A Christmas gift guide for all budgets

December 11, 2015
Chamney's Spa a well earned treat bath therapy


Temple Spa The Big Reveal glycolic peel


Jimmi Jamms come in a milk catron package
Yes, it’s that time of year when we have to part with our heard-earned cash and rack our brains to buy that something special for someone special.  But where to start?  And apart from Not on the High Street, where can you go to find something that’s, well, not on the High Street?
Well, to solve that conundrum, I have put together the gift guide below, which covers him and her across a range of budgets.  So whether you’re shopping for a Secret Santa, your best friend or significant other, here are some suggestions that may just be the ticket:

Budget Christmas gift ideas…

For her:

Champney's Spa Therapy bubble bath, foot cream and sleep balm

Champneys skincare – under £10

Mark my words, these Champneys products may be under £10 each, but there is nothing budget about them.  A range used in Champneys Spas, which have been pampering people since 1925, the range of moisturisers, body washes, shower gels and balms look, feel and smell luxurious.

For him:

British Museum design laptop case

British Museum laptop case – £5.99 on sale

On a recent visit to London’s British Museum, I couldn’t resist picking up this super cute laptop case which features a quirky postcard style design.  I’m on the hunt for a lighter smaller laptop for next year, and this will be the perfect encasement (yes, that’s right, I bought the laptop case before the laptop.  Deal with it).

For them:

Hari Gotra curry kits in Tikka Masala and Rogan Josh flavour

Hari Ghotra’s curry kits – £3.50 each

Now courtesy of being Asian, I have every spice imaginable in my cupboard.  But if you don’t, the Hari Ghotra curry kits – containing all the herbage, leaves and powders required for specific dishes – may come in handy.  I’m super excited to road-test my Rogan Josh kit, as it’s a dish I’ve only ever tried in restaurants.  In fact, I’ve found that cooking with family or your partner is a great way of bonding, once you’re done elbowing each other for space.

Mid-range Christmas gifts ideas…

For her:

Jimmi Jamms yellow, white and blue flannel pyjamas

Jimmi Jamms Heritage Flannel set – £28.00

These super cute, flannel pyjamas are the perfect Christmas gift.  Jimmi Jamms have a range of nighties, from short sets, to dressing gowns and even hoodies, all with the cute, heritage Jimmi Jamms branding.  It’s also an ideal gift for winter, as it’s so darn cold!  Oh and also, given the fact that the set arrives in a milk carton, it’s possible the quirkiest gift you’ll give this year.

For him:

Dove's men's washbag includes shave balm, deodorant and shower gel

Dove Men+Care Gift set including washbag – £12.00

Given that we don’t actually celebrate Christmas, my husband did a pretty good impression of a child on Christmas Day when Dove’s Men+Care gift set came through the post.  Not only is the washbag neat and super practical (plus it’s in a many shade of grey), the gifts are usable.  I mean, who doesn’t love Dove?

Luxury Christmas gift ideas…

For her:

Jamela face masks contain pure gold

Jamela Luxury Golden Crystal Collagen Face Masks – £49.50

How do you gift the women who has it all?  Why, you pour melted gold on her face, of course.  Not literally though, anyone who’s
seen Game of Thrones Season One will know that’s not such a good idea.  However, Jamela’s face mask offers the next best thing.  This face mask actually contains mineral gold.  Yes, gold. Best of all (for me) its halal certified.  Keep your eyes peeled on the blog and vlog, as I’ll be reviewing this mask in the New Year.
Temple Spa's The Big Reveal, face mask and Look on the Bright Side

Temple spa – between £25.00 – £40.00

For a gift with the blingy wow factor, you need look no further than Temple Spa’s uber-fancy range.  Now I’ve reviewed Temple Spa’s Look on the Bright Side, and I loved it’s brightening effect (see the review here).
Temple Spa's Look on the Bright Side bottle
Now I promise I will get round to reviewing The Big Reveal glycolic facial peel, and their face masks, but I just can’t get past the
beauty of the packaging. But I promise I will.  And I’ll share my thoughts for posterity.  So for a serious wow factor and beauty worthy of a place on the fanciest of dressing tables, give the gift of Temple Spa.

For him

Braun Cruzer Face for features a trimmer and shaver

Braun Cruzer face – £69.99

For a practical gift for him, why not opt for Braun’s all in one wet and dry shaver.  The multi-tasking product has a trimmer and shaver and can work on your beard, face and head. As my husband is more of a beard trimmer than a clean shaver, he’ll be putting the tool to good use.And it seems that groomed facial fluff is something we all want for Christmas, as a survey from Braun shows:

Festive survey on facial fluff infographic from Braun

And finally… something for the kids
Bananagrams - the fun alternative to Scrabble

Bananagrams – £14.99

Whether you’ve got children of your own, or small people to entertain over the holidays, Banagrams is a brilliant way of peeling them away from the IPAD. I was introduced to Bananagrams earlier this year, and it’s never failed to entertain my nephews and nieces, and I enjoy playing it myself.  It’s like scrabble with a banana-twist, and the novelty games hark back to the days we didn’t have computers and we had to use our brains and talk to one another.
What will you be gifting this Christmas?  And what’s on your wish list? Let me know with a comment below.

About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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