Present and Correct

Present and correct

Suzie AbelDecember is nearly here, and the tension rises as we prepare for the festive celebrations – food, drink, decorations, presents – how will we ever get it all done in time, and it’s supposed to be fun! The whole thing can be stressful I know, but maybe I can help with the “presents” dilemma as a gift of beauty is always a treat. Here is just a small selection of Christmas gift ideas to tempt you, but do visit the Beauty Hall for more fantastic beauty gifts to suit every taste and pocket – they’re all under £35!

Suzie Abel is the Beauty Buyer here at Jarrold. 

Burt’s Bees, Honey Pot and A Bit of Burt’s gift sets
Burt (the bearded man on the pack) started selling honey from the back of his pick-up truck in rural Maine, USA, before opening his first “factory” in the local schoolhouse. This earth-friendly and very affordable range is now widely distributed and much loved. The festive sets are always popular and we usually sell out really quickly. Here are just two which I think will be winners, Honey Pot £8, Bit of Burt’s £6.

Leighton Denny, Christmas Bauble Nail Polish set

Leighton Denny Christmas Bauble Set

Such a pretty Christmas decoration and with a super hidden secret – three mini nail polishes worth £15. Leighton created his professional salon nail care range in 2005 and is passionate about nail care and perfectly groomed nails. Hang it on or pop it under the tree. Choose from four different colour collections, £10.

L’Occitane, Shea Butter gift set

L'Occitane Shea Butter Gift Set

If you’re wondering what shea butter is – it’s a solid fatty oil from the nuts of the Karite tree, and has been used by women in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries to nourish and protect their skin and hair. L’Occitane have used the butter from Burkina Faso since the 1980s, as it is fair trade and harvested in a sustainable way. Here endeth the geography lesson! This is a beautiful gift box containing the essential shea butter products and the box itself is stunning – a perfectly tasteful present, £29.50.

MAD Beauty, Sheep Lip Balms

MAD Beauty Sheep Lip Balms

Just a silly but sweet stocking filler which will bring a smile to anyone’s face – young or old. Good quality lip balm
though, £3.50.

Yardley, English Rose eau de toilette and Hand Cream Trio

Yardley Gift Ideas

A very traditional gift idea now for those who love classic English scents. The company was founded in 1770 and still holds two Royal Warrants, and it’s one of our most successful toiletry brands, particularly at Christmas time. English Rose, Lavender and Lily of the Valley are the favourite scents. Here we have English Rose 50ml edt £10 and Hand Cream Trio £10.

Rituals, Laughing Buddha True Happiness and Tao Treats gift sets

Rituals Gift Sets
Create your very own spa at home with this fabulous brand whose simple philosophy is that happiness can be found in the smallest of things. The True Happiness set can be unisex as the fragrance is citrus, zesty and uplifting, but the Tao set is definitely for her as it has a delicious white lotus scent which is calming and relaxing, both £17.50.

Penguin 4 x 75ml fragrance set

Penguin fragrance set

Something for him now – if you need a gift for someone young-at-heart who loves to smell good then this is the perfect solution. Four different eau de toilettes from the funky US fashion brand Penguin. The sizes are ideal for travel and holidays too, £33.


Prices and availability checked 24 October 2014.  L'Occitane & Penguin are available in store only.