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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Homemade Beauty Hampers

When it comes to gifts I often find choosing one thing for someone almost impossibly difficult, unless they've dropped some serious hints. Many of my nearest and dearest are a little like me, when asked what they would like they're not really sure. We've all reached a point where we're able to purchase the things we need and save up for the things we really want throughout the year. So when it comes to gifting, I've become known for curating a box filled with things I think the recipient will enjoy.

There's something about a personalised box of goodies that is so lovely to receive. It really is the thought that counts and knowing someone has specifically chosen each thing for a reason can be quite special. With a little forward planning they're also incredibly easy to put together, and can be tailored to any budget. A box, some wrapping paper, tissue stuffing and some optional cellophane is really all you need to whip up a little something that can look as beautiful and sophisticated or as silly and fun as you like. Tracking down a beautiful gold box, popping in some white tissue paper and finishing with a ribbon always looks very chic. Covering a box with cutesy wrapping paper and including tissue paper in a clashing colour looks eclectic and fun. Whichever option I choose depends on the personality of the person the gift is for.

As the Christmas season approaches gift sets are lining the shelves in the shops in abundance. Keeping an eye out for things like 3 for 2 offers on gift sets, makes them even more affordable and you can easily split up the items inside and use them to create some unique boxes to gift to your loved ones.

With some help from the kind folks over at Boots, I've started to put together some of the hampers I'll be gifting this year because I'm determined to be more organised than I was last year. The items that Boots sent over to me will me marked with an *, but I've also been collecting things for a few weeks that I've included too. And although these are exclusively beauty themed, hampers can be curated for absolutely anyone depending on their interests! 


When it comes to my Mum, I'm certainly well known for occasionally going a little overboard. She rarely treats herself to new beauty things, but she does like to try them and I like to spoil her when she'll let me. A fragrance is something I usually like to include. I'm not sure that Angel will be the one this year, at the moment I'm thinking perhaps Black Opium or something Chanel, but we'll see.

Two things that I have really enjoyed using this year are the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and the Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Oil (these are both actually my current bottles of each) so I'm definitely going to be including them because I think they're wonderful.

A Christmas scented candle is a must, and a couple of hand care products always go down well. Side note, the Almond Hand Cream from Burt's Bees smells divine! I'm sure a few other bits and bobs will find their way in there along the way too, but I always have a lot of fun putting this one together each year.

 B E S T   F R I E N D

Beauticology Cranberry Cupcake Bubble Bath*

Close friends usually end up with a box of things I think are great and I hope they end up loving them too. They're always a bit of a mish mash, but sometimes I think those can make the best gifts - a little bit of everything is fun to dig in to.

The Philosophy shower gel/bubble bath/shampoo and the Soap & Glory Hand Cream are each from separate gift sets that I've split up to give to a few different people. Removing the pretty festive packaging pains me a little especially if it's extra pretty, but I think it's worth it in the end.

I do like to include one central item, something that I know they've been particularly wanting for a while or something I've seen that I know they will adore. The Benefit Real Cheeky Set is the star of this box, but I also couldn't resist including one of the Clarins Lip Perfectors because I love them so much.

U N D E R   £ 2 0

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

When it comes to buying for almost-teenage-girls I've yet to go far wrong with a bit of Soap & Glory. A pretty nail polish and a nice lip balm are the perfect accompaniments for the person this little parcel is for, but I also have a variant of this with a Hermione Pop! Vinyl and some sweet little notebooks. 

U N D E R   £ 1 5

Beauticology Cranberry Cupcake Bubble Bath*

As I get older I find myself in charge of choosing little gifts for people I don't know particularly well. I won't lie, the gift fear always sets in a little when this happens but hopefully this little duo will go down quite nicely. I don't think it's possible to go too far wrong with some bubble bath, especially a festive scented one!

Do you like to put together gift boxes for your loved ones? 
Or are you an expert at tracking down that one thing you know the person you're buying for will really love?



  1. These are so cute, im thinking about doing something like this myself =]


  2. I basically give gifts exactly like all of these! I completely agree that gifting is impossibly hard these days, we all have/buy everything! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  3. This is such a fantastic idea! I've actually decided to make a little food hamper for dad this year. I already have some really nice tiramisu coffee for it so now I just need to get the other bits and put it all together! xxx

  4. I love creating hampers for friends and family - it makes pre-made gifts look more special x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  5. You are a genius! I've been thinking about what to get my sister and I definitely think one of these is the way to go!


  6. Lovely post! I find it so hard to find one big present and prefer to buy loads of little things. I wrap them all individually to prolong the excitement of gift opening. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

  7. Oh my god...I love all these products..especially the sparkling nail polish and the lipbalm :)!!! Amazing ideas!!!

  8. I always give gifts like these, they are much more personal! :)

    Tara xx

  9. Such lovely ideas! Bookmarking this on my browser!! Thank you!! x


  10. I love the idea of putting together a little hamper as a Christmas present!
    sirensandbells.co.uk x

  11. What a lovely idea. I actually have considered doing something like this this year. I saw that Wilko in store are doing a make your own hamper thing with all the things you need like baskets and stuff.

  12. I love putting together hampers for people, although I haven't done many beauty themed ones. This year I'm putting a hamper together for my partner's Mum with homeware bits such as a candle, calendar, tea light holder and other things we think she will enjoy xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  13. Brilliant Idea! I am doing something similar for my mum for Christmas and have so far have only managed to include a tangle teezer (as she goes on about how much she loves it when they use it at the hairdresser!)

    I also could not agree more about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and The Sanctuary Therapist Oil - I have been using both of these relgiously over the last few months and are practically the only things which don't make my skin go haywire. I think what they say about great minds is true!

    Beccy :: bluebellandbumpkin.com

  14. I love putting together gift boxes too! I usually do get them a big something and then I throw some smaller things around, but it's really fun. Sometimes I buy them throughout the year because it makes the entire Christmas shopping easier.

  15. Loved your post & I think a hamper is such a great gift and you can make is so personal & also budget friendly.

  16. This is such a good idea Jennie. It is so nice for your loved ones to have a box of treats to open and knowing that each one has been chosen especially for them. I would never thought of doing this but am starting to think of what I could buy to go in a few boxes already! xx

  17. I love buying gifts for my mum for the same reason. She doesn't treat her self either, so this year I'm going to try a mixed bag of things. For my sisters as well.

    I get bonus points bring products like Soap & Glory, Urban Decay etc., because you don't get those brands in Cyprus.

    I think my friends would love some Burt's Bees or Essie too.

    Shanelle || SLovesAutumn

  18. I really like this idea. I hate getting gifts that are not what people want, so I end up collecting gifts all over the last two months of the year.

    7% Solution

  19. I love this! The idea to split up gift sets is genius, as it's hard to know whether someone will want three things from the same brand. I actually worked at Boots over Christmas last year which was really fun because they have a lot of great Christmas stuff and I took full advantage of my staff discount! xx


  20. I love gifts like this - they're fun to put together for other people, and lovely to receive as well :)
    My best friend and I usually do something like this for each other, you can include all sorts :)

    Jess xo


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