It’s that wonderful, magical time of year again where we can wrap up warmly against the cold, and drink mulled wine as often as we like, we can eat far too much, and forget the gym for a week…or month in favour of Christmas shopping, spending more money in a few weeks than we have all year, and celebrate by partying until we drop!
All of these festivities can seem great fun, and worth every penny until 2nd January, but spare a thought to 2020, getting through the January blues and having money left over to treat yourself in one of the most difficult months of the year too!
Being sensible and thrifty might not sound very exciting, but with a little bit of planning you can have a fantastic Christmas and new year, giving beautiful and useful gifts to your friends and family, and not spend a fortune doing it either.
Take a look at our Christmas must have list for 2019, and give gifts (or stock up yourself) on products we are sure will make every part of you feel great not only on Christmas day, but into the new year too. You don’t have to spend a lot to show you love and appreciate someone, and often, the small, thoughtful gifts mean the most.
This company began life making flip-flops in 1962 in Brazil. Their unique look and comfy soles, along with promises of never losing a strap, (we all know how annoying that can be with flip-flops!) and their trendy and vibrant look, helps them to stand out from the crowds.
Havaianas also promise that their brand works with the environment and a percentage of their revenue goes to fund the preservation of the Brazilian forest and ocean, developing projects to help preserve areas of natural beauty and importance such as the Amazonian Rain forests, and scientific research into conservation.
Flip-flops are great for summer time, and slipping on around the house in these colder climates, and Havaianas are soft and comfortable to wear, and come is some stunning designs too…but if you prefer something a little warmer for the winter months when you are venturing outdoors, and there are a lovely range of shoes available too.
The great news doesn’t end there, as there is currently 10% off, available on their website,(correct as of the date of publishing) so hurry on over to bag yourself a pair of stunning flip flops that won’t break the bank, and would be great as a unique and thoughtful gift for Christmas – especially if you know someone escaping for some winter sun in the new year!
Only Curls Hair Care
Only Curls, a London based brand was started by Lizzie Carter who wanted to cater for those with natural curls. The range is made in the UK, and is cruelty – free and vegan, and their packaging is 100% recyclable. No plastic is used to dispatch the range, so it ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people right from the start. With an increasing demand for eco-friendly beauty Only Curls has recently also launched their cute new packaging made from eco-friendly sugar cane.
If you have naturally curly hair, or if you need to buy a gift for a curly girl, then this range of products is for you. It has been specially formulated to encourage us to ditch the chemicals, forget the straighteners and love our natural curls!
Only Curls are championing the UK curl revolution with the launch of their brand new range of cleansing, conditioning, styling products and accessories.
From gentle shampoos and nourishing cremes to hair towels, combs and sleep turbans, each product in the Only Curls range has been tested on all curl types and are specially formulated and packed with natural nourishing ingredients that breathe life back in to curls and provide the very best care that fragile curly hair requires.
The range consistently receives 5-star reviews with some consumers saying it has solved “all of their hair problems”! It looks great, smells great, it’s Eco-friendly and can make your hair dreams come true – an all-round winner to pamper yourself (or someone else) this Christmas!
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion
Restore a healthy glow to skin with Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bath, Body & Massage Oil. Shea Moisture promises to energize dry, dull skin with their silky-smooth oil made of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which work in harmony to create an ultra-hydrating blend for your skin, replenishing high levels of moisture deep below the skin surface for a brighter, more even-looking tone.
A perfect way to pamper yourself (or someone you love) this Christmas and into the new year, Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion bath, body and massage oil helps to protect against the damaging effects of external aggressors, to leave skin re-energised, nourished and infused with a luminous radiance. The delicious scent of dragon fruit, lychee berry and green apple extracts combine to create a heady experience, and also help to nourish and recharge tired-looking skin, while Imbe Oil protects while Aloe promotes a healthy glow to your skin.
Say goodbye to those tiny unwanted eyebrow hairs you just can’t get to – once and for all, as luxury Swiss brand, Rubis, maker of the tweezers of choice among make-up artists, including Bobbi Brown who called them ‘The Ferrari of Tweezers’ has announced the launch of their brand-new Christmas collection, so you can gift a beauty addict in your life perfect brows! (even if that addict happens to be you!)
Rubis is available from Cult Beauty and The Fragrance Counter, and each pair of Rubis Tweezers demonstrate Swiss precision and luxury at its finest They are individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tips, alignment and high precision in removing unwanted hair. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel.
Makeup Hand Palette
This handy little tool has been taking the beauty world by storm and fast becoming every makeup artist’s ‘must have’ product of the year, and would be great as a stocking filler for anyone who uses makeup!
The Makeup palette is a really well thought out idea, as we all want a perfect makeup finish but with so many brands on offer, the quest for a flawless look can be confusing, and we girls often resort to mixing and blending colours and brands of creams, foundations, eyeliners, lipsticks and even self-tanning products, getting very messy hands in the process, but not anymore!
The makeup hand palette is 100% Acrylic and is the perfect mixing palette allowing you to mix and transfer your beauty products hygienically, preventing cross contamination and unwanted stains on the back of your hand.
Slipping easily and comfortably onto the hand, it will allow you to create bespoke colours and formulas customised to your skin tone. It’s perfect for foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows, oils, serums, self-tanning products and so much more. The Makeup Hand Palette is available to buy from Amazon.
Too Cool For School's Lime Caviar Range
Introducing a new 'Lime' in skincare. Too Cool For School’s Lime Caviar skincare range was launched in Korea, and became a best seller within 24 hours as men and women rushed to grab this must-use range globally.
Don’t be fooled, this is caviar, but not like you know it. 100% vegan, this collection uses the citrus fruit, sometimes called the finger lime, which, when cut open, reveals tiny citrus jewels, resembling traditional caviar.
The moisture spheres inside the Caviar Lime fruit contain 9 types of Vitamin C - and the amount totals up to 44 times denser Vitamin C levels than blueberries! The 83% lime extract, purely sourced from Australia, and used in Too Cool For School’s Caviar Lime range contains 9 vitamins and 6 hyaluronic acid complexes to leave your skin more youthful, toned and glowing after one use. It also promises to improve dull skin by breaking down dead cells naturally, leaving skin soft and smooth. A great gift idea for those of us who want to turn back the clock a little, in favour of younger looking skin,as Too Cool For School’s range is full of moisturising properties and will boost skin luminosity in a natural and gentle way.
Cadbury Hero’s Anniversary Tin
What better way to tell your family and friends they are appreciated than to give them a box of Cadbury Hero’s chocolates to share. Can you believe that Cadbury Heroes are celebrating their 20 years’ anniversary? The much-loved mini chocolate selection burst onto supermarket shelves in 1999 and quickly became a staple in the home, making it the perfect choice for those family-sharing moments. From Twirl to Crème Egg Twisted, and the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Heroes is still the perfect treat to share during those family nights in. After all, we know it’s the little things that bring a family together.
With this in mind, Cadbury Heroes sees the iconic Cadbury-purple tin get a striking new modern make-over, redesigned to look like a celebratory birthday cake. Giving the gift of Hero’s, not only are you giving hands down the BEST and tastiest Christmas chocolates, you are giving them a tub that they can keep and reuse for many years to come.
Why not grab a tin for yourself as well while you are at it! The tin is the perfect keep-sake to refill time and time again with your favourite sweet treats.
The anniversary tin is available from most good food retailers, including Waitrose.
AL!VE cleansing range has been created with a focus on active beauty under the three pillars of bath, shower and body. From Yoga to Snowboarding, Dance to Skydiving, or meditation mats to boxing rings, magnesium helps to ease and invigorate for any activity we take on.
Alive has harnessed the powerful active ingredient of Magnesium, proven to deliver therapeutic benefits to the body, as well as containing minerals & vitamins to boost the skin’s natural health.
AL!VE is formulated to help navigate users on their quest for better overall health and fitness, and is a perfect gift for those adrenalin junkies, fitness fanatics and workaholics among us who want their daily cleansing routine to work as hard as they do.
Al!ve products promise to help transform your bath or shower experience, and ease sore and overworked muscles, make your skin look and feel radiant, re-energise you and deeply cleanse and revive your entire body.
Know a man who is always in need of new socks? Then look no further than Society Socks, where you can set up a subscription and have them delivered to your door monthly! Not only that but for each pair they sell, they donate a pair to a homeless charity in the US and Canada.
Society Socks is all about fostering a community of people that care about each other’s well-being. Homeless charity’s only accept new socks, so they are the most needed, but least donated item for people living on the streets, and Society Socks aim to change that with your help, as you buy one pair of socks and donate the other! A gesture as small as donating one pair of socks to charity can lead the way to creating a better society, and a pair of socks is a small stepping stone towards greater change.
Society Socks are the ultimate blend of craftsmanship and style. They turn the traditional understanding of socks inside out and create products that help people express their individuality. A perfect gift for men who like to express their uniqueness on a daily basis, as Social Socks supports the notion that socks shouldn’t be dull and colourless, but bold and expressive!
David Watson Scarf
Who doesn’t love a beautiful scarf as the perfect accessory to your outfit! They can be worn in all manner of styles, and these delightful silk scarves from David Watson are divine to the touch, as well as appealing to the eyes.
Designed and made in the UK, the Luxury accessories brand David Watson works with British artists to create stunning 100% silk twill scarves with rolled hems. The founder and Creative Director Sam Petty has collaborated with a number of British artists including the Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh and Lego artist Andy Morris. The latest collection brings to life the iconic prints of William Morris.
Asquith Clothing Range
Asquith Eco active-wear clothing brand say that their cloths are suitable for yoga, Pilates, sports, or just simply living in, and we know from experience that they are soft to the touch, super comfortable on your skin, flattering your body shape and they look stylish when you are wearing them as well.
Asquith only use the best quality, eco-friendly and organic cotton and bamboo materials to make their clothing and they are sustainably sourced, naturally wick away sweat and don't fade, bobble or stretch over time. What more can you ask for from your active-wear.
Asquith are all about providing comfort while you do yoga, Pilates or your workout session, and they sell a range of clothing including tops, t-shirts, leggings, pants and even jumpsuits! Their Pilates and yoga clothes have been designed to stay in place during practice and their yoga pants and leggings fit and flatter all shapes and leg lengths, taking you from street to studio effortlessly. Why not take a look at the Asquith range and choose a gift for yourself or someone you love, that tells them they are worth it.
Christmas is almost here again, and the countdown to Santa’s sleigh bells will begin very soon. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with deciding what to buy for everyone else, and leave yourself until the very last minute!
If you have just realised that’s you, don’t panic. Some of Fashions Finest designers are on hand to help you out.
Whether it’s finding the perfect accessories for your Christmas ‘do’ or a statement dress for the New Year’s party, check out these pieces, with a word from their designers too.
This stunning scarf is 100% silk, and measures approximately 90x90cm square. The main motif has a crown to denote the Queen Bee that is central to the picture and commands the other elements.
This statement piece is artwork in itself, and can be worn to add to your holiday outfit this season.
Price: £55 with free UK shipping
Saraden Designs ‘Vanity’ hair comb is a one of a kind piece which has been designed using Saraden Designs Handmade, light weight metallic fabric in various pastel tones. Each piece has been stencilled out, cut and rolled into its shaped before being hand sewn into place.
Vanity is very full bodied with an extensive colour palette of pink, purple, yellow, gold, blue, silver and white. It is a perfect piece to brighten up any outfit and it is one of Sarah’s favourite designs. The design is very light in weight and is secured to the head with a comb.
Twozzday’s latest collection, is now officially available for purchase!
This London collection was the end of a summer, nationwide tour ending in London. Stay warm this holiday season, and enjoy the style and comfort Twozzday’s collection affords you.
This dress will really make a statement at the new year’s party! Made from midnight black, stretch velvet, it is a panelled dress with a beautiful fishtail shape, and iridescent shimmer throughout. This dress boasts statement sleeves and puddle train.
Size UK 8-16 available (lead time 14 days)
Price: £495 plus £10 UK shipping
Elise cardigan is a stunning cardigan made in soft viscose and is perfect for both every day or a party. Over a dress this will keep up warm and looking fresh. Available in glacier print and phantom black.
Price: Cardigan $350
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These glasses are gorgeous eyewear with a clear tint. They are not weather restricted, and can be worn to accessorise any outfit over this festive period and beyond. Note the beautiful pearl and hand detailing which make the piece unique.
Price: £50 with free UK shipping.
Very Rich Style
VRS breathes its fashion aesthetic into its first ever fragrance for men and women, ‘Forever’. Sumptuous and unforgettably sultry, the fragrance takes one on a journey through Florentine Iris, Oriental Ambergris, Bourbon Vanilla, Geranium, Calabrian Bergamot, and Suede.
Available now just in time for the holidays!
This Rubellite jumpsuit is inspired by the Rubellite gemstone itself. Contrived in New York City, only three pieces are crafted of the design. It is now available for pre-order exclusively on Shay Jaffar online store.
Not only this, but if you are one of Fashions Finest lovers, the promo code FFXmas will guarantee you 20% discount upon order!
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Look no further for the ideal outfit for all glam events coming your way this festive season! The Nephilim dress from the atelier of Croatian designer Olya Sookie is ideal for all Christmas and new year’s parties and guarantees a striking entry into the New Year.
How better to mark this time of year, than to look like an angel that has come down to the earth! Contribute to the magic of the season in the airy, silver-white dress that gives you an ethereal vibe.
The Nephilim dress is handmade, and can be fully customized for you! (maybe a warmer edition for the colder weather) Contact us without hesitation, we will make the dress represent the real you!
These limited edition heels are made by hand, through collaboration with an Italian artisan, boasting the top care and expertise of a craftsman’s hand. They are made with a leather upper, and originally crafted wooden heels to make your chosen party outfit special this holiday season.
Price: £860 with free UK shipping
Retro Blue waterproof windbreaker. This is a limited edition, unisex teal colour wind breaker. (Model wearing size M.)
It boasts a pouch pocket front, with invisible zip compartment and a button front pocket perfect for your valuables. You even get another invisible side zip for your wallet and phone.
The inside is lined with a mesh that is printed with our signature bespoke retro leopard print, and text printed on the sleeves reads 'I am who i am. Your approval is not needed.’ Cord is in black and a half zip at the front.
A cool, statement piece that can be dressed up or down to accentuate your choice of dress this holiday season!
Happy Christmas Shopping, and may all your wishes come true this holiday season!
They say this is the season to be jolly, but it is not so jolly when it comes to deciding what gifts to get your love ones. It is tough getting just the right gift, that says I love you or Thank you or that says I appreciate you. But lucky for you, we hear you and we get the struggle of finding the perfect gift. Read on to see some of our Top Picks.
Now if you are more of a practical giver, that loves to give a gift that will be a benefit to your love ones then you will go crazy over our first pick. The BLUEAIR air filter.
These filters are state of the art , manufactured by Swedish firm, Blue Air , they are an ideal gift if your or a family member suffers from Asthma or just to have around the home as they;
¥ eradicates pet dander, all those pesky microscopic flecks of skin shed by animals with fur or feather, which can cause allergies
¥ removes dust mites
¥ eliminates tobacco smoke
¥ targets harmful odours &
¥ combats colds & viruses
Available throughout the UK and stylishly designed BLUEAIR air filter is a our Top choice #forthehome Christmas gift.
Keeping with practical stylish gifts for the #homemaker Then the FRENCH PRESS coffee maker is it. This magnificent coffee maker keeps your coffee piping hot and makes that firts, second and third cup taste like heaven. The gift that every busy #bossbabe home diva needs. It is sleek, beautiful and will complement any kitchen interior. And the best part of it, even if you give it to your sister, mom or friend You can be assured of a good quality cup of coffee everytime you visit. Our Fashions Finest crew of coffee lovers gave the FRENCH PRESS a double #thumbsup
We all love a beautiful home with well placed and stylish decor accessories so here is just a few more gift ideas for the chic and fashionable #decorlover.
The Jonathan Adler Versailles Maze Vase, from AMARA, with its bold geometric print in green and black, and white and gold striped edge and striking square shape with its narrow neck. This beauty is a true #statementpiece for your decor loving friend. For something small but still thoughtful the Marble Vase and Pearl Marble Bowl from Homesense are a pretty good pair of affordable yet glamorous gifts.
Marble is still a hot #decortrend and the Normann Copenhagen Pebble Black Chopping Board will add a touch of class to any kitchen. So this is the ultimate gift for your mom or any one that loves spending time cooking marvelous meals. For the fashion craze chef get the Kate Spade New York Recipe Book she will love it.
Something sweet and chewable always makes for a really thoughtful gift and are the perfect Thank You gift for a colleague or secret santa. Copperpot Originals has two new fantastic festive flavours of fudge, Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge. Delicious , each box of fudge is a festive burst of creamy butter, milk and golden syrup. These mouth-watering sweets has got us chewing all day long because once you pop one in you just can stop chewing them. #fashionsfinest sweetest Top Pick.
Our selection for the #gentlemen in your life is simple and uncomplicated. Our favourite is the Ted Baker - Jungle Print Hip Flask, from Amara, because we just love the #tropicaltheme and then there is the Skultuna - Crown cufflinks or the Kenneth Cole Semi-Precious Stone Cufflinks, House of Fraser, because every gentleman needs a pair of shiny cufflinks. And what man can resist the classic scent of Armanis Modern Leather EDP at House of Fraser , or a stylish Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant Pocket Square from Debenhams. Lastly a gentleman needs shiny shoes and the Ted Baker shoe shine kit from House of Fraser and a Bow tie, from Debenhams, to complete a sophisticated look. You do not need to get all these gift for your man but you can divide it up among all the gentlemen in your life.
We all have atleast one #millenial in our lives so here is just some ideas to keep them #insta happy. They will be snapping away all their trinkest on the Rosanna Trinket Tray with its chic black anc gold design it is uber trendy. Nothing makes a boozy #dinnerparty more fancy then a cool booze decanter like the Rosanna Booze Decanter. Marble and vintage is so in vogue right now , and we are loving the Tatty Devine Vintage Lady Vanity Case and the Marble ring Stacker, all availble at John Lewis. These are all so cute and will be loved by the millenials in your life.
Beauty Lovers will say YES to a thoughtfully put together gift box full of YES TO- SKINCARE. This is skincare that is full of Love and Laughter, and who knows your friend might just invite you over for a Yes To pamper party to share in all the Love and Laughter. With a full range, all natural and organic products , for body, face, hair and lip. With this gift you will offer your friend the blessing of saying YES to every moment life offers her. Take your pick and compile your gift box at YES TO. Fashion Finest LOVES saying Yes To... stunning skin.
Because every beautiful moment starts with a hug and kiss, gift your friend with the most #kissable lips with one of our Top Beauty Picks. Packed with cocunut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed, XO BALM has all the right ingredients to keep her lips kissable all year round.
In this modern age we can not escape technology and whether it is the husband, boyfriend or your son there is a techie geek in all of them. So here is our picks just for them.
Not really techie but it will give that technology lover in your life a bit more style , the Native Union Marble iPhone Dock, from Amara, will make there phone and desk look super glam. Guys and or girls will enjoy this piece of technology the DJI Mavic Pro Drone, from John Lewis, gets a 5 out of 5 in the gift department. Any water and gadget junky will love the Waterproof Camera from Debenhams.
We have a special gift just for you, because you are going to be thirsty after all that #christmasshopping
So spoil yourself with a Ion8 SLIM, exclusive to AMAZON, a gift for your from you. It is; 100% Leak proof BPA free and
¥ Flips open with one hand and can lock closed for safety
¥ Vented, smooth liquid flow for rapid hydration
¥ It has a soft feel for grip and carry strap
¥ Fits any cup holder or kid's backpack
¥ Drinks bottle is dishwasher safe and suitable for hot or cold drinks
Christmas is just round the corner so like any decent human I have begun to prepare. My favourite gifts for people are hampers that I put together.
It's almost that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas is on! And with the festive period come the stress of gift shopping. So, with the big day just a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas of what your friends, loved ones and family might find under the Christmas tree this year.
Gift sets add an extra special element to your gift for the same price as a single bottle and the additional products, such as shower gel and body lotion, are great for layering the scent for a longer lasting fragrance. Your loved one will be smelling great all day long!
Gift set for under £30-
Ghost Deep Night EDT 30ml & Candle Gift Set - £24.50
Ghost Deep Night is the fragrance of love with powerful notes of Indian Rose and Belle De Nuit blossoms. Orange and apricot notes add a fruity twist whilst a base of vanilla and amber add depth for a romantic and sensual fragrance perfect for strong, confident women.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Under £50
YSL Black Opium EDP 30ml & 50ml Shimmering Body Lotion Gift Set - £49.50 / Save £10
Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. This new glam rock fragrance is full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee, for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals, to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.
Gift set for £50+
Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 50ml & Shower Gel 75ml Gift Set - £74.50 / Save £11
Marc Jacobs Decadence collection is an invitation to indulge. The sensual woody scent symbolises the ultimate in feminine glamour and sophistication.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Him under £40JOOP! Homme Aftershave 75ml & Shower Gel 150ml Gift Set - £32.50 / Save £14
Joop! Homme is a strong, masculine fragrance featuring oriental notes to create a sensual and bold scent for young men. The first burst of cool, fresh spiciness from bergamot and cinnamon unfolds into a subtle, warm floral woody body.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for him under £50
Hugo Boss – The Scent EDT 50ml & 8ml Spray Gift Set - £46.50
Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of BOSS THE SCENT, the new fragrance for men from HUGO BOSS: Irresistible, unforgettable – like a savoured seduction. BOSS THE SCENT has been created for the BOSS Man who plays
seduction slowly, passionately and as an experience to be savoured and returned to time after time.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
All things shiny and embellished are super-apt for Christmas and they are also massive news in the style stakes this season. Bag your sister of friend a cute little bag just right for that new year’s bash.
Bag @ Dune London
From costume jewellery to candles, to make up brush holders, whatever you need to fill that last-minute Christmas stockings.
The gift that keeps on giving
Let your love one’s kick of the new year’s get fit season with a Fitbit fitness tracker to help them stay on track with their new year’s goals.
Fitbit @ Harvey Norman
Lingerie will never go amiss, whether you buy it for yourself or urge your man to buy it for you.
Lingerie @ Littlewoods Ireland
Some “Me time” would be vital after a hectic festive season and with the Ritual’s Advent Calendar Set you can cherish the daily ritual of a moment for yourself. With a range of wonderful products like the Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam, the Ritual of Laughing Buddha Fortune Oil and The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream.
Available @ www.rituals.com
So, whatever is on their and your Christmas Wish list make sure that it is a Merry Christmas with any of our gift selections.
Shoes @ Debenhams