The Present Problem

Each year, at Christmas time, I promise myself – I’ll be organised, I’ll buy really thoughtful gifts for everyone, I’ll cut my own spending to save for buying other’s presents. And, of course, each year, my tendency to procrastinate and my gigantic lack of self-control totally ruin these propositions. It comes to a week or so before Christmas, I’ve forgotten that it’s so soon, I’m shopping – there’s only crap left because all the sensible people have bought their gifts weeks beforehand, there’s roughly £5.50 left in my purse and I’ve still got 4 people to buy presents for. But, despite this, that’s not the main issue on my hands… My main problem is that I have absolutely no idea what to buy anyone. Interesting, yet practical, yet different, yet not going to be thrown in the bin in two months time… They’re pretty tough boxes to tick! So, today, I’m going to a) try and actually be organised and b) give you some present-purchasing assistance. Emilia Hurrell, personal shopping assistant at your service!

Right, first, let’s split things up; you’re not going to buy the same for your mum as you are your boyfriend, now, are you?


Parents and Elderly Family Members


Above: iKettle 2.0  (£99.99), Mulberry Leather Heart Keyring in Fiery  (£60.00), Viktor and Rolf 90ml Spicebomb Eau de Toilette Gift Set (£65.00), Hobbs Gabriella Scarf (£50.15 in the BF Sales!).


Above: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effects Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien (£40.00), Ted Baker Belt Gift Set (£45.00), Pop Up Diamond Candle (£24.99).

Under £20

Above: Crap CVs by Jenny Crompton (£6.99), Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit 100ml (£13.95 in BF sales), Camilla Check Blanket Scarf (£13.30 in BF sales), Thoughtful Gardener Potting Gloves and Garden Kneeler Set (£18.00), Twinings Tea Selection (£10.00).




Above: Lacoste Classic Fit Long-Sleeve Polo In Bilbury Bush Chine (£85.00), Sigma Sigmax Kabuki Kit (£59.50), Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml (£66.40).


Above: Virtual Reality Headset (£29.99), Benefit ‘Pump Up The Party!’ Gift Set (£29.50), Rainbow Lava Lamp (£25.00), ZARA Gift Card , Boux Avenue Grace Satin Briefs and Balconette Bra in Mint Mix (£46.00).

Under £20

Above: M:Tech Wall Climbing Car (£19.99), Starbucks Cocoa Duo (£16.50), Bomb Cosmetics Little Hotties Gift Pack (£15.00), MAC Lipstick (£15.50), tinc Christmas Eraser Collection (£3.95), ICK Mug (£9.95), 52 Things To Do While You Poo (£6.99).




Above: Glossybox Beauty Box Subscription (£28.50-£102.00),Crosley Cruiser Black and Gold UK Plug Record Player (£100.00), GHD Arctic Gold Platinum Styling Gift Set (£165.00).


Above: Hugo Boss 3 Pack Boxer Trunks (£35.00), LED Teak Cube Alarm Clock (£28.00), Pandora Luminous Leaves Ring (£40.00), Topshop Rose Stitch Balconette Bra and High Waisted Knickers (£32.00).

Under £20

Above: You Are My Cup Of Tea (£6.00), Toni and Guy Effortless Glamour Set (£10.00), Superman Notebook (£6.00), Lush Luxury Lush Pud (£3.95), ASOS Faux Shearling Mittens (£12.00), ASOS Gift Set With Hip Flask And Shot Glasses (£12.00),  Benefit Totally B-right Skincare Set (£15.50).


Best Friends


Above: Jack Wills Tinsbury Cable Crew Neck Jumper (£59.50),  Nixon Small Kensington Mixed Rose Gold Watch (£150.00), Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum 50ml (£61.00).


Above: theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette (£30.00), Johnny Loves Rosie Star Stud and Necklace Gift Set (£24.00), Water and Glitter iPhone 6 Case (£20.00), Pandora Rose Gold Heart Stud Earrings (£45.00), ‘Let me go back to bed’ Women’s Loose Fit T Shirt (£17.60).

Under £20

Above: The Little Book Of Foreign Swear Words (£5.99), ‘You are the pina to my colada’ Print (£14.00), Cotton Flower Incense (£5.00), The Violet Bakery Cookbook (£16.00), Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Get Me Bodied (£5.00), Hangover Rescue Balm (£8.50).


Secret Santas 

Under £20

Above: Drinking Fudge (£9.99), Camera Lense Travel Mug (£16.99), Makeup Revolution 144 Eyeshadow Palette 2016 Collection (£10.00 in BF sales).

I highly recommend sites such as Menkind, Firebox and Prezzybox for novelty style secret santa gifts.


And for me? Well a SelfyStore #Blogger Bundle Kit and some lighting equipment would go down a treat!

I hope I’ve helped!

Emilia x


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