With the festive season round the corner, no doubt your minds will be buzzing with gifting ideas. The most magical aspect of this time of the year is the sheer love, joy and happiness we feel; there’s a sense of excitement and euphoria as we plan and wrap presents for family and friends. It is the one time of the year where love is being scattered across the globe. So, in order to give you a helping hand, we have compiled the ‘rough guide to gifting’. Indeed, we are spoiled for choice with such a vast array of products on the market. However, we are certain that the following eclectic mix of gift ideas from small award winning British brands will inspire you.
- soapNskin Whipped All natural Body Butters
The winter months can be harsh on even the toughest of skin types, even more so, if you are in the habit of washing your hands a lot. If there is one gift that we all love, it has to be a really luxurious and effective moisturiser. But what makes this next gift so special is the versatility that it offers! We simply love our all natural handmade body butter. A delightful blend of pure cocoa, shea and mango butters whipped to perfection with vitamin E oil & rosehip oil. Available from a choice of 5 essential oil blends these little pots of magic are freshly handmade on demand and make fabulous hand balms, luxurious body butters and very effective night time face balms (in fact we've had customers raving about using these beauties as cuticle butters and even on the ends of dry hair!) Price ranges start from a very affordable £14.50 for 150ml. These beauties can also be purchased as part of a gift set which is comprised of a locally handmade wash bag containing four soapNskin products. Available to purchase directly from www.soapnskin.com
- During the cold winter months, it’s always endearing to curl up with a good book. We are sure that any organic-skincare-lover would be thrilled to receive this insightful book by Charlotte Vøhtz, the founder of Green People and trusted pioneer of organic beauty. In it, she shares her beauty knowledge; it is without doubt, the go-to book for all matters natural, health and beauty related. She reveals her secrets to great overall wellbeing.
- Petits Rituels ‘Orange Gourmande Candle’
There is no better way to curl up in the evening reading your favourite book with an insanely beautiful candle burning beside you. Candles have a holistic and soothing aura about them; they can calm the senses and create a cosy yet sensual environment. Perfect for relaxing after a hard day’s work. We absolutely love Petits Rituels’ Orange Gourmande handmade artisan candle, who wouldn’t appreciate a gift like this? Crafted with a warming blend of rose geranium and sweet orange, it’s undeniably festive! Harnessing a similar philosophy to our own; each of their candles are made with all natural ingredients, think soya, floral and bees wax combined with pure essential oils! Yup, these are right up our street, and anyone else who appreciates an elegant gift. Making the perfect, versatile gift for the sister or best friend in your life. Orange Gourmande Candle is priced at £36 available from www.petitsrituels.com
- Portland England ‘Post Shave Moisturiser’
There’s no reason to leave out the man (or brother, dad or son) in your life when it comes to good skincare. We just love award winning English brand Portland. Sharing the similar ethos to our own, they’ve created a bespoke selection of men’s grooming products which effectively combine science with natural ingredients. Plus their packaging is uber smart! Our top pick from these guys would have to be their Post Shave Moisturiser. It’s said to “calm and soften your skin after shaving…relieving irritation”. It contains Hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich properties. Available to purchase at £24 from www.portlandengland.com
- Amelia Rope ‘Dark & Pale Chocolate Cube Bonanza’
No gift list is complete without the inclusion of chocolate! We’ve discovered another award winning, British Artisan brand, Amelia Rope. Her chocolates are all handmade and in small batches. With an eclectic variety of single origin bars as well as truffles and cubes, any chocoholic would graciously receive any one of her edible delights. In fact Amelia’s Dark and Pale Chocolate Cube Bonanza has our mouth-watering just by reading its description! This particular selection contains indulgent dark and milk chocolate cubes which have been hand foiled. With a total of 48 chocolate morsels, including their award winning Pale Rose and Pale Lemon and Sea salt varieties. Available from www.ameliarope.com and priced at £48.
- soapNskin ‘Try Me Selection Box’
Our most popular gift option has to be this. We’ve included our most coveted products in these generous, exclusive ‘try me’ sizes. It’s the perfect introduction to our handmade beauty brand. They come beautifully wrapped in tissue and presented in our elegant white gift box, making them an ideal and exceptionally thoughtful gift. Containing our full sized, award winning Honey & Oat soap, also included in this gift box is a generous 150ml sized sulphate free Rosemary & Peppermint with Argan oil shampoo, sulphate free Neroli & Patchouli body wash (150ml) and a 50ml tub of our Rose & Sandalwood whipped body butter. This stunning gift, ready to give (or keep!) would have any artisan beauty lover or green beauty lover jumping for joy! Available exclusively at www.soapnskin.com and priced reasonably at only £28.50 – Bargain, we say!
Right , so we’ve scoured Britain’s Best, and have done the leg work for you. Time to get your skates on, and order these perfect pressies pronto!