Last minute gift suggestions

Last minute gift suggestions
I did all my shopping online this year but after a quick jaunt to the shops yesterday, I have grabbed a few last minute bits and bobs and I thought i’d share with you the best picks I saw as purse savvy last minute gifts or stocking fllers. I would both love to give and receive these items!
I LOVE this purse style photo album from Boots. Both myself and a lot of my friends travel extensively for work and I have to admit, after the 3rd or 4th month away from home you really wish you had a photoframe to keep on your bedside. Not entirely practical when moving from hotel to hotel but this is where I could really see this coming in to its own. Both slim line and compact I can fill this albums fold out clear plastic pockets with photos of my friends and family to keep me going on those lonesome days away. 
The snap style is a bit quirky and retro which everyone loves, right?!

I will be gifting this to a friend who travels constantly. I have printed a selection of photos to fill this with photos of our group of friends, her partner and family as a pre-made gift that she can travel with.

2. No 7 Brush Collection – £16 –

I believe if you don’t use the right tools to apply your make up, it doesn’t matter if you are using a £4 or £40 eyeshadow. This set of beautiful brushes from No 7 will make a perfect starter set for a teenager, a core set of brushes for someone who wanting to expand their collection or a travel set for in a wash bag. I know you can buy better brushes from Sigma, Royal & Langnickel etc but from the highstreet, this is just a great selection.

I will be giving this set to my friend who want’s to wear more make up but doesn’t know where to start. Brushes are a great way to build a collection and create new looks and this set has all your staples covered.

3. Strictly Come Dancing Fab-u-lous nail collection – £16 –

I don’t watch Strictly Come Dancing but this is an undeniably awesome selection of nail polishes for a bargain price of £16. I love how the set is seperated out in to dance styles and just picturing the music, I think these colours are a good match! The top row is bright bold Salsa, 2nd row is soft muted Ballroom and the 3rd row is deep dark sultry Latin.

This will be a good gift for a young relative wanting to be girly, a huge SCD fan or anyone wanting to build up a nail polish collection to rival that of the lovely Helen over at

The set has all the colours you could want covered off so it’s an all round great set or a starter set.  The joy of the last 3 presents is that they were all part of the 3 for 2 Christmas presents which saves money!

4. Naturals Lip Balm trip – £3.99 – 

I spotted this while in Superdrug yesterday and stocked up on a few for stocking fillers. The set of 3 lip balms for £3.99 is a great bargain stocking filler or secret santa gift that won’t break the bank. Either buy for yourself or gift it on. Superdrug also offers 3 for 2 on gifts which made stocking up that little bit easier AND cheaper!

I think I’ll have one of those for myself if I go back!

5. Yankee Christmas Candles – assorted retaillers and sizes

I am a sucker for a scented candle and my purse friendly finds this year have to be 2 small jars from Yankee Candles £7.99 in stores or you can find them cheaper online at places such as I normally buy the larger sizes as I find they give off a greater scent but to try new flavours and build a collection of candles for different seasons, the small jars are great and they make a super cute little gift.

The Christmas Cookie is a deliciously sweet, sugary vanilla scent that is lovely to burn when you want to get toasty warm on the sofa with a nice dvd. It is sweet but not overpoweringly so.

The Red Apple Wreath is a warm, wintery, christmas smell. It’s fruity but also has a kick of cinnamon to it which I LOVE! I like to burn this on an evening when I’m in my PJs just before bed as I find it a nice relaxing smell.

I should also mention the Christmas Eve scent.. It is lovely and fruity… this will be my next purchase I think!

6. Lipsmackers Coca Cola lip balm tin – £8 – Sainsburys

With winter being in full swing now, our poor lips are being battered daily with wind, cold and blasting heating. I love a flavoured lip balm for topping up during the day and I can’t resist Coca Cola or Cherry Cola flavoured Lip Smackers.

Imagine my joy when I saw this in Sainsburys!

Perfect gift for a friend, sister or younger relative. Not something I’d give to my Mam though.. But that’s just me!
I’ve asked my parents to get me one for Christmas too!

Hope this has been some last minute help. No matter how well planned we are, someone nearly always drops by with an unexpected gift so I always like to have a couple of little stocking filler type presents that can be used in emergencies!



  1. 21st December 2011 / 3:12 pm

    I do love the smell of Yankee candles. They’re the only thing that makes shopping in Clinton’s Cards bearable! x

  2. Katie
    21st December 2011 / 5:38 pm

    I’m burning a couple now and it’s starting to smell a bit Christmassy in here!! Yay!

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