Stocking filler don’t need to be expensive, although it would be nice if stockings were filled with something other than typical sweets, chocolate selection boxes and plain pairs of socks. Here is where I’m here to help (at least I aim to).
Makeup brushes from unicorncosmetics.co.uk – prices of brushes start from £45.00: You may have seen on Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms that Mermaid and Unicorn themed make up brush sets are very ‘in range’ at the moment. I think it’s unnecessary to accumulate several brushes or brush sets just based on their appearance, though as a gift or a treat to yourself spending a bit of extra money on some pretty, soft textured brushes would be such a bad idea. I’ve particularly read and watched positive reviews about The Original Unicorn Brushes set, which includes 10 brushes for applying foundation, contour, blusher, a fan brush for highlighting, brows, powder, concealer, packing eyeshadow, blending eyeshadow and cease eyeshadow. All is contained inside a good quality holographic diamond shaped zipper case.
Hand creams: This is an essential skincare product that often we forget to purchase, neglecting our hand of the soothing hydration they need during Winter. Here are some of the most favourable, non-basic handcreams:
- Hand creams by Nature Republic – £6.60/$8.90 naturerepublicusa.com
- The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey hand cream – £5.50/$8.00 at thebodyshop.com
- Burt’s Bee’s Ultimate Care Hand Cream – £4.00/$5.39 at amazon.com
- Yes to Coconut hydrate & restore protecting hand and cuticle cream – £7.99 at superdrug.co.uk
- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Original Hand Cream – £3.99 at boots.com
The SAEM Chocopie Cookies & Cream hand cream – £5.11/$6.85 at iherb.com
Topshop – 3 pairs for £8: I am well aware that a few paragraphs back I said socks are a terrible gift, but who doesn’t love novelty, fun patterned or slogan socks. Topshop sell some of the best, and they are (correct me if I am wrong) always on offer. Socks with unicorns, japanese writing, rhinestones, stripes and embossed animals: you name it Topshop has it.
RED5 Miniature Drone – £19.99 at menkind.co.uk . Surely by now every male relative has had one of there indoor gadget toys, if not it’s a fun little stocking filler for those who are older children or an elder. Several years ago my Mum brought matching helicopter ones for my brother and dad, it’s a good bonding activity that doesn’t require you to step outside.
‘Bad Dad’ by David Walliams – £6.49, half price at Waterstones: If you want to encourage your 6-9 year old child to read but want them to have the freedom of reading something enjoyable instead of educational books all the time ‘Bad Dad’ is one of the comedic bestsellers. When working as a Teaching Assistant back in the UK, children loved being able to read anything written by David Walliams: his books consistantly being as popular among today’s children as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the timeless Roald Dahl stories, Harry Potter and Jacqueline Wilson books.
Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape written by Gino D’Acampo – reduced for £20.00 to £13.99 at Waterstones: If you know anyone who loves cooking Italian cuisine and/or is fond of TV chef Gino D’Acampo, they will much appreciate his new recipe book. The recipes detailed in this book are inspired by his trip around Mediterranean Islands including the Aeolian Islands and Elba. Most of the recipes take classic favourite Italian dishes like pasta and pizza, mixed with the local seafood of the places he visited. ‘Gino’s Veg Italia!‘ is a healthy, vegetarian recipe book which also sells well across the UK.
Colouring books for adults – If you didn’t realise adults doing colouring in activities became ‘acceptable’ as few years ago. So whilst you don’t have to feel socially awkward about pulling out a colouring book in a coffee shop for relaxation (or in the cosiness of your own home if you’d rather), now is the chance to buy a colouring book for yourself as well as for someone else’s stocking. Some of the most widely sold adult colouring books include:
- Secret Garden – Johanna Basford
- Enchanted Forest – Johanna Basford
- The Little Book of Calm Colouring – David Sinden
- The Complete Mindfulness – Emma Farrarons
- Animal Kingdom – Millie Marotta
- The Colouring Book of Edinburgh – Eilidh Muldoon
- Cats – Mesdemoiselles
- Secret Japan – Zoe de Las Cases
Lush bath bombs – between £2.50 & £12.95: I’m sure no one reading this will actually have need me to suggest lush products as stocking fillers. Just incase you missed what’s new, here is a list of their Christmas themed bath bombs and other bath goodies:
- Butter bear bath bomb – £2.50
- Christmas Sweater bath bomb – £4.50
- Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb – £4.50
- Snow Fairy jelly bomb – £4.95
- Shoot for the Stars bath bomb – £4.50
- The Snowman bubbleroon – £4.25
- Golden Shower (such a lovely name, not) bath bomb – £4.50, giant version is £12.95
- Christmas Eve bubble around – £3.95
- Candy Mountain bubble bar – £3.25
- Magic Wand reusable bubble bar – £5.95
- Plum Snow bubble bar – £5.95
- The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar – £5.95
- Berry Berry Christmas shower gel – £11.95
- Christmas Cracker bubble bar – £5.95
- Santa’s Belly shower jelly – £4.75
- Snowman shower jelly – £4.50
- Star Light Star Bright bath melt – £4.25
- Santa’s Christmas shower cream – £10.95
- Tree-D bath oil – £4.50
- My Two Front Teeth bubble bar – £3.95
- Snow Angel bath melt – £4.50
- Golden Pear soap – £6.50
- Saucy Snowcake soap – £5.40