I like to think that I’m typically a good gift giver and I do put a bit of effort into it. Buying gifts can be so hard, especially for that person that has everything and especially at Christmas when we’re often buying quiet a few gifts and are on a budget so here are my tips…

Start now
You don’t have to actually start buying the gifts now but you should at least start planning. Write a list of everything that you want to buy a gift for, from your boyfriend to the postman and everyone in-between. It’s also worth working out a budget for everyone so you don’t over spend.

Make notes
This is my top tip as simply going out and buying a gift for someone on a whim is very tricky, especially if you want to make it special. Write down any ideas which pop into your head for each individual person and look out for hints or mentions of items or stores from that person. For example, if your friend mentions she’s been looking for the perfect purse add it to your list of potential gifts for her. I recently saw a few little girls wearing the cutest faux fur coats which I think my younger cousin would look adorable in so I’ve added that to my list of what to buy for her.

Buy at the right time
It’s Black Friday in just a few days, look out for great offers- I’ll be writing a blog post all about it!
Personalised Gifts
There’s something super special about a personalised gift, I think it’s because it (typically) proves it wasn’t bought last minute. Also, personalisation no longer has to cost a lot of money, in fact a lot of stores offer it free of charge during the Christmas period. Alternatively I always find that notonthehighstreet.com offer some beautiful affordable pieces, from jewellery to wall art.

Go luxury
I’m not saying spend lots of money and this idea doesn’t apply to everyone but it’s perfect for the person that has everything. Buy a smaller but more luxurious gift and this works even on a smaller budget. If you’re spending looking to spend £25 often a Chanel lipstick can be a little more of a special gift than a £25 pair of shoes.

Put some effort in
This one is tricky and it’s so easy to just buy something the person will kind-of-like but that defeats the purpose. If you want to buy them a gift for someone it’s probably because they’re someone special so put in the effort and get them something they’ll really like.

My favourite stores to look in for gift ideas are:
Oliver Bonas, NotOnTheHighstreet.com and good old Amazon.

I’d love to hear your tips in the comments! Have you started, or even finished, your Christmas shopping?

There are hundreds of candles on the market but they make a truly luxurious gift for almost anyone. I have so many at the moment that I thought I would talk you for my favourites to help you with your own Christmas wish list or your Christmas shopping.

Theres quite a few and I’m awful at describing scents so this will probably not be the greatest post… 
If you are looking to add a little sparkle to someones Christmas/life through a candle then I have two equally beautiful picks. Space NK Shimmering Spice is a great festive one with a blend of cinnamon, citrus and vanilla- perfect for a festive party.  100 Acres Sweet Orange, Cinnamon and Clove is another great one, made with 100& natural essential oils- the scent is my favourite for cosy winter nights in. 
If you’re on a budget fear not, as you will not be missing out. Sanctuary has a great range of candles but Yankee Candle would be my pick for inexpensive festive ones. There’s such a huge range that it’s almost to hard to pick; if you like sweet scents then Christmas Cupcake is perfect! If you want something a little more luxe than the Avon Winter Nights Candle has three wicks and is probably one of my favourite scents from all I’ve mentioned. 
Keeping with the orange theme Origins Feel Good Candle and La Montana Winter Oranges smell absolutely dreamy! Origins Feel Good Candle is out 7th December  and comes beautifully house in a recycled wine glass base, even more excitingly Origins will be planting a tree for every candle sold in partnership with Global ReLead. For an organic, natural, really relaxing candle then Lucy Annabella is the way to go, Niaouli & Lavender is my current favourite, especially great after a stressful December. If you’re looking for a more unisex candle or love Oud then you will love Van Cleef & Arpels Perfumed candles which is a really sexy, sophisticated scents!

But above all my two picks are Neom and Jo Malone, they’re my absolute favourites to give, receive and burn. Both brands do really special candles perfect for Christmas gifts! 

Been getting into the spirit of Christmas and I can’t get enough of glitter nails however I can’t believe how easy and cute these House Of Holland Elegant Touch Christmas Nails are!

For the glitter I used my usual Barry M polishes in Majesty and Yellow Topaz Glitter as they are just the perfect gold glitters. However I think the House of Holland Nails are my favourite as they’re fun, festive and easy to apply. They come with 24 nails in a range of sizes, I ended up using just the reindeer ones as they’re a little smaller but I think Father Christmas is equally as cute! 

What are you planning to have on your nails this Christmas?

I wanted to make this ManiMonday some what festive but I’m not really into Nail Art at the moment so I decided that glitter was the way to go. I actually featured a similar look last week just using different colours but I think glitter is so fun and perfect for Christmas!

Once again I got out my Barry M nail polish box and pulled out a few colours, I was thinking of using a base black but I decided to go for Barry M Red Black instead. It’s a beautiful festive dark red as the name would suggest but a little less harsh than black. On the tips I used Barry M Majesty and than over that I went for Barry M Yellow Topaz Glitter- no one does glitter like Barry M!

What do you have on your nails at the moment?

For the last three Christmas’ I have spent December patiently waiting for Boots and Soap & Glory’s half price offer, hoping someone would know and I would find it under my Christmas tree. If you get as excited as me I am pleased to tell you that The Next Big Thing By Hattie Stewart Soap & Glory better than half price box is out Friday!

Boots will be reducing the price from £60 to just £29 for one week only (or until stocks last and they usually sell out pretty quickly.)

Inside are ten full-sized Soap & Glory products, available in two Limited Edition cases designed by London based fashion doodler- Hattie Stewart! One print will be exclusive to Boots.com and the other exclusively  in Boots stores. 

Inside the beautiful box you get: 


This would make a great gift or indeed a gift to yourself and at £29 it’s such a great deal for so many products! It will be released Friday 12 December for one week only but usually sells out quite quickly so I’d recommend picking on up on Friday from either in store or Boot.com

Will you be picking one up?