Spectrum Talks: Christmas Gifting
We’re feeling festive here at Spectrum HQ, so our latest Spectrum talk was all about Christmas gifting! How organised are we when it comes to buying Christmas presents, what do we shop for and what do we treat ourselves to? (If you don’t, you should!)
As always, we asked you, our Spectrum babes, to fill us in on everything Christmas. So, if you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for friends and family, or you just want a little reassurance you’re not the only one leaving it until the last minute, then keep reading.
When Do You Start Christmas Shopping?
It’s time to come clean babes. Is it always a mad rush around Christmas because you’ve left your gifting to the last minute? Or are you one of those organised people who are already thinking about Christmas shopping in July?
As it turns out, there’s a real mix of Christmas gifting habits in our Spectrum bubble.
Buying Christmas gifts throughout the year proved most popular, believe it or not! There were also just as many of you starting your Christmas shopping in July, August and November as there were leaving it to the last minute.
Oh I'm organised! I buy gifts through out the year— Ellie (@ParkinsonElliex) November 24, 2020
Some of you said doing your Christmas shopping early helps you spread out the costs so you don’t feel broke by Christmas. For others, getting organised has been harder than you thought!
I always say I’m going to start early and every year I do it in bloody December 🤦🏻♀— Kelly Monaghan (@loveboouk) November 24, 2020
And then there’s always one who leaves it a little too late…
In the Boxing Day sales... 😂😂— Deanna Troi 🖖🏻👩🏻🎤 (@miniabbysciuto) November 24, 2020
What’s Better: Gift Bundles or Individual Presents?
Is a bundle better than one stand-out Christmas gift? For many of you, that depends on who you’re buying for.
It depends who I'm buying for. Sometimes smaller single gifts are better, but sometimes it's nice to give a gift set :)— Deanna Troi 🖖🏻👩🏻🎤 (@miniabbysciuto) November 24, 2020
For others, you just can’t beat a bundle though!
Sets and bundles just always look nicer, plus they’re usually easier to wrap 🙌🏻🎄— Leanne’s Beauty Blog (@MrsHarrison88) November 24, 2020
And some of you even hinted you’d be keen to see some Spectrum bundles…
Definetly. I feel a collection of products for example the Oceana collection would be a stunning gift all together.— Christmas Urban Angel 💫 (@UrbanAngel2020) November 24, 2020
Ask and we’ll deliver! If you’re a fan of gift bundles, we’ve got a new range of Black Friday bundles available right now. And if you want to keep them for yourself, we won’t tell.
Beauty Christmas Gifts: Yes or No?
Are beauty products just for self-gifting, or do you like buying makeup and brushes for friends and family too?
I love buying beauty products for family and friends! But that's because I love buying beauty products in general 😂 I usually get products for them that I love but if they ask they will get what they want— Ellie (@ParkinsonElliex) November 24, 2020
This sounds like us! I mean, what’s the worst thing that can happen if you buy someone a gift you love yourself? You might just get to keep it…
I usually avoid buying beauty products for people unless they specifically ask for something, as I struggle to get it right. I've had disasters in the past where I've bought something for someone that they can't use!— Deanna Troi 🖖🏻👩🏻🎤 (@miniabbysciuto) November 24, 2020
It’s true that getting beauty gifting right can be tricky. One thing to consider is whether the brands you shop are vegan and cruelty free like us – it might be that ethical factors like these are important to the people you’re gifting to.
There are some great beauty gift guides out there – including our very own Christmas Gift Guide – which you can use for inspiration. Don’t forget to keep it personal, and get something you know they’ll love. This could be a favourite product maybe, or something you know is on their wish list.
Self Gifting: Will You Be Treating Yourself This Christmas?
You probably already know we think self-care is important – you do too, as we found out in our self-care Spectrum talk!
As well as sleeping well, eating healthily and practising habits like mindfulness, listening to what you need and indulging (whether that’s with a relaxing scented candle or a new brush set) can be a form of self-care.
As Christmas rolls around, there’s nothing wrong with buying yourself a gift or two!
I’m always treating myself 🙈😂 #shopaholic— Leanne’s Beauty Blog (@MrsHarrison88) November 24, 2020
Beauty Advent Calendars: Yes or No?
For our last question, we skipped ahead a little to Christmas 2021 and asked whether you’d like to see a Spectrum advent calendar! And even though we’re in the early stages of this idea, we’re loving your responses…
Omg yasss ! Brushes , candles , lipsticks etc 🥰 pic.twitter.com/vmXJywRBFx— Frenchie_MU (@FrenchieMu) November 24, 2020
Omg this would be a dream!! Mini everythinggg 😍💗🎀— HayleyLouise.xo (@xoHayleyLouise) November 24, 2020
@JSherri99 how amazing would this be?! pic.twitter.com/KBGMiF1n6h— Christmas Urban Angel 💫 (@UrbanAngel2020) November 24, 2020
Christmas 2020 Gifts: Inspo & Offers
Instead of leaving it to the last minute, shop our Christmas gifts right now. From cute gift card boxes to stocking fillers and luxury bundles, we’ve got something special for however generous you’re feeling.