Every Christmas (and most Birthdays) I’m asked what I really want. Sometimes I have to think veeeery hard about it because I have a lot of stuff, and have almost everything I want. Of course I have those top of mind items on my Lust List like the Valentino Rockstud Tote or the Cartier Love bangle, but I don’t know any of my friends who would be willing to drop that kind of cash on a gift. And I wouldn’t want them to either. For this Christmas Gift Guide I thought really hard about some gifts within reach that I would enjoy receiving. If you’re a bit stuck, perhaps you can find some inspiration here…
for her beauty cupboard
For the girl who is spoilt for choice, when it comes to fragrances, Crabtree & Evelyn’s Venetian Violet Flower Water will be a welcome gift. The scent is subtle, soft and beautiful. I sometimes spray it on my bed sheets before bed time! Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores for R850 or online here.
Since the Naked Palette is perpetually sold out at Rubybox, Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow Palettes are another wonderful eye shadow option. The eye shadows are dreamy, creamy and amazing to work with! The shadows can be used on their own for a wash of colour, or can be used together for a more sculpted look. For a girl on the go, this is a make up must-have. At Estée Lauder counters nationwide for R685.
YSL Beauté really knows how to do colour. Spoil your bestie, your mom or yourself with any one of the creamy, highly pigmented lip colours from the YSL Rouge Pur Couture range. You’ll be glad that you did! My absolute favourite is 22 Pink Celebration (this is the perfect bright pale pink), with 7 Le Fuchsia and 30 Corail Fauviste coming in together for a close second.
If you’re reading my blog, it means you care about your skin. If you don’t manage to book in for monthly facials, but still want to pamper your skin, I highly recommend Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells and leaves your face radiant and ready for moisturiser! Get it for R520 here or here.
For the girl who has everything, the Konjac Facial Sponge is a nifty little sponge to have. Use with or without cleanser to clean and exfoliate your face. They come in a variety of ‘flavours’ like Lycopene for anti-aging, Lavender for sensitive skins, Aloe Vera to soothe dry skin and Charcoal for oily and acne prone skin. The Konjac sponge is completely natural and is fun to use. Get yours here or here for around R140.
Get your bestie a DIY spa treatment in the form of a Body Shop body brush. Dry brushing helps to improve skin texture, reduce cellulite, detoxify and boost circulation. Her skin will thank you for it! Read more about it here. R175 at The Body Shop.
Every girl needs a superstar hand cream right? L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is the ideal beauty balm for dry skin. Say hello to moisturised, nourished hands in a flash! Get it here for R330.
For her hair
The Invisibobble is a cute stocking stuffer. This new hair accessory is really cool for creating the perfect bouncy ponytail, doesn’t give you those pesky lines that a normal ponytail elastic does and doesn’t break hair. Available at Rubybox for R80 for 3 or at Takealot in limited colours on special for R41 for 3.
Heat styled hair equals damaged hair. Moroccanoil’s Restorative Hair Mask will resuscitate your hair and bring it back from even the deepest depths of colouring and styling. And it smells gorgeous too! On special for R356 here.
For the house
To prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as hair breakage, get your bestie a Dear Deer Satin pillow slip. Normal cotton pillow cases can help to create lines and wrinkles (eeek!) whereas satin is softer and kinder on the skin. Available in black, white, grey, charcoal, pink and champagne for R140 here.
You can never go wrong with a gorgeous coffee table book. My recommendation? Christian Louboutin’s coffee book with 300+ pages of photography, inspiration and stunning pop-up art. If your bestie loves shoes, this will be the best gift ever! Buy from Exclusive Books from around R2000.
for her wardrobe
Every girl needs a pair of Havainas. You can never go wrong with a pair in a gorgeous metallic like silver or bronze and if she’s into sparklies, you can gift her a pair with a diamanté in the strap. I love this rose gold pair with hardware detail on the strap. Get them from around R300 at Havaianas Sandton City.
Help your bestie or loved one to travel in style. Forever New has the most amazing travel purses in at the moment. The travel purse has a space for tickets, receipts, money, passports and ‘other’. I would LOVE to receive one of these!
There we have it Lovelies, my ultimate December Gift Guide. I hope I have managed to inspire. Now go out and get some amazing gifts for your loved ones!