10 Ways To Un-Basic The Most Basic Christmas Gifts
Chocolate, ugly sweaters and lol books galore.
Want to hear a secret? Deep down we are basic as hell.
In fact, there’s nothing we love more than laying on the sofa binging on 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars while drinking a skinny Gingerbread latte and sniffing a Christmas candle. Maybe we even used to own a pair of sweatpants that said 'SEXY' across the arse that we'd wear while doing just that.
But you know what? We’re not even slightly sorry about it. And while that means we also LOVE giving and receiving the most basic types of gift at Christmas and Hanukkah, it doesn’t mean that the gifts themselves have to be basic.
Here’s just 10 ideas to un-basic your shopping list these holidays.
Forget cheap and scratchy numbers and go super luxxxxe with this ribbed cashmere scarf.
Burgundy scarf - £65 from & Other Stories.
Novelty PJs have never been classier than these. Oh and Zoella owns them so you just know they are worth having if you're half as basic as we are.
Robins Brushed Flannel PJ Set - £50 from Cath Kidston.
The box of chocolates
Celebrations are great and all but so is this super fancy chocolate dipping ADVENTURE that we like to think is sort of the grown ups equivalent of a Dairylea Dunker. Absolutely no judgement if you eat the entire thing yourself.
Large Chocolate Dipping Adventure - £35 from Hotel Chocolat.
The gift card
Soz guys but gift cards really are the most NOTHNG gift of all time. Instead of a beauty voucher, why not sign the person in question up for a Birchbox subscription? You can go all out with a year or just get them a single month and they’ll receive a gorgeously packaged box packed with new beauty treats to try.
Birchbox - £10 for one month or £100 for a year.
The ugly sweater
Swap the novelty Christmas jumper for the snuggest knit the world has ever seen: this fair isle beauty by A.P.C. Yes it’s spenny but isn’t it beautiful? And at least they’ll be able to wear it all year long opposed to only for about five hours after they receive it.
Romy wool and cotton-blend sweater - £215 from A.P.C. at Net-A-Porter.
The scented candle
Those sickly sweet Christmas cookie candles are nothing next to the warm and spicy scent of Diptyque’s own gingerbread concoction. And how gorge will that look sitting on your bedside table? JUST THINK OF THE INSTAGRAMS.
Epices et Delices Travel Candle - £28 at Diptyque.
The bubble bath
No one does indulgent bathtime treats like Laura Mercier and the almond coconut milk body collection is the ultimate gift for anyone who likes to take their time unwinding.
Sweet Temptations Almond Coconut Milk Body Collection - £55 from Laura Mercier at Space NK.
Byredo fragrances are the ultimate what with their delicate yet long-lasting scents. They are also bloody expensive so a nice compromise are their hair perfumes, which may sound odd but are SO CLEVER as every time the hair naturally moves throughout the day, the scent keeps on diffusing giving you a hit of scent all over again.
Bal D’Afrique Hair Perfume - £40 from Byredo at Space NK.
The lol book
Those humorous books are kinda funny for about the first five minutes after you give them someone, but no one ever actually reads them so they seem like a bit of a waste. Instead, why not get something amazing like the Humans Of New York book, which is based on the ridiculously famous Instagram and which pairs candid photos of New Yorkers with deeply personal stories about their lives. The ultimate gift for the nosy parker in your life.
Humans Of New York Hardcover - £11.71 from Amazon.
If you’re kind of over the Pandora Charm bracelet thing then it’s time to get aboard the next jewelry trend in line: the fancy friendship bracelet. We love the rose gold plated version by Monica Vinader for casual everyday elegance.
Fiji Friendship Bracelet In 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil - £125 from Monica Vinader.
SORTED. And Merry Christmas or Hannukah to you!
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