There are less than two weeks until the big day and you still haven’t figured out what to get some people on your Christmas list. I hear this every year from so many different people and they always end up going for the same old socks, scarves or beauty hamper from the nearest pharmacy.
The challenge with gift-giving is that it takes a lot of time and thought to do it properly. If you’re reading this, you are probably one of two types of people:
a) this is one of many blogs you are reading as part of your research to find the perfect gift for your family or friends this year.
b) this is the first article you have read in a last-minute attempt to find a suitable gift for your family or friends this year.
Either way, you have come to the right place!
What makes a perfect last-minute gift?
Last-minute gift ideas need to tick more boxes than gifts bought in advance. Some things that a last-minute gift needs to comply with are:
- Very short or zero shipping times: for example, an online service or voucher that can be printed off or sent digitally would be perfect.
- The best gifts are usually something that they wouldn’t buy for themselves.
- Preferably be something you can buy and still avoid the crowded streets of fellow last-minute Christmas shoppers and stalled traffic.
My goal with this article is to help you to figure out what to buy and actually buy it from the comfort of your own home. That way, you can avoid running around every shop in town not knowing what you’re looking for and not knowing where you’re going to find it.
With all of this in mind, I have put together some of the best last-minute gift ideas that guarantees you can avoid that will help whoever receives them look and feel fantastic!
Let’s get started!
1 | STYLE CONSULTATION
Have you ever noticed how some people always look so effortlessly stylish? Looking good is all about understanding what suits you and how to wear it. Contrary to popular belief, we are not born with this information. We can learn it with time, research and experience.
If you know someone this Christmas who would absolutely love to learn more from a professional about which styles and colours flatter them and why, then this is the perfect gift that lasts a lifetime! Gift Vouchers are available to purchase.
Here’s just some of what they will learn and receive:
- How to select clothes and accessories that suit their shape, personality and budget.
- Top tips on the best fabrics, cuts and colours that flatter them.
- A personalised style workbook to take home so they can remember the tips and learnings from the day.
2 | CUSTOM-MADE OUTFIT
Nothing says “you’re special” more than giving them the chance to create something that suits them perfectly and that no one else has.
Most high street stores nowadays have the same clothes on the rack in each store which can be fine for everyday needs but if you have a special occasion coming up, then you’ll want something extra special to make sure you stand out and turn heads.
A visit to a boutique like Delpozo that will create an outfit just for your gift receiver (or you) is an amazing thing to receive for Christmas!
Or a photography gift voucher is the perfect present for family and friends. Whether it is the arrival of a new baby, a birthday or Christmas gift or just to say ‘Thank You’ a gift voucher is something special.
3 | NEW YEAR, NEW HAIR
Is there really any better feeling in the world than a day at the hair salon? From the moment you enter the salon, you are treated like a queen (or king). Best of all, you leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and fabulous!
So, what better gift than a certificate or styling session for their local salon! If they’re in Madrid, I recommend the George Marcus Salon where I provide hairdressing, make-up and Image Consulting service there. They have the highest quality products, a wealth of experience and don’t even get me started on the relaxation room with massage chairs…
4 | ACCESSORISE SURPRISE
Accessories are a fantastic way to go if you’re thinking about gifts for friends or family. Regardless of who they are, it is pretty much guaranteed that they will use sunglasses, wear jewellery, carry a handbag or wear belts.
Take note of their own personal style and what kind of accessories they usually wear on a daily basis or to special occasions.
Keep an ear out for any comments they might about what they like or would like. Have they mentioned that they recently lost an earring or need a new clutch for a New Year’s party? If you need help, ask other friends or their family for suggestions on what to buy them. If you really can’t decide, then find a beautiful store that fits their style and which offers gift certificates. Vivian Shen is a stunning high-end jewellery store in Madrid and the perfect place for last-minute gift ideas that are also stunning and stand-out!
5 | A HEALTHY OUTSIDE STARTS FROM THE INSIDE
There is no point in making your outside look fabulous if you don’t feel equally as fabulous on the inside as well. That’s why we should all spend a little more time doing the things that help us become healthier and happier from the inside out.
Self-growth, personal development and learning more about yourself can be overwhelming and somewhat intimidating if you are new to it. We, as women, sometimes struggle to put ourselves first or spend money on things for ourselves, so what about a fantastic gift for the woman, or man, in your life to help them become healthier, feel more energetic and glow from the inside out!
I can recommend Protect Your Best to help whoever you’re gifting it to work towards improving their mind and body!
6 | Gift and Give Experience
Photography and Christmas seem to go hand in hand. With all of your family and friends together, you have a chance to create gorgeous imagery that will be shared online, printed out, mailed across the globe and cherished for generations with the power of digital imaging.
A photography gift voucher is the perfect present whether it is for the creative portrait session, a birthday or Christmas gift, or just to say ‘Thank You’. A gift voucher can be something really special.
I collaborate with Aaron Jean Photography and together we provide a full package of hair, make-up and styling services for the whole family.
So, those are my top six recommendations for last-minute gift ideas for your stylish friend or family this year. Don’t underestimate the power of getting someone a gift that will change their life.
If you have any questions on any of the gift recommendations mentioned, leave a comment. To PURCHASE A GIFT EXPERIENCE, send an email to: [email protected] with “I would like a gift experience” as the subject line.
If you’d like my support with your overall image or hair and make-up, contact me here or reach me on +34 654 189 358 to schedule a complimentary call.