Gift guide – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING/PRESENT IDEAS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

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Hi there,

Let’s talk about Christmas shopping today! I know it is still November but for me November is like the Thursday of the year – just the month that stays in between Halloween and Christmas. I see it like a passing bridge tbh and so, as soon as october 31st passes, my mind goes straight into festive mood!

Apart from all the nice things it brings, festive mood also comes with huge stress in regards to holiday shopping!!When it comes to Christmas shopping, I like to do mine in time in order to avoid the rush before the holiday season and make sure I get the best presents for my loved ones. However, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! And getting the PERFECT Christmas gift is no easy task. I know that because I still struggle every year with gift ideas and for that reason, I want to help you with your Christmas shopping this year 🙂 So, if you can relate to this, then this blog post is for you. Down below, you can find gift recommendations that I found after extensive research :). The suggestions that you gave me on Instagram have also been taken into account.

Little background story :

I have to admit : I am a sucker for Christmas ! Ever since I was a kid, this was my favourite time of the year (even used to love it more than my birthday ). Maybe it was also because I have a huge family (and I am not only referring to my parents and sister, but to my grandparents, cousins, auntie&uncle and godchildren that my parents married). However, my point is : when we get together we are literally like all the families in all the Christmas Movies haha. To this day, I look forward to 25th of December the most – but I also love all the weeks that build up to Christmas where I get to go to Christmas Markets, enjoy the Christmas Lights in my city, go Christmas Shopping, listen to carols 24?/7, bake cookies, watch Christmas movies and get to decorate the house/tree for Christmas !! (every year I decorate at least 3 trees hahahhahaha)

Also both BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY are just around the corner!

SO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THESE DAYS TO GET YOUR XMAS SHOPPING DONE

Having said so, let’s dive in then!

TIPS TO GET THE BEST PRESENTS :

  1. be careful at what they mention they would want ( I pay attention throughout the entire year and take notes in my head)
  2. make a list ! – even though it might sound ridiculous, it really helps !

GIFT IDEAS

1. MAKE-UP

In terms of make-up, I feel like the holiday season is the absolute best time to buy make-up as a gift because most brands have holiday deals with such cute packaging. If you don’t know what I mean, just walk into any Sephora (or make-up shop close to you) and you’ll see what I mean. ( I even get distracted by all the amazing xmas boxes with make-up products that I already even own haha).

Here are some Holiday Make-up Products that you could get your loved ones :

2. FRAGRANCE

First of, let’s start with fragrance recommendations – 3 for men/3 for women

For the girls, I will recommend my favourite perfumes of all times (all of which I own myself and personally love)

Black Opium (eau de parfum) from YSL

Marc Jacobs Daisy (eau so fresh)

Prada Candy (eau de parfum)

Dior Sauvage – a classic I would say for guys

Givenchy Gentleman Only – this is my absolute favourite one!

Acqua Di Gio from Giorgio Armani

3. HOME DECORATIONS/ SCENTED CANDLES

4. OTHERS (CUTE THINGS)

Ugly Christmas Sweaters from Amazon for women and men

And so, these are my recommendations for your Christmas Shopping this year. I hope it helps you at least with some ideas for your loved ones and that it will make your shopping process easier in a way.

I also want to say that, the lockdown imposed by the current pandemic pushed billions of people worldwide to come up with new hobbies and ways of spending their free time. Because of this, a lot of people have discovered new passions. (so maybe you can take this into consideration for your Christmas shopping too).

According to the ZeroPark Blog, here is a list with the top lockdown hobbies (and thus GIFT IDEAS)

✔︎ Baking

✔︎  Gardening

✔︎  DIY or home improvement

✔︎  At home/outdoor sport or fitness equipment

✔︎  Board games or jigsaw puzzles

✔︎  Crafts

✔︎  Video games

✔︎  Drawing or painting

✔︎  Photography

✔︎  Hair and beauty

✔︎  Musical instrument

✔︎  Self-development courses online

✔︎  Film/ books/ music subscriptions 

Good luck with your Christmas shopping,

Kisses,

Anna

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