When it comes to Christmas shopping, it doesn't matter how early I start; I still always find myself rushing around at the last-minute. But this year, I've vowed to try and stay away from the chaos of the high street. After all, there's absolutely nothing festive about getting pushed and shoved in too-hot shops when all you need is a couple of Christmas cards and a handful of stocking fillers.
So, with just a week until the big day, I'm bringing you a handy last-minute gift guide. It features some of my favourite online retailers (a couple of them are local businesses or friends of mine - so I thought why not give them a festive plug here on the blog, eh?), and they're all delivering in time for Crimbo. Yee-ha.
|Top left: David Bowie's Diamond Dogs vinyl picture disc clock, via Vinyl Clocks, top right: Esprit sequinned clutch bag Bottom left: Greenwood Organics' Frankincense bath salts, via Not on the High Street, and Anthropologie's gold letter mug|
1. Vinyl Clocks - Stuck for a last-minute Secret Santa gift? Maybe you don't know what to buy your hard-to-buy-for brother-in-law? Easy! Get him a vinyl clock. Simply search via the Vinyl Clocks site for his favourite record, and have it immortalised in clock form. Delivery is available before Christmas and you can pick up a clock from little more than a tenner, depending on what you're looking for. I love this (slightly pricier) David Bowie Diamond Dogs one, do you?
2. Esprit - I remember Esprit from my youth - and the brand still offers stunning clothing at really great prices. I've got my eye on one or two things over on the site, but I've earmarked the Esprit sequinned clutch bag you see pictured above. It's a perfect size for everything from Christmas nights out, to storing your toiletries for a winter holiday (exactly what I plan to do in January). Pop over to the site and see if there's owt that takes your fancy, too. And don't forget to enter the brand's Christmas competition while you're there!
3. Greenwood Organics - Zoe Greenwood of Greenwood Organica is a pal of mine. I first tried her lovely products a few years ago while working for a natural health site - and the brand has been a favourite of mine since. Combining natural ingredients and beautifully aromatic essential oils, Zoe's products are perfect for a spot of pre-Christmas pampering. Don't forget to check out her gorgeous Frankincense bath salts and fill your home with the scent of Christmas!
4.Anthropologie - Hooray for Twitter! Someone tipped me off about Anthropologie's sale this morning and a quick browse over on the site revealed there was more than a few things I'd like to get my hands on. These letter mugs are great for the home or office and at just £5 in the sale they're a perfect little stocking filler, to. I expect these will sell out fast, so get in there before it's too late!
Looking forward to Christmas? Don't forget, there's still two chances to win in my A Lauren to Herself annual Advent bonanza giveaways; just head here for your chance to bag one of two Korres skincare gift sets. And don't forget to keep your eye on the blog next week for the last Advent giveaway of 2014.
Merry Christmas, everyone!