Friday, November 28, 2014

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

This year I really wanted to make a gift guide (on time). The run-up to Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. And I'm talking about the build-up of excitement (both young and old), and everyone running around to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Gifts are only a small part of Christmas, but everyone loves to spoil and be spoiled, am I right? Receiving a gift is fun, but finding the perfect gift is even better! I've put together a gift guide of things I think would make some girls and women very happy. There's more expensive gifts and also more affordable ones, depending on your budget. Let's go!
Illustration by The Lust List

For the Fashionista

Python pouch for all your essentials (keys, lipbalm etc.), clutch or iPad mini case. The Case Factory | Net-A-Porter

 The perfect cross-body bag for days and nights out in the city. Rebecca Minkoff | Shopbop

Fashion-girls must also stay warm in winter. This classy veil-hat is perfect. Monki

Another very classy hat, a real collector's item. Maison Michel | Net-A-Porter

Pretty underwear and triangle bras are very in-fashion at the moment. This colour is mesmerising! Princesse Tam Tam

A clutch for girls who love subtle evening-wear glamour. Alaïa | Net A Porter

For the World's Best Mom

Cute keychain so she can easily find her carkeys in her Mary-Poppins-style handbag (aka impossible-to-find-something-in-this-bag). Kate Spade

Beautiful woven leather gloves are a safe bet. Bottega Veneta | Net-A-Porter

A lovely gift set for some me-time. Mommies need some pampering! Jo Malone | Selfridges

A thank-you note. Take some time to write down all the things you're thankful for. Moms are superwomen and they deserve to get credit for it! Kate Spade

'Heart of gold' bangle. Couldn't be more suitable. Kate Spade 

For the Frequent Flyer

Always on the go go go, so her phone must be well-protected and easily found in her handbag. Kate Spade

The softest cashmere pillow and sleep-mask for long flights. Theory | Net-A-Porter 

This is a MUST for ALL girls on-the-go. This little thing charges up your phone to 80%.

Louis Vuitton travel guides are the best collector's items, coffee book tables and dreamy inspirations for the traveller. Louis Vuitton

Noise-cancelling earphones are a must for travelling. I can't live without my Nocs! NS500 Nocs 

Diptique mini candle set. She can bring one along her travels so the scent of her hotel room will make her feel at home again. Diptique | Selfridges

Excellent natural travel set with all the right essentials. The face moisturiser works great on dehydrated post-airplane skin. REN | ASOS

Travel journal for random notes, drawings and scribbles, for the dreamy traveller. Merci 

City notebooks for the organised traveller. Moleskine 

For the Little Diva

Lace bra for under her silk pj's when she's lounging around in her big bed. Princesse Tam Tam

Hello Sunshine iPhone case. Kate Spade

Diptique limited edition trio, 'cause she has to have them all. Diptique | Selfridges

Gold baroque keychain to make her handbag a little more shiny and sparkly. Dolce & Gabbana | Net-A-Porter

For the Beauty Geek

A beautiful, luxurious scent in a special Christmas edition. The best beauty Christmas gifts are no doubt from Jo Malone. The wrapping/packaging alone is amazing! Jo Malone | Selfridges

Limited edition vampy-red lip colour, perfect for this season. MAC | Selfridges

Cute make-up bags is something a girl can never have enough of! H&M 

An innovative little gadget which is undoubtedly on her wishlist. Clarisonic | Selfridges

Buying perfume for someone else might be a risky thing, but this one adapts itself on each individual and it's very subtle. Can't go wrong. Escentric Molecules | Liberty

Limited edition and extra-large Nars Laguna Bronzer. For those who love a little bronze look all-year-round. Nars | ASOS
Another Nars limited edition. Perfect for traveling, you don't need much else. Nars | ASOS

A glam make-up bag. Can also be used as a clutch! Lulu Guinness | ASOS 

 For the Foodie

Ottolenghi's newest cookbook, a must-have for all food lovers. I got this for my manager at the end of my internship and she got me the same, without knowing! See, it's the perfect gift:) Plenty More | Amazon

Fun fruit glasses for home-made smoothies and juices. Zara Home

A waffle maker. If you get this for your girlfriend you'll also be doing yourself a favour: waffle breakfast-in-bed guaranteed. Cuisinart | Selfridges 

Some of the finest Belgian chocolate truffles for the true chocoholic (90% of all women). Pierre Marcolini | Selfridges

True chefs create their own recipes, which of course have to be written down (for their future cookbook of course). Rifle Paper Co. | Liberty

A feel-good book filled with easy healthy recipes that I highly recommend. (only in Dutch) Power Food |

Tea and coffee lovers love a good mug. This one says tiger but there's also love, #selfie, overworked/underpaid, drama queen, goddess, cheeky, and many more. Keith Brymer Jones

Drinking juices, iced lattes or cocktails is more fun with these straws. Meri Meri | Selfridges

Fill this pretty jar with homemade granola, tie a pretty bow around it and you've got the perfect foodie gift. H&M 

Epice (spices) candle from Diptique, because these candles are always a welcome gift. Diptique | Selfridges 

For the Sporty Spice

Stylish jumper both for sports and relaxing. Nike | MyTheresa 

Winter proof and very warm tights for those badasses who still go outside with -5 degrees. Nike | MyTheresa

A beautiful bikini for the lucky girl who is traveling somewhere warmer this winter. Marysia Swim

Yoga girls need pretty yoga-wear. This sports bra is unique and pretty! Princesse Tam Tam

Hair ties that you can wear around your wrist. Because nothing more annoying that finding out you don't have a hair tie when you just arrived at the gym. Monki

Pink bomber with hood for those girly/sporty types. Nike x Pedro Lourenço | Net-A-Porter

Croc-effect leggings, super flattering and stylish. Nike x Pedro Lourenço | Net-A-Porter

Baby pink and black sports bra. Dry-fit so perfect for weight training or yoga. Nike x Pedro Lourenço | Net-A-Porter

Soft and comfy sweater for relaxing after sports. Love this one! H&M

A foam roller is a fit girl's best friend. It releases tension in muscles, helps speed up recovery and is similar to a sports massage. I love mine! Trigger Point The Grid | Amazon

For the Outdoor Girl

A good pair of stylish wellies for stomping around the forest even on the wettest days. Hunter | MyTheresa

Bobble hats are essential to keep her ears from freezing off. I have this one and love it! Monki

I know.. ANOTHER Diptique candle! But I can't help it, they are such good gifts. Diptique | Selfridges

Bringing the outdoors inside is very trendy at the moment. This mug fits the bill! House of Hackney

A cashmere scarf that will keep her warm for life. Acne | MyTheresa

I hope this gift guide has given you some inspiration on what to get your sister, mom, BFF, grandma, cousin or friend this Christmas. I hand-picked everything and I think each and every one of these things would make great gifts. I'm definitely feeling more inspired! I didn't make a gift guide for the men in your life because I'm not very good at that, so if you have any tips for me let me know! Which one of the items above would you like to find under the Christmas tree?

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