Since it’s the 1st of December, it’s now acceptable to sing Christmas carols, open your advent calendar and get into the festive spirit. Not that I’m judging you if you’ve already done any/ all of these things 😉. Joking aside, I always find gift-hunting fun but also challenging. There are some people that are just so hard to buy for! So I decided to compile this gift guide to give me (and hopefully you!) some inspiration. I decided to categorise them by price this year – meaning there are gifts for secret santa as well as friends and family.
Under £5 (perfect for Secret Santa!)
Primark Slippers (£4)
Perfect for feeling cosy on those cold winter evenings (Edinburgh especially). My two flatmates have these and they’re just so fluffy and comfy! They come in: grey, white and dusky rose.
Mindful Thoughts for Runners (£4.99 from Oxfam)
If you have a running-specific secret santa/ recipient, this hits the spot. It’s a cute little book with a collection of tips and thoughts about being more mindful as a runner – whether it be through injury, connecting with your surroundings or running rituals, it’s got it all. I hope my secret santa person isn’t reading this because I may or may not have gifted it…
Tortoiseshell Hair Clips (£4.79 from H&M)
Hair clips/ slides are very in at the moment. If you don’t mind conforming to stereotypes and following fashion trends then these are cute and inexpensive. I haven’t quite taken that step yet – but I do have my eyes on them/ something similar! They also sell some other styles that are a bit more expensive. Please note this was the black friday price and it might be a bit more at RRP.
Bullet Journal (Amazon)
A lot of people set intentions to “start the new year how you mean to continue” – and what better way to stay on top of goals than with a bullet journal? Most are A5 size, although I have an A6 one and I’ve seen a few A4 ones (perfect for revising/ note taking).
Pandora Charms (off Depop)
Whilst the RRP of Pandora Charms is anywhere between £20-£100, you can buy them on Depop for a fraction of the price. I love a good bargain, and this is definitely a satisfying one! Request to see the code at the bottom of the charm to ensure authenticity, give it a little polish when it arrives and it’s as good as new. Thank me later xx
Karrimor Running Socks (from Sports Direct)
I’m not sure how long this sale will be going on for, but there’s currently a clearance sale on the majority of Karrimor’s running socks at Sports Direct. Some of the ankle compression socks are even less than £5 – a steal if you ask me.
“bee happy” washing line frame (£8 from Neon Sheep)
I think this is such a cute little frame for photos/ postcards. Yes it’s also a bit cringey but we love to see it. It would definitely add a bit of brightness and character to your (uni) room!
Velvet Scrunchies (5-pack from UO for £5 atm)
Whilst Urban Outfitters is quite pricey, these velvet hair scrunchies have stolen my heart. They have a variety of colour/ print ranges and honestly I found it hard to choose my favourite one… although being that #basic, I put the pack with the leopard print one on my Christmas list.
Polaroid Film (~£9)
If your friend has a polaroid, gifting them some film will make their day. Or maybe it won’t. However, it’s a good, solid gift because the worst thing is running out of film and not having any spare (or wanting to spend a tenner on some film). As a bonus, they may even take a polaroid with you! But only if you’re special enough.
£10-£20 (if you’re spending this much, they’re clearly important to you)
Skinny Dip phone case
Continuing the “basic b*tch” saga, we have the Skinny Dip phone case. I’m not going to lie, I’ve only really owned Skinny Dip for the past few years and I’m not ashamed either. They have such pretty/ funny/ adorable patterns that fit iPhones, Samsungs and Google Pixels.
Pip & Nut Christmas Hamper (£20)
When Pip & Nut posted this on Instagram last week, I put it on my wish list straight away. It features their festive special (Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter) plus 5 other flavours and is literally everything a peanut butter lover could dream of. Hint hint.
Fluffy Half-Zip Jumper (£12 from Primark)
So far, four girls in my friendship group (including me) have this fluffy half-zip and it is honestly one of the best buys I think we’ve made. It’s just so fluffy, warm and comfortable – everything and anything you could want in a jumper. Like the one from Pink, only more affordable.
Personalised 2020 Calendar (Snapfish)
I got this for my parents last year and they really appreciated it. It was so satisfying seeing them open it, as they had no idea and thought I was “super creative”. Although it can be a bit of a faff to sort through the various designs, pick photos and add quotes, it’s so worth it.
Stacking Birthstone Sterling Silver Ring (£18 from notonthehighstreet)
You can never have too many rings, right? I was scrolling through notonthehighstreet the other day, came across these and fell in love. They’re just so cute! Small enough not to be dainty and elegant whilst still significant. My birth stone (aug = peridot) is probably the ugliest there though…
And that concludes my 2019 Christmas Gift Guide. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and have enjoyed reading this post. I’ve now only got 2 full days left in Edinburgh before going home for the holidays – Christmas really does feel round the corner now!