Gift guide: The luxury edit
If you’re splashing out on a few luxuries as gifts this year, some careful shopping can save you a fair amount of money. High end brand gift sets are often a better deal than buying items separately, and you might get a freebie or two thrown is as well, then it’s all nicely boxed up for you to tuck under their tree.
I’ve gone one step further and found some reductions on some of the most covetable luxury gifts around in my gift edit, which features fragrance, beauty, food & drink and candles. There are one or two items that have made it in there on quality alone, just because they’re so gorgeous, but rest assured there are plenty of bargains in here as well including lots under the £20.00 mark.
Nars Little Fetishes gift sets | £20.00. Punk inspired beauty duos in eyecatching gift pots that’ll rock the socks off any serious beauty lover, including their cult blushers, bronzers and highlighters. Buy here.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Hollywood Lips Duo Gift Set | £20.00. Selling out all over the place, this includes one luxury lip colour in rose pink and another in wine, all wrapped up in a glitzy gold box. Grab one while you can! Buy at FeelUnique or the Tilbury shop.
Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori 50ml Eau de Parfum Fragrance Gift Set | £64.40 on offer. This 2018 perfume offering from Gucci is a luxurious white floral fragrance with notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, osmanthus and tuberose. The gift set includes a 50ml bottle of EdP plus a purse sized EdP rollerball. Buy here.
[Too spendy? Get a 30ml bottle for £53.00 at Notino + use code ‘pfm15gb‘ to get an extra 15% off, total £45.05.]
Narciso Rouge Eau De Parfum 50ml Gift Set | £49.20 on offer. A glamorous powdery woody musk with notes of iris and rose. A rather lovely gift set with a 50ml EdP, a 100ml matching shower gel and a 75ml body lotion, and a bit of a bargain. Buy here.
[If that’s a little out of your price range then you can get a a 30ml bottle at FeelUnique for £34.35 or 30ml bottle at Boots for £34.85 in their current promotions.]
Murdock London Jacob gift set | Top notch shaving cream, hair styling clay and signature Black Tea fragrance for the discerning gent in your life. £38.00. Buy here.
Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Set | £16.00 (was £40). A big pot of the cult setting powder, a beauty sponge and a luxury powder brush in a pretty box, all at an amazing price. Buy here.
Zoeva Voyager Eyeshadow Palettes | £12.00. Gorgeous, finely milled eyeshadow palettes in the prettiest boxes. Buy at Cult Beauty or FeelUnique.
Let’s not forget the luxury food and drink for Christmas either, or home goodies such as luxe candles. These would all make special gifts for that certain someone who appreciates the finer things in life. Where it gets a bit on the pricey side I’ve offered at least one cheaper alternative.
Space NK Shimmering Spice Candle, 175g | £26.00. Cinnamon, spices and cedar for a truly beautiful festive scent, all nicely boxed up to make a super chic gift. Buy here.
Lazzaroni Chiostro Di Saronno Amaretti Biscuit Assortment | £8.97 at eBay. Classy, crunchy, crumbly Italian biscuits, beautifully wrapped in traditional papers and presented in a gorgeous gift tin. You can also get these for £7.00 per tin at Costco if you’re a member. Buy here.
Jawbox Pineapple & Ginger Gin Liqueur 70cl gift set with mug | £27.95. This is a great gift set for the gin lover in your life. Also available in Rhubarb & Ginger flavour. Buy here.
[Of course, if you’d rather sip your gin out of a dainty tea cup then this Hendrick’s gift is perfect too.]
Diptyque Amande Exquise Scented Candle, £190g | £53.00. A true showstopper of a gift candle, this is pricey but it’s also stunningly presented in a reusable pot, and lasts for many hours. Want! Bank Manager Santa says I haven’t been a nice enough girl to get one of these this year… but maybe you have? Buy here.
Ableforth’s Rumbullion! Spiced Rum 70cl | £25 special offer. A flavour packed spiced rum that always gets rave reviews and is just right for warming the cockles at Christmas. On special offer at Morrisons, also available at Asda or Amazon.
Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Violet Tea | £6.95. Inspired by their bestselling violet creams chocolates, this tea has a delicious aroma and it’s definitely on my wish list this Christmas as a decadent treat. You may also like their small choc boxes, luxury chocolate bars, tinned teas and infusions – all make stunning foodie stocking fillers and you can create a mini hamper for under £20. Buy here.
Rococo Christmas Chocolates Selection Box, 430g | £35.00. If you prefer to buy less chocolate in total but have top quality when you eat it, this indulgent selection of Rococo’s best truffles and ganaches should hit the spot. Buy here.
[If that’s out of your price range but you still want something special, try one of the many smaller boxes of luxury chocs from Prestat, attractive packaging and reliable quality mostly around the £14.00 mark, available from John Lewis, Ocado or Selfridges].
We’re getting closer to the Big Day now, so be sure to check postage dates to make sure you’ll get your goodies in time for Christmas. If you’re cutting it fine, you can always do Click & Collect with the big department stores.
If you like splash out on one or two little luxuries at Christmas, what are your favourite things to buy?