Fashion

Luxury Christmas gifts for her

Can you believe that another year has almost passed and it’s time to really start thinking about what Christmas gifts. I am going to be working on a couple of gift guides this year, one for him and one for her.

I love to buy Christmas gifts, finding something special that the person you are buying it for will love. When gifts are bought for me I normally like items that I wouldn’t buy for myself, a little treat that I just wouldn’t splash out on. It doesn’t always have to be bespoke jewellery, although it would be nice.

luxury-christmas-gifts-for-her

I have put together some fabulous items that the lady in your life will love to find under the Christmas tree.

Home

There is nothing like breakfast in bed, and with this absolutely gorgeous hand made tray from Vincent Trading, means that my Hubby can treat me to breakfast in bed. Making a this beautiful tray at gift that will keep giving. The finish on the tray is just beautiful, Vincent Trading are based in Devon and I could happily fill my home with their beautiful hand made items, mini tables, chopping boards, benches and dinning tables. It’s the perfect size for a pot of tea and maybe a slice of cake.

Sass and Belle are one of my go to brands for gifts, they have someone for everyone. Having bought my niece and daughter numerous items from their unicorn range. I have chosen this gorgeous Seagrass basket with little grey pom poms, I have wanted one for ages, it is going to look fabulous with my blankets in. I have a bit of a jewellery obsession so this cute little gold honey bee hive jewellery tray with bees on is just gorgeous, I love bee’s and I am really thinking about having a hive in the garden. Both perfect gifts for the lady in your life.

During the winter months I love nothing more than snuggling under a blanket watching a film, so a blanket for me is the perfect gift. Secret project make a secret pillow, it is basically a blanket that folds up to make a pillow. It’s so warm and cuddly, plus looks lovely on the sofa. The Secret Project is a a project that is empowering women all over the world to produce items which helps them with financial independence. The Secret Project make lots of different items each of which I would be happy to be given as a Christmas gift.

Flowers

I love Flowers, they really do make me happy. It doesn’t matter if they are daisies picked by the children or a beautiful bouquet bought for me by my Hubby. On the occasions when I arrive home to flowers I love it. Imagine how that would feel on a monthly bases for a year, with the gift of subscription flowers. Appleyard flowers have a stunning range of bouquets that can be delivered to your door. The subscriptions can be from 3 months to ongoing, with costs from as little as £22 per month, which for one of the Appleyard Flower bouquets each month I think is great value.

Beauty

I love a makeup bag, I think you can never have too many of them. This gorgeous one from Oli Olsen is just gorgeous. It has got plenty of space, and will be perfect for having in my hand bag each day, with it’s wipeable fabric means it will last for ages. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous make up bag for Christmas?

Stocking fillers are a must have, Curaprox toothbrush and toothpaste, amazingly sharpe Rubis twisters, a Twist and Spritz refillable perfume tube that’s great for just popping in your hand bag filled with your favourite perfume. Not forgetting Olverum bath oil, which is perfect for relaxing after all of the festivities.

I love to have pretty nails, so having nail varnishes from Cienna Rose and a fabulous nail art kit from Sensationail are a must for me. These little gifts are wonderful stocking fillers.

Each year on my Christmas list I pop on a bottle of perfume, I love to have a few different ones on my dressing table so I can use something different depending on my mood. I love this Seksy entice perfume, it has a fresh fruity smell that is perfect for everyday.

Every lady loves a bath bomb, so a hamper full of them is just perfect for any lady. My 5 year loves to have a bath bomb in her bath so no doubt a Bomb Cosmetics hamper from find a gift will be shared with her. Packed with bath bomb, soaps and even a fabulously smelling candle. The hamper really is large, I would love to see it waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning.

Sweet Treats

Yummy chocolate is a must have gift for any lady, these cute little chocolate squares from Oli Olsen make a great little stocking filler.

I do love a nice glass or two of Prosecco, Popaball produce a large range of different flavoured balls that you add to your glass and then they flavour your drink and they pop in your mouth. I have tried a few different flavours, but I’m looking forward to trying the Lychee ones they have recently launched. Popaball also have some designed for gin. Yummy!

A little treat

Candles are just about always burning in our house, in the family room, the living room and on occasion our bedroom. So being gifted a candle will always makes me happy. Me and Mats love candle is lovely and this one actually arrives wrapped and smells amazing when lit.

I love heading to the beach for the day, enjoying the sun and the sea. However I really hate sand. It gets everywhere, all over my towel and in places I didn’t know would be possible get sand. However, Tesalate have designed a towel that is sand repelling. It basically means that the sand will not stick to it, it just falls off, which is also perfect for when you are packing up for the day.

The towel folds up really small into it’s own little bag. So you can pop it into your beach bag with the knowledge that it is not going to add extra sand to you bag. Tesalate have a fabulous collection of styles, I really loved To Tuscany style. The towel has a more waffle feel to it rather than the standard fluffy beach towel, but if it keeps the sand away then it’s a winner for me.

The little things

With the new year not so far away, it’s the start of new things and that often means a healthy eating plan. This is cute little flamingo lunch box on my list means I will have be able to plan out my lunches and not pop to the shop on the way to the studio.

I am always trying to ensure that I drink more water, Stigg have sent me this gorgeous blush coloured water bottle. It keeps cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. I haven’t tried it hot yet, however it really does keep things cold. It also looks fabulous when I take it from my hand bag. It really has helped me to up my water intake.

We have been trying to keep away from plastic straws, so these reusable ones from Klean Kanteen are perfect for the cocktails and the kids drinks. Plus I love this travel cup, so I can take it along on the school run. Wonderful stocking fillers that are practical and brilliant Christmas gifts.

It’s no surprise that I love a handbag, who doesn’t right. I have taken to using a back pack on occasion when out as a family, it really does free up your hands for the children. My Mia Tui bag is gorgeous, I love it’s mustard colour, and the hidden zip on the back so I can pop my purse and phone in there and not worry about someone getting them while it’s on my back. My Jess backpack is the perfect size as well, it’s not big enough to look like a school bag, or so small it should belong to my 5 year old. As with all Mia Tui bags they are vegan friendly and made to a really high quality.

Whatever you get your lucky lady for Christmas I’m sure she will love it, don’t forget that how your wrap your presents is also really important. So why not add them into a beautiful Christmas sack from Hand Made Christmas, you could even get them personalised, for added brownie points.

I hope you have got some inspiration from my gift guide for finding the perfect gift for the lady in your life and you have the most magical Christmas.

Happy Christmas!

 

*I have been sent the items for inclusion within my gift guide. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A Guide to Choosing the Right Necklace Length

When it comes to wearing necklaces, length is always a concern. Too long and the item looks unflattering, and too short makes you look like an oversized giant, so how does a girl ensure that the necklace she wants to wear is of the right length? There are no hard and fast rules on necklace length, it’s more a question of whether it suits the wearer. There are 5 industry necklace lengths for women, namely, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22 inches. Of course, it very much depends on the outfit, but for the choker style, the 14 inch would work for most girls, while something for that formal evening gown would be better at the longer end of the scale, say 20 or 22 inches.

Choosing-the-Right-Necklace-Length
Image:- Unsplash

Mid-Range Necklaces

The most common sizes are 16-22 inches, which hang slightly different depending on your size. If you are looking to buy handmade silver jewellery for her and you prefer to purchase a necklace, the middle sizes offer the best chance of success. Failing that, why not secretly measure one of her favourite necklaces? That way you can be absolutely sure.

Factors to Consider

When selecting a necklace for your partner, the following should be taken into account:

  • Her neck
  • Her height
  • Her body size
  • Her face shape

If possible, measure her neck and add two inches to that if you want a choker-style bracelet, while a pendant type necklace requires 4 inches added to the neck size.

Image:- Unsplash

Avoid Current Trends

When looking at necklaces, the trend is not important, rather ensure that the item will sit right on the wearer. Always remember that what might look great on one woman, will look terrible on another, and so gauge your partner’s style and preference before making any decisions.

Bust Considerations

The lowest point of a necklace is the area that people’s gaze is drawn to and for big busted women, a shorter necklace might be more suitable, while a woman with a small bust would look better with a slightly longer necklace. Does your girl have a few necklaces she likes to wear often? If you can measure one, so much the better. This way you can shop with some confidence. Ask any girl which necklaces she has that she never wears and the chances are they will all be gifts.

Image: – Story Blocks

Buying From Online Jewellers

When buying jewellery today, most people automatically think of the online jeweller, and for good reason. For a start, you can browse to your heart’s content from the comfort of your armchair and the online jeweller has a much wider range of items on offer than any high street retailer could ever stock. When you’ve found what you’re looking for, a secure online payment is all it takes to have the item shipped to your home address and the courier service is very quick.

By following the above advice, the necklace you choose should be of perfect length and by researching style, the surprise gift will be one that takes pride of place in her jewellery box.

Diamonds really are a girls best friend, with Roseanna Croft Jewellery

Diamonds really are a girls best friend, but imagine having a bespoke piece of jewellery designed just for you. That is exactly what I have have been doing with the extremely talented Roseanna Croft from Roseanna Croft Jewellery.

Roseanna Croft Jewellery

A couple of months ago, I went to their Bakewell Studio for the Champagne Design Experience. During the design experience, I enjoyed a couple of glasses of Champagne, and a lovely afternoon tea. We discussed my likes, dislikes and my dream item of jewellery. It honestly was a wonderful experience, something I will never forget and I will (and have) recommend to everyone.

After my Champagne Design Experience, Roseanna sent me the designs. It then took me a couple of weeks of thinking about which one I loved the most, it was really difficult as I loved them both. Once I made the decision, I then had to try and patiently wait. It was not easy.

When I booked my appointment to go back to the studio to collect my ring, Roseanna asked me if I would like to see her set some of the stones within the ring. Of course I wanted to do this, when would I ever get this chance again, to watch a fabulous Goldsmith at work.

I arrived at the studio, to be greeted by the lovely Roseanna. We spoke about the exciting things happening for Roseanna Croft Jewellery, they will be offering design experiences in London. It means that people all over the country will be able to easily access Roseanna and her team, either at her Bakewell studio or in London. Although I think Roseanna Croft Jewellery will start to pop up all over the Country in the near future.

Setting precious stones

Roseanna showed me my ring, although unfinished I was instantly in love with it. The beautiful centre diamond and the shoulders each set with 5 little diamonds. Roseanna then showed me the rubies and opals she had specially sourced for my ring. Four little rubies and two little opals, all so pretty. I couldn’t wait to see then seated within my ring.

I was so privileged to see the process of setting the stones, cutting away tiny pieces of the gold to make sure each stone had just the right amount of space for it to sit in. It really surprised me how at ease Roseanna was with all the different little tools she was using, and how it just flowed so naturally. As though her tools were part of her, picking different ones up without looking, just knowing where each one was on her work bench. It really was amazing to watch.

After the stones had their perfect little seats, Roseanna began to file the gold down, polishing, re-checking, polishing making sure everything was perfect. Explaining every step of the way what she was doing and why. I really walked away thinking I would love to be a Goldsmith, not that I have the talent for it.

Roseanna showed me the polishing process, it was amazing to see the shine given to the white gold, when used on the polishing wheel.

My beautiful finished ring

After checking and re-checking, Roseanna placed my ring into a lovely grey box, popped it into a gift bag and then presented to me. WOW!!! Roseanna also produces a story card for each items she designs along with a valuation that you are able to use for insurance proposes if required.

I am honestly in love with my new ring. It is just like the design we spoke about, it is perfect for me. I know it’s a bit different but that is what I love about it. Not everyone will like it but I love it and that is all that matters.

Isn’t is just beautiful?

I have shown everyone and spoken about how wonderful the whole experience has been working on this with Roseanna and her team. From the first time I stepped into her studio, I knew I would love whatever Roseanna designed for me. Her knowledge and understanding not only of the gold and the precious stones she works with, but of me. My likes and dislikes, any questions I had were answered, even when I contacted her about the ring before she made it, not an issue. I never felt that anything was to much for her. Which to me is priceless. When you are designing something that you will wear forever or has so much meaning to you, you want to know that the person you are trusting with it will surpass your dreams and expectations. That is exactly what Roseanna Croft and her team did for me.

I cannot thank Roseanna enough for making this timeless piece for me, that tells my story of the love for my children and something that will stay with me forever.