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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Luxurious Secret Santa Gift Guide | John Lewis

Luxury Secret Santa Gift Ideas in the UKI've waited months and months and months for this, but the wait is finally over - we can talk about Christmas!!  Between decorations appearing in shop windows and the return of the Christmas movie and music channels, I'm more than ready to dive headfirst into the festive season.  Advanced warning: it's only going to get more intense.  To kickstart the most wonderful time of year (sorry), I've been listening to more Mariah Carey than my ears can handle (quick question: Oh Santa! or All I Want For Christmas Is You?), planning party outfits and... playing Secret Santa with John Lewis!  Alongside the gorgeous gifts picked for me by Sleek-Chic, I've put together a luxurious edit of Secret Santa gift suggestions, all of which are available to shop at John Lewis this festive season - enjoy!
Luxury Gold Grey Wrapping Paper John Lewis
Needless to say, budgets can vary massively at Christmas depending on who you're shopping for.  When it comes to Secret Santa, the thrill can be found in gifting small items at affordable prices (check out John Lewis' edit of Secret Santa gifts), but what about if you're looking to go a step further in search of something a little more luxurious?  Nicole at Sleek-Chic did a fabulous job at cherry-picking gifts for me from John Lewis (thanks girl!); it literally feels as though she stepped into my mind and read what I'd love the most.  So, if you know someone who's heart also flutters over champagne truffles, gold embellishments and Charlotte Tilbury palettes - read on!


Charbonnel et Walker is one of my all-time favourite chocolatiers, thanks to both the gorgeous packaging and delicious contents.  Yes to chocolate that tastes as good as it smells and vice versa!  Tons of tasty Charbonnel et Walker treats would make great gifts, particularly their Milk and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles, or Rose & Violet Creams.  Ahem, if you're a guy reading this and wanting to make a good impression with your Secret Santa (ooooh), choose a box of Charbonnel et Walker - the Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles featured in this post are also available in a romantic heart-shaped box.  You're welcome! 

Perfect for: the chocolate-obsessive who can taste the difference

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles


Be still my beating heart.  Seriously, swoon.  Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look In A Palette: Smokey Eye is an exclusive to John Lewis and is just as dreamy as it looks.  Coming in at just under £50, it fits perfectly into the luxurious Secret Santa category for when your budget is that little bit higher - because who doesn't dream of unwrapping Charlotte Tilbury treats?!  The palette also comes in a Beauty Glow version,  though I'm pretty sure either palette would win Secret Santa Gift of The Year Award!

Perfect for: the beauty blogger with fab taste but limited time

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Smokey Eye Review
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette at John Lewis


Festive-themed gifts are a great route for exploring for when it comes to playing Secret Santa; even better when they're also really, really pretty.  This Wild & Wolf Woodland Folklore Stag Pen will undoubtedly be coming along for the wild journey of writing my Christmas cards this year (fuelled by hot chocolate and amaretto).  Come to think of it, stationery is a brilliant catch-all, everyone writes something, somewhere at some time!

Perfect for: the list-maker who needs ALL the pens

Wild & Wolf Woodland Folklore Stag Pen
Stocking - John Lewis Faux Fur Christmas Stocking

O T H E R   T R E A T S

So they're not into stationery, beauty or food?  You've got yourself a very strange recipient.  Refuse to gift them.  Alternatively, you could persevere and pick up something different, I guess.  The Gift Section over at John Lewis is divided into helpful categories, including Luxury Gifts for Women.  Keeping our generous budget in mind, there are countless items I can see making fabulous gifts.  More specifically, a few standout options under £50?  Tom Dixon's Gold Quill Bookmark, the perfectly designed Water Bottle by Ted Baker and Katie Loxton's All That Glitters Jewellery Box (heading for my Christmas list!).

Perfect for: the person who's got everything

UK Luxury Secret Santa Gift Suggestions Blog
Damn, John Lewis make gift-giving easy.  But hey, if you're still not convinced your recipient will love your gift, distract them with gorgeous wrapping paper!  I'll be picking up more rolls of Vivid's Winter Palace gold-on-gunmetal wrapping paper, for sure.  Or perhaps go a little more festive with the green and gold version, Into The Woods.  Hmm, decisions, decisions.  Both are available from John Lewis, made from recycled cotton and screen printed with gold ink, glitter highlights and hand crushed gold foil.  Dreamy.

So, also crushing haaaard on Charlotte Tilbury?  Drooling over the champagne truffles?  Let me know in the comments below whether anything from this Luxury Secret Santa gift guide has caught your eye!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: This post is in collaboration with John Lewis - as always, all photos + opinions are my own!


  1. Omg I'm so excited too!! I have to confess I couldn't wait no more and I started listening to Mariah Carey in October haha. Oh! And I also bought a cute snow globe from Harrods last month too, lol, I've got issues.
    Great gift guide as always, Gabrielle. The champagne truffles would be an exquisite gift for anyone, I completely loved them. And of course being the girly girl that I am, I'm dying for the Charlotte Tilbury palette <3
    Oh and yes, All I want for Christmas is an all-time favorite! ;)

  2. Excellent choices! You can never go wrong with truffles, such a fun and decadent gift!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  3. This is such a fabulous guide! I want each and every item in it! Gorgeous photography as always, Gabrielle! That wrapping paper is gorgeous.

  4. great picks! I would love to get any of these tbh :))) Need to finish xmas shopping. I hoarded some stuff before but not yet done buying gifts for the men in my life hahaha

  5. Refuse to gift them, yes! That made me laugh.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  6. Love all of these gift ideas!! We're doing secret santa at work, so I might have to borrow a few of your ideas haha!



  7. I am always so excited for Christmas time, especially this year for some reason. I love your selections here, the Charlotte Tilbury palette is lovely. On another note: I've been eyeing Tom Dixon's cafetiere set for some time. Right, let's go with "All I Want For Christmas Is You," it's definitely a classic! :)
    Madison xx

  8. If anyone gift me that CT palette, I would love them forever! LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. Ohhhh, what a pretty package!!! Would love to get that under my tree, hehe! <3 -

  10. What a gorgeous luxury showcase from John Lewis, their brand in general always makes me feel so Christmassy so it's not surprising that their gorgeous Christmas gift sets are so wonderful.

    Charlotte Tilbury and Truffles? Just heavenly!

    Such a wonderful post, I can't believe that Christmas is approaching oh so very soon, it's my favourite time of year and I know it's one of yours too :)

    Sending love and festive cheer!

    Laura xo

  11. Oooh, yes! I love these photos, and you've given me a few gift ideas. I have a few more people left to buy for and my mind's been coming up blank, so thanks. I do want that Kate Spade tape dispenser for myself though!

  12. Oh this gift guide looks so luxurious and amazing! Sincerely I love it that eyeshadow palette

  13. You curated such a great list!! As I get older, I'm really interested in Christmas stationary and decor now LOL! I'm so excited to talk about Christmas-y things on the blogosphere too now!

    Macarons and Mischief

  14. Wow very luxurious packages! Perfect Christmas gifts, so pretty!
    Amazing ideas, Gabs! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ohhmmmyy truffles!
    This really looks luxurious to me./

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  16. Absolutely beautiful gift selection, I would have trouble choosing as everything is just gorgeous!

    Miriam x

  17. Charlotte Tilbury, champagne truffles that amazing big candle you've linked to - want them all! Like everyone else I get very excited during Christmas period and mostly like gifting products that in a gift box already. The ones you listed are just the perfect size and who wouldn't like a nice beauty box ?

  18. What a useful post! I did my Christmas shopping on John Lewis last month and the box was almost as big as me! Beautiful pictures too!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  19. Great picks Gab ! Perfect gifts, Love that eyeshadow palette !


  20. Ah it's that time again to think about gifting loved one huh!! Surely great ideas here for ladies. Thanks for the guide.

  21. Yay Christmas! I love your wrapping paper!


  22. The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks great for a more understated Christmas look. Those truffles!
    Jaz xoxo

  23. Beautiful photos! These are all great Christmas ideas! :) xx

  24. I love the christmas wrapping paper and the christmas gift ideas xx

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

  25. They are gorgeous gifts. I will take the truffles thanks and everything else. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris

  26. Oh yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year! And thanks for the gifting inspiration, you're making it easy for me. And the gold wrapping looks really pretty too.

  27. I love all the colors in the pallette.

  28. Heyyy! I love the packaging! And I love truffles! Great post idea!


  29. Wow, such some lovely products, I love the tips you have given in the post. I love all the products...hehe. Kisses <3

  30. I am so excited as well, I love this time of year, I look forward to all your posts hun :) xx

  31. Anything Charlotte Tilbury is like so incredibly covetable but I think you really covered all the bases beautifully with this gift guide Gabrielle!

  32. Great post, I like it :)

    new post

  33. All theses picks are such great ideas for gifts.
    The chocolate truffes look so original and so delicious.
    I'm also soooo excited for Chrismas. I get crazy when I see the Christmas lights setting up in the streets. ☺

  34. That pen is so stylish, and I'm always a fan of Charbonnel & Walker truffles!

  35. Such a lovely selection and stunning photos! I would love that palette.
    Gemma x

  36. This has given me so many gift ideas!

    Rosie |

  37. OmG, Gabrielle, I'm a huge fan of Christmas period too!!!
    Even if here in Rome the weather is almost never very freezing, I really don't like winter, except for Christmas Holidays and everything before (and the white week, ok)! For me this period should last at least a couple of months; and then...spring! ^^
    Anyway I'm in love with everything here! expecially that super lovely Chrlotte Tillbury palette!
    have a lovely week end!

  38. I'm so excited that Christmas time is back again! These gifts look so gorgeously fancy - I love the aesthetic. Beautiful photos as always!

    Heather xx

  39. All I Want For Christmas Is You is definitely my number one Christmas song haha! I'm ridiculously excited and I've have Christmas songs stuck in my head all day today, which to me is a good thing - although it might be a nightmare for others!
    Stationery is always a great thing to give as a present, because you can make it very personal, leave a little note, sign the first page of a notebook... it always feels a bit special!

    Julia x
    Last Post: My Autumn Makeup Look |

  40. Haha yes some people go a bit cray cray during the holidays. I have already started my shopping and I bought a makeup palette and a skincare kit. But still have more to go and those truffles look soooooo good!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  41. You always have such great gift ideas and inspiration! These all look like the perfect little luxurious gifts - and I love that gold packaging. So pretty!

    Kathryn •

  42. I'm definitely gonna love these if they are given to me as gifts!

    xoxo, rae

  43. YAY to Christmass-y themed posts! Such great gift inspo, John Lewis is a always a must visit around this time of year xx

  44. This is such a lovely post with great gift inspo. Love your photos!xx

  45. Oh I am not really a fan of christmas myself because everyone seems to get so stressed and angry. I could do without Christmas... Thing is I like the presents and the time off work. So I suppose I like the perks of Christmas. I was given some of those truffles from Burberry last time I was there - they are really tasty.
    You present wrapping is just divine.
    Set to Glow

  46. Beautiful collection you got here dear. I wouldnt think twice buying myself those for Christmas. lol

    Jessica |

  47. I want everything!!
    Lol, If I had someone like me to buy presents for things would be a whole lot easier!
    Maybe I'll just treat myself :p
    It'll be a present from me for me!

  48. Oh wow - everything looks and sounds wonderful! I'm only just starting to get into the Christmas spirit haha so this is a great post to see!

    Hope you're well and I also managed to see your tweet about cinnamon scented candles - I thought this was just me!!!!! Hahahaha, completely in love with them scents this time of year!

    Layla xx

  49. Charlotte Tilbury is my absolute favourite! Everything I have from that line is wonderful.
    Gorgeous photos lady. Happy almost Holidays!!

    Lyndi xo

  50. What a beautiful post Gabrielle! Loved reading it and gift ideas are absolutely wonderful. Well done xx

    Naya //

  51. Those truffles and CT palette look luxurious Gabrielle. They did a great job picking things for you. Would love these as gifts.

  52. What camera / lens do you use for your photos? They're all beautiful with lovely bokeh too!

    Layla xx

  53. Such great choices and beautiful photos! I'm loving the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette!

    Alex |


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