Hello, lovely people!
It’s December!!! Or as I love to call it…the most wonderful time of the year! ’tis the season to be jolly, thankful and full of hope. My personal favorite activity month, besides decorating the Christmas tree of course, is buying gifts for my loved ones.
I don’t know about you, but I always make a list with my special ones: family and friends and try to figure it out what present would be the most special to each of them. I love all the shopping process, the wrapping but most offering the pretty little gifts I bought with so much love. Every year I add something extra for some new people in my life because I simply love to see them smile and being surprised. This is the magic of Christmas: being together and sharing very special moments.
Of course, when I start writing down ideas on what to buy I end up exceeding my holiday budget. I bet you all pass through this moment because all the shops are full with pretty Christmas decorations and many other beautiful stuff and we just want to buy them all! That would be great, of course, but then you hear your cred card screaming for help and you must stop.
So, in order to help you decide this season, I made up a list you my favorite things, perfect to be put under the Christmas tree for your loved ones. And the good neas is that they all are under 25 euros each. Quite a bargain, don’t you thing?
Here we go:
1. Cute but elegant Christmas mugs
Every evening after work, I stay cozy on the sofa with a lovely mug full of flavored tea or hot chocolate and watch a Xmas movie on Netflix. That’s why I think a mug is always useful and if you buy a special one or maybe a set for a couple or a whole family, it can be a great gift. This winter I am in love with the every piece from Mobexpert and you should check them out too.
48 RON ~ 11 EUR
74 RON ~ 16 EUR
2. Chunky sweaters
Since I was a little girl my grandmother told me that on Christmas I should wear something new and preferably red, to bring me fortune. With all the fuss on this crazy month, some of your friends might forget to buy something to wear for Christmas diner so a new piece of clothing might be the best idea for a gift. And what would me more lovely than a chunky sweater to keep them warm and chic…after all it’s sweater weather outside. You can find a wide range of fluffy ones at H&M, both for women and men.
99 RON ~ 21 EUR
109 RON ~ 23 EUR
129 RON ~ 28 EUR
3. Sparkly make up
“Christmas is too sparkly!” said no one ever. December is the perfect time to add some extra glitter or more lipstick and shine bright like a diamond. This kind of make up shades match perfectly with the weather outside and if you are lucky enough and it snows, you will feel like a winter fairy. Went a few times at the beauty shops and I found some nice products that really caught my eye, at Sephora.
69 RON ~ 15 EUR
129 RON ~ 28 EUR
60 RON ~ 13 EUR
4. Cute slippers
The first thing I like to do when I get home is to through away my boots or whatever I was wearing during the day and put on my comfy slippers. I have many slippers for winter because I simply find them adorable and I like to match them with my homewear outfit. Every time I am at the mall, I try not to enter Oysho because if I do, I usually walk away with a new pair.
99 RON ~ 21 EUR
89 RON ~ 19 EUR
5. Hot chocolate/wine
Christmas is also about special flavors and that holiday spirit. It may sound nice but it’s not that easy to recreate such a magical frame at your own home. You need to put some effort in it: maybe buy some scented candle, a few oranges, cinnamon bars and of course a good bottle of wine or a delicious, spiced up hot chocolate. Whittard has some special gifts this season that would be perfect for your dearest friends and for the best wines and delicious Italian specialties, go to Bottega del Tartufo.
115 RON ~25 EUR
6. Elegant brooch/bowtie
Every one of us has a more pretentious friend or family member and you never know what to buy them. For me the struggle is over because I found some exquisite accessories recently which I think are great surprise even for the most exigent tastes. For the ladies, a cute brooch can update a daily outfit in a second, making it fashionable and different. Personally I love every model from Meraki. And for the gentleman, being a special time – Christmas time, a colorful bowtie from Bigotti can be a fine touch to his wardrobe (we all know men are not that fond of shopping).
50 -90 RON ~ 10 – 20 EUR
90 RON ~ 20 EUR
7. Photo frame
Sometimes, the best present is one coming straight from the heart, with an emotional touch that can last forever. This kind of gift is a great idea only for the closest people in your life, because they will appreciate it the most. So…you can buy a lovely holiday themed photo frame and put a recent photo from a recent event. I am sure that your best friend will be thrilled to have such a lively memory back at home and your grandmother will start crying if you surprise her with a beautiful photo from your wedding. You should check out the Christmas collection Zara Home because you will find some gorgeous decorations.
89 RON ~ 19 EUR
8. Books that make you day dream
Christmas time means some extra free time at home. And what a better activity (after baking cookies with your mom) than reading a wonderful story and thinking about your childhood. I already made a list and maybe next week I will pay a visit to Carturesti and fill my bag with goodies.
47 RON ~ 10 EUR
40 RON ~ 9 EUR
Well…those were my suggestions for this season! I hope you find this article useful and you will buy the most beautiful gifts for your loved ones! I wish you a lovely time shopping and don’t forget to enjoy every second of joy when you see the people around you being happy and full of excitement. That’s the most important thing: to give without expecting nothing in return, just a sincere Thank you or a big hug.
Happy holidays, darlings!
PS: Is there anything you would add to my list? Can’t wait to see your choices.