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Women's Christmas Gift Guide - Guest Blog

Hopefully you will have seen the last post about finding the perfect gift for the man in your life, well gentleman this time it’s all about the ladies. This will hopefully give you all you need to know about finding the perfect gift for your loved one just in time for Christmas. If you genuinely put some thought into the gift 9 times out of 10 you can’t go wrong but I’ve decided to put this quick guide together on how you can go that extra little mile.

Like I mentioned in my previous post Men’s Gift Guide I understand not everyone loves shopping and at Christmas the atmosphere is heightened by 10 so I get that it can be a hectic time and people are rushing everywhere trying to get their last bits in. This is probably why I don’t understand last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, this is not the way to go guys!

With this guide you can be sure to find her something she is going to love!

1. My first pick that I personally think any girl would appreciate is a nice leather purse, because let’s face it when don’t we need to use one of these?
My advice is to keep it simple and not too fussy so that it can be used over and over again. Opt for something that can be easily cleaned & won’t start to look worn after only a few uses.
I love this Vivienne Westwood purse made from the softest leather & finished with a gold embossed orb on the front. Simple yet effective and with the iconic orb anyone can instantly tell the designer from a single glance. At £110 you can’t go wrong for a quality leather item and it’s definitely worth that little bit more.

2. My next pick would be a luxurious scarf and what better choice than the Gucci GG Logo scarves. They are incredibly versatile and come in a range of different colours. Made from 100% wool, they are guaranteed to keep you nice and warm. They can be worn a number of ways whether it’s round the neck or worn loosely over the shoulders, and can even double up as a loose shawl. Finished with the classic logo print you instantly know it’s Gucci and it can be worn season after season and can see you through to Spring! My advice on choosing the perfect one would be to go with a colour that can be neutral and worn with various outfits/jackets etc. Keep the print simple so that it can be that investment piece you use time and time again.

3. You can’t go wrong with a designer handbag, whether it be a clutch or a tote bag, there’s such a variety to choose from here at Cruise. This can be quite daunting when buying for someone else so for this I would advise to keeping the colour and style again, simple, yet chic & versatile. This way it can be used more than a couple of times before she sets her eyes on something colourful for the Spring! If you’re unsure of the colour go for black. You can never fail with a classic black bag as it can go with 99% of outfits.
My choice would be the Balenciaga Papier Tote Bag - it’s just the right size and will hold everything that’s needed. Because of the simple style it’ll take you from work to a shopping spree or even date night! Finished with two main carry handles as well as a detachable shoulder strap and a handy detachable leather enclosed mirror – perfect for those on the go lipstick touch ups! It’s absolutely gorgeous and priced at £1,015 it’s completely worth the investment, believe me!

4. Okay so this next option is two items because I think they go perfectly together. It’s back to the iconic designer Vivienne Westwood for some jewellery inspiration, and you can’t go wrong with these. I love Vivienne Westwood jewellery and because the orb is so iconic you can spot this brand a mile away. I love the simple Diamante Orb earrings and although they offer such a huge range of different styles you can go a little crazy and wild with the choices. However if you’re unsure remember to keep it simple. These earrings are gorgeous and feature Swarovski crystals in the classic orb shape.
To go with these you can even splash out on the matching bracelet. On a delicate chain, which keeps it extremely feminine, you’ll see the classic orb shape encrusted with Swarovski crystals and paired with the earrings it just completes the look. Both are priced at £70 each which for two exquisite pieces from Vivienne Westwood I can guarantee you will sleep easy the night before Christmas! Remember because of the classic style they’ll never go out of fashion and can be worn again & again.

5. My final pick is of course a gorgeous pair of shoes. What girl doesn’t love shoes? And when don’t they need new ones?
Now because it’s coming up the party season you want to make sure they are going to be comfortable enough to be worn for a number of hours and will go with a variety of clothes, because lets face it girls can be indecisive and you don’t want to buy a pair that will be hard to wear with different options. Guys, remember versatility is key! My advice on choosing shoes is to make sure you go for a reasonable heel height, around the 100mm is a great choice, they can be worn with a little more comfort and don’t have the foot sitting at an awkward angle for a long period of time. I would also suggest black or nude as these colours go with almost everything. A couple of ideas would be the lusted after Valentino Rockstud heels. They’re the classic Valentino style that you often see celebrities wearing (whilst we pine over them!). A variety of colour options are available at Cruise if you’re feeling adventurous. For an alternative choice why not opt for the gorgeous Jimmy Choo patent court heels in black? With a comfortable heel height and soft patent leather they are a timeless style. The pointed toe adds that extra little sexiness to the style. At £375 you can guarantee that these designer shoes will be a staple in her wardrobe.

So there we have it, a few helpful tips, advice and my picks to get the perfect gift for your loved one. So guys dig deep and go take a look at what’s on offer, your partner will appreciate the thought you put into this years present.
Remember these are just a snippet of what Cruise have to offer with over hundreds of different brands stocked in store and of course online!
Make this Christmas one to remember.

If you want to see more from our guest blogger Natalie Ayse, be sure to check out her blog for more fashion & beauty posts.