Last Minute Luxe from Molton Brown

What is it about Molton Brown? People bloody love it, don’t they? My Mum loves it – you could line up the most ridiculously opulent and expensive face creams along a table, pile it high with handmade soaps from Morocco and body oils from Provence and she would still reach for the Molton Brown. Anyway, I’m pretty sure that most people like Molton Brown, which is why I’m writing about it today; if you’re struggling with gift ideas for people you don’t know very well yet (new boyfriend’s mother, boss’s wife, Great Auntie Philippa from New Zealand) then popping into your nearest Molton Brown is a good move. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also an almost guaranteed Lady-Pleaser. (CRIKEY! Lady Pleaser? That sounds rude!) For the ultimate foolproof gift, skip over the body lotions and shower gels, and go for a ‘home’ gift rather than beauty – The Alchemist set includes a hand wash and lotion, both in reasonably hefty 300ml sizes, alongside a room fragrance and an ‘air light’. Everything is scented with the limited edition ‘Amber Cocoon’, which is warm and spicy and perfect for winter. There are loads of other gifts available in a range of fragrances and at various prices, so have a browse online before foraying out into the cold!

The Alchemist, £59 from Molton Brown.

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  1. Debbie
    December 23, 2010 / 11:17 am

    Ah yes, good old Molton Brown that fail safe last minute emergency Christmas present. Last year I had an unexpected present arrive on 20th December, the only thing I could organise and have delivered in time was the Molton Brown Thai Vert hand wash and lotion gift set, which was way more than I would have spent on this person had I had the chance to organise in advance but given the timing had no option, so bashed the plastic and sent it on its way. On Christmas day I opened the pressie I had received to find 2 sachets of bath salts. Bath Salts. I am 44 not freaking 84. Oh and we don’t have a bath – and this person knew that. They went straight in the bin. Who says its the giving not the receiving, eh, bloody fools!

    • December 23, 2010 / 6:52 pm

      This year, send them a poo in a box! Hahahaha…

  2. Kim
    December 23, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    I love, love, love your blog and videos so much! You are so funny and sweet! Keep the posts coming -I’m checking every day… so no pressure! Hehe x

    • December 23, 2010 / 9:58 pm

      I’d be gutted to get a charity gift. Oh GOD, that sounds so mean!! How do we all feel about charity gifts? Would you be OK with opening your present from your best friend and it being a donation they had made on your behalf?

  3. mq, cb
    December 24, 2010 / 12:25 am

    My best friend would *never* do that to me because being a person of taste and judgment, she’d understand how shockingly impolite and boastful it was. I’d prefer not to get a gift at all if that was the only option because, let’s face it, it isn’t a gift at all is it? The giver gets to swank about showing how saintly they are because they thought of others whilst the recipient is left looking mean because she didn’t donate anything. In the meantime, she’s gone out and bought an actual real bloody present for Little Miss Holier Than Thou! (This actually happened to a friend of mine, who was impressively acid about it). I reckon that’s worse than Molton Brown for bath salts just because it’s so impolite.

    If someone really would prefer to donate the money to charity and then they ought to say that they’re not buying anyone a present because then the people who would have been on their lists have the same option. Or better yet, bloody donate something anyway you tight git. All these people giving Oxfam Unwrapped presents should set up a regular direct debit for one of the less well-known charities. Most charities outside the Top 10 struggle to get regular income over the year so in the longer run, securing their incomes would do more good.

    But that’s not what Oxfam Unwrapped is about, is it? A good gift is thoughtful, considers the needs of the recipient and need not be at all expensive. My sister once gave me a mix CD for the gym to encourage me to work out more, which was my goal at the time. I would never have thought of that, and the fact that she made it herself wasn’t as important to me as the consideration she’d shown in thinking about me in the first place.

    The only time these presents are ever appropriate are when you actively want to insult someone. I’d have bought my ex-sister-in-law a box of poo for Christmas in a heartbeat, but thankfully my brother divorced her. Christmas has been so much more pleasant since then.

    • December 24, 2010 / 12:31 am

      My sentiments exactly! Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I really wish you HAD bought her a box of poo, the look on her face would have been excellent!

  4. mq, cb
    December 24, 2010 / 1:27 am

    Just asked my best friend whether she’d ever give me an Oxfam Unwrapped present and she said “Absolutely – to annoy you!” Hah.

    • December 24, 2010 / 1:45 am

      Hahaha, she has a very wicked sense of humour. I like her already.

  5. December 24, 2010 / 12:05 pm

    Hilarious – poo in a box courtesy of Oxfam mq,cb you are a genius!! I only wish I thought of that. I have had more than my fair share of crappy pressies – I have always been what I like to call voluptuous but the medical profession insists on calling obese. I have a size 8 sister, personally I think she’s the weird one. One year at a time when I was perfectly happy with my shape, thank you very much, she gave me an exercise video (it was that long ago!). Can you imagine all sat round together everyone opening lovely things they want and I open that and there’s just this tumbleweed moment when everyone holds their breath and waits for the feisty fat girl to kick off. I just rammed a few dozen Quality Street into my face and moved onto the next pressie – lucky for her!! Happy Christmas both and lets hope its poo free for all of us! x

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