Problem Solvers

Gifts For The Friend Who Has Everything

We’ve all got one. An impossible friend who either doesn’t need – or doesn’t want – the usual seasonal offerings; which means the default Christmas ‘go to’ gifts (scarves, books and hand wash) aren’t an option. Luckily, we’re on hand to prevent a panic-induced ‘festive breakdown’, and help you arrive at a gift guaranteed to delight even the easily displeased.

simplehuman’s {Sensor Mirrors} are simultaneously chic and practical – perfect for any make up maven (or a BFF bordering on vain). Illuminating and magnifying, these clever mirrors detect your approach and light up automatically, bringing your features into focus with a halo of flattering, natural light. The perfect way to avoid blush-tastrophes (even Ms. Perfect has had one of those), this is sooooooo much better than socks.

Charlotte Tilbury’s {Scent of a Dream} comes in three sizes, so you can spoil someone you deem deserving (in proportion to their worth)! Hyper-feminine (but takes-no-prisoners), this captivating, scent is ideal for all ‘singles seeking’ – its pheromonic effect makes the wearer better looking (#truefact), which means you’re not only playing accidental Cupid, but also rescuing them from Tinder-induced repetitive strain injury (all that frantic typing takes its toll).

If your girlfriend has never a hair out of place, she’s doubtless involved with her hair dryer. But not all dryers are created equal, so why not make her LIFE by treating her to T3 Haircare’s {Featherweight 2 Dryer} – the Lamborghini of styling tools, which uses tourmaline to disperse water molecules with next-to-no tress distress. It’s also super speedy, so she can get more sleep (and be less grouchy).

On that note, the Bed of Nails {Acupressure Pillow} is a perfect present for your frenemy – sufficiently spiky to suggest loathing, whilst its calming effects help to make mean-folk more amiable. Used for centuries by Indian mystics, the tiny plastic pins are a lot less daunting than traditional nails (yikes) and work to relieve tension, stimulate circulation and aid sleep – a witty ‘Secret Santa’ for your office nemesis.

Everybody loves a candle – especially when it comes courtesy of Napoleon’s favourite parfumerie. Any fashionista worth her Loubs would be de-light-ed with Cire Trudon’s limited edition {Odeurs d’Hiver} ‘bougies’ (a ‘Holy Trinity’ of perfect perfumes sealed in wax), while {Solis Rex} will bring unbridled joy to anyone with regal aspirations.

And for those who have 99 problems, make sure their skin ain’t one with {The Problem Solver} – skin food for the beauty gourmand, this black powder makes a tongue-in-chic treat for any cool hunter. May Lindstrom’s star is on a meteoric rise, so feel smug as you introduce your favourite know-it-all to something new (and if you really like them, why not go all out and gift {the lot}).


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…