28 November 2013

Xmas Gift Ideas – Part One

Christmas is almost upon us, in fact it is less than a month away – and well, if you are like me and celebrate Xmas on Christmas Eve, you'll have a day less… and I don’t know about you, but I always struggle finding presents for my family and friends, so I thought that I’d do a couple of posts on gift ideas.. So here are my first picks..


Endota Spa Body Brilliant Pack

I only just recently discovered the products from Endota Spa, including the Avocado & Grass Lilly Skin Drink and the Gel Cleanser Orange & Cehami, which are both amazing, and the new Body Brilliant pack from is truly brilliant way of discovering several products from the brand. It contains a full sized 170ml of lilly pilly body moisturiser, which is a vitamin rich body lotion with organic herbs including lavender to regenerate the skin, lilly pilly to tone and nourish, and an organic vanilla bean scent – and it not only smells fantastic, in an instant it also makes my dry skin especially on my legs feel soft and so thoroughly moisturised, without feeling greasy or sticky.
It also contains a generous sample size with 20ml of river salt & desert lime shower gel, which has the most gorgeous refreshing citrus scent to give you a nice stimulating boost in the morning.

Finally, it also contains a generous sixe of 20ml of mimosa and ginseng body polish, which helps rid the skin of dead skin cells revealing a soft and glowing skin, without being too harsh or drying out the skin.

Everything comes nicely presented in a canvas drawstring back which is perfect to use for packing your hair straightener, hair dryer, or even your ballet flats when you are going away.

RRP: $45 (valued at $65) – Available from Endota Spas, and Endota Spa Online

bhave Travel Pack

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I love love love the products from bhave. They are so amazing, and after just the first wash I can immediately tell the difference in the look and feel of my hair. It not only feels nicer and is easier to manage and style, it also looks healthier and shinier.

And just in time for Xmas, bhave has released a selection of travel packs, which includes shampoo (60ml), conditioner (60ml), Riot Control Oil (15ml), a bhave headband all presented in a clear travel case. As bhave so nicely puts it, "The Professional Hair Care System that ensures your hair behaves even when you don’t". There is an option for normal to dry hair with the Hydrator Shampoo & Conditioner duo, an option for fine hair with the Magnify Shampoo & Conditioner Duo and for very dry and damaged hair, my personal favourite, the Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Duo. This travel pack is truly amazing for keeping your tresses in top condition for summertime getaways.

RRP: Hydrator or Magnify packs $29.95 each, Rescue pack $34.95 – Available from select salons

Sanctuary Spa Little Luxuries

I have only just recently discovered the Sanctuary Spa products, including the Youth Boosting Facial Warming Micro-Brasion Polish, Essentials Salt Scrub, and Crème Soufflé, and these products are absolutely amazing, so I am loving this gift pack as it is a fantastic way to trial some more of the products from the brand. The pack includes Body Wash (75ml), Body Scrub (50ml), Foaming Bath Soap (75ml), Body Lotion (75ml) and a Luxury Bath Float (75ml) – in other words, everything you’ll need for a pampering session at home. Oh, and did I mention that the products smell absolutely divine!

The products are nicely presented in a gift box, and come at a cheap price that makes this the perfect stocking filler or Kris Kringle/Secret Santa pressie.

RRP: $12.95- Available from Priceline


Urban Rituelle Shine So Bright Soy Wax Candle

This Christmas is going to be extra special for my little family. This is our baby boys first Christmas, although he will only be 6 months at the time, so too young to really make any sense of it all.

But on top of that, my parents are planning on coming from Europe to visit us, and it is the first time in over ten years that we’ve spent Christmas together, so it truly will be a special time. I will do whatever I can to make sure it will be an exceptional time, and that will include bringing the festive season into our house by burning a Shine So Bright Soy Wax Candle from the Urban Rituelle, which is a soy wax candle highly fragrant with scents of fresh fig and sun-ripened plum.

The candle comes in glass jar in a stunning red and gold gift box, so you don’t even have to wrap it, and as it burns for up to 40 hours, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the amazing scent. As well as a body care products, Urban Rituelle also makes the most amazing home products including scented candles and diffusers.

RRP: $25.95 – Available from Urban Rituelle and select stockists

So there you have it, my first Xmas gift suggestions that I’d personally would be so happy to receive.

As always, if you would like in depth reviews of any of these products, please do let me know in the comments below.
*These products were kindly provided for consideration, and have been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Would do you think of these products? Tried any of them? Would you consider gifting any of these to friend or family member, or maybe yourself?



  1. such a lovely ideas ! my favorite kind of post :) would you like to follow each other :) xx

    1. Thank you!! And thanks for visiting my blog, I will make sure to check out yours too!

  2. Some lovely ideas! I always struggle with KKs. I actually the Sanctuary Spa G/S for one of my KKs. I want it for myself!

    1. Hahaha, I know what that's like, I've been known for buying two when I buy presents, so I can get one for myself too!

  3. Thanks for the beautiful review Karina - so glad you loved our Shine So Bright Candle! It's the fragrance we'll be burning on Christmas (& Christmas Eve!) too!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog - I absolutely love the candle, it will be so perfect for burning on Xmas this year, as this year Xmas will be extra special at our house!!


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