I think opening stockings is one of the best bits about Christmas; who doesn’t? All those lovely little packages wrapped up in pretty paper just smiling at you and waiting to be enjoyed.
Now we have two little boys, this time of year is even more exciting than before and with two weeks to go before the big day it is already chaos in our house and that’s before the tree goes up.
I know Christmas is all about the children, but today I have come up with some stocking fillers that I am pretty sure you ladies would love, along with a tangerine and chocolate coins.
Inspired by the botanicals in their multi award-winning Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, the new Eucalyptus & Rosemary Liz Earle Candle is the perfect stocking filler. It has crisp, aromatic herbal notes of eucalyptus, rosemary, birch, cypress, pine needle and hints of black pepper and comes in a gorgeous signature blue Liz Earle box. Check out uk.lizearle.com for lots of lovely ideas and deals.
Chloe James Lifestyle is an Aladdin’s Cave and I love their Alex Monroe big peacock feather earrings for understate elegance: http://www.chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/Gifts/For_Her/Alex_Monroe_Big_Peacock_Feather_Earrings
Lola Rose, one of the most stylish UK jewellery brands, has recently launched a bath and body collection specially formulated with amethyst. Combining the unique energy of amethyst with cocoa butter and pearl extracts, the hand lotion moisturises and protects the skin whilst bringing about a sense of calmness and clarity to the mind, body and soul. The full range can be seen at www.heathcote-ivory.com
I love notebooks and PaperBlanks is my fail safe for presents all year round. They create beautiful journals, diaries and address books that are perfect stocking fillers for the loved one who has everything. View the full collection at www.paperblanks.co.uk
With hazelnut oil, Nutri-Contour is Yon-Ka’s wrinkle prevention star for the eyes and lips. This anti-free radical cream is rich in anti-oxidant vitamins which prevent dry eye contours and chapped lips whilst successfully delaying the signs of aging and the appearance of expression lines. RRP – £32.00 at http://www.harmonie-beauty.co.uk
A real treat is a Tokyo Milk soap, combining the scents of Citrus Zest, Rosewood, Mimosa & Mandarin. This luxurious soap is made from a pure vegetable base, and produces a rich lather and is enriched with shea butter it moisturises your skin during cleansing. Available from www.johnlewis.com
Something a bit naughty are packaged panties by Affinitas (www.affinitasintimates.com) that come in thong or hipster styles and cost £20 for a pack which contain three. Quite simply, Packaged Panties are the perfect solution for any occasion when you need fresh pants that look fab. They come in cool animal prints and a range of pretty colours and because they come in one size only, even the worse shopper can’t go wrong.
Elizabeth’s Daughter is a new skin care brand that cares for youthful looking skin. The products are natural and gentle making it great for everyone. The starter kit contains 4 generously sized products, including a facial gel cleanser, daily moisturiser, purifying mask plus a pure, foaming bath & shower wash. They come in a cute little bag and cost £20 at http://www.elizabethsdaughter.co.uk/
If you are know an angel who has to fly between the office and parties they will love Angel Express fast-acting liquid tan in their stocking. The lotion is touch dry in just 1 minute, and instantly provides a bronze glow, which develops into a deep and natural looking tan in only 4-6 hours and there is no biscuit smell trailing behind you. Details can be seen at http://www.crazy-angel.co.uk
Ultra-feminine and subtly provocative the new Chanel Rouge Allure is a winner for Christmas. The iconic black lacquered case opens with one click to reveal a sensual lipstick trimmed in gold for perfect application. Its supple, ultra-fine second-skin texture glides smoothly over the lips for a satiny and perfectly luminous makeup result. The vibrant and dazzling shades offer intense colour in just one stroke for an incredibly seductive smile, all of this for £25 in Boots.
If you want to give your hair a bit of oomph this Christmas go with the Classic Heated Rollers from Nicky Clarke (http://www.nickyclarke.com/products/show-all/classic-compact-rollers.html). This chic comes with 12 medium sized rollers that add volume and curl to your hair. They come in a cool travel case, and make the perfect stocking filler at less than £20.
Jimmy Choo Square Box Eau de Parfum Gift Set expresses an aura of strength and beauty that any lady will love. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent and with a sense of fashion and fun, it not only smells great but the box can be used to keep all your photos, notes and keepsakes safe.
How about a beautiful blue floral print kimono, made of fine cotton cambric and featuring turquoise taffeta trim and French seam detailing? Great to wear on a weekend getaway or even belt up and wear with heels for an Oriental look in the new year. It comes with 3/4 length sleeves, 2 pockets at front and belt and available for £45 at http://www.huttonsdirect.com/shop/gift_ideas/gifts_for_women/blue_beautiful_kimono
To keep everything in one place, Cath Kitson has recently launched a small travel pouch with a quirky London design that is finished in woven, coated cotton for a truly vintage feel. They have a cute matching hankie (I love them), bags and charm bracelet that are perfect for any stocking and can be found at http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/searchadv.aspx?SearchTerm=London
Anyone going on a detox in January will love the new Citrus Zinger as a refreshing alternative to pure fruit juices, squashes and sports drinks. Simply unscrew the bottom cup to expose the citrus press, with the cap on, turn the bottle on its head and twist then press your citrus halves into the bottle. That’s it, your citrus infused water is ready to enjoy and exclusively available from http://www.jdharris.co.uk/ priced £16.95 plus £2.95 p&p (quote price).
Blue Nun has released a new sparkling Gold Edition white wine, complete with distinctive fine flecks of delicate 22 carat gold leaf!Blue Nun has crafted the Gold Edition with a full, rounded flavor, this light and elegant style wine has the exciting addition of gold flecks to highlight the natural effervescence of sparkling white wine and is a great stocking filler. The wine is available to buy exclusively on-line from www.drinksdirect.co.uk priced at £9.59 or www.TheDrinksShop.com priced at £8.39 for a 75cl bottle.