It’s that glorious time of year again where we like to play a classic game of one Christmas present for me, one Christmas present for you. If you’re in the market to treat yourself (or need to fling a link over to your clueless partner) then we’ve compiled a gift guide full of some of our favourite things on the internet right now. They’ll make for perfect gifts for your sister or best mate, too.
There’s a good mix of bits and bobs for various budgets, with some easy to track down high street finds alongside gorgeous presents from independent brands and gifts that give back with donations to charity.
Take a scroll down to – fingers crossed – find some inspiration (you can also check out our gifts for under-£30 over here).
And, as always, there’s no pressure to buy anything or use our links. Just click on past if this isn’t your bag.
We’re sucker for a beanie hat and Marks & Spencer have a cracking range of colours this year, which aside from some great basic shades also includes some bangin’ brights. Hannah’s got her eye on the hot pink.
We are OBSESSED with Beauty Pie’s Wondercolour Shadow Sticks. A great budget buy for your make-up bag that allows for quick and fuss-free everyday eye shadow application in seconds. There’s a new set of four mini sticks in their Christmas gifting range for under £20. Lovely jubbly. Find more of our fave ever Beauty Pie products here and, as a Christmas gift from us to you, new members can get £10 off a Beauty Pie membership (annual or monthly) with code THELEOPARDSENTME.
You are absolutely never too old for a mermaid cushion as demonstrated in such chic fashion by The Cornrow. Their Venus and Aaun cushions sell-out quick so get to it.
For anyone else who’s reached an age where they’re no longer able to sleep without an eye mask, let us point you in the direction of the most fabulous one we’ve spied online. So cute!
The most delicious (and ethical) chocolate on the high street now comes in this glorious three-pack of the ‘new classics’. You can get three weighty share-size bars of Milk Crispy Wafer, Milk Creamy Hazelnut Crunch and Milk Caramel Wafer shipped to the UK from the official website. Heaven.
You just cannot beat a fresh pair of fluffy slippers (or, ahem, house shoes) for Christmas. We love these cool faux fur lined ones with several dreamy designs to choose from.
Perfect for fellow Animal Crossing lovers is a themed candle from lockdown start-up & Chai. These beauties are all hand-poured soy wax and come in scents like ‘Celeste’ and ‘Able Sisters’ which have notes of things like vanilla, peony and rhubarb. Heaven. For more of our fave budget candles, check out this post.
We don’t care what anyone says, there’s nothing greater than a fresh pair of socks hidden in your Christmas stocking. This leopard print sports style from New Look are just the ticket.
Having all survived in loungewear for the best part of the past two years, we’re definitely always in the market for a new set. This jazzy colourful combo from Never Fully Dressed is at the top of our list.
Never Fully Dressed True Love Knitted Set, £79 for top and £79 for trousers
The item literally no-one knew they needed? A McDonald’s sauce holder for their car. Perfect for all those times you whip through the Drive Thru in your PJs and then eat your gourmet meal with a decadent view of the car park.
We had no idea we’d grow up to become the kind of gals who lose their shit over a sexy pack of matches but The Frugality’s x Frances Costelloe’s deep green and blush pink design is bloody ace.
Another one of our fave lockdown start-up companies is Hand & Palm, who produce gorgeous colourful prints that instantly transform any space from your bedroom to your home office. Find more places to shop artwork for under £20 here.
Sustainable high street brand Nobody’s Child recently launched their first pyjama collection and we’re obsessed. There are plenty of gorgeous prints to choose from, and the Daphenie floral set is made from super soft organic cotton. Yes please! Find more of our fave pyjamas here.
Move over initial mugs because Oliver Bonas just raised the game with the sweetest initial plant pots – perfect for homing your desk cactus.
The tiniest suitcase in the Away line-up, the Mini. It’s the perfect teeny tiny piece for storing all your make-up or toiletries for a trip away. Hannah was gifted one for review about 18 months ago and has stored her every day make-up in ever since. Shouldn’t be a gamechanger, somehow it is. Comes in plenty of colour options.
Personally Victimized By My Own Child, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like F This and I’m Not Coming Unless There’s Wine are just some of the LOLz names of Ryan Porter’s genius candles. We feel seen.
There’s lots of great gift sets available from Glossier this Christmas – including the new candle set, oo-er – but we’ve got our eye on the new version of their iconic Balm Dot Com. Who doesn’t want cookie butter flavoured lip balm?
Illustrator, art director and designer Shanée Benjamin’s Community puzzle is an “ode to the feminine form in all shapes and sizes. It’s also the perfect way to spend those lazy days between Christmas and New Year.
Designed by ex-magazine art director Bryony MacQueen, Muriel & Me’s Blossom Collection features sweetpeas, snowdrops and more beautiful blooms splashed on tea towels and coasters.
Cressida Jamieson’s bespoke embroidery has got quite the cult following – join the fan club with her Love jumper, designed specially for charity War Child.
Up your self-care game with Aysha Bell’s Energy Cleansing Meditation box. Inside you’ll find downloadable meditations and affirmation cards, a lavender & geranium candle, a large sage stick and two palo santo sticks. And relax.
We’re obsessed with stylist Bertie Bowen’s nostalgic jewellery designs. Candy coloured beads, chic pearls and retro smileys; these pieces are guaranteed to spark joy.
Calling all crafters! From soy wax food wraps to homemade herbal bath bombs, you’ll never be stuck for a present idea again thanks to this book full of eco-friendly and sustainable gift ideas.
Nail two presents in one go and twin with your little one before she’s too grown up to be embarrassed about it.
From essentials for daily survival to tools to build a better future, Choose Love’s store offers many brilliant ways to help someone in need from as little as £10. If you buy on someone’s behalf, you can create a personalised e-card to let them know.
Treat yourself or someone you love to a personal styling session or professional wardrobe declutter with sustainable stylist Sophia.
Exactly what it says on the tin, this Bobbi Brown set contains some of the brands bestsellers including the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Soothing Cleansing Oil, Extra Eye Repair Cream, Smokey Eye Mascara and Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in a wearable Golden Pink shade.
Give your go-to white tee a glow up with The Marcon Collection’s handmade reversible collar crafted from vintage Laura Ashley fabric.
Popping to the shops, but make it fashion. Designed by model and stylist duo Heidi Murray and Chloe Forde, Ace & Prince’s popping totes are the new ‘it’ bag.
We’re officially old enough to appreciate napkins as a Christmas present, and we’re not mad about it.
If you pop some essential oils in Oliver Bonas’ chic sage green diffuser, have a lie down and close your eyes you could almost be in a spa. Kind of.
A little dry shampoo and this dreamy personalised bow barette et voila – day three hair has never looked so good.
100% of the profits from this beautifully illustrated phone case go to Women’s Aid. With the number of calls to domestic abuse helplines soaring during lockdown, your support is vital.
Delicious vegan recipes that save time, washing up and the planet? Yes please.
We’re very much here for secondhand gifting, and these fabulously kitsch flamingoes have got kitchen #shelfie written all over them.
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