Today marks the 1st of December. This means two things. It means that it’s officially December (they don’t call me a genius for nothing, guys) which means the festive period has officially started. It also means that yesterday was my birthday. Now, I know a lot of bloggers like to do a big birthday blog post, but that’s not really me. So instead I thought I’d stick to something that’s a little more me and that is using my shopping expertise – LOL, most people are experts in intelligent, useful subjects and I can tell you what to buy a girly girl to make her day #WinningAtLife [insert “no but seriously, FML!” emoji here] – to bring you the best of the gift sets, candles and makeup products for your girl’s girl at Christmas this year.
The Sets There’s nothing like a good set or collection to get a great feel for the brand. Whether it’s introducing somebody to a brand you love or letting them in on a selection of your favourites, sets will always be a winner for me when it comes to buying gifts.
Neom are a brand that I absolutely adore. From the gorgeously scented candles packed with amazing, natural ingredients, to the body scrubs of dreams. From their relaxing, rejuvenating mists to the luxurious and decadent oils… there just isn’t one dud product in the Neom ranges. This sleep gift collection is a huge favourite of mine – hence the recommendation and the reason why I’ll definitely be buying it as a gift for somebody – and one that I would absolutely love to receive myself *hint hint*.
For £54.95, you get the Tranquility travel candle – which is just the dreamiest candle in existence and I’m actually on my second 3 wick candle (which burns for 50hours so if that’s not proof of how much I love it, I don’t know what is) – the Intense night repair face, body and hair oil and the perfect night’s sleep, both of which I absolutely adore and reviewed in my Evening routine video. And finally, an online sleep consultation with a sleep expert (worth £25 in itself) so I absolutely love this set and think it’s perfect for anyone who struggles with their sleep [insert hands up emoji here] or just needs a helping hand when it comes to relaxing.
Now this set is really, really special. Not only because it’s worth a whopping £81 and you get it for £39.50, but also because it contains what I would describe as some of Benefit’s most loved products. Including Benefit hoola (so many blogger ladies holy grail for contoured, bronzed cheeks), Benefit High beam (a personal favourite for the most incredible iridescent pink glow that just looks so pretty and glowy and definitely gives you “Oh, that’s where my cheekbones have been hiding” moment!), Benefit They’re real (which is just such a phenomenon that I don’t think it really needs an explanation but in short, it lengthens, volumizes and lifts the lashes in an instant) and last but not least, Benefit’s Gimme brow which in the space of 3 weeks has quickly become my absolute go to brow product.
A fabulous gift for the makeup lover or somebody looking to get into higher end, amazing quality makeup.
On a bit more of a budget? Then the only place you need to head to is The Body Shop. TBS – we’ll abbreviate that bad boy, yeah? – is such a nostalgic place for me and I remember always giving/receiving a set to/from my friends for Christmas when I was (a lot) younger. But that’s what I love about TBS, they just have something for everyone, regardless of age, gender or skin type. The Frosted plum set, packaged in the most amazing plum colour, apple shaped tin, includes a shower gel, shimmer lotion, body butter and sugar scrub all of which smell absolutely stunning. A beautiful fruity plum scent that would work really well for all ages and brilliant quality products to match.
I know what you’re thinking, “Elle you weirdo, why are you buying people hand cream for Christmas?” but hear me out on this one… I’ve spoken about the Weleda Almond hand cream a lot before (because it’s dreamier than Ryan Gosling) and I genuinely feel that everybody needs one in their life. So why not have three? 😉 Each scent is absolutely beautiful, and each cream is just as hydrating and nourishing as the other. The perfect set for those that love their skincare.
There’s just something about a luxurious piece of makeup that gets me so excited (I know, #LoserSays) so I absolutely love buying a gorgeous item for a fellow makeup loving friend as I know they’ll love said products just as much as I do. Here are my top picks for the most babe’in makeup for Christmas gifts.
Becca cosmetics are a relatively recent discovery of mine – as in, actually using the products, of course I’ve been a secret fan girl of their shimmering skin perfectors for years – and I have to say, there isn’t a single product that I’m not completely obsessed with. I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of their products and there will be a whole post coming soon which is why I won’t go into detail too much, but in short, the Ombre rouge palette, made up of 5 absolutely dreamy neutral colours is absolutely perfect for a neutral eyeshadow lover as each shade is velvety smooth and applies like a dream. And then that blush – the mineral blush in Lantana – which let’s be honest, looks absolutely petrifying in the pan – don’t tell me that you wouldn’t be scared of transforming into a clown with this? – but oh my sweet baby jesus, this might just be the prettiest blush I own. Swirl your brush in the pan, tap it off a lot, dab it on your hand (basically, make sure there is the tiniest amount possible on the brush as it’s so extremely pigmented) and sweep on to the cheeks for the most perfect flush I think I’ve ever seen. [insert all the heart eye’d emoji’s here].
We all know that when it comes to dreamy, (are you ready for the most gag-inducing phrase in existence?) “Instagram-worthy” makeup products, Charlotte Tilbury takes the top prize. Always… From the rose gold packaging, to the embossed patterns and letters, everything is just done so right. And I’m pleased to report the products themselves are just as stunning as the packaging. Starting with the Bronze and Glow; a palette consisting of a completely non-orange, non-ashy toned bronzer that sculpts out those non-existent cheek bones of mine in a second. In addition to the highlight that dreams are made of. Extremely finely milled, totally non-glittery but very pigmented, this highlight is perfect all year round but especially in the festive period. Buy this for your best – makeup loving – girlfriend and she will love you for life!
Anyone that knows me, will know that I am all about candles. Not only do they make your room/home smell incredible, but they’re also just so relaxing, they help “set the scene” – when Yankee Candle Christmas eve comes out to play, it’s officially Christmas! – and generally just make a house a home, so here are a couple of my favourites for not just the Christmas period, but all year round.
Neom Perfect Peace candle
Now, I know I’ve already mentioned Neom, but I really can’t not include this absolutely beauty of a Christmas Candle in this section. The limited edition perfect peace candle is scented with Pine, Myrrh and lime and is just so Christmassy, reminding me of all things Christmas trees and sweetness. But let’s be real, you’re not here for my descriptive skills to rival a 2 year old’s are you? You’re here for the packaging right? Right… 😉
Neom have released two Christmas candles, the above; adorned with a beautiful silver design, and the second, the Christmas Wish candle adorned with a stunning gold design. Both candles are absolutely perfect for Christmas but also just look amazing on your mantlepiece/bedside table all year round which is exactly why they are the perfect gift.
La Montana Winter Oranges
I am huge candle girl and a massive saddo. Nothing delights me more than chilling out after a long day with a hot chocolate, Netflix series waiting and my favourite candles burning… so I have a lot of options. But – in my candle buying life (… let’s just take a moment to appreciate just how sad I sound right now?) never have I been so pleasantly surprised by a candle. I’m really not into orange/cinnamon style Christmas scents, they’re always just a little bit too much for me, but this is absolutely stunning. It is exactly what I usually dislike; orange, cinnamon and clove… but it’s just so subtle. Each component complements each other so well without overpowering the other and you generally just get a huge waft of scent – my bug bear will forever be candles that don’t give off much scent – that smells just like Christmas eve but could also work just as well as a really warm, cosy candle all year round. By far one of my all time favourites!
Perfume is one of those strange things that you use most days – well, most of us do anyway – but it isn’t something that I very often buy for myself as it’s usually purchased as a birthday/christmas gift. It’s the perfect gift if you know somebody’s signature scent, or, if you want to surprise someone with one that you love yourself. Here’s a selection of my current favourites.
Starting with a really special edition to my perfume wardrobe – that’s totally a thing right? – is Jimmy Choo Illicit. Now, the scent is absolutely gorgeous, but it’s the engraving of my name (so kindly done by a wonderful PR at Kenneth Green) that pleases me far too much. I am such a sucker for anything personalised and just think that it’s such a lovely addition to a gift.
On to the scent itself; it’s a very feminine perfume with a bit of a punchy, sexy twist it includes notes of ginger, rose, jasmine and sandalwood and it just absolutely gorgeous.
For a slightly lighter, more day time scent, I have been absolutely obsessed with Huge Boss Ma Vie. This is definitely slightly sweeter and is quite a universal fragrance too working especially well for the younger lady (in my personal opinion). With Cactus blossom, pink floral bouquet with rose bud and cedarwood, this is such a perfect everyday scent for those that love something more floral than woody.
Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom
Yes, I’m fangirling over this again. I did a whole post on this before – which you can read here – so I won’t bore you to death on it, but I just think that it’s the most perfect, sophisticated scent.
Loccitane Eau de toilettes
Finally I have scents from a brand that I have never really considered for perfumes but they have quickly become some of my all time favourites and that is the Loccaitane Jasmin Neroli and the Pamplemousse Rhubarb. I wore the Jasmin Neroli to the Radley Christmas party and was told I smelt like “gorgeous fresh linen” and I am all about that. Both scents are beautifully fresh and completely non-offensive, they last a really long time on the skin and just smell so luxurious.
So that is it for my products that I think would make the most stunning gifts. Each of these products I absolutely adore and would be so chuffed if I received them myself (for the second time in this post, all of the hints!!) 😉
I would love to know if you own any of these products and what you think of them. Also let me know what presents you’ll be buying people this year, I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂
Thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
These are all such great gifts!
Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
Thanks so much hun, so pleased you like them!
La Montana candle sounds great ! I love candle way too much 🙂
They are so beautiful, I couldn't recommend enough!
Such lovely comments – thanks so much, Elle. And Marie… there's no such thing as loving candles too much!
Happy Birthday for yesterday.. you should have said!! You've definitely chosen some beautiful things though.. I've never tried a NEOM candle but I want to! xx
Sam // Samantha Betteridge
Ah thank you lovely!! Ooh I'll have to send you one over 🙂
I would happily receive every single one of these, it's probably the best gift guide I've seen! Happy Birthday for yesterday too!
Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue
Ah thank you so so much hun, that's made my day!
Literally reading all this like 'yep, I'll accept that' haha! That personalised Jimmy Choo perfume ommmggg yum.
Robyn / Phases Of Robyn
Haha isn't it so beautiful, I was blown away!
A candle that helps you feel sleepy? This is something I definitely need in my life!
Meg | A Little Twist Of…
I do love it hun, very relaxing!
These are such lovely ideas, getting me so excited for Christmas! Love that your Jimmy Choo bottle is engraved too, such a nice touch!
Katya | The Beauty Harbour
Isn't it so pretty, I was so touched!
So many great gift ideas! Makeup is definitely on my wishlist this year!
Thanks so much lovely, so pleased you liked it!
Love the packaging of the L'Occitane EDT. So cute! Have never tried them but they do look like a great gift option. CT and Becca are also a favourite of mine and I think any woman would be thrilled to get their products in their stocking. xx
Renata | Speaking Beauty UK
Isn't it lovely, I absolutely love the scents too!
So many pretty things! I want to try them all 🙂 xx
Ahh I highly recommend them all!
Yes to everything please but most especially to Charlotte Tilbury ones. All the heart-eyed emojis for this post. Xx
every LiTTLE thing07
Aren't they gorgeous! So in love with CT.
These are really nice ideas ♥
Great gift ideas! I love benefit hoola bronzer! Love your blog lady! Would you like to follow each other? Let me know & I'll follow back ASAP!
Amazing post!! Love your blog gorgeous!!
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OMG I wanna get that Neom set for myself and the benefit sets I am all over too hahah presents for me obvs 😉 xxx
It's so beautiful love, the scent is so gorgeous!
What an amazing gift guide, aren't all these so pretty! I would love to try all these beauties, especially CT products x
So so pretty, right? So glad you love them too!
You CANNOT beat candles, such a good gift guide lovely!!
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty
Thanks so much my lovely!
I'll take the lot! Honestly the Neom set looks incredible, and I'm currently testing the Body Shop frosted plum set – I'm not even a big fan of fruity scents but it's gorgeous! X
Kate Louise Blogs
Haha I was exactly the same looking at it all, definitely regretting gifting some people with them!
The Charlotte Tilbury products are definitely on my wish list! Although I think I probably have to buy them myself haha. We don't sell them here, but I am going to London in January, so fingers crossed I can get my hand on a lipstick or the Bronze and Glow!
They are so gorgeous hun, I couldn't recommend them enough!
What a great list, Elle! Charlotte Tilbury, scented candles and the Benefit set; I want all of them!
May | THE MAYDEN
Thanks so much lovely, so pleased you liked them!
I've never experimented with any Neom products but I'd love to give them a go <3
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They're so amazing lovely, I'd highly recommend!
I'd be delighted to find any of these gifts under the tree! Great picks! xx
Thanks so much lovely, so pleased to hear that!
This is such a lovely gift guide!
Lush Life | Styleccentric Fashion'
Thanks so much hun!
These are all such a great selection of gifts. In all honesty, I want all those candles!
Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog
They're both gorgeous Angela, I'd highly recommend!
What a choice!! I think I'll have those beauty Neom candles please 😉 x
Kirstie | Kirstie Pickering
Haha I love it too, so beautiful!
Happy belated birthday lovely (I was almost positive I tweeted you that day but must have messed it up haha), hope you had a lovely day anyway :)! So many great gift sets, I would be one happy lady if I received these. That NEOM set looks lovely and of course you just can't go wrong with a Benefit Christmas Set x
Beauty with charm
Ahh thank you lovely, I did indeed! So happy you liked the gifts too!
Happy belated birthday to you, Elle, I hope that you had a lot of fun yesterday 😉 What about the ideas for the Christmas's gift, I absolutely love your selection of makeup products, this palette for eyebrow is just perfect, it contains many beautiful and very natural shades 🙂
Thanks lovely, I did indeed. So pleased you liked the post!
Adding everything from this post to my christmas list!
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Haha snap! 😉
I love everything here! Benefit is amazing and all the perfumes sound so glamorous. Happy birthday!
Thanks so much lovely!
I adore sleep related things, so the NEOM set would be perfect for me! Of course, I'm always up for some Charlotte Tilbury products too! Unfortunately I don't think I'll be receiving either this year! x
Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com
It smells so amazing Martha, I couldn't recommend it enough!
Happy belated birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day! And ate ALL the food. There's some gorgeous gift ideas here, I love giving Benefit products to people because I don't think their sets are something that people really treat themselves to. I like giving perfume as well because I always feel like that's something you should never have to buy for yourself haha! x
Josie | Sick Chick Chic
Thank you lovely, I did indeed 😉 So true, the Benefit sets really are fab!
I'm all over the Charlotte Tilbury makeup at the moment, I keep seeing it and adding it to my mental wishlist then I remember it is never going to happen because I'm poor.
Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
It's so so beautiful isn't it, I love it so much!
Happy belated birthday!
Rubi | Instagram | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com
Yeah, I would like any of these!
Fab post darling.
Jenn | Jennifer Jayne
This gift guide is ah-mazing, and your photography is beautiful. BECCA and CT are definitely two luxe options for makeup lovers, and generally a safe bet as well. Happy belated birthday, by the way! 🙂
Stuff everyone else I need this! I'll have the christmas candles, the Charlotte Tilbury make up and the Jo Malone perfume!! Are you doing a mens one? they are impossible to buy for!!!!
Great gift ideas makeup would be first on my list.
Super dreamy xmas gift Ideas .. that's body shop tin looks amazing! x
Such a dreamy gift guide! x
Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness
Nice guide, I create my own Christmas gifts top for girlfriend http://www.christmasgiftstop.com/best-christmas-gifts-for-a-girlfriend/ I collected my girlfriends most wished gifts. Check this out and I'm sure you can find some great Christmas gift for yours too. Good luck.
I liked this post today and have to say I have never looked at it quite this way before.
A great tip for buying gifts for her online is to start your Christmas gift shopping early but maybe not too early. what to get your girlfriend for christmas
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