Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

Best Christmas Gifts under €20

It's the most wonderful time of the year but also the most expensive and stressful. When you have a large family or a large group of friends to buy for, it can be hard not to get carried away and blow your budget at the last minute. If you are looking for gifts on a budget, stocking fillers or Secret Santa gift ideas, then keep reading!

Bombay Duck Alphabet Spotty Mug, €18.

Bombay Duck Spotty Alphabet Mug

These mugs make the perfect gift for tea lovers or lovers of anything monogrammed. Made of fine china with gold trim and a gold handle, they come in pretty pink gift box which is handy for storing bits and bobs.

I have one of these myself, and being the clumsy person that I am, I was afraid to use it for ages as it was too pretty and I was nervous of breaking it! However, life is too short not to use the pretty things, and as long as you don’t put them in the dishwasher or the microwave all should be fine. Available from Moss Cottage in Dundrum or on their website here. They sell out super fast every time they land on the shelves but keep an eye out on their site for restocking information and pre orders. They also have some really pretty similar mugs with cute slogans instead of initials which would make great stocking fillers too.

Primark Hot Chocolate Set, €12.00.

Primark Hello Gorgeous Mug Gift Set

I spotted this set in Penneys the other day and thought what an ideal gift this would be as a stocking filler or a Kris Kindle/Secret Santa gift. The box contains a white and gold mug with “Hello Gorgeous” written on it, hot chocolate powder and a fluffy hot water bottle cover. I was actually kicking myself afterwards for not picking one up to have as a backup gift. Ah well. They also have some other great affordable gift ideas at the moment, with makeup brush sets, makeup palettes, travel skincare sets and of course lots of scarves and sparkly things. I could nearly do an entire post on Christmas gifts from Penneys! (In fact, let me know if you would like to see a post on that and if there is enough interest I’ll see what I can do!). Please excuse the quality of the picture I was literally flying around the shop and just took a quick snap on the phone.

Primark Headphones €12.00.

Primark Copper Headphones

Again, please excuse the picture! These oversized over the ear headphones seem to be popping up everywhere on Instagram at the minute and would make the perfect gift for either girls or guys as they also come in black. If you are someone who likes to watch a bit of Netflix on the tablet or laptop,  listen to music while on the laptop editing blog posts or videos, for instance, then these kind of earphones are ideal. They’re not exactly portable so I probably wouldn’t use them out doors but some might! Rose gold always will get extra points too with the females! These come in black too.

Makeup Revolution HD Pro Eyes and Brows Gift Set, €16.80.

Makeup Revolution HD Pro Eyes & Brows Gift Set
The Makeup Revolution Christmas range is amazing this year. I was lucky enough to be invited to the official Irish launch of the brand with their Irish brand ambassadors Matte to Metallic last Wednesday night, where we were able to see a lot of their gift sets and makeup ranges on display. This one in particular caught my eye. It contains everything you need to create the perfect brows and eyeshadow looks and three of the brushes from their Pro HD range. I couldn't find this on the Matte to Metallic shop site so I've linked it on the Tam Beauty website here instead.

Liz Earle The Cleanse & Polish Experience Gift Set, €20.75.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Gift Set

Ok I've gone a few cent over the budget with this one but I think the pretty gift box makes it worth it.
This set contains the cult favourite Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 100ml size, 2 muslin cloths and a cleansing guide, all contained in a pretty gift box. If you would like to read more about this cleanser it is featured in a post I wrote recently about hot cloth cleansers and how to use them - here.
This gift set is available from Arnotts Department Store and online here.

Zoella Lifestyle Pottering About Decorative Storage Pots, €13.00.

Zoella Lifestyle Decorative Pot SetThis gift set contains two storage pots in the currently popular copper and marble. They would be ideal for desk storage or for holding makeup brushes or other accessories. Or even little succulent plants. Available in selected Boots stores and online here. Boots are also running 3 for 2 offers on a huge range of gifts at the moment so you are bound to find a few other money saving gifts too!

Kate Spade Ampersand Paperweight, €15.00.

Kate Spade Ampersand paperweight
Another desk accessory and this one is this super stylish glass paperweight from Moss Cottage. It's not gender specific so could appeal to either men or women and would make a lovely addition to a desk or bookshelf. Available in store and online here.

Pass The Biscuits Game, €15.

Pass The Biscuits Party Game
Party games and board games are a festive tradition in many households (including mine!) and always good for a bit of a laugh and to keep you awake after the mammoth Christmas dinner!
This one is available from Dunnes Stores in store and online here

The Battle - by Paul O'Connell, €18.99.

The Battle by Paul O'Connell

Rugby fans might appreciate this autobiography of the Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell. I haven't read it myself but my sources tell me that it is worth a read and a welcome coffee table addition.
The above price is for the hardback version which is available in Easons stores nationwide for this price. It is out of stock online temporarily at the moment so I can't give you a link for it right now, but it is expected to be re-stocked if you keep an eye on their website

L'Oréal Men Expert Kick Start Kit, €20.00.

L'Oreal Men Expert Kick Start Gift Set

Although they won't admit it, a lot of men are secretly happy to receive skincare or body care gift sets for Christmas as it saves them the bother of traipsing through Boots to find a moisturiser or shaving gel.This one is a little different to the usual Lynx or Dove gift sets in that it's skincare only. It includes their Hydra Energetic Face Wash, Extreme Glide Shave Gel and their Anti Fatigue Moisturiser, all of which claim to help give you a refreshing start to the day. This is available in Boots stores and online here. This is also included in the current 3 for 2 offers at Boots.

Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor, €16.99.

Pippa O'Connor Simple Tips to Live Beautifully

This book is one of my current favourite beauty and fashion books and a great gift for any Pippa fans or anyone interested in beauty, makeup and fashion tips. It contains lots of down-to-earth, practical advice and some beautiful photography throughout and would be a lovely addition to the coffee table. I wrote a review about this recently which you will find here if you would like to read more about it. It is currently on special offer at Easons stores and for €16.99 which is great value for a hardback.

I think that's all the gift ideas I have for you for now. I will be back later in the week with more gift guides but hopefully this has given you some inspiration and helped you stick to your budget. If you have any more bargains or gift ideas to share with us, feel free to comment below! :)

Bye for now,


  1. Those spotty cups are gorge :)

  2. I love the bombay duck mugs!