Notes for the season

Stocking ideas

There can be a world of difference between selecting a stocking stuffer and a gift at Christmas. You can virtually give any random person a gift, but a stocking stuffer is reserved for those we really and truly know and adore. Stocking stuffers are chosen with precision, to make the recipient especially pleased. And amazing as it seems, when a guy says he’d like socks, sometimes a guys does in fact want socks. Below are some suggestions from Brown Thomas, for the people you adore this Christmas.

For the beauty lover, why not buy her the pocket(ish ) size Beaut.ie guide book this year. Full of tips and products, the compact size makes it easier to carry around.

The Bobbi Brown miniature brush set, in the iconic silver case, would be the perfect gift for any girl, especially if her work includes travel. Readers of this column know that when it comes to brushes, Mac and Bobbi own the market. The brushes in this kit are top standard and the carry case is polished and sleek.

For the Chanel lover, (and really, who isn’t? ) why not pop a bottle of nail varnish into the stocking. The red carat is slightly metallic and it is a luxury gift that won’t break the bank.

For the candle lover in the house, stop by the Gift Box and pick up a scented candle by Cire Trudon. A favourite of fashion insiders, Marie Antoinette herself commissioned the house to make candles for banquets at Versailles. They are pricey, but the scent permeates the house long after you extinguish them.

For the practical guy in the family, Ralph Lauren offers three packs of socks offers, and Calvin Klein boxer and undershirt gift sets.

The men’s department has a virtual treasure trove of cool book options and as we all know when the guys are finally finished planning and cooking and cleaning for Christmas, they deserve to crash on the sofa with a good book.

Whether the girl in your life is a Tom Ford or Hermes lover, perfume is a great traditional stocking stuffer and also a nice opportunity to experiment with something new. If you are uncertain, simply check the bottle on her dresser and let the girls in BTs know what it is, they can make smart suggestions.

For the guys, Victor and Rolf Antidote is a floral fragrance that is masculine and unique. It starts off very fresh then leaves a long lasting woody smell.

Any make-up lover would love the Lancôme three drawers Christmas gift box, packed with three drawers of cosmetic goodies, including mascaras, compacts, and lip glosses, in universally flattering shades.

And don’t forget to pick up a few colouring books and paper dolls while visiting Gift Box in Brown Thomas this Christmas, such a fun gift for girls of all ages. I’ve got them for all my friends.

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