Wednesday, 12 December 2018

What To Get/Buy For The Person Who Has Everything: Christmas Gift Guide


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We're now well into the festive period. The shops are jam packed no matter the time of day, you've been listening to Christmas music on a bit of a loop and have already watched The Holiday, Home Alone or Love Actually *or insert your own Christmas movie tradition* at least once. So I thought that I would share a few ideas when it comes to buying for the person who has everything this Christmas.

Whether you're shopping for your Secret Santa, someone's stocking filler or that hard to buy for person in your family or friend group, here are some presents that will actually get used by their recipient;

stationery gifts for her

Yes Studio Monday Blink Planner* (£16.99)

The most obvious gift for someone who's hard to buy for or that you don't know very well has got to be a diary, planner or 2019 calendar. It's something that they will actually use and works well for a whole host of different people. I'm loving this one from Yes Studio. It looks like a much more expensive stationery brand but is well under the £20 mark and available from the likes of Prezzybox and John Lewis.

Yes Studio Heck Yes Sticky Notes* (£9.99)

In a similar vein, stationery is always a top pick in my idea. These sticky notes will really come in handy and definitely make the office that bit brighter when they inevitably return back to work in the New Year.

yes studio travel mug

Yes Studio Wake Up Like This Travel Mug* (£9.99)

Some form of Keep Cup or reusable travel mug or water bottle is another great idea. Save them some money when they next go to get a coffee and do your bit and theirs, for the environment. I loved the fact that this one, again from the brilliant Yes Studio, has a slightly more optimistic and a rather more realistic side to it.

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ban.do Monstera Retractable Charging Cable (£24.99)

Nothing screams actually useful like a snazzy charging cable or portable battery. This one from ban.do might just be the most beautiful one that I've ever seen and very on brand for me and my slight palm/leaf print obsession. It having a keyring attached to it means that I can put it on my keys and therefore hopefully remember to have it to hand when I really need it.

Kate Spade New York Cat Luggage Tag (£10)

If I know someone has a trip planned in the next couple of months, I tend to get them what I would have spent on them in the currency of the place that they'll be visiting. That way they can spend it on something special or a nice meal or excursion when they get there instead of me just getting them something that they might not use. This luggage tag from Kate Spade is another lovely gift idea just in case you want to get your travel mad friend, colleague or family member a physical gift as well as some money or instead of.

luxury beauty christmas gifts

slip Limited Edition Leopard Print Silk Eye Mask (£45) - Double Ended Jade Roller (£22)

When I'm buying for that person who says they don't really need anything this year, I like to think 'what wouldn't they necessarily buy for themselves?' and that's where the likes of silk eye masks and jade rollers come into play. They're little bits of luxury that we probably wouldn't buy for ourselves but would love to receive as a gift.

I've wanted to treat myself to one of slip's iconic silk eye masks for as long as I can remember so no doubt others will be over the moon to receive one too. Also, I couldn't resist the new limited edition leopard print, which is why I just had to get one this Christmas.

budget beauty gifts

In a similar vein, if you know that the person likes to take it easy, run a bath and spend a good amount of time pampering themselves (or on the flipside, they don't make enough time in their schedule to switch off and relax), these beauty gift sets would go down so well.

body shop christmas 2018

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal & British Rose Facial Mask Duo (£32) - The Body Shop Festive Sack of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights Gift Set (£18)

These are a selection of some of my favourites this year and you really can't go wrong with the likes of The Body Shop, Sanctuary Spa or Nivea. They're also not too expensive either and you should be able to get some pretty good deals on them such as the Boots 3 for 2 and The Body Shop's discount codes.

boots 3 for 2 christmas gifts

Sanctuary Spa Divine Candle Trio (£12.50) - Nivea Daily Care Gift Set* (Was £12 Now £6 at Tesco until Christmas Day)

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Being by Sanctuary I Don't Give A Frappe Set* (£15)

So there are some of my top picks for the person who has everything or the person who says that they don't want anything this Christmas.

Who's the trickiest person you have to buy for this year? Do you think they would like any of the picks in today's gift guide? And what will you be asking Santa for this year?

Here are a few more suggestions for those tricky to buy for people in your life;



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Sunday, 9 December 2018

The Top 10 Beauty Gift Sets This Year (For Every Budget): Christmas Gift Guide


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I had planned on doing just one big bumper Christmas gift guide this year but when the gift sets are this good, it's only right that they have a blog post of their own. So this week will be Christmas gift guide week on Ellis Tuesday with another two gift guide blog posts going live on Wednesday and Friday.
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Friday, 7 December 2018

A Festive Day Out With Glasgow Loves Christmas


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As you'll have already seen if you read my November: A Month In Events blog post, the past few weeks have been so busy, especially when it's came to blog events and PR meetings and to end the month in a very apt way, I was very kindly invited along to a festive day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas.

To say that I was excited was definitely an understatement as two years ago I went on a similar day out with them and it was a such a fantastic experience. 

So let's see what I got up to, this time, on a festive day out in Glasgow in what will be another photo heavy blog post;
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Celebrating 5 Years Of Ellis Tuesday (+ Benefit Superstar Collection Giveaway!)


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Exactly five years ago, to the day, I published my very first blog post. It was a review of the eos Strawberry Sorbet lip balm, that I had been loving at the time. The photos were taken on my phone (which definitely didn't have the best of cameras) on top of my white IKEA set of drawers in my bedroom.

Many things have changed over the years but I still absolutely love sharing my thoughts on my little bit of the internet. And I hope that you still enjoy reading Ellis Tuesday as much as I enjoy coming up with ideas, taking photographs and working on it in general.

I'd been trying to think what to get to celebrate the occasion for a while, eventually ending up in Boots last week where I was met by this brilliant gift set from Benefit. The fact that it included five fabulous beauty products, when I was celebrating five years of blogging about beauty and more, completely sold me on getting this set to give away.

benefit star gift 2018

So what's in the Benefit Superstar Collection you ask? Here's the breakdown;

A full size of the brilliant BAD GAL BANG (see my review of it here)
A full size of the bestselling Hoola Bronzing Powder
An adorable mini of the brand new Gimme Brow+ in a pretty universal shade (shade 3.5)
A mini of the beautiful POREfessional Pearl (see my review of it here)
A little mini of the They're Real! Lipstick and Liner Duo (see my review of another shade here)
A gorgeous and glitzy makeup bag

I thought that it was the perfect pick for this very special giveaway, especially as I've used, loved and featured several of the products in this set over the course of my five years of blogging.

boots benefit star gift 2018

So for a chance to win the brilliant Benefit Superstar Collection, be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form below;

a Rafflecopter giveaway There will be one Rafflecopter winner picked at random - Prize issued by me - Open internationally

I wish that I could thank every one of you individually for continuing to read and support Ellis Tuesday and my plan is to continue doing a giveaway each month so that I can share the love with more of you personally. I cannot even begin to explain how much I appreciate each and every one of you.

So there we have it, five years of Ellis Tuesday! Would you like to see a little round up of what my biggest highlights have been from those five years?

How long have you been reading Ellis Tuesday for? What are your favourite kinds of blog posts to read from me? And will you be entering today?

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