This post is a paid partnership with Boots UK.
I love buying presents. Christmas presents, birthday presents, ‘just because’ presents, you name it. There’s something special about that feeling when you see the perfect gift or when you weren’t even looking, but stumble across something and immediately someone springs to mind. That, and a professional wrapper-upper is my secret dream job.
Getting it right at Christmas time can be tricky. There are lots of different people to think about at once and it’s often hard to tick everyone off your list without doing a grand tour of alllll the shops, finally collapsing in a heap at the nearest mulled wine stand feeling a bit deflated. I take quite a lot of pride in my Elf skills, so I’ve compiled this guide to choosing the perfect gift every time in association with Boots to help ease the stress.
Something they want or something they need?
Unless someone has specifically requested a particular item, I try and buy things people wouldn’t buy themselves. That pretty much rules out anything too ‘necessary’, too practical or too everyday. Christmas is a great time to treat people to things that they wouldn’t feel comfortable treating themselves to. I love perfume, fancy candles and beautiful trinkets but I never buy them for myself so they’re extra special to unwrap!
To wish list, or not to wish list?
Personally, I don’t like them. Unless there’s a real purpose behind it, I generally don’t like being asked to buy someone a certain thing and I hate it when people know what they’re about to unwrap. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid or impractical to do so, but where possible I like to think outside the box – I want it to be a surprise come Christmas morning!
Set a budget and stick to it
Christmas is a time for giving, but not for giving yourself a heart attack when your January statement comes in. Set a budget per person and then stick to it, and if you’re worried about the recipient going overboard on you (always a tad awkies) then mutually agree a limit. It’ll make your shopping more focused too!
Have they mentioned anything earlier in the year that you can draw upon?
Extra brownie points if you remember that brand of perfume that they loved when you were browsing the counters together! Is your pal always borrowing your nail files? Then a gorgeous manicure set could be your answer! Did he complain he’s still using a floral wash-bag he ‘borrowed’ from his sister 7 years ago when you went on that weekend away?
Keep an eye out for exclusives and Christmas gift sets!
Especially when you’re buying cosmetics, fragrance and skin care, Christmas is a great time to find special editions, exclusives and generous gift sets. Often they come beautifully packaged too or containing extra samples so they can try more from their favourite brand.
Boots are known for their amazing spread of gifts from cosmetics to homeware and lifestyle products, often included in a generous 3 for 2. Just one trip (or from the comfort of your sofa if you’re anything like me!) can see you ticking off your ‘to buy for’ list. They stock a wide range of brands and products including designer beauty, children’s toys, gifts for him and foodie gifts. There really is something for every recipient no matter what their age, gender or personality!
Here are a few of my favourite picks
- Benefit Hug Hug Hurray Hoola Matte Bronzer and Liquid Lip Colour Set £25.50
– This is one of those fab Christmas specials! The bronzer (my holy grail) is usually the same price on it’s own, but you get a full sized lippy included too!
- This Works Sleep Tight (set of 3 mini sprays) £13.00
- Origins GinZing Get Up and Glow £30.00
- Soap & Glory Soaper Heroes Gift Set £11.20
- Joules Cake Tin Set £20.00
- Crayola Bath Face Paints £6.99
- Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette Pour Homme Gift Set £52.00
- Nando’s 7 Sauce Selection £20.00