Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Five luxurious beauty gifts (and affordable alternatives)

At Christmas, we all want to treat our loved ones to some amazing gifts. A luxurious present is just another way to say ‘thank you’ to our friends and family and show our appreciation for their presence in our lives. If you’re looking for beauty gifts like makeup, perfumes and bath products for one or some of your friends this Christmas, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lavish gifts. But sometimes it’s not possible to treat everyone to high-end beauty products.

So today we’re going to showcase some affordable alternatives alongside luxurious beauty gifts – pick the product that works for your budget!


La Panthere – Cartier – Current Direct Cosmetics price – £80.10

You can’t get much more lavish than La Panthere, Cartier’s 2014 timeless fragrance. This is a musky white floral perfume for ladies who prefer their fragrances to be sophisticated and classy rather than brash and loud. La Panthere is known for its earthy, mossy base and incredible complexity.

5th Avenue – Elizabeth Arden – £32.99

For a similarly classic floral fragrance at a lower price point, Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue is one to look out for. Bold lilac top notes give way to lily of the valley and later an amber, slightly musky base.  5th Avenue doesn’t have the distinctive oakmoss of La Panthere, but it’s certainly a winning alternative at this price.

La Fumee – Miller Harris – £100

If you like your perfumes to be punchier and spicier, you really must try out La Fumee by Miller Harris. This fragrance might have flown under the radar, but it’s impossible to deny its quality. Top notes of incense and lavender are followed by a spicy heart and a labdanum, woody base. This fragrance is unisex – perfect for women who like their fragrances smoky and masculine, and great for men who want a hint of floral notes in their cologne.

Exotic Embers – Bronnley – £12

Want an oriental fragrance that’s a little more affordable? Try Exotic Embers by Bronnley. It’s a warm, woody perfume that’s great for wearing when the weather is cooler, with top notes of bergamot, blood orange and galbanum, heart notes of ginger and nutmeg, and a labdanum, cedar and amber base.


Jelly Aquarysta – Astalift – £53

Astalift’s range of anti-age products are truly luxurious. The Jelly Aquarysta is our pick of the bunch – apply a small amount daily to tackle dry skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Anti-wrinkle and moisturising serum – Korres – £10

An affordable alternative skincare gift is Korres’ anti-wrinkle serum. This superconcentrated moisturising serum is packed with Vitamin C and Magnolia Bark Extract to improve skin texture and tackle fine lines.

Ceramide Gift Set – Elizabeth Arden – £39.99

Want to treat a skincare fan to a gift set? Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide giftset is as good as it gets. In the box is face and throat capsules, toner and eye cream!

Skin Perfection Duo – L’Oreal – £18

For a smaller yet just as high quality gift, L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Duo is a great pick. All the set contains is a day moisturiser and an advanced correcting serum, but these two products provide a great ‘taster’ for friends and family who want to try out new skincare brands!

Bath and body

Refresh and Rejuvenate Travel Collection – Molton Brown – £27

We adore Molton Brown products, but there’s no denying that they’re at the high-end of our price range. This incredible gift set features several body washes and hand creams, plus shampoo, body lotion and lipsaver – all in travel size, perfect for anyone looking for some winter sun!

Weekend Travel Kit in Mimosa and Pomegranate – Heathcote and Ivory – £5

For a pamper package that’s a little less comprehensive, check out Heathcote and Ivory’s Weekend Travel Kit. Containing shower gel, body cream, hand cream and soap, this gift set contains all you need for a weekend away!

There you have it – five lavish beauty gifts and their budget-friendly alternatives. Again, please note that all prices are correct at the time of writing, and all products are subject to stock constraints. Keep checking back to our online store for more great deals on Christmas beauty gifts!


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