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Family Christmas Gift Ideas
I can’t believe it’s nearly December! Time to start thinking about what gifts to buy!
Speaking with Vienna earlier, she mentioned choosing a gift for the whole family. I think that’s a really beautiful idea as I feel it encompasses the spirit of the time to get a gift which can be shared and hopefully remembered, whether it’s a product or an experience! It’s also usually more cost effective too and I know we’re all having to be more careful with our spending.
As I look for inspiration through different ‘Best Family Gifts’ lists that have been published in the last couple of weeks, there are some nice ideas, like a home ice-cream parlour set but on closer inspection it seems like a fancy and overpriced (£81) way of adding chocolate and ‘hundreds and thousands’ to shop-bought ice cream. The same goes for the taco-making kit and the pizza making kit! I liked the ideas but I’m sure my money could be spent more wisely!
Now, something that has really caught my eye is the bluetooth karaoke microphone. Despite not being from a family of gifted singers, I can really imagine this being a fun way to spend the Christmas period together, especially in those days after Christmas where we’re all cooped up inside together after eating too much, watching too much TV and not getting enough daylight!
As for family activities, a trip to the theatre provides a memorable night that the whole family can enjoy. In London, there's some grips West End shows on such as Matilda, Lion King, Frozen, or for adults The Book of Mormon is always very funny! There is a lot on at the Royal Albert Hall - if you have kids then I can reccommend the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas Orchestral Adventure. If you are a bit older - then Home Alone in Concert sounds like a real Christmas cracker. I also enjoy visits to the zoo and although I haven’t been for years, there are more Christmas ice-skating rinks than ever!
Alternatively, perhaps your family would enjoy a spa-day together? It’s a great way to have a mini-holiday together and pamper yourselves, getting out of the house and drastically reducing the chance of any quarrels! I know that I get really excited about Christmas and I really enjoy the long build-up but then, after Boxing Day it’s suddenly all over and I can get a bit down. The short days don’t help but in recent years I’ve made sure to organise fun family days out during those days between Christmas and New Years and they’ve been much better!
However, if a spa day is not something that all your family would really enjoy, you could still treat them to some home pampering!
A good family face mask session might be a fun way to spend an evening! If you’re in need for inspiration then look no further than the Best Face Mask winners at the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards:-
Best Face Mask Gold Winner
ARgENTUM apothecary - le masque infini
(the whole site also currently has a brilliant Black Friday deal of 20% off site wide with code BF2022 - perfect for such an exclusive brand as ARgENTUM apothecary!)
Best Face Mask Silver Winner
Templespa - Most Revealing
(Black Friday Beauty Hint - why not go for the TempleSpa Time to Glow Gift Set which is £60 which includes Just Revealing which alone has an RRP of £40. The gift set is also part of their promotion of 30% off if you buy another gift set!)
Best Face Mask Bronze Winner
Fusion by Danielle Collins Pro Lift Mask
So, there we have a few ideas for family presents and activities this Christmas! You might have your own suggestions! Please do share your ideas and stories in the comments! I’d love to hear them!
I’ll be back again very soon but until then, ciao for now!
How to Find the Best Black Friday Deals - everything Beauty!
Today’s blog is going to be a little different to ones I’ve posted recently where I’ve written about past winners of the Global MakeUp Awards, their stories and their goals for the future.
With the famous (or infamous!) Black Friday approaching, some of us will have possibly delayed buying products which we have wanted in hope of getting a good discount among the Black Friday sales - and we have especially had our eyes on everything beauty!
Certainly the news has focused in recent years on the negative sides of the sales, concentrating on arguments over widescreen TVs and impossibly long queues but that is probably misrepresentative of the bigger picture. Anyway, today let’s bounce around some ideas on how to make the most of the sales!
Now, the first piece of advice that I can give is to start looking for bargains now. Not only do lots of companies start their sales early (this can get them extra sales and spread out their extra work load) but it also gives us a chance to check pre-sales prices and see if the deals are really as good as they look! We all know that artificially inflating prices then advertising a massive discount is one of the oldest tricks in the book so make sure to check prices across different retailers! Another good reason to start your search is now that there is a lower chance of the product you want being sold out!
These sales are a good way for us to get our Christmas Shopping done without having to brave the packed high streets on Christmas Eve! I’ve been there and it’s all a bit much! So, if we know any little people who might appreciate a toy or two under the Christmas Tree, we could also consider getting their gifts during the Black Friday sales. Children’s toys are notoriously expensive so a little planning might well save us a fair amount of money!
If you are having trouble choosing what toys to buy, you’ll find that there are a lot of websites that offer up to date advice on toys for children of all different age groups. Simply searching Google for Best Christmas presents for a ten year old will give you some great inspiration. I’ve just checked and there are lots of things my kids would absolutely love! However, most of them are linked to Amazon via affiliate links so you may not find Black Friday Deals this way! But many products on Amazon are sold via small independent shops which you can search for directly. You may well find them at a better price this way and they could be advertising Black Friday deals for direct sales! This also avoids putting more money in billionaires pockets!
If you are looking for a present for a loved one, here at Global Makeup Awards we recommend the L’Occitane reusable calendar. This is a wonderful green alternative to regular calendars. Check it out here! It is an amazing beauty buy and perfect for a gift for any woman in your life - mum, sister, girlfriend or wife. Not only is it filled with amazing beauty products but you can also year after year and put your own treats in it. It comes in at a hefty £160 (worth £236) but it contains 24 amazing beauty gifts. It includes all of the following:
This L'occitane 2021 Christmas advent calendar contains:
• 75ml Almond Shower Oil
• 5ml Herbae par L'OCCITANE Eau de Parfum
• 50ml Shea Intensive Hand Balm Travel Size
• 70ml Verbena Shower Gel
• 30ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
• 15ml Almond Supple Skin Oil
• 75ml Intensive Repair Conditioner
• 15g Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub
• 2.8g Sunday Pinknic Intense Fruity Lipstick
• 100ml Lavender Foaming Bath
• 15ml Relaxing Pillow Mist
• 50ml Almond Milk Concentrate
• 12ml Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm Certified Organic
• 8ml Divine Cream
• 10ml Verbena Eau de Toilette
• 7.5ml Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette
• 75ml Intensive Repair Shampoo
• 30ml 30ml Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover
• 30ml Almond Delicious Hands
• 30ml Immortelle Essential Water
• 8ml Precious Cream
• 30ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
• 5ml Overnight Reset Serum
• The Petit Remedy.
We personally already love the Relaxing Pillow Mist and the Shea Intensive Hand Balm. We love how it is also a complete range of products, from lipsticks, to shampoo to hand-cream to foot-cream. So you won't be ending up with duplicates of the same 'type' of product. This truly is the best Christmas gift for any beauty lover with all these must-have products.
Wow, I’m out of time again! Already! Well, all the best with your deal hunting! Do let me know how you get on and share any bargains you find!
Ciao for now
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