Christmas Gift Guide // Stocking Fillers

Call me a spoilt brat, but although I am in my early twenties, I still demand that I am eligible for a stocking. I love stockings, they're one of the highlights of Christmas. I also love making people stockings, so any future bachelor that takes an interest, whereby our relationship actually makes it to Christmas, there will be a stocking waiting. I'd say that's a pretty good relationship perk, wouldn't you? I have noticed in recent years that more and more expensive products have been marketed as the perfect stocking fillers. Well, my understanding of stockings is that they are filled with little tokens and essential gifts, rather than luxury lipsticks - I guess that's all down to individual budgets though. This being said, if you only receive a stocking, I can see the appeal in making it a luxurious one (and I wouldn't complain, that's for sure!). For me, however, I am used to receiving small, affordable gifts (that in the past have included the likes of a pack of tissues, and I am waiting for the day my Mum includes a *ahem* luxury tampon in there too). Below is a little round up of some things that I would include in a stocking, or things that I am likely to receive in mine - including copious amounts of chocolate treats...

Christmas Gift Guide Stocking Fillers

No stocking would be complete without underwear. Knickers are the one thing I rarely buy myself, so when the year is nearly out, I am desperate for some new ones. I thought these Boux Avenue London Ruched Shorts (£6) were adorable; they're super cute and would be loved by anyone at any age. If the London print isn't for your girl, Boux Avenue do a great selection or other designs, which are included in the three for £12 deal- bargain! 

Stockings are also a great way to stock up on smaller beauty items and I adore this mini Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£9) as it's perfect for traveling, or as a trial size if you haven't used it before. I always tend to receive nail polishes in my stocking, and my current top picks are from the Models Own AW15 Colour Chrome (£4.99 each) collection, however for those wanting to spend a little more, Smith & Cult Nail Polish (£19) is amazing - just look at those bottles! The Fleur de Force Lip Gloss (£6.99) is one of my favourites and I think it would make a great addition to any girl's stocking (Written in the Stars is my ultimate fav), and the same with this No7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette (£10), which comprises eight neutral day-to-night shades that would suit everyone. 

Contents of a Christmas Stocking in the UK

No stocking would be considered a stocking without a bit of Lush. Now I love Lush and I have got all my family hooked, especially around Christmas time. I always know when I am receiving Lush products in my stocking, obviously because the whole stocking and its contents smells of the stuff. I particularly think Lush Bubble Bars (especially Peeping Santa and Candy Mountain) are a good gift because they last a number of baths as opposed to just one that you would get with a bath bomb, but obviously neither of them won't disappoint. I also love to receive candles in my stocking, because, well, I love a good candle. This Creative Energy Candle in Spiced Pomegranate (£7.99) is the scent of Christmas. No, I stress, it really is.

Other bits that I have picked out include: St Tropez Christmas Cracker (£5), Boux Avenue Pink Taffeta Purse Spray (£10), Schwarzkopf Osis+ Soft Glam Strong Glossy Holdspray (and the cute  mini Osis+ Label Flexible Hold Hairspray that comes in a sequin pouch) and I Love... Hand Gel (£1.25) - which smells incredible for, essentially, a hand sanitiser.

What do you usually get in your stockings?

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