Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas is just around the corner. Along with all the seasonal festivities comes the Christmas shopping. If you have not yet found the perfect gift or simply don't have the time, hopefully, this gift guide will help. The Christmas rush really is a killer, so I have tried to mostly include items that can be purchased without ever having to leave the comfort of your couch.

The LUNA by Lisa Jordan Miracle Hair Treatment is one of the most sought-after beauty products since it was released earlier this month. With twelve benefits, this little bottle really is small and mighty. So far, I have not been able to get my hands on it. If you are fortunate enough to come across it, I would suggest snapping it up straight away. Because it is so difficult to find, it will surely put you in the good books.

LUNA by Lisa Miracle Hair Treatment
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I bought the bareMinerals 'In the Nude' Lip Collection in the Black Friday sales. The set consists of two non-drying GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolours in the shades 'Cookie' and 'Bo$$' and two moisturizing GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss in the shades 'Forbidden' and 'Heartbreaker'. Both of these formulas are long-wearing (and they smell amazing!). At a saving of nearly €50, how can you say no?

bareMinerals In the Nude 4-Piece Neutral Lip Collection
Was €81.60  Now €33.60
Click to purchase

I had been looking for a good makeup mirror for quite a while before I spied this in Boots. It's electrical which means that you don't have to be worrying about having spare batteries, unlike a lot of the other ones I had previously been considering. This double-sided mirror has a lot of pluses, including 5x magnification, 360° lighting around the mirror, and a 2-year guarantee. It is also available in rose gold and matte blush pink, but I found that the rose gold looked quite orange-y. They are both €3.50 more expensive than the silver.

No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror
Silver - Click to purchase
Rose Gold - Click to purchase
Blush Pink - Click to purchase

Every girl needs her own collection of beauty tools. This 'Tools of the Trade' tin from The Vintage Cosmetic Company includes an eyelash curler, nail scissors, slanted tweezers, a cuticle nipper, and a blemish wand. These tools are all made of stainless steel to ensure that your set lasts for many years, while the rose gold finish adds a touch of feminity. Everything is presented in a pretty floral and polka dot tin which makes it a perfect gift (or just a treat for yourself). When I purchased mine, I also got the fingernail and toenail clippers to complete my set. The 3 for 2 deal that I availed of is still running, which means that you can get the fingernail clippers for free like I did!

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Tools of the Trade Tin
Tin - Click to purchase
Fingernail Clippers - Click to purchase
Toenail Clippers - Click to purchase

Although I have not yet purchased one, a Rosefield watch is definitely on my wishlist! The simple, classy, and feminine designs are probably one of the nicest I've ever seen. They are very similar to Daniel Wellington, but a substantial amount cheaper. Just in time for Christmas, Rosefield Watches has introduced giftboxes - a watch and either an extra strap or matching bracelet - which means you save up to 15%. You also now have the option to customize your own giftbox. Because there are so many styles and options, I simply cannot choose my favourite. Before deciding, it may be appropriate to pop into a jewellers to view the different styles and be assisted in choosing the style that suits you best.

Rosefield Watches
Watches range from €89 to €109
Additional straps range from €29 to €49
Bracelets range from €39 to €49
Click to shop

I feel like the Links of London Sweetie collection is rather iconic. The Sweetie bracelet is something that's definitely on my wishlist. Classy, elegant, and simply gorgeous. There are so many ways to customize your Sweetie bracelet to suit your own personal style - the possibilities are endless. You can wear it with or without charms - it's all up to you. Because this is a more expensive gift, it would be perfect for a wife/sister/mother. The Sweetie bracelet comes in sizes small (150 mm), medium (160 mm), and large (170 mm).

Links of London Sweetie Charm Bracelet
Small - Click to purchase
Medium - Click to purchase
Large - Click to purchase

The Pandora Floating Heart Locket is another piece of jewellery that is definitely on my wishlist. I have had my eye on it for quite a while, but I have just never gotten around to it. Funnily enough, I purchased a few of the petites that are inserted into the locket in the 3 for 2 sale a few months ago. All I need now is the locket to put them in. Completely the wrong order, I know. You can also purchase the floating locket in a round design in both medium and large. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase Pandora online.

Pandora Floating Heart Locket
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The Marc Jacobs Decadence fragrance is definitely a hugely popular scent. Although I have not purchased this, I have sampled some of the testers a few times, and let me tell you, it smells divine. When buying perfume, there are quite a few options, for example, eau de toilette and eau de parfum, which all need to be considered before making your purchase. Obviously, your budget will play a big part, but consideration of the quality of the fragrance that you are purchasing also is a must. You must also decide which size bottle you require - 30 ml, 50 ml, or 100 ml. Because it is such a personal decision, I have not chosen one to feature. Below, you will find the link to all of Brown Thomas' options.

Marc Jacobs Decadence
Ranges from €62 to €122.20
Click to shop

Another very popular but much more affordable fragrance is the Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum. This perfume is a lot of bang for your buck - 80 ml for €35. This is a very feminine and youthful fragrance - definitely one that I would consider buying some time, but I have so much perfume at the moment that it probably wouldn't be wise. The packaging of this fragrance is how I would imagine any Missguided fragrance - super chic and edgy.

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum
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Who doesn't love a warm scarf to keep them toasty? A super cute scarf can finish off an outfit to perfection, and this scarf from Mint Velvet is no exception. Mint Velvet is a brand that has caught my attention a lot this year with their luxury-for-less pieces. Their style is modern, chic, and elegant, without the price tag you would expect. This scarf looks like a super soft dream, and the delicate pink is perfectly feminine for the cold, dreary winter months.
Mint Velvet Solid Blanket Scarf
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For the girl that is always so organized, why not gift her with a Planner from Pippa O'Connor Ormond's new collection? At €45, I'm not sure I could ever justify spending that amount on a planner, but if it's your cup of tea, then go for it. Undoubtedly gorgeous, one of these planners would be the perfect addition to any girl's desk. There are four designs available, and I have included the links for each below.

Pippa Collection Planner
Get it Done - Click to purchase
Get Organized - Click to purchase
Bring it On - Click to purchase
Plan It - Click to purchase

If you know a bride-to-be, why not surprise her with a wedding planner? I saw this planner on The Beautiful Truth's Instagram story, and I immediately thought that it would be a perfect Christmas gift. From budgets to all the small details and tips, Laura Cunningham has covered everything that you need to know about planning your wedding in Ireland.

The Wedding Planner by Laura Cunningham
Click to purchase

I hope you liked my gift guide. I hope I've given you some ideas - let me know what you think!

I'm not sure if I'll have another blog post up before the end of the year so if I don't, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2018. Thank you so much to everyone that has taken the time to read my blog since I started back in February. Thank you especially to those who take the time to comment. You have no idea how much every single one of them means to me!

Rachel x

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  1. I fell in love with the bracelet at first sight. Moreover, I wouldn't say, that it is very expensive. Maybe, I will also buy it.


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