Christmas cards and decorations start appearing in most shops from as early as the beginning of September nowadays. The rare organised Christmas shoppers among us will jump straight in, buy, spend, wrap and be ready well in advance. But for most of us, along comes the dreaded C-word we are determined not to pronounce about until December and with a Grinch-like groan as we walk round our favourite but now unrecognisable shops.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll think that you have weeks left to get prepared but now suddenly it’s nearly here and it’s a stressful rush to get ready. However, as Christmas is less than a week away (sorry to be the burden of bad news) here are some stocking filler ideas to ease the pain of your last-minute shopping...
Socks are always the perfect Christmas gift. But instead of going thick and woolly, try fashionable instead. These frilly socks that will look stunning over the top of her brogues or trainers - Heart Frill Socks from Miss Selfridge £4
A girl can never have too many nail polishes. Play it safe with a set of three colours for her to choose from so then you can’t get it wrong - Mini Nail Trio from Topshop, £14
There are many pretty diaries on the market so if she’s organised it makes a perfect present... If she’s always losing track of the days or forgetting birthdays and important dates, then it’s a useful nudge in the right direction. Paperchase, £12
Pamper her from head to toe with his delicious smelling beauty gift set kit. Includes: body mist, body butter, body scrub, shower gel and hand cream. Bargain. Soap and Glory Gift Set from Boots, £13.50
This book allows you to get an insight into of Alexa Chung’s world. She is one of England biggest style icons and fashion’s elites. It is every girl’s must-read for this year. Urban Outfitters - £16.99
Opulence is a massive trend for A/W so this finely detailed beaded statement necklace will be sure to stand out. Leaf Bead Rhinestone Necklace from TopShop £17.50
Morrocan argan oil works miracles on your hair. So now you can straighten, curl, crimp and dye without feeling bad about your split ends. TRESemme Liquid Gold from Boots £6.99
There are so many phone cases on the market at the moment it’s hard to choose the right one. However the new range by Kate Moss at Carphone Warehouse are sleek sophisticated and timeless – from Carphone Warehouse by Kate Moss £12.50
Not everyone thinks about it... But a good primer is essential for flawless makeup. Primer evens skin tone and imperfections, gives skin a healthy glow and is a good base for your makeup, therefore making it will last longer. It should be a make-up bag essential for every girl. No7 Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer £12.50
Facemasks can be cheap and easy, however get a good quality one and it can rejuvenate you skin rather than just smell nice. This one by Liz Earle contains potent anti-bacterial manuka honey making it the perfect solution to troublesome skin. Deep Cleansing Mask by Liz Earle, £14.50
Contributor: Debbi Moules