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

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...