Handmade cards, papier-mâché presents… every November you dream of handing out Pinterest-perfect Christmas gifts to your nearest and dearest. The reality? There are far too many cheese and wine nights to get down to some festive DIY.
If you’ve got no time to get your hands dirty, you can still make a shop-bought present personal. Whether it’s literally got their name all over it (because a monogram is never not appreciated) or was hand-packed with their favourite things in mind, these are the gifts that say ‘I’m thinking of you’ this Christmas.
1. For the one who goes out-out
For the friend with gin running through their veins, personalise this rose gold hip flask from Etsy with their initials and protect your party animal from any “accidental” drinks thieves. For the cocktail connoisseur, why not build a mini drinks hamper, hand-packed with all their favourite cocktail ingredients and fresh limes. Add an Urban Outfitters cocktail shaker and eco-friendly metal straws to finish.
2. For the one who needs some TLC
Christmas is basically a season of back-to-back office parties and mulled wine hangovers, so treat the social butterfly in your life to a much-needed cosy night in. These monogrammed pyjamas are the perfect outfit for a night of masking and moisturising with The Body Shop’s Don’t Ask, Just Mask set and personalised Body Butter. Throw in a collection of Divine chocolate bars or a vegan Jealous sweet cracker to finish.
Pack the chill kit in The Body Shop’s jute gift pouches. 100% natural, reusable and ethical, there’s no better way to wrap their gifts this Christmas.
3. For the interiors obsessive
If your pal is hooked with all things homeware, give them something that’s looks pretty as well as reminding them of personal memories. Fill this simple Paperchase scrapbook with cinema tickets, photos and postcards from your wild Ibiza weekend, or adorn a wall grid with motivational prints and photobooth snaps.
4. For the foodie
We’ve had Nutella, Marmite and even beans, but this year it’s all about Reese’s chocolate peanut butter spread and Lindt teddies. Order them both at Selfridges and personalise with their name. If they like to get creative in the kitchen, DIY a cookie mix jar by piling all the ingredients into a glass mason jar and remind them to share the results.
For an extra treat that smells good enough to eat, shop The Body Shop’s Festive Sacks, full of bath and body products to pamper themselves with on Boxing Day. With scents including Vanilla Mashmallow, Peppermint Candy Cane and Berry Bon Bon, if they’ve got a sweet-tooth they’ll struggle to resist these tempting treats.
5. For their #OOTD
For the pal whose Instagram has more looks than Lady Gaga, a Missoma initial pendant or zodiac necklace from Bohomoon won’t land you on Santa’s naughty list this Christmas. If beauty’s more their bag, build their new go-to party makeup kit and throw The Body Shop’s Star Stamp Liner and Lip Liquid Parade into this initial makeup bag.
From personalised Christmas presents you don’t need to get your hands dirty for, shop The Body Shop
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