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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Author: Naomi Liddell

I must have gone through about six cups of tea whilst shopping around for this gift guide. Take it from me, it’s highly likely you’ll fall down a rabbit hole of novelty nonsense whilst online gift shopping at this time of year. I guess it’s called the silly season for a reason. But if you want to skip the filler and jump straight to gorgeous gift options for the favourite people in your life (and your Secret Santa work colleague) then grab your list and come shopping with me…

 
For Her

 

Let’s lead with the big guns… The Dyson Airwrap. I now know a few people who have one (or have tried it) and the opinion is undivided. It’s amazing. One friend even said it’s the best thing to happen to hairstyling since GHDs (which is a serious accolade).  Have a Chanel lover in your life? Then look no further than this gorgeous crimson red bottle of Christmas Edition Chanel No 5.  And if you’d like to buy a luxe gift that you know will get a lot of love and use, then this beautiful leather Reiss cross body bag ticks those boxes. 
Every year, The White Company sell out of their pom pom scarves, perfect for someone you love (that includes yourself, right?) so be quick to snap up this monochrome one
One of my favourite new-to-me finds is ARKET. Their homeware section is everything I want, ever. Namely this beautiful Klippan Olle blanket and this unique glass flower pot. I have a jasmine plant in my bedroom that would look so chic in that. 
Have a sentimental friend? This One Line Per Day 5 Year Diary in celestial print is the perfect paper lovers gift. It’s firmly on my wish list.
Now to shamelessly plug Charlotte’s Rock My Wedding book. Full of gorgeous imagery and timeless advice, it’s ideal for that someone you know who’s recently engaged or in the throes of wedding planning.
And finally, for all the dog lovers out there, this tote is both a cute (and practical) alternative to gimmicky pet lover books. 

 
For Him

 

I tried to narrow down these bag selections for the fellas, but I figured that they each serve a different purpose, like this everyday Herschel backpack would be perfect for someone you know with a hefty commute and this very stylish leather weekender would be great for well… Weekends. 
Reiss always have a beautiful cufflink selection. Minimal but unique, any of them (although these brass bars are my favourite), would make a great gift for someone special. 
And for a fancy gift that would get years of use, this Herringbone Tweed overcoat from Joules would make a dapper man out of any.
H&M have some excellent men’s gift options this year, with this grey linen dressing gown and these navy mocassin style slippers being a couple of my favourites. 
If you’re looking for some quality toiletries then the manly smell of this Neals Yard set is going to give you the good kind of eyerolls. 
A plastic substitution is a great gift choice for anyone in your life and I particularly like this grey collapsible coffee cup from Oliver Bonas.
And since we love a rainbow here at RMS, let’s give you an option to impose some multicoloured style onto one of your menfolk.

 
 
For Secret Santa and Stocking Fillers

 

At first glance, this wonky table fixing key ring seemed quite gimmicky, but on reflection, the amount of times I’ve folded up the nearest napkin to stop my involuntary table leaning habit from spilling drinks means I am now hoping for one in my stocking. 
Socks are an inevitable stocking filler, so they may as well be cute, like these pom-pom slipper socks or these, you guessed it, rainbow socks
The Ren Moroccan Rose Bath Oil is a little bottle of pure luxury that goes a long, long way.
There was something about the delicate illustrations on this wildflower mug that made me think of a few green thumbs in my life. 
I am someone who regularly asks my husband to “tell me something lovely” when I’m feeling low or stressed, but I think I now need this book to soothe my anxious mind. 

 
For The Kids

 

If it’s time to buy your kiddo a tablet, skip the overpriced big name ones (realistically they’re likely to just use them for games and youtube) and get a much more reasonably priced Amazon Fire, with colourful protective cover of course.
My Ethan loooooved his balance bike. But if I had known of this beautiful, minimal, chalkboard balance bike, I would absolutely have opted for it instead. 
A while back we featured these rabbit storage baskets on our Instastories and you lot LOVED them. So I had to throw them in here. 
These kitty earphones are too cute to not feature. And if you know a kid that’s jumping on the return of the snap bracelet trend then this unicorn one would make the perfect stocking filler. 
And finally, an iconic and timeless fluffy friend, I don’t know any kid that wouldn’t love to see Paddington Bear on Christmas Morning. 

 

So there you have it. A big ole round up of all the internet pretty from the shops. Hopefully, that will help you strike some of those names off your present purchasing list. 
Have you spotted anything in your online travels that we should know about?

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9 thoughts on “The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2018

  1. You’ll fall down a rabbit hole of novelty nonsense —- this is ME, hah!

    I can’t bear James Dyson’s hypocritical views on Brexit so made the decision not to buy any more Dyson stuff…kind of regretting that decision now…!

    I wish they would make that balance bike in an adult size, I’d be all over it.

    Happy Christmas everyone! Thanks for the round up, Naomi.

    1. Happy Christmas Kate!! Yes, I wasn’t on board with James Dyson either… But his products are SO good 🙈
      To be honest, it’s been that long since I’ve been on a bike, I’d probably have to start with a balance one anyway 😂

  2. The wonky table fixing key ring is an ideal stocking filler for my husband, who can’t bear a wobbly table! Thanks Naomi

  3. The problem I have is family members asking what they can buy for my husband! It’s hard enough for me to think of something good!! And I always find it awkward on pricing when giving suggestions so try to stick around £30. Slippers, screwdrivers, t shirts, wine have all been bought. Any more ideas lovely people? Specifically for my parents to give my husband!! And before you ask, yes I’ve asked him for ideas but he can’t think of any. Men!!

    1. So difficult to keep coming up with original ideas isn’t it!? My Husband is hinting for a new belt – something slightly posher than he’d buy himself. Reiss have some lovely ones that aren’t (tooo) pricey.

    2. Craft beers, vinyl, his football team’s kit for 5 asides, a homemade hamper with his fave foods like fancy cheeses. I like Katies suggestion of something basic, but a nicer version that he wouldn’t buy himself like a new wallet? I’m just throwing out the things I’ve given over as suggestions for my husband’s gifts 😂

  4. A voucher isn’t very exciting but my brother gave my husband a cinema voucher (wrapped up with a box of popcorn) last year. My hubby was really chuffed – although it did mean we had to see his choice of film.

    Nice coffee with a syrup and amaretti biscuits also went down well.

    I’m struggling to think of ideas for my Dad – he already has every tool and gadget imaginable. I try not to buy things that will clutter up the house, so he usually ends up with food and drink.

  5. Love this post.

    Can you please do an updated TV recommendations post so I have something to binge on over Christmas and NY?

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