Friday, 21 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!

Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


This last month has completely flown by- it feels like yesterday that I was writing my first guide at the start of the month!

Christmas is just around the corner (only 4 sleeps to go) and if you're panicking that you've either left your presents until the last minute or are looking for some last minute stocking fillers then I've got a bumper guide for last minute him & her gifts, so perfect for anyone like your mum and dad, boyfriend, girlfriend or any other family member. 

Plus, I've got another fantastic giveaway for you at the end which I've been super excited to tell you about, so don't forget to enter after reading this. 

If you need some inspiration for other members of your family or friends, take a look at my other gift guides for friends & sistersfragrance loversgrandmas & mothers-in-law and bookworms.

FOR HIM


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Men are always hard to buy for unless you know exactly what they want, but when it comes to top-up presents for the men I'm buying presents for I normally go for one of two categories- maintenance products (if they're into their skin/hair/body care) or food (because who would turn down food?!

When it comes to skin or hair care products, you can either opt for a set or buy products separately in the same range to make a little set yourself. 

As well as sets for women, Baylis & Harding do such great sets for men too in scents that always go down well. 

Their Black Pepper & Ginseng set smells amazing and adds a touch of luxury to a morning shower. The packaging is really sleek too, looking a lot more expensive than it actually is. 

Like in their other sets, you get full-size products of their hair and body wash, shower gel and aftershave balm that will keep them smelling fresh all day. I may find myself stealing this for myself as it smells so good...

BAYLIS & HARDING BLACK PEPPER & GINSENG GIFT SET £10



 As I've said before, the mini's sets that pop up at this time are a great present if they want to try a new brand. 

Some great ones out there this year include the FatFace Moss and Amber Mini Gift set which has a lovely smelling trio of shampoo, body wash and moisturiser that come in a mini clear bag, perfect for travel. 

I now have a FatFace store near me that has opened recently so I've already popped in to check out their other sets as this one is so good. 

FATFACE MOSS AND AMBER MINI GIFT SET £15


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Another great set for those who are more into their skincare is the Ecooking Men's Starter Kit.

Like the women's set I talked about in my friends & sisters gift guide, this has everything your man might need when on the go to help look after their skin, body and beards. 

Again it comes in a great travel-friendly bag (I ended up taking my bag from the women's set to Berlin in my carry-on) and I was really impressed by the size of the products you get inside- all 100ml and under so again great for travel. 

ECOOKING MEN'S STARTER KIT £43


Individual full-size products are another option, and these Black Leopard skincare products would be a great option for those who take the time to do their skincare. 

Their 2-in-1 shave gel and cleanser saves time in the morning as it eases irritation while still thoroughly cleansing and rehydrates the skin. Even if they end up with irritation after shaving, this product soothes the skin without aggravating it and stimulates skin cell growth to speed up the healing time. 

They also have a great face scrub that contains glycolic acid and black rice to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. 

Men are always looking for new hair styling creams, gels and clays to try to get that perfect look for their hair, so the hair styling cream from Black Leopard is another option. 

With a medium hold, this tames hair while leaving it moisturised with a slight shine so this might not be for people who like using matte clays. 

BLACK LEOPARD 2-IN-1 SHAVE GEL & CLEANSER £8.99, FACE SCRUB AND HAIRSTYLING CREAM £9.99 EACH


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Even though products can help with shaving, it's important to have the right tools as well. Wilkinson Sword has brought out their Hydro 5 Sense Energize Razor that has shock absorbing technology that uses just the right amount of pressure to remove hair without irritating the skin. 

This razor has 5 blades and 7 gel pads to keep the skin smooth and fresh after the shave. Plus an added bonus is that it's currently half price at Boots, making it a great add-on present for your man. 

WILKINSON SWORD HYDRO 5 SENSE ENERGIZE RAZOR £6


Lastly, if they have a sweet tooth but you want to get them something a little different to chocolate, then try another sweet treat they enjoy. 

If they're a fan of marzipan like myself, then Niederegger have a huge selection of marzipan loaves and chocolate covered bars this Christmas, from classic marzipan to flavoured ones like coffee, fruits, liqueurs and ginger. 

As they are a German brand, I ended up tasting a lot of marzipan whilst in Berlin last week, and can hands down say it is the best marzipan I've ever tasted!

You can shop them on Chocolates Direct but they can also be found in supermarkets nationwide. 

NIEDEREGGER CHOCOLATE COVERED MARZIPAN


FOR HER


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Now for the women- I was mainly thinking of mums when putting this part together as I've already touched on friends and other female family members, but there are plenty of things in this section that would work for those people too. 

I've already touched on the Lush Christmas boxes in my friends & sisters gift guide but wanted to include the Christmas Candy Box in this one as it's filled with all my fave Lush products. 

I always get my mum some Lush goodies for Christmas each year, as it gives her the incentive to use them instead of them getting lost in the back of her cupboard as they have an expiry date on them!

This box contains my fave Snow FairyButterbearLuxury Lush Pud and Candy Cane making it the perfect sweet smelling gift set. 

LUSH CHRISTMAS CANDY BOX £19.95


Treating your mum to some new haircare is a serious no-brainer. I've been trying out the new haircare range by & Other Stories and they definitely shouldn't be overlooked. 

Their scalp scrub is a fab new product to try out, as it deeply cleanses the scalp while the natural exfoliating beads increase the blood flow to the hair follicles, meaning your hair will grow faster!

It seems to have been very popular and has sold out, but keep an eye out here to see if it comes back in stock before next week. 

Luckily, their hardworking Fullness Thickening Cream is still available, as its a big favourite of mine. 

I have quite thick hair so was slightly unsure about how this would work for me, but I've found it holds the volume in the hair while keeping it lightweight and smooth after blowdrying (thanks to the heat protection in it). 

I normally apply this on wet and dry hair and is the perfect luxurious treat to my haircare routine. 

& OTHER STORIES SCALP SCRUB AND FULLNESS THICKENING CREAM £12


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Chocolate is always the way to the heart and if I received this Hotel Chocolat Classic Christmas Sleekster box in my stocking I'd be pretty chuffed. 

I'm always impressed with the amount of chocolate you get in their Sleekster boxes and this one doesn't disappoint. 

All of their shapes are always so imaginative and this box of 30 chocolates brings you flavours such as mulled wine, Christmas pudding and cranberry and caramel that will make your mouth water. 

HOTEL CHOCOLAT CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SLEEKSTER BOX £22.95


For a touch of luxury, you could treat her to a gorgeous smelling candle that is fit for the queen she is. 

I spoke about Clive Christian's fragrances in my fragrance lovers gift guide, and they have transferred their wonderful scents into candles to have your home smelling as good as you are. 

The mix of rare and precious ingredients creates a wonderful mix of spicy and floral aromas that appeal to men as well as women, and can be bought in a set of three with an impressive burn time of 22 hours overall!

CLIVE CHRISTIAN NO 1 CANDLE SET £195


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Makeup lovers are always looking for new tools to apply their war paint, and I've always loved how soft Look Good Feel Better's brushes are. 

Their Mini Masterclass Brush set is a lovely trio of face and eye brushes including a powder brush, foundation brush and eyeshadow brush that come along with a handy protective pouch that is great for travelling. 

As well as being great quality they are also cruelty-free and are also a charity that helps support women with their confidence while being treated for cancer, so by buying their brushes you are supporting a fantastic cause this Christmas. 

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER MINI MASTERCLASS BRUSH SET £16.20


Give her skin a little treat with the L'Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum, which helps restore the skin after the damage caused by pollution, unhealthy eating, and stress. 

I've been using this overnight, and it's been fantastic at giving me a fresh start in the morning with hardly any signs of skin fatigue from the night before. 

Including natural oils and extracts full of antioxidants, this oil-in-serum creates a youthful look while sinking into the skin really quickly. 

This is the perfect skincare treat for the skincare lovers in your family, and this seems to last forever as you only need one pump to cover your face. 

L'OCCITANE IMMORTELLE RESET SERUM £49


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


For a piece of luxury for a fraction of the price, Givenchy has some stunning nail polishes at really affordable prices. 

Their Sparkling Le Vernis polish in Red is the perfect Christmas shade with its deep colour and high shine. 

This has a super glossy finish after just one application and lasts really well without chipping too much- I'll definitely be applying this to my nails for Christmas Day. I'm a huge fan of the brush too as it gives brilliant precise coverage. 

GIVENCHY SPARKLING LE VERNIS POLISH IN RED


With party season well underway, skin can get a little tired after all those late nights and mulled wine. 

Avon's Anew range are always so good at refreshing the skin, and a great combination is the Transforming Cleansing Balm with the Essential Youth Maximising Sheet Mask.

Remove any makeup or dirt with the cleansing balm, a soothing oil-based cleanser that refreshes the skin's texture over time thanks to nourishing products such as mango, shea and cocoa butter. 

Then, give your skin a moisture injection with the sheet mask to help repair the skin's cells for firmer and healthier skin. 

AVON ANEW TRANSFORMING CLEANSING BALM £7 AND ESSENTIAL YOUTH MAXIMISING SHEET MASK £4


If the woman you're buying for is more into her fashion, then Avon also stock a huge range of designers as well as their own brand clothing. 

I just adore this colourful Tabitha Webb jumper, that is going to be perfect for spring next year- I've already spotted similar designs at other press days so rainbow is going to play a big part in fashion next spring/summer. 

This jumper is a great layer for colder days and would work with anything from jeans to a leather skirt for an evening look. 

T BY TABITHA WEBB JUMPER £34.95


This Morning Live



Sometimes, it's lovely to make memories as a gift rather than material things, so if there's a show that you know they want to go and see, why not treat both of you. 

This Morning Live is a shopping and lifestyle show running from 16th-19th May 2019 at Birmingham NEC that has a bounty of big name brands as well as the stars of This Morning all under one roof. 

Take a browse around the pop-up stools, sit FROW at one of the live catwalk shows or see if you can spot one of your This Morning favourites walking around the show. 

Tickets are available for all days, but if you'd like the chance to win tickets to the show then keep on reading...

THIS MORNING LIVE TICKETS FROM £27.50


 STOCKING FILLERS


Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute for Him & Her + A Giveaway!


Stocking fillers can either be a joy to shop for or a right pain, mainly because of the fact that there is so much choice out there. To make sure this post doesn't become hours long, I've created a little list of some of my favourites that would make last minute stocking fillers for him & her. 

Starskin Coco-Nuts Hot Oil Hair Mask £8.50 - a pre-shampoo hair mask that helps inject much need moisture right into the hair shaft to repair and strengthen. 

The Sign Tribe Remove & Chill Nail Polish Eraser Cream £14.25 -  a revolutionary acetone-free nail polish remover that's travel-friendly and doesn't dry out the nails. 

Umberto Giannini Mermaid Hair Set £7 and Powder Pouf Set £6 - two sets of vegan hair goodies, with the Mermaid Hair set giving you beachy waves in the winter and the Powder Pouf set giving you instant volume. 

Baylis & Harding Limited Edition Midnight Fid and Pomegranate Hand Wash £2 - a delicious smelling wash that moisturises hands with Vitamin E to keep them hydrated. 

Skimono Intense Nourishment Hand Mask and Total Conditioning Foot Mask £9.95 each - two fantastic serum based masks to moisturise your hands & feet and smoothes out hard skin. 

MOR Mesmerising Marshmallow Cracker £8 - inside this cracker hides a rich hand cream in a scent almost good enough to eat. 

No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara £13.50 -  a fab mascara that doesn't budget, perfect for general use as well as holidays as you won't get any fallout under the eyes.

Misslyn Mermazing Glow Strobing Cream £7 - a light creamy formula that is easily worked into the skin for a natural glow. 

Burt's Bees Bounty Trio Tin £6 - with the contents worth over double the price this is at, keep lips nourished with these three hero balms. 

So Eco Duo Brush Set £7.50 - these vegan brushes are made from sustainable and recyclable materials to create soft eyeshadow brushes that are great for travel. 

Elegant Touch House Of Holland Platinum Punk Nails £8.99 - the white and silver designs would make a great Christmas or NYE party nail look that'll last all night. 

Hotel Chocolat Alternative Christmas Puddings £8 - chocolates filled with creamed caramel and pecan praline for a sweet treat this Christmas. 

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Now onto the giveaway!!!

I've teamed up with This Morning Live to give away a pair of silver tickets (worth £55) to the show on a day of your choice! To enter, all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. 


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Giveaway details:

The winner will receive two silver tickets to This Morning Live.

The giveaway starts from the publication of this post and ends on 4/1/2019. The winners, chosen at random, will then be informed by the email they supplied. 

This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

If entrants are disqualified for not following the rules and there no viable entrants left, this giveaway will be moved over to my social media channels to find a suitable winner.

Thanks as always to the PR's and brands who kindly gifted me these items for this gift guide, and best of luck in the giveaway!

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