Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Stocking Fillers for Her

Stocking fillers for adults can be tricky, after all there are only so many pairs of cute socks you can have and, dare I say it, even chocolate has its limits!  Here are some fun stocking filler ideas for the women in your life, whatever their age and interests.

Chocolate selection, Lakeland

Amphora Aromatics have released a new range of synthetic-free aromatherapy candles, with all natural essential oil fragrances like Orange & Clove, Cinnamon, and Rosemary & Thyme.  All on a base of 100% natural plant wax from sustainable sources.  Prices start at just £5.50 for the 20 Hour Mini Pot Candle.

Jumble Bee Snacks' delicious Tropicals range are a great healthy, long-life alternative to tangerines and chocolate!  From their wide range of dried fruit and nut snack mixes, ideal for grazing throughout the day, at your desk or on the go, we love 'em!  Priced from £1.49 per bag, they are available from Tesco, Morrisons and Ocado.

Pug in a mug tea infuser, Lakeland

For teens to make-up queens, the huge range of make-up in the Pound Shop range is a great place to stock up on stocking fillers.  We tried a wide range in the summer and loved it, especially the gorgeous nail varnishes.  At this price, you can snap up a whole rainbow of colours.

Perfect tree gifts, The White Company

Restaurant chain Bill's offers a range of foods and hampers, including delicious chocolates like these southern states-inspired Red Velvet Truffles, created in honour of the classic Red Velvet Cake.  These delicious truffles have a white chocolate and vanilla icing centre, and are coated in velvety milk chocolate dusted with freeze-dried raspberries.  Scrummy!  Maybe pair them with the Bramble Berry Infusion, a blend of summer and winter berries, including blackcurrants, strawberries, blackberries and rosehips, with a hint of hibiscus, for a light and refreshing tea for any time of day.

Choc on Choc biscuits, Lakeland

Cafe De Bain offer a gorgeous range of bath and shower products in four super-feminine scents, such as coconut macaroon and sweet vanilla madeline - delicious!  Perfect for indulgent festive baths, available from Waitrose and Superdrug, £2.99.

Umbrellas in iconic prints, Liberty

Marili Skincare Organic Lip Balms are the perfect stocking filler at this time of year.  They contain only natural ingredients (99% organic) and no preservatives, parabens, SLS, petrochemicals or mineral oils.  They are available in four fabulous flavours: Chocolate, Chocolate & Caramel, Caramel and Strawberry.  Offering perfect protection against chapped lips this winter, each Organic Lip Balm nourishes the lips, leaving them smooth and soft.  The Chocolate and Chocolate & Caramel lip balms even contain a sneaky dollop of real organic chocolate!

If you're buying for a chocolate connoisseur, these delicious salted caramel seagull eggs by exquisite chocolatier Rococo will be gratefully received.  Salted caramel ganache is covered in finest milk chocolate and a delicate sugar shell.

If your stocking recipient is more beauty aficionado than chocoholic, KISS USA have some amazing stocking fillers including these imPRESS Accent Press-On Manicure sets which last 2 x longer than other brands and are the only waterproof nails around.  They come in three designs and are available from Asda, priced £6.98.  The True Volume Lashes are made from 100% natural hair and tapered at the ends to blend seamlessly with your own lashes, stocked at Boots they retail at £4.99.

Perfect for winter baths, Olverum bath oil is a divine combination of ten essential oils, including eucalyptus, lavender, juniper and Siberian fir needle.  Created in Germany in 1931, directly from the discovery of the therapeutic properties of essential oils, it helps to relax and cleanse and has gained a loyal following ever since.  Now available in the UK, it's just the thing to unwind from all the Christmas stress, the perfect after-party pick-up, and will do sterling work when colds and sniffles beckon.  Just a few drops will fill the room with scent, soften and hydrate the skin, and help with sore muscles and joints.  Priced £23.50 for 125ml (enough for 25 baths), this gorgeous oil is available from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, House of Fraser online and the Olverum website.

The sparkling (literally!) new book by popular author Sarah Morgan, Christmas Ever After is a Christmas fairytale set in wintry London and amongst the snowy pines and crackling fires of Puffin Island, Maine. Artist Skylar apparently has it all, until everything goes horribly wrong. Retreating home for a Christmas of wine and cookies, she finds one shoulder to cry on, a person she despises. But being constantly thrown together over the festive season, will things change between them? Formulaic, maybe, but this fun yarn will be the perfect way to while away a quiet afternoon between Christmas and New Year. Widely available, Christmas Ever After retails at £7.99.

To celebrate 21 years of The White Company, founder Chrissie Rucker has launched a new signature candle and fragrance, called simply Twenty One. It is a strong, unabashed floral, and quite simply divine! Available in store and online now, candles priced from £15; eau de toilette, £30.

Cinderella Lip Shimmer in Embossed Tin, £3 each M&S

Malki Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts with Frankincense Oil & Rose Petals from Natural Dead Sea Skincare are soothing and hydrating, helping to combat the drying effects of cold, frosty air outside and central heating inside.  Frankincense is the most seasonal and the most precious of oils, with its rich, spicy aroma, and here is balanced by the sweet aroma of the dried rose petals, perfect for a relaxing bath, transforming your bathroom into a mini spa this winter!  RRP £6.85 from Boots and

AM/PM Yoga for Beginners by TV soap actress Roxy Shahidi, is designed to provide an energising boost to your morning and a relaxing, wind-down in the evening.  When modern life is hectic and stressful, especially so at Christmas time, this DVD is perfect for getting back in tune with yourself and taking some time out to relax and/or re-energise.  By carving out a little time each morning, you can enliven your day and boost your energy levels, while the evening practices will help you relax, unwind and relieve stress and tension, enabling a good night’s rest and helping reverse the damage caused by our fast-paced lives, hunched over a computer. AM/PM with Roxy Shahidi DVD retails at £12.99.

This gorgeous purse from Story Horse is a great size with capacity for up to 14 cards as well as inside pocket and slot for notes, and a separate zipped compartment for coins.  We love the beautiful floral lining and striking leaf design, which complements many other products in the Story Horse range perfectly.  Retailing at £25, this is a delightful stocking filler for someone special.

Goya (Masters of Art series), National Gallery Shop

Cadbury has a wide range of great stocking fillers available, as ever, including this cute Snow Bites over-sized tree bauble, and a mega Wispa bar!  We really love the Dairy Milk winter edition which has Christmas tree-shaped milk chooclate and white chocolate pieces - delicious!  All items are widely available.

Kromland Farm Organic Rooibos Caramel Tea will magic you to anywhere other than your hectic kitchen if you need 5 minutes away from the madding crowd over Christmas, the perfect treat for any alternative tea fan!  Available from Wholefoods, Planet Organic, good health food shops and priced £2.49.

The Aussie Winter Miracle range is perfect for harsh weather and the stress we put our tresses through going from outdoors to centrally heated interiors several times every day.  Nourishing, replenishing and smoothing, whilst also combating split ends and frizz, these wonder products are widely available from leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

Sainsbury's offers a wide range of gifts for all the family, but we especially love the brilliant stationery range which includes the fab gold tablet case above, handy planner and shopping list pads with magnetic backs to attach to your fridge, and gorgeous notebooks like the pink and gold ones below.  Perfect stocking fillers, starting at just a couple of pounds.

Also from Sainsbury's is this delightfully scented Warm Amber & Fig candle, yum!

The new limited edition Orange and Milk & White truffles from Lindt's Lindor range both have the characteristic melt-in-the-middle centre and smooth, indulgent chocolate outer.  Delicious!  These gorgeous choccy delights are available from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda and independent stores, or from the Lindt e-store, priced £4.89 for 200g.

Or how about the traditional Lindt Lindor truffles in this over-sized Maxi Ball?  Containing a whole lot of Lindor truffles, this fab treat will delight any Lindt fan, and retails at £14.99 for 550g.  It is available from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons, and independent stores, or from the Lindt e-store.

The What Skin Needs range contains the active ingredient Plantolin which is derived from the Australian indigenous plant, centipeda cunninghamii.  This internationally patent protected ingredient is renowned for its novel active compounds that provide a natural synergy of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity.  It helps combat the skin-damaging effects of spending lots of time outside, especially when cold weather can leave skin feeling chapped and tight.  We love the What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel which helps combat sun damage, windburn, itchy skin and promoted skin cell renewal, RRP £14.99.

Rossi Uvema is another new niche skincare brand.  It is made using only 100% pure natural ingredients.  The Rice Bran & Borage Seed Face Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser for wintry weather.  It contains only the purest high quality cold pressed oils, such as Jojoba, Avocado Seed and Grapeseed oils, which work to gently cleanse, moisturise and condition skin.  It is excellent for sensitive skin, and helps condition skin suffering from eczema and dermatitis.  I'm particularly intrigued by the use of Rice Bran Oil which Japanese women traditionally use to improve elasticity, soothe irritation and even skin tone.  It contains a myriad of active ingredients, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, calcium and potassium.  The Rice Bran & Borage Seed Face Cleansing Oil retails at £14.75 for 100ml.

Finally, Alón Labs has launched a new pregnancy safe skincare serum, designed by a plastic surgeon for his pregnant daughter.  The Serenity Pregnancy Safe Formula is made from all-natural ingredients while the state-of-the-art formula harnesses the power and potency of nature to heal and rejuvenate your skin.  This skincare treat is available online, priced $68.89.

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