Frugal Christmas gifts for her
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Keeping the cost of Christmas to a minimum? Then don't miss our round up of the best budget Christmas gifts for the women in your life.
If you’re shopping in-store at The Body Shop look out for Chocomania mini heart soaps for £4 and this mini manicure set for £5. But if you’re buying a few things, use this printable voucher to save £15 when you spend £30 right up until Christmas Eve.
Play one for you, one for me at Christmas! At Boots if you spend £6 on Barry M you get a limited edition sparkling nail varnish in gold or pink for free, which would make a lovely Christmas prezzie. I got myself a Lip Paint for £4.49 in a lovely coral (number 161 if you’re nosy!) and an oh-so-sparkly nail varnish for £2.99 coming to £7.48 in total – not bad for two varnishes and a lippie!
It pays to shop around for make-up tools too, which can be seriously overpriced. I like this neon Models Own 5 piece Brush Set (includes Powder Brush, Lip Liner Brush, Shading Brush, Angled Brush and Blending Brush) which is £10 in both Boots and Asos.
Play it safe with perfume and increase the odds of getting her one she actually likes with this Dior collector's edition which is £16.66 (RRP £25) at Debenhams. It contains J'adore Eau de Toilette 4ml, Dior Addict 2 and Hypnotic Poison Eau de Toilette 5ml, and Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 5ml.
Department stores always have lots of gift sets on offer at Christmas, but make sure you separate the wheat from the chaff – some are rubbish value for money and you’re just paying for the packaging.
One that caught my eye was this Benefit Project Flawless Make-up gift set costing £19.66 (RRP £29.50) at Debenhams. It contains Benefit bestsellers Bella Bamba, Ultra Shine, BadGal lash and Girl Meets Pearl – and you can even personalise it with a photo!
Fashion and accessories
There are also some decent jewellery bargains such as this Matthew Williamson ring for £3 (was £10), this Johnny Loves Rosie pearl hairclip for £4 (was £8) and this Red Herring heart-shaped mirror and silver star keyring, both for £4 (was £8).
A splash of colour makes a boring hat an instant Christmas hit but don’t spend over the odds – you can pick up cheap winter sets in good old Primark and H&M.
Charm bracelets are a lovely gift and quite handy for future gifts too, because you can keep buying them charms.
I saw some pretty, thoughtful stocking fillers at Paperchase including this silk mini address book for £3.50, this cloud hand mirror for £4, this luggage tags writing set (ideal for anyone off travelling) for £4.50 and this cute daisy design photo frame, which is also £5.
Red is a fab coffee table book – published by Waterstones in luxurious red hardback, it will look great, but it is also well worth a read, featuring newly commissioned writing from 18 top authors including Cecelia Ahern, Emma Donoghue, John Gray, Victoria Hislop, Anthony Horowitz and Will Self, all for £9 (RRP £10).
Department stores and supermarkets usually have the best cookware bargains on the high street. At Tesco Direct, this black Castello 5-bottle wine rack is £10 and this pretty Carousel cupcake stand is £11.78, both available for free ‘Click and Collect’ in-store.
Christmas booze is always a good gift for foodies. I’ve recently discovered Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry which is only £16 (RRP £20.80) at Sainsbury’s and Tesco – and makes a delicious cocktail with soda, lime and cranberry juice! Other liqueurs are reduced to just £12 including Tia Maria and Disaronno.