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  • Hello, lovely people.

  • Welcome to this year's Christmas Gifts Guide.

  • Now, a lot of you ask me for tips, whether it's for your friend or family member who really loves vintage

  • or you love vintage yourself

  • and people are asking you what to get you and you just don't know.

  • So here are six of my absolute favourite things

  • that I think will be great gifts this year.

  • Start with a disclaimer: None of these items are sponsored;

  • these are my very honest opinions;

  • however, some of them have been gifted to me

  • and sent so I can try them out and see what I think.

  • So I'm very much just sharing with you my own honest thoughts.

  • Number one:

  • We're going to begin with one of my absolute favourite companies!

  • If you follow me on Instagram - which...obviously, you should -

  • you will know that I wearsame lipstick SO MUCH.

  • same make vintage make-up

  • using--either recreating historical formulas

  • or just the colours

  • using modern techniques, because let's be honest: we don't wanna put lead on our faces any more.

  • No, no, we don't. Nope.

  • And they also have this tie-in with Disney

  • so they will do different collections based on various Disney properties.

  • Like they did an Agent Carter one.

  • Be still my beating heart.

  • And Snow White.

  • Love Snow White.

  • And their latest one is Mermaid Lagoon.

  • So, Bésame Cosmetics have sent me complementary pieces

  • of the Snow White and Mermaid Lagoon series

  • so I can try them out and tell you what I think.

  • It comes in a beautiful box!

  • So if you're perhaps gifting to someone who doesn't live near you

  • and you're getting the things sent directly to them,

  • you know it'll be lovely when it arrives.

  • Now, I made a Bésame review video before,

  • just talking about the different products and how they work for me; the different formulas.

  • I think we did lipsticks, face powder, and mascara.

  • Put the link to that video down below and in the card above,

  • and I talked about different application techniques as well

  • for vintage make-up, because it is slightly different to how we do things today.

  • 'Thesame Bugle,'

  • which is a little vintage newspaper

  • that tells you all about the specific collection that you are receiving.

  • same worked with Disney's Ink and Paint Department

  • to find [inaudible] and concept art that spoke to the independent and strong-willed nature of the mermaid.

  • So the colours are actually taken from the film itself.

  • I'm going to begin, however, with Snow White.

  • Now, every vintage girl loves a scarf.

  • And one of my favourite things about them is that they're a very versatile present.

  • It does not matter whether your friend has got hair down to her bum

  • or the shortest crop imaginable -

  • there is something that they will be able to do with a scarf.

  • Oh! I have a video about scarfs. I forgot about that.

  • I have a video about things you can do with scarfs in a vintage way.

  • You can watch that.

  • Going to be wearing that later on.

  • Next up, we have the Snow White's Pies, which are a variety of lip balms.

  • We've got gooseberry; apple; and cherry.

  • And one thing that's so great aboutsame

  • that I really love is that it makes your little dressing table look delightful.

  • The packaging - dear Lord, the packaging.

  • We've then got three lipsticks from the Snow White collection

  • (which is the 1937 collection).

  • The three colours I've got are Snow White Red, Love's First Kiss, and One Bite.

  • Next, moving on to Mermaid Lagoon,

  • which came with stickers!

  • Beautiful holographic packaging.

  • Oo, it's kind of trippy, isn't it?

  • This is the Treasures of the Lagoon Shadow Palette.

  • These are all colours that are taken from the film itself

  • and they're really bright and vibrant, as you're about to see.

  • It shows you exactly where each of the colours have come from.

  • We've got eight beautiful shades there;

  • four mattes and four shimmers.

  • Going to destroy my nails doing this!

  • This is the Pearl Shimmer Powder

  • It has a little magnetic opening.

  • Inside we have a mirror and a little powder pat.

  • And to match the Pearl Powder is this Golden Sand Bronzer

  • Again, beautifully, beautifully waved inside.

  • So pretty.

  • The non-Bésame make-up that I have always just lives in a drawer.

  • Thesame make-up gets to live on the top.

  • And then we have three lipsticks here.

  • Now, these lipsticks, they are part of the 1953 collection,

  • but I would say they're not necessarily lipsticks that you would wear day-to-day in 1953.

  • The three colours we've got are Mermaid Kiss;

  • Waterlily Blossom Red; and Starfish Pink.

  • So, the Mermaid Lagoon collection is I think a bit more "out there"

  • than the Snow White collection.

  • With the Snow White, you can still get a very kind of authentic vintage look

  • but it's, you know, not really stepping outside the boundaries of what people think of as vintage

  • But that's my favourite look. That's my every-day, go-to look.

  • Whereas the Mermaid Lagoon, I would say, is--we've got the colours; we have the sparkle.

  • It's more out there.

  • Pin-up rockabilly look.

  • So it's really just thatsame are stepping out there and really hitting all the different markets in terms of

  • vintage-y.

  • But if you have a friend who is just straight vintage.

  • If she doesn't wear exciting-coloured eye shadow,

  • go for the Snow White collection over the Mermaid Lagoon collection

  • when you're giving her - or him - a present.

  • But if your friend is a bit more, you know, 'wacky colours - why not?'

  • then yes, Mermaid Lagoon.

  • Beautiful and it's so fun.

  • The prices are also really reasonable.

  • But I would advise you to get a number of things

  • so that the shipping cost is obviously reduced if you are buying from another country.

  • Number two: books!

  • And not just any books - oh, no.

  • These books are gorgeous.

  • Now, I'm quite a reader, to the extent that my attic is full of not just clothes!

  • It's books now, too.

  • My wife's unaware of these yet.

  • She hasn't seen them.

  • One of my favourite ways to give presents is to give someone a subscription to something,

  • so whether that's a magazine or flowers that arrive every month.

  • Something that really keeps the gift going.

  • So, Bookishly are a really small company.

  • They're British; they're from Northamptonshire.

  • And they do these great series of books.

  • So you can either buy the series in one lump

  • or you can get them delivered month by month by month,

  • because they have subscription boxes that come with a book and maybe it will come with a little teabag or

  • it will come with a book and it will come with a mug.

  • Not just about, 'Oh, here's the book; the object itself.'

  • It's also: 'How do you consume the book?'

  • 'How do you sit down and lovingly read

  • whilst sipping your tea?'

  • The series that I decided to go for, though,

  • are the Jane Austin series.

  • Aren't these things gorgeous?

  • There are six books in the series.

  • The water colour blot design looks stunning on any shelf.

  • I also kept the other three wrapped up so you could see

  • that they come in gorgeous paper, as well.

  • So you can have them safely delivered to your friend, knowing that they will be very excited to open them up.

  • The particular Jane Austen series is £40

  • but they do have books that are a whole other price range -

  • so if you're working with a smaller budget than that,

  • there are still options for you.

  • Number three:

  • These two things you've previously seen.

  • Claud and I made a video called 'Wife Saves My Life,'

  • where we talk about how she has...literally saved my life.

  • In that video, I also mention these two lovely pieces of jewellery

  • from a brand called Ana Luisa,

  • that are now Claud's favourite go-to pieces.

  • And she wears them so much, I thought it was a really good idea to bring them into the gifts video,

  • because it's a shop that has a whole kind of range of styles

  • and I really think you can find something there for pretty much everyone in your life.

  • Especially this lovely gold bracelet,

  • which she wears A LOT.

  • She kind of wears it in a day-to-day environment,

  • but I think it's also a piece that you could really dress up for evening time.

  • And then this lovely little ring here

  • is going to be playing a very special role in Christmastide

  • All the designers at Ana Luisa have previously worked for some quite big name brands

  • and now they make these gorgeous limited edition pieces.

  • They're all really unique, because everything they make is a very limited quantity,

  • which again is something that's kind of special; I think that adds an extra bit to a present, doesn't it?

  • Number four:

  • Now I'm gonna talk about one of my absolute favourite companies!

  • [Laughing] Ow!

  • Beautifully done, Clara, thank you.

  • We don't need to do that again.

  • [Clara laughs] J: That was... That was wonderful.

  • Again, if you follow me on Instagram,

  • you will probably be aware that British Retro are one of my absolute favourite clothing companies.

  • I have so many of their dresses!

  • They're a really fab company; everything is made in Britain from vintage patterns.

  • They have four styles of dress, I believe

  • and then they change the different fabrics and patterns.

  • Some of them are super vintage-y; look like you have literally just purchased something from the 1940s

  • and some of them are more of the Rockabilly,

  • where you've got skulls and...roses and all that stuff.

  • I keep trying to convince Clara that she should get some.

  • So, my favourite look and one that you've definitely seen on Instagram

  • is this bardot neckline, which is just off the shoulders.

  • Look at this check!

  • This is the version with a very large skirt,

  • but they also have some really good pencil skirt varieties.

  • It's pretty chilly nowadays and that's where...this comes in!

  • Ah...

  • OK.

  • Now, don't worry, it's faux fur.

  • They have these fabulous dresses; I also have this one in red.

  • And in grey.

  • And in black.

  • They're really good dresses, OK?

  • Although the others have a bit of boning in them

  • and that can be really nice to wear; you don't have to wear a bra with them.

  • Always good to find a dress you don't have to wear a bra with,

  • especially if you're, like, a bit larger in the...up here.

  • These are very stretchy,

  • so if you don't like incredibly tight clothes,

  • you don't have to worry when it comes to this particular style.

  • It's really great, although it's also a little thicker, so it's quite forgiving

  • if you wanna, you know, hide anything underneath there.

  • Dresses come in a range of prices, and there's always a sale tab!

  • So you might be able to find something that particularly tickles your fancy.

  • I think it's a really good first time buy, as well, if you're just looking into

  • vintage and retro and dressing in that kind of way

  • because the styles are

  • pretty much great for absolutely everyone, it's really just the fabrics that you're choosing from.

  • They also sell other things that you need to go with them,

  • like petticoats and accessories - I think they have accessories that are even starting at about the £4...mark.

  • So if you're looking for a really great present...

  • why don't you order yourself a dress?

  • And get some accessories for your friends.

  • Number five:

  • Moving on from treating yourself

  • to treating your entire family.

  • Oh yeah.

  • I got a personalised wreath.

  • Of course I did!

  • I originally saw these wreaths on notonthehighstreet,

  • which has like a whole range of different little personalised gifts

  • but then I looked into the actual company that makes them themselves,

  • and they're called Twenty-Seven and they're based in England

  • They make these--ah, I just love this wreath!

  • I just love it so much.

  • You get the backing plate in either silver or gold

  • and it comes with a little personalised family name

  • so mine says, "The Kellgren-Fozard Family Christmas."

  • One thing that I think's really, really great about this

  • and works as a really great family...

  • I was gonna say heirloom,

  • but something that you can really kind of pass on and use for various Christmases

  • is that because the plate is separate

  • when this wreath does inevitably start to look a little older from being kept in the loft,

  • you can then still use the backing plate, but with an entirely new wreath.

  • It's also such a reasonable price;

  • it's only £45.

  • It would be a great joint present as well.

  • A married couple or...someone who's just had a baby.

  • That type of thing.

  • Number six: