Comfort and sparkles - how very Christmas 2020. This lovely look is from John Lewis's 12 Days of Christmas Dressing collection. The Kitchen Disco two-piece, £89 for the top, £79 for the bottoms, by Hush at John Lewis.
You know the feeling? You haven’t tried hard enough with your Christmas gifts. Your partner or loved one is going to shower you with all sorts of thoughtful delights and your offering is going to look decidedly underwhelming in comparison.
Well, worry not because there is still time, no matter how much or little you have to spend. A sparkly nail polish can give as much joy as a diamond (well, nearly). If you are short on inspiration, try to key into the intended recipient’s interests. Have they started running, or crafting? Is there a new or classic fragrance they might love? A book?
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Look no further because here are 21 ideas to inspire you. All should be available but if they sell out by the time you reach the real or virtual shop (I have opted mainly for products you can buy in physical shops), there will be something very similar to choose instead. Happy Christmas shopping.
Dunhill Amalfi Citrus Eau de Parfum (100ml), £120 at Harvey Nichols.
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Swarovski earrings now from £25, at House of Fraser.
Houston (men) oiled leather boots, £79 at Joe Browns.
This cute new Luna bag from Zatchels is handmade in leather in England and comes in a range of colours. With a top handle and a detachable adjustable strap, it can be worn over the shoulder, cross body or carried as a clutch. It's £75 at Zatchels.com and the York store.
Running belt bag, with reflective strip, £25 at Hush-uk.com.
The World According to Coco, £10.61 at WH Smith
The Essential Gift for Men by Space NK, £85
The Aveda Shampure Hair & Bodycare Gift Set nourishes, cleanses and soothes both the hair and the senses with its heavenly calming aroma. This gift set contains: Shampure Nurturing Shampoo and Conditioner, both 250ml, plus 50ml bottle of both the Hand & Body Wash and the Body Lotion. It costs £32 at stockists including John Lewis.
Super Grip yoga mat, £65 at Sweaty Betty.
Blue sleeveless scarf print cami top, £18 at River Island.
The Jo Malone Christmas collection - anything from it!
Seoulista Beauty Two to Twinkle Cleanse & Hydrate Skincare System, £16 at Next.
Illamasqua Glow Beyond is a super-shimmery eye and cheek duo gift set for the party season ideal for glamming up for a festive Zoom gathering. It contains the brand’s Beyond Powder highlighter and hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow Iconic Chrome, to blend in three shades combinations - champagne, warm rose gold and a deep radiant bronze. It costs £45 at Illamasqua.com.
Pixi Gift of Tonics, £24 at Harvey Nichols
Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture by Hourglass, £81 at Space NK.
Marks & Spencer Absolute Youthful Skin Day & Night Duo isa luxurious and effective anti-ageing duo with a 50ml Day Cream SPF30 and same size Ultimate Sleep Cream for 24-hour nourishment, firming effects and quality care. They cost a total of £46 bought individually but come in this gift set for £35, from Marks & Spencer.
Mavala Mini Colour Nail Polish - Glitter, 213 Pure Diamond, £5.50, on the Mavala counters.
Kin parka coat, £99 at John Lewis.
Paul Smith Heart and Stripe Print Scarf, £125 at Paul Smith and John Lewis.