I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want… Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want… Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

I always think of Christmas as a time to receive gifts that you desire rather than need, to be given those fabulous, frivolous fripperies that maybe you can’t justify buying for yourself throughout the year. So with that in mind, below are some of my favourite festive gifts that of course you don’t NEED, but yes, yes, yes, you will desire – and, most importantly, there’s something for every budget too!

Eye palettes
Save with: Beauty Bay’s The Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Flawless Rose, £9.95. Featuring 12 shades, from palest rose to intense purple, this palette is perfect for both natural daytime and sultry evening looks.
Available from: www.beautybay.com
Spend on: MAC’s Keepsakes in Plum Eyes, £32. Eight shades of icy pinks and warm purples in four different finishes. This sleek, mirrored compact sparkles in glittery grey, perfect for the holiday season.
Available from: www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Splash out on: Dior’s 5 Couleurs Limited Edition Eye Palette in Golden Shock, £42. Five fabulous and highly pigmented warm toned shades that can be mixed and matched to create a myriad of different looks. A must for the makeup lover.
Available from: www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Red Lipsticks:
Save with: Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, £7.49. Get lusciously glossy lips plumped with instant moisture from a combination of vitamin E and avocado oil.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: MAC’s Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £15.50. A long lasting, matte formula in the iconic MAC shade of red that is known and worn worldwide.
Available from: www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Splash out on: Chanel’s Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate, £26. A radiant and satiny finish with optimal hold.
Available from: www.debenhams.com

Nail varnish sets
Save with: Ted Baker’s Sweet On You Nail Duo, £8.50. Two super sweet polishes in a cute, candy shop box – the tropical candy pink, Sweet on You, and an indulgent glitter paint, Champagne Sundays.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: Nails Inc.’s The Holiday Edit Gel Effect Collection Gift Set, £15. A trio of gel effect nail polishes, providing a high shine, super glossy finish without the need for a UV lamp or soaking to remove. Contains: Kensington High Street Gel Effect Polish, a dark red, Glitter and Colville Mews Gel Effect Polish, an explosion of glitter and Camden Road Gel Effect Polish, for a snowy sheen.
Available from: www.johnlewis.com
Splash out on: Nails Inc.’s Winter Wonderland Collection Gift Set, £29. Shimmer and shine this festive season with Nails Inc.’s limited edition collection of three super sparkly shades presented in a stylish box. Includes: Trafalgar Square, a red glitter, St. George’s Square, a white and silver shimmer and Buckingham Square, a rose gold glitter.
Available from: www.johnlewis.com

Makeup brush sets
Save with: Sleek Makeup’s 7 Piece Brush Set, £12.99. Made from both natural and synthetic fibres, this brush set is the perfect starter set to help you achieve a flawless makeup application. Includes: a foundation brush; a powder brush; a blusher brush; an eye shadow brush; an eye contour brush; an eye liner brush and a lip brush.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: MAC’s Look in a Box: Basic Brush Kit, £42. A starter kit of some of MAC’s most popular brushes, including: a tapered blending brush; an eye shader brush; a small angle brush; a lash brush and a powder/blush brush.
Available from: www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Splash out on: Bobbi Brown’s Basic Brush Collection, £145. Perfect for the woman who wants to invest in some high quality brushes, this set comes in a black carry case and comprises concealer, foundation, face blender, eye shadow, eye liner and eyebrow brushes.
Available from: www.bobbibrown.co.uk

Manicure sets
Save with: Boots’ Mini Manicure Set, £5. This stylish little manicure set includes a cuticle pusher, double sided nail file and buffer, metal nail file, slanted tweezers, nail scissors and clippers in a patent, snake skin patterned case.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: John Lewis’ Manicure Set, £17.50. Available in pink, black or beige, this set contains nail scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, a nail file and two cuticle tools.
Available from: www.johnlewis.com
Splash out on: Aspinal of London’s Ladies’ Mini Manicure Set, £75. Handmade from the finest Italian calf leather, this manicure case is luxuriously lined in soft suede and comes with slanted tweezers, a nail file, nail clippers and steel nail scissors. It is available in red lizard and cream suede, smooth black and cobalt blue suede or smooth cognac and espresso suede, and can be personalised with up to four initials.
Available from: www.aspinaloflondon.com

Hair care kits
Save with: Mark Hill’s MiracOILicious Treat Collection, £10. With an exotic blend of 14 of the finest essential oils and plant extracts, including Moroccan Argan Oil, this treat collection is for anyone who wants great looking hair, every day. It contains Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, Two Minute Miracle Intensive Treatment and Moroccan Argan Oil.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: Schwarzkopf Professional’s BC Miracle Oil Kit, £32.50. This kit, that looks like something the three wise men would drop at your doorstep, includes Schwarzkopf’s Oil Miracle Shampoo, Oil Miracle Liquid Oil Conditioner and Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment, all of which contribute to give instant shine, smoothness, bounce and vitality, balance the moisture content of the hair, provide static and anti-frizz control and give locks caressable softness and opulent shine.
For stockists call: 01442 278000
Splash out on: Moroccanoil’s Moisture Repair Gift Set, £45. Formulated with Moroccanoil’s signature ingredient, argan oil, along with keratin protein and fortifying fatty acids, this set will help to revitalise hair and leave it feeling full of health and vitality. It is also free from sulphates, parabens and phosphates. Contains: Moisture Repair Shampoo; Moisture Repair Conditioner and a Treatment.
Available from: www.hqhair.com

Body washes
Save with: Bayliss & Harding’s Beauticology Trio in a Bag, £8. Housed in a red cosmetics bag, this gorgeously scented set contains three miniature treats – Cranberry Body Wash, Gingerbread Body Wash and Vanilla Frosting Body Lotion. Yum!
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: Philosophy’s Classics Christmas Gift Set, £22. This sumptuous set includes 3-in-1 shampoos, shower gels and bubble baths in the almost edible scents of Vanilla Birthday Cake, Raspberry Sorbet and Melon Daiquiri.
Available from: www.debenhams.com
Splash out on: Molton Brown’s Winter Wash Gift Set for Her, £49. A luxuriously, beautifully boxed gift set comprising: Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Ylang-Ylang Body Wash, Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion and Ylang-Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion.
Available from: www.moltonbrown.co.uk

Skin care sets
Save with: Simple Fresh & Simple Gift Set with Cosmetics Bag, £10. A full-sized trio of face care treats, perfect for someone just starting out with their skin care routine. Contains Cleansing Lotion, Facial Toner and Light Moisturiser, as well as a vibrant cosmetics bag.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: Ville de Fleurs’ Pampering Kit for Yummy Mummies, £22.50. This rose scented duo comprises Organic Rose Petals Spritzing Hydrator and Camellia and Rose Petals Rejuvenating Face Serum to stimulate the regeneration of the skin and help with redness and inflammation skin. Not just for mummies, this kit would be perfect for any woman who loves her natural skin care products.
Available from: www.villedefleurs.com
Splash out on: Liz Earle’s Superskin Timeless Beauty Collection, £60. Ideal for mature or very dry skin, this cult set includes Superskin Concentrate Rollerball, Unfragranced Superskin Moisturiser and Superskin Hand Serum.
Available from: www.uk.lizearle.com

Cosmetic bags
Save with: Lucy Lilybet’s Oilcloth Personalised Cosmetic Bag, £9. Made from wipeclean oilcloth, this cosmetic bag has been designed as an essential bathroom must-have but it is also perfect for travel and carrying in your handbag. The fact that it can be personalised is an added bonus!
Available from: www.notonthehighstreet.com
Spend on: Cath Kidston’s Button Rose Quilted Double Zip Cosmetic Bag, £20. This machine washable, spacious cosmetics bag features a zip fastening, quilted finish and includes a compact mirror.
Available from: www.cathkidston.com
Splash out on: Aspinal of London’s Cosmetic Case, £150. Handmade from the finest Italian calf leather and lined in soft suede, the roomy interior of this stunning large sized leather cosmetic case features a removable suede lining secured with brass buttons and includes five handy pockets for easy organisation of all your toiletry necessities.
Available from: www.aspinaloflondon.com

Candles
Save with: Lily-Flame’s Mini Candle Tin in Festive Cheer, £6. Let the enticing scent of chocolates, gingerbread, tangerines and nuts pervade your home, with this enchanting candle.
Available from: www.johnlewis.com
Spend on: Ville de Fleurs’ Eco Soya Candle Maxi in Victorian Christmas, £35. An enchanting bouquet of warming ginger, cinnamon, cloves, delicious nutmeg and vanilla invites old fashioned fantasies of towering trees dripping with baubles and stockings crammed with gifts.
Available from: www.villedefleurs.com
Splash out on: The White Company’s Indulgence Candle in Winter, £125. With its rich, warm and inviting aromatic blend of sweet cinnamon and clove with a dash of fresh orange, this super sized candle, with a burn time of around 230 hours, is sure to get you in the festive mood.
Available from: www.thewhitecompany.com

Travel sets
Save with: Soap & Glory’s Clean Getaway Gift, £10. Featuring travel sizes of Soap & Glory’s bestselling products including: Clean on Me shower gel, The Righteous Butter body butter, Calm One Calm All bubble bath and Hand Food hand cream.
Available from: www.boots.com
Spend on: Molton Brown’s Mini Travel Collection, Pack & Pamper, £25. An indulgent selection of Molton Brown’s best loved blends for hair, body and face in miniature, travel sizes cocooned in a festive, red wash bag. Includes: Coco & Sandalwood Replenishing Hand Cream; Orange & Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream; Protecting Vitamin Lipsaver; Orange & Bergamot Body Wash; Coco & Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion; Indian Cress Purifying Shampoo and Indian Cress Purifying Conditioner.
Available from: www.moltonbrown.co.uk
Splash out on: Liz Earle’s Beauty Editor Favourites, £89. Available in Dry/Sensitive, Normal/Combination or Combination/Oily, this gift set is the perfect companion for any beauty aficionado. Contains: Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; Instant Boost Skin Tonic; Skin Repair Moisturiser; Smoothing Line Serum; Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion; Gentle Face Exfoliator; Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask; Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash; Nourishing Botanical Body Cream; Superbalm balm; Hand Repair cream; Botanical Shine Shampoo; Botanical shine conditioner and two muslin cloths.
Available from: www.uk.lizearle.com