Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas


Christmas is just around the corner and panic is starting to creep in as there are people still on the list to buy for. The problem is the people you have left on our list to buy presents for are the ones we haven’t got a clue what to buy! With ram packed December diary’s and emails with the last delivery dates coming through stress levels are rising. Never the less like every year we manage to pull it off, so we are here if you need some last-minute present inspiration for family members, friends or that work colleague you’ve exchanged two words with…

For the men in your life whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or colleague here are 5 products we recommend you take a look at.

1. The American Crew Essential Grooming Kit. American Crew is a leading brand created specifically for men and the stylists they trust; their products are one of the best with a sleek masculine style. This gift set includes a fiber cream, 3 in 1 shampoo, shaving gel and finishing spray all in a smart washbag.

2. The Dolce and Gabbana the one Grey for Men Gift Set. This intense fusion of opposites grounding aromatic cardamom with an earthy vetiver combined with a smart bottle and luxury packaging is a great gift for a certain gentleman in your life this Christmas.

3. The Barber Pro Skin Revival Mask Set. The set contains a selection of a sheet, foaming, under eye mask and putty peel off masks. Everything someone needs for a fresh looking and clear appearance. Especially after the hard months of excessive food and drink.

4. The Mens Society Beard Grooming Gift Set. This is for those gentlemen who love their facial hair. This is a sophisticated beard cologne and Moisturising Oil with a Wax comb and leather sheath. Portland England’s Beard Grooming Set contains everything a gent will need to cultivate, preen and protect his beard.

5. The Lacoste L’Homme Gift Set. This set is an essence of modern style masculine and simplistic design. Its woody spicy scent with top notes of mandarin and sweet orange make it a warm and sensuous fragrance. This is a great gift for anyone who is shopping on a budget.


For those tricky ladies such as your mother in law, sister and girlfriend here are some ideas that are gifts that we think anyone would appreciate.

1. The Clarins Weekend Treats Gift Set. This brand has an innovate approach to beauty making it completely unique and recognised for their approach to well-being, balance and happiness. The set includes flash balm, hand and nail treatment, light up perfector, rich body lotion, hydra essential cream and eye contour gel. A great recommendation if you really want to treat someone.

2. The Nuxe Crème Friche de beaute set for Normal Skin. This set includes a light hydrating cream and a face, body and hair dry oil. These two products are perfect for soothing and revitalising your skin which may have taken a hard month or so. These products and packaging are perfect for a present for someone who does use or hasn’t yet tried the brand as they are so highly recommended.

3. The Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mon Paris Gift Set. Introducing a new expression of love and passion this feminine bottle and set feels like such a treat when you open it. The floral scents turn a traditional model upside down meaning it appeals to all ages you might be buying for.

4. The Decleor Time To Glow Gift Set. Decleor continues to lead with its trusted expertise in aromatherapy skincare. Using natural and potent active ingredients they continue to visibly enhance health and radiance. So, for anyone who you think deserves a little boost this is a lovely gift to give someone this Christmas. The set includes a hydrating oil serum, exfoliating cream and Intense glow awakening cream.

5. The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set. This set is an unexpected, off-beat and fun design and scent, making it the perfect for sisters and girlfriends that you are struggling to buy for. The signature honey paired with intoxicating tuberose, tonka bean and sandalwood makes this scent so addictive to anyone who tries it making it the perfect gift.

The Best Stocking Fillers and Secret Santa Gifts

The Best Stocking Fillers and Secret Santa Gifts


Finding the perfect gift can be super tricky, especially if you’re shopping on a budget or looking for that Secret Santa prezzie for someone you’ve spoken to by the water cooler one time. Opening Christmas stockings is one of the highlights of Christmas, finding them at the end of your bed stuffed full is always super exciting. So, make your loved ones feel special this year and hopefully they’ll find a bit more than a satsuma at the bottom! There’s plenty of gift options that work for everyone available at Fragrance Direct, so read on to get some inspo all under £20!

Heart & Home Christmas Spirit Candle Jar – £6.99
This gorgeous Christmas candle makes for the perfect gift. A warming heart of brandied orange blending with sweet butterscotch and winter spiced apples, it will fill any home with festive cheer! With a burn time of up to 30 hours, they can enjoy this for weeks to come.

LaRoc 10 piece Diamond Bronze Brush Set – £8.95
For all the makeup lovers, this makeup brush set is ideal! Featuring 10 brushes for a bargain price of £8.95 you can’t go wrong! They can be used to apply compact or loose powder, blusher, concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, cream and liquid foundations. The gorgeous rose gold handles will look stunning on any dressing table!

Possibility Bath Fizzers Wreath Gift Set – £4.99
This cute little set of bath fizzers is ideal for a Secret Santa present that will knock their socks off. Featuring 6 different bath bombs in a range of scents means they can sit back, relax and pamper over the festive period.

Sunkissed Beautiful Bronze Beauty On The Go! – £3.50
This cute little makeup set is perfect for those who are always on the go! With everything you need to keep your makeup looking flawless, containing an award winning primer, Intense Colour Lip Crayon in shade Hot Coral and Big Lash mascara, along with 4 beautiful eyeshadow shades and a kohl liner. All housed in a cute little gift box, your Secret Santa recipient will be seriously impressed.

Ardell Magnetic Lashes – £8.95
Magnetic lashes have become really popular recently due to how easy they are to apply and don’t require any adhesive! Ardell create some of the best false lashes out there and this new style are gorgeous, natural and fluttery. The perfect addition to any beauty obsessive’s stocking.

Di Palomo Protective Hand & Nail Cream Gift Set – £9.99
Included in this set are 4 delicious fragranced hand creams in fig & grape, orange blossom with wild honey & olive, white grape with aloe and black cherry and almond. The Di Palomo’s advanced formulas contain UV filters which help to protect the skin. A handy little set that is perfect as a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa prezzie.

Shearer Candles Cranberry & Ginger Reed Diffuser – £9.50
Festive red berries with a splash of orange liqueur and a hint of fiery ginger spice, what else could you possibly want your house smelling of this Christmas! This diffuser comes in a gorgeous red, festive box so will make the perfect Secret Santa present this year.


Christmas Party Makeup Trends

Christmas Party Makeup Trends


Throughout the festive period we attend more parties than at any other time of year. With that comes the added pressure of having a new outfit for each occasion. We share ideas we have copied from Instagram with our group chat to help each other out. But make up is always a tricky one because it isn’t just the application of makeup, it is having a look to go off and the products. So here at Fragrance Direct we have put together a trend guide to get you through the party season with the best beauty styles for this year.

#1 Glitter Disco Enthusiast – Glitter comes out every Christmas period whether is on your Christmas tree or on your sparkly nail varnish. Everyone loves it! But this year it is out in force and we are applying it everywhere. Whether it’s a shimmery eyeshadow or a statement lip, this year there is no such thing as ‘too much’. Stemming from the catwalk we are seeing it on the eyes, lips or both, so don’t be scared to play around. One palette we would recommend is the W7 Pressed to Impress Glitter Palette, this is a four-selection eye palette perfect for creating the look.


#2 Statement Silver – If you feel a whole glittered eye look is too and not your style then something we’ve seen popping up is a simple silver smudge across the lash line. It really brings out your eyes and the colour silver compliments all colours, so you don’t worry about that or your outfit choice. The Technic the Glitz Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow is an easy to use product for this look.

#3 The smokey eye. This next trend, when done well it’s an absolute classic. Dramatic eyes are always stand out whether you’re blonde or brunette. A heavy shadowed eye paired with a matte lipstick is always a show stopper, add in a sleek up do and you’re ready to go! The LaRoc 35 colour eye shadow palette gives you a huge selection to create the perfect look.

#4 Glow Getter This idea of glowing is an ever growing epidemic and for this season it is no different. People want their skin to look radiant to give a flawless appearance. Brands are bringing out glow kits which are universal shades that work on all skin types to help you achieve a lit from within glow. Highlighters are now a staple make up bag product so it’s a simple look to create. Depending on your preference whether you like a liquid highlighter or a powder we’d would recommend the C.A.K.E Cosmetic Sheer Glow Liquid Highlighter or the Sunkissed Let it Glow Baked Highlighter Palette which includes four shades.

#5 Holographic This final trend is one to look out for… Now we all know how long lip glosses have been around, for most they are the first make up product our parents allowed us to wear. But in more recent years with revolutionary matte lipsticks and now Lisa Eldridge’s velvet textured stick on the horizon they have a taken a back seat. But they are coming back, have you heard of holographic lip gloss? Well this is perfect for a little something extra this Christmas, so try our Halo Holographic Lip Glosses to get the look, our personal favourite is shade pink.

The Best Vegan/Cruelty Free Gifts For Christmas

The Best Vegan/Cruelty Free Gifts For Christmas


Vegan beauty is on the rise and gone are the days where you had to buy all your vegan products from health food shops. Vegan Beauty brands are offering a whole host of products including skin friendly formulas in makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance. Vegan beauty products mean they are entirely free of any animal derived products and cruelty free means none of the products or the ingredients have been tested on animals throughout the development process. Brands that are Vegan or Cruelty Free don’t necessarily mean they are both but this tends to be the case a lot of the time.

If you’re looking for Vegan or Cruelty Free gifts this Christmas then keep reading to get some inspiration from our favourite products and brands available at Fragrance Direct!

Dermalogica UltraCalming Treatment Kit for Sensitive Skin

Many of the Dermalogica Products are vegan which is great if you’re looking to up your skincare game. They focus on providing products that deliver results using the latest scientific formulas and natural ingredients. This starter set is perfect for skincare beginners who have sensitive skin, it offers everything you need to keep your skin cool and calm. Containing a UltraCalming Cleanser, UltraCalming Serum Concentrate, Calm Water Gel and an UltraCalming Mist.

Rose & Co Patisserie De Bain English Tea Room Bath Melts

Rose& Co offer a gorgeous range of unique bath, shower and bodycare products. The Patisserie De Bain range is inspired by the colourful French patisseries, a refreshing splash of sweetness, fun and bright pastels to brighten up any bathroom! This gorgeous gift set contains 2 bath melts that release cocoa and shea butters into the bath to moisten, soften and nourish the skin. A perfect treat for those who love to unwind and pamper themselves.

Australian BodyCare Gift Set with Tea Tree Oil

Australian BodyCare uses the highest-grade natural Tea Tree Oil in all their products, well documented for its antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. Their products deliver the reassurance of knowing that your skin is left clean and blemish free. This skincare gift set contains Pure Tea Tree Oil, Face Wash, Facial Cream, Hand and Foot Cream and a Blemish Stick. Perfect for those who suffer with breakouts or blemishes.
Royal & Langnickel Makeup Brushes

If you’re looking for a gift for the beauty obsessed, then a beautiful set of makeup brushes is bound to be a winner. Royal & Langnickel makeup brushes are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free so you can be reassured that these will impress. Our favourite brushes are the Precision Contour Brush and the gorgeous big, fluffy Powder Brush. These brushes are also really affordable!

NKD SKN Tanning

The NKD SKN tanning products use entirely natural, organic and cruelty free ingredients to give you a gorgeous bronzed glow. Combining nature and technology to bring you no-compromise products that work for every skin tone. All the tanning products in the range are super easy to use with no tell-tale fake tan smell! For all those tanning addicts, NKD SKN is the best range to try… our favourite products are the Natural Tanning Mousse and the Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturiser. Make sure you pick up a Tanning Mitt to keep application clean and easy!

The Organic Pharmacy Discovery Kit

The Organic Pharmacy are the first pharmacy dedicated to all things organic, their skincare products offer exceptional performance that delivers results you can see. All their products are free from artificial colourants, fragrances, petrochemicals and preservatives. They also never test on animals so are completely cruelty free. The Discovery Kit is the perfect starter kit for anyone who wants to try the brand, it contains a Carrot Butter Cleanser, a Herbal Toner, an Antioxidant Face Gel, Antioxidant Face Firming Serum and a Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream.

Beauty Advent Calendars

Beauty Advent Calendars


While the highlight of December used to be waking up to a sweet treat every morning, now we’re more interested in all the beauty treats on offer from our Advent Calendars. With lots of top beauty brands offering Advent Calendars this year with cute little skincare or makeup treats, you can get your beauty fix daily in the run up to Christmas! Now you just need to decide which one to go for…

1. Baylis & Harding Signature Assorted Advent Calendar £9.95
At a bargain £9.95 you can’t go wrong with this calendar on offer from the gorgeous bath and body brand Baylis & Harding. With a range of bath fizzers, soaps, shower cremes and lotions hidden behind each door it will definitely impress. This Advent Calendar is limited edition so make sure you snap it up before it’s gone!

2. Q-KI New Your Cosmetics Advent Calendar £9.99
This gorgeous Cosmetics Advent Calendar has 24 windows of makeup goodies. Containing a mixture of deluxe samples as well as full sized products you can expect to find a range of eyeshadows, blushers, mascaras and lip products.

3. Style & Grace Home Countdown Calendar with Candles £7.99
If you love candles as much as us, then this is the Advent Calendar for you! Each day you can reveal a new candle to fragrance your home through the Christmas period. At £7.99 for the whole calendar you can be sure to keep your home nice and cosy at a bargain!

4. Technic Spa Advent Calendar £11.99
Technic have a few different Advent Calendars on offer with a range of products including makeup, toiletries and this one – which is spa products! The Spa calendar is definitely our favourite, with it including a gorgeous luxury range of skincare and bath and body products to keep you feeling stress free throughout the festive period.

5. Decleor Advent Calendar £70.95
The Decleor Advent Calendar is the slightly pricier option on our list but it’s not difficult to see why… With a huge range of products including deluxe samples and full-sized products you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! Be quick though as this gorgeous calendar sold out super quickly last year!

6. Nuxe Beauty Countdown £48.95
Unveil all of Nuxe’s beauty treasures with this gorgeous Advent Calendar. Countdown with 24 days of Nuxe treats including bestselling products Huile prodigieuse, Reve de Miel range and the gorgeous Rose Petal toning lotion. The perfect way to test out all the gorgeous products from this French brand!

7. Technic Christmas Bauble Wreath Advent Calendar £12.00
You can guarantee you’ll always look your best throughout the festive season with this gorgeous Technic Bauble Wreath Calendar. At a bargain £12.00 you’ll reveal a range of makeup products every day through December including lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail varnishes and a range of beauty tools!

8. Style & Grace Bubble Boutique Advent Calendar £9.95
This gorgeous, colourful Advent Calendar from Style & Grace is perfect for people who love to relax and pamper themselves. Especially through the cold winter months you can find a selection of different treats to sit back and relax in a long bath with. The calendar contains a range of bath salts, soaps and fizzes.


The Perfect Fragrance Christmas Gift

The Perfect Fragrance Christmas Gift


Fragrance is one of the most popular gifts as Christmas time and it’s easy to see why, a special scent is super personal and a real treat. But I can be tricky, finding the scent you know they’ll love is no mean feat. Just like buying someone clothes you need to know the basics, what types of fragrances do they love? Something fresh and fruity? Or maybe they prefer a fragrance that’s spicy and oriental? Keep reading to find some of the great new fragrance launches from this year and exactly who they’ll be perfect for…

For your dad

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord
Private Accord is the newest addition to the BOSS The Scent family and is a strong, unique and masculine scent perfect for your dad. With top notes of ginger moving through to middle and base notes of Maninka fruit, mocha and cacao absolut, it is definitely a spicy fragrance with a deep oriental feel. It comes in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml so you can decide based on your budget.

Coach Platinum For Men
Coach Platinum is a bold yet enticing fragrance that is perfect for your dad. With complex and masculine notes you can be sure this will be his next signature scent. Opening with spicy notes of black pepper mixed with sweet pineapple which gives way to a warm burst of sage and geranium before drying down with an earthy base of sandalwood with hints of leather and vanilla.

For your mum

Ralph Lauren Woman
Ralph Lauren Woman is the newest fragrance from Ralph Lauren that is set to be a true classic. A magnetic contrast between bold florals and rich woods, it is feminine and powerful. The iconic tuberose flower conveys opulence with bright and luminous inflections. Rich sandalwood adds an alluring and enveloping creaminess and a depth with juicy blackcurrant notes. This is definitely a perfume your mum will be thanking you for way into the new year.

Cartier Carat
Make your mum feel like the true diamond she is with the newest fragrance from Cartier. Carat brings together the seven colours of the rainbow in a single, clear and pure white scent. Carat is described as a flower full of life, an explosion of pleasure and freshness with molecules of joy loaded with crystalline energy. The notes reflect the colours of the rainbow with violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle and tulips.

For your boyfriend

YSL Y Eau de Parfum
YSL Y embodies the creative, the doer, the accomplished. It’s the fragrance for those who dare to dream, dare to live and dare to be accomplished. With a white and dark masculine fougere, the scent is strong and signature. The perfect Christmas present for your boyfriend, it has an addictive freshness of white aldehydes and geranium contrasting with the intensity of incense.

Paco Rabanne Pure XS
If you’re looking for a fragrance that is truly magnetic then Pure XS is the perfect gift for your boyfriend. With explosive freshness and burning sensuality, it’s a robust, manly and irresistible aftershave. Pure XS is a vibrant, magnetic and fresh oriental scent with a permanent in and out between hot and cold, gentle and intense.

For your girlfriend

Givenchy L’Interdit
If you’re looking to treat your girlfriend this Christmas then Givenchy L’Interdit is the perfect choice! The newest addition to the Givenchy family, L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity, an invitation to defy convention. A white floral cut through with dark notes unleashing a bold luminosity that flirts with obscurity. With beautiful notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, vetiver and patchouli you can sure she’ll love it.

For you brother

Diesel Only The Brave Street
Creative, urban and vibrant. Diesel Only The Brave Street takes its inspiration from the raw and playful energy of the street. The new Eau de Toilette has a fresh crunch with basil, apple and bergamot notes and a new masculine addiction with vetiver, cedar and liquorice notes.

For your sister
Marc Jacobs Daisy Love
Marc Jacobs fragrances are a guaranteed winner with all girls. Daisy Love is addictive, irresistible and the newest scent for the Marc Jacobs collection. A gourmand radiant perfume with vibrant top notes of sweet cloudberries, mingling with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable twist. Plus she will love the bottle, a giant daisy!