I don't know about you guys, but the women that are hardest to buy for in my life don't include my mum or my family - they're my brother's girlfriend and my girlfriend's mum and suchlike people. With my mum, I know that I can get her a bar of Turkish Delight and a bottle of wine and just be done with it but with the other women in my life, it's a little harder - you want to get them an impressive present and you also probably want to make sure you don't offend them. In their honour, I put together some bits and pieces for the hard women to buy for in ourselves (and only some are cliche).
This is one of those products that you can't believe you haven't been using your whole life - it's a gradual tanner with no DHA. Supposedly, within around 3 days this will react with your skin and create a golden glow. I don't think this creates a golden glow but it definitely does add a luminous quality to the skin - it's a good addition to anyone's skincare regime and at £20, its not going to break the bank (and it looks like it's worth more than you'll pay).
You can't really go wrong with a candle - there is nobody who doesn't like a good candle, even if they don't actually light them. For this one, I decided against the traditional candle brands and opted for the ever adorable Primrose Hill. These aren't the cheapest, their large candles retail at £20-£25, however you can pick your ribbon choice, your glass colour and then your scent (Christmas Cranberry is a favourite, however I can vouch for the Gingerbread as well). There's something just a little more personal about a lesser known candle brand and one where you've picked all the specifics, at least in my opinion.
This is a little different - a subscription box literally full of tea. This is one of those gimmicky presents, but it is adorable - you can get all different varieties of tea including a flowering tea (a flower that blooms and infuses) and even a caffeine free box. These work out pretty cheap at £4.50 per box, so for a box a week for a month you wouldn't even shell out £20; something a little different to consider as a gift that gives for a little bit longer (also a great choice for a present you don't have to wrap if you've you know, theoretically forgot to buy something until Christmas Eve.) You get 4 teas in a box, and even some fillable tea bags if that's your jam - pretty cool.
On the theme of tea - Crabtree and Evelyn have some brilliant food and tea offerings this Christmas (who even knew they did food, right?) I've had the chance to sample these, the Christmas Pudding Biscuits and their breakfast teas and can vouch for all three, but these are the standout - think nutella in a creamy biscuit; I demolished the whole packet in about a minute. Not one as a standalone present but add tons together to make a hamper or chuck them in with some other bits and pieces and you're golden.
Back to a more traditional offering here, but I thought this was a good call for people you might not know too well, even if it is a little cliche. Baylis and Harding have tons and tons of offerings this year, but this one is £45 and contains a dressing gown, body cleanser, body cream and some foot soak crystals. This one is the sleep set - the Lavender and Bergamot scent - but they do have a few others. Potentially a bit of an easy gift, but a lovely one nonetheless.
I was lucky enough to be able to try out all 8 of the fragrances from Aura Soma Pegasus and all are gorgeous, although some definitely aren't for me. The real bottles for these are absolutely gorgeous (go and take a look, seriously) and all of the fragrances are made using only organic and natural essential oils, they're also intended to "Demonstrate the visual and non-visual energies of colour". I really like these, overall, but my top three are 30, 56 and 80. I do particularly like 56 though, it's sweet without being too floral and a very wearable daily scent. These don't come cheap at £85, but if you're looking to splash out and get something a little special - these are my recommendation.
So, there's my picks for hard women to buy for in your life (or men, because some of these things are awesome) - let me know what you think!
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