Christmas Gift Ideas For Sun Worshippers

For some people, a perfect Christmas is one spent a thousand miles away from the cold, crisp winter. Their idea of Christmas is basking on a beach in the scorching sun, recharging the batteries and the Vitamin D levels with heat, relaxation and blissful contentment.

My late mother-in-law was one of those people, usually jetting off around December 23rd to her favourite hotel in Fuerteventura, for a Christmas break that involved topping up the tan, eatiing fine food and drinking cocktails, with palm trees rather than Christmas trees the order of the day. This did make Rita a hard person to buy for, in the days before widespread online shopping it wasn’t that easy to get a Tankini in winter, let alone pick up a cool beach bag or a sundress. Thankfully today that is no longer the case, so you can get your sun worshipping friends and family the gifts they will truly appreciate.

Swimwear

New swimwear is always a must when you are going on holiday, and for a Christmas holiday I think it is the equivalent of wearing new PJs on Christmas Eve. Brands like Simply Beach sell swimwear all year around so you can pick something that really suits, rather than making do with what your local sports shop has left.

Hand Luggage Only?

If you know someone who likes to avoid all those airport baggage queues by traveling light, a gift from Cabin Zero could be a great and much appreciated option. Cabin Zero are almost like the Mary Poppins bags of the travel world, very lightweight, the right size for the overhead locker, and able to carry pretty much all of your beach needs. You can read my review here.

Travel Suntan Kits

Christmas is actually the perfect time of the year to get some luxurious suntan lotion sets which make a lovely, thoughtful Christmas present for someone about to take a sunshine break. Clarins may not be a brand that they usually use, but well worth splashing out on as a Christmas gift.

Sundresses

You’d think these would be the Holy Grail of a Christmas gift, but thanks to many online stores have permanent sales sections, you can often find sun dresses, shorts and kaftans and cover ups all year around. Check out stores like House of Fraser, Dorothy Perkins and ASOS that have sales and outlet sections pretty much all year around. In addition, eBAY allows you to pick up out of season clothing and accessories.

These are just a few ideas for gifts for those who like to escape Christmas altogether, but still like to find a little something in their stocking on December 25th.

 

 

Shopping For Seasonal Bargains

Tis the season to be jolly, but did you know it is also the season to grab a late bargain? Yes Christmas may only be a couple of weeks away, but December is fast becoming the month to get a bargain. And whether you are looking to treat yourself, or a loved one, finding items for your home, or even for your garden, there are lots of great deals out there for you to find.

Here are a few of the bargains I have found this month so far.

For the Home

We have been looking at a range of deals on items such as sofas and cheap microwaves. We found our sofa at Sofaology, where you can spread the cost at O%APR at the moment, which may be useful if all your current funds are earmarked for Christmas. In terms of cheap microwaves,I’ve been using sites like LatestDeals.co.uk to find bargains, they offer a great way to track down current deals, we chose a Breville model with a current saving of more than £140, a real bargain.

Christmas Advent Deals

The internet, twitter and Facebook have been full of advent deals, with most having a daily deal that offers a great saving. In the last few days I have taken advantage of offers from Terraces which stocks designer labels, getting a long sleeved polo top from Weekend Offender, and a Luke 1977 sweatshirt for my brother. Each item was more than half price, and I will be keeping my eyes open for more deals in the coming days.

Next up on the bargain front is Chi Chi London, who do some of the most beautiful dresses around. I took advantage of a deal which gave you 30% off the whole site wide, and this included clothes already discounted in the current sales. I got a dress that was originally £65 for £21 with sales discount and then a further 30% off. This is an incredible saving that is perfect if you are looking for a present for someone else, or a party dress for yourself.

ASOS Bargains

ASOS always has a great sales section, but at the moment it is also hosting a seasonal discount on ‘Winter Wins’. I got a fabulously slouchy jumper with a twist back from the Boohoo section for just £10.50. I can’t wait to wear it.

Have you grabbed any seasonal bargains this Month?

A Guide To Christmas Occasion Dressing

Christmas calls for the best your wardrobe has to offer. If you’re lucky, you will get to go to lots of different events and occasions that call for many different styles of dress. For some, this can be a minefield – what do you wear?

Luckily, there are some fail safe pieces that always work this time of year, classic fabrics, prints and styles that you will be able to call on this Christmas, and pretty much every Christmas after that. These are pieces that I have in my wardrobe, not strictly fashion, but wearable, and workable for a whole host of Christmas occasions.

A Red Dress

I have a whole host of red dresses that I wear over the Christmas period. Red is, of course, synonymous with Christmas, from Santa’s suit, to Rudolph’s nose, to the berries on the holly wreaths that we hang on our doors. A red dress is a great choice for Christmas Day, to wear if you are going to a panto, and also for a family Christmas meal. I wore this dress last year for a trip to the theatre, and will be pulling it out the wardrobe again soon.


Juna Rose High Neck Red Spot Dress £50 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Ruched Sleeve Skater Dress £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Red Shirred Bardot Bodycon Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

*Tall Berry Red Velvet Knot Front Skater Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Something Christmas Themed

Obviously, Christmas jumper day calls for a Christmas themed top or sweater, but your Christmas themed clothing doesn’t have to just be a jumper. Contrado is a fashion company that focuses on allowing you to create your own clothes by using your own prints or photographs to create designs that can then be printed on anything from a dress or a top to a skirt or a bag.

As a lover of all things Christmas I decided to design my own skirt using photographs from Christmas past. The skirt could come in two lengths, so I chose the longer skater length rather than a mini skirt, and you can also chose whether you want your images in colour, black and white or, as I chose, sepia. Photographs can be rotated and cropped, they can be arranged in a variety of ways, and you can have a follow on pattern, or different images on the front and back.

The finished product only takes a few days before it is with you and ready to wear, and I think it is the perfect item for a trip to a Christmas Market, a Boxing Day turkey buffet, or a shopping trip before Christmas – it will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.

Velvet

For me, velvet is the fabric for Christmas. I know that it is a marmite choice, some people just hating the feel of it, but velvet speaks of warmth and luxury, and yes, Christmas. You could chose a velvet accessory if you are not so happy to go all out velvet or just go for it. Perfect for any Christmas evening occasion.

M&S Collection
Velvet Sparkle Bodycon Midi Dress
£55 Click to visit M&S

M&S Collection
Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35 Click to visit M&S

Autograph
Velvet Plisse Round Neck Long Sleeve Blouse £39.50 Click to visit M&S

Sparkle and Sequins

And finally we have sparkle and sequins, aka what to wear on New Year’s Eve. The only rule of New Year’s Eve is that you should sparkle brighter than the tree!

PREMIUM Sequin Embellished One Shoulder Bodycon Dress
Was £69.00 Now £48.30 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

PREMIUM Black Sequin Trousers
£75.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Dark Iridescent Sequin Skirt
Was £35.00 Now £24.50 Click to visit Miss Selfridge