A recent study taking in over 2,000 adult couples found that they struggled to choose the right gift for their partner. Among the least appreciated items were a toilet seat, a shoehorn, a bag of rice and windscreen wipers. Now look, we’re not ones to judge, but if you’re giving your other half a windscreen wiper for Christmas, you’ll be lucky if you’re even eating cold turkey on the big day.
Come Christmas time everyone be they man, woman or child likes to find something a bit special nestled under that tree. So get organised and get onto our guide offering inspiration for those little doses of luxury.
Immerse Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones by KitSound £60
These stylish headphones from KitSound are as good as it gets for such a reasonable price tag. Up to 12 hours of playtime, memory foam earcups, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and noise-cancelling technology. No fuss, just sleek design and top-notch usability. Give the gift of crystal clear sound this Christmas.
BoomBar+ Bluetooth Speaker by KitSound £40
When you need to listen to tunes sans headphones you’ll need a neat portable speaker that packs some punch. Step forward the BoomBar+. This light-weight yet sturdy device connects via Bluetooth or cable and delivers great sound comparable to larger speakers. It features a handy power display so you know when it needs a charge. Although with 20 hours of playtime from a charge, you shouldn’t need to do that too often. And as a Brucie bonus, it also has a call-handling feature where you can use it as a loudspeaker to speak to your friends.
Clam Shell Necklace by Honeybourne Jewellery £68
If you want to give a gift that’s as unique as it is beautiful this Christmas then you might want to look at purchasing one of these delightful Clam Shell necklaces handmade by Sophie Honeybourne in the Isle of Wight. Sophie’s ‘Charm’ pieces tell little stories in metal, with this particular lovely available in sterling silver or plated in yellow and rose gold.
Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies Pond by Daunt Books £9.99
There are a multitude of benefits that come from outdoor swimming and the hardy souls that enjoy year-round sessions in the Hampstead Ponds can certainly attest to that. This lovely little book charts the experiences and observations of those women that brave all elements to use this natural spot through a series of fourteen fascinating and life-affirming essays from the likes of Esther Freud, Nell Frizzell and Margaret Drabble.
Buffet by The Ordinary £12.70
The Ordinary have been making waves in the skincare industry winning a ton of awards and receiving rave reviews for their complex concoctions. It’s all thanks to the fact that their products are affordable and effective. The Buffet is a daily use anti-ageing serum that rebalances the skin, leaving it hydrated. The perfect stocking surprise.
Rose Hip Seed Oil by The Ordinary £9
Another gem from The Ordinary is this Rose Hip Seed Oil, famed for its anti-ageing benefits and help with a host of other skin conditions. This one is sure to win you some brownie points with the Mother-in-law.
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone by The Ordinary £5.80
Another gem that’ll have the women in your life showering you with gratitude come Christmas Day is this potent anti-ageing vitamin c formula. One of the strongest doses you’ll find, it’ll leave skin brighter than Rudolph’s nose.
Rudolph Face Mask by Lush £8
The Lush Christmas range is stuffed with festive fun, case in point this incredible smelling Rudolph face mask. But this ain’t no gimmick, as it comes full of grime destroying goodness like rhassoul clay, meadowsweet and tangerine oil to sleigh (pardon the pun) away that dirt.
Golden Pear Body Spray by Lush £20
There’s a whole range of mood-enhancing limited edition body sprays available from the wonderful people at Lush. All crafted from essential oils, this sparkling pear perfume could be the perfect pick-me-up present this Christmas.
Christmas pudding Chocolate Bar by Love Cocoa £4.95
10% of the profits from this sumptuous festive chocolate bar go to the Rainforest Foundation. The good news doesn’t stop there, as while it’s packaging is 100% recyclable all the ingredients are ethically sourced. On top, it tastes just like a Christmas pudding, jam-packed full of fruit and nuts. There’s also a Gingerbread and Peppermint flavour.
De-Stress Home Aromatherapy Candle by Scentered £32.95
Whoever’s in charge of cooking Christmas dinner will likely welcome this exquisite candle. It’s blended with Chamomile to promote calmness, and uplifting and relaxing Neroli and Mandarin to help soothe tension and support feelings of well-being. Perfect for cooling everyone’s jets after the madness of the big day.
Almanac Book by Lia Leendertz £10
The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020, reinvents the rural almanac for a contemporary audience. It’s divided into 12 months and provides practical information to the outdoors and the seasons, such as meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays along with fascinating trivia to accompany each period, like beehive behaviour, recipes, folklore and stories and charts tracking moon phases and tides.
Mint Extra Dark Chocolate by Seed & Bean £2.69
This decadent bar from the good people at Seed & Bean is made using the oil extracted from our very own British mint plants, which is then melded together with the finest Dominican couverture chocolate. Leave some of this out for Santa and he’ll surely repay you in kind.
Larissa Socks by Pantharella £14.50
We’ve long been fans of Pantherella and these little beauties from their Luxury collection, the Larissa Cashmere socks, bring together the world’s finest cashmere and a touch of glamour to ensure stylish and toasty toes all season long. Comfortable, classy and perfect for Christmas.
Photography by Simon J Evans
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