A very real Christmas gift guide

December 20, 2016

A very real Christmas gift guide  


Now you may well have had your fill of Christmas gift guides, so another one, posted very late in the day, may not be so welcome.

However, in a bid to be as unfiltered as possible, I present to you a gift guide that’s accessible, for all budgets and contains products that I can totally vouch for myself. How? Because I’ve either trialled them, gifted them, or been gifted myself. Each suggestion has a story.

So none of this aspirational Goop nonsense, here are some great gifts that will impress. And if you hop to it and get next day delivery, you should hopefully make your Christmas deadline.


Fox’s Fabulously Biscuit Selection, RRP £4       

Fox's Fabulously biscuit selection

So despite trying to be super healthy for most of the year, when hubby brought this biscuit selection home, I couldn’t be happier. Get this box, and you’ll make someone else super happy too!

Available in large supermarkets, £4.00.


Buckley bracelets, under £20

Three Buckley bracelets in rose gold and gold

I’ve realised that spending too much time around duty free at the airport can be dangerous.

After browsing the usual counters of Pandora and Swarovski, I turned my attention to a stack of gorgeous bracelets from a brand I’d never heard of – Buckley. The delicate bracelets were beautiful in their variations of rope and chain coming in rose, gold and silver hues.

Anyway, I assumed they’d be on a par with Pandora or Links of London price-wise, but to my surprise, they were a real bargain. Even without the duty free discount, the bracelets are under £20, therefore totally stackable. Which is why I had to buy three.

Grab yours now at Buckley London.


Skagen watch, around £120 

Black leather Skagen watch

So on the same said duty free stop, my husband totally hustled me by offering to buy my Buckley bracelets. I of course was over the moon, and felt obliged to offer to buy him anything he likes. And he happened to like a Swiss watch, which at £120, was worth twice the price of all my bracelets. He played a master stroke.

Anyway, I have to admit, the Skagen watch is a thing of beauty. It’s the simplest, lightest, cleanest watch I’ve seen. And as far as quality goes, with its Swiss parts, I think it’s a sound investment.

Order your Skagen watch here.


Caudalie Resveratrol Night Infusion Cream, £38   

Resveratrol Night Infusion Cream

I’ve been plagued with post-holiday dry skin, and Caudalie totally came to the rescue. This night cream is spongy to the touch, light when spread but nourishing for your skin. You only need the tiniest amount to work wonders, and it even comes with a handy spatula so you don’t ruin the cream with your fingers. Now that is POSH.

Caudalie’s Night Infusion Cream is available from QVC for £38.00.


Braun 7 Satin Hair brush, RRP £28.99   

Braun Iontec hairbrush Satin 7

Now, regular readers will know I’ve had more than a few brushes with Braun. I use their epilator (including their FACIAL EPILATOR. You read that right, check out my review here), and I’ve trialled their hair diffuser.

So it is with a certain amount of authority that I suggest their Satin Hair 7 hairbrush as a festive suggestion. It makes your hair super shiny, which is a bonus for me as I’m often plagued with dull hair.

I reviewed the predecessor Braun Iontec Brush, which you can see here.

The brush is available at Superdrug.

Speaking of Braun, here’s a suggestion for him:


Braun Series 3, RRP 139.99  

Braun wet and dry shaver series 3

Hair removal seems to play a big part in all my gift guides. Well what can I say, we’re a hairy family. And for the hairy beast in your life, Braun Series 3 is just the ticket. It can be used as a wet or dry shaver, and comes with a long hair trimmer too, so it’s truly multifunctional. I’ve raved about Braun previously for their lasting factor, and I’ve got male family members who wear by Braun, so it’s a good investment gift.

Available at Boots.com.


Filofax Malden Ochre organiser, approx. £50

Brown leather Filofax diary

This will appear in probably every gift guide I do. I simply love my Malden organiser. Ever since I missed a meeting because I didn’t have my phone to get a GMAIL alert, I decided it was time to go back to basics. So now every appointment I have is written down in my Filofax, and I’ve never missed a date since.

Yes, it’s a little pricey at £50. But the beauty of the organiser is that you can use it forever, you simply replace weekly planner inside. I’ve had mine for over a year, and honestly, it looks prettier as it ages.

So if you want to go retro, go gift an organiser. You can get a Filofax from WHSmith.


We are Tea Darjeeling afternoon tea, under £5

A tin of Darjeeling afternoon tea

Give a gift with conscience with We Are Tea’s Fairtrade tea. Using whole leaf tea bags, the Darjeeling tea is a much lighter infusion (it must have less tannin) therefore great if you want to keep your pearly smile.

Grab your tea here.


Fairtrade chocolate, £2.69 

Bar of chocolate and gold coin

Another feel-good gift, the Fairtrade foundation have managed to create chocolates that taste good as well as DO good. Also, with high cocoa %, it’s perfect for the dark chocolate lover. I’ve been chomping on their mint chocolate bar. I would have shared a photo, but it’s half eaten.

Available in larger Sainsbury’s stores.

Samsung Gear VR headset, £54.99  

Samsung Gear V3 headset

OK, so this is for the big kid in your life. When my hubby first got his hands on the Samsung Galaxy VR headset, he was like a child at Christmas. Quite literally. He did not stop playing with it for days, and discovered a new virtual reality world of 360 views of different countries, an old-fashioned theatre and more. He was obsessed, I was a tech widow, but I have to admit, it was pretty cool.

If you want a gadget-y gift, pick up the Samsung Gear VR headset. But bear in mind, it’s only compatible with Samsung smartphones. Obvs.

Available on Amazon.


Bath relaxer

Inflatable bath pillow

I feel that bathtime is an underrated necessity of modern life. After all, how else can you wind down when you don’t want to watch Netflix? The only problem that I have with bathtime is that I simply can’t lie down. Weird I know. If you know someone weird like me, this inflatable pillow will be just the ticket.

Get your bath relaxer here.



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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