Friday, 20 December 2013

All I Want for Christmas Is...

All I Want for Christmas Is...


ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS...
Okay, so I don't want to sound all cheesey but as I've got older the Barbie playhouse and blue eyeshadow, yep, that's right, that I lusted after in my younger years has subsided. Truly, since moving away to uni, the thing that I most look forwards to at Christmas is spending time with my family. I'm much more excited at the prospect of giving presents than receiving them.

With that in mind I thought I'd do a little Gift Guide to recommend a couple of ideas for your loved ones this Christmas...

For Him...

I don't know about everyone else's Dad, but I know that mine loves a good Tie - often in a very strange variety of colours. The price can range from anything from a couple of quid to a couple of hundred depending on your budget. But for my Dad I think a nice quality tie (of around £30-£40) from somewhere like House of Fraser is a lovely gift.

For the very special 'him's' in your life, you could bring out the big guns with a watch. This can be a tricky one because you need to have a good idea of his style before you make the plunge. But again, this could be a versatile gift as places like ASOS have tons of options and you can find yourself quite the timepiece for as little as £15 or, for a special splurge you can go for something a bit more designer.

Finally, this is the gift that we women love to hate... A game. Most of the boyf's and brother's that I know have a special penchant for a spot of gaming. Yes, you will have to tolerate your man adopting a zombified position for the best part of 4 hours and yes you may have to catch him on loo breaks for a comprehensible conversation. But hey, it's Christmas... And you can always hide it later?

For Her...

When it comes to women, I often find makeup is a good way to go. The trick is to keep things fairly neutral... That purple blush may be Aunt Sally's cup of tea but it's probably not to everyone's taste. Another great way to give your loved ones variety is to go for a palette. That way they're more likely to find a shade they like (or even try out some they wouldn't have otherwise tried.) We all know I'm mad about the Urban Decay Naked Palette but another little beauty that's been tagging along beside it for some time in my personal faves is the Stila 'In The Light' Palette. It moves from day to night with some beautiful champagnes and pearly peaches to matte brown and shimmery bronze shades before finishing with a gunmetal and midnight blue. The pigment is insane (the only one to rival Urban Decay) and it comes in at £25 for 10 shadows... It's love.

For the ladies amongst you who aren't mad about makeup I think Stationary is always a lovely option. You can find some beautiful notebooks in places like Paperchase but if you're being extra flush and you know that your gal is a bit of a stationary buff you could go for something personalised online or try something super-luxe like Smythson. But be warned (it's expensive!)

Finally, to make your loved one feel super special at Christmas, Chanel could be the way to go. I'm not talking thousands of pounds on one of their classic, leather, quilted bags  *drool* (unless you're splashing the cash. In which case this will make you Mr/Mrs Popular!) But you can pick up a nail varnish for £18, which is expensive for a nail polish but amazing as a gift. Or they're lipsticks retail from around £23 which for a high-end lipstick is actually fairly reasonable!

On a Budget...

I think a budget is a good thing! Sometimes it forces you to think outside the box and try your hand at much more personal or thoughtful gift ideas.

If you're battling the old budget something like a Cinema or local theatre trip could be the way to go. You can buy a ticket for around £7 and give them a day out to enjoy. To pad your gift out, you could even create a little goodie hamper of all their favourite treats to send your loved one off to the movies with their weight in popcorn and chocolate too.

A picture frame or memory book filled with photos and mementos of special moments is something your loved one can keep forever (and one to show the grandkids!) Yes, that new pair of shoes looks tempting now but for a feel-good pick-me-up on down days (or any day for that matter) scanning the pages or frames of photos handpicked by that special someone is something to treasure.

I hope some of these gift ideas were helpful! What would be your ideal gift this Christmas?

Love Elle xo