Gift Guide: £50 And Under

And so the time has come; Christmas. Well, almost. As this weekend is a pretty big one for shopping (errr HELLO Black Friday offers) I thought I'd start you off early…

santas hat cupcake recipe here

I've been feeling festive for ages as a couple of weeks ago we took a bunch of friends down to Cornwall to shoot some festive content which will go up on the blog next week... Couple that with being in New York (aka "The Most Christmassy Place In The World Ever") next week and I'm more excited than the average toddler. Gift guides aren't all that easy to write - fiddly and time consuming - but this year I thought it was a must as buying presents for the same people only gets more difficult each year. I've broken them down into "for him," "for her," and "for you" (as even I am struggling to know what I want, except for Harvey Spector and milk frother (here)… Here is the one for £50 and under, enjoy!

For Her

Mothers, sisters, friends - their present "requirements" pretty much merge into one after a while. Everyone wants a little bit of luxury, and to be given a present they want but would never have bought themselves. In that respect you can never ever go wrong with cashmere socks. My White Company ones are the absolute dream, here. Giving someone a candle follows the same logic - my favourites are Neom here (above), the White Company Winter here and Diptyque, here. Notebooks aren't far behind either, and for those there really only is SmythsonThis Wanderlust pad is super dreamy… Clothing wise, £50 doesn't go all that far for quality pieces but you can always get them a classic Breton shirt like this one.

 Novelty phone cases are always a good call (get it?!). My shark case and I have had a great time together ever since he (his name is George) was bought for me. This year the one to have is the Stella McCartney lips case, available here at Liberty… Jewellery wise, Astley Clarke have started doing pins, all for under £50. I wear my wishbone pin as an earring too, here. For the fitness types, Made by Millie is a lovely, gentle read into the world of wellbeing and this simple Nike top will be useful for any active soul…

For the beauty connoisseurs, give them a Birchbox subscription so they can stay up to date on all things new every month - £30 for 3 months or £50 for 6 months. Other good things in boxes include Hush's great "knickers and nails" set, here (the exact kind of thing you'd never buy yourself, but would always love to get). Finally (two things) if you're super stuck and need to get someone who isn't all that festive a gift - try the White Company's Winter room fragrance. Two sprays in a room and any Scrooge becomes a Santa, here. Or better still send them an actual Christmas tree that can be mailed through their door, here.

For Him

First up, a little something that I have very much tried and tested. A personalised Nutella jar is the perfect present for any chocofanatic. Under a tenner and brings a smile to their face. Sorted… Next, when I asked my boyfriend what he wanted for Christmas he replied "man bracelets." I'm not quite sure when they became such a desirable item, but here are a few of my favourites from ASOS, Mr Stripe, Polo Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker… Clothing wise, most adult men still treat "buying basics" as "buying as cheaply as possible." Show him investing is the way forward without bearing the bank with this Todd Snyder tee. And, if you're searching for an item for a guy who has everything - try Jimmy Fallon's collab with J Crew; an IPhone case and a pocket square in one, here. Yep, it's a thing.

If you want to ease a guy into caring for themselves, start with Mr Porter's beauty box. This set is £50 (insane value) and will definitely help coach them into the habit of a) washing, and b) using their own stuff (you may even start pinching theirs…).  Additionally if you're trying to get a little bit of order into your other half's beard then this Skin and Tonic beard oil is perfect and only £16 or a beard comb (yep, thats a thing) from Tom Ford here… Or, nothing can be more masculine than a with his own whisky glass… These are great. Finally, boys do still sadly love their toys no matter what their date of birth. This robot will certainly keep him occupied for a couple of hours so you can watch the Eastenders specials… 

For You

First up something I really want; a milk frother. I have an unexplained addiction to coffee shops and these days you spend £3 each time. It's insane. A frother will mean I can make my cappuccinos without leaving the house. I found a good one at John Lewis for half price, here… Slightly more on the "normal" front, Christmas is the perfect time for new pants and stuff. I love this black bralet from Marks and Spencers, and these Miss AP pants.
This might seem like an odd request but if you're anything like me your pipes need a thorough cleanse after Christmas. Ask for Chris James' 3 Day Cleanse and use it on the first week of January. I've now done both his 12 Day and 3 Day and can honestly say they are incredible (as in, you'll lose all the festive flab and more). Buy them at Space Nk here. It's not exactly the sexiest of presents but there is nothing wrong with asking for some help to get organised for Christmas with a hard drive. I have the My Passport which is very easy to use and means my poor laptop doesn't get quite the battering it used to when it was full of my selfies.

Next up, 2015 was the year that colouring in became acceptable for adults. Seriously, try it. If you've had a tough day and need to switch off, have a go at colouring in this grizzly bear to take your mind of it here. In the same vein, if like me you have trouble sleeping (especially when not in your own bed) then this Cowshed Sleepy Cow set is an absolute must have. Last but not least, everyone needs some sparkle on Christmas Day and these shoes are the perfect mix of festive and practical for running around after booze mince pies younger members of the family…  Ooh and don't forget to include the Kings of costume jewellery (J Crew) in your wish list - these and these are awesome for under £50.

I hope that helps the present shopping missions you have to complete - my under £100 and £300 will follow in the coming days...


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