now TV smartstick was a no brainer as it allows you to just plug and go to a whole array of new channels on any smart TV.
Dominic got an early gift in the shape of this utterly gorgeous toy box with his name on it from Dreambox Fitting in perfectly with his spy-themed bedroom, this bridges the gap between too baby-ish and grown up enough.
They do commissions, give them a brief like I did and they will come up with some perfect suggestions for you to choose from.
My mum needs a special gift this Christmas and for her I’ve plumped for an upgrade on her watch because this gorgeous timepiece from Rotary was too perfect to resist.
I know she will love it and it will stand the test of time (pardon the pun) as the brand name is synonymous with long lasting quality.
I’ve been travelling a fair bit this year and one of my must-pack items has been this Steamery as it takes away the creases in our holiday clothes in a jffy whilst taking up next to no space at all. Pricey but an investment for life, this pink tank has been my go to.
For a sweet treat, I was sent a gorgeous Godiva advent calendar has undoubtedly brightened up my mornings! My fave chocolatier in London, you can’t go wrong with something from their extensive range of goodies. Candles are my downfall – I cannot resist them and my current faves top my list.
Beatitude is a new discovery of mine I’d like to recommend. An aromatherapy brand founded by the lovely Rebecca O’Connor whose calm and relaxing disposition resonates perfectly with the brand name which actually means supreme happiness. Check out their iconic ‘sunshine in a bottle’ as well as their amazing candles.
I can never walk past a Yankee store or stockist without buying one or looking on longingly if it’s a while ’til payday – lemon is my life long favourite – but the latest elevation range has me hooked with this sweet nectar blossom slow burner and I love that the lids become a plinth for the candles.
Millie and Green are the new name in candles this year, I like supporting small businesses, especially when they smell this good! Their wild elderflower is my absolute favourite of theirs.
Whax have created such a clever gap in the market for personalised candles and this one I chose to put the lyrics of a song close to the heart of mine and my friend for that really thoughtful gift. I’m not showing in case she sees this but in their design-your-own, it’s all up to you!
I’ve also recently discovered the lovely range from Rathbones1488 which is oozing chic and will add a touch of class to any home. The entire range is so affordable and I just had to share in my guide in case you weren’t aware of their goodies already.
My final candle suggestion would be this Elizabeth from the Charles Farris London collection. How I want a staircase lit with the entire range in my dream life! For now I’m over the moon with this one scented with Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Green Mulberry.
Now fragrance – is their any more reliable staple at the festive season? Nope! I have never felt disappointed when someone bought me a beautiful scent so with that in mind I went for it for some special people in my life this Christmas.
I fell in love with this Annick Goutal immediately for the bottle – did you ever see anything quite as fabulous? No, me neither! I actually cannot part with this one so I’m going to have to get another to gift. Stunning to look at and the scent is a delicious oriental chypre – it’s my current fave.
Vera Wang designs evoke style and chic to most people and her fragrances follow the same cut. Princess is a fun, light scent at an affordable price point to add a touch of class to anyone’s Christmas stocking.
My discovery scent of 2018 has to have been this Si by Armani. I love wearing this and am always being asked what it is. So addictive and really sexy, it’s a must-smell! I’m really hoping for some for Christmas as I’ve gone through so many bottles of it already!
Leighton Denny has always been best known for his iconic range of nail products but his fragrances are dark horses. Light and Dark is my pick of the bunch, as I love the fruity mix of mandarin, grapefruit, peach topped with pepper pepper in its’ top notes!
Louis Vuitton have an expensive range of aromas and the bottle is as luxurious as one of their bags. my fave scent of theirs is this Rose Des Vents – boy does it smell good. This is a really pricey one but well worth the investment to waft such a gorgeous light floral smell in your wake.
Biscuiteers have long been my fancy pants go to for both visually impressive and delicious biccies with an arty aesthetic. These absolutely stunning Nutcracker themed offerings are among an army of choices, perfect for visiting anyone’s home over Christmas or as a stand alone gift.
As sub boxes go – and there are many! – this one ticks the value and innovation boxes every time.
Birchbox have been my favourite treat to drop through the door month on month for a very long time now.
Always full of treats – both established brands and new discoveries – and the differently themed boxes are refreshingly exciting every time to ensure delivery day is the highlight of the month. I’m also loving the crackers to finish off any gift to perfection.
Yardley London, the household name in soaps and perfumes for as long as I can remember have come right back on my radar this year. I forgot quite how quintessentially British they are and how much my family love them so I had to pop some of my fave Yardley picks on here for you. I can’t personally get enough of the beautifully coloured and scented bathing petals and their ranges have so much more to enjoy!
Now Sara Miller London is a brand I am obsessed with and her latest range is stunning, as we have come to expect. Her product portfolio is huge and her collaboration with Portmerion is to die for, here are some of my fave picks from the new beauty range..
Necta & Hive is a brand I have recently discovered too and we all know the benefits of the healing honey with its active properties which as they say themselves, are not only a treat to our tastebuds but improves our well being and soothes our souls at the same time!
Check them out for those honey lovers in your life, here…
A recent skincare discovery are these Alvve rapid renewal day masks are a little box of gems. a much more affordable option than Botox, these little sachets of joy brighten and tighten in a jiffy but also go on to lessen those wrinkles over time when used as part of a 28-day regime.
Is it really Christmas without some socks for the blokes? Nah I don’t think so either. But none of your Primark numbers here, oh no, classy is where it’s at with the upmarket London Sock Company, I’ve gone all out on the tootsies this year.
Boxed up and ready to style, each collection in their ranges are so dashing, for the guy who has everything. You can even Gandy your man with the designs David has done for LSC have a look and see which range suits your boy best. There’s another string to their bow – they have these wonderful personalised boxes for the larger range where you can actually have a video message inserted into the box so every time the recipient opens the box, the video from their loved ones plays – how utterly brilliant is that? My Dad would absolutely love that!!!
Now men’s fragrance – I’m just going to link them all without going into each one, because they are all fabulous and this guide could go on forever otherwise but these are my top picks and they all smell fabulous!
Well done if you managed to get this far! Next year I’m deffo doing this on Insta stories and swiping up, much quicker lol! Hope it’s given you inspo and happy shopping!
Merry Christmas lovelies xxx