Sarah Morgan: Saving face in the race - last minute gift tips
The last days before Christmas are extra busy with the dash for late gifts.
There is no need to compromise on quality or price options. You might even fancy a magical ingredient that isn’t frankincense or myrrh. I love the exotic sweetness of Ylang Ylang Essential oil, distilled from delicate flowers hand-picked in Madagascar. Neals Yard pay a fair price for it plus additional premiums for community projects. Ylang ylang is in a couple of the new gift boxes.
The Neals Yard bedtime beauty collection is dreamy for stressed friends. Cocoon yourself in the calming aroma of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Cypress Essential Oils, while your skin is replenished and recharged overnight. Inside the re-usable forest friendly box you will find Beauty Sleep Concentrate, 30ml with Beauty Sleep Body Butter, 100g and Beauty Sleep Bath Milk, 100ml. This collection normally retails at £45 but is part of a 3 for 2 promo in my online shop (for guaranteed pre-Xmas delivery the UK order deadline is Monday, December 19). If you want a smaller World Land Trust gift box, try the yellow shower and body duo, a £15 treat with uplifting Egyptian night-flowering jasmine and exotic ylang ylang (also on 3 for 2).
Beardie chaps in need of Brighton-made grooming should look no further than Mr Masey’s glitter kit, why should girls have all the sparkle? Love the new accessories here like the pewter comb for gents. If you aren’t passing the Kensington Gardens stall, find them at Merlin & Ellis, Infinity Foods, Quirk cards or Crowns Hairdressers. I always say shop local and there are lovely goodies to build your own hampers over at The Shed in Hove, and plenty of Etsy and Art Junky events to source amazing packing inspiration.
If natural, affordable and British is a high priority, check the shelf appeal of the lovely packaging with the Brave Botanical collection of shampoos and conditioners at £6 by Faith In Nature. I used Rose and Neroli Nourish and Repair blended with Argan Oil to gently cleanse my fragile longer hair, making it silky soft with a decadent, exquisite aroma. Another ethical British maker, Pure Handmade and British have a classic anti ageing set with my favourite gardenia and monoi cream inside (which also won Green Parent day moisturiser 2016) plus serum, cleanser and toner, £59.95.