The Late Late Toy Show is over for another year, but that means Christmas is just beginning. Now we are into December the countdown is really on to the big C. If you have yet to start your Christmas shopping let this serve you as a friendly and festive reminder to START!!
There is nothing worse than leaving all of your Christmas shopping until the last minute, when shops are at their busiest, people are stressed and highly strung and stock is running out. Bank balance permitting, its time to make your own list and check it twice.
Aoife pictured during her time as a Louth Rose
Buying for someone else can be a difficult and stressful task so I’m going to try and guide or inspire those of you who are feeling the pressure of picking the perfect gift.
I’ve done a couple of these gift guides throughout my time writing this column so naturally, there will be some overlap or repetition, but as gift giving goes sometimes you can’t beat the old reliable.
Gift sets are an easy sell at Christmas time but sometimes they aren’t the best bang for your buck.
I know that 90% of you reading this still have some odd rose scented body lotion tucked away in your press from Christmas five years ago.
Most sets are based around one key product and then other filler products that the recipient will never make any use of.
What makes a bad gift set?
Firstly, if it’s a brand name you never heard of steer clear. Especially when it comes to make up or skincare products.
Are they full-size products in the set or travel size? Some packaging doesn’t allow you to see the products inside so always check the back to see what you are actually paying for.
Before buying ask yourself, will the recipient use two out of three products in this set, if yes then off you pop and tap that card, if no then its back to the socks and pj’s idea.
Celebrity gift sets are a big no -no. Beyonce doesn’t use that body lotion in her latest Christmas, David Beckham has never used that gel or aftershave.
Don’t fall into the trap of a celeb endorsement, they’re normally awful products.
A ‘homemade’ gift set might be the way to go!
Your local chemist is a one-stop shop for all your gift set needs. If you can’t find a set that suits your gift giving needs, most chemists will happily put together something for you. It’s a great service to avail of.
This way you can choose exactly what goes into it and more importantly control the price point.
My top three gift set selections would be: for women Bellamianta 3 Piece Luxury Tanning gift set, for the home Yankee Candle Discovery set, 8 drawers filled with jars, wax melts and votive candles, for men Fatface Bath, Body and Socks gift set (smells divine!).
Christmas has become a bit of a spectacle and I think we do need to remember its not about the amount of gifts someone gets for you or what the price tags that were badly scratched off say.
For me, I am just happy to know that someone was thinking of me. To know that someone saw something that made them think of me, is heart-warming.