Festive shopping can not only be exhausting – it can also send the finances in our (sometimes already limited) bank accounts into the red before we even get to the New Year’s celebrations. In this season of giving, we would ideally be ticking off everyone’s wish list, including our own, but occasionally it is worth seeing the other side of the coin – we don’t need to spend all our money to please our loved ones. Here, gifts for those limiting their Christmas-time spend – all for under £200 (and some way under).
Money-conscious shopping needn’t mean resorting to the mass-produced – Converse x JW Anderson high-top sneakers and Acne Studios’ wool scarf, paired with Proenza Schouler’s waterproof anorak, make for less-than-ordinary wardrobe staples. But practicality might not be everyone’s forte: gift Coach’s hoop earrings or Alighieri’s 24kt gold-plated necklace to jewellery magpies, and team Shrimps’ bead-embellished red hairclip with Burberry’s printed socks for a satisfying moment of colour coordination.
As they say, the best things come in small packages, and beauty gifts make for easy budget-friendly gifts. For the K-beauty obsessed, Huxley’s Essence of Sahara hydrating water or I’m From’s volcanic mask will together sooth and refresh your loved ones’ skin all the way through next year. For those who travel often, Prada’s make-up bag is an essential accessory: fill it with Hourgalss’s precision eyeliner and Marc Jacobs Beauty’s major volume mascara, or Angela Caglia’s rosebud eye treatment set for some winter relaxation.
Less is always more for homeware gifts. Margaret Howell’s tweed throw, Viso Project’s mohair cushion and Overose’s Nudesse scented candle make for a cosy trio to be appreciated by any proud homeowner, while Kate by Mario Sorrenti, published by Phaidon, is a must-have for fashion enthusiasts. If tableware is all your loved ones buy, you can’t go wrong with Moser’s Dionys crystal decanter and Nason Moretti’s Idra Murano glass – they’ll have their Christmas table ready for the festive season.