With only twelve more sleeps till Christmas, now is the time to start ordering gifts if you haven’t done so yet. With lock down restrictions and limitations on shopping hours, ordering online is probably the most sensible thing to do. But don’t panic, cause I got it covered. Tick off your list with these gift picks that I personally use and love!
Gifts for the Home-maker
Update your coffee table with the recently launched fashion illustration book by Megan Hess: The illustrated world of Couture. The book is boasting with illustrations of gorgeous gowns and signature styles from haute couture designers. Megan Hess never disappoints. Dress your table with the new Villeroy & Boch collection Metro Chic that is inspired by the art deco era. The geometric gold and black prints exude elegance and luxury. Ambiance isn’t just created by what you see but also by what you smell and hear. With the Limited edition home diffuser sticks from Zara Home your space subtly fills up with the scent of freshly baked gingerbread cookies and soft notes of cinnamon and spices. It instantly creates a warm and cozy atmosphere. The nice velvet touches on the bottle and box make it an ultra chic gift. The retro style metal portable bluetooth speaker from Muzen1964 comes in different candy colored hues and isn’t just cute but also solid. The sound is amazing so be prepared to blast those Christmas jingles into the house. (muzenaudio.com) The trend of Christmas 2020 is twisted and spiral taper candles. Although there are many brands out there selling them, Hay has the widest range of colours.
Gifts for the Self-Hair Care Seeker
I’m very excited about all of these hair care gifts I’m using daily. Some of these products have been life-changing for me. I’ve been using the Oribe hair care products for years now and it has changed my hair’s structure and shine immensely. From the shampoo, dry shampoo, conditioner to the anti-humidity spray and hair mask, I can vouch for all of them. The Oribe Gold Lust Holiday kit is beautiful and makes a perfect gift. (babassu.nl or oribe.com) The hair brushes from Rock & Ruddle not only look fun with over 60 different prints, they are also one of the best hair brushes out there. The natural boar bristles add shine to your hair, detangle your hair and massage your scalp at the same time. (skins.nl / johnbeerens.com / rockandruddle.com). I don’t wash my hair daily so to keep it dry and frizz-free I use a shower cap. The shower caps from ssshowercaps.com come in so many stylish prints that it’s hard to choose. What makes these so special beside the design is that they’re made of a nano-tech fabric that repels water on a molecular level, which means it’s not just waterproof, it’s also hydrophobic. Water beads up and slides right off and it dries in just seconds!
Instead of wearing perfume I sometimes prefer to spray my hair with Chanel No. 5 Hair Mist. It’s much more subtle and lasts all day. My best discovery of the year are the Slip Silk pillow cases. Sleeping on a pure silk pillow case is better for your skin and your hair as it absorbs less moist and dirt and your hair glides over it without any friction. Since I’ve been using Slip Silk I don’t wake up with frizzy hair, tangles, or a bedhead. (bijenkorf.nl / slipsilkpillowcase.co.uk ) The best hair dryers and styling tools are from GHD, Good Hair Day. They are used by professionals due to its power, multiple temperatures and speed and the polished finish it creates. I finally get that salon style at home! And last, I recommend the Olaplex hair care product that add brilliance and nurture your hair. I Iove the Olaplex Holiday Gift Set that includes 4 of the key steps of the Olaplex hair routine. My favourite product is the Bonder which hydrates and adds a natural shine to your hair, plus it smells amazing. ( Olaplex.nl / haarspullen.nl / johnbeerens.com )
Gifts for your Furry Friend
Your dog as a member of the family also gets a gift, right? I’m smitten by the doggie toys from Haute Diggity Dog and the vegan organic leather leashes from Pink Papyrus . For a healthy special treat check out the Dog Macarons from Bonne et Filou
Gifts for the Covid-conscious
Self-isolation and cocooning inside the house to avoid risks of catching Covid doesn’t have to be boring. I and many others enjoy the stress-free time where for once you don’t have to do anything and don’t have to feel guilty for cocooning. Cocooning starts with the right slippers or socks. These fluffy reindeer house boots are warming and super cute. (hunkemoller.nl) A Princess Popcorn maker is indispensable to make those Netflix evenings like a true movie theater experience. To stay fit and sane, why not give a subscription to DownDog, a brilliant app with work outs, barre, yoga and meditation lessons on all levels. ( downdogapp.com/). The Fornasetti design face mask (amara.co.uk) is a real head turner if you do need to go out and the Marie Stella Maris hand sanitizer gel is such a relief with its moisturizing effect and invigorating fragrance. To nourish and soften hands, the Diptyque exfoliating hand wash with honey is a great gift, even after the pandemic. (diptyque.eu / skins.nl / Bijenkorf.nl)