When it comes to buying Christmas gifts, things can get overwhelming with my family. The husband’s side of the family really enjoy the festivities and spend a long time preparing for Christmas day. It is also my husband’s birthday on December 10th and my mother-in-law’s birthday on the 25th, which adds to my gift buying. I am always picking up the gift catalogues and circling the items that I need to hunt down in the stores. And occasionally, I leave the page open to leave a hint for the husband in case he gets stuck for ideas.
John Lewis in Grand Central has brought the Christmas festivities to Birmingham with their Christmas shop. There are gorgeous trees decorated with different themes to inspire you and they have these amazing exclusive Twinkly lights that are operated from an app on your smartphone. From £65 depending on how many lights you want, these are easy to programme on your phone or you can use a pre-set programme. These look like so much fun but it’s a shame that they only come on a green wire. As soon as they become available on a clear wire, I’m buying them!
We don’t put a tree up until after my husband’s birthday and on some years, we only put up festive lights and change the living room candles due to being busy or away in December. So I like to invest in good quality lights and treat us to a new scented candle every year. I feel it’s worth it as that’s about as festive as I can manage in our apartment on some occasions. I’ve purchased a Winter Spice candle (£16) in readiness as it smells and looks amazing.
I am always drawn to the beauty gift sets and love that there is a John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar this year. At £150, it is not cheap but it does include a range of beauty brands including Nars, Sarah Chapman, Zelens and Fresh. I think this would be an amazing Christmas gift and would be delighted if the husband surprised me with this. The fun of discovering all the different brands and products would a lot more fun than a little square of chocolate every day.
There is a beauty advent calendar from Molten Brown that has caught my attention for its understatedly festive packaging and the deliciously scented array of products inside. At £165, this is quite a treat but I feel that this would be great as a sharing calendar between a couple as many of the items could be unisex. Also, the travel size products would be very useful for anyone going away for a few days over the Christmas holidays or new year.
For something a bit different, I have my eye on the Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar, which is a John Lewis exclusive. I think this would be a great birthday gift for my husband as after he distilled his own gin with Edinburgh Gin this year, he’s become quite a fan. I have had to sign up for an email alert for when this is back in stock as sadly it keeps selling out! I suggest you do the same if you’re keen to get hold of one.
Other beauty gifts on my wish list have to include the Marc Jacobs gift sets. I am a huge fan of the Marc Jacobs beauty line and have been enjoying the Eyeconic Eyeshadow Palettes recently. I think ‘The Sex Kitten” cracker from Marc Jacobs Beauty is a steal at £13. It includes a mini Le Marc Lip Crème lipstick and a mini Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara. Both are iconic products from the Marc Jacobs Beauty line so would be appreciated by fans as well as be a great introduction to the brand for those that have never tried them before.
What’s made your wish list this year? After the John Lewis Christmas gifts event, I’m full of ideas. More for myself than for other people at this point but I’m not concerned as I still have some time.
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