On the hunt for gift inspiration? Here are a selection our favourite, affordable gifts from independent brands across beauty, interiors and fashion.
There are plenty of occasions to treat the ones you love. Birthdays. New jobs. Anniversaries. You name it, and we’ll find reason to celebrate. And it doesn’t always have to be a larger than celebration that costs the Earth, either. Luckily, we know exactly what where to look.
From zodiac pouch bags to grown-up puzzles and glass cocktail shakers, scroll down to discover eight of our favourite gifts for under £25 from The Drop by Stylist – our marketplace to shop from brilliant and burgeoning small businesses across the UK.
Lolly & Kiks African wax print turban headband
When fashion juggernaut Net A Porter predicts ‘bold, brave brights’ as a key trend for 2022, who are we to argue? If you’re keen to dip your toe in, bring a dose of vibrant joy to your hair accessory collection with Lolly & Kiks’ African wax print headbands.
Available in 14 Crayola-bright patterns, the turban-style front-twist style has an elasticated back for the perfect fit – ideal for when you’re after a strategic position to help cover regrowth in between hair appointments. Handy for keeping your hair off your face at the gym, disguising bad hair days or adding a pop of colour to an all-black outfit, the hardest part will be choosing which pattern to go for…
Stitch With Skye embroider your own tote bag
Yes, you’ve probably got 162 tote bags already (roughly). But have you ever embroidered your own? Enter, Stitch With Skye’s kits – an ideal no-screen pastime if you’re close to completing Netflix.
Choose from six delicate designs, including a sunflower, a fern and a rather nice cat in a flower crown. Each kit includes a roomy 100% cotton tote with the pattern printed on, allowing you to embroider over the top – plus an embroidery hoop, threads, a needle, extra practice fabric and easy-to-follow instructions (with links to video tutorials, if that’s your kind of thing). If you’ve got an hour to kill, you know what to do…
Five Dot Botanics Pure Rewind rose clay lavender restorative mask
When pollution leaves your pores feeling clogged or your skin looks congested, one heroic skincare product comes to mind: a clay face mask. Prized for its ability to unclog pores plus soothe irritation and redness – particularly for those with oily, blemish-prone skin – Five Dot Botanics’ Pure Rewind Face Mask is a brilliant addition to your beauty stash. And with an exclusive 50% saving only on The Drop, what more encouragement do you need?
Harnessing the power of purifying red clay and soothing lavender oil, this fragrance-free mask is suitable for all skin types – just apply a thin layer to cleansed skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. Clearer, happier skin will soon be all yours.
Like It On Top Sustain Oil
The journey to glowing skin can be a long, winding road, especially in winter. If you’re noticing the drying effects of cold weather and indoor hearing, venturing into the world of facial oils will help. Like It On Top’s bestselling Sustain Oil Cleansing Protection is the cream of the crop, working hard to not only hydrate skin but also help fade hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
The British brand’s vegan blend of argan oil, vitamin E oil, almond oil and mandarin oil will brighten, soothe and moisturise, plus reduce acne and regulate oil production. And you can slot it into your current routine with ease. After cleansing, simply massage a few drops into the skin with a circular motion for an instant moisture hit. It hasn’t sold thousands of bottles for no reason…
Narloa rose garden body oil
Bath lovers, we are here for your winter bathing woes. As soon as you step foot outside and dry off, your skin starts feeling dry, itchy and parched. Instead of slathering on layers of creams, the solution is a lot more efficient than you think. Enter Narloa’s Rose Garden Body Oil.
Made in small batches for sustainable purposes, the nourishing coconut, argan and grapeseed oils are lightweight and fast-absorbing. Scented with rosemary, lavender and palmarosa, the chic bottle is filled with stunning dried red rose petals, making it an ideal gift that’ll brighten up any bathroom shelfie.
Please and Thank You you are loved luxury soap bundle
The You Are Loved trio of rose, lemon and lavender soaps packed with 95% naturally-derived ingredients are gloriously chic. Plus, for every set sold, Please & Thank You will donate three soaps to a community in need. If you’re struggling to think of a present for your partner’s mum or your boss this Christmas, consider this your failsafe offering.
London Botanical Laboratories Hyaluronic Acid + CBD Moisture Surge Serum
“Very few buzzy ingredients are actually worth the hype, but CBD is one that delivers,” says Stylist’s beauty director Shannon Peter. “It calms irritable skin with fairly instant results. This serum pairs it with moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid, for supple skin with reinstated bounce.”
Uberstar Glass Cocktail Shaker
Signalled by the return of chilly weather and dark evenings, party season is very much on the horizon. And there’s no reason your cocktail party prep can’t begin imminently, whether it’s margaritas or martinis, with the help of this cut-glass shaker.
Mustard Monday Zodiac Pouch Bag
Say hello to Mustard Monday’s corduroy pouches. Available in a choice of two autumn-ready shades – lavender or mustard – and two sizes with the 12 zodiac signs embroidered on the front in a contrasting colour, you can also have their name or initials stitched onto the bottom right corner to make them fully bespoke.
Piece and Quiet Art Jigsaw Puzzle
Available in three display-worthy designs, each one has been created exclusively for Piece & Quiet by a talented local artist who receives a percentage of the profits. Prepare for Poolside Paradise to jog holiday memories, Big Cat Energy to capture the beauty of wild animals, and Our Happy Place to remind you of good times with friends.
Sleep Goddess Slumber Beauty Sleep Shower Mist
“If, like me, you’re not a fan of baths (or don’t have a tub) but like the idea of a relaxing soak that will help you sleep, this is the answer,” says Stylist’s senior beauty writer Hanna Ibraheem. “Created specifically for showers, Sleep Goddess’s clever powder releases notes of relaxing lavender and geranium – two scents known for aiding sleep – turning your bathroom into a soothing sanctuary.”
When Stylist’s beauty director Shannon Peter declares she loves a product, we sit up and listen. “If your head-to-toe exfoliation attempts often end up with a shower or bath smeared with body scrub grains, meet your mess-free alternative,” she says of the Nett Exfoliator. “The coarse texture of the fabric is enough to chip away at dead skin cell build-up, but won’t leave you red raw afterwards. I love it.”
Afroani Rainbow Crocodile Clips and Claw Set
Afroani was founded by natural hair expert Anita Lusuardi in 2020, and her hair accessories (which are made from cellulose acetate, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic) are designed to glide through all textures with ease. Simply pull your hair back into a 90s-style twist with the large claw, or frame your face with the rectangular crocodile clips for an instant outfit upgrade.
Lolly & Kiks African Wax Print Storage Basket
Inspired by her Nigerian heritage, founder Xandra hand-makes every fabric basket at her home in London using bold Ankara wax prints available in 11 different patterns and five sizes.
Eclat Skin London EGF Youth-Cell Activation Pro-Elixir Serum
Eclat Skin London’s serum is super-charged with EGF – and with a huge saving of more than 80% exclusively on The Drop, the lightweight, silky formula is our skincare routine’s new best friend. Also packed with glycerin and argan oil to nourish and soothe, it’s a guaranteed glow-giver.
Kim & Tonic Just Quietly Smashing It T-Shirt
“Add some feel-good vibes to your everyday wardrobe with this cotton T-shirt,” says Stylist’s style director Polly Knight. “Team with high-waisted denim, your comfiest sandals and some oversized sunnies for a cool yet punchy look.”
Anouska Georgia London Initial Baguette Ring
“Move over initial necklaces, it’s all about the initial ring,” declares Stylist’s fashion features editor Billie Bhatia. “Crafted from crystals, these personalised baguette rings will add a sprinkle of glamour to your ring stack.”
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