Christmas pressure is kicking in – there are only a few weeks left to find the perfect gift, and it’s always the people you care most about who are the hardest to buy for. If that last person on your list is the picky fashionista type then you’re in luck – I’ve handpicked five presents that they’re bound to love. Four of them are totally affordable, but I’ve thrown in one blowout option for you generous types! And if you’d rather be shopping for yourself then I’ve found the best place on the internet for scoring some designer treats, absolutely free. Happy shopping…
Diptyque Indian Incense Holiday candle
There’s no time of year that I wouldn’t want to be given a Diptyque candle, but for Christmas they’ve cranked things up a notch. This Indian Incense Holiday candle (above) comes in their signature glass packaging, but with a gorgeous purple, pink and gold design that echoes its intoxicating, Eastern-inspired fragrance. Not one for the girl who likes vanilla or fruit-based scents, it balances rose and carnation with the very festive incense and myrrh, for up to 60 hours of gorgeous candlelight flecked with those Christmassy colours.
Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 Case
Phone cases are a brilliant idea for gifts this year. No longer tech geek territory, they’ve become a statement fashion accessory that you can’t get wrong in terms of fit and style (as long as you know which phone they have). This one from Marc by Marc Jacobs is my current favourite - the glossy golden sheen is suitable festive and that melting effect brings something new to the table.
Bleach Super Cool Colours: Awkward Peach and Washed Up Mermaid
If you need a gift for the girl who always seems to be ahead of every trend, then London’s coolest salon has got you covered. Bleach recently brought out an at-home range that includes some of their signature in-salon colours, so now even non-Londoners can get a hit of Awkward Peach or Washed Up Mermaid. And they fades out in 2-10 washes, so it’s ideal for New Year’s Eve experimentation if you need it to be gone (or at least less extreme) by the time you head back to work.
Carven Tiger Knit Sweater
If you feel like blowing the budget for someone special, and they’re usually quite hard to please, then this tiger jumper from Carven should be your go-to gift. With a supersoft texture and snuggly roll neck, they’ll be able to wear it with everything from leather pencil skirts to skinny trousers, and those tiger stripes are one of this season’s most covetable prints.
ZARA Croco Combined Bowling Bag
I’d be very happy to find this under the tree – it’s one of the most luxurious bags on the high street this Christmas. It’s hefty (but not ridiculously sized) and with the croc panelling I think it could easily be mistaken for a designer piece. The perfect gift for spoiling someone rotten, without completely blowing the budget.
And something for you…
Shopping for Christmas presents is great, but it’s easy to get a little jaded when you’re spending so much on loot for other people. What if you don’t end up with anything quite so thoughtful in return? Luckily Farfetch is in the giving mood this season and they’re giving away a stunning gift every day in the build up to Christmas. Upcoming prizes from the Farfetch Wonderful Store include a metallic Lanvin clutch, Olivia Von Halle pyjamas (David Beckham bought Victoria a set last year), vintage Chanel jewellery and Valentino’s ‘Rockstud’ tote. It’s a seriously amazing haul, which will make it that much easier to be generous when you’re shopping for your own Christmas presents. Good luck!