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Great Christmas Gift Ideas
So, we’re now in December, and regardless of the fact you had promised yourself that this year you would DEFINITELY be organised and have it all bought and nicely gift-wrapped by now, you are once again faced with the daunting task of hitting Oxford street post-Christmas lights ceremony. But before you start to fill with dread at the thought of fighting way through the human sea that suddenly forms this time of year, there is another way! Instead of trudging aimlessly through shop after shop, desperately seeking that perfect gift for mother only to come back with yet another Molton Brown wash-set, have a look at these gift ideas we have put together. The gifts are original, beautiful quality, and reduce the risk of losing an eye in the Christmas department store madness. What more could you ask for?
Eco beauty products:
I'm a big fan of natural products, and so I was delighted to discover Ecobeautyshop, which is a one stop online shop for all your natural and organic skin, hair and body care products. I was tempted to buy most of the website, but the reality is that my wallet is not bottomless, and so here are some of my favourites:
Kaé (formerly Kaeline) is an argan oil based range of skincare and hair care products, certified organic by Ecocert. Argan oil has exceptional anti-ageing and
protective skin properties. The flagship product of the Kaé range is Huile de Beauté, the purest form of Argan oil (100% organic argan oil), suitable for face, body and hair.
Kaé products are packaged in beautiful glass dispensers and Kaé Argatherapy, combining the properties of argan oil with the properties of essential oils, offers the most indulgent way to care for your skin and hair.
Le Petit Olivier offers a comprehensive range of body, skin and hair care products enriched with argan oil, shea butter or olive oil, along with a range of SPA products.
Druide is an aromatherapy based range, certified organic by Ecocert. This very comprehensive range showcases the finest essences and the purest ingredients.
Funny Bee offers a playful, sensuous and effective certified organic face
care range. The range consists of three high quality organic products in ‘feel good, happy’ packaging offering something fresh and fun for women.
Senteurs du Sud offers an Ecocert certified range of skin and body care for men and a beautiful range of natural candles and home perfumes, reasonably priced and ideal as gifts.
For the wannabe chef:
Last year, I killed two birds with one stone by getting two vouchers for cooking lessons at L’Atelier des Chefs for my parents. They absolutely loved it. If you’re looking for something original for someone who already has most things, this really is the perfect gift.
L’atelier is in the heart of the West End, where you can join professional chefs for truly interactive cooking classes inspired by cuisines from all over the world. And you can tailor the present to the recipient as there is a fantastic range of classes to choose from. My mum now won’t stop sharing the tips she got, and normally starts them off with “As the Michelin Chef showed me…”.
And it’s not just a lesson, once they’ve acquired their new skills and cooked a mouth-watering meal; they retire to the modern dining room to enjoy the food they prepared. What’s more, the recipes will be sent to them after the class so that they can impress friends and family again at home!
A Picture speaks louder than words
For a beautiful and personal present, a photograph of a loved one by Josiane Faubert
is ideal. The London based photographer specialises in maternity, newborn children and family portraiture. If you are put off by the thought of a photo shoot, you can put your mind at ease: Josiane is adept at putting her subjects at ease in a matter of seconds in order to bring out the best of them. The whole process, as a result, is surprisingly relaxing and enjoyable. She is also fantastic with children, and has an ability to capture their true personality.
A one stop gift shop for all the family:
If you don't fancy trawling the internet, Merci Maman, an online shop based in London is the website for you. There you will find a beuatiful range of personalised gifts for the entire family.
For the Girls and Women in your life, they do beautiful personalised charm bracelets that can be hand engraved with the names of your loved ones or the message of your choice. All the charms are available in silver or gold plated and you can also have them on personalised necklaces.
And what about an engraved plate bracelet for your husband, father or son? Or even a personalised washbag?
They also embroider key rings, lanyards, baby hooded towels, bathrobes, little director's chairs...and many other gift ideas.
And if you really have left this all to the last minute, never fear: You can order their bespoke jewellery until midnight on December 22 and still have it delivered on time for Christmas!
For more great ideas, visit their website at www.mercimaman.co.uk .
As I have said before, there are few women who would be unhappy to find a box under the tree with jewellery in it. So if you are thinking of going down that route, have a look at our article on our pick of great french london-based jewellery designers. With a range of styles to suite all tastes, you will be spoilt for choice!
So there you have it, hopefully a few helpful gift ideas. And with that, I wish you happy and carefree christmas shopping!
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