A box of smellies is a Christmas tradition; even if you don't have anyone specific in mind, they're always useful as a last minute gift under the tree. It's easy to get it wrong (I'm sure my dad did not love the endless parade of Old Spice box sets), so here are my picks of this year's mid-range bath and body products from the highstreet.
ONE: Who else loves the Boots Christmas ad this year? So sweet - and as always, their shelves are heaving with gift sets, three for two offers and their special star gifts, better than half price offers which will run every week up till the big day itself.
Soap and Glory sets are always a popular choice, but this year I'd head straight for Boots' latest range, Florence Anne (named after the wife of Jesse Boot, who founded the company). This Jo Malone inspired range of candles, scents and diffusers promises affordable luxury and, at €15 for a candle (Grapefruit and Lime would be my top pick), it's well worth checking out. Advantage cards at the ready!
TWO: With their cheery, pre-wrapped bath and shower sets, Lush have often saved the day for me at Christmas and their festive offerings have been on shelves since October (I shared photos over on my Facebook page), so bathing beauties may already have stocked up.
The limited edition Snow Fairy shower gel is a hit with younger gals but also, surprisingly, with men - I know several dads who have this sugary sweet concoction on their wish list every year. The bath products are my favourite - the reusable Bubble Bars, €6.75, pictured, are great to pop in with any gift, but my pick of this year's gift sets? The Jingle Bells box, €35.95, which is packed full of seasonal bathtime treats.
THREE: I'm still in mourning that The Body Shop's Ginger range is discontinued, but in its place this year is the Glazed Apple line which is crisp, sweet and fruity. It joins Vanilla Brulee and Frosted Cranberry, and you can pick up a gorgeous boxed set of each variant for €23 a pop, with four miniature products packaged up to look like a school book.
The three books - Love, Joy and Peace - were created to mark the brand's work with War Child this year; for every pre-packed Christmas gift set purchased at the Body Shop, a donation will be made to enable to the charity to support their education projects. As the War Child CEO Rob Williams, said: "Buy a gift, help a child. It's so simple, but so brilliant.”
Other favourites of mine include L'Occitane and Rituals - just click through to check out my top picks from both brands. What are your top picks for a spot of failsafe festive shopping?