Friday, December 19, 2014

the christmas gift guide

Are you having trouble finding the right gifts to stuff your stockings or fill the tree this Christmas? Well, look no further. I've compiled a bunch of pretty neat gift ideas that you can consider and they come in a whole range of prices to suit your needs. So, keep on reading until you find the ideal gift! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for nifty discount codes to help you save on your purchase.
Give back this Christmas by helping out someone in need. Check out Sseko Designs for products that are handmade in Ethiopia. Your purchase contributes to empowering and educating the women in Uganda. Plus, supporting the company means that the women will continue to have a job! That's killing two birds with one stone! The women over in Uganda benefit from your support and you get a pretty neat item to keep or give to your loved ones. These golden loafers are made of genuine leather and have a crushed and crackled detail to it. They are super soft and comfy to wear as well. There is a tiny heel to add a bit of height and it is highly raved on the website so do check out the reviews. Overall, the quality of the products are really superior and you definitely should invest in one. 
More handmade goodness coming in the form of floral crowns or floral halos, according to Kayla, the owner of Mad For Halos. I kid you not when I say that I am in total love with her halos and the feel and look of them. They are so perfect and I do swear they are the best and prettiest floral crowns I have ever laid eyes on. They feel really delicate but they are very well made. No glue residues peeking out or no flowers falling apart. Plus, retail stores sell it for the same price. These come as a head tie so the width is totally adjustable and up to you. You can wear it as a flower crown, as a necklace, bracelet or belt! I am wearing the Poppy Halo one over here. There is free shipping on all US orders, as well as a 15% discount when you use the code "huiying".
Can't get enough handmade stuff? Check out Pretty Psycho's etsy shop for these gorgeous crochet tops. She is seriously talented and so skilled to make these pretty tops. They feel really sturdy and each one is tailored to your cup size so it is fitting and flattering. The back straps are totally adjustable and super pretty as well because it criss crosses all over. Get one now and stock up for spring/summer as they are currently half price!
Add a personal touch to your wardrobe by customising your very own shirts, tote bags, caps, shoes or undies! Qtee offers a wide variety of graphic designs for you to choose from and the fun part comes in when you get to choose the colours to fill the design with. Loads of fun and definitely a great Christmas gift. There are lots of new Christmas graphics up on the site now so do check out the cute prints and get one or give one. Use the code QTA15 for 15% off your purchase.
Everyone has one of these nowadays but time is priceless. These simple yet classic looking vintage watches are super versatile and pretty to look at. Each watch comes in a leather box of its own with a manual and pin used to change straps. Yes, straps are interchangeable to suit your mood and outfit. There are leather straps, nato straps or the newly released mixed leather-nato strap to choose from. If you don't have a DW yet, it is time to get one this Christmas or give one. This is a sure heart-winner. DW is offering free (and fast!) worldwide shipping. Plus, you can use the code "holidaychee" for a further 15% off your purchase. Also do check out DW's site for more Christmas promotions. Sometimes they have a buy one get one free strap. Pictured here is the leather strapped Classic Bristol (Male $229/Female $199).
Give the gift of good skin, nails and hair with Vida Glow's 100% marine collagen. Each sachet contains 3g of collagen goodness and works wonders for restoring health and strength to skin, nails and hair. Collagen is vital for firm and supple skin and is especially important as we grow older because our bodies stop producing collagen. Plus, Vida Glow's collagen is totally odourless, colourless and tasteless! So, it is a great supplement to add to your diet.
If you have a makeup junkie as a friend and would like to get her something pretty, good and worthy of experimenting, try out Cate McNabb. They just launched their holiday collection of makeup products such as lipsticks and holiday gift sets that have a value twice that of the price. I have here a lipstick from their holiday collection called All Pinned Up and it has a satin finish with a blue-based red. It seems like a really intense red so if you're a fan of red lips, try this out! The other holiday shade is Blood Orange but I'm actually pretty interested in their nude shades such as Naked Truth, LBD and First Kiss Pink. These lipsticks are paraben-free and cruelty-free, infused with nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, for bold and natural lips that always shine. Each colour has a different finish so do take note of that. The lipstick packaging is really cute as well. It is in the shape of a bullet and is quite small and compact. The lipsticks are priced at $16 and there is free shipping within the US on all orders, so you can just pick one or two up easily. Also, it is packed with lots of confetti as seen in the background so that would be great to stuff in stockings as well. 
First off, I'm going to say that this brand has a very clever name. Foot Cardigan. They are these funky and quirky printed socks. The way it works is, you can opt for a one-month subscription or an ongoing monthly subscription of $9 per month (+$2 shipping within US and to anywhere in the world) and you get a random pair of fun socks in the mail every month! It is totally a surprise because you do not get to choose the design but it is also like receiving a present in the mail every month and how fun is that? You could gift the subscription to a friend as well and cancel your subscriptions anytime. Also, they have socks for men, women and even children! Children get two socks but it's a bit more expensive ($11?). I think I like the kids' socks because I saw watermelon ones and cupcake and pizza prints. Totally obsessing over those. Anyway, I have two pairs here and I'm wearing them mismatched on purpose so that I can show both of them in a photo. They are super fun to wear at home to lounge around or to a friend's house (in Asian culture, we take off our shoes at home or in someone's house). They are a cute and fun conversation starter and just so comfy. No one's stopping you from letting them peek out your boots or sneakers as well.  Remember Spencer from iCarly? I always wanted to have rad socks like him, so this is totally the chance to get some! 
Finally, if you are just looking for good ol' fashion clothes and accessories, you can check out my favourite stores: Forever 21, Wet Seal, Deb Shops, Charlotte Russe, Styles For Less, Shop Priceless and some storenvy ones like ootdfash, lovejunkee and pepperknot. I got this donut shirt from f21 and it is actually a nightdress but I am totally going to wear it as a graphic tee or shirt dress because it is way too cute. I really do think some of f21's sleepwear is way too cute to be worn just for sleep. 

I hope you have a clearer idea of what stocking stuffers you're going to get for your loved ones this year. Merry Christmas and happy shopping!
xoxo