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What to give when you don't know what to give

It’s finally that time of year when mulled wine consumption outweighs coffee, and jumpers emblazoned with snowflakes are as omnipresent as influencers sporting Bottega Veneta Stretch pumps.

But Christmas parties are more than an excuse to linger hopefully beneath the mistletoe, providing you with a chance to gift a friend or colleague something special for the festive season.

Unlike treating yourself to a new shiny treat, shopping for others can be overwhelming, especially when you are tight for time. We’ve done the hard work for you and come up with the perfect edit of gifts to give when you’re not quite sure.

1. Party Essentials Kit – available in two shades

The festive season calls for glamorous beauty looks that are fuss-free and easy-to-do. Since gifting a loved one a live-in makeup artist is somewhat unattainable (not to mention expensive), giving them a sleek, long-lasting makeup kit is thankfully in reach.

The aptly named Party Essentials Kit will quickly become a go-to in any woman’s beauty bag as she zips around town from one soiree to another. Equipped with the Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Velvet Chrome, a palette full of rich, dark shades - that can also withstand a little dash of water to enhance the colour of the pigments - Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara and Precision Liquid Eyeliner, she will be ready to bat her eyelids all-night long.


The kit also comes with the Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women, a highlighting bronzer that allows women to create a natural-bronzed glow and a super-hydrating, long-lasting Matte Velour Lipstick in one of two shades: Lima or Lost in Translation.

If she’s puckering up for a special Christmas kiss, she may opt for the dark and sultry shade Lost in Translation or show off her playful side with the perfect nude courtesy of our Lima hue.

2. Code8 Bespoke Lipstick Creation Experience

If you’re looking for the ultimate memorable experience to gift a friend or colleague look no further than the ultimate bespoke lipstick experience.

Call us bias, but we think a custom-made lipstick reigns supreme over a letter necklace or personalised phone case when it comes to tailor-made belongings.

Based at our London flagship store at 4 Burlington Arcade Mayfair, you can find the perfect lip shade for you or someone special with the help of our colour maestro.

Our Code8 lip connoisseur will weave your friend or loved one’s lifestyle considerations, natural colour harmonies, hue preference and moods together to concoct the ultimate bespoke lipstick created on a lab machine.

The experience also comes with a full makeover and champagne to enjoy with friends.

Priced from £75.  Guests of Code8’s Bespoke Lipstick Creation Experience get to name their lipstick and will have their information personally stored at the flagship store. Keep the lipstick vessel and the refill will cost £45.

3. Alternative Mood Lip Trio

Whether your friend is one to rock around a Christmas tree, strut under some mistletoe or leave her mark on a bottle of champagne, no festive beauty look is complete without a killer lip.

Luckily, the Alternative Mood Lip Trio will ensure the perfect lip look is always an option featuring a kit of three unique and glamorous lip products to suit every mood, scenario and occasion.

For the woman who is keen to dance from dusk ‘til dawn, the creamy Colour Brilliance Lipstick in La Piscine is exactly what she needs. For a more intimate occasion, she may turn to the semi-glossy Glazé Lip Lacquer in Midnight in London or opt for the Matte Velour Lipstick in Lima for the perfect in-between shade.

Every Code8 lip product is easily buildable so you can take your look from day-to-night with ease. 

4. Blush Palette

The onset of cold weather means that any natural pinkiness is the result of being stuck outside for too long. However, we love to think pink at Christmas time and consider pinky, rosy cheeks an essential component of holiday glam.

You won't need to wait until frostbite sets in to obtain the perfect glow with Code8’s beloved Blush Palette coming in three shades – Pink Beach, Merlot and Rosé.

Vegan-friendly and formulated from revolutionary Knead technology, this silky and weightless blush is super blendable and offers an array of colour intensity that can be built up or worn down.

All shades can also be applied to the eyelids to enhance a wearer’s natural beauty with the lightest shade (Pink Beach) also able to act as a highlighter.

5. Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara in Classic Black

We don’t believe the old mantra that stocking fillers aren't as worthy as a present found under a tree and Code8’s High Definition Mascara in Classic Black is living, long-lasting proof.

The ultimate buildable mascara that works to lengthen and volumise lashes will see you adding two to your shopping cart.

Whether your friend or loved one likes a natural look or high-voltage, cat eyes, this is the mascara that will do it all. Formulated with film-forming agents to provide staying power, and Vitamins E and A to build a defence and protect lashes from environmental hazards, this is one beauty product that will become an instant handbag staple.

6. 5Sec Express Lip and Cheek Colour Miss Saigon

Working out where you sit on Santa’s naughty or nice list, crafting the perfect out-of-office email and sending out Christmas cards means there isn’t a whole lot of time leftover to pull together an arsenal of beauty products to take on a night out.

Code8’s ultimate multi-tasking product the 5secs Express Lip and Cheek Colour will give the gift of time this Christmas, owing to its ability to be used both as a hydrating lip balm and a blush. Whether you’re after the perfect nude lip or a dash of colour to your cheeks, this is the hero product that does it all.

Did we also mention its slick, gold aesthetic? Perfect for that pucker up Instagram shot we know you are dying to take, making it easy to understand why 5secs Express Lips & Cheek Colour  - our best-selling product - in Miss Saigon is beloved by beauty editors and influencers such as @sorayabakhtiar, @leivankash and @busybeewell.