Christmas Gift Guide
rachel mcalley

It’s fast approaching the festive season and I absolutely love it! Time to wrap up warm, drink hot chocolate and mulled wine by an open fire and watch wonderful old Christmas films.

But more importantly it’s about gifts for others and treating those you love, including friends and family or even those less fortunate than yourself.
Enjoy my Christmas Gift Guide.

French Connection xmasjumper
French Connection in The Victoria Quarter Leeds has a cute ladies Rupert Robin Knit for this seasons festivities. In a pretty grey colour with a splash of Christmas, the Robins look quaint and stylish.

Available in a number of sizes, from French Connection across the UK and at the VQ Store Leeds priced at £75.

The White Company*
A candle is a must for Christmas and this spicy warm scented Winter Botanical Candle from The White Company in the Victoria Quarter is something special. It makes a great gift for a cosy home this season. A generous infusion of cinnamon sticks, orange slices and red berries make the aroma beautiful.

Available from the VQ store Leeds, and online at priced at £25.

For the man that has everything, a pair of stunning cufflinks makes a great gift. Mulberry in the Victoria Quarter Leeds has a number of seasonal gifts instore including the Rectangular Plaque Cufflinks, with the trademark Mulberry logo embossed.

Available from Mulberry in the VQ Leeds, and priced at £115.

Harvey Nichols
If you’re looking for a special hamper for Christmas then HN Leeds has some outstanding options to choose from, and the Fancy Trimming Hamper consists of chocolate coins, mini Christmas pudding, Champagne truffles, spiced biscuits, chutneys, tea, wine and brandy butter all encased in a grey branded basket with leather belts.

Available from HN Leeds in the Victoria Quarter or online at priced at £85.

Hope & Glory*
Hope & Glory is a brand that all coffee connoisseurs are familiar with, and this festive period they have The Ultimate Coffee Lover’s Gift Pack available to buy online. This gift is for those that are serious about their coffee; the gift pack contains a choice of two Hope & Glory coffees, two branded cappuccino cups plus a bag of milk chocolate covered coffee beans.

Available from priced at £26.

Khadi oil
Ayurvedic and Organic brand Khadi has introduced a new Anti-Ageing Face and Body Oil to give your skin a new lease of life this winter. Formulated according to the ancient principles of Ayurveda, this natural organic wonder oil protects the skin against free radicals, boosts cell growth and repairs damaged cells. A perfect gift for someone who has asked for a skin boost for Christmas!

Available from a number of health stores and independent pharmacies across the UK and Leeds. Priced at £11.90.

The City Hydra Detox Gift Set is a gorgeous facial set of treats that can give glowing and radiant skin at Christmas. Containing Miceller Water Purifying Toner (50ml), which is a unique three-in-one cleanser, make-up remover and toner. Skin Rescue Radiant Face Mask (15ml), a multi-functional beauty face mask rich in anti-oxidants. And A Natural Hypoallergenic Sea Sponge.

Available exclusively online at, and priced at £9.90.

Hotel Chocolat
I can’t have a gift guide without featuring chocolate! This season my favourite has to be the Christmas Wreath Box by Hotel Chocolat. A show-stopping centrepiece filled with 43 delicious Christmas truffles, a chunky cookie wreath and two large chocolate snowflakes, one in salted caramel and the other in 85% dark. Dream, heaven, wow!

Available from Hotel Chocolat on Boar Lane Leeds, and on Albion Place, plus online at priced at £42.

Paul & Joe
Paul & Joe Beauté’s ultra chic, limited edition Christmas Makeup Collection comes housed in what will become a highly coveted makeup bag. Featuring an uber-stylish feline print bag, multi-tasking Treatment Balm, Long-Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner, Creamy Cheek Blush and a selection of five highly pigmented eye shadow shades encased in paper-thin sheets.

Available from and priced at £35.

Percy & Reed
Percy & Reed’s Santa’s Little Helper gift kit includes; Colour & Shine Shampoo (50ml), Colour & Shine Conditioner (50ml), Volumising No Oil Oil (15ml), Shine & Fragrance Spray (50ml). This set of gifts is for ultimate shine boost and dazzle!

Available from priced at £16.

Have an amazing Christmas and enjoy buying gifts for yourself and others.

*I’d like to thank The White Company for a sample votive candle, and Hope & Glory Coffee for sending a sample of their personalised Christmas coffee.

Ciao for now
Rachel McAlley