December 08, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: £10 and Under

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: £10 and Under
IT'S CHRISTMAAAAAAASSSSSSSS...and what would Christmas be without a gift guide series? We are kick-starting our official gift guide this year with our £10 and under picks, whether you call them stocking fillers, secret Santa or budget buys these are the little treats that really add a touch of festive sparkle on the big day. Here are our favourite finds organised into category for your shopping pleasure.

Makeup
L: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (£8.99) - These are premium quality lip products at budget prices. I cannot think of any make-up lover who would not like to find one of these in their stocking on Christmas morning. The formula glides on seamlessly and the colour will stick around a lot longer than the tin of Quality Street will.
S: Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (£4.99) - If your loved one is a nail polish addict like me then they need this! You simply dip your finger into the hole and it removes your nail polish without the need for cotton wool.  Me and my mum use this non stop and it turns out we both bought each other a pot as stocking fillers for Christmas.

Bath & Body
L: Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub (£8.00) - I love receiving new bath goodies at Christmas and Soap & Glory just always get it right, think outside of the box and go for a scrub instead of a shower gel. This scrub smells delicious and really nourishes and smoothes the skin.
S: Rose & Co All The Fun Of The Fair Bath Tartlettes (£7.00) - An alternative to Lush, Rose & Co have a great selection of bath bombs.  All The Fun Of The Fair features two circus inspired scents: Candy Floss and Toffee Apple which smell amazing, almost good enough to eat!  Once dissolved in the bath, they also release cocoa and shea butter to keep your skin feeling lovely and soft.

Skincare
L: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cloths (£10.00) - I know I'm pushing right at the top of the budget here, but these are just such a little luxurious purchase. It can be hard to find the right skincare gift, and these dual action cleansing cloths literally suit every single skin type and really make a difference. They can also be washed and reused time and time again, a definite must for any skincare lovers.
S: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Face Spa Face Mask (£1.29) - On the other end of the price scale, the Montagne Jeunesse face masks make some really great stocking fillers.  They have a wide variety of masks so you can buy a different pack for each of your friends.  This is my personal favourite from the range as the sheet masks tend to be less messy than the rest and the dead sea minerals are particularly good for oily, acne prone skin. They also have an online exclusive offer where you can pick up 15 masks for £10 via their website!

Haircare
L: Tangle Teezer (£7.99) - If you don't know what this magic little brush is, I bet the beauty lover you're buying it for does. This is a haircare game changer. Gone are the days of annoying tangley wet hair, this makes brushing out any tugs easy and safe for the hair. I have lost count of how many people I have gifted one of these to over the years.
S: Umberto Giannini Dazzleshine Mini Hair Kit (£10.00) - Boots always have great haircare sets at Christmas and one brand I always go for is Umberto Giannini.  This kit will make your hair look shiny and also smell nice too with 3 mini products and a hair pin tin (with pins).  Very handy for upcoming nights out!  It's a great way to try premium haircare brands without spending a fortune on the full sized items.

Fragrance
L: The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Mini Eau de Toilette (£5.00) - These little mini scents are the perfect handbag essential and the whole range smells amazing, vanilla is always a favourite of mine too. The scent really lingers considering the price and it's a little more sophisticated than just your average vanilla body spray.
S: Arran Aromatics Island Spa Short Pillar Candle (£10.00) - Fragrance on a budget can be tricky but Arran Aromatics have some great high quality candles for very reasonable prices.  Island Spa is a very relaxing candle with notes of Lavender, Spearmint, Geranium and Sage; perfect for a chilled out night at home after shopping those boxing day sales.  With a burn time of 30 hours, it's a gift that will keep on giving.

Fashion
L: Urban Outfitters Panda Slipper Socks (£8.00) - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some socks and they don't get much cosier or cuter than these panda ones from UO. The material is super soft, warm and the cute panda design will make them appropriate all year round, not just for winter.
S: Primark Red & Navy Fairisle Slippers (£2.50) - Slippers are a must for Christmas and these little ones from Primark are so cosy and soft, yet very affordable.  They have a fluffy lining and the fairisle print is perfect for the Winter months.  I actually wore these to a Blogger Beauty Sleep event recently.

Lifestyle
L: Paperchase Linen Notebook (£10.00) - Nothing kicks starts a new year like a fresh new diary. These linen ones from Paperchase have been favourites of mine for years. The designs are always really unique and they look really expensive. Don't forget to write a nice little note inside for your loved one.
S: Marks and Spencer Whitstable Spotted Mug in Red (£3.50) - This time of the year is time for tea and hot chocolate so where would a gift guide be without a mug? I've recently discovered M&S have some really great mugs and I'd recommend these spotted ones, particularly in red.  They're handpainted, fine china mugs which makes them really pleasant to drink out of but still very affordable for the quality.  The red ones still make it festive but you can use these all year round.

We hope our picks have given you some inspiration to go out and treat your loved ones, remember to let us know if you buy any of these gifts and don't forget to buy yourself something nice too...it is Christmas after all!  Tune in on Wednesday for our £30 and under picks.
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