As many of you probably know, I only buy cruelty free makeup and toiletries. Usually, that extends to both the gifts I give and receive. With that in mind, I thought I would put together a little cruelty free gift guide just in case you need a little extra inspiration ahead of Christmas. There’s everything from stocking fillers to a big old luxury gift so there should be something for every budget in this post. I’ve also included links to everything I can to make it as easy as possible!
This is the first of a few gift guides that I have coming your way this month so keep your eyes peeled.
Unless you’re one of my family members or friends. Then you should probably avoid any post on This Northern Gal with ‘gift guide’ in the title. Ok? That means you Mum. Look away now…
Let’s start in the top left hand corner. This is actually a Charlotte Tilbury palette that I received for my birthday earlier this year. They’re pretty pricey but I can honestly say that I use it almost daily. It is of such a high quality as well. If you’re looking for a super special gift for someone, I would recommend this. I have the ‘Instant Look in a Palette’ in Natural Beauty, which cost £49. Inside, you will find 3 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter – for more information, click here. It looks like my exact palette is sold out but the same style in other colours is still available.
Next up is this super fruity body mist from Superdrug, which was on offer for just £3 when I picked it up. I love having a body mist on hand for work etc when I maybe don’t want to be using a proper perfume and for this price, you can’t go wrong. This is the ‘Superdrug Aqua Haze Body Mist’, which you can find here.
If you want to purchase an eau de parfum as a gift, both Next and Marks & Spencer have cruelty free options which smell divine. In fact, my ‘proper’ perfume is from Rosie for Autograph.
Moving clockwise to the right, you will see a smaller, and slightly more affordable, palette. This is the ‘Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo Lipstick and Powder’*. It is in the most beautiful gold packaging and contains two wonderful products. The powder compact is available on M&S for £16 (and then you can buy the lipstick separately), or you can get it with a lipstick included on Amazon for £34. If you know a glamorous lady, this could be just the gift for them. I have a feeling my Nana might love it!
The next gift set comes from Superdrug again, who are seriously the best for cruelty free beauty gifts at this time of year. I picked up this ‘Leafy & Lovely Mini Hand and Lip Set’ in store when it was reduced to just £3. It includes a hand cream, lip balm and nail file, making it the perfect stocking filler. I was actually too impatient to gift this and have been using the hand cream for the last week or so and it is so nice! It’s also the perfect size to pop in my handbag, especially now that the cold weather is taking it’s toll on my hands – you should see the state of them! I know that I love receiving little beauty bits like this at Christmas, as hand cream and lip balm are usually the things I always forget to buy myself.
If you would prefer to DIY a gift set, you could always put together a pamper set of goodies tailored towards your friend, family member or coworker. How about picking up a trio of nail varnishes in their favourite shades? I’ve talked a lot about how much I love Barry M nail varnishes A LOT but you could also venture out.
Recently, I was sent a Leighton Denny nail varnish* and I really like it. It is a lovely colour, with a great formula. Though it is a little pricier than Barry M, it could be a great gift for someone who you know really likes to take the time to do an at home manicure.
For someone who really likes to put some effort into their appearance, you could take it one step forward. Make them a night out kit, complete with false nails and lashes. Perhaps you can even include a voucher offering them a glammed up night together, to make it a little more personal. I’ve been working with KISS eyelashes* and Impress nails* for years and swear by them if I want to add a little extra oomph to my makeup and nails. They make it so easy (and affordable) to get dressed up.
You might want to combine nerdery and beauty loving. If so, GeekyClean is the place to go. I’ve been using this lip balm of theirs right up until I was practically scraping the last of it from the tube. Prices for lip balms are around £3, with many different flavours and fandoms involved. They also do candles, bath bombs and other products which I hope to try soon. For more of their products, head to their website. I have a feeling that I might be placing an order with them in the immediate future, not least because I need to repurchase the lip balm.
Finally, I have a stocking filler or secret santa gift. This is the ‘Superdrug Sweet Snuggles Pink Heart Shaped Bath Fizzer’ that I recently picked up in store for £1. Yes, a pound. If you’re getting a little strapped for cash, this would be a perfect addition to someone’s Christmas. Pack it up in a ‘relax kit’ (think hot chocolate, a candle, maybe a colouring book) if you want to make it part of something larger.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list but should hopefully give you some ideas and show you that you can still shop for cruelty free gifts on this high street!
P.S Products marked with an * were sent to me as PR samples but all opinions are my own and I received no additional compensation for this post.