Tis the season! With Christmas creeping up on us once again, it’s time to start looking out for great gift ideas. To help you find them, here are some of the BEST Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021! Remember, Christmas is about more than just gifts… it’s a chance to spend time with those you love and let them know how much they mean to you. Often, the most meaningful thing is the memories we have long after the day is gone.
1. Silk Pillowcase
For a luxurious gift that oozes ‘treat yourself’ goodness, look no further than a silk pillowcase. Blissy offers a range of decadent products all crafted from 100% mulberry silk. Their pillowcases come in a range of sizes and colours, offering an array of benefits including improved hair and skin health. Check out their sets and other goodies like scrunchies, face masks, eye masks and loungewear. Shop Blissy here.
2. Pampering hair products
I started using Hask this year and, honestly, it’s one of the only brands I’ve used that I’ve seen instant changes in my hair health. Plus, their products smell so good! I love their Argan Oil range and they also have other products to suit a range of needs including curl care, anti-frizz, invigorating, nourishing and, my current obsession, the Biotin Boost range for thickening! Gift your loved one the whole set, including shampoo and conditioner, dry shampoo, deep conditioner and, my favourite items, the repairing oil and leave-in spray! Shop Hask here.
A great pair of sunglasses will be put to use for years to come, especially on those sun-drenched days when adventure calls (or maybe just the morning after a big night!) Pamper their peepers with polarised sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses, who offer a wide range to choose from. You’re sure to find sunnies to meet your budget (hint: their Arise Collective is great value!) and, if buying for a loved one, try sticking to classic frames that never go out of style. Love a discount? Use code LITTLEGREYBOX7 at checkout. Shop sunglasses here.
4. Travel Bag
A great travel bag will be put to good use year after year and, weirdly, ends up becoming somewhat of a travel buddy! Treat someone to something a little special with a handcrafted leather backpack from Leather Neo. Stylish, long-lasting, durable and functional, these bags are perfect for the travel lover in your life! Shop travel bags here.
5. Tea Club Subscription
Know someone who loves tea? The Gourmet Tea Subscription Club by BRUU will deliver a unique box every month. You can choose your preferences, eliminating tea you don’t like, ensuring each box is tailored to you! It’s a great way to try something new each month and enjoy the flavours of the world in your own home. Shop BRUU here.
6. Beach Towels
Enjoy a day at the beach without the mess of bringing all that sand back home with you! Tesalate offer a range of sand-free towels that are super absorbant and incredibly quick dry. Made from a lightweight fabric they double as the perfect travel towel, taking up little space or weight in your luggage and drying off fast for quick packing. Available in a range of designs, their beach towels come in regular and XL size (perfect for two!) and they have workout towels as well. Shop Tesalate Towels here.
7. Video Projector
Plan a fun and/or romantic night in with a portable video projector! Small and compact this cute projector is perfect for watching movies projected onto a wall in your home, a screen made out of a sheet in the backyard or even the ceiling of your bedroom. Shop portable video projector here.
8. Apple Watch
As someone who was on the receiving end of an Apple Watch this year I can confirm it is a great gift! Perfect for a fitness lover, my favourite features are being able to run, listen to music, track my workouts and stay connected (mostly for safety reasons) without having to lug my phone around. It also tells time. Shop Apple Watch here.
9. Apple Watch Accessories
Know someone with an apple watch? Perfect! Grab a few new accessories and they’ll be stoked. A new watch band or two will always be put to good use and be sure to stick to classic, timeless styles if you’re unsure. You could also get them a fancy charging dock. Shop Apple Watch Accessories here.
10. Pet Portrait
A custom pet portrait is the pawfect (yeah, I went there) gift idea for anyone obsessed with their fur baby. All you need is a great photo of their beloved pet and you’re good to go! There are plenty to choose from on Etsy so you’re sure to find one that matches their personal style. Have it printed, get a frame and you’re good to go! Shop pet portraits here.
11. An Oodie
If you know somone who loves to get cosy, wear baggy clothing or simply loves snuggling up on the couch under a blanket, an Oodie is going to make their day. It is, essentially, a blanket you can wear and comes with a pouch (perfect for snacks) and a hood. There are loads of sizes and styles to choose from and they also have family packs and weighted blankets too. Shop Oodie here.
12. Wall Prints
Brighten someone’s day and their home with colourful, beautiful fine art prints for their wall. Bonus points for being a thoughtful friend or loved one if you can get a print to match a memory. Maybe they mentioned how much they loved their solo trip to Paris in their 20s or shared a childhood memory you could find a piece to link to. Whatever it is, dig deep and find a print to capture that special memory or moment. Shop wall prints here.
13. Personalised Jewellery
You can’t go wrong with a piece of personalised jewellery. A delicate chain with their initial on it or, if they are pet obsessed or have recently lost a loved one, their initial can be a thoughtful touch. You may like to opt for a name plate necklace, an engraved initial and birthstone combo or something that reflect their star sign. Shop personalised jewellery here.
14. Plush Pyjamas
Fancy pyjamas are a classic, timeless gift that always makes someone feel special! Go the extra mile by finding a beautiful satin set and having them monogrammed with your loved ones initials. It’s a simple touch that will have them floating around the house, feeling like royalty. Shop personalised pyjamas here.
15. Sunrise Alarm Clock
A sunrise alarm clock makes waking up that much easier by simulating a slow sunrise, rather than the jarring sounds of your iPhone screeching at you in the dark. With different colours, adjustable brightness, snooze function and natural sounds to wake you gently, it’ll start your day off with much less rage. Shop sunrise alarm clock here.
Good quality activewear is always a great gift idea! Perfect for outdoor adventures, long-haul flights, days running errands and everything in-between, a comfortable set is always going to come in handy. A few great ideas include leggings of all lengths, bike shorts, sports bras and breathable tops. Basically, everything/anything! Shop activewear here.
17. Hair Volumizer
This gadget took social media by storm in 2021 and with good reason! The hot air brush styles, dries and adds volume to hair in one step. With different heat/speed settings and a cool option, it’ll help reduce damage and frizz while leaving hair silky smooth and beautifully styled. Shop Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer here.
18. Travel Gift Card
Give the gift of a holiday without any of the pressure of choosing dates! A travel gift card allows you to shout your loved one a weekend away, or longer, encouraging them to take some much-needed time out. Best of all, they get to choose it themselves so they’re guaranteed to love it and you get all the brownie points! Shop travel gift cards here or here
19. Board Games
Board games are another classic gift idea that keep on giving year after year! Grab a few nostalgic favourites and relive your childhood or grab something funny and new like the Bad People Party Game or Friends TV Series Trivial Pursuit (how you doin?!) You could even choose something that gets people outdoors like giant pick up sticks or cornhole. Shop games here.
20. Masterclass Annual Membership
An annual membership to MasterClass gives access to over a hundred instructors, all experts in their field, with classes on a huge range of topics. Think of it as Netflix for learning! Your loved one can learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay, photography from Annie Leibovitz, singing from Christina Aguilera, the art of negotiation from Chris Voss, makeup from Bobbi Brown and so much more. Shop MasterClass here.
21. Experience Gift Voucher
Enrich your loved ones next adventure with an experience gift voucher! The beauty of this is they get to choose an experience or activity they actually want to do so there’s no risk of getting it wrong. Simply select the dollar amount of your gift card and they can peruse hundreds of options including tours, activities, watersports, relaxation, culture and more. Shop experience gift vouchers here and here.
22. Quality Hairdryer
The emphasis is on the word quality! A really good hairdryer will last many, many years! I received a Parlux 385 from Matt 4 years ago and love it. It comes in a range of colours, is eco-friendly and made from recyclable materials. It also features ionic and ceramic technology for silky-smooth, shiny hair and is light, powerful and, in my opinion, relatively quiet. It also has a 3-metre long cord! Shop Parlux Hairdryer here.
23. Quality Hair Straightener
A good quality hair straightener is another investment piece that will last for years. I bought mine around 10 or 12 years ago and it still works just as well as the day I bought it and I believe that’s because I invested in a ghd (short for good hair day!) There’s a wide range to choose from including cordless, limited edition colours, gift sets, different widths, materials and more. Mine is one of the original straighteners and it works like a dream. Shop ghd here.
24. Dr. Martens Boots
Let’s keep going with investment pieces! A pair of Dr. Martens boots are always going to be stylish and they last a lifetime. I bought a pair of classic black boots a few years ago and they are a travel staple for me, especially in cold weather. They’re comfortable and versatile, keeping your feet warm in cold weather and adding style to any outfit! Shop Dr. Martens here.
25. Suitcase Set
As travel begins to open up again, a fresh set of wheels is an exciting gift idea for the travel lover in your life. Go with a completely new matching set of suitcases in different sizes or curate a set by choosing a medium-sized suitcase and matching vanity case. Beauty cases, packing cubes, duffles bags and travel wallets also make for great gifts. Shop luggage here.
26. Outdoor Apparel
Spoil someone with a few pieces of quality outdoor apparel from The North Face. I have a black jacket I got from the North Face some 6+ years ago and it’s still as warm, fashionable and cosy as it was the day I got it. It’s the first thing I pack on an overseas adventure somewhere cold and it always keeps me toasty. Quality gear like this lasts forever and will be used adventure after adventure. Shop The North Face here.
27. Face Mask
Face masks have become quite the staple in the last two years but, as we’ve all learned, not all face masks are created equal. evolvetogether create face masks that are made in a socially responsible factory using 100% recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Their masks can be recycled, look stylish, are breathable, hypoallergenic, well-priced and offer superior filtration. They also come in a wide range of colours. Shop face masks here.
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