Christmas Gift Guide 2017

The Christmas Gift Guide For Everyone

Find something for every person you know!

So it's almost Christmas and before we all stampede into our cities and towns to pick up presents in a rush, here's me telling you that you should get them early and spend your time with family and friends so you can enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Christmas is a time where no one is lonely, and every person should spend it with people who will give them the most magical time. So whilst you're edging towards a mince pie and sipping something festive and sweet check out my gift guide for everyone!

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Beauty Gift Guide 2017

So I previously outlined why Christmas meant so much to me and I'm like a child in the months running up. To put it simply, it's the most magical time of the year where we gather round to celebrate the importance of family and friends. Quality time has been such a priority in my family, we're so close knit and therefore all give each other such tailored presents. So I thought to myself during the months of August and September, why develop a gift guide for him and her, when there could be a gift guide in one place for all your needs. There's something for everyone, from stocking fillers, decorations to main presents. 

Amara Gingerbread Man Advent Calendar
Ciate Advent Calendar
Ciate Advent Calendar

Advent Calenders

With the rise of the advent calendar at its strongest, I thought I'd share my two beauty favourites so far, which is the 12 Days Of Crabtree Evelyn Advent Calendar, as well at the Ciate London Mini Mani Month. Both gifting you or a close one goodies for every year as an extra boost of excitement as each day passes.

Crabtree Evelyn contains the following hand therapy fragrances: Caribbean Island Wild Flowers, Citron & coriander, Frosted Spicewood, Goatmilk & Oat, La source, Lavender & Espresso, Pear & Pink Magnolia, Pomegranate & Argan Oil, Red Berry & Fir, Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn, Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage and White Cardamom.

Whilst Ciate London’s annual Mini Mani Month is back with a bang and a super-glossy upgrade for 2017! Treat yourself or a nail polish lover to the ultimate holiday countdown containing 24 nail polish must haves! Each product is tucked into individual boxes for pure excitement so you can have new nails each day!

Why not jazz up your home for future years with a felt gingerbread man advent calendar, perfect for kids or anyone who wants to fill their calendar with treats each day.

See below for my other selections for both the guys and gals.


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Introducing the ultimate gift guide of everything for everyone!

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For The Lady Of Beauty

The lady of beauty takes special consideration for her skin, beauty routine and indulges in the finest products available on the market. 

Starting off with the cleansing process, the best products this season include; The Magnitone BareFaced Shimmer Collection. A unique and improved addition to the Magnitone family, and every beauty lovers best friend for cleansing.  So put an exclusive Magnitone BareFaced Shimmer Collection under the Christmas tree for the beauty-lover in your friends! The multi-award winning Daily Cleansing Brush will get your skin softer, brighter and beautifully conditioned thanks to Vibra-Sonic Technology that works deep into the skin to naturally sake impurities out of pores and boost micro-circulation. An all-natural energizing workout in just 60 seconds a day.

Whilst on the topic of Magnitone, the new Magnitone BlendUp is a revolutionary sensation for the application of makeup. The BlendUp  is an electric make-up blending brush, an innovative tool developed by the celebrity make-up artist Paul Herrington in partnership with Magnitone. The brush allows you a professional finish - and touch – without the year of practices.

Every lady of beauty needs a few stocking fillers to facilitate her handbag so with products like the Antipodes Delight Hand & Body Cream will give any lady a luxurious experience both after her bath or shower, as well as on the go for the ultimate hand cream that can be carried around on a daily basis or perfect as a placement on her desk. 

One of the ultimate favourites skincare goodies of the year, has been the Gatineau Age Benefit Regenerating Collection. Perfect for the woman who seeks to target the advancing signs of ageing. Which features a moisturiser, eye cream and supersize serum, this collection showcases star products from the Age Benefit range with formulations enriched with Plant Extracts from Artichoke Leaf, Hibiscus, Red Algae and Cotton Seed to improve pigmentation marks, hormonal changes and loss of elasticity in the skin.

Balance Me Natural Skincare have released an exquisite range of new beauty products for the women who need a little TLC around Christmas with their idea of a 'hug in a box' gift This Cocoon Me set includes a Super softening sulphate free body wash and creamy body cream wrap even the most sensitive skins in a veil of calming essential
oils and an exquisite rose aroma.

Murad have been one of my all time go-to brands for everything beauty, this year their gift collection includes the Murad Ultimate Skin Perfector;  AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, polishes away dull, dry skin to reveal smoother younger looking skin. Eye lifting Firming Treatment firms and tightens the skin around the delicate eye area improving the appearance of fine lines for younger looking eyes in an instant. Invisiblur perfecting shield spa 30 adds a layer of skin blurring perfection and protection for flawless makeup application.

Curlformers Hair curling without heat
Magnitone Blending Brush
Hello Day Winter Box
Murad Christmas Kit

The ultimate pamper set with all your requirements for a heavenly bath experience include the Dead Sea Sap Magik “Pamper” Gift Set; the pamper set contains products for the face and body, including face masks, salt brushing and bath and body lotions.

Whilst another option is the Spa Find “Sparkle” Body Collection; the range offers incredible mineral skincare, specifically formulated and selected to help alleviate dry skin and maintain skins hydration.  Both these award-winning skincare lines have been used in top spas and salons throughout the UK since 1981.

Sensse Beauty pride themselves in top of the range gadgets, including my two favourites the deep pore suction cleanser, which lifts away impurities and excess oils. The other favourite being the hot and cool facial bar; releasing fatigue and puffy faces which promotes elasticity.

I can't think of a better present for the bathroom can your standard Lush bath bombs, they make everyone simply happy, so I've included Golden Wonder as my all time favourite bathroom present to give.

I believe beauty comes from within, and some of my favourite skincare selections for keeping skin in it's top condition is the Ben Essere Luxury Gift Set from Lucia Magnani. It's price range is due to the attention to detail in advanced skin technology giving it all the beneficial nutrients it needs.

Curlformers is a revolutionary new way of getting heat free curls, that take less than 20 minutes to set up. Simply slip each curl onto your head, and if you do choose to go for heat, it's best advised to use a hairdryer attachment hood, which gets your curls soft, feeling natural and bouncy with as minimal heat as possible.

Sukin Oil Balancing Face Kit; Sukin Love Your Skin Oil Balancing Set is a perfect 3 step face kit for combination to oily skin types. It targets anti-pollution, oil control and blemish prevention.

Capture The Moment Gift by Iz London; is the nail lover in your life with the ultimate Christmas present with all four shades beautifully packaged in a premium black box.

Merry Kissmas set  Drink, kiss and party without losing any of your sparkle.

Boucleme intensive moisture treatment Enriched with high performing active ingredients, our Intensive Moisture Treatment is designed to strengthen hair, enhance curl definition, rebalance moisture and improve hair health.

Hello Day Winter Wellbeing Box: The Winter Box contains four coordinated food supplements to help improve and strengthen hair, nails and skin; boost vitality to maintain energy levels during bleak seasonal lows and keep those batteries fully recharged; support your immune system in preventing colds and infection, and balance your gut for greater bacterial resistance and improve digestive comfort.

Sanoflore Magnifica:  A five-strong line up of purifying skin saviours, formulated specifcally to prevent breakouts, fight shine and keep skin at its most radiant. The Sanofore laboratory specially selected organic Menthe Piperita Floral Water and peppermint essential oils for their anti-infammatory properties, and combined them with a unique complex of 9 essential oils. 

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Holiday Glow

St Tropez Gradual Tan:  This gradual self-tanner will will nourish and hydrate your skin as it builds up a gorgeous, golden glow over time. Suitable for daily use. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother skin, whilst building a gradual golden tan, every day.

Lusso Tanning Products: For smooth, silky skin prepped for the holiday glow, treat yourself or another to the Lusso Tan primer. The simple spray works to rebalance the skins pH levels, meaning tan will glide on evenly with no blotchy batches. Teamed with the Lusso Tan Lotion to enhance all skin tones to give a sun-kissed glow - which lasts up to 7 days! Lastly to add to the tanning collection is the Lusso Tan Finishing Touch Shimmer, that adds radiance to the skin with a veil of silky powder rich light reflecting particles, creating a natural looking luminosity.

UTAN; revolutionary coconut tanning water is the fastest and easiest way to tan your face! Infused with real coconut extracts and vitamins, this light weight refreshing mist develops into a sun-kissed glow in 4-6 hours and can be used until the desired colour is achieved.

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Spa Magik Set
Magnitone Barefaced Set
Sensse Beauty Device
Fitty Box Review


Fitty Ldn are the star attraction when finding a subscription box for the girl or guy in your life who is always working out. Even if they're not, and want to give them a sparkle of New Years inspiration, then Fitty Ldn should be your go-to for one of the most valuable gifts of the year - health. Their boxes include healthy, nutritious foods and workout products



The Jewellery Magpie

The magpie loves garnishing themselves with beautiful jewellery for the ultimate party experience, dazzling everyone with their gorgeous accessories. I've included a few Christmas pieces that will satisfy every person who likes to get glammed up. 

Starting off with the Glitzy Secrets Precious Heiress Necklace, which would make a little black dress pop with a sophisticated neckline. My other top pick is the Forties Beauty Clip On Earrings for those who don't have any piercings.

Some ladies love silver, some love gold, and some love rose gold! So I've compiled a list of my favourite pieces for every rose gold lover from Ted Baker - the favourite amongst all of rose gold. 

Thinking ahead for spring and summer of next year, every girl needs floral jewellery to compliment their beautiful shoulders, so I think the Siero Swarovski Daisy Lace Necklace would be an exceptional gift for any lady. To go hand in with the Seah Daisy Lace Bracelet, Parsia Crystal Cuff, and Cassea Cupid Arrow Heart Ring

One of my newest favourite shops to buy jewellery that will keep memories forever is Jewellery Box, who have the vision that you can buy real jewellery at costume jewellery prices. I love stacking rings, like most of my friends, so I've been in love with the Sterling Silver Laurel Leaf Roman Ring (which I actually use as a normal finger ring, because if the shoe fits...)  For the simple, delicate rings the Jewellery Box Amethyst Ring is perfect for a subtle statement. Otherwise if a statement cocktail ring is the calling then a Black Agate ring makes a great ring for date nights.  I was born in July, so I always like to remind myself of my favourite stone which is a Ruby, in a combined with a twisted rope. A month ring makes a lovely gift for any lady, who likes to stack her rings in a subtle way.  Finally one of the renowned pieces off jewellery for anyone with wandering eyes for the world, would love a St Christopher Necklace, to keep them safe throughout their travels.

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The Perfume Lover

This is where things get majorly serious for all the girls who love their perfume, so I've compiled the favourites of the year including some my personal go-to scents.

Regina Eau de Parfum from Moresque is a floral and marine composition inspired by the story of a noblewoman who lived in the late 1800s. Cinnamon, carnation, marine notes and jasmine are accented with top notes of bergamot and ylang-ylang essence and sensuous base notes of patchouli, vetiver, musk, amber, vanilla and sandalwood.

One of my go-to scents is from the Jimmy Choo Christmas Gift Set  it's such a feminine and empowering scent. The seductive arrangement is a modern chypre fruity, with green top notes, tiger orchid, sweet toffee caramel and Indonesian patchouli. The packaging and the surfaced glass bottle is designed by Mellon herself. She was inspired by Murano glass and enthusiastic with so much attention to the appearance, so that it would be desirable and appropriate for your nightstand. 

Ruth  Mastenbroek Firedance: Rejoicing in each moment of contentment in life. In Firedance, Ruth presents a scorching, modern interpretation of the classic rose perfume, as exotic leather dances in surprise harmony with the main character – smouldering Damask rose. Set against a warming backdrop of oudh and patchouli, a shining amber note radiates from the skin in this memorably intimate and sexy perfume.

COACH Christmas Gift Sets : A spirited, sensual scent that symbolises a resolutely contemporary, independent woman. It is afloriental fruity scent inspired by the spontaneous energy and chic downtown style of 'New York' city. A fragrance full of contrasts, Coach eau de parfum opens with bright, sparkling raspberry which gives way to creamy Turkish roses, before drying down to a sensual suede musk base note.

Cartier La Panthere Eau De Parfum; A captivating fragrance that reveals a free-spirited and passionate woman. A feline-floral accord born from the fusion between a radiant and delicate gardenia with sensual musky notes. At the heart of the bottle, an internal sculpture draws the fascinating and majestic panther.

You know if you constantly read this blog how much I blubber on about YSL Black Opium  and why it will always situate on my dressing table. Black Opium through Fragrance Direct have a new gift set with the scent of glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality.

I've recently become aware of Scent Addict  that provide aftershave and perfume monthly sampling subscription boxes, so for my first scent I've got Gucci Bloom, which smells simply mesmerising. Envisioned as a thriving garden of flowers, Bloom is created to unfold like its name. Notes of natural tuberose and Jasmine leave an unexpectedly rich white floral scent on the skin. Rangoon Creeper, a plant that changes colour when it blooms, infuses a powdery, floral edge.

Cult fragrance from the 90s, Tribe has been relaunched for today’s young ladies! Alluring and addictive, Tribe is designed to suit every woman and make their life full of colour. Opening with a bright cocktail of juicy fruits, a delighted bouquet of rose, jasmine and orange flower brings the femininity. Then, soft musks, creamy vanilla and sheer cedarwood are enveloping and comfortable offering a bold and unique signature.

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Coach Christmas Perfume Gift Set


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The Makeup Maverick

The makeup maverick indulges in the best makeup products, this lady can also slot hand in hand with the lady of beauty, making her the queen of beauty. I've included some of my favourite recommendations coming up this Christmas to put a smile on your favourite makeup mavericks face.

Inglot  do incredible gifts, they'd be perfect for a stocking filler present, so I've chosen to feature INGLOT’s Italian Kiss is an intriguing colour combination for eye and lip makeup. A palette of warm, caramel shades complemented with juicy orange, sensual burgundy and deep black inspires to take up completely new makeup challenges. I packed their biggest palette, a concealer and two lipsticks. Italian Kiss look consists of five Freedom System eyeshadows, three AMC Eyeliner Gels and three types of eyelashes. A subtle smoky eye with softly blended matte eyeshadows creates a sensual glance. A classic or avant-garde eyeliner undoubtedly gives bold, rock character to the makeup. Black eyelashes in a truly women style accomplish the final effect.

Another favourite, particularly for Vegan is the Aussie brand NEEK who have launched tow new lipstick colours Mystify and Kiss Me Kiss Me to spoil your ecological-minded girlfriends! NEEK’s 100% natural lippies go on smooth and stay put for hours. Based on a shea butter, avocado and joboba oil base, they keep lips nourished and moisturised on the coldest winter days. NEEK Skin Organics creates natural, vegan, organic products that were earth-friendly, animal-friendly, human-friendly... AND effective!

Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit - Never stop glowing with these Pixi limited edition holiday gift sets. A collection with all of Pixi’s favourite products and shades for a multitude of looks to keep you flawless and radiant throughout the entire season. So let it glow!
This includes 48 mesmerising mineral eyeshades, 2 glowing powders, 2 beauty blush duos, and finally 2 beauty bronzers. 

The Opulence Collection Box by Zoeva  is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind collector’s item and gift. The ultimate present for beauty enthusiasts, the stunning gift box includes the Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette,  and the Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette including the Zoeva Opulence Vegan Brush Set.

W7  Vegan Friendly Eyeshadow Palette:  The Very Vegan range is an on-trend, vegan-friendly cosmetics range for those who follow a plant-based lifestyle. The Eye Eco eye shadow palette contains 12 powdered eye shadow shades. The colours range from natural nudes to coppers and browns that are long lasting and blendable. The colours provide excellent coverage as they are highly pigmented and provide little fallout.

Beauty Blender Goldmine Kit: Pursue blending prowess and keep your face flawless this festive season (or treat a very lucky recipient) with Beautyblender’s Gold Mine collection. With two blenders – the iconic original fuchsia and the effortlessly blurring ‘Nude’ versions – you’ll be able to achieve ‘airbrushed’ perfection with 360 degrees of edgeless sponge and an innovative open cell structure that retains moisture to minimise make up absorption. Alongside this, there’s Blotterazzi, a slimline compact starring two innovative blotting cushions to swiftly (and effortlessly) soak up sweat and sebum for a flawless finish, as well as a mini Blendercleanser Solid and a Liquid Blendercleanser Packette tester to keep everything perfectly clean and fresh.

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House Of Holland clutch
Fiorelli Bracelet
Ruby Ed Amara Calf Boots


The Fashionista, who doesn't always like to be bang on trend but has developed tastes for their own personal style. My top recommendation is a classic Cambridge Satchel with a twist, because everyone loves them. A tiny Cambridge Satchel makes a great phone holder, with ability to get bigger sizes in a variety of colours I've opted for next seasons biggest and brightest colour, yellow!

Whilst on the topic of bags, smaller bags are majorly in right now, and they make the perfect statement gift for all the smaller things like a phone, purse and cards. So my top picks of the season are the Zatchels Zebra Leather Barrel Bag  and Zatchels Green Shoulder Bag

Winter time is perfect for buying snug footwear, and lets leave slippers at the door, and go with boots that keep you toes fuzzy and toasty with Amaras natural calf boots from Ruby + Ed with natural suede uppers, finished with faux sheepskin detailing on the trim, exclusively developed for Ruby + Ed to guarantee outstanding quality and durability.

House Of Holland for Label M have recently launched the clutch bag of dreams, for the city girl who throws the world under her arm, it's striking in primary red and blues that would accompany a lunch date or night out.

I believe in friendship bracelets, and jewellery that has meaning, it doesn't need to be the most expensive, but more sentimental than anything else. So one of my favourite picks of the year was this simple Fiorelli Bracelet.


Let us not forget the all important men, and their Christmas too! 

Sauvage Paco Rabanne 1 Million mens aftershaves gift guide

The Well Groomed Dudes

We all know a few dudes who really take care of their skin, and why not? This time of year can reek havoc on your skin. So here's a few favourites of mine for all the men in your life who might be familiar with their skincare, or completely new. As well as beard accessories for keeping their face fuzz in a luxurious condition. 

The scent of success. Going for gold because decadence is thrilling. Not-so-gentle man. Elegant and impertinent in equal measure, an intoxicating, powerful blend that starts out fresh and moves onto a spicy leather accord. An arresting alchemy of full-on seduction. Paco Rabanne 1 Million being the scent renowned all over the nation for it's incredible staying power that is irresistible.

You've no doubt seen the advert, well of course you have Johnny Depp is incredibly hard to miss on our 4K TV in ultra HD. I've been truly obsessed with this scent ever since I had the opportunity to try it out before it's public release, and knew it was the scent of the decade for men. Dior Sauvage has just recently brought out a it's Sauvage Very Cool Eau De Toilette in an unbreakable bottle, thats ideal for the dude on the go, and wants to fresh up whilst being within arms reach of his go-to spray.

dunhill London ICON Racing: Made for a man on the move, this daring Eau de Pafum is for someone who is adventurous and ambitious. Unafraid to throw caution to the wind, his daredevil attitude and energetic persona complements the fresh, exhilarating notes in the dunhill London ICON Racing fragrance.

 Issey Miayke L’eau Majeure: A new fragrance taking its inspiration from water, as a masculine symbol of strength and movement. Water, in a major key. The evocation of a salty wood. Designed by water. The fragrance opens with notes of bergamot blended with fresh grapefruit and crisp salty sea wind. The base features woody accords softened with velvet cashmere notes.

Art De Parfum Collection: Including perfumes for both men and women that exude French sophistication. Including the renowned Gin & Tonic cologne, Seafoam and Signature Wild - which are all my personal favourites from the bunch!


Beardy Boys

Starting off with the Bulldog Skincare Sets which include a face wash, shaving gel and moisturiser - which ideally makes the perfect winter care pack. Perfect for a father, brother, friend or lover, Bulldog understand that men can be complex and difficult to buy for, so there’s nobody better than man’s best friend to create a range of gift sets!

I've always thought of the men in my life as jewellery wearers, and I'm so very wrong but I slowly discovered they do love similar statement metal jewellery. I found the perfect accessory for any men with a bushy beard, and thats the Vézzo allowing men to brush their beards and moustaches whilst looking incredibly stylish!

Not only is the name something that will make you giggle, but also its sensitive formula is fantastic for those who truly care about their facial hair. So Beard Poo are deeply passionate about beards, and know that beards deserve the best, and not your average shampoo and conditioner leaving faces lacking in oil with scratchy. Dudes need the best and only the best for their beards, so with the shampoo and conditioner combo it'll always be silky smooth, healthy and happy like them. 

Premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge. They have a vast range of barbershop-quality products that are used my millions of men worldwide. Our range covers everything from shaving, beard care, hairstyling, skin care, showering, fragrance and more.

Label M Mens Gift Set: Includes 3 high performance cleansing, conditioning and styling products encased in a cool gift box with a complimentary pair of funky socks, for minimum effort – ultimate style.

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The Stylish Man

So I truly believe there's one of the biggest compliments in this world is picking out the clothes to go on someones back, with the thought of; I saw this and thought of you. How romantic and gestural! So some of the main men in my family always receive the finest high quality shirts that not only make style statements, but last the test of time. My favourite brand I love going back to is Devils Advocate, where I've found a Baroque Rock Slim Fit Shirt  and skinny fit autumnal flower print shirt.

Naturally being in a family full of music-heads it'd be impossible to not vouch for their favourite band tees. My boyfriend and his Dad are wildly obsessive over U2, so just in time for their new album release (December 1st) I'm getting them a ton of U2 goodies.

This is the ultimate must have for every travelling man, which is the El Camino bracelets, documenting special adventures taken together. So I'm giving mine to Paddy for all the little trips we've taken. What I love about El Camino is not just it's country milestones, but national too for the mini explorer. What a perfect way to treasure your adventures than something that is worn at all times. 

Speaking of personalised gifts I love giving people personalised T-shirts, I love them so much I spend a good few days designing and sketching away to make it perfect. Because nothing says "I thought of you" as spending a few days on Photoshop putting together an ace piece of clothing. So I've been designing some goodies with TuneToo who have a range of printing and embroidery options, as well as their online editor for the none-Photoshoppers! Paddy will be receiving his favourite song lyric on a red hemmed vintage inspired T-shirt. 

Lord Timepieces introduce one of the most luxurious but affordable watches for the man in your life who deserves a sparkly treat, like the Chrono Gold Black watches. 


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El Camino Bracelet
Tunetoo t-shirt design review


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The Cocktail Shaker

We all have that friend who loves to make cocktails, maybe it's a classic gin and tonic or go full out with their zombies, they certainly need a cocktail set for Christmas, and some fancy glasses to pop their creations in.

Lady Tipplesworth is the go-to place for the ultimate cocktail hamper, which includes mince pie syrups, a variety of mixers, and finally the cocktail boston shaker set.

If you need some help picking out what spirits they need, then look no further as an expert in spirit testing, I can assure that Aluna coconut rum will give a tropical twist to any cocktail. Whilst on the gin spectrum, I tend to favour Whitley Neill, Hendrix and Pickerings Gin. Speaking of Pickering Gin, they've recently just brought out a line of Gin Baubles that will make a statement on any Christmas Tree - if they'll last throughout December, or you could just treat yourself by buying 24 as a gin advent calendar?

Finally I wanted to touch upon entertainment and dining accessories. I regularly host parties in mine, and like to have the best quality glasses in preparation for when I have my own dining room. So I love my Dartington Crystal Glitz Gin and Tonic Copa Glasses (Pair) that have a wave of Swaroski crystals throughout the goblet, I get so very excited to share a G&T with my girl pals with these. 


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The Home Maker

They do an incredible range for all your man-cave spaces. Decorate a friend or families house with a beautiful print to hang on their way. I've been building up my parents collection to fill their stairway, including some prints from The Printed Peanut. Me and my Dad are huge fans of Fear & Loathing with Hunter S Thompson, so he'll be receiving a limited edition print of Mr H S Thompson himself from Firebox.

We all know someone who has a staggering vinyl rack, and lets pray they don't stack one on top of another - if they do a simple home accessory like a Record Rack will be beneficial in making their collection accessible and pleasing.

Jazz up a house with a letter board, this could spell out something hilarious for them to open on Christmas day, or inspire them on a daily basis within their office. My two that will be added to my Christmas list for others is a Jay Pink Letter board, as well as a Firebox Black Letter Board .
The little touches within a home make all the difference, like my flamingo trinket tray that will an addition to my studio, or anyones dressing table or hallway who loves a flamingo. The range is also available in bears too! One of my other favourites from Magpieline is their Hedgehog doormat, which makes a house extremely inviting, natural and rustic.
So my parents are wild explorers in every way thinkable, in the kitchen, the great outdoors so two of my essential presents so they can further expand upon the things they so dearly love is a pasta maker, and flask. They may sound basic, boring but think of all the endless possibilities this expands upon. Dad was a Head Chef for many years, so you can imagine the truly exquisite smells that float out of their kitchen with an Italian background I thought it was time to make the big splash (it was around £10) into a home made pasta maker. For the other days whilst he's hopping around the countryside with my beautiful Mum they've got a Ted Baker flask to carry hot homemade soup, or more importantly to them tea! Their house is completely jungle themed, and spices up any backpackers day.
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Dessert La Vina Liverpool


So lets FINALLY talk home fragrance which is a talking point at Christmas, as I think it's so crucial to pick out good quality candles, that smell incredible, as much as they look it. So I've included my top picks to find candles;

Monsoon Amber and Frankincense Candle: Give your home a warm, gorgeous glow with the amber and frankincense fragranced candle, presented in a decorative glass jar. A wonderful gift idea 

Monsoon Amber and Frankincense Diffuser: Filling your home with gorgeous fragrance, our amber and frankincense diffuser is presented in a decorative glass jar.

 The Phillo Fireside Candle designed by Londons leading florist, made of a blend of tree resins such as frankincense, cedar, sandalwood and a touch of galbanum, peruvian balsam and blackcurrant bud absolute, to bring a genuine aroma of a Christmas log fire in doors anytime. All the candles are made from the purest, refined and odourless paraffin wax.
Ciel Scented Candle is a beautiful scent of birch, marron glacé, cashmere wood, cedar, patchouli which burns as environmentally friendly vegetable wax. I personally love the range at Amara, as its guaranteed you'll be buying a good candle!
FatFace Camomile & Apple Candle: Light this candle anywhere around the house and infuse your rooms with a delicate camomile and apple fragrance, designed to soothe and calm after a busy day.
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Stocking Fillers For Her

Lets jump straight in with the inspirational books that gave my year a boost. Starting off with the Instagram Sensation Baddiewinkles Guide To Life. Every woman has admitted that we can't wait to be as old and fabulous as her, so if you need a lady in your life to live more wildly then grab her a copy. The second book of choice might be for the beauty expert that you can to expand upon their knowledge of give some helpful beauty hacks that will save every girl a ton of time in the morning. Then Beauty Hacks is your go-to!

If the lady (or dude) in your life lives for the bubbles at the weekend, but isn't a fan of beer pong, then this revolutionary twist on an old game is hours of entertainment and gets pretty messy. Prosecco Pong makes drinking games classy for pong proceedings.

Who doesn’t want a rock for Christmas? Well now you can by layering your skin in shimmering real diamonds, with the award-winning label.m Diamond Dust Body Lotion encased in a sparkling cracker. New Label.M Diamond Dust Cracker proves that stocking fillers can be a touch more special with its classic - yet opulent design, making it the perfect introduction to the label.m Diamond Dust range this Christmas.

Everyone loves a bit of beauty therapy right? Housed in a combined pink/lilac/black metallic box, label.m’s best selling Therapy Rejuvenating: Shampoo, Conditioner and Radiance Oil offers a gift of youthful, luxurious looking hair, infused with gorgeous ingredients such as White Caviar to boost moisture, whilst counteracting the effects of dullness, dryness and breakage.

New for this season Perfect Palettes 4 pack set, inspired by notebooks. These pocket sized pads feature favourite makeup must-haves to keep in your handbag from day to night, super for vacations, keep in the top drawer of your desk, glove compartment of the car.

Label M Real Diamond: the ultimate Christmas cracker willed with diamond dust body lotion with real black and white diamond dust  particles, champagne, pearls white rose petal oil.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Gift Set:  AQUIS Hair Towels & Turbans cut drying time in half, are super lightweight, and wrap around your hair, rather than pulling it down. The woven structure leads to faster drying time, which helps minimize frizz and the swelling and stretching of hair, whilst promoting stronger, healthier hair that styles better.

HEMA Eyeshadow Combination of three blue and white shades of eyeshadow that can be applied dry for a natural effect or moist for more intense colour and shine

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Stocking Fillers For Him

You can beat sitting around the living room playing a fun Christmas game, and so long the kids aren't in the room - maybe they're tucked up in bed, or playing with their new gadgets. So you can crack out Cards Against Humanity, the game for the cruel and filthy minded.  Once you've finished being pure filth, then you can move onto The Confessions Game.

I always like to include a few books in my stockings for the boys of my life as they venture off into new experimental cooking. So this year I've vouched for Firebox's Cooking With Beer  jazzing up every kind of meal you can think of. As well as The Geeky Chef, which was a must buy as it teaches you how to make The Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction, Harry Potters Butter Beer, and South Parks Salty Chocolate Balls, the possibilities will keep them entertained all the year throughout.

Speaking of chocolate balls, why not pop in some hilariously realistic Brussel Sprout Chocolates by FatFace. If that's not their cup of tea, just pop an adorable sombrero shimmying FatFace Penguin decoration in their stocking to hang onto the tree and jazz up their Christmas.

Christmas can be particularly heavy on the liver, so it's mega important to keep them in good condition with Liver DTX, cleansing and detoxifying the liver and enhance normal functioning after a boozy Christmas.

It's almost an unspoken tradition to get everyone socks at Christmas, it makes you wonder how we first started it off, without an utter of a word we're flinging the pairs of socks into our trollies and online baskets year after year. So, I thought... why not make them as jazzy as possible. Nobody judges what socks you wear, and I often find the funkier the sock, the better my day is going. So my ultimate favourite sock choice this season for dudes stocking fillers is Drake & Hutch, they're just too colourful and loveable for words. Also for you jazzy tootsies, if you fancy purchasing some get 30% off with my amazing discount code STEPHI2017 - get shopping!

Finally on this years gift guide is the awesome Firebox Peg Board perfect for any man-cave, that can be filled with inspirational quotes, reminders and notes. I'm currently using my pink one to count down the days until Christmas, but I can imagine when I give Paddy his, it'll be filled with music quotes.


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