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Christmas Gift Guide 2016

5 December 2016

Christmas is (unbelievably) just around the corner, and I know it can be pretty difficult deciding what presents we should buy our loved ones. I can spend hours searching for that perfect gift, so sometimes it's nice to get a little help. I've put together a small gift guide to help give you some ideas of presents you might not already have thought of. My picks focus on the beauty-obsessed, but there are also a few lifestyle suggestions thrown in.

Jo Malone Cologne | $95 / $195 AUD
When it comes to luxe, bespoke fragrances, I think nobody quite does it like Jo Malone. I love that their scents are often unique, and there's a wide range to accommodate different tastes, which helps when picking out something finicky like a perfume. The 100ml bottles are beautiful but I think the 30ml bottles are super cute, and great if you know the person you're buying for hasn't tried the scent before. Jo Malone are usually quite good about giving you samples with your purchase too, so a good idea might be to ask for a sample of the same fragrance, that way they can decide if they like the scent before opening the full-sized version.

The Body Shop Gift Sets | $5 - $200 AUD
If you've ever set foot inside The Body Shop around this time of year, you'll know just how many Christmas sets they have. I've seen posters in-store saying that this year, the sale of each pre-selected gift set will help support the protection of endangered rainforests, which is really nice to know. I feel like there's something for everyone and for almost any budget at The Body Shop. They sets are great as last minute gifts because they're pre-wrapped, and similarly to perfumes, their body and shower products come in wide range of scents to suit everyone's tastes. I normally try and steer clear of heavily fragranced things but I do make an exception for The Body Shop because their scented body products all smell so delicious and fruity, but not in such an artificial way. My personal favourites this year are the limited edition Christmas scents: Spiced Apple, Frosted Berries, and Vanilla Chai. 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder | $70 AUD
So we all know that Charlotte Tilbury exudes luxury and Old Hollywood glamour and is fairly hyped-up because of this, but her products do sometimes manage to blow me away too. The Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder is a pressed powder that is most definitely worth any hype it gets. It's incredibly finely-milled, sheer, and mattifies the skin but imparts a healthy and realistic luminosity to the skin. I get compliments when I wear this, which is amazing in and of itself! I never get compliments! Ever! If you're looking for a gift for a makeup or luxury lover, I can guarantee they'll be floored (and flawless) with this powder. It most certainly has wow factor. I recommend buying this off Beautylish or CultBeauty if you can because it can save you ~$20 as long as you spend enough to qualify for free shipping in the first place.

Inglot Freedom System Palette | $20+ AUD
I think buying an Inglot Palette and filling it up with eye or cheek powders is a super nifty idea because you can choose shades to complement someone's colouring, which makes it quite a personalised and thoughtful thing to give. If you're not familiar with the Freedom System, Inglot sell empty palettes in a range of sizes and sell the refills separately. It's a makeup enthusiast's dream being able to put together a palette and decide which shades go where. For my own palette, I went with the 4 pan blush palette because it was the most versatile, fitting both cheek and eye powders. These can get quite expensive to build up (as in, in-excess-of-$100-expensive) so they're more of a splurgey gift, but worthwhile in my opinion. Inglot Australia also revamped their website so you can virtually build your own palette online, which is helpful.

kikki.K Alphabet Keyring | $30 AUD
A really cute stocking stuffer idea for someone who is into handbags is to get them a keyring. I know bag pom poms are all the rage at the moment, but I like alphabet keyrings, no doubt inspired by the Chloe ones. They're such a chic and jazzy addition to any handbag, and I think the recipient would appreciate receiving something personalised to their name.

The Horse Watch | $149+ AUD 
If you're looking to splurge on someone this Christmas, a timepiece from The Horse would be the perfect way! I know the lower-priced watch market has been inundated with all these Instagram start-ups, but I still look no further than The Horse because of their simple but timeless designs, and the story behind the brand. Founded in 2009, The Horse is owned and operated by a husband and wife duo who seem to be really passionate about creating beautiful accessories, whether that be watches, wallets, shoes, or even sunglasses and bedding. The watches come in so many amazing colourways that the most difficult thing will be choosing just one. I got given mine a while ago by my brother and his girlfriend, and still think it's a do-no-wrong gift. In fact, I wouldn't mind receiving another one...

Matcha Tea Set | ~$30+ AUD
Matcha, or powdered green tea, has been really really ridiculously good-looking popular this year! If you know someone in your life who is matcha-obsessed, I think getting them a little matcha kit would be a great idea. Matcha kits usually come with the powder itself, a little bowl, a whisk, and wooden spoon so that you can make your matcha tea the authentic way. Bigger retailers like T2 sell these but they're kind of pricey in my opinion, so it might help to shop around a bit. Mine was purchased from Japan so I don't have a link to it, but there are plenty of online retailers who sell these.
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