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  • Writer's pictureBen Pechey

2018 Christmas Gift Guide

I am sure there will have been at least one person who groaned and said it is too soon for this. Well dear readers let me tell you, it is Christmas gift season, and the buying has well and truly commenced. In years gone by I have compiled EXTENSIVE lists of gift ideas. Having had a look through those posts, a lot of the links still work, and if they don’t then similar objects are available and you can use them for a huge amount of inspiration.

You can see 2017’s guides here, here and here as well as 2016’s guide here. I have also written a few shopping edits for PlusMinus Magazine, which I have linked here.

This year I have decided on something a little more personal, looking at the things that I would like to purchase, as well as a few that I would like to receive. Yes, this year I have actual things to show you, I originally intended to do this because last year I spent 5 solid days on my gift guide, and so I wanted to reduce my labour a little. However, I think that it has turned into something more useful and accessible.

Let's do this, there are links to EVERYTHING, so there really is no excuse to fall behind on the gift buying this year

Chanel Perfumes

You cannot go wrong with perfume for Christmas, because everyone wants to smell great. In my oh so humble opinion the house of Chanel pumps out some of the sexiest smells at the minute. A little pricey, but well worth it. Seriously your nostrils will thank me.

Get Gabrielle here, and No5 here

Givenchy Mascara

Givenchy are a serious contender when it comes to luxury French cosmetics. They have some unique and beautifully packaged items that would be perfect for so many people this Christmas. Take this Noir Interdit mascara which creates a lash extension effect and buildable volume in a unique RED shade- fun and Christmasy all in one go.

Get it here

Zara Earrings

Zara is my go-to for great seasonal accessories and will be perfect for Christmas gifting. Secret Santa, check. Smaller budget, check. Stocking filler, check. See what could be better, Zara has got you covered this Christmas.

Shop the latest selection here

Hot Futures Sunglasses

It is officially the season to sparkle, and these have been my absolute go to this month. They are really well made and reasonably priced- don’t say I don’t try.

Get them here

Garnier Skin Care

Skincare is never out of most people’s minds; because we all have skin. I have been religiously using these two products for a couple of months and really like them. These would make a perfect stocking filler or as little gifts for friends.

Get the Toner here and get the Cleanser here

Pilot V Fountain Pens

I’ve included these pens for two reasons. Number one, stationery is a HUGE market for Christmas and will go down well with lots of people. The second reason is that I may have lost my mind when I saw these. When I think of fountain pens I think of leaky metal affairs, but these sealed 21st century bad boys have changed the game.

Shop all the colours here

Joseph Joseph Scoop And Pick Olive Spoon And Fork Set

Who doesn’t love an item specific kitchen tool? This Joseph and Joseph tool is perfect for tapas lovers, to scoop those olives out of jars. Now I have been using this for pickled onions and can say it is wonderful for that too. Basically, buy this for anyone who likes pickled products, which is amazing considering we had national pickle day this past week.

Get it here

Fentimans Mixers*

Most people like a drink (well I don’t, for some alcohol-free ideas this Christmas go here) and Gin is trending this year. I have been told that the perfect accompaniment to gin is a mixer. Fentimans create some amazing botanical mixers that would make some people very happy this Christmas.

Shop a selection here

Magazine Subscriptions

The thought of having at least one magazine plopping throughout the letterbox is a great feeling, not having paid for it is even better. This is the perfect time to give someone the gift of that feeling.

Get Vogue here

Knitwear from Matalan**

Matalan has some amazing pieces perfect for all budgets which make perfect Christmas gifts. Think cosy cardigans and snuggly sweaters. I have styled a look with some Matalan pieces, which you will all see next week.

Shop the selection here


I love to read, and loads of other people do too! These are some of the books that I have picked up recently, and think would be perfect for gifting.

Buy The Power here

Buy Parsnips Buttered, Joe Lycett here

Buy The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man here


Who doesn’t like biscuits? Buy any one of these selection bad boys and they will love you.

Shop a selection here

T2 Tea

Just like gin, tea is having its moment too. One brand that is stuffed full of perfect Christmas gift ideas is T2. Incredible loose teas, fruit tisanes as well as innovative drink wares.

Kiipix Portable Smartphone Picture Printer***

This photo printer is a cheap and easy way to instantly print out pictures from your phone, taking out the risk factor that the instant cameras provide. All you do is put your phone on top of the printer, and you can instantly print favourite photos from your phone, no batteries or wires involved, all you need to buy is the film for the printer and thats that!!

Get it here

*I was lucky enough to be sent these by Fentimans for some work I did for them.

**I was sent these Items by Matalan but was not paid for this promotion.

***I was gifted this item at LFW. ​


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