24 November 2012

Bex's 2012 Christmas Gift Guide: Stockings and Secret Santas

After my recommendations for Christmas gifts for girls and guys, today is the turn of stocking fillers and Secret Santa suggestions. I raised the price limit to £15 this year, but most of these ideas are £10 or under.

Beauty and fragrance
1. Ren skincare kit for normal skin from John Lewis. (£13; John Lewis are offering 10% off this weekend). Ren make some lovely skincare products and this kit includes a travel size of one of my favourites, the Frankincense night cream. You also get a cleansing gel, a day cream and a mask. They also have options for different skin types, including combination.

2. TopShop printed lip balm tins. £5. A pair of lip balms, one pink and one orangey, in pretty, printed tins. Not bad for a fiver.

TopShop printed lip balm tins

3. Capri Blue candle tin from Anthropologie. £10. These are the gorgeous, slightly fruity-scented candles you can always smell burning in Anthropologie stories. For £24, you can buy the full-size jar candles, but the tins will still make your home smell like Anthro.

Clothes and accessories
4. Hexagonal earrings from the Design Museum shop. £12. "Geometry for the ears," as the website puts it. They come in a choice of three colours, of which navy is my favourite.

Hexagonal earrings from the Design Museum shop

5. Liberty scarf knot cards. £7.99. This deck of cards, which demonstrates a variety of stylish ways to tie your scarf, is free with a scarf purchase of over £150. But if your budget doesn't stretch to that, these cards will add instant chic to more reasonably priced scarves too.

6. Kinky knickers from Liberty. £15. OK, so they aren't that kinky, but they are very pretty, with their lace scalloped edges, and they come in a range of gorgeous colours.

Kinky knickers from Liberty

Food and drink
7. Backgammon mug from the Design Museum shop. £8. Not just for backgammon fans, this mug, with its orange and charcoal grey board, would make a stylish addition to any kitchen.

8. Cocktails with Bompas & Parr from Amazon. £9.89. As well as creative and unique cocktail recipes, this book contains plenty of facts about cocktails, past and present. Plus it would look great on your coffee table.

9. Rococo Coal for Naughty Boys from the Conran Shop. £9.95. Because some years, he's been naughty, not nice.

Rococo Coal for Naughty Boys

10. Q&A a Day from Amazon. £6.85. A five-year diary with a twist: each day includes a different question, which you get to answer each year and see how your responses change over time.

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