BeautyBitch by Cathy Martin : All I want for Christmas is….

Christmas shopping is an annual stress; I totally love gifting but we all know that finding the perfect gift ain’t easy (especially when your daughter has asked for the latest ‘must-have’ item which seemed to be out of stock everywhere.  I even ended up on Amazon Italia trying to find a way to get it across to me). Anyway, moving on…

We all want to be that organised person who welcomes December with their perfect, instagrammably-wrapped presents sitting underneath their tree, but the truth is, life often gets in the way and for most of us, when December comes rolling in we are still scrolling through endless websites of potential gifts, making sure there is a next day delivery option whilst doing a little present-dance to make sure it arrives on time. Like many business owners, I for one, use my team who help me with present ideas and being there for the all-important deliveries; so this week on the blog I have handed over to Zoe on my team who has made up her own Christmas Gift Guide incorporating (but not filled solely with) some fab beauty and grooming products.

So whether you’re buying presents for your other half, parents, children or your BFFs, the team here has them all covered in our ultimate Christmas gift guide.

Your other half…

Since Cathy always likes to give her other half an ‘experience gift’, (truffle hunting in France and Champagne tasting in , well, Champagne to name just two), we chose a spectacular meal 800ft above London in the Aqua Shard restaurant whilst enjoying some breath-taking views. What’s not to love? He gets the testosterone of being in the City and Cathy gets some superb Instagram backdrops. Win-win.  Except this would work for any man. Buy flights and hotel online and print the booking forms. If you’re adventurous, wrap up a model of the Shard (found online) for him and maybe even use the booking info as your wrapping paper with big red bows?

For Dad

He is a man like no other. He has fought for you, held you and shouted at you, but most importantly, he loved you unconditionally. Take time to say thanks this Christmas with these great gift ideas…

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Pura Eau de Cologne 100ml £91 Acqua Di Parma

Acqua di Parma has been a leading player on the luxury market for over 100 years. It was established in 1916 with the iconic Colonia fragrance that has served as inspiration for the brand and helped mould its values centred around quality, craftsmanship, elegance and attention to detail. This is a radically fresh fragrance that is delicate and bold and makes the perfect gift.

Talisker Strong Malt Whiskey, box of 3 £48.34 Master of Malt

Here are the big flavours for the big fan of Classic Malts! These whiskies offer a broad canvas of powerful tastes ranging from the tang of the sea to the smoky and the peaty, making a distinctive Gift Pack to savour.
The perfect gift for the person who enjoys malts that are uncompromising in their character

For Mum

She’s the glue that holds the family together, always making sure everyone is ok and there with a helping hand and words of encouragement when they’re needed. Mums are always easy to please – the gesture alone is basically enough, but at Christmas our mums deserve to be spoilt. Here are our top picks for mums this Christmas.

The GlamGlow DreamDuo £42 Space NK is an overnight sensation that plumps skin, helping you wake-up with an instant glow! Dream Serum is step 1 and this is an overnight melt-in serum with green coffee to provide an instand hydrating recharge that reduces the appearance of fine, dry lines while you sleep. Dream Seal is step 2 and this seals the deal with a nourishing moisture boost, plumping skin with intense hydration during your dream cycle.

Lunns Portfolio of Fine Diamonds bracelet £395.00

Nothing says thank you like a shiny diamond, and this stunning bracelet has five of them! Featuring 5 brilliant cut diamonds in rub-over settings, give your mum the ultimate gift of sparkle this Christmas – complete on a silver 7.25” chain.

For your Sister

She steals your clothes, tells you when your hair doesn’t look nice, listens to you, but keeps your secrets and is your biggest confidant, so what do you get her at Christmas? Top tip: If you’d love it, but probably wouldn’t buy it for yourself, chances are they will too.

What better way to tell your sister how much she means to you than with the Affirmations Sister Bangle which is available at Argento and an absolute steal at only £18!?

These Taschka Twilight Silver Shoes, £100, Wolf & Badger make the perfect gift. (and even better, if your sister is the same size shoe as you meaning you will get a turn out of them – it’s another win-win situation!)

The Fashionista BFF

Fashion people can be tricky to buy for, and clothes can be risky business as gifts. Unless it is a failsafe Bruta tee it is probably best avoided.
Safer areas are candles (TIP for fashionistas, NOT Yankee please, that’s too same-as-everyone-else), but you can get some seriously cool candles if you look beyond the usual suspects. Check out this amazing Noctula candle £65 which is available at The Chapel. That incredible painted ceramic will make a great home accessory once the wax has gone.

The Beauty Lover

Containing everything you need for perfect skin, give someone this Skinician Advanced Radiance Trinity set (£60) and they will love you forever! This special Christmas gift set comes with a full size day cream, anti-ageing serum and advanced eye repair with a saving of £65.96! Available in salons nationwide. Contact 4beautygroup for more information.

Enriched with nourishing Rice Bran, Grapeseed & Rosehip Seed oils, these Joan Collins ‘I Am Woman’ dry oil bath salts make a perfect stocking filler and they are only £18 at

Gifts for your brother

Inspired by the fine things a man seeks in life the Aramis Modern Leather is distinctively masculine and unmistakable elegant. With top notes of basil and thyme for lift and distinction and geranium to enliven the senses and add a masculine floral heart, while patchouli creates both depth of character and fluidity. At the base, refined leather and oak moss bring to life the premium quality of this robust and earthy luxury. 60ml  £55 at

Cathy loved this suggestion and, with five brothers to buy for, she might well contribute to sell-out status with this book! Do him a favour and gift this for everything a modern man needs to know…
The Mr Porter Paperback: Volume Two, £14.99 Blackwells

Gifts for your sister in law

Inspired by the unique link between seduction, strength and glamour, Michael Kors Sexy Ruby perfume is a scent as brilliant as the jewel that inspired it. The fragrance opens with the temptation of juicy raspberry and apricot which marry the luscious scent of rose petals to create a show-stopping scent that she is guaranteed to love!

50ml £66 Debenhams

Gifts for your mother in law

Edinburgh Gin Rhubard and Ginger Liqueur £16.65 50cl
Infused with pure rhubarb and ginger, this warming liqueur is a deliciously sweet drink with a tart twist, zesty in aroma and spicy to taste. Throw in a cocktail recipe book and you have the ultimate gift!

ESPA Star Of Night Overnight Hydration Therapy £12.00

Encourage a restful night sleep and awake to a bright and beautiful complexion with this little gifting treat.


Gifts for little ones

These Meri Meri Start Hair Clips from Melijoe are super cute and they are only £7!  The perfect gift for a little princess.

Grey Star Teepee  – Great Little Trading Company £89.00
This gorgeous play tent makes a fantastic den: the teepee shape is fun for sunny days in the garden, but just as irresistible in a bedroom or playroom. It’s also really easy to set up, move around or pack away come rain or bedtime and your little ones will love it!

Ride on Car – The White Company £96.00

Little ones will adore this fabulous ride-on car, which comes from the specialist French toymakers Vilac. Made of pearly white metal with black rubber tyres, the vintage toy car sports beautiful details like a textured front grill and shiny little petrol cap.

Gifts for Teenagers

Dyson  Supersonic Hair Dryer £299.99 Currys

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer will change beauty routines forever. Light-weight, efficient and easy to use you this is the perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed teen!

Tile Style Pro Series, Phone, Keys, Item Finder, 1 Pack, Gold £29.95

Tired of hearing “has anyone seen my phone?” throughout the day? The tile Style is the most powerful tracker and can find items up to 200 feet using a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch – the perfect gift for any teen!

UE WONDERBOOM By Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Waterproof Portable Speaker, Stone Grey £94.99 Littlewoods

Let them crank up the tunes wherever you like with Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker which is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof.

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