With only a couple of weeks to go, Christmas gift guides are in full swing and the streets are full of shoppers looking for inspiration. There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to get it right and nail the perfect treat for a loved one, but with so many stores offering the same old stuff and so many brands putting the same old products in a pretty box, it’s hard to come up with a genuinely heartfelt gift that will leave that special someone feeling joy when they unwrap it. If you’re starting to panic about what to get your loved ones, or are simply looking for a bit of inspiration, here are some of my favourite alternative gifts for the beauty lovers in your life that will definitely leave them smiling on Christmas morning.
A Beauty Pie Membership (From £5.00 Per Month)
Although this is definitely a ‘love it or hate it’ concept, it’s certainly revolutionary – bringing high quality cosmetics to the mass market without the usual premium price tag. A monthly subscription fee provides access to buying their skincare and makeup for around 75% off, allowing your loved one to try new things without the pressure of spending a fortune; for example, Beauty Pie’s Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Peptide Serum is usually £60.00 but members get it for £12.86, while their One Palette Wonder (featuring 7 products) is usually £35.00 but members can nab it for only £6.17. Choose to pay for their yearly membership, start them off with a three month trial, or simply sign up yourself and buy them some amazing favourites to enjoy in the months to come – the joy is in the discovery and the knowledge you’re bagging a bit of a bargain.
Friction Free Shaving Gift Set (£16.00, Or Membership Starts From £9.00 Per Month)
How many of us forget to regularly change our razors, leaving blunt blades not only performing poorly but potentially leading to cuts and irritation? It’s not the most glamorous part of our regime, but Friction Free Shaving are trying to change that – with their rose gold razor and subscription service that encourages us to change those blades far more regularly than we have been. This Christmas you can treat your loved one to a personalised engraved razor (definitely something they never knew they needed!) and some fab body products as a one-off, or start them off with a monthly subscription that will deliver fresh blades to their door all year. I’ve got a razor and it’s really rather lovely!
Latest In Beauty ‘Haul Of Fame’ Box* (£32.00)
Beauty boxes are ten a penny now, but the one name that has consistently pulled it out of the bag throughout 2019 is Latest In Beauty. Although there is a subscription element, for me the most exciting boxes are the ones that bring together amazing names for even more amazing prices; every box is bursting with incredible beauty treats that anybody would love – and their latest ‘Haul Of Fame’ is no exception. This includes Aromatherapy Associates, Marc Jacobs, Dermalogica, Murad, Shiseido, Eyeko, Lipstick Queen, Nars, Nars, Clarins, Jurlique, Show Beauty and Nude By Nature – worth £180.00 but only £32.00! Nab one for yourself and your gals this festive season.
Duck & Dry Blowdry & Prosecco (£40.00)
I love the idea of giving my girlfriends an appointment for a fab blowdry and a glass of prosecco, so they can start their New Years Eve (or any other occasion!) off on a pampered and fabulous foot. Duck & Dry now have salons all over London and they offer gift cards which is just the best idea; if you’re not London based then they also have salons in larger Primark stores too (although I’m not sure if you can use their vouchers,) which also offer nail and brow treatments so you can leave feeling like a goddess.
Parfumado Fragrance Gift* (From £27.00)
Attempting to pick a perfume for someone else can be a bit of a nightmare, but the new service from Parfumado removes that completely by allowing them to choose their own; their gift allows the recipient to pick from 350 scents and have it delivered to their door, either as a one off or every month! They’ll also recieve a luxury travel case for their scent, allowing them to take it with them wherever they go and swap it over with their new one whenever they please. Fragrance is such a popular gift at Christmas, but this feels so much more personal and reflective of the modern beauty shopper too.
Treatwell Gift Voucher (From £10.00)
If all else fails, then giving the gift of some me-time will be appreciated by all. Treatwell is a service that allows you to discover and book any kind of beauty service, treatment or experience local to you – with many destinations offering big discounts off their usual fee. I use the service personally whenever I want an impromtu spa day or treatment, and we’ve been known to gift the same to practically every woman in our family; it’s a great idea, as is the fact you can choose the amount you want to gift without the restriction of worrying how much it costs for a pedicure / facial / massage.
Homemade Basket Of Goodies (As Much As You Like!)
A personal touch is sometimes all you need to make that special someone feel loved, and filling up a little basket with all their faves or just a lot of pampering treats is both cost effective and impactful. Why not theme it around a ‘girls night in’ and add face masks, bubble bath and a hair wrap, or the ultimate sleep bundle with candles, pillow spray, a sleep mask and a fab night cream? Wilko have baskets for only £2.50 too! Get creative and let your love shine through.
Let me know what you’re buying the beauty lovers in your life this Christmas season, and what amazing alternative beauty gifts you’ve found!
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