There’s a plethora of gift guides going on out there, on every blog and in every magazine. But I decided to add my own to the mix and here it is. If I’ve missed anything great, do add it to the comments section.
Stocking fillers (under £5)
Weleda body washes set (£9.95) – buy them, split them and share the love.
Figs & Rouge tinted lip balms (£4.99); they’ve made them tinted and in tubes! If they’re anything like as good as the original balms in tins, then we’re onto a winner. Mocha orange gets my vote.
LUSH Popcorn lip scrub (£5.25); Evelyn at We Were Raised by Wolves raves about this stuff.
Weleda crackers (from £4.95); you can choose the mini rose or pomegranate body lotion but Skin Food gets my vote.
Meerkat tweezers (£2.99); spotted these on British Beauty Blogger. They’re ridiculous but they made me smile.
Mohdoh (£5.10); Aromatherapy meets play-doh. I’m fascinated by this idea. Choose from a range of colours and essential oils. My money’s on Mohdoh ‘Calm’. It’s like aromatherapy worry beads.
For those who want to try something new
Dr Hauschka’s mini rose trio (£8.95) – Rose Day Cream (5g); Rose Body Moisturiser (10ml); Rose Body Oil (10ml)
Pai Limited Edition rosehip 3-step facial gift set (£30); contains Pai’s rosehip mask and facial oil, along with a muslin cloth. Rosehip oil is truly amazing and Pai does one of the best.
Jurlique body cream trio (£17.95); three fragrances – rose, jasmine and unscented lotions with a jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butter base.
REN’s Moroccan Rose experience gift set (£32); 100ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, 100ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream, 30ml Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil and 30ml Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil. So everything really will be smelling of roses…
L’Occitane have some great offers on their gift sets. I highly recommend the Almond and Shea ranges.
Madara A Touch of Magic gift box (£18.50); a bargainous 50% off from a great range. Includes hand cream, lip balm and night cream.
£££ – if money is no object
Buddha Nose therapy gift box (£50); contains a sugar scrub, balm and aroma spray from a brand new to Naturisimo. I’m a sucker for an unusual name and can’t wait to try this out.
Aromatherapy Associates ultimate bath and shower oil collection (£50); nine minis across the range. I bet each one smells diVINE.
24 Days of Christmas with Liz Earle (£100); oh how I want this. Let me count the ways.
For the boys
Bodhi essential body care gift set (£20); includes two bath and shower gels, a body moisturiser and a face flannel in ‘man-friendly’ scents like rosemary and mint.
Green People St Nick’s skin tricks for men (£8.95); a body wash and moisturiser with a mint and eucalyptus fragrance. According to the world of cosmetics, men really like their minty smells…
For the belly
Pukka herbal teas (from £2.25); wholesome and good for you but also special and somehow decadent. This time of year blends like vanilla chai and revitalise (packed with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger) are warming and indulgent.
If you know any health food nuts, try making them a ‘shaker’ jar. You need an airtight jar (IKEA do some good value ones), some pretty ribbon for decorating it and a load of assorted seeds and dried fruits. Chuck them in the jar, shake it up and there you go. A great way of adding a healthy kick to easy to prepare foods. For a salad shaker try mixing sunflower seeds, linseeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp and pine nuts. For a breakfast shaker try dried raisins, dried cranberries, dried chopped apricots, linseeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Julian Graves or Holland & Barrett are your best bet for foodstuffs as there’s usually an offer on somewhere.
For the heart
Personalised message in a bottle (£19.99) – I loved this idea from thetruthaboutbeauty, although I suspect you could mock it up yourself for a bit less money.
For the nose
NEOM Home Scenting gift set (£50); includes a reed diffuser, scented candle and pillow mist scented with lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. £50 is quite steep but you get what you pay for with NEOM. And you can get more budget options by buying pieces individually, or opting for a travel candle priced at £15.
Have a bath a day with Lavera’s Body spa magic bath salts box (£9.99). Includes rose, orange, lime, honey, lavender and coconut for a bathing scentsation.
For anyone interested in dabbling in aromatherapy, there’s a great offer on a starter kit from Quinessence at the moment. Get 12 oils for £34.99 and it will arrive with a free wooden storage box, worth £13.99. I use quinessence oils and can vouch for their quality, plus delivery is usually pretty speedy and FREE!