Christmas: Seven Amazing Gifts For Those Hard-To-Shop-For People

shay and blue blood oranges hand duo

Seven Amazing Gifts For Those Hard-To-Shop-For People

We’ve all been there. Those distant family members you don’t expect to see, the old school friend who invites you round for dinner, the neighbours who drop in with a bag full of gifts, or your child who announces another teacher who’s gift you hadn’t been prepared for. Don’t feel bad, just be ready with a few gifts which are universal. Oh and keep those receipts, if you don’t end up giving them away, you can always return them in January! Shhhhh! 

lancome skin care

Lancôme skincare  

There are some people it’s hard to shop for, y’know, the aunt you only see at Christmas, your childs favourite teacher or maybe the in-laws who you see often, but don’t feel close enough to to really know what they want. Well, friends, this gift set is for you. I think of them as beautiful gifts, which are both universal and crowd-pleasers. Firstly, this Lancome gift set is perfect because it’s ageless and beautiful. It’s a mix of luxury and self-care, but also delivering beautiful, fresh-looking healthy skin. Great skincare is always a lovely gift as it’s something that everyone loves to use, but not everyone can afford to drop a few hundred pounds every so often on a big regime. So if you have the cash to splash, this is a great one! 

goutal candles

Goutal Candles 

Ah candles! What would we all do without luxury scented candles! The are perfect for diffusing cooking smells and keeping us away, helping us fall asleep and masking the smell of stinky dogs! Plus everyone loves receiving a scented candle, it’s usable and luxurious, which for me, every great gift should be! Personally, I’m loving these dreamy Goutal candles, you can keep them as a set if you are feeling flush, or separate them to share as stocking fillers and token treats. 

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Perfume

Fact: Everyone loves Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. It’s suitable for everyone from 14 year olds to 80 year olds, it seems to suit every skin type, every style and every woman. I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I don’t like Flowerbomb’, because I don’t think it’s possible to dislike it! This limited edition bottle is super pretty, it contains the same perfume we all know and love, but the bow on the front makes it a little fancier for Christmas! Thank u, next! 

crabtree and evelyn shortbread

Crabtree & Evelyn Shortbread

Whilst things like chutneys, mince pies and stollens can divide opinions, everyone loves a piece of shortbread. I mean, it’s essentially just a REALLY good biscuit! These Crabtree & Evelyn Shortbreads are the perfect gift for everyone this christmas (providing they aren’t vegan or gluten free or similar) plus they come in a super cute star shaped Crabtree & Evelyn tin, much fancier than a box from your local Tescos! PS. I have tried these (two tins, just to check!) and they are delicious! 

gillette shaver setgillette shaver set

Gillette Mach 3 Razor 

Here’s one for the boys! Sure it sounds like an obvious gift, but when was the last time you dad, brother, uncle, grandad, friend, anyone actually opened a present and it contained a Gillette razor?! Probably once in the past 5 years which is why it’s actually  pretty good gift. You know these things need replacing right!? And how many men do you know are up on these kinda things?! It’s got a bit of a nostalgic charm to it, kinda like getting Lynx Africa, but a little more… y’know! PS. Not suitable for bearded hipsters. 

shay and blue blood oranges hand duo

Shay & Blue ‘Blood Oranges’ Hand Duo 

Shay & Blue Blood Oranges Hand Duo is the perfect gift for a unexpected friend, relative or teacher. It’s as lovely as it is universal. Shay & Blue are one of the most exciting niche perfumeries in the UK, so if they are up on their brands, they will be impressed, if they don’t know it, they will start to use and it really love it. Just a side note here, Blood Oranges is my favourite of the Shay & Blue collection, it’s absolutely stunning, so bright, natural and zesty! It’s like summer in a bottle! 

boden hot water bottle

Winter Warmers 

I’m talking hats, scarves, gloves and the good ol’ fashioned hot water bottle! It’s winter, everyone is cold right now, so it’s both a thoughtful gift, as well as something that everyone will enjoy! Plus you can pretty much spend whatever you want on winter warmers, you can get cute fluffy socks in a box for a fiver, or you can get a super luxe cashmere scarf for over £100. It’s really up to you on what you want to spend or can afford to spend. Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with a checked scarf or a Boden hot water bottle… depending on who you are shopping for! 

Ta da! I hope this gift guide has helped someone who is in a bit of a pickle! We’ve all been there… don’t feel bad, but do be prepared! 



  1. December 16, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Love this! Really hard to find end of year gifts for the kids teachers.

    • fashionforlunch
      December 16, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      I can only imagine!!!!! have a wonderful christmas!!!!

  2. December 17, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    That hot water bottle is so cute!

    • fashionforlunch
      December 17, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      isn’t it just!? Boden kill me wth their cuteness!!!

      • fashionforlunch
        December 21, 2018 / 4:21 pm

        Thank you so so much xxxx