6 non-physical gift ideas to give this Christmas.

Burberry high tea

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas count down has officially started! The John Lewis advert is on the TV, the Christmas lights are now turned on everywhere and the stores have suddenly transformed into full on festive mode. So now is a good time to start planning your Christmas gifting.

I really love buying gifts for people, but it can sometimes be tricky to know what to get everyone. Usually if we want things we will just buy them for ourselves during the year. So instead of buying actual items for someone this Christmas, another great idea is to get them a ‘non-physical’ gift, or an experience. In a world where everything is focused on consumerism and we are all consistently buying ourselves things, stepping away from that and spending more time with the people we love and having a special day out that you will look back on can be worth so much more.

These are my top 10 non-physical gift ideas:

1 – A Spa or beauty Treatment 

This would be the perfect gift to give to a new mum, or someone that has been stressed with work. A voucher for a lovely massage, facial or a day of getting away from it all in the spa could be just what they need, and not something that a lot of people will often buy for themselves.

2 – Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea experience is always so much fun! If you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for a while, you’ll know that I love trying out new places for afternoon tea. Often they are held in beautiful hotels and there is something really lovely about tasting all of the delicious cakes and treats, as well as receiving a great service, making it a special way to spend time with family or friends. I will leave a few links below for some of the places that I have tried this year.

Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel, London

My favourite Instagrammable coffee shops

Elan Cafe, London

Peggy Porschen, London

3 – Theatre tickets

Another lovely gift idea is theatre tickets to go and see a musical or a West End show. You can get some really good deals for theatre tickets online these days and there is always something great to go and watch, especially around the Christmas period when they have all of the beautiful ballets and festive shows. You can get tickets to London shows on various websites and I have found some great deals with London Theatre Direct HERE

Ballet

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4 – A magazine subscription 

Ok, so I know this is more towards a physical gift but I wanted to include it as it’s a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. If you know someone that loves fashion or interior design for example, a magazine subscription is a great idea as they will receive a copy of the latest magazine delivered to their home. It’s a little treat to look forward to and means they don’t have to go out and buy it each month themselves. We are all on our phones 24/7 these days so to take half an hour away from that, to sit down with a good magazine and cup of tea is really lovely and relaxing.

Vogue Magazines

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5 – A hobby inspired course

If you know someone that has been saying for a while that they would like to do a photography course, learn a new language or has a genuine interest in something like cooking for example, then you could get them a voucher towards a course. It might just be that encouragement that they need to get started on something that they will really enjoy working on and be good at.

Cooking flat lay

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6 – A special Train journey

Even though I spend a lot of time travelling on trains during the week, I really want to go for a day out on one of those old steam trains where you are wined and dined in luxurious surroundings, whilst travelling through the English countryside. It looks like such a fun experience and not something that you would get to do every day! This would be a really nice gift idea for mums or grandmas where you can sit together and enjoy being waited on, relaxing. You can pick up tickets for this sort of experience HERE

If actual gifts are more your thing though, I will be putting together some gift ideas in an upcoming blog post so make sure you keep an eye out for that! I really enjoyed putting together some gift ideas last year which you will find HERE and HERE  so I’ve been looking out for new things to recommend for this year too.

What is your favourite non physical gift idea from this blog post?

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Christmas Gift Guide part two: Make up & Beauty sets

Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide series! We started off with homewear and lifestyle products in part one HERE. For Part 2 I have picked out my favourite make up and beauty products that will make the most perfect gifts. So here are my recommendations for all of the beauty lovers you will be buying for this Christmas. Although be warned, you will seriously be tempted to keep these items for yourself!

Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault

The Huda Beauty eye pallets are probably the most popular and coveted out there. I absolutely love the gem inspired mini eye pallets and now they have brought out a set which includes the full collection! I am so excited about this and am lusting after this set. Within the striking black diamond-shaped case you’ll find ALL five of the Huda Beauty gemstone-inspired Obsessions palettes – Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. A dream come true for all Huda-holics. Each palette has 9 pigment-packed powders in stunning jewel tone shades. 

The Topaz Obsessions Palette has 4 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 5 creamy mattes – in rich rose gold, amber, burnished bronzes and tangerine orange for the ultimate sophisticated polish.

The Ruby Obsessions Palette has duo-chrome and creamy matte textures in rich raspberry, blackcurrant and copper shades for the ultimate feminine lid looks.

The Amethyst Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from moody mauve and violet to barely there pink.

The Sapphire Obsessions Palette has 5 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 4 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from brilliant blue and vivid turquoise to shining silver and zesty yellow.

Finally, the Emerald Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from mint or golden olive to timeless emerald and show-stopping peacock green.

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault is priced at £100 and is available to buy on the Cult Beauty website HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Archive trio kit

This is the most fabulous lip kit and would make someone’s Christmas complete! The kit contains 3 nude pink lipsticks in shades that will flatter literally everyone. These are three of Charlotte Tilbury’s best selling shades and are the most perfect gift idea.

The kit includes the following stunning shades:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington this is a pretty, English-rose pink inspired by the girls of the swinging ‘60s in Chelsea & Kensington and the pastel hues in Norman Parkinson’s pictures.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Confession is a dusky, tawny nude shade flecked with gold particles inspired by the full lips of super models in a nourishing, moisturising lipstick formula.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets named by Charlotte’s social media followers is a vintage rose petal shade that encapsulates just-kissed, natural lips with a flush of colour.

Priced at £60, you can buy the Charlotte Tilbury lipskit set HERE

The most organised make up bag ever by The Flat Lay Co

When I put on my make up in the morning I like to have it all lined up so I can see what I am using. There is nothing worse than having your make up all piled up in a make up bag that you have to rummage through to get each product out. Whenever I go on holiday or away for a weekend break, I always unpack my make up and beauty items first and get them all organised in the bathroom.

I came across the Flay Lay Company on Instagram and fell in love with their make up bags. They are such a simple concept but so handy! When you open it up it sits as a 50cm wide circle shape. Inside is a zipped compartment and there are 8 brush holders.  I like to put eyeliners and lipliners in these as well as brushes. This make up bag has a drawstring pull, so once you have laid out all of your make up items, you simply pull the string and it bunches everything into the sack for you. It’s as easy as that!

All of their make up bags are machine washable and wipe clean which is great. Priced at £19.50 for the larger size or £14.50 for the smaller version and you can purchase these directly from their website HERE

Huda Beauty fragrences

Another Huda product I have to include in this gift guide is the new stunning fragrances. The Huda make up products are such beautiful quality and their fragrances equally do not disappoint. The packaging alone is so elegant. How fabulous will these bottles look displayed on your dressing table or in the bathroom. Ultimate shelfie goals! Here are my top 3 picks from the collection:

KAYALI ELIXIR | 11

KAYALI translates from Arabic to ‘my imagination’ and this fragrance is inspired by the rich heritage of the Middle East. This fragrance is one of the lighter scents in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘an ultra-addictive scent’.

KAYALI CITRUS | 08

This is the lightest scent in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘a contemporary twist on innovation.’ A citrus perfume is so nice for the day time or during the Summer months.

KAYALI MUSK | 12

The third fragrance in the KAYALI COLLECTION | 01, MUSK | 12 is the most intense fragrance in the range, which Huda and Mona describe as ‘emanating power and confidence’. This is my personal favourite as I love a strong and long lasting perfume.

Priced at £84 for 100ml, you can purchase these Huda fragrances from the Cult Beauty website HERE

I hope you enjoyed my beauty gift guide. Leave me a comment below if you have tried any of the items listed!

Christmas Gift Guide part one: Home & Lifestyle

It might not be December yet, but Christmas is definitely here. The festive Starbucks cups are out, the John Lewis advert is now on the TV…I don’t know about you, but I am feeling festive already!

So, I am starting my Christmas shopping and there are so many fab bits out there at the moment that will make gorgeous gifts. This is part one of my Christmas gift guide series and I am starting it off with gifts for the home and items that can be used every day. These are my top picks:

Goal Digger planner by MiGoals

I am a huge stationery fan and MiGoals is one of my favourite brands. They have the best planners and journals out there. What better way to start the new year with a fresh planner book. This will be a great gift for someone who has a busy, active lifestyle or for someone you know that has a goal for the new year, such as to lose weight or start a new business. It’s a well known fact that if you write down your goals you are more likely to stick to them. Plus when you start working through everything on your list, you will feel such a huge sense of achievement when you look back at your planner and see everything that you have done.

The MiGoals planner is a great way to stay organised and inspired every day as well as helping to make real progress towards goals and empowering you to dream big. I absolutely love these!! The planners come in a gorgeous box that has a positive message printed onto it in shimmery lettering. These are not your ordinary planners, these are such gorgeous quality and will make an amazing gift. The tricky part will be actually giving it to someone else and not keeping it for yourself!

You can buy these HERE – but check out the rest of the MiGoals website for the rest of their fab stationery range.

Cute and Quirky tea cups by Yvonne Ellen

I have been a huge fan of the tableware range by Yvonne Ellen for ages. Her quirky designs are so much fun and would make a fabulous gift for someone, especially these stylish little tea cups.  These vintage-style teacup and saucer sets are decorated with gilt gold detailing and of course, Yvonne Ellen’s famous bee motif. This would be such a great set for someone who likes a cheeky cocktail or two, as well as having a love for a good cup of tea!

Each tea cup is also beautifully boxed and you can purchase them from John Lewis or directly from the Yvonne Ellen website HERE.

Sassy candles by Flamingo

I love burning candles at home and the Flamingo candle range is the sassiest of them all! I love all of their cute designs and these would make such a great Secret Santa gift or stocking filler for someone. You wont be able to resist the scents of these either. From cheesecake Crunch, to Strawberries and champagne, to Parma Violets. The names and scents are all divine and are good enough to eat! The price point on the Flamingo candles is great as well. They are £12 and for a quality candle with up to 50 hours burn time, this is a really good deal.

All of their candles are free from animal testing or palm wax and are made from natural ingredients also.

You can purchase the range on Asos or directly from the flamingo candles website HERE.

Cocktail making by Oliver Bonus

For all of the mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts out there, Oliver Bonus have the most stylish equipment that would be perfect for a gorgeous Christmas gift. I have a real thing about rose gold kitchenware at the moment and I absolutely love their bar accessories range. My favourite are these pineapple themed items such as this ice bucket and cocktail shaker. Perfect for making those perfect tropical summer drinks and hosting your own cocktail party at home!

You can purchase in the Oliver Bonus stores or directly from their website HERE

I hope you enjoyed part one of my Christmas gift guide series. Up next will be my top beauty and make up products which you will not want to miss! Hit the subscribe button and you will be notified every time a new blog post is uploaded. Thanks for reading xx

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