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Festive Gifts To Buy For Yourself
By: Carol Driver   |    December 30, 2013   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

Don't risk not getting what you want this Christmas. Here's our top picks of gifts you'll want to buy for yourself.

Perfect for skiing or lazing on a beach soaking up some winter sun, Maui Jim’s Sandy Island teardrop frame sunglasses aren’t only incredibly stylish, they’re extremely practical too. Invented on the beaches of Maui, these must-have sunglasses are designed with colour and clarity in mind. The dark brown Sand Island glasses are saltwater safe, and deliver unparalleled protection of PolarizedPlus2® lens technology and also feature single gradient lens treatment, MauiGradient™ - patented bi-gradient mirrors on select lenses that in effect "squint" for the wearer, reducing eye fatigue. Available from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and www.mauijim.com £264.

This colourfully chic hand-woven scarf is made with organic cotton, with a design inspired by the Patzun community in Guatemala. Its beauty not only lies within the intricacy of its design, but within its ethical roots, made by sustainable champions MsGlocal – and stocked by Mania Mia in London. Named Fulham’s best-kept secret, Mania Mia has established itself as a haven for the stylish shopper to discover affordable chic women’s contemporary fashion and accessories. The scarf, which can be used as a wrap or a throw, is priced at £100 www.maniamia.co.uk

Snuggle up to something warm this Christmas with the Charlie Bears Collectable Hot Water Bottle Cuddle Bear. This incredibly soft and cute gift makes for a fun stocking filler - and will be useful as the winter nights draw in. £26.50 www.qvcuk.com

Send a Christmas card with a touch of style this festive season. Luxury stationer Ananya has released a colourful new range of greeting cards, with traditional designs interpreted with an exotic, modern twist. From snowflakes and baubles, to trees and cards hand-embellished with crystals, these cards would be a delight to receive. From £2.50 www.ananyacards.com.

Wrap up warm in style this winter, with these stunning, high-quality accessories. Echo designs boasts incredible colours, divine patterns and unique styles which add a burst of life to any wardrobe. Our three favourite items for Christmas is the Thistle Infinity Scarf (£48) which smartly blends autumnal hues with super-soft acrylic loop weaves. For something snuggly, the deep blue Melange Denim Heather Infinity Ring (£51) boasts a chunky weave, which is soft on the skin and easy on the eye. Third, head into Harrods, London, to pick up a pair of Echo Touch Basic Milk gloves which come in a range of bright colours. We've been wearing them every day as the clever design means you can use your touchscreen Smartphone. Genius!

Paperblank’s pretty journals make for a great stocking filler. Available in a host of beautiful designs, it was the Amy Winehouse Embellished Manuscript that caught our eye. With gorgeous colours and a stunning silhouette of the late singer, the journal features the words, ‘Tears dry on their own’ from her songs. Royalties from the sale of this journal will go to the charity the Amy Winehouse Foundation. From £10.99. 

Get perfect party locks with this Toni & Guy Infusion Straightener. The stylish straighteners feature ceramic and tourmaline-coated floating plates meaning excellent heat distribution, and smoother results every time. Banish frizz and go sleek this Christmas by using the Heat Protection Mist which coats the hair to prevent damage. £80 www.boots.com.

Get a professional blow dry at home with the 3900 dryer from prestigious Italian company Elchim. Stylish in design and made in Milan, these hairdryers are light, quiet and boast ionic and ceramic systems for softer, shinier tresses. Choose from seven shades, including our favourite the metallic red. £99 www.salonsecrets.co.uk

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