Treat me! 20 buys for £20 or less
In need of a pick me up? Here’s our wishlist of the most fashionable self-gifting ideas, from interiors and booze to beauty and accessories, that won’t break the bank.
I’m totally in love with this quirky, art deco inspired mirror available online from Graham & Green. It’s an absolute steal at under £20 – I’m putting mine by the treats cupboard so the kids know I’m always watching.
Times like these call for gin (lots of it) and in beautiful glasses, of course. These pretty blush pink goblets, with gold foil detail, are from Oliver Bonas.
Zoom call with the girls? These gorgeous hoops with mismatching star and moon charm are a dead cert for making a statement on screen. I have them in gld (also available in silver) and they come from Berkshire-based Gift Pop.
There’s no point in splurging on an expensive fragrance right now, so instead how about trying one of Zara’s brilliantly affordable scents? I’m opting for Gardenia – a heady mix of orange blossom, coffee and vanilla – that’s a dead ringer for YSL’s Black Opium.
Reading more in lockdown? Keep your place in style with this gold handmade brass bookmark, from Anthropologie, inspired by luscious Greek gardens.
Who hasn’t fallen in love with Essie nail polish? The formula glides on really beautifully and doesn’t chip for ages. I’m loving this pretty lilac shade that’s bang on trend for spring.
Feeling fruity? Berkshire Botanical is distilled in the village of Yattendon using local botanicals found on its doorstep. The sloe gin is perfect for summer months – just add bubbles or lemonade.
Ditch the boring trainer socks and embrace the rainbow. Nothing dull about these super socks, available from Berkshire boutique, Fifi & Moose. – and they may even kickstart the desire to exercise (or not).
Shake it up
Drinking your way through lockdown? This stylish copper cocktail shaker, from John Lewis, should help with handy recipes written down the side. Margarita for me, please.
Oooh, fluffy! It may be getting warmer but slippers are a must for mooching around the house in my book. These playful fluffy flip flops, from Boux Avenue, strike a happy medium.
Get your priorities straight
Sounds about right! This bright design from Mrs B Designs is made with recycled paper and card for extra eco cred.
If your plants are putting on a brave face, this gorgeous stoneware pot with imprinted face should perk it up a bit. Subtle, Scandi and very stylish, it's available from B The Lifestyle Shop in Newbury..
Light it up
Your house may not be spick and span 24/7 at the moment (and, hey, that’s okay), but it can smell like it with this luxe scented candle from Beauty Pie. Expect hits of lavender, freesia, magnolia and fresh white cotton. It comes in at under £20 for members.
You’ve been served
A fresh salad in the garden on a warm day always tastes divine, even more so when it’s served in a stylish bowl like this mango wood number from H&M Home.
Multi-award-winning skincare brand Balance Me has built its reputation on totally natural products backed by serious scientific credibility. Lucky for us, the brand has a whole range of goodies at twenty quid and under – I’m mainlining this beautifully packaged Wonder Eye Cream, with pumping hyaluronic acid and nourishing cucumber oil.
Thirty quid on a water bottle? No thanks. This one from sustainable brand Dopper is a great alternative. It comes in a variety of colours, plus you’re doing your bit for the planet as it’s manufactured climate-neutral.
You definitely won’t lose your spot on the sand with this playful and bright zig zag beach towel. Perfect for drying off after a dip in the sea or, you know, just sunbathing on in the garden. Available from M&S.
Nothing says treat yourself like eating your weight in chocolate – especially when you make them yourself. Acquaint yourself with this indulgent salted caramel truffles kit from Dr Choc's Windsor Chocolate Factory – delivered straight to your door.
How do you hang wallpaper? Arrange a gallery wall? Choose a mattress? All your burning interior Qs and decor dilemmas (101 to be exact) are answered in this bestseller from the author of Mad About the House, the UK’s No. 1 interiors blog.
£14.99 reduced from £20
Pack It In
If you’re a serial over-packer (you never know when the kitchen sink will actually come in handy, right?), this spacious 100% cotton beach bag, from H&M, should do the trick. The bag also comes in beige and grey, but I’m loving this striped deck chair blue.