Christmas Gift Guide For Her

Flatlay featuring Christmas gift ideas for the women in your life.

It is that time of the year again, and if you’re anything like me you might already have finished your Christmas gift shopping! Somehow though I always end up having to get something last-minute, whether it is a distant family member joining the festivities last-minute or a friend you’re seeing around the holidays, I always end up rushing to the shops in the last few days leading up to Christmas. So gift guides are always useful to me and hopefully to you too, whether you’ve made headway in tackling your list or are only just compiling it!

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Christmas Decor

Christmas Tree star decoration

I must admit that it feels like Christmas crept up on us this year, and despite the fact that our tree has been up since the end of November (enthusiastic much!) I hadn’t really spread the cheer to anywhere else until recently.

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Christmas Gift Guide For Him

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Ugh! So if you still have some of the men left on your Christmas list, you can take some comfort in the fact that I know your pain. Whether it is because they always want things way out the Christmas budget (hello windsurfing gear!) or simply don’t get in the shops often enough to spot what they want, I’ve found that requests for wishlists from my brother and husband always go unanswered. So I sat my man down to help me create a gift guide – he simply yayed or nayed some of my ideas – that could hopefully help you get a special gift for your loved ones.

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If the man likes his tipple, this stylish copper cocktail shaker will leave everyone happy. This beautiful Grappa and decanter (looks so much more expensive than it is) will look equally beautiful on display.

You could also play it safe with a complete wine kit (including opener and stopper) or this copper wine rack.

If you’re looking for something for a couple, these special gold lined tumblers (design also available in other glasses) would make a great combined gift. Heck it might even work as a wedding gift!

Coffee Snob

There isn’t much you can give a coffee snob as they most likely already have all the necessary tools, but a cute cup and yummy beans are usually safe bets. Coffee dripping is the latest thing in speciality caffeine, and although the Chemex is the device of choice I also thought this more affordable option looks cute.

Nerdy

I think as a couple we’re uniquely qualified for this category of gift giving, as we play more board games than most (not a game of Monopoly in sight! and I’ve read all the LOTR books. Most men would jump over the moon if you give them a quad copter (not in my budget), but this fun Lego critter would look just as cool when on display in your office.

Boardgames are tricky as we usually try to avoid getting something our friends have (Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan are popular), but Galaxy Trucker is a little more off the radar and something people of all ages can enjoy. It can even be enjoyed after an evening of excessive drinking! For the ultimate nerdy gift though, the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook is essential if they haven’t gotten into the game yet.

Clothes

The men in my lifey only buy clothes when they need it (as in when something can no longer be worn and needs to be replaced). Some of the best gifts I’ve given the men in my life are clothes that facilitate maximym comfort, like a super cosy sweater or some soft PJs. As long as you know their size and taste you can’t really go wrong. Do try to steer clear of boring underwear though and make sure that items can be returned if needed.

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If you’re still stumped for ideas, how about a cool print for his office or bachelor pad? I like this Star Wars one and this metallic one from Seven Swans. A pocket knife is always handy, and the original Swiss Army Knives can’t be beat. Basic tools like a drill bit set or Elm Key set are also always handy.

If you’re looking for something more personal, fragrance is always a good idea. This should definitely be reserved for the men you know very well as men are just as picky as us. This Hugo Boss Orange for Men is one of my personal favourites.

That is it from me! Happy shopping 🙂

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Christmas Gift Guide for Her

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My love language is definitely gifts! I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to select something for someone that they think they’ll like, which is something I do often as I love giving gifts. During Christmas however things can become a little crazy, so this gift guide should help you with some ideas and steer you in the right direction.

Beauty

It is definitely safer to stick to colour products as there will be no guessing shades of foundation, just simply whether the person will like a shade. Whether you’re buying for a makeup lover or someone that just appreciates a little bling, there really is something for everyone. This beautiful palette from LA Girl has been a hit, but if you’re looking for something high-end you really can’t go wrong with Chanel (think something like Chanel Boy lipstick). In the middle there are MAC classics like Syrup or Patisserie. I also really like the matte lipsticks from Wet ‘n Wild.

If you’re slightly apprehensive when it comes to makeup, then brushes are a really good alternative. Real Techniques do a great line available at all Clicks and some  Foschini stores, and there are also accessories like a brush cleaning glove which would be a safe bet for someone that has it all.

Fragrance is another good choice, but if you aren’t certain whether a person will like a scent stick to a smaller 30 ml. The Jo Malone fragrances are a good option as you can combine them with another one to make your own custom scent, so the recipient could possibly make it suit them by combining it with another scent. They also offer gorgeous candles and luxurious gift sets! My personal favourite fragrance is the Peony and Blush Suede, but with so many new holiday scents to choose from it could become tricky.

Home

H&M Home are seriously killing it in the home accessories department right now. I’d love any of their trivets, this or this beautiful cup and this alternative vase.

Another store to hit up would be @Home (this marble tray would be perfect for a cheese board) and Mr Price home (I want the entire Soho collection).

Accessories

Clothes can be hard to gift as you have to get the size and fit right, whereas accessories still fall into the same category but are so much easier to gift. I like giving (and receiving) jewellery that I think fits the person’s personality, but in general you can’t go wrong with quality like real silver or gold plated pieces with cubic zirconia (lets not pretend we’re giving Tiffany’s on an Accessorize budget!). Places like Lovisa, Colette and Accessorize all offer these type of pieces at varying price points. Favourites include these classic gold plated diamante studs, these ear crawlers and a classic tennis bracelet.

Handbags and purses are also good options, especially if you know things like whether the person prefers cross body, gold or silver hardware, etc. Aldo (Derogali pictured) is one of my favourite places to browse handbags but my realistic dream bag comes from Fossil. Forever New and Forever 21 also have beautiful bags.

Books

I have a Takelot book wish list that is about a mile long (desperately waiting for something to go on sale!) so I obviously think a book would make a great gift! If you know what genre the person likes, a fiction/non-fiction would be great. I personally prefer coffee table books ranging on topics like home decor, food and style. There literally is a book for every interest though, which makes it such a versatile gift.

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Typo usually has a wide selection of beautiful diaries and calendars that is equal parts pretty and functional. This diary and this nerdy calendar are some of my favourites, but there are even more in store.

Bath and shower products from Lush and The Body Shop are also always welcome. Think fun scrubs and holiday scents from The Body Shop (on 3 for 2 until Christmas!) or pink bubbles courtesy of Lush (seriously though, these bubble bars are so much better value for money than they look).

Lastly don’t forget about subscription services like magazines and flower delivery (seriously there are so many options right now – Blossom On,  All Things Bloom which delivers in beautiful boxes and Bouwer Flowers). This is truly the gift that keeps on giving!

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Merry Christmas

DSC_2325Better late than never, I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas with all their loved ones! In South Africa Christmas means beach breaks and braais (Google it!), so I’ll leave you with this peaceful image from our West Coast break. South Africa is amazing…

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Festive Home

DSC_2212Although our home is far from done and we still have a tone of decorating to do, I couldn’t resist indulging in a bit of festive decor for our home. Our home isn’t the biggest, so our Christmas touches are mostly restricted to our openplan dining/livingroom. It is also where we’ll be hosting a few Christmas parties so we’ve put out a few festive treats for our guests (but REALLY they’re for us). And I love the finished result! We’ve gone for a classic, metallic look that isn’t to over the top. Since our decor collection is quite small at the moment, there are definitely a few pieces (like a reef) that I would like to add, but maybe next year.

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December Favourites

 

As you probably know by now, I love December! It is by far my favourite month. All the glitz, the braais and the weather. Of course the end-of-year atmosphere also contributes. There are just so many fun things to look forward to this month.

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The Christmas Gift Guide

Woohoo it is time to start shopping for all your loved ones! I love the process of searching, buying, gift wrapping and then finally giving someone their gift. Although my biggest weekness is keeping quiet once I’ve bought something! I hope that my gift recommendations might spark an idea and help you find that perfect something for someone else, or yourself. Because who said you can’t buy something from Santa to you?

  1. If Garance Dore’s book is anything like her blog, I’m sure most will love it. Beautiful photographs paired with her sense of humour is a winning combo!
  2. Salad servers might not be high on everyone’s list, but these hammered copper beauties from Woolies will be.
  3. These playful golden polka dot mugs are perfect for a festive warm cuppa!
  4. If you loved Gal Meets Glam’s Baublebar collection, you’ll be happy to see that @Home has a very similar jewellery stand at a fraction of the price.
  5. Guys who love to play mixologists will appreciate a metal shaker and girls will love it for it’s class.
  6. If there is one recipe book that everyone’s mentioned this year, it is Deliciously Ella. Perfect for health freaks and great for those looking to enjoy slightly healthier meals.
  7. A denim shirt is timeless and this one is a steal from Mr Price.
  8. Trinket boxes don’t get much cuter than this one.
  9. Stripes look good on everyone, including on mens swimwear
  10. A marble cheeseboard that doesn’t cost a fortune! Great for lovely hostesses.
  11. Giving art might be a little personal, but if you know the person well enough these prints from Superbalist are amazing value (starting from only R80!), come in various designs for every style and you can even choose to frame it!
  12. Every man needs a good weekender bag. It doesn’t have to be leather, designer or super expensive. Woolworth’s W Studio and some luggage stores have more cost-effective alternatives.
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Gift Giving

DSC_1467I’m not trying to be pretentious, but I wanted to preface my gift guide with this disclaimer. Just because most of the items on the list are expensive, does not mean that these gifts are more desirable or valued. Gift guides should serve as inspiration and often cheaper alternatives are not available online, so please take each suggestion with a pinch of salt but also know that each gift I’ve chosen to feature has been carefully selected.

For me a personal gift means so much more than just rushing out to buy the latest fragrance! Don’t get me wrong, a favourite fragrance or one that you think someone will love is a great gift, it just isn’t the only great gift out there. A lot can be said for thought and presentation. For me the process of selecting the perfect gift for someone begins long before my first trip to the shops. Paying attention to obvious hints and also observing and noticing things that could simplify or make their lives more enjoyable.

Intention can also make a basic gift incredibly meaningful. Expressing your wishes for friends to enjoy a delicious truffle fillet at your favourite steakhouse when gifting them a meal voucher or explaining why you chose to gift someone plain white plates (when they had previously complained to you about their patterned ones) makes all the difference.

Finally and least important (but still making the cut), presentation! Nothing excites me as much as a beautifully wrapped present! If someone took the time to make their gift’s exterior appealing it always makes me incredibly excited about what is inside.

I’m so excited that I’ve already bought about half of my Christmas gifts and am still scouting the other half.

 

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The Christmas beauty edition

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The festive season is such an easy time to go overboard with your beauty look, and if you want to you certainly should! But over the years I’ve often found myself feeling slightly OTT. Family dinners, braais with friends or a board games evening rarely justify a perfect red pout and golden eyes. This time around I feel less certainly is more.

I love my LA Girl The Nudes palette as all the colours are right up my street. I rarely go for the extreme eye looks preferring to use one or two shades at a time. This time around I just blended the golden shimmer close to my lashes, loaded up on tonnes of mascara and added a little bit of festive colour to my pout with a Revlon Super lustrious lipgloss.

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Nails is where I go all out. I love the Essence Gel Nailpolish in Nr 14 Do you speak love? It is a lovely vampy red, probably not summer appropriate but I love it anyways! I then covered it in one layer of Wet n Wild’s Waiting for my solo. It is a warm golden-coppery glitter that has both small and chunky pieces. I applied this combo in the car a week ago for my husband’s year end work function and although it wasn’t perfect it lasted a whole week with minimal tip wear! I was so impressed that I repeated the look today. DSC_1923

What is your go-to beauty look for Christmas parties? Do you go all out or prefer a more relaxed approach?

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