My Perfectly Practical Christmas Gift Ideas List…

Christmas can become a particularly stressful occasion, especially with the never-ending amount of gifts to buy from a not so never-ending bank account. Christmas doesn’t have to be all about spending crazy amounts of money, but rather, if you are buying, try treating someone to something thoughtful, or even better, practical! After all, a lot of us fall into the category of ‘what do you buy a girl/guy who already has everything?’…
I’ve created a gift guide; split up into three categories, to help you tick a few people off your list, or maybe give you some inspiration for your own Christmas wish list. Alternatively, if any of my family/loved are stuck for ideas- read on!

Let’s start with stocking fillers… (Under £20)
There are of course the traditional stocking fillers; chocolates and a satsuma being one of them…I wonder who created this bizarre stocking necessity? We’ve gone for a more practical and health conscious approach with our ideas this year, to hopefully set you up strong ready for a great January!
~ LDM resistance bands and/or LDM ball… These lightweight and easily portable stocking essentials give you zero excuses to drop your workout regime over the Christmas period. Easy to use, and great to travel with, just follow our LDM workout videos to keep peachy AND festive as we move into the New Year.

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~ ‘Balance Me’ Hyaluronic Plumping Mist (£16).. An LDM Instructor favourite! This plumping mist gives your skin an instant shot of hydration and calm. It’s a great product to use at the office, after a workout, or even 39,000 feet in the air! “Containing a totally natural form of Hyaluronic Acid – Hyacare 50, it really is a brilliant example of where cutting-edge science meets powerful botanicals. Hyacare 50 is derived from a probiotic and boasts anti-oxidant properties which penetrate deeply into all layers of the skin, leaving it looking and feeling plumped and calm.”
We recently had an event with Balance Me; a 45 minute sculpt workout followed by a talk from Balance Me’s leading skin expert. She recommended the Plumping Mist, particularly as we continually head in and out from central heating to crisp air, throughout these winter months. This change in season can have a large effect on our skin and it’s shine. This mist has done wonders for my skin’s hydration, and it’s only been a few weeks!

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~ SB Christmas hair ties… They always seem to go missing, so what’s better than to stock someone up with some shiny hair ties in their stocking. 
~ SB Pilates socks (2 for £20) … Everyone receives socks over Christmas right? Pilates socks are a great essential, ready for all those LDM Barre classes you’ll be taking in the New Year!
~ Mindful Bites mini nut butter sachets… A healthier alternative to chocolate coins! Give the nut butter lover in your life a taster of all the Mindful Bites flavors! 

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Treat someone… (Or ‘Treatyoself!’) (Over £35)
Find that treat for someone by browsing through some of the options below. I always think it’s nice to buy someone a gift that they wouldn’t think of buying themselves, and see the joy in their face when they say, “I’ve always wanted something like this!” I don’t know about you, but I get so much pleasure buying and nicely wrapping gifts for people, and seeing the smiles of their faces when they start to unravel the layers of paper. That’s what Christmas is about hey!
~ LDM Sweaters and Hoodies (£59 / £69) … I may be biased, but these hoodies are super cute, comfy, and even better, exclusive. You won’t see many people walking around with ‘peachy’ or ‘stay gold’ on their chest! You can buy the ‘LDM x Double Trouble Gang’ Sweaters/Hoodies from the ‘shop’ section of the LDM website and choose from four colours and cute captions to stay super cozy over Christmas! 
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Myself and Louisa rocking out in two of the LDM x Double Trouble Sweaters!
~ NEOM Candle or Diffuser… I first found out about the Neom products after working in Sweaty Betty, and now, what are the chances that we also use Neom products at the LDM studio! If you’ve ever been to the studio and wonder why the studio space smells SO amazing; you now know! Head to www.neomorganics.com to check our their full range of naturally scented products.
 ~ Hush Nightwear… I am slightly obsessed with everything from Hush, but I figured these pjs would work as a cute gift idea for all sizes and ages; after all, everyone wants to be warm and snuggle worthy over Christmas. I think this gorgeous ‘Night sky’ flannel pj set (£60)  is the perfect gift to give to ensure a cozy Christmas! 

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~ Re-usable stainless steel Water Bottle… There are so many options for reusable water bottles, however not all of them are leak free and eco- friendly. As some of you may know from my previous blog post, my ‘Chilly’s’ Avocado water bottle is an absolute saviour. I have definitely saved money + it’s worked out as a great conversation starter with clients in class! So, grab a friend or loved one a practical gift this Christmas; a stainless steel bottle, to keep their summer smoothie cool for 24 hours and their matcha/ turmeric tea hot for 12! Shop at www.chillysbottles.com for their awesome designs or head to www.hipandhealthy.com for their range of ‘Swell’ Bottles.
~ Glitter Star Suede Pumps from ‘And Other Stories’ (£79) … If you’re going to be a little bit daring and fun with your outfit choices, then Christmas is definitely a time to do it! I think these are super cute and festive; perfect for those Christmas and New Year’s parties. It’s time to add a little bit more sparkle to your stride!
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Star Suede Pumps 

Lastly, if you really want to splurge your cash over Christmas… (Over £80)
~ LDM unlimited class pack (£195 for 2 months) … Here is the perfect gift to help someone kick-start their fitness regime for the New Year. The Louisa Drake Method offers hybrid workouts to create stronger, leaner and lengthened physiques. During an LDM® workout you will draw upon the most effective elements of resistance, conditioning, cardio and stretch for fast results that will transform your body. We aim to ‘Rework your workout’! 
I absolutely LOVE being an instructor here and I adore teaching such a wonderful method to my clients. Trust me, you, and your bodies will love it too!
~ Sweaty Betty Luxe Gym Bag (£95) … A girl can never have too many bags, plus this doesn’t really count right as a gym bag is TOTALLY a necessity!!

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~ ‘Dry By’ 10 pack Blow Dry Course (£320) … ‘Dry By’ is a gorgeous hair, skin and nail salon situated down the road from the LDM® studio. It’s the perfect gift to let your lady, loved one or best friend relax and have a blow dry after their workout at the studio. That’s one blow dry a month, for 10 months; I’m pretty sure this is every woman’s dream! Head over to www.dryby.co.uk for more details.

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I hope this mini gift guide comes in handy, and if not for anyone else’s gifts, then for presents to yourself. After all, it’s only fair we treat ourselves too! I’d love to know the gifts that you enjoy giving and receiving; of course both of those include a kiss under the mistletoe (sorry, it’s Christmas, I’m allowed to get a little bit cheesy)!
Get Festive! Let’s all go into the New Year with my favourite motto- Everything is so far SO GOOD!’ 
Lots of love,
Sopha x

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