Where do you plan on doing your Christmas shopping? How does doing it by the fire, drinking mulled wine and watching Elf sound? The shops at this time of year are busy, too busy. Isn’t shopping wrapped in a blanket a better way to shop your next outfits and gifts this Christmas? Even though I love online shopping, I find my internet browser turns into ‘tab city’ browsing multiple websites and paying multiple postage fees. But stop the press guys – I’ve found THE alternative to your usual online outlets that has turned into a lifesaver this Christmas. It’s Zalando.
Zalando has more brands for us to shop than any other fashion retailer (i’m sold already).
Zalando’s website is so easy to use! No flashy attempts to look extra. Zalando has a clean, simple and user-friendly interface, taking you to the page you need without hassle.
Zalando’s filter system allows you to highly tailor your search results so that you can ensure you are browsing only relevant items clothing.
Not only does Zalando have an extensive range of clothing for you to shop but they accommodate all shapes and sizes with their ‘Big & Tall’ range – catering for sizes XXXL and up. No matter who you are, what you wear, and what you are looking for – Zalando has what you are looking for. And more. I went to Zalando to look for two jackets, one brown and one blue. Both outfits photographed in this post are the result. I needed one outfit to be smart for festive parties and the other to be casual for taking on the bitter cold during my Winter Wonderland explore. Being able to see all the smart/casual jackets I had in mind from all different brands on one screen made the decisions super easy and quick.
Even though I initially only needed the two jackets, Zalando’s style imagery helped me complete my look to include the trousers and shoes. Ideal! A website that has what I needed and more. To top off this first class online retail experience – the delivery was speedy and all items were well packaged and exactly as photographed (something we all know can be hit and miss, it’s especially important as you won’t have time to exchange in time for Christmas)!
If you still have names on the Christmas shopping list to be buying for why not take a quick look, click here and bookmark that bad boy – it’s a ‘get of jail free card’ when looking for clothing online. Or perhaps you just need a few more gift ideas for Christmas? Shop like me, shop Zalando.
*This post was created in collaboration with Zalando – while this post is commissioned all views and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks to Jamie Cullen for helping photograph these images for the campaign.*
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My absolute favorite time of the year. What a year 2017 has been! Such a crazy transition from full-time employment into the world of blogging and soon to be vlogging! Time is going faster and things are getting more exciting. It’s already time to do your Christmas shopping! Here is my complete guide to help you with your shopping. Chose from my top 10 gifts and keep scrolling for some stocking-filler ideas for him, her, cooks, techies, fashionistas, social media enthusiasts, and friends. There is something for everyone within this Christmas Gift Guide 2017.
Top 10 Gifts 2017
1. Apple Watch
Top of the list is the Apple Watch. Choose from a wide selection of options on the wheel below. The beauty of the Apple Watch is it was not designed for one specific user. No matter who you are, no matter what your profession or hobbies you can tailor Apple Watch to your needs. From sports progression monitoring, reading messages, scrolling social media and browsing emails to answering calls and, oh yeah… telling the time! Available in two different screen sizes, thousands of strap combinations and now with inbuilt GPS + cellular capabilities an Apple Watch is the ultimate gift to place under your tree – a smile guaranteed (ps mum it’s the one on the far right).
2. The Best Vlogging Camera
A question I get asked a lot is what camera gear do I use? The Sony RX100 is a camera I absolutely swear by! It isn’t just for vlogging but if vlogging is something you are into or want to try the Sony RX100 is the kiddy. It’s super easy to use in full manual mode to ensure you get the highest quality video and audio. When creating movies the last thing you want to be stressing about is the technical mubo-jumbo. The Sony RX100 is in the middle price bracket of a decent point and shoot camera’s but has top of the range image quality. I predominantly use mine for video but the image quality is just as sexy. So if it’s travel, food, lifestyle or fashion you are in to – get the Sony RX100 in your shopping basket and watch those Instagram likes rise. The camera comes with a re-chargeable battery, you’ll just need to grab an SD card below. I’ll link it all below here for you. Or Buy on Amazon Here.
3. Knomad – ‘KNOMO London’
The Knomad from ‘Knomo London‘ encompasses the true meaning of Knomo’s iconic hashtag #ThisIsMyOffice. Enjoy the freedom of having your office in your hands. This isn’t just for the self-employed, the Knomad is beautifully designed and manufactured to Knomo’s premium standards. From the robust zip to the bespoke inbuilt organizer – the Knomad oozes functionality and style. Available in two different styles, two different sizes and two different colours. With the option to include a power pack – you won’t run out of juice on the move. Even if your cafe-stop off doesn’t have a plug by the only free table (we’ve all been there). Like the concept of KNOMO? Wish it was a backpack? Laptop Bag? Want both? Shop the Knomad here. Browse Knomo’s other luxury luggage solutions below.
4. Foreo Issa Hybrid Toothbrush
Yeah… it’s a toothbrush. And it’s cool. And it’s the most powerful clean you’ll ever have. In a league of its own and uncomparable to competitors, the Foreo Issa carves a mark within the dental industry of its own. Recharge via USB (cable included). The Polymer bristles will last so much longer than a regular toothbrush. I’m not usually a fan of an electric toothbrush but the Foreo Issa bridges the gap between manual and electronic toothbrushes. The Freo Issa massages the gums and inhibits overbrushing, preventing damage to tooth enamel. Plus… it looks good. That bathroom shelf will be looking fly with a Foreo Issa on it ;). If nothing else friends will be asking what even is that? And it comes with a soft leather pouch for traveling. Not your typical gift but remember the importance of dental hygiene, coupled with the long life and high quality of the Foreo Issa and it’s suddenly a really thoughtful gift idea! Check out and shop the choice of colours below.
5. James Read’s – Hydra Mist Tan
In at number 5 is James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist. Newly launched for men (did you read my post all about how I use the Hydra Tan Mist?) but also available for women. This bottle is a £20 ticket to sun this winter. If you haven’t tanned or regularly tan this is for you… So wait? That’s everyone! The Hydra Tan mist slowly builds up dependant on how often you use it. Treat someone (or yourself) to a cheeky winter bronze glow and get yourself a bottle or two. This is genuinely my favorite new-found grooming product of 2017. Trust me on this one guys. Shop the Hydra Mist for men here, and shop the women’s below.
6. Black Croc iPhone Case – Aspinal Of London
The Blac Croc iPhone case from Aspinal Of London is available for most iPhone sizes. It also comes in a deep purple which is just as gorgeous. This is genuinely the best quality phone case I have ever had to date. Easily. This sexy black croc number is super sleek, beautifully made and protects your phone without compromising the thinness (you know that annoying chunky case effect slapping something on the back of your phone can have? Not here!). Modelled on my iPhone 7+ above, with the ability to emboss the initials of the person you are buying for, the black croc iPhone case from Aspinal is the perfect gift this Christmas. Added bonus: it come’s gift wrapped – that’s one less thing to worry about guys! Shop the case here.
7. Henry Watches
Like the idea of giving a beautiful time keeping piece for your partner to wear and remember you by each day? Don’t have thousands of pounds to spare? Me neither! Henry watches are the solution. Having been lucky enough to own a few Henry watches (as photographed), the minimalistic design and perfect colouring make each timepiece from Henry London stand out. My Henry watch is one of the lower costing watches I own, yet it always receives the most questions and compliments. If the unique square finish isn’t quite doing it for you, then shop a round face which is finished off with a luxury glass dome. The round glass dome gives Henry watches an almost 3d effect – something I haven’t seen from other brands. Henry watches are perfectly priced, perfectly designed, perfectly manufactured and perfect for under your tree this Christmas.
Remember I did a fitness class balancing on a board on water?.. If you have no idea what I’m talking about: I recently was invited to Bose’s aqua fit class at the Haymarket Hotel to experience a fitness class, on a balance board (I fell in, it was in my IG story, it was fun). It was all part of raising awareness for Bose’s brand new product: The SoundLink Micro. Having experienced an in-depth product demonstration, throwing one into the pool and then taking one home – it’s safe to say Bose have done it again! I own the mini link II, but the micro is now my go-to speaker. It’s Water resistant!! What a bonus. With similar sound quality as the mini link II but to be smaller, brighter coloured and a lower price makes this the ultimate wireless bluetooth speaker to gift this Christmas. If you buy two you can use them in party mode – play the same track through both speakers at the same time or put them in stereo mode and one will play the Right while the other plays the Left parts of the studio track. Cool right? Shop the Soundlink Micro below!
9. The Ultimate Party Jacket – NEXT
It’s the item of clothing that’s given me my first 2000+ likes on Instagram, one that is always a talking point. It’s my go-to part jacket it’s my purple blazer from NEXT. I’ll be writing a guide to upping your blazer game for party season too. But for now grab your’s to gift this Christmas (while stocks last on this one!!).
10. Floris London – Honey Oud
The incredible scent that is Honey Oud. The fragrance I use every day – couldn’t be without it. I mean… If this was under my tree I would be loving life. We all need a fragrance for Christmas. Why not make it extra special for him this Christmas and shop Floris London’s Honey Oud.
Stocking Filler Picks ByOllieB
For The Techie
For The Cook
Fragrance For Him
Fragrance For Her
His Fashion Essentials
Her Fashion Essentials
I hope I have helped relived some festive shopping stress. Whoever you are shopping for, wherever you are I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I am super excited for 2018! Such incredible opportunities are in the pipeline for ByOllieB. Look forward to sharing the journey with you guys!