Lifestyle: Luxury Gift Ideas

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We all know that one lady who loves her luxury. Whether she can’t be spotted without her Marc Jacobs bag in tow, or detests staying in anywhere else but 5 star hotels, she’s a premium princess. So how do you shop affordable gifts for someone like this?

Well, for one, you don’t need piles of pounds to get a special gift that sits under £100, but has the wow factor. To make it abit easier for you. I’ve painstakingly searched out the very best gift ideas for women who love luxe, and won’t settle for anything less than ‘special’. These pretty little items will surprise and delight even the most discerning lady, whether it appears in her stocking, or wrapped neatly under the tree.

So here’s my guide to the best gifts for women who have everything, including many affordable gifts, as well as some treats that are a bit more luxurious…

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Premium Make-up

Impress the girl who has everything with some stunning make-up, in particularly make-up that is packaged just as pretty as the products . My favourite recommendation of the moment is from Stila, who have indulged in some gorgeous gold ombre packaging to present matte gold cased products. The number one item from Stila that will wow just about anybody has to be the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette.

Not only does it look super special, but when you open up the gold casing and take in the 7 smoldering shades which compliment any complexion, you know this palette is a keeper. It literally presents all you need for the perfect contour and blush, as well as chic, easy-to-use shimmer and matte eye colors for day to evening looks.

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It is so ridiculously lovely that I would love to gift it to every girly I know, because it’s just that special. For some handy hints on which tone selection to pick, you can check out the Stila website here for more inspiration.

At £28 for the palette, it’s the perfect make-up gift, and why not throw in an eyebrow pencil or lip liner to?

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Luxury Fragrance

Lets face it, we’d all love to gift someone Chanel No. 5, but at £68 for just 50 ml, it would leave us with little spare! There are so many more other fragrances out there that look super pretty and gorgeous on that dressing room table, including one of my all time favourites, Givenchy Hot Couture. It’s such an old-school parfum that was big when I was back at University, a whole 10 years ago. It was known as being classy, grown-up and sophisticated, and to this day it’s my go-to favourite. It’s tall, delicate bottle and minimal design makes it look elegant for the luxury lover.

For a more ‘pretty’ and ‘cool’ vibe, my next recommendation includes the classic, all-round favourites from DKNY. Whether your friends/family/colleagues are hot on designer brands or seeking the undiscovered, these sphere shaped shiny silver lid parfums are just divine.

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I have a new favourite – the DKNY Fresh Blossom Eau De Parfum which comes in the pastel pink glass bottle. It’s a light-hearted, intensely feminine scent, part of the popular DKNY Be Delicious collection. Fresh Blossom is a scent blends sparkling grapefruit, cassis and sun-kissed apricot with blooming floral hearts of sheer muguet and petally rose, wrapped in luminous jasmine. Keeping with the iconic Be Delicious theme, it also features the crisp apple sensation.

With fragrant notes of Grapefruit, Cassis, Apricot, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Apple, Blond Woods and Smooth Skin Accord, it’s ideal for that super girly girl.

The green bottle of ‘Be Delicious’ is a little more fresher, and is the perfect scent for those daytime spritzes. Whichever one you feel like gifting, you’ll be parting with around £48 for 50ml, which makes so much more sense than the over popular and over priced Chanel numbers!

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Home Decor

There’s nothing more lovely and thoughtful than receiving home wear gifts. Sometimes they can be seen as a bit daring, I mean, how do you know what someone likes to have in their home? How do you know what scents they like to capture, or what colour scheme to stick to? Home decor sure is personal, but there are a number of gifts that you just can;t go wrong with. Candles and diffusers are by far the most successful home gifts, and I’m yet to come across any ladies who wouldn’t appreciate these.

If the lady you are gifting is quite particular and likes luxury home items, those which decorate and add a touch of premium to the home, then diffusers are your saviors. You can get them in stunning glass display bottles which resemble exquisite perfumes, and generally act as a work of art.

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My latest favourite is the range from Culti, available at luxury living retailer Rooi. Their range of reed room diffusers are so appealing to the eye and come in a range of drop dead gorgeous scents. The one I’m showcasing above and below is the Culti DecorMareminerale Reed Room Diffuser, which comes in this dark and moody square shape glass bottle. This scent lets you capture all the stimulating and oxygenating energy of the sea, diving headlong into the foam of its waves. Breathe, bathe, collect shells and driftwood as you stroll leisurely along the shore.

The uplifting scent of fresh Sea Chord, Sap and Mineral Musk really is the ultimate well-being touch any ladies home needs! I find these make lovely additions to bathrooms, bedrooms or living rooms, so chose a scent you feel matches the needs of the gift receiver!

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Pampering Body Products

Last but not least, lots of ladies don’t like to buy themselves body pampering products because lets face it – they make much better gifts. It’s like fragrance, who wants to buy their own? The latest beauty products I’ve been trying out on myself are from Exuviance, a brand dedicated to creating dermatologist developed skincare. Their Bionic Body Polishing Masque is absolutely divine, by far one of the best all over exfoliators and skin smoothers I’ve had. It Like an indulgent spa treatment, the new Bionic Body Polishing Masque from Exuviance promises to buff, smooth and soften rough skin from top to toe.

Their Retexturising Treatment is also rather special, as its an intense resurfacing body lotion ideal for smoothing bumpy skin on the arms and legs. It works with it’s blend of 5% Glycolic Acid and 5% Gluconolactone/Lactobionic Acid, gently exfoliating to remove dead skin cells. These two products used together have honestly gave me the silkiest skin yet.

When thinking about gifting premium body pampering products, think of those approved by dermatologists. These type of brands use a combination of science backed research and natural ingredients to give a real high quality result.

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Keep your eyes peeled for more handy gift guides popping up around October, November and December. Nothing beats being early….

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