Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide

Today I thought I'd share with you some Christmas gifts I've been buying this year and some items I thought would make nice stocking fillers.
First up is the Daily Energizers gift set from Clarins which contains three products from the popular Daily Energizers range.  The products are full of radiance boosting ingredients to perk up young skin.
Daily Energizers Gift Set

This is a great budget option for Clarins lovers and skin care novices alike.  The Daily Energizer set contains a full size 30ml Daily Energizer Cream (which usually retails for £20), a 30ml sample size Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel and a 30ml Sample size Wake-Up Booster.  I had originally wanted to buy just the cream for my friend but the set actually worked out to be much better value and I thought it would be nice for her to have a couple of other products to try.
I've used all of these products before myself and found them to be very brightening and awakening, making them great for young skin, particularly in its twenties; you know the type, subjected to long, late nights, partying, studying and not to mention stress and ageing pollution.  With that in mind, these products are formulated to hydrate, protect, energise and correct minor imperfections the skin so that it can maintain a flawless, radiant complexion.
I'd say that these products are pretty much suitable for all skin types and would therefore make a great Christmas present for anyone.  The cream in particular made my skin feel so soft and smooth all day long without leaving an oily residue on the skin.  Not only did this provide a great base for applying my everyday makeup but it kept my oily skin shine free too.

I got this gift set from Feel Unique but it is also available from lots of other places online.  Whilst I was ordering this on Feel Unique, I also spotted some cute Burts Bees gift sets that I thought would make great stocking fillers for my friends Christmas gifts.
Burts Bees Basics Pomegranate Gift Set
I picked up a few of the Burts Bees Basics Pomegranate Gift Sets to use as stocking fillers to run alongside my friends main presents.  These cute little gift sets contain a replenishing lip balm and a hand salve.  I've used both of these before but in the plain beeswax version.  The hand salve in particular is great for popping in your bag when you're out and about to keep your hands soft and supple.
Of course it wouldn't be Christmas if it wasn't for Boots and their Christmas 3 for 2 on gifts.  I've bought loads this year from Nandos sets to Ted Baker mens gift sets but I wrapped them all up and gave them to the respective receivers well in advance of my holiday to Tenerife this week so I don't have any to show you except this gorgeous set from FCUK.
FCUK: The Toiletry Bag
One of my friends often works away from home and I thought this kit would be perfect for her when shes travelling as the black patent toiletry bag has two zipped compartments, one deeper than the other to house all of her makeup products, brushes and perhaps skincare too.  I have one of these myself and found it great when on holiday.
All of the products are full size and smell of the popular Signature fragrance which is fresh and fruity smelling.  The Signature Bodywash is 300ml, the Bodybutter 200ml and the Bodyspray 150ml.  The set also contains a purple body polisher.  These products can be bought separately which I've also done in the past to use as stocking fillers.  This is a great, classy looking little kit to add a bit of glamour to your Christmas gifts.
Clarins, OPI and Models Own
I always think that a nice foot cream or hand cream with a nail polish or two makes a really cute gift, especially in wintertime.  My favourite foot cream is the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream from Clarins.  I've repurchased this for myself countless times and have bought this for so many of my friends as gifts that I've lost count.  The nail polishes I show here are from my most favourite brand Models Own (Juicy Jules and Champagne in the top right photo and Pink Blush in the bottom right photo and from the Wonderland collection we have Northern Lights in the below left photo and Snowflakes in the below right photo) and also OPI, this one is Nothin' Mouse About It from the Minnie Mouse Collection and has gorgeous little hearts within the polish.
Polishes like these, particularly the Models Own ones are an affordable way to get your friend a high quality, glitzy and thoughtful gift this Christmas.  I really like the idea of putting together a few products yourself to create a tailor made Christmas gift set and that's something else that I have done with some younger friends gifts this year.
100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic Book
Good Things Products
The book 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh is a great read for teens as it promotes things being healthy and taking good care of yourself all in a friendly, fun to read format.  Coupled with some skincare products from Good Things, the skincare line also by Alice Hart-Davis, make a great tailor made gift for any young woman.
What are your favourite products from these brands?  Have you bought any gift sets like these this year?



  1. Wow this is great! Its lovely to see a gift guide that isn't full of ridiculousley expensive sets that very few people could afford to buy many of, I know i certainly couldnt X

  2. P.S. i bought some good things products after your post abotu the body butter and you were soooo right. it is really really moisturising. kept my skin soft for days haha!


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