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Christmas is officially one month away! We have yet to start our shopping and the stress of what to buy our other half is weighing us down. Finding the perfect gift for someone is a nightmare but some people have taken the stress out of Christmas by making a deal with their beau. According to new research commissioned by FUJIFILM, over half (53 percent) of women this year are planning not to gift to their partner this Christmas. 

Delving into the insights provided by over 1,000 women in recent weeks, the rationale for not giving to their other half at Christmas can be summarised under three main headings:

  • Money: After purchasing gifts for children and extended family, on top of forking out for the festive food, there is just no cash left to buy for their other half according to 48 percent of participants.

  • Inspiration: What do you buy the person who ‘has everything’ or simply ‘does not need anything’? This was the response of 27 percent of participants who are planning on ditching the Christmas gift for their partner this year.

  • Time: With women taking on the lion’s share of the Christmas preparations, it’s hardly surprising that 25 percent say that they simply won’t have time to purchase a gift for their other half on top of everything else.

The Christmas countdown is on and while some people (13 percent) will have started ticking off their gift list as early as January this year, not everyone is as organised. However, the common theme amongst this year’s savvy buyers is to shop local, with over 77 percent avoiding online UK purchases for fear of problems getting product guarantees honoured in the future or returning items in the new year due to Brexit. 

Parenting Expert Laura Erskine, has some advice for those of you who put yourself and your partner last on the Christmas list this year:

“Choosing not to buy your other half a gift this Christmas may seem like the easy option this year, especially when done on the basis of a joint pact. However, I would advise couples to think very carefully about what this says about the health of your relationship.”

“When a relationship is under strain, the lack of a gift or indeed a poorly thought out gift tend to take on symbolic proportions where the recipient believes their partner doesn’t care for them as much as they used to. This is particularly true when you witness the giver gift to family members at the same time. Likewise, when your other half nails your gift, irrespective of how much money was spent on it, you tend to feel loved and connected to your mate.”

Gift giving to your partner at Christmas time is an important part of the celebration and does not have to cost a lot of money, require a huge amount of thought, or take up too much of your time.  The FUJIFILM Imagine mobile app is everyone's secret weapon to blitz their Christmas list in record time, but with all of the sentiment and none of the hefty expense! 

The photos locked away on our smartphones hold the secret to some really amazing Christmas gifts. Simply choose photos depicting special moments shared between you and your partner, the kids or even the family pet and use them to create personalised presents they will treasure forever. You can order through the FUJIFILM Imagine mobile app, online, and on touch screen kiosks in store nationwide. Choose from personalised photo books, canvas art, phone or tablet covers and much, much more. Then, wrap it all up with personalised gift-wrapping paper to really bring a smile to their faces this festive season.



Yon-Ka Paris Body Vanity

This gift set contains Yon-Ka Paris Huile Delicieuse 100ml – the oil softens the skin, brings it glow and nourishes deeply. Its delicate, natural and relaxing scent invites the mind to escape on a journey to well-being.   It also includes Yon-Ka Paris Gommage Aux Sucres 200ml – a 2-sugars body scrub which melts on the skin and turns into milk when mixed with water. It exfoliates and leaves a light veil of softness on the skin.  Both products are contained in a beautiful Yon-Ka Paris Vanity Bag.

RRP €74

Yon-ka Paris skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Image Skincare Renewing Ritual Collection

A complete day-to-night regimen with Image Skincare bestsellers for bright, luminous skin. This set features some of our most popular formulas for fast acting (and long-term) visible results. They brighten, tighten and firm the skin’s appearance.  The collection includes the Image Skincare Max Stem Cell Facial Cleanser 118ml, Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic 6 Filler 30ml.

Vital C Hydrating Repair Crème 59ml, I Mask Firming Transformation Mask 7ml and Illuma Intense Brightening Serum 7ml.

RRP €139

Image Skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Gift Set

With a unique concentration of Immortelle essential oil, the L’Occitane luscious Divine products glide on smoothly, releasing exceptional benefits for visibly transformed skin. Bursting with vitality and newly energised, your skin will look simply radiant.  This gift set is worth €240 when products are purchased individually and contains Immortelle Divine Cream 50ml, Immortelle Divine Eyes 15ml and Immortelle Divine Extract 30ml.

RRP €189 (worth €240)

Available to purchase instore or online here

Clarins Super Restorative Daily Cream Collection

The Clarins Super Restorative Daily Cream is the must have wonder product this year.  It is an intensive replenishing day cream that meets the specific needs of skin. Enriched with exclusive organic Harungana extract, a 'healing' tree from Madagascar, it replenishes the skin at all levels and cares for dry skin on the face. 

It immediately leaves the skin brighter-looking and smooth. Day after day, face is left replenished, lifted, radiant and with glowing skin.
The Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream is included in this gift set in a 50ml size along with the Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream 15ml and Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream 30ml – all presented in a large size 2019 holiday pouch.

RRP €91

Available in all good pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online at www.clarins.ie

My Payot Gift Set

My Payot is an energising range designed to hydrate and protect the skin. Infused with superfruits, Goji berries and Acaí, to illuminate and energise the epidermis. Goji berries increase the level of antibodies in the skin, which strengthens the immune system and makes it easier to eliminate unwanted substances. The vitamin B and carotene content in goji berries encourage the epidermis cells to multiply and become more active.

Acaí regulates water levels in the skin, encourages natural drainage of toxins and restores radiance to the skin.   This set contains My Payot Regard 15ml, My Payot Concentre Eclat 50ml, My Payot Jour 50ml and a beauty pouch.

RRP €69

Available in pharmacies nationwide.

Eminence Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream (with Bonus Peel System) Gift Set

Ultra-hydrating jojoba oil works alongside Eminence’s exclusive Peptide Illuminating Complex to soothe your skin. It’s a powerful daily moisturiser for all skin types. Reveal your radiance naturally and discover smooth, even and luminous skin.    The Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream is part 3 of a 3-step Professional system:

Step 1: Exfoliate – Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant (bonus of 3 ml)

Step 2: Activate – Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 (bonus of 3 ml)

Step 3: Illuminate – Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream (Full size 60 ml)

RRP €99

Available from Eminence.ie or can be bought in-salon at the Wicklow Street Clinic, Dublin and selected spas and salons throughout Ireland.

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Collection

A golden gift idea for someone with a taste for English Pear & Freesia. This beautifully boxed gift collection includes a Cologne (30ml), Body & Hand Wash (100ml) and a Body Crème (50ml).

RRP €97

Available exclusively from Brown Thomas

Nuxe Charismatique Prodigieux Le Parfum Gift Set

Charismatic box set lovers of the captivating notes of Prodigieux® le parfum will be powerless to resist the charm of this rose gold lamé box set.  It contains a 50ml bottle of Perfume, Prodigieux Scented Body Lotion 100ml and the Prodigieuse® 70g candle.

RRP €49.50

Available in pharmacies nationwide.

Clarins Double Serum Gift Set

The New Clarins Double Serum is a complete age control concentrate formulated to help work on the 5 vital functions of the skin for a more youthful and radiant complexion. N ow containing 21 active plant extracts including new star ingredient turmeric, distinguished for its exceptional anti-ageing properties.

New Double Serum acts on the appearance of major signs of skin-ageing, skin is more radiant, firmer and fine lines are smoothed. The new innovative bottle delivers a made-to-measure dosage of the serum, thanks to its rotating push button.  This gift set includes Clarins Double Serum in a 50ml size along with Beauty Flash Balm 15ml and Lip Perfector 5ml – all presented in a large size 2019 holiday pouch.

RRP €92

Available in all good pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online at www.clarins.ie

Lierac Lift Integral Box

This gift box offers exceptional value with a saving of €45 off the retail price of the full product value.  Not only is it great value for the luxury Lierac brand, but the Lift Integral range has been clinically shown to have immediate and lasting effectiveness.

As we grow older, we see structural changes taking shape to our faces. The face’s volume gradually melts and migrates, its contours sag, and the oval shape becomes blurred.  Armed with expertise, a pioneer in lifting for twenty-five years, Laboratoires Lierac have identified the source of this problem and so the Lift Integral range was born.  This set includes the Lierac Lift Integral Sculpting Cream 50ml and the Lierac Lift Integral Eye Lift Serum for Eyes and Lips 15ml.

RRP €70

Available in pharmacies nationwide.

Eminence Cleanse and Glow Gift Set

The brand has released a vegan gift set which includes two of its top-selling products. Eminence products are high-end luxury products that come with a medium price tag. This is because a tiny amount of each product is needed. So, the products last longer (up to a year in some cases) so there’s no need for constant repurchasing – it’s an effective investment brand.  

This set includes the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser – this milky gel lightly lathers to slough off dead skin without manual exfoliation or over-stripping. The Lactic Acid Complex and mangosteen in this cleanser work together to restore a smooth, radiant complexion. 

It also includes the Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant – this powder-to-foam exfoliant employs microgreens, stone crop and rice flour with adzuki powder to infuse skin with a youthful looking glow. With its light fizzing action, this revitalising formula gently invigorates the skin and removes impurities to reveal a beautiful, brighter looking complexion. No microbeads are used in the product either.

RRP €59

Available from Eminence.ie or can be bought in-salon at the Wicklow Street Clinic, Dublin and selected spas and salons throughout Ireland.

Clarins Weekend Treats Collection

This collection includes the Clarins cult product, the Beauty Flash Balm which is the ultimate pick-me-up for tired skin. It’s a best-selling product which delivers a radiant skin booster and helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash.  This beauty balm instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so tired skin looks rested and relaxed. It contains soothing bisabolol which helps restore skin’s youthful glow for radiant skin. It also prepares skin for perfect make-up application and hours of luminous wear.

Along with the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 50ml it also includes Clarins Hand & Nail Cream 100ml, Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion 30ml, Clarins Hydra Essential Cream 15ml, Clarins Eye Contour Gel 3ml and Clarins Lip Perfector 5ml – all presented in a large size 2019 holiday pouch.

RRP €59

Available in all good pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online at www.clarins.ie

Yon-Ka Paris Anti-Aging Vanity

This Yon-Ka anti-aging vanity comes with the Yon-Ka Paris Advanced Optimizer Serum 30ml which is their ultimate firming product that visibly lifts the skin on the face, the Yon-Ka Paris Advanced Optimizer Crème 50mll which acts in tandem with the serum to visibly redefine face contours and the Yon-Ka Paris Advanced Optimizer Gel Lift 5ml which smooths and restores firmness to the delicate area of the neck, décolleté and bust.   All three products are contained in a beautiful Yon-Ka Paris Vanity Bag.

RRP €110

Yon-ka Paris skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Image Skincare Beauty Sleep Collection

This is a lovely collection from Image Skincare for anyone who has had a tough year.  The products make the most of the skin’s auto-repair mode. The nourishing routine delivers moisturising upgrades to lock in goodness at night, while a pure silk sleep mask helps to better your beauty sleep, Antioxidant’s, Vitamin and Hyaluronic acid will help you wake up to revitalised skin.

The collection includes the Image Skincare Max Stem Cell Facial Cleanser 118ml, Vital C Hydrating Overnight Mask 50ml, IMask Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask x2, Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum 15ml and pretty sleep mask gift.

RRP €108.50

Image Skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Declaré Skin Meditation Anti-Stress Gift Set

The Declaré Switzerland’s Skin Meditation Set comes with their Skin Meditation Cream and Anti-Irritation Serum. For all-round protection against stress, tailored to the needs of today.  Comprehensive protection against inner and outer stress factors, the cream protects skin intensively and is tailored to modern stress factors and skin needs which increasingly place higher demands on immune protection.

Skin Meditation is SOS skin care – for whenever your skin loses control. Help your skin to repair its own protection system and thus appear calmer and more relaxed in the long-term. Strengthen your skin’s resilience and forearm yourself against daily stress.

RRP €80

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Lierac Premium Absolute Box

Lierac Premium is a new era in anti-ageing skincare. The regeneration potential of the skin is controlled by an exceptional protein called Foxo Protein. Also known as the protein of immortality, it works deep inside the cell nucleus to control all the stem cells to boosts the regeneration of dermal and epidermal tissues.  This set includes the Lierac Premium Absolute Anti-Ageing Eye Cream 15ml and the Lierac Premium Voluptuous Absolute Cream 50ml.

RRP €129

Image Skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Dermalogica The Ultimate Cleanse & Glow Trio

This year’s Dermalogica collection includes four kits, priced from €16.50 to €97.50, and includes a mix of best-selling hero products and new innovations in both travel and retail sizes. Additionally, each kit features unique packaging artwork derived from street artist Kelsey Montague’s murals – inspiring buyers to make her bold, uplifting art a part of their holiday gift-giving.  Our favourite is The Ultimate Cleanse & Glow Trio which contains a trio of their top sellers in full retail sizes.  It includes the PreCleanse (150ml), Special Cleansing Gel (250ml) and Daily Microfoliant (74g).

RRP €97.50

Dermalogica x Kelsey Montague is available at Dermalogica-authorised spas, salons and skin centres and at dermalogica.ie

Dr. Hauschka Night Care Set

Night-time is when our skin has the chance to restore and revitalise itself after a busy day battling the elements. The Dr. Hauschka Night Care Set features four stunning products that result in a fresh, radiant complexion come morning. The Soothing Cleansing Milk and multi-use Facial Toner both support the skin’s natural renewal and cleansing process. The set also contains the award-winning Eye Make-Up Remover which effortlessly removes all your eye make-up while conditioning eyelashes and eyebrows. Just before bed, apply the Oil Free Night Serum which will revitalise and assist the skin in rediscovering its natural balance as you sleep.

RRP €49.95

Available from Dr. Hauschka stockists nationwide.

Green Angel Vital Moisture Giftset

This Green Angel super duo helps keep skin moisturised 24/7.  Containing seaweed daily moisture Face Cream with jasmine, neroli and vitamin E and Seaweed Night Cream with 6 essential oils, these nutrient-rich, powerful ingredients help maintain healthy youthful-looking skin.

RRP €49.95

Available in stores nationwide (find stockist here) and online here.

Eminence ‘The Beauty Experts’ Top Picks Gift Set

If you have not discovered the amazing world of Eminence Organic Skin Care, then this gift set is the perfect introduction to the Eminence range which brings visibly improved and radiant skin.  This all-in-one travel-sized set is ideal for normal to dry skin types, and each product is chosen to deliver a beauty ritual that cleanses, treats, hydrates and replenishes for exceptional results.

The Beauty Experts’ Top Picks Gift Set includes Stone Crop Gel Wash 30 ml, Bamboo Age Corrective Masque 15ml, Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer 15 ml and Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil 15 ml.

RRP €95

Available from Eminence.ie or can be bought in-salon at the Wicklow Street Clinic, Dublin and selected spas and salons throughout Ireland.


There is only one month to go until Christmas Day and we have barely made a dint in our shopping list.

But fear not, because we have scoured the Internet for the most perfect presents that will certainly woo your nearest and dearest.

One person at the very top of our list is our best friend. They’re the one who shows up at your house with wine after you’ve had a tough day. The one who always supports ordering more than one dessert. The one who will sing along to cheesy pop music with you.

They deserve something special this Christmas so have a look at these 15 gifts and see what suits them best.

There’s something for every budget here so happy shopping!

1. Instax Mini Link (€120)

This is the perfect gadget for your bestie. They can create mini prints of all your greatest memories and have a physical copy of them forever. We capture so many special moments but they always end up stuck on our phone so this device is a god-send. You can print images directly from your smartphone with the Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer.

2. Brown Fluffy Sloth Slanket (€18.74)

The snuggliest gift ever. This slanket is ideal for the friend who loves to snooze and nap. It is as soft as can be and will make the perfect outfit for your December sleepovers. 

3. Lindt Selection Box (€15)

Chocolate is the dream gift, especially when it is Lindt chocolate. This selection box is full of lucious chocolate delights that are going to make Christmas movie nights even better.

Available in supermarkets

4. Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (€53.92)

This gorgeous palette is the ultimate gift for the best friend who adores makeup. The Too Faced palette features 18 warm shades. The best thing about this brand is how pigmented the shadows are. They even smell like ​​​fresh baked gingerbread.

5. Personalised Friendship Print (€10.73)

Personalised gifts are always extra special. This beautiful print is bound to make your best friend's Christmas magical. Supporting small businesses on Etsy is our top priority this Christmas.

6. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton (€12)

This was one of our favourite books of the year. Everything I Know About Love is a memoir about love, sex, friendship, work and everything in between. Dolly Alderton's heartwarming book is bound to teach you some valuable life lessons and remind you of just how special friendship is.

7. The Little Mermaid Water Bottle (€32)

Good for the planet and absolutely adorable. This is the perfect gift for your Disney-lovin' friend. And it's eco-friendly.

8. Bloom & Wild Subscription (Prices Vary)

Is there anything nicer than having fresh flowers in your home? Studies have even found that having fresh flowers in your home is good for your health so why not treat your bestie to a Bloom & Wild subscription?

9. Tickets to The Stella (Prices Vary)

Sometimes the best gifts are ones you can share. Why not bring your best friend to see one of your favourite old movies or even a new release like Last Christmas at the beautiful Stella Cinema?

10. No7 The Beauty Wardrobe Gift Set (€30)

This fabulous gift set contains everything you need to create the best version of yourself, including the No7 The Full 360 Mascara and No7 Shimmer Palette Rose.

11. Pick and Mix Sweets Selection Gift Box (€9.60)

Got a friend with a sweet tooth? This gift is ideal for them. It'll remind them of the days when you used to get pick and mix before the cinema.

12. Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Bird Trinket Dish (€8)

This dainty little dish is the sweetest gift for the friend who has dozens of jewels. We adore this quirky trinklet dish by Carolyn Donnelly! This dish is the perfect way to store and display earrings and trinkets.

13. Yankee Candle Scented Candle Gift Set (€10.50)

Let Yankee Candle help show someone how much they mean to you by giving them the gift of fragrance which is perfect for any occasion. 

14. Two Peas in a Pod Bracelet (€32.21)

If you and your best friend are as close as two peas in a pod then this is the gift for you!

15. Woodland Teapot (€10.55)

An adorable teapot perfect for all of your warm brews. Can you cope with the cute little fox on the lid?





Who needs Santa when Dwayne Johnson exists? – Certainly not his mother.

Dwayne gave the big man in the red suit a run for his money when he gave his mother a Christmas gift of a lifetime.

Dwayne aka 'The Rock' splashed out by buying her a HOUSE to show her just how much he appreciates her.

Taking to Instagram, he shared a clip of his momma receiving the pressie and its totes emotional.


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Dwayne captioned the video: "This one felt good. Surprise! Bought my mom a new home for Christmas."

"All our lives growing up we lived in little apartments all across the country. Lived like gypsies on the road from one state to another.

The first home my parents ever lived in was the one I bought for them in 1999."


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He went onto explain that after five years, they decided to divorce, but he always made sure that his parents had everything they ever needed.

However, he said this particular time was a "special one and the timing is very meaningful."

"I told her to treat this card like it’s “Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket” because she gets to choose any home she wants – anywhere she wants," he wrote.

"I always say, if you got a good mama, then you gotta pretty good shot at becoming a decent human being," he added – couldn't agree more tbh.


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Humble as always, Dwayne finished by saying: "And somehow, somewhere along the line I became one lucky SOB to be able to make stuff like this happen.

Merry Christmas Ma and WOOOHOOO enjoy your new home."

We think her reaction and face says it all – she's completely overcome by emotion.

We think we know who has won son of the year.



We are officially feeling the festive spirit now that December is finally here. We are ready to tackle our Christmas shopping and what better way to do it than supporting some fantastic Irish companies.

Ireland has blessed us with many wonderful things from Tayto crisps to Niall Horan and these gifts are no different.

We have gathered up a list of some pretty perfect gifts that will no doubt leave your friends and family smiling from ear to ear.

1: Sun, Moon and Stars Notebook

Chupi €33

2: You Make Me Happy Print

Cuando €14

3: Classic Grey Scarf

4: Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin Print

Cuando €14-€24

5: Zaria Earrings

Folkster €14.95

6: Personalised Daily Planner

Cuando €29-€35

7: Unicorn Mug

8: Rose Gold Initial Necklace

Chupi €119

9: Bear Creek to Dame Street by Hudson Taylor

Tower Records €19.99

10: Carolyn Donnelly Purse

11: Baileys 

SuperValu €10

12: Melanie Murphy Me Time Journal

13: Pawty Time Mug

Avoca €14.95

15:  Normal People by Sally Rooney

Dubray €15.99

16: 50 Things To Do In Dublin

17: Tayto Crisp Box

Tayto €19-€22.50

18: Irish Whiskey Museum Tour

Irish Whiskey Museum €18 per person

19: The Snapper Tickets

The Gate Theatre From €15

20: A Keeper by Graham Norton




Here at SHEmazing, it's fair to say we take the term 'nails on point' very seriously.

So when we stumble upon a nail place that has that something special about it, we tend to rave and rant about how AMAZING the experience was – and we’ve found another.

We’ve uncovered a gem hiding in the heart of Dublin city and it’s the best-kept secret on the capital's cobbles – and it’s certainly one for the Christmas list.

CHIPPED Nail Bar in the Powerscourt TownHouse transforms your nails at an absolute steal, in a decked out studio, surrounded by the nicest staff. 


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One look at their Instagram shows the level of talent and creativity the nail artists have at CHIPPED.

From Shellac, gel and stunning nail art, they do it all – and we can't cope at how good it is.

And for all you busy huns, the salon is open 10 pm on Friday and Saturays, so you no longer have to try and fit an inconvenient appointment around your schedule – and you can actually relax during your appointment.


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It doesn't surprise us that the beaut Laura Whitmore, superstar Demi Lovato, icon Samantha Mumba, blogger Dee Alfaro and model Alannah Beirne have all frequented the salon. 

If that wasn't enough, you can also book a private party at the salon – so you can kick off your girls' night in style.

Sip that bubbly and treat your nails to a make-over as you catch up with all the gals.

The salon is also a fabulous location for a Hen Party, because who doesn't love getting their nails done? – You'll be the number one maid of honour.


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Their flexibility means you can make the activity an after lunch hangout, pre-drinks blowout or book it exclusively for your group as an after-dinner pamper session before going on the tear – it's completely up to you.

As well as keeping your nails looking lit, the girls at Chipped also pay special attention to brows and lashes. 

Russian eyelash extension experts and experienced brow artists are on hand to pamper you with relaxing treatments to make that eye area pop (best of all, their Russian lashes are 50% off this month). 


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They've channelled our inner boss b*tch and understand our needs perfectly by creating four subscription services.

Each subscription gives a different level of nail maintenance to suit all tastes.

Tailored to all different price ranges, you can have your beautiful nails and not break the bank.


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They also take walk-in appointments for gals on the go, so you're never caught out with nails not looking their best. 

If you or one of your besties are obsessed with everything nails, then you NEED to gift them the unbelievable nail subscription or a gift card this festive season.

We've totally fallen in love with this beauty salon and we know you will too – so head over to our Instagram where we are giving away a pamper session worth €500 in CHIPPED Dublin. 


Listen, we are MASSIVE fans of this time of year! 

From the cosy coats and scarves, to the hot chocolate and the possibility of snow – winter really is magical! 

However, there are people out there that would much rather be sipping on a Pina Colada than an egg nog – and we can't really blame them! 

For those people in your life who are serious summer fans – we have them SORTED. 

Check out these tropical gifts, that will make anyone feel like they're on holiday! 

Clockwise from top left:
Pineapple Door Mat, Bombay Duck;
Gold Pineapple Trinket Box, Sass & Belle;
Pineapple Pyjama Short Set, ASOS;
Gold Pineapple Slippers, Chelsea Peers NYC


From left:
Flamingo Neon Light, Fizz Creations;
Flamingo Snow Globe, Amazon;
Salt and Pepper Shakers, ASOS


Clockwise from top left:
Mini Winged Cross Body Bag with Palm Charm, Skinny Dip;
House Plants Cushion, Ohh Deer;
Palm Fur Clutch Bag, Skinny Dip;
Palm Leaf Charm Bracelet, ASOS




Buying for your mum can be one of the most impossible tasks. EVER. And if yoursneaky siblings have already beaten you in the present section, it's time to have all hands on deck. 

Your mum is the best person on earth (she raised you, after all), so she deserves a great gift.

These thoughtful presents will certainly WOW her, so get ready for the Best Child of the Year Award: 

1. For the time keeper

This watch will be as iconic as the woman herself. Super stylish and unique, you'll get major brownie points for this one.

Swatch Tutto Pello watch, €105

Available at Arnotts or Swatch



2. For the wine lover

Christmas is stressful for every mother, so why not let her kick back and relax. Wine and chocolate, what more could a woman want? And here's a discount code to get your fab pressie for even less: XMAS015

White wine and chocolate gift bag, €22

Available at Hampers & Co



3. For the nostalgic mum

If your mother has photos of you plastered around the house, then this could be the perfect present. A cute cushion with the two of you on it will definitely melt her heart. 

PhotoBox cushion, €33.99

Available at PhotoBox



4. For the house proud mum

If your mum loves getting the house ready for Christmas, then she will LOVE this. A 2015 collectible, it'll be the shining on the tree all Christmas long and it's sure to get compliments from all of your mothers friends. Score.

Christmas collectible 2015 bauble, €30

Available at Newbridge Silverware



5. For the pamper-loving mother

Therapie has released a full range of gift sets, which will make for the perfect gift if your mam loves to pamper herself. She might even share a little bit with you (hopefully)!

Eve Lom classic gift set, €75

Available at Therapie



6. For the cook

If your mum is into old-school cooking, then she will adore this. It's a collection of classic recipes that we're sure your mother had back in the day. She might even introduce a few to you.

All in the Cooking, €16.99

Available at O'Briens


7. For the chocolate lover

The brown leather hat box is full to the brim with a selection of the finest Godiva chocolate gifts. However, you can but it like this, or create a bespoke hamper yourself… then what you spend is up to you! 

Out-of-the-box Christmas hamper, £155

Available at Godiva Chocolates


The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, and we're getting all hot and sweaty just thinking about the amount of Christmas shopping we have left to do.

With stormy weather to battle, crowded buses to navigate, and endless queues to face, we're considering forgoing shopping outdoors entirely.

If online shopping is sounding mighty tempting right about now, your first destination should be Hampers & Co, an Irish website offering everything from wine and chocolate Pamper Hampers to gifts with a difference for your dad.

To make the situation even sweeter, you can now get a 15% discount from Hampers & Co for a limited time, by using the code XMAS015 at the checkout. Boom!

Of course, not everyone in our gift-giving circle is quite so quick-thinking, and we've definitely received a few clangers over the years. Here are just a few of the gifts we've all put on that *fake smile* for…

1. The 'I bought this at 5pm on Christmas Eve' gift
There are two extremes here – the €10 Penneys PJs or the desperately expensive gold watch that was totally panic-bought.


2. The 'This is really for me, not you' gift
'Cos you've ALWAYS wanted an XBox, right?


3. The 'I saw this and thought of you' gift
Which of course begs the question, 'Why did a Weight Watchers cookery book make you think of me?'


4. The 'IOU one present' gift
This better come wrapped up with one huge apology.


5. The 'But you love handmade things!' gift
Sock puppets, our FAVE.


6. The 'All that was open was the 24-hour garage' gift
A selection box, windscreen washer fluid and a copy of today's newspaper – yay!


7. The 'Mary in HR said she loves this jewellery brand so I thought you would too' gift
Ah, Mary in HR, the gift-buying oracle.


8. The 'I'm giving something back this year' gift
Much as we love the fact that you're charitable, we really had our hearts set on a fancy new mascara. Sigh.

Avoid falling foul to one of the above this year, and get your Christmas shopping sorted with Hampers & Co. No more fake smiles!