It has arrived, that time of year when we start to think about Christmas! The weather has changed, we are layering our clothes, our Havaianas have been shelved and the boots are out. Christmas gifts are already in the shops, our good old faithful supermarkets have got mince pies and Christmas puddings in stock, and the TV adverts are all about Christmas Christmas Christmas!
This is the perfect time to start planning gift buying for friends and family (or even for yourself), and we’ve got a few great gift ideas to share with you. Starting with the lowest priced gifts, moving to the more indulgent.
Clementine Baby Bombes, wonderful bags of golden caramel with clementine sealed in 40% milk chocolate which make a buttery, mellow alternative to the traditional citrus.
Priced at £5.50, and available from Hotel Chocolate stores on Boar Lane and Albion Place Leeds, or via online at www.hotelchocolat.com
Portly Penguins, a dozen of these little beauties. Simple mellow 40% milk chocolate packages in a cute presentation box.
Priced at £7.50, and available from Hotel Chocolate stores on Boar Lane and Albion Place Leeds, or via online at www.hotelchocolat.com
Clear Skin Day In, Day Out is ideal for teen skin. This trio kit contains a complete day to night regimen of travel size Foaming Wash, Daytime Treatment and Overnight Treatment. A perfect start to gaining healthy skin from a young age.
Priced at £13.70, and available from www.dermalogica.co.uk
Winter Puddings Sleekster, the perfect chance to sample a little morsel of everything courtesy of Hotel Chocolat’s chocolatiers, They have reinvented some favourite festive puds in luscious chocolate, from Gooseberry Crumble to Cinnamon Buns via Christmas Mess and Caramelised Biscuit. There’s a staggeringly good collection of chocs including Salted Caramel Pecan Pie, Crème Caramel, Apple Crumble, Berry Crumble, Rhubarb & Custard, Mousse au Chocolat, Carrot Cake, Billionaire’s Shortbread, and Mince Pie Brownie!
Priced at £22.50, and available from Hotel Chocolate stores on Boar Lane and Albion Place Leeds, or via online at www.hotelchocolat.com
Black Swan Hotel
The Black Swan Hotel Helmsley in North Yorkshire offers some great gift voucher options. Show your love this Christmas by buying a gift that is designed to be shared.
Vouchers are priced in £25 denominations, and there are plenty of options to choose from for your friends or family to enjoy, including traditional afternoon tea for two, a six-course tasting menu dinner, a luxury overnight stay, mid-week lunch in the award-winning tea rooms, or Sunday lunch in The Gallery Restaurant.
Available from www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/shop
Super Green Molecule, is suitable for both men and women. Packed with wonder ingredient Alfalfa Chlorophyll to deliver vital energy and oxygen into the bloodstream, this liquid supplement helps stimulate cell repair to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin at the surface. A perfect pre-January detox gift for the man or woman that is always thinking of health and fitness.
Priced at £28, and available from Effortless Skin online at www.effortlessskin.com
Harvey Nichols Leeds
Christmas A Deux Hamper, if you’re planning on having an intimate Christmas with your loved one, then HN has got it covered with a selection of essential indulgences. Plus they have included a Christmas tree Champagne bottle decoration in the mix! The hamper consists of a Christmas pudding, salted caramel truffles, brandy butter, Christmas loose leaf tea, bag of chocolate coins, bottle of Prosecco di
Valdobbiadene NV Italy, and of course the special tree decoration.
Priced at £65, and available instore at Harvey Nichols Leeds or online at www.harveynichols.com
Skin Perfecting Set. This gift set illuminates skin during the day and repairs at night with this complementary duo of full size Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 and Overnight Repair Serum. Both gift products firm, smooth and minimise the appearance of ageing.
Priced at £67.60, and available from www.dermalogica.co.uk
Gift set consisting of 3 individual products by beauty brand Epionce. Boasting excellent sized products at 75g each or 75ml, including: Epionce Restorative Hand Cream, Epionce Enriched Firming Mask, Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF50, all beautifully presented in a gift box.
Priced at £75, and available from Effortless Skin online at www.effortlessskin.com
Harvey Nichols Leeds
Snowed In Hamper. Sometimes you just want a quiet Christmas with your nearest and dearest, and HN has got the perfect hamper for you. Ignore the outside world and pop open the Prosecco, tuck into the cheese savouries, light the gorgeous smelling candle and drift away into Christmas bliss.
The hamper consists of Baci di Dama Biscuits, Chocolate Selection Box, Bag of Chocolate Coins, Green Olives with Lemon and Almond, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Truffle Oil, The Fine Cheese Co Goats’ Cheese and Walnut Savouries, The Fine Cheese Co TOAST for Cheese Crackers Quince, Pecan and Poppy Seed, Fine Ground Harvey Nichols Blend Coffee, Sancerre Loire France, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV Italy, Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur Austria, Merlet Crème de Pêche Liqueur France, and Spiced Apple Candle.
Priced at £145, and available instore at Harvey Nichols Leeds or online at www.harveynichols.com
Sowerby Brown Casual Toe Cap Brogue Leather Boots, blurs the line between rugged and luxury with a lace-up boot constructed in rich calf brown leather for a boot that’ll be the wearers go-to choice for years ahead. Each pair of Oliver Sweeney boots are built around a unique ‘Anatomical Last’ that mimics the profiles of the human foot and results in the precise proportions and sculpted fit that Oliver Sweeney demand. The ‘Last’ is created by the Cobbler-in-Chief, initially as hand-sculpted wooden prototypes, which are then developed into the finished product in one of the Oliver Sweeney factories.
Priced at £259, and available from Oliver Sweeney in the Victoria Quarter Leeds or online at www.oliversweeney.com
Merry Christmas to you all.