A huge part of Christmas is all about novelty gifts, evident from the supermarkets and stores filled to the brim of 'Rudolph and Frozen' toot. Now before you write me off (pardon the pun) as a 'Bah Humbug' I'm not. I love a novelty gift as much as the next person, but it has to be something that can be used, rather than a waste of a fiver. Bearing this in mind I've been scouring the best of novelty gifts that will not only result in a beaming smile, but gifts that aren't going to end up in the basket for the 'school fete bags'! Here's my choice!
MAD BEAUTY Ho Ho Ho Bath Fizzers £4.99 www.madbeauty.com
Fragranced in Spiced Apple makes this a scent suitable for men, women and tweens (note not suitable for under 6). The Santa getting stuck down the chimney design, alongside the white bath salts make these a unisex gift that is a novelty but one that can be used by all and it's under a fiver!
MAD BEAUTY Moisturising Hand Sanitizer £2.99 www.madbeauty.com
For just under £3 keep colds and germs at bay with these fabulous festive hand sanitisers. Each one has a different fragrance, my favourite being Super Spiced Apple like mentioned above, as again it's suitable for everyone. Keep one in the car, handbag, toilet and as for presents they make a wonderful table gift alongside a Christmas cracker - a slight nudge to politely ask your guests to spray their hands before they eat!
SockShop Heat Holders prices from £8.99 www.sockshop.co.uk
There's no other place like Sock Shop who care that our tootsies are kept nice and toasty in the cold. This year they have a range of Heat Holders designed with a special yarn to give perfect insulation against icy weather. Patented with a special loop cushioned pile to ensure warm air is contained whilst allowing the feet to 'breathe'. Available in men, women and kids at 1.6 tog or a cosier 2.3 tog these are like puffy clouds of heaven for the feet.
Sock\Shop Christmas Multipacks prices from £7.99 www.sockshop.co.uk
Beautifully woven and brightly coloured these will make your feet want to dance with festive spirit. Each multipack contains 3 pairs of socks in the softest of cotton featuring the cutest Christmas designs. My favourite is definitely the mens with the glittering Father Christmas coming down the chimney. The quality of these socks puts them above your usual novelty sock! They make a perfect Secret Santa, especially if you split the pack and keep a pair for yourself!
Gin & Tonic Bath Salts & Lip Balm £10.99 www.thepresentfinder.co.uk
Know someone who loves their Saturday night G&T? Well now they can be smelling of it too thanks to these cute present packs filled with bath salts and a handy lip balm. A great little gift to give as a stocking filler and the best bit - there are enough bath salts for 5 baths!
Alternatively the Gin & Tonic Lip Balm £4.99 can be purchased on it's own. Suitable for men and women it really does smell like the real deal except this alcohol won't dehydrate your lips! Instead with added shea and cocoa butter it leaves them feeling incredibly soft and protected from the cold blasts of weather.
Burt's Bees 2016 Christmas Collection from £3.99 www.burtsbees.co.uk
This year Burt's Bees are giving everyone the gift of softly nourished lips and skin with their 100% natural and cruelty-free comforting and pampering products. Used by men, women and children all over the world, Burt's Bees are famous for their lip care and this year they're spoiling us with a huge variety of Lip Balms to choose from. Try the Beeswax Bounty £12.99 containing 4 varieties of lip flavours such as Peppermint and Mango. Alternatively the Nature Wrapped Up is a reusable tin filled to the brim with discovery products such as the enriching Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, Lip Balm and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream.
LUSH Winter Gift Collection prices from £3.75 www.lush.co.uk
You can't help but be surprised every time Lush brings out their Christmas and Winter gift collections. Each box is delightfully gift wrapped and is filled with little treasures waiting to fill the bathroom with a rainbow of colours and wondrous essential oils. For £10.95 the Ice Ice Baby has a pot of Snowman Jelly a delightful tub of citrus goo that nourishes and cleanses the body and an icy Igloo soap guaranteeing a tingling shower. Whilst the Sweet Christmas gift set contains the best selling Snow Fairy shower gel, Snow Fairy body conditioner and a Rock Star Soap, leaving you smelling like a waft of a candy shop. Whilst I wasn't sent to feature, I couldn't' help but notice the Ruby Red Slipper that sounds like it makes for a sparkling tub adventure. There is something for everyone and lets not forget that all the products are natural and cruelty-free.
STAR WARS LIMITED EDITION LIGHT EAU DE PARFUM £27.50 www.boots.com
If he or she is a budding Star Wars fan then they are going to love these latest limited edition eau de parfum from Disney. With a choice of 6 unisex fragrances Galaxy, Droid, Rey, Revenge, Dark and Light there's something for everyone. I tested the Light as I'm not so keen on really heavy scents and it was perfect, not sweet but very citrus and spicy with notes of lemon, rosemary, cardamom and woody base notes of sandalwood and patchouli. A refreshing and uplifting scent that rivals some of the top branded perfumes on the market!