Following on from my stocking fillers gift guide, we're moving on to slightly more substantial gifts over £25. There are some of personal favourites that I'm giving and receiving this year, and some rather special makeup palette gifts - because let's face it, they're the ones we're most excited for!
Pandora dazzling daisies earrings
Pandora make some really beautiful jewellery, although now that they've started making rose gold pieces, they've really caught my attention. I'm hoping to find the rose gold feather ring under my tree, but these cute and sparkly little daisies are for my Mum. She's usually really annoying and will say she doesn't need anything for Christmas, so I'm really chuffed that she picked these out.
Jo Malone mimosa and cardamom
I love giving and receiving perfumes at Christmas. I think sometimes buying a perfume for yourself can seem a little bit too indulgent, especially if you're going for a pricey one, so you'll see a few of my favourite scent picks popping up in this gift guide. Mimosa and Cardamom is a gorgeous fragrance that smells like summer in a bottle to me - maybe not all that Christmassy, but perfect all the same.
Stila eyes are the window palette in soul
These palettes aren't new out, but I think they make a stunning gift for any makeup lover who doesn't already own one. I tried to resist for a while under the pretence of not needing any more eyeshadow, but Soul has such dreamy shades, and the rose gold exterior is just so enticing that once I'd seen this in person, I had to have it.
Marks and Spencer lounge-wear
There's nothing more comforting in winter than cozying up on the sofa, heating on and hot chocolate poured, in snugly lounge wear. This set from M&S has a super-soft, strokable feel to it, plus the furry trim around the hood and on the pom poms. What's not to like? Annoyingly I can't find this online - I picked it up in store and it was £30.
Is there anything better than the gift of a good night's sleep? Technically that's exactly what this pillow spray from This Works offers. I've tried the original (not the plus) version of this, and most of the time it works wonderfully to relax me into a blissful night's sleep. The plus version is a new and improved formula which cleverly releases more scent if you toss and turn in the night.
I'm going to call it and say Too Faced have won in the Christmas makeup palette stakes this year. This eyeshadow gift set is just the right amount of practical quality mixed with festive kitsch. The little Chateau is something you can keep on display, holding the three palettes, but you can also easily take just one palette around with you for travel. You also get a mini Better Than Sex mascara, which is one of my favourites.
My second perfume pick is from the ever-popular Marc Jacobs Daisy range. I genuinely don't know anyone who doesn't like these - they're universally nice scents, and the packaging is always spot on too. This one's the latest in the range - Daisy Dream Forever.
Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Goddess Skin
I thought I really wanted the Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar, but when I looked at it in person, I realised that actually, there were some things in there that I wouldn't use, and colours I wouldn't have chosen. My rational self (I occasionally let her out of her dark room) told me I'd be better off spending my money on the individual items I wanted to try. That's true, but it's still a bit of a gamble to buy a full size of something like Charlotte's Magic Cream, which is why this skincare trio is so perfect. All three products are ones people rave about, and for £39, I think they're a great gift.
Látelita rose gold quadruple four leaf clover necklace
Jewellery can be really quite personal, and honestly my boyfriend would have a really hard time choosing me something I would actually like. Luckily he's quite happy to let me pick things out myself, and when I was out shopping on Black Friday, this sparkly rose gold beauty caught my eye. It's from House of Fraser, and although I've never heard of the brand before, I fell in love with the design instantly, and was virtually holding my breath while I waited for the sales assistant to tell me how much it was. I was worried it was going to be hundreds, but actually, it was only £89, plus they were doing 30% off for Black Friday! I always check for deals and discounts on sites like VoucherBin when I'm doing my Christmas shopping - you never know when you might be lucky and be able to save some money!
The Balm Nude Dude palette
I really like The Balm's cheeky, retro style, and this new palette which is the follow-up to their Nude 'Tude palette is a perfect gift for those who appreciate a subtle smoky eye and a shimmery daytime neutral. The Balm's shadows have a gorgeous buttery texture, so you know you're giving really good quality makeup too.
L'Occitane Pierre Herme hand cream trio
I've always loved L'occitane's Christmas gifts - they're just so well presented, and they're the sort of more luxurious and classy present that says you really thought about what to get the person, rather than you were making up the numbers on your three for twos (we've all been there). I talked about the Pierre Herme collaboration in this post, and this hand cream trio is the only way to purchase all three of the limited edition sets. Unfortunately this looks sold out online, but hopefully you can find it in store.
My third and final perfume choice for this gift guide is the ultra girly Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb. I know so many people that love this fragrance, and I'd not actually given it a whiff myself until recently. It's a really feminine scent, fruity and floral, but also quite light and fresh. It comes beautifully packaged for gifting, and it's great for a best friend or a sister on your list.
This last gift suggestion is one that I know I'm getting myself this year. Nars blush palettes are becoming a bit of an annual obsession for me, and I really tried to be sensible and wasn't going to ask for this one, as I have too many already and the colours aren't all that different. But, believe it or not, I actually woke up at 4am one day worrying about not buying this in case it sold out, and in a bit of a blur, I ordered it with my Space NK indulge points for a bit of a discount on the fairly hefty £45 price tag. Although saying that, you do get four blushes, two bronzers and a highlighter here... I'm really trying to justify this now aren't I? Maybe I'll be more restrained next year :)
So loads of inspiration there for beauty lovers, sparkle magpies and general girly girls. But what about those people who are really hard to buy for, and seem to have everything they need? My recommendation is letting them choose their own gift from a really wide and unique selection - a Red Letter Days voucher lets your gift recipient choose from a leisurely afternoon tea at a spa to speeding around a track in a Ferrari, and everything in between - a fail safe gift for sure! Or you can select the experience you want to give when you buy the voucher - try the Red Letter Days Christmas Quiz for some tailored suggestions.
Are any of these gifts on your shopping list or wish list this Christmas?