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For those who love the holiday season, the art and science of shopping for gifts for their loved ones is a treat and a pleasure. For others, however, the trouble of finding that perfect present might be more of a burden. You want to discover something unique, purposeful, something that the person for whom it is intended will love and genuinely use. Alas, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming, so you find yourself stuck with the typical selection of Christmas sweaters, a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and a bottle of her favorite wine for Mother’s Day – a safe, albeit mundane choice.
Why not leave your gift-giving comfort zone and choose something that is in line with your mum’s values? If your mother loves a gift that will make a difference and bring more than material, but spiritual value into their life, you can aim for such a present for this year. Here are a few worthy options to keep in mind for the motherly figure in your household!
The Socks That Keep On Giving
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Did you know that socks are the least donated item to the homeless, hence one of the most items needed across the US and wider? It turns out that you don’t have to stick to traditional design if you want to make this particular purchase. You can go for brands such as Mitscoots that make and sell gorgeous socks and other gear, and then donate items in the same value to those who need them most.
Plus, they go above and beyond to aid the community by hiring the transitioning homeless people. Alternatively, Conscious Step has other versatile contributions such as using their profits to provide treatment for HIV-positive expectant mothers, schoolbooks through Room to Read, and meals for starving children.
Add Some Sparkle With Ethical Makeup
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Axiology makes natural organic lipstick that still pops, so the aesthetics of their products loses no luster to their ethical measures. Other brands offer an equally stunning range of beauty items, so take your pick and impress the mom in your home!
Haircare With A Green Twist
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For example, organic and natural hair wax by Zenz uses only certified organic ingredients that cause zero harm to the environment, and that will provide ample goodness for your mom’s locks without causing any damage. The founder herself had trouble with allergies caused by the chemicals in typical hair products, inspiring her to create a label that will help women style their hair in a natural way. With ingredients such as aloe vera, essential oils, and beeswax, your mom’s hair and scalp will love the treatment.
A Handmade Purse
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If your mom is a great supporter of recycling and upcycling, then you can give her a long-lasting gift this Mother’s Day that is made with those precise principles in mind. Crossbody purses by Dagne Dover are as beautiful as their ethical efforts, while Cult Gaia uses natural materials such as wood in their bag-making processes.
You can also easily find brands that don’t use fur or support any other form of animal cruelty, while their creations are still lovely and up to par with the latest trends. It’s yet another wonderful way to express your appreciation of her style preferences, while you also treat her to something she likely wouldn’t buy on her own, and you can always easily check so as not to get the same one she already owns.
Responsible Apparel Brands
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Levi’s Water<Less Collection uses over 90% less water to make their jeans, making this a true leap forward in the industry. You can also look for other factors such as using organic cotton, recycled materials, and no harmful chemicals.
The season of joy and giving is approaching and as every year the struggle to find the right gift for friends and family is once again a nightmare. So, to take the stress away we have compiled a list of stylish gift picks for every Him and Her and the kids. And to make it easier for you we kept it all under one roof, all gift ideas are available at Debenhams online or in-store
HAPPY SHOPPING !!
This sweet tasting Raspberry infused Gin is the perfect gift for the G&T connoisseur.
For the skin care junky a Clarins skin solution set is the ideal gift, and for the makeup enthusiast a makeup blockbuster gift set will offer the ultimate makeup collection that will last all year long.
For the fashion conscious the Jenny Packham - Black embellished diamond velvet bag, will be a flawless edition to her occasion handbag collection.
A bold Rum for a bold man, the Peaky Blinders black spiced Rum! Or, for the beer maker a DIY Beer or Cider making kit.
For the gym junky the Men’s Society gym kit is the ideal essential for his gym bag, and the Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant - black leather hold-all is perfect gift for the man that loves to travel.
Gifts for the homemaker,the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 coffee machine with its sleek space saving design is the ultimate gift for the coffee lover.
The Abigail Ahern multi coloured Leopard embroidered cushion will be a loved edition to the decor obsessed and pair that with a lamp from the MW -Matthew Williamson collection and she and her living room or bedroom will love you forever!
Last but not least the gold metal multi coloured glass lantern will be a great last minute gift or stocking filler.
For the sweet tooth give him or her their own Milkshake maker, and the Alice Scott, Pink and Green Palm Print 'Lunch Goals' Lunchbox for the #instagoals school girl.
For the creator and Lego builder the 'Jurassic World - Blue's Helicopter Pursuit' set, and for the gadget lover you can find a host of geeky gifts - from Smartphone photo printers to smartphone projectors.
Now that everyone else's presents are sorted...its time to make sure Santa knows what you want for yourself this Christmas!
Date night are special but when it comes to a Valentine's day date it just becomes extra special and dressing up for it becomes mayhem. Because, you do not want to spend too much money on buying a whole new outfit so, to take the stress out of choosing an outfit I have rounded up 10 of my favourite items that is worth the splurge and will go with anything else you might have in your closet.
1. Love these Mom jeans, from Miss Selfridge, with its frill detail in light denim, it is ideal for a low key, movie and a burger date.
Frill mum jeans @ £52.00 Miss Selfridge
2. Pair your Mum jeans with these cute Stripe Kitten Heel Slingbacks, from Miss Selfridge Updating it from casual to chic casual. Throw on a graphic logo t-shirt and a cropped leather jacket and you are set to go.
Black and white stripe kitten heels @ £49.00 Miss Selfridge
3. For that something sexy slip on this sexy number, the Pink Geometric Lace Bodysuit, from New Look, with its flattering V neckline, supporting cross strap front and all over lace. It will leave you looking and feeling sexy.
Pink lace body suit @ £19.99 New Look
4. Going on a date that requires you to dress a bit more smart, then throw on this Red tailored dress, from New Look, with its front cross over and tucked in detail. Drawing attention to your décolletage and slimming your waistline.
Tailored red dress @ New Look
5. Need a sassy pair of heels to complete your look then go with these black spotted suede ankle strap stilleto heels from Dune London.
Velvet ankle strap spotty stilleto's @ £135 Dune London
5. Something short and playful, the Petite Green Stripe Wrap Frill Hem Dress, from River Island, is just that short, playful and sexy.
Green stripe wrap dress with frill hem @ River Island
6. Pair this Dusty Pink frill top, from New Look, with a pair of skinny high waisted jeans, heel ankle boots dinner and drinks or a pair cute flats for a more casual look.
Dusty pink frill detail top @ New Look
7. You both really into fitness and are going all out on a sporty but fun date then the Green and Black Palm leaf print leggings and crop,from top will be a match made in heaven.
Palm leaf print leggings and crop top @ New Look
8. Staying in cuddling on the sofa then a fancy sleep set like the this slinky floral and lace sleepwear set from Ted Baker at Debehams will turn a night on the sofa into a romantic rendezvous.
Ted Baker - silk and lace sleepwear @ Debenhams
9. So, he is taking you to a music gig and you need someting to update your rock star look, then the sleek pair of Black faux leather tapered trousers, from River Island will be a winner.
Faux leather trousers @ £55.00 River Island
10.Planning a stay-in galentines night with your BFF's with some girly pampering, Prosecco and chocolate then the Heart Nightshirt, Heart Bralette and Frill shorts, from Primark will be the perfect ensemble for a night of girly love.
Heart night shirt £11 , Heart bralette £8 and frill shorts £9 @ Primark (penny's)
Everyone deserve a little luxury and it is the season for it ! Together with our Fashions Finest Designers we have compiled an array of lavish goodies for yourself or a friend.
Glitz starts with a gorgeous clutch. The Charlote Emerald Green clutch from The Naan Design, is just luxurious paired with a simple LBD it will just be a knock out at any Christmas or New Year's eve party.
A belt is not often something we would associate with luxury but the CÉLINE Geo Belt in Emerald Green, Gold and Black is just splendidy lavish and will be a nice touch to a jumpsuit to accentuate your curves.
Black is always sleek and sensuous, even in the little details like the MARION Clutch in Black and Gold paired with any color or day or night look this little piece of opulence will stand out.
Blue is a royal color so nothing is more extravagent then the aptly named KATE Saddle Bag Blue paired with a A-line dress for the evening or a pair of indigo jeans and a crisp white shirt for the day. The Kate saddle bag will surely be number one on my lux christmas gift list.
Is there any things as rich as the Giselle a Mutli -coloured fringed and sequined mini dress from designer Tahra Nketia. If you are looking for the flawless NYE party dress then this is it.
Jewelry is such a thoughtful gift and a sparkling pair of earrings will bring a touch of rich indulgence to the one that will recieve it. And this pair are just perfect from designer JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Beautifully designed the Kundan Flower & Pearl Drop Earrings is a treasure worth investing in.
After a long and hard year all we really want to do is just, to drop it like its hot, and have fun and the Unchained Two -piece from Tahra Nketia will help you do just that. Embellished with gold lace, this is a truly extravagant party piece.
Can we ever really get enough of gold jewelry, short answer NO !! These simple yet elegant pieces are from designer Alexandra Jacoumis. The Crown Ring with its intricate and delicate detail of the gold work is from hand sewing with cotton thread makes for a stunning gift.
The elegant Seven Circle Necklace is so dainty and exquisite a true treasure of golden beauty.
Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Black Diamond Shisha Line necklace is the perfect reward for yourself after a hard year of slaving away at work and home.
Love this very versatile Sandra Short jacket in a metallic Rose Gold, from designer label ByVarga. This is a statement piece that you will need in your closet. Because it will jazz-up any dull daytime outfit or just glam up a night time look
A fab pair of heels are just the thing to bring togerther a polished party look. And these heels from designer label Larrit, are sweet, sexy and just magnificent. Shimmer in the Sophia -gold with its sparkly detail and golden heel or be stately sophisticated in the Iyobo -black and gold or the life and soul of the party in the Rita or be all women on your last meeting of 2017 in the Tonto.
Stay warm in this luxurious jacket from desinger Helen Howe Atelier named Victory in Blue . This jacket is cut in stunning blue tweed with suede and decorative military buttons. A superb piece to layer over any party outfit.
A classic look with a beautiful wax print detail at the wrist of the dress- sleeves that gives it just that edge.
Or opt for the Betty Silk Blouse , from BYVARGA, with its beautiful bell sleeves a great piece to dress up a jeans for a relaxed yet lavish christmas lunch.
Make this season all about luxury and spoil yourself with one or even two pieces from our selected designers.
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.
We have become so accustomed to the idea that, Valentine’s day is and should be about being in a relationship and that leaves us feeling unloved and hating the day. Valentine’s day is about celebrating love and that love does not necessarily have to be within a relationship. So if you are not part of a couple enjoy the day celebrating the things that you love, your family, friends, your pets or just the everyday things in life that puts a smile on your face.
Love is about many things but I believe that the most important element of love is to love ourselves because if we do not love ourselves first how can we be open to receive the love of others.
We can celebrate our love by spending time with our girlfriends, spoiling ourselves with that special item we have been saving up for, buying our favourite flowers, lipstick or perfume.
So this valentine’s day lets love ourselves by feeling gorgeous and taking care of ourselves first.
Gift yourself with your favourite flowers there is nothing like fresh flowers to brighten up a space and put a smile on our face.
Pamper your self
We all lead such busy lives and our mind is constantly racing with what not to do and ticking of the things on our daily “to do” list that taking time out for ourselves is usually not on our list. So make this valentine’s day a pamper day.
The Spa of the world range from the Body Shop includes bath milk, creams, massage oil and exfoliates for a relaxing and revitalizing spa experience. Available @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Put on your pretties’ dress
A new dress will instantly lift your mood and knowing that you look good will make you feel great and more confident to take on anything the day brings.
Dress available @ www.debenhams.com
Feeling sexy is not always about showing skin, but just wearing sexy lingerie can make you feel sensual. Love yourself and feel gorgeous in beautiful lingerie.
Boux Avenue Valentines collection available @ www.bouxavenue.com
Lastly make a list of all the things you are grateful for and that you love about yourself.
Gold foil print notebook available @ www.primark.com
And remember you do not have to rely on others to make you feel loved and gorgeous So love and celebrate YOU this valentine’s day.
This Christmas may your gift giving bring you as much pleasure as your gift receiving!!
Here are some of my favorite gifts for this Christmas. Merry Christmas!!
It goes without saying that you should always buy the best for your very best friend. Spoil her with something sparkly and gold. A cute gold clutch is great for those girly nights out and a gift that she can always treasure.
I love these bags because they scream look at me! The perfect gift for the creative personality, so if your friend loves bold prints she will love either one of these bags to add to her collection.
What girl does not love receiving beauty products to spoil themselves with. The Laura Mercier Crème de la crème luxe body cleanser collection contains four delicious body cleansers in scents of Ambre Vanillé, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée and Tarte au Citron.
Sisley All day all year prestige box is a day and night anti-aging duo that pushes back the visible signs of skin aging. The box contains the All-day all year 50ml anti- aging shield that protects the skin from outside aggressions to help preserve its youthfulness. As well as the Supremÿa 50 ml, a night time repair product that repairs the skins past damage and leaves it looking radiant and youthful.
The true Fashion diva will love these pair of silver boots and a good quality handbag like the Michael Kors Grey tote that will match perfectly with everything in her wardrobe.
Beautiful quality lingerie always makes for a nice gift, whether you buy it for yourself or you get the man in your life to buy it for you.
Remember when buying lingerie; to pay attention to the detail and make sure that what you are buying are comfortable because you want to look sexy but you also want to be comfortable when wearing it.
The classic such as black, pink, red and whites are always a popular option. If you want to steer away from the classics go for navy which suits most skin types. If your man is buying it for you, do some research with him online so that he knows what to buy when heading into the shops.
Fragrance is always a winner whether it is buying your old favorite or trying out something new. Gucci Bamboo is a floral woody scent for the confident yet feminine women.
Coco Mademoiselle for the brave and modern women that loves luxury and elegance, a favorite gift among many women.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme, an amber woody oriental fragrance for the man in your life.
For all those last minute gifts the Martini Shaker set for stay in cocktail evenings. Add a pop of color to her handbag with the Calvin Klein purses. The beautiful painted Cath Kidston Rose bath set contains products with a velvety rose scent enriched with shea butter and glycerin. The gift set comprises of; Painted Rose Shower Gel - 30ml, Painted Rose Body Lotion - 30ml, Painted Rose Bath Crystals - 25g, Painted Rose Soap - 25g and Face Cloth.
We all have that one friend that loves to entertain. Spoil her with any of the Biba art deco collection for nights of great food, good wine and great friends.