Our favourite selection of chocolates…
Who doesn’t love unwrapping a luxurious selection of premium truffles or a set of our favourite chocolates? Here at Jan de Vries, our usual go-to for all things chocolate and sweet are Booja-Booja, a vegan-friendly brand that create an indulgent array of truffles using dark Dominican cacao. They certainly don’t disappoint but my personal favourite has to be their Fine de Champagne Truffles.
A delicious selection of rich chocolates, infused with champagne, they’re perfect regardless of whether your friend is a long-time fan or new to the brand. You really get a great idea of what Booja-Booja are capable of and, for just £24.97, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve chosen a great gift for under £25!
However, if you’re looking for good old-fashioned chocolate without the fuss, Raw Halo now have a limited edition Christmas Chocolate Gift Set featuring 6 of their best-selling flavours, from Mylk Cinnamon & Raisin to Dark & Sweet Orange.
Completely organic and gluten-free, Raw Halo are one of our newer brands. Started in a small flat in West London and based on homemade recipes, these chocolate bars are now available world-wide and even grace the shelves of luxury stores such as Harrods! Gorgeously rich and intense, and now yours for a little under £20 at £18.99, make sure you don’t miss out!
Our favourite make-up sets!
Make-up is a great gift to give at this time of the year and thankfully, some of our favourite make-up brands have really pulled through for the festive season. INIKA in particular have managed to go above and beyond, offering a range of make-up sets exclusively for Christmas!
One of our premiere make-up brands, INIKA is renowned for their range of vegan and organic beauty products and they definitely don’t disappoint!
You could start with their Beauty One the Go gift set which offers a liquid foundation, primer, foundation and kabuki brush, all for just £28.00. However, if you’re more interested in focusing on the eyes, INIKA have also provided a brand new All About the Eyes gift set which includes a vegan mineral mascara, organic liquid eyeliner and a black cosmetic pouch.
Finally, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t at least mention their new Day to Night Eyeshadow Palette. At £47.00 this gift is perhaps less of a stocking filler than a main event, but it’s still a lovely idea for someone you know who values their make-up. Presenting 7 new eye shadows inspired by the Earth’s natural pigments, including gentle pinks and sultry plums, each box comes with a handy step-by-step makeup guide so you can make the most out of each shade!
Our favourite skincare goodies
If you know someone that likes to pamper themselves, I’d highly recommend checking out our range of skincare goodies. Whether you’ve got sensitive skin, dry skin or oily skin, we’ve got you covered thanks to our incredible range of brands, from Dr Hauschka to Sukin.
Starting with Dr Hauschka, their Regenerating Skin Kit is ideal for more mature skin, helping to firm and refine for healthier, brighter skin. Natural and cruelty-free, each kit contains a serum, day cream, eye cream and body cream, each enriched with a range of soothing ingredients, such as jojoba seed oil, rose flower extract and shea butter.
Priced at £28.00, it’s definitely affordable and worth considering!
One of our other skin care brands, Sukin, are also providing a range of gift-sets this year, so if you know someone that suffers from sensitive skin, I would definitely suggest taking a look at their Love Your Skin Sensitive Set. Free from parabens and sulphates, each box includes a cleanser, toner and moisturiser specifically formulated to soothe and condition sensitive skin types, with nourishing ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber.
Or, if oily skin is getting you down, the good news is that they’re now combining their oil balancing skin products into a set! With both gifts coming in at £19.99 each, you can certainly afford to treat your skin!
Our favourite haircare gifts
A lot you are getting more clued up about the importance of looking after your hair so it’s hardly surprising that we’ve noticed that many of our customers are now coming to us to get their hair care products. John Masters’ are one of our best hair care brands and recently, they’ve released two new travel sets stocked with essential hair styling products!
The first is their Party in New York set which is composed of four travel-sized goodies, including their Rose & Apricot Hair Milk, Argan Oil and Sea Mist. Perfect for taking away with you if you plan on travelling over the festive period, if you’re looking to try a shampoo or conditioner, though, it might be worth checking out their other gift set, Party in London.
Similar to Party in New York, Party in London provides 5 travel sized products, including John Masters’ Lavender Rosemary Shampoo, Citrus Neroli Detangler and Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner. Perfect if you’ve got unruly hair that you’re looking to tame in a hurry. Both sets come in at £25.00 so they’re ideal for Secret Santa!
Our favourite perfumes…
Finally, it would be wrong if we signed off without talking about Pacifica and their amazing range of natural perfumes. As my colleague Gill discusses in her article ‘Why you should make the switch to natural perfume’ most conventional perfumes are chockfull of chemical nasties that can upset your skin and permeate your epidermis, entering your body.
Pacifica’s perfumes are made using natural and essential oils and come in a variety of forms, from solid perfumes to sprays to roll-ons. If you’re looking to introduce someone to a new scent, I would recommend going for their Tuscan Blood Orange roll on perfume which is a bright, zesty fragrance with a slightly fruity edge.
Or, if your friend prefers floral fragrances, they could try Pacifica’s French Lilac which provides a delicate scent with echoes of sweet magnolia and lilac! Available at just £12.99 for a roll on and £10.00 as a solid perfume, these are ideal for travelling or moving on-the-go!