The Clueless Guy’s Christmas Gift Guide for Girls
‘What do you want for Christmas?’
‘I don’t know, surprise me’
Sound familiar? While a gift that has meaning to you both, such as an in-joke or a shared memory, is practically fail-proof, sometimes plain old materialistic ‘stuff’ is just the ticket. Allow me to present you with my hand-picked items (some stocking-fillers, some ‘this-was-fucking-expensive-so-this-is-all-you’re-getting’ items) that few gals wouldn’t be happy to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Cream Glitter Eyeshadow
A luxurious, long-wearing eyeshadow that packs a punch of colour. Available in 8 shades,this glittery cream can be packed on the eyelids for a bold look or simply glided across for more sheer coverage.
A small, angled brush is included which can be used to either smooth the cream across the lid or as an eyeliner brush to apply the darker shades along the lashline.
The eyeshadows come in a small glass case with the Chanel signature on the lid which makes every use a little pleasure.
€29 from Chanel counters (Brown Thomas, Debenhams, Arnotts, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols).
Christmas Jumper Mug
There are many tea-worshippers among us, and nothing makes a winter night’s mug of tea any cosier than a Christmas jumper snugly wrapped around it. Could there be anything more adorable than your lady and her tea wearing matching jumpers?
€10.35 from www.iwantoneofthose.com
Home Alone 2 Christmas Jumper
While we’re on the subject of jumpers, we all love an ironically ugly Christmas jumper but ladies and gents, behold the coolest Christmas jumper of all time - encompassing Christmas time, a not-so-subtle reference and everyone’s favourite Christmas film – it’s only the Home Alone 2 Christmas jumper!
Available from Chitown Clothing at $39.99 plus $14.99 shipping.
Laura Mercier Signature Votive Candle Collection
This limited edition holiday collection is comprised of four travel-size candles in Creme Brûlée, Fresh Fig, Warm Roasted Chestnuts (Christmas day perfection) and Tarte au Citron, for when only the fresh scent of lemon can wake you from your post-pudding haze.
The chocolate brown glass tumblers hold 2.5 ounces of product and have a 20-30 hour burn time.
€62 for the set of 4 from Laura Mercier counters (Brown Thomas, Harvey Nichols).
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
This new palette by Urban Decay comprises 20 brand-new shades in a slick, ultra-thin case with an extra large mirror. Anyone mildly interested in eyeshadow is sure to be thrilled with this palette, given the endless look options it provides. There’s a good balance of neutrals and brights, which makes virtually any look possible.
The texture of the shadows is smooth, blendable and buildable, which makes Urban Decay the brand to look out for when eyeshadow-shopping.
Included with the palette is a double-ended eyeshadow brush which, while may not be the best quality, is a welcome extra.
At €47 from Urban Decay counters (Debenhams & House of Fraser),this one is a steal.
Breaking Bad Converse
Any gal into quality TV will have a new found love for the word ‘bitch’ and will maybe even have developed a bit of a soft spot for meth dealers. Combine that with a fondness of Converse and you’ve got the perfect gift: Breaking Bad runners.
A pair of Converse All Stars showing off an animated image of Walter White AKA Heisenberg’s face on a background of his famous blue meth crystals is a Breaking Bad fanatic’s dream and just what Ramp needs for a Prose and Cons comeback.
Fear not gentlemen, they’re also available in men’s sizes.
$85 + $48 shipping from The Ave Venice.
Macbook Air Compact Mirror
For the Apple nerd in your life. Actually, scratch that, this isn’t a genuine Apple item so it will no doubt have Apple nerds looking down their overdrafted noses at it. But for anyone who finds the concept mildly amusing, a compact mirror in the shape of a Macbook Air is a pretty damn cute stocking-filler.
£9.95 +shipping from Amazon.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
If your lady is into less adventurous make up looks, this palette is THE way to go.
Comprised of taupe and greige neutrals and a matte black, the overall tone of this palette is cooler than the original Naked, but offers far more versatility and is the ultimate desert-island product as far as everyday looks go.
Perfect for make up aficionados and even better for beginners.
€40 from Urban Decay counters (as above)
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches
We all love a good sammich but some of us may lack the imagination needed for something other than the usual chicken salad/BLT/Ploughman’s. This book includes not only over 100 delicious savoury and sweet recipes, but the history of the origins of the sandwich as well as sandwich trivia.
Classic recipes such as the Reuben, Po’Boy and Pulled Pork are included amongst more original ones such as the Banana Split Sandwich. The All-in-One Breakfast sandwich consisting of waffles, bacon, hash browns, eggs and maple syrup is a particular mouth-waterer.
Colourful, interesting and entertaining to read, along with some wonderful photography, The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches is a great addition to a foodie’s repertoire – plus it’s technically of a gift for you, too.
Provence Confectionery Assortment
For anyone with a sweet tooth, the Confiserie du Roy Rene confectionery store in France is a Godsend.
From calissons (marzipan-based sweets with candied melon and orange flavouring) to nutty nougat, chocolate olives (not real ones) and chewy caramel, every sweet in this assortment hails all the way from Aix, in the Provence area of the south of France to provide us Irishfolk with sweet French sophistication. I personally challenge all of you to not re-order once you’ve polished off the box.