Guys - there's no point trying to hold back any more. A month today, it will be Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve guys. That means your shopping days before the big event are seriously numbered. Now I don't know about you, but there's been a lot of talk around my office about people not having their presents sorted out, lacking inspiration - the same old same old. WELL, ENTER YOUR SAVIOUR. I present to you - the Guilty Gift Guides. I've got three of these bad boys stacked up over the coming weeks, ready to make your Christmas awesome. So, grab a cuppa and a notepad and get ready to make merry.

1. This is one of those gifts you buy for your best gal but secretly envy every tear of the wrapping paper she makes. The Ciate Advent Calendar brings it every year, and this is no exception - some glitters, some 'out-there' shades, but every one a winner, and the Ciate formula is beaut. And that packaging? Come on.

2. As someone who received a set of these as a gift, the Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oils are simply stunning, and this set will last for ages as you only need to add a few drops to your bath to soften the water and scent the whole room. Luscious.

3. Whilst working there might not have been... the best experience, I did get to try a lot of Hotel Chocolat products (bonus!) and trust me when I say - it's good stuff. Their Christmas selections are always amazing and when I got one of these sets for my best friend, she bloody loved it. The Christmas Collection is 100% a crowd-pleaser.

4. Who says colouring books are for kids? I think this Secret Garden colouring book is absolutely stunning - after picking it up and thumbing through in Waterstones a couple of times, it's so beautifully illustrated and... Can I say it would be wasted on children? THOSE PAGES NEED COLOUR SCHEMES AND CAREFUL PLANNING.

5. A little #GBBO never hurt anyone, and as a big Ruby Tandoh fan, I was really happy to see her bring out Crumb. The only good thing about winter is the pre-packaged excuse to stay in and bake yummy things - amIright?

6. This soft leather clutch from Zara will look super sleek with any outfit - perfect excuse for a good girls' night out, non?

7. I've already waxed lyrical about the NARS Audacious lipsticks but this flatter-all corally pink shade in Kelly is the one for gifting. Prepare to be hugged.

8. Don't underestimate what a little homeware can do - I love this copper recipe book stand from Oliver Bonas - how nice would this be to pair with some other snazzy bakeware or a good cookbook?

9. Selfridges are king when it comes to Christmas, and these beauty gift sets they've put together in combination with Alphabet Bags are freaking genius. This 'Fairest of Them All' set (aside from being extremely freakin' cute) contains a mini Caudelie Beauty Elixir, a gorgeous Deborah Lippman nail colour and a Lord and Berry lip pencil, amongst other goodies.

10. LUSH come into their own at this time of year and this 12 Days of Christmas set was such a winner for me, I couldn't leave it out. Some of my faves like Dashing Santa, Cinders bath bomb, and Honey I Washed the Kids soap is included, along with a whole bunch I'd love to try. Babe'in.

11. I'm ending strong you guys - Yes Please by Amy Poehler. It's gonna be the new Bossypants. This woman is so inspiring, funny, unapologetic and all-around awesome - it's the stuff of girlcrush dreams.

I hope this was helpful and you found something to add to your gift list... or, maybe more realistically, your wishlist! Have a fab week, guys!


  1. I have to say, I'm not usually a fan of gift guides Tami, but this is excellent!
    I love everything you've listed here and have some great ideas for my best friend's Christmas present - something that NEVER happens when I look at gift guides usually!
    Thank you : )

    N xo

    1. Aw thanks so much for commenting Naomi, that means the world!!! <3 I'm so glad you got some good ideas and hopefully your bessie mate will love whatever you get her :) Weird story - my best friend text me after this went up and said 'I had bought you one of the items in your gift guide for Christmas ages ago' - how weird is that?! I guess we really do know each other! T xx


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