A Mini Christmas Gift Guide For Your Loved Ones

One of my favorite times of the year is coming and I couldn’t be happier!

I love Christmas, decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping gifts for my loved ones. I love baking cinammon biscuits and spending the entire afternoon reading a book and listening Christmas jingles. This period of the year is really full of love and happiness. It makes me feel very excited!!

At the same time, the period before Christmas brings also a little bit of anxiety. I’m always worried to not find the perfect gift for my loved ones in time for Christmas. I’m a working woman and I’m pretty sure that many of you can relate with the problem of how much time the search of gifts requires.

Well, I might have a solution for all of our problems. Mine and yours.

This year I partenered with L’Occitane to fill out a mini Christmas gift guide that you can use to choose the perfect gift for your beloved ones.

Bonjour Chiara Loves // L'Occitane Christams Collection 2016 - a mini gift guide


I narrowed the list of gifts that I want to buy into four categories. A gift for my sister (which could work also for a best friend), for my husband (or for brother and father), for a beauty addict and for a fashionista. I know that these last two categories are quite particular but if in this moment you are here reading Bonjour Chiara likely you are part of one of these categories (or even both!!) or you know someone who is part of 🙂


My sister is younger than me. She likes Christmas but she doesn’t love decorating the Christmas tree as much as I do. And she travels quite often for short business trips or getaways. So I thought to put together a selection of products from L’Occitane that can help her to decorate the house without too much effort, but with a lot of fun and, at the same time, to give her a gift that will leave her with a lot of travel size products that she can use during her trips.

I have also one more reason why my sister she could like my selection. She is an illustrator so I think she will love the illustrated Advent Calendar a lot!!

Bonjour Chiara Loves // L'Occitane Christams Collection 2016 - a mini gift guide


My husband has a love / hate for the sea. He is very scared about the deep blue sea because of sharks but at the same time is really fascinated by the neverending view of the ocean where he can loose himself in a total feeling of freedom.
So when L’Occitane salewoman explained me the story behind the man collection “L’Homme Cologne Cedrat” – which is all about a sailor and his passion for the sea and his love for freedom – I really thought that she was talking about my husband!

When I smelt the fragrance I had no doubts that L’Homme Cologne Cedrat was the perfect gift for him. The scent is fantastic. It’s really intense at the beginning and then it becomes very fresh.

Bonjour Chiara Loves // L'Occitane Christams Collection 2016 - a mini gift guide for him


I have a couple of friends who are totally obsessed with skin care and beauty routine. They always look for the best product in the market, the best cream to try out.

Since I have been using L’Occitane skincare products for a while and I really appreciate their quality I thought they could be the perfect gift for my beauty addict friends. With the help of saleswoman I decided to go for one of L’Occitane best seller collection, Reine Blanche. This collection includes a wide range of products that give you the perfect illuminating programme.

Seriosuly, Reine Blanche is incredible for helping to preserve the glow of your skin. My friends will go CRAZY for these gifts!!



Last category of this mini Christmas gift guide is the Fashionista. I think most of my friends fall into this category, lol! But I have already indentified the person who will receive my gift. She loves flowers, she has a passion for France and she loves quirky and feminine packages. The Arlesienne collection will be the best gift that she will find this year under the Christmas tree. And I can’t wait to give this set to her!!

On a side note, I’m also a fashionista with a big passion for colors and beautiful package so if any of my friends are reading this article… 😉 #JustSaying

L'Occitane Christams Collection 2016 - Arlesienne Collection


I hope you loved this Christmas gift guide as much as I loved to prepare these gifts for my beloved ones.

But HEY!  you guys are also part of my loved ones!! So stay tuned, be connected with my Facebook and Instagram because I have many surprises wrapped with love from L’Occitane just for you ♥

(hint:one word – giveaway!)

*This post is in collaboration with L’Occitane

Chiara Amodeo
About me

Chiara is a quirky and funny Italian girl currently living in Middle East. She is a dreamer, a blogger, a shopaholic, Paris and cats lover. She spends her days with her husband and their three cats, creating outfits with Mrs B. and writing about what she loves!


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Reply November 24, 2016

Thanks, great article.

Suhair Hassan
Reply November 24, 2016

Wow thank you dear Chiara of thinking of us we love u too

    Bonjour Chiara
    Reply November 28, 2016

    You always give me a massive support, you deserve some treats!!
    xoxo, Chiara

Reply November 28, 2016

Love these ideas!!

Reply November 28, 2016

This was super helpful! Thanks for sharing. :)

Wildfire Charm
Reply November 29, 2016

Such a beautiful gift guide! I love their hand creams and scents xx

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