Christmas is here – the season of good cheer, sleigh bells, sparkles, baubles and gift-gifting. Gift shopping can be enjoyable without the mundane experience of trawling the high street for bric-a-brac. All you need is a handy gift guide of recommendations within your budget.
For those who love wellness and enjoy pampering themselves or their loved ones, my gift guide includes beauty products and experiences that promise luxury indulgence. Finish the year on a blissful note, perhaps, whilst on a spa break coupled with afternoon tea in a charming hotel. Red letter days, for example, offer a one-night stay at Therma Spa and Afternoon Tea in The Roseate Villa, Bath. My gift guide includes one-of-a-kind, affordable luxury beauty products, from organic skincare or haircare products to make you feel good, and fashionable accessories to make you look good. I hope you and yours feel inspired to become the best version of yourselves every day.
Advanced Nutrition Programme™ is passionate about transforming the long-term health of the skin with scientifically proven skin supplements. This season, the brand has curated a ‘Happy Skin’ collection to celebrate the ‘Happy Beauty’ concept. The brand’s multi-tasking Happy Skin collection is not only designed for beauty benefits but also to support skin health and overall wellness. The ‘Happy Glowing Skin‘ set is designed for dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin types.
The Be3 Handbag Essentials set makes for a perfect stocking filler. Get glammed up with three-in-one tan accelerator spray and Absolute Look ultra-volumizing mascara. Hemp-infused, the tan accelerator helps to provide essential skin nourishment, boosting melanin production.
Registered with the Vegan Society, Bowe Organics’ products and gift sets use quality, organic ingredients which are ethically sourced.
The gift of brows and lashes set is all about the eyes. The Brow Oil (10ml) is a saviour for those who
have overplucked, or for anyone who would just like more defined brows. It contains high-quality organic and natural ingredients including Castor Oil and Black Seed Oil. The set also includes Bowe Organics’ fabulous Lash Oil (10ml) to help thicken and lengthen lashes and is a must-have product for everyone’s beauty regime.
Get the Glowing Face Mask Starter Kit which includes a powder mask activated by adding water, a bamboo spoon, an applicator brush, two organic, non-bleached muslin cloths and a beautiful, handmade ceramic mixing bowl. Everything in the kit is vegan, cruelty-free and ethically sourced.
The gentle, cleansing mask boasts calming, anti-ageing properties with such natural ingredients as Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile Flowers, Kaolin Clay and Moroccan Lava Clay.
The Versatile Hair Oil is available in both fragranced and fragrance-free and combines nourishing oils to help increase shine, strength, and hydration.
Luxury Organic Argan Skincare and Wellness brand, Douvall’s uses only the purest first-pressed organic argan oil sourced directly from a women’s Co operative in the semi-deserts of Morocco. Their limited edition ‘Rescue Ritual Cleanse and Nourish Giftset’ will boost your skincare regime to new heights. Douvall’s innovative dual pack includes their best-selling 100g Argan Cream Cleanser, 60ml Milky Argan Active Moisturiser and 100% cotton muslin cloth to reveal glowing radiant skin, making it the perfect gift for beauty lovers.
The classics, including the first three products Dr PAWPAW ever launched. This gift collection includes our multi-tasking iconic soothing Original Balm which can be used on lips, skin and hair + two tinted
balms Peach Pink and Ultimate Red which give all the conditions of a lip balm with the colour
of lipstick and doubles up as a cream blush.
The Duck & Dry Hair Care collection is suited to anyone with full hair types, while the Hair Care collection for fine hair is tailor-made for thinner hair types. It includes a full-size Full or Fine Feathers Shampoo & Conditioner – the perfect combo to cleanse and condition the hair while providing that all-important moisture hit. Their must-have hair primer Pre-Heat-Prep is an all-in-one spray for
healthy manageable hair that detangles, heat-protects, and controls frizz for a sleek, shiny finish; and a beautiful pouch for all your hair accessories.
Celebrate Christmas beautifully with Environ’s Healthy Skin set. This complete routine includes Low Foam Cleansing Gel/Mild Cleansing Lotion, Moisturising Toner and AVST 1 Moisturiser from the Skin EssentiA® range, plus a complimentary Skin EssentiA® Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, mini RAD Antioxidant Sun Cream & Tri-Peptide Complex+ Avance Elixir for an additional youth boost.
The Evolve Organic Beauty Christmas Gift set collection 2022 features organic, natural and efficacious
ingredients. Silent Night Bathing Salts help to aid a peaceful night’s sleep, add a generous handful of delicious bathing salts to warm water, and climb in and zone out. Made in small batches and infused with Lavender, Bergamot, Neroli and Ylang Ylang, a blend of essential oils proven to help you get a better night’s sleep.
The Glow Boosters are a must-have for next-level glow including Evolve’s Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner for an instantly brighter-looking complexion, Bio-Retinol Gold Mask, to impart a golden glow and Bio-Retinol + C Booster to provide power-packed, radiance-boosting nourishment.
Fade Out’s selection of Brightening gift sets are perfect for skincare lovers and budget beauty enthusiasts alike. They have each been designed to solve a different skin concern whilst also containing their cult brightening formula for a guaranteed boost in luminosity. Starting from just £19.99, the edits make the perfect gift for those on a budget, stocking fillers, or those looking to treat themselves to some pre-party prep.
Available in each of their best-selling collections, the beauty-boosting edits include; Advanced Brightening, Anti-Wrinkle, Collagen Boost, brand-new Vitamin C-infused and Pure Glow. Each edit contains a full regime of Fade Out’s most loved products including; a hydrating day cream, nourishing night cream and cleansing facial wash.
Flore Quo is a new luxury lifestyle brand. The latest style from FLORE QUO is the Iris shoulder bag, Made in Spain. The Iris is currently available in three finishes: standout pink, vibrant green and classic
black. The Iris features the brand’s signature Butterfly Crown ornament, a regal symbol in the form of a Crown, made up of deconstructed butterfly wings and embellished with Swarovski crystals. The interchangeable, jewel-like clasps create multiple opportunities for elegant, fashion loving and stylish women to be playful with their accessories.
Give the gift of inner strength, and help support mind and body with the Strengthening Body Oil and Pulse Point. Both are infused with black pepper and ginger essential oils to relieve aching muscles and awaken the senses. Complemented with an energising citrine crystal which offers healing qualities and aids emotional balance.
Specifically designed to enhance your natural beauty, KORA Organics’ Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor stimulates circulation while de-puffing and sculpting the face. The powers of rose quartz are myriad: from lifting the face to reducing feelings of stress and anxiety, this tool is one you’ll want to have around.
L’OCCITANE’s international best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream is accompanied by two best-selling fragrances in this limited edition box. This hand-pampering trio collection includes 30ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 30ml Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel and 30ml Almond Delicious Hand in a steel tin. This gift set would make a perfect stocking filler or a cute gift in general.
Perfect for the party-goer, Mavala’s Aqua Plus Festive Purse, is formulated specifically for dry and dehydrated skin. Containing three molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid, the formulas provide an intense hit of rehydration through all the epidermal layers, helping to reduce skin tightness and premature wrinkles. The purse contains the Clean & Comfort Micellar Water (100ml) to remove traces of makeup gently, the Aqua Plus Featherlight Cream (45ml), for hydration throughout the day, and the Aqua Plus Sleeping Mask (5ml), for overnight comfort and moisture infusion.
For those wanting to delve into nail care, this is the ideal present to help solve all nail care needs from protecting, nourishing, and replenishing. With the Mavala’s Secrets set, recipients can try Mavala’s hand cream, cuticle remover, best-selling Scientifique K+ nail strengthener along with manicure must-haves including the 002-base coat, Colourfix topcoat and oil seal dryer.
Founded by Alesha Dixon, NobleBlu Energy supplements contain exactly the right balance of high-quality ingredients, designed to support a healthy and balanced lifestyle. NobleBlu boosts your performance and energy levels with naturally sourced vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and botanical extracts.
Nosheen Hair Oil is a blend of 100% organic and natural cold-pressed oils, the formula is based on an ancient recipe handed down over generations, passed from grandmother to mother and then daughters. Furthermore, it is blended with modern science and Nosheen’s dedicated research. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, organic, eco-friendly and suitable for all hair types. It can be used on children’s hair, to soften and thicken beard hair and to treat stress and hormone-induced hair issues for people of all ages.
The luxurious Argan & Kale collection includes Nourish London’s Kale 3D Cleanse (100ml), Kale Enzymatic Exfoliator (50ml), Argan Anti-Ageing Peptide Serum (30ml) and Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser (50ml), beautifully presented in a fully recyclable pull-out gift box. It is also packed with detoxifying Kale, organic Moroccan Argan Oil, omega-6 fatty acids and powerful anti-ageing peptides to nourish, firm and protect the skin. The perfect seasonal gift for her, him and you!
Plantopia’s four ranges have been carefully curated to encourage change in everyday habits through self-touch as a form of self-care, accompanied by breathing and massage techniques for a sense of holistic wellness. Each range can be used as a whole or by creating a tailored ritual with different products from each range to suit your personal stress symptoms.
The Revision skincare kit combines their unique and award-winning results-driven products and technology to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, delivering a brighter, tighter skin tone. This results-driven anti-ageing skincare kit contains: Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash 100ml, Retinol Complete® 0.5 15ml, Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%™ 15ml, Revision Skincare D.E.J face cream® trial size x 5, Revision Skincare Nectifirm® trial size and Intellishade® TruPhysical™ trial size x 2.
No matter your budget, these Christmas crackers are sure to get you brownie or pudding points. These gorgeous gifts offer something to suit every budget and style. Meet these beauty-full prezzies, perfect as surprise stocking fillers, secret Santa, or the majestic main event!
Sensory Retreat’s Elf Eyes is a self-heating eye mask to tap into unique sensory experiences for young and old during what is often the busiest time of the year. So whether that’s helping little ones to relax, delivering a better night’s sleep for the whole family, providing an opportunity within a busy working day to recharge mental batteries, or helping ease eye strain from too much screen time, Elf Eyes Self-Heating Eye Masks should be on everyone’s wellness Christmas list.
This exquisite Radiant Glow Brightening Gift Set contains three of Skinician’s best anti-pigmentation products to brighten and rejuvenate dull skin. Rich in concentrated actives, each of these brightening skincare heroes works wonderfully on its own but combined the formulas complement each other to leave skin intensely radiant and renewed.
Get fit now with Fila’s sportswear. Why wait until the new year? This gift is ideal for the fitness fanatic or for anybody wanting to get fit, lean and mean in style. The quality of Fila and its price point are a match made in heaven – durability and affordability combined to create a timeless sportswear brand. The Karla top and Claire legging are available on the Fila website.
Poo-Pourri has three brand new festive scents perfect for Secret Santa ideas, stocking filler or a fun gift for anyone in the family.
The new scents include – Spritzmas Spice (cranberry, cinnamon and balsam fir), Frosty Flush (snow, fresh air and balsam fir) and Oh Spritzmas Tree (cypress, cedar, smoked vanilla), all coming in a beautiful, gold festive design.
As with all their products, Poo-Pourri uses no aerosols, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, or synthetic fragrance within their products, which are also cruelty-free and not tested on animals.
All scents are £7.99 for a 59ml (100-use) bottle.
For those who are ready for some family festive fun, why not book tickets to see the Picture Perfect Christmas show from 26 November – 23 December 2022? Set within one of the world’s greatest art galleries, The National Gallery’s Picture Perfect Christmas will see the Theatre transformed into a wintery theatrical feast, in a first-of-its-kind event for The National Gallery. The audience will be taken on an adventure of the secret life that lives within art in this festive show for all the family.
Based on Avercamp’s iconic 17th-century oil painting, ‘A Winter Scene With Skaters Near A Castle’, they will delve into the story of two children Frederick and Maaike on their journey through the woodlands, meeting magical creatures, wandering through frosted landscapes and skating on glistening ice rinks, for the ultimate festive day out. Visitors can expect songs, dancing and Christmas cheer all to the backdrop of the icy Netherlands in the 1600s.
Tickets are on sale now via https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/picture-perfect-christmas.