I REALLY WAFFLED ON WHETHER OR NOT TO MAKE A GIFT GUIDE THIS YEAR.
If I am honest, I find them a bit oversaturated and salesy. Don’t even get me started on the ones that separate all sorts of cool tech stuff into a ‘For Him’ guide whilst leaving fluffy slippers and bath bombs ‘For Her’. I mean, I love a good bath bomb as much as the next bath lover, but I sure as heck would love a new iPad or camera more – ya know what I mean?
So, this gift guide is genderless (as it should be IMO) and just filled with things I’ve used and loved this year that I think might suit some special people in your life.
INSTANT POT // MAKEUP BRUSHES // SELF CARE SET
INTERCHANGEABLE CURLING IRON // CANDLE // FACIAL MASSAGE SET
LUXE SKINCARE // FRAGRANCE // ULTIMATE HAIR DRYER
HAIR TOWEL // EARBUDS // FACE PALETTE
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES NICE SMELLING THINGS: This Soohyang Champagne Supernova Candle* not only smells crisp and bright and the perfect burn to enter into 2010 in, but the name gives me total 90’s Oasis vibes. If you’re shopping for a fragrance lover, then Givenchy L’Interdit* comes in a chic, unisex bottle and balances what would be traditional feminine and masculine notes, pairing them in an effortless scent for anyone.
FOR THE AMATUER CHEF: It should be no surprise at this point that I’ve included an Instant Pot; I flipping love mine! It saves me loads of time in the kitchen, provides reliable results each time and has helped me feed my family for less on the regular.
FOR THE LUXURY SKINCARE FANATIC: I love me some luxury skincare, and it’s even better receiving it as a gift. The Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil* and Rose de Mai Pure Rose Water are DIVINE. Think cult worthy, thoughtfully crafted, ultimate chic skincare that any true skincare lover would freak for.
FOR THE ONE WHO NEVER HAS ENOUGH TIME: This Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette* just makes life so easy. Whether you’re a wanderlust traveller or need to apply makeup on the train on the way to work, it’s got your shadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter sorted in one slim compact. In fact, while you’re glamming on the go, you can finally catch up on that podcast that’s been saved for months (wait, is this me I’m talking about now?) with the Happy Plugs Earbuds*. They’re more affordable than Apple, having incredible sound clarity, and come in a case that charges them while being slim enough to fit in a pocket.
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES A BEAUTY GADGET: If you thought all towels were the same when it comes to your hair, be prepared to be amazed. The Aquis Hair Towels* are game-changers – especially if you have long, frizzy or curly hair. Bye-bye frizz, bye-bye heavy wet towel turban, bye-bye wet hair that takes hours to dry.
By this point in the game, we just know Dyson does innovation. The Supersonic Hair Dryer is just freaking amazing. It cuts my dry time down by half, leaves my hair baby soft, and takes up half the space in my bathroom. My delicate, fine hair has been thanking me ever since. If you’ve got a curly-haired lover in your life, then the Conair 3 in 1 Interchangeable Curling Wand* makes a fantastic do-it-all gift. The 3 different barrel sizes give everything from tight curls, loose beach waves to voluminous faux blowout – minus the round brush!
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES A SPA DAY: Nothing says self care pampering like a good massage or soak in the tub. This Rose Quartz Roller & Gua Sha set are super affordable, and make giving yourself a facial massage so easy. I’ve been using it to do some lymphatic drainage massage and besides feeling amazing, it seems to really be helping with the bone structure of my face! The perfect time to bust these tools out are while soaking in a hot bath, after applying facial oil or serum. These adorable sets from local brand Midnight Paloma* comes in the perfect little case, with a body brush to banish dry winter skin!
FOR THE MAKEUP BRUSH COLLECTOR: If you haven’t tried the Sonia G Brushes* yet, you haven’t lived. They are insanely soft, artisan crafted, and can make any day a good makeup day. They’ve elevated my makeup game tenfold this year, and are 100% worth the investment.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY SHOPPING!