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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Huge Christmas Gift Guide For Her

christmas gift guide

Okay, Christmas is basically nearly here...seriously... we're talking like 5ish weeks! But do not panic, I've got you covered. I've picked a few Christmas bits and bobs up here and there on my travels, but apart from that, I honestly haven't really looked, until now! I've decided to put together a huge Christmas gift guide for you this year, including stocking fillers, special beauty bits, a general gift guide and then a luxury gift guide - I've made sure I've covered all price ranges too and chosen websites which ship internationally. I've got you all covered! Whether you're using this as a way to find something for your girlfriend, best friend, Mum, sister, Grandma or just so you can find something to add to your own Christmas list (I know I've added half of this stuff to mine) then hopefully this should help you out. Just call me Santa's little helper, here we go... 
If you're looking for a guide for him, click here! 
General Gift Guide (in price order):

christmas gift guide

These are just 'general' gifts I think would be great for Christmas, ranging from £9-£250.  I am pretty obsessed with everything on this guide and think this is probably what my own Christmas list looks like at the moment! 

1. Giraffe Necklace - £9.99 -  Jewellery always makes such a lovely, thoughtful but easy present, particularly if it's cute like this little giraffe necklace! LVNDR (as most of you should know by now!) sells lots of cute little pieces from just £1.99!!! (I love the elephant range in particular!) and I feel like most females would be more than happy to receive a cute little piece or two from the site, it wont break the bank either and everything comes beautifully hand-wrapped in a gorgeous lavender coloured parcel.   

2. LVNDR Princess Ring Mega Stack - £19.99 - Another one from LVNDR but I couldn't not include the princess ring mega stack set, 7 best-selling rings for just £19.99 and they're all so gorgeous! You can get them in both silver and gold and they're sure to make any fashion lovers Christmas! Stacking rings have been so popular this year and I can't see the trend ending anytime soon! 

3. Missguided Christmas two-piece - £19.99 - Oh I feel like this set is calling my name. I absolutely adore this gorgeous two piece from Missguided, I adore the price too! The jumper is available here for just £21.99, and the skirt here for just £19.99. I need this in my life now. I'm not sure I can wait until Christmas!

4. Kate Spade Notebook - I love these cute little notebooks from Kate Spade, particularly this one with a cute quote on it but there are so many lovely ones too chose from, including this one with another little lovely quote on it. I go weak at the knees when it comes to cute Instagrammable stationary and I know a lot of other females do too! 

5. Missguided Cut Out Booties - £29.00 - I got so excited when I saw these online because they're very similar to some Steve Madden ones (which cost 4 times the price!) - Every girl needs a pair of black boots and these are so so gorgeous and only £29.00 - I'll have 5 pairs please. 

6. Teddy Robe Topshop - £35 - One of my favourite things about Christmas is getting new pyjamas - Topshop always make the best pyjamas and I am in love with this cute teddy bear robe! I can't decide which colour I love the most!

7. ASOS Co-ord Christmas Jumper in Reindeer Fairisle - £35 - Uh oh, another amazing Christmas two-piece... I adore co-ords and I feel like this Winter, I'll be trying to pull of Christmas co-ords! I can't get enough of this reindeer two-piece by ASOS, online here.  Please Santa, I've been really good this year! 

8. Kiehl's Classic Collection - £45 - I couldn't not include this, every girl loves a good old beauty gift for Christmas - or I do anyway and Kiehl's is one of my favourite brands. I absolutely adore all the products in this set (the midnight recovery oil is my skin hero) and the full set comes up to the same price as one bottle of the oil, what are you waiting for?! Get it ordered - absolute bargain! 

9. Longchamp Bag - £69 - I haven't put my longchamp bag down since I got it, you may remember it from my trip to New York. Now I fancy it in another colour! Longchamp bags are so versatile and easy to carry round, they're weather proof, simple and practical. If I could afford one in every colour, I would do just that. 

10. Frends Headphones, similar ones for £88 on ASOS here in the sale - I've wanted some Frends headphones for as long as I can remember, they are just SO gorgeous - plus, you can change the outside of them - so many amazing shapes and colours are available online at Revolve Clothing (international shipping too!) 

11. Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Scarf - £90 - I fell in love with this gorgeous Marc Jacobs scarf when I stumbled across it online! The good news? It's only £60 if you buy it from Saks 5th avenue here because of the exchange rate! Who doesn't love MJ?

12. Birchbox For 1 year - £90 - I'm forever telling people to do this as a gift, Birchbox (as I'm sure you all know by now!) is a beauty subscription service, the receiver gets one box full of new beauty samples (some full sized too) to their door every month - it's a must have gift for any beauty lover, particularly because they get to try something new every month but also the box itself is so gorgeous! You can also do  £50 for 6 months or just buy one box at £10 per month - I think it's such a special gift! You can choose your subscription online here. 

13. Mulberry Blossom Pouch - £125 - I stumbled across the Mulberry Blossom collection and fell in love - I am excited by the price too! I can't get enough of this gorgeous pouch/clutch bag! 

14. Moschino Slogan Tee - £125 - also available online here at Shopbop - I thought this t-shirt was so cool so I had to add it to my gift guide! I can't get enough of slogan tees. If the price isn't for you, ASOS do a great range of them here too. 

15. Aspinal Purse - £127 - I've wanted an Aspinal purse for the past three years! I think it's such a lovely gift because Aspinal is still quite a small brand in the sense that not everyone owns an Aspinal - I personally prefer that! I love the simplicity and classiness of Aspinal.

16. Daniel Wellington Watch - Ah, if you haven't got a Daniel Wellington watch yet - get this on your Christmas list. I now own 4 and I just want to keep expanding my collection. Daniel Wellington watches feature in almost all of my outfit posts because I never take mine off - the watches are simple, classy and uber stylish. The only problem is, which one do you choose?! If you use the promo code 'emtalks' at the check out here you will get 15% off your DW watch up until the end of November (+free worldwide shipping!). Thank me later!  

17. Mulberry Jacquard Scarf - £195 - Okay so this scarf is a little bit on the pricey side but there's no doubting just how stunning it is. I stumbled across this on the Selfridges site (they have far too many good Christmas gifts) and I've always wanted a Mulberry scarf so thought I'd add it to this gift guide. A good scarf will last you forever and this one is just so classy! 

18. Mulberry Blossom Cross Body Bag - £250 -  I feel like I've saved the best until last, this is at the top of my Christmas list (or my 21st birthday list - not long to go now!) I absolutely love this cross body bag by Mulberry - it's only £250 and acts as a make up bag, clutch, cross body bag - you name it! I feel like £250 for Mulberry is fabulous! 

So that's it for my general gift guide, other great shops for general Christmas gifts:

- Lush - you cannot beat their gift sets!
The Body Shop - they always do the best Christmas sets and they have some amazing offers on at the moment, including 'spend £50 and get £25 off' online here
- Boots - Everyone knows Boots 3 for 2 offers are amazing!
- Selfridges - I could spend hours on their Christmas section - plus they ship worldwide! 
- ASOS - Obviously good old ASOS, their gift-section always helps me out when it comes to affordable, quirky gifts. 

Shop some of the items above online:

Stocking Fillers (in price order):

stocking fillers

Stocking Fillers (in price order): Stocking fillers are probably my favourite things to buy, and also, my favourite things to open! I love opening all the little bits and pieces inside my stocking. Stocking fillers make great secret Santa gifts, presents for your girlie friends or presents for work friends - they're usually affordable and easy so hopefully you like some of the things I've chosen! 

1. LVNDR pieces from £1.99 - I have included LVNDR in the stocking filler section because I feel like it's perfect for stocking fillers. From the gorgeous blue quartz necklace which is just £11, to the cute little giraffe earrings which are just £3.29, to this stunning double knot ring which looks so expensive and is only £3.69 and finally, the lvndr hair ties which are just £5.99 for a full set - these no bump bobbles leave your hair kink-free and don't snag or damage the hair. As mentioned in my first guide, all LVNDR pieces come beautifully hand gift wrapped - you can easily buy a full set, for example the giraffe set, a ring, necklace, bracelet and earrings for less than £25 with free UK shipping - what are you waiting for? You can afford to get presents for all the girls from LVNDR!

2. ASOS Reindeer Socks in A Bauble - £5 - Oh these socks are just far too cute and who doesn't want cute socks inside their stocking? My Mum got me the most adorable knee high penguin socks last year and they were honestly one of my favourite Christmas presents! 

3. ASOS Selfie Photo Album Book - £9 - Haha, I feel like a lot of people will be buying this! This is such a fun, present idea - everyone takes selfies nowadays and this is a selfie photo album book! Including selfie tips and tricks and help with hashtags - a must for any poser or any social media lover, only £9.00 online here

4. Kate Spade Mini Notebooks - £8.00 - I love these two mini notebooks. You can buy the 'it's written in the stars' one and 'the devils in the details' ones (I love the slogans) for just £8.00 each.  

5. Real Techniques Mini Brush Set - £9.99 - Hopefully you all know just how much I adore Real Techniques by now! Their brushes make great stocking fillers because they're so affordable. I love the little mini brush set for just £9.99 but if you want to go for a bigger set, my favourite  the core collection is available for just £20 online here.  A great gift for any beauty lover. 

6. ASOS Lips Make Up Bag - £10 - A girl can never have too many make up bags! I love this cute little lips one! 

7. Nutella Recipe book - £10 - A must have for any food lover, this is the dream present for chocoholics! A Nutella recipe book! Only £10.00 online here. 

8. Cat Ears Make Up Bag ASOS - £10.00 - Another make up bag but I just couldn't resist... how cute can you get?! 

9. Topshop Double Zip Purse - £14.00 - I love this cute little purse from Topshop (I'd use it as more of a clutch) - It's really versatile and it comes in some gorgeous colours, plus, the price is pretty good for Topshop! 

10. Ciate Sundae Best Paint Pot Trio - £18 - Aw I love Ciate, you'll know that if you read my nude nail varnish blog post as most of the colours on there were from Ciate! Ciate polishes are just so stunning and this cute little set is pretty irresistible! Nails Inc always do really good nail sets too, I love this special mini selection from them! 

11. EOS - Pack Of 3 Lipbalms -  £19.99 - A girl can never have too many lip balms and everyone is raving about EOS at the moment! 

12. Wildfox Eye Mask - £28 - I love all things Wildfox and think this eye mask is perfect, you'll need all the sleep you can get over the Christmas party period! 

13. Missguided Double Zip Boots - £29 - These little booties are so cute and I guess you could throw them into a stocking!? 

14. Aspinal Heart Purse - £50 - More of an expensive stocking filler but I adore the heart range by Aspinal. I bought my Mum one of the key rings years ago and she still uses it! I think it's such a beautiful, simple yet thoughtful range. 

15. Aspinal Travel Wallet - £125 - Another big stocking filler but honestly, this is the best thing ever, I haven't stopped using mine since I got it (I have the black one). I actually use mine as a purse on a day to day basis and it doubles up as a clutch on a night out! It's great if you're wanting to be organised and also great if you're looking to buy for someone who travels (or if you travel a lot and want to treat yourself!) I've had mine for nearly a year and the quality is still amazing - I know this will last me for life. If you ask for one thing this Christmas, make sure it's this, it's such a special present (you can get initials engraved into it too!) I want it in every colour. You can shop the range of colours online here - I've got my eye on this cream one next! 

Other good shops for stocking fillers:

- Topshop usually has a great section of easy stocking fillers near to the till
- You can't beat grabbing some chocolates as a stocking filler 
- Primark is the queen of stocking fillers; affordable gloves, hats, scarves, pyjamas! 

Shop some of the items above online:

Beauty Gift Guide (in price order):

christmas beauty gift sets

Beauty Gift Guide (in price order): This year I've decided to do a separate guide just for some great beauty finds because I feel like Christmas is a great time to get amazing beauty sets and they're usually great value for money so here are a few I'm loving! 

1. The Bodyshop Christmas range - from £5.00 - The Body Shop always seem to win when it comes to incredible Christmas gifts, this year particularly, because everything is so well priced! I'm loving their frosted cranberry and christmas glazed apple ranges. Not to mention their perfume sets which are truly stunning and only £8.00   - my favourite though, has to be this vanilla bruelle treat box for only £7!

2. Clinique Miniatures Set - £25 - I thought this was a really lovely gift to include in my beauty section because Clinique is a great skincare brand and this set encompasses their best sellers in miniature versions - perfect for someone who wants to try Clinique or someone who likes to travel! 

3. MAC Gift Sets - I could dedicate a whole gift guide just to MAC this Christmas, they've really brought it back with their Christmas range and you can actually buy it from Selfridges online now too, hooray! So here are some of my favourite things, first up, their 'Objects of Affection, gold + beige pigments + glitter gift set' which is £26 and features some amazing eye bits. Then, their smokey eye set, another favourite is their incredible Red Lip Bag, featuring everything you need for the perfect red lip and a gorgeous make up bag to keep then there's the smoky eye compact kit including some great eye shadows and again, a lovely make up bag for just £32. My favourite out of them all is the MAC Natural glamour face palette - it's £42 but includes everything you need for a finished on-the-go face. 

4. Laura Mercier Lip Set - £25.00 - I love the pink version of this but it's also available in red too, once again, another great set from Laura Mercier - I love this set, everything you need for a gorgeous pink lip or a red one too! She also does a similar eye transformer set here for £25.00. 

5. Liz Earle Beautiful Skin Set - £28 - I love Liz Earle and always think their skin sets are so beautiful and well priced! 

6. Nars Modern Future Lip, Cheeks and Nail Set - £30 - Oh this is an incredible set from Nars, mainly because it's so pretty and pink but also because I think the price is really good! I also love the new Nars eye, cheek and lip palette - again, only £35 for everything you need!

7. Clarins Wake Up Treats Gift Set - £32 - I think this is such a lovely little set, particularly for someone who isn't particularly a morning person! I am forever needing something to wake me up and get me energised! I think the price point is great too. They also do a great skincare heroes set for just £25 too!

8. MAC Keepsakes Brush Set£32-£42 - The final MAC kit is their amazing brush set. It comes in three colours and whilst I love the white set, I would just ruin it! I also love their 'extra dimensions set' which comes in black and their mineralize brush set which comes in grey here for £32 - I think I need the full collection. I absolutely adore the make up bag that comes with them too! 

9. Laura Mercier Portable Palette - £38 - I'm really impressed with Laura Mercier this year, this palette contains absolutely everything you need - I love the little lip gloss too! 

10. Molton Brown Gift Sets - Every year I go back to Molton Brown for Christmas gift sets and this year they really haven't disappointed. I particularly love their 12-piece travel set (£39), their beautiful little pretty soap gift set (£25) uh and the to die for candle set! (£60) - everything is always wrapped so beautifully! 

11. Shu Uemura Portable brush Set - £60 - I love Shu Uemura so I adore this beautiful brush set, a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld - not going to lie, I just adore the whiteness, the cleanliness and the gorgeous bag it comes with (perfect for travel too!) 

12. Charlotte Tilbury Gift Set - £145 - When I wrote my Charlotte Tilbury review months ago, I talked about how incredible the Charlotte Tilbury gift sets are - basically, everything you need to create one of the signature looks from the Charlotte Tilbury brand. I am in love with every single look so I would need to spend hundreds basically, but I think this is such a special, lovely gift. They range from £145 but that includes so many products! You can check out the sets online here, I know the Golden Goddess is on my list! 

Shop some of the items above online:

If Money Was No Object Luxury Gift Guide:

If Money Was No Object Luxury Gift Guide: Everyone has different budgets so I thought it would be nice to include some high-end bits this year, here's my Christmas lust-list guide! If you're going to spend lots of money this Christmas, I'd go for these bits...

1. Creme De La Mer Asprey Super Collection - £2,750 - Who wouldn't want the whole of Creme De La Mer in their life?

2. Saint Laurent Bag - £2,090 - Saint Laurent, it's still YSL to me, is my favourite brand by far when it comes to the big designers (closely followed by Burberry) and this is my dream bag. The large black sac du jour is the bag of my dreams and is just a nice £2,000 here - one day.

3. A New Bedroom - Every time I write a wishlist or a gift guide I feature some form of interior, I love design and I blame Pinterest (@emtalks) entirely for my obsession. I really want to enhance my wardrobe room and get rid of my awful big wardrobe and add in some nice new sliding doors and just make it prettier so if money was no object, I'd go for a full bedroom restoration. Ikea will make it slightly cheaper but getting everything else done would be expensive!

4. Mulberry Willow Bag - £1,600 - Oh I have wanted this bag for a very long time, the detachable clutch does it for me.

5. Burberry Buckingham Trench Coat - £1,095 - I've wanted a traditional Burberry trench for as long as I can remember. I adore this one. If anyone has a spare £1000, I'll love you forever.

6. Aspinal Marylebone Tech Leather - £895 - I've had my eye on this bag since London Fashion Week and then they brought out the tech version (yeh it charges your phone and stores your ipad, not a problem). I just love it so much.

7. Charlotte Olympia Pumps - £475 - These beautiful shoes are never going to get old! They are far too cute, I need a pair in every colour.

8. YSL Limited edition Nail Varnish 24 Piece Collection - £400 - This is so beautiful, I don't think I'd dare paint my nails with it. The ultimate nail varnish collection?

9. Saint Laurent Purse - £350 - I touch this purse every time I go into Harrods and I still don't own it. It's so simplistic and beautiful, I love understated things.

10. Burberry Giant Check Scarf - £335 - Another one I've wanted for years, sadly my Barbour version just isn't as nice!

11. Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Set - £220 - I still have no Tom Ford in my life and feel like this private blend collection set would be a great place to start.

So there we have it, phew, literally, finished! My huge Christmas gift guide for her!

Don't forget to check out my huge Christmas gift guide for him, right here!

What are you loving this year for Christmas? Are you in the spirit yet? Have you started your shopping? Do you like any of the above? 

Lots of love, Em x

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