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Gift Ideas For Her - Christmas 2014

With a mum, mother in law, nanna, sister, sister in law, best friend and close friends to buy Christmas presents for it can be hard work finding the right gift. I always give Matthew a list of the things I would like, but sometimes he likes to suprise me with gift ideas of his own too. Some of them I love others not so much - Whoever you have to buy for this year I hope the present ideas below give you a little help with buying the perfect gift for the important lady / ladies in your life.



Radox Fresh and Fruity Weekend bag (£7.50). An ideal gift for those who travel a lot. This gift set contains two full sized bottles Radox Coconut Kiss and Radox Berry Burst. Available from Asda, Tesco, Wilko, Superdrug and other stockists nationwide and online.


A Vaseline gift set would make a lovely stocking filler this Christmas. There are a variety of sets available from as little as £4 from most supermarkets, department stores and pharmacies. The Vasaline Make Up Bag would be a lovely gift for those ladies on the go. It is filled with Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips and Vasaline Hand and Nail Lotion. The Vaseline Rosy Lip Pouch contains a tin of Vasaline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips. The Vaseline Pink Crest Lip Gift Pack includes 3 full size tins of Vaseline.


We all love finding a beautiful bottle of perfume under the Christmas tree, but, what if the one you find isn't the one you like?Picking a fragrance for someone else can be tricky.  So, if you are planning to give someone a fragrance this year, why not go for a gift that ensures you can’t get it wrong. The Vivabox perfume gift sets, available exclusively from The Perfume Shop or directly from Vivabox take all the guesswork out of giving.  These stylish gift sets contain a voucher for one full bottle of fragrance, a tester sample of 7 different fragrances, each one for the recipient to try out. The selection is carefully handpicked by The Perfume Shop’s team of experts so you know that you will be getting a great selection of scents. Inside the gift box you will find a guide booklet, packed with information about each fragrance and helpful tips on how to get the most out of testing and using them. The Vivabox fragrance gift sets are presented in an attractive gift box. Each voucher is valid until 30 June 2016, and can be exchanged at any of The Perfume Shop stores nationwide.


Avon has always been a favourite with my mum and nana, but this year they have lots to offer for everyone. Here are a few of my favourite products that they have available. All can be purchased from www.avonshop.co.uk

  • Colourtrend Glitter Pots, (£3). A quick and easy way to transform your nails. Available in Pink, Golden, Turquoise and Purple. 
  • Planet Spa Blissfully Nourishing gift set (£5) The perfect gift for those needing some relaxation, the set includes hand, elbow and foot cream (50ml), a mini pedicure set containing two sticks, a cuticle pusher, an emery board and a cuticle file within a portable stylish pouch. 
  • Luck for Her Eau de Parfum Spray (£15), 50ml The fragrance has top notes of Sparkling Bergamot Italian Opur®. Notes also include luscious Redcurrant and Red Berry with a heart of fresh, powdery and intensely romantic Red Rose Petals and Night Blooming Jasmine.  The base notes are wrapped in Creamy Vanilla accents of the rare and beautiful Queen of the Night Scent Trek®.
  • Gel Finish Nailwear in Envy, Very Berry and Glimmer (£7 each), 12ml Gel Finish Nailwear strengthens and fortifies nails by up to 42% with an in-built gel-like top coat. From a range of 24 high-impact colour shades.


For those sport loves, Halo's sports headbands feature patented Sweat Block Technology. The unique ‘Yellow Seal’ redirects sweat to the sides of the head away from the eyes. The result is a dry face and sting-free eyes, so you can concentrate on running, racing, riding, training and competing. The best selling and award winning Halo II Headband comes in 11 colours and is priced £12.95.

Aldi have a range of Special Buys available this festive season - from scarves to slippers and Onesies. With a onesie priced at £7.99 and slippers for £4.99 a pair there's every reason to treat your loved one to some nice fluffy new nightwear this Christmas. One of my favourite traditions of the festive season is wearing new slippers and PJ's ready for Santa's arrival (this is something we do with the boys every year - they love it too). If your planning on paying Aldi a visit make sure you do so soon as once a special buy has gone it's gone forever.


StormFlower by Cheryl (Cole now Fernandez Versini) is a unique scent. The fruity, floral scent combines Mandarin & Nectarine and Freesia & Peach blossom is the perfect gift for a young adult / older teen.Cheryl's debut fragrance is priced at £22.99 and also available as a gift set.

A Typography of Love  Word Art Frame (£39.99) would make a lovely personalised gift this Christmas. You can create a Word Art in next to no time at all. I love that they are easy to create and look great in any room. You can choose different designs, words, colours  and even an occasion (new baby, happy ever after, Special Moments etc). I chose to include our names on a Special Moments Word Art. I chose blue writing as that's  the boys favourite colour. 


For those hip hop, funky friends / sisters how about a ClairaBella Jute Bag (£24.99 / £39.99) You can design your bag to look like anyone choosing their hair, eye and skin colour and you can choose their outfit too. Create your very own ClaireaBella character to perfectly match your style and personality and feature it along with your name on a jute bag just for you. Each ClaireaBella jute bag is completely handcrafted and painted with love by fully trained ClaireaBella artists, so every one is 100% unique. Your personalised design is painted on the bag along with an elegant rosette bow and sparkly Swarovski crystal elements for an extra special glittery effect. On the back is the phrase 'Yes it's a ClaireaBella' so that everyone knows that this is the real deal. If a bag isn't for you you can always have a unique figure added to a phone case, make up bag, mug, glass or even a hoodie and much more. To ensure your bag arrives in time for Christmas make sure you order on or before Friday 12th December orders after this time may not reach you before the big day.

Baylis and Harding’s Limited Edition Jojoba, Silk & Almond Oil range would make a beautiful gift this Christmas for those who like a touch of luxury and elegance in their lives. The natural essential oils of Almond and Jojoba combine with Silk and added moisturisers to create a creamy consistency. This fragrance captures the warmth and intensely deep effects of the Almond and Jojoba blend. A scent which literally smells of luxury with a texture like silk. The 5 Bottle Gift Set has an RRP of £10 and is available from Superdrug, Tesco and Asda.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the smell of gingerbread. Baylis & Harding’s latest fragrance collection captures the essence of this fabulous aroma and presents it in a range of festive and fun bathing products. Caramel Fudge, Creamy Marshmallow Frosting, Hot Chocolate and Sweet Gingerbread scents will create a deliciously festive feeling in your bathroom. The Beauticology:™ Gingerbread Stacking Gift Boxes has an RRP £10 and available from Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Amazon.


Get salon wax results at home and stay smooth skinned for weeks with Elle MacPherson Hot Wax Epilator (£35). The main features of the kit are shown below:
  • 100ml wax cartridge including 50 wax strips
  • Up to 8 wax sessions per cartridge
  • Fast heat up in only 20 minutes
  • Temperature controller to maintain and regulate a perfect wax temperature
  • Auto shut-off
  • Level indicator window to see wax levels


Victoria Green’s range of beauty bags start at £5. The new collection, featuring 10 different bags in a variety of patterns, is designed for women who love style, prints and colour, combined with outstanding quality, value and practicality. Victoria’s range of beauty bags are available exclusively at Debenhams.


Award winning yurbuds sport earphones for men and women are designed to never hurt and never fall out. They make the perfect Christmas gift for an experienced runner or someone planning to join the gym in the new year. Designed specifically to fit smaller ears the Women's Inspire headphones (£20), use both FlexSoft™ and TwistLock™ technologies to guarantee they will never hurt or fall out. They are sweat & water-resistant but allow for ambient noise awareness and deliver consistent, premium sound. Available in six colors, yurbuds Inspire for Women are the perfect training partner for any female athlete and would make a perfect gift for athletes or those wanting to get fit after Christmas.