The best of the Boots 3 for 2 Christmas offer
**THIS IS AN FCUK SHOWER GEL FREE ZONE**
The four commandments of buying a Boots 3 for 2 gift deal:
-Thou shalt not buy any beauty product from a clothing brand (I see you Ted Baker, you and your body sprays)
-Thou shalt buy 3 things that are similar in value to get the best deal
-Thou shalt not carried away and spend more money than you would in John Lewis
-Thou shalt take the 3 for 2 sticker off (DAD)
NO7 YOUTHFUL DISCOVERY COLLECTION, £20
A verra nice mum-or-auntie gift, despite the patronising name. Maybe stick a bow over it? A little pick & mix of No7 delights including a yummy replenishing face oil #ILOVEOIL
SANCTUARY SPA ROSY DELIGHTS, £13.50
A little glass jar filled with shiny rose gold things. I’m not a Sanctuary fan historically (I once got quite an angry rash from a body cream) but these are small little delights and the jar is perfect for cotton buds/perhaps a spring posy?
CHAMPNEYS LUXURY DRESSING GOWN, £25
Not thrilled re: a dressing gown that comes in a packet. But for pure ‘pretend we’re in a spa’ escapism then you could do a lot worse than putting some tea lights on and wafting about wearing this.
AROMA HOME LLAMA MICROWAVEABLE HOTTIE, £14
Microwavable hotties are not only really effective (completely eradicating dangerous hot water bottle splashback) but also satisfy sadism. Just stick your adorable little companion in the microwave and watch them spin. They’re also brilliant for aches and pains esp. a stiff neck. I especially like this llama because…..well look at it.
NO7 THE PERFECT GIFT, £30
Quite the claim - I mean, it’s no Ryan Reynolds wearing nothing but a Santa hat. But some really nice creams (day cream includes spf = tick), a nice serum and a hot cloth cleanser. This is great for the friend who insists they don’t have a beauty regime and never had. An invitation to grow up and take care of themselves, if you like.
SOAP & GLORY ‘THE ABSOLUTE ZEST’ GIFT SET, £14
I quite like Definitely-Not-Benefit brand Soap and Glory but will always stand by one golden rule - NOTHING FOR THE FACE. Itchy.
Here we have body wash, body cream, body spray in cute packaging and at a veeeery reasonable price. Good for a niece, I’d say. I just found out what the word ‘tween’ means and I’m going to use it here, it’s good for a tween.
WOODWICK BLACK CHERRY ELIPSE CANDLE CORE - £26.99
We’re edging dangerously towards the £30 for a candle mark, at which point you may as well go full Diptyque and spare yourself the regret every time you look at it. But the wick on this guarantees a really massive, satisfying flame and anything cherry scented is lovely.
MARK HILL LIMITED EDITION HIGH SHINE HAIRDRYER, £34.99
This is a good hairdryer. It’s pushing it re: what to spend on a gift from Boots, but if someone has asked for a hairdryer I would get them this and then get two other things for less picky friends/relatives. DO NOT just buy it for someone who hasn’t asked. It would be weird.
NO7 5 STEPS TO RADIANCE, £16
It’s all getting very No7 up in here isn’t it? Well for a start this pack of products includes a face mask, and you would pay £16 for one of those anyway. Extreme good value aside, this seems a lovely lightening, brightening package and look at that swirly whirly twister lolly mask. Desperate to smear it all together.
NANDOS DIPPING DISHES AND SAUCES, £12.50
Sure, why not.
THINGS TO AVOID
-Anything that involves a clothing brand making beauty products. Stick to what you know Jack Wills, i.e. overpriced clothing that screams ‘I WENT TO UNIVERSITY’.
-Harry Potter Hufflepuff eye shadow palette. This is a slyly disparaging gift, and a really Slytheriny thing to give someone. ‘This will make you pretty, you DUFFER’
-Bath bombs - go to Lush for God’s sake.
-The No7 collection gift set - £80. £80? In Boots? Don’t be so stupid.