Buying a Christmas present for a friend

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How to buy a Christmas present for a friend and make it look really expensive

Because, sure you love her. But that doesn't mean you’re willing to sacrifice those boots you've been saving up for all year for her Christmas present. Right?
A Classy Print
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A Classy Print

A Classy Print

So, let's be honest, no friend is realistically going to expect anything major like a Chanel bag (even if she did hold your hair back that night when you had too many gins everyone knows money doesn't grow on trees), so what about a really classy print to jazz up a boring living room? This gift suggests you know she's super classy, it has a designer stamp on it, and allows said friend to fake the fact she's a proper adult by having something other than photos with blue tack on her bedroom wall.

A coffee table book to die for
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A coffee table book to die for

A coffee table book to die for

Buying a friend a chunky book full of gorgeous photography is quite the 'grown-up' gift and it'll look like you spent a long time (and a fortune) choosing it. It's heavy too, which is always a bonus. So you could either purchase an indie how-to book that will actually come in use one day, or choose one ranked on the Independent's 'Top Coffee Table Books' to make her look very intelligent and cool at dinner parties, such as The French Cat by Rachael Hale (at discount price). What's inside doesn't necessary count; it's how it's perceived when strategically placed amongst a few coasters that really matters.

Posh gift boxes for a not so posh gift
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Posh gift boxes for a not so posh gift

Posh gift boxes for a not so posh gift

They say you don't judge a book by its cover but come on now, we all do. Same with gift-wrapping. Rubbish wrapping paper can deflate the vibe instantly, so jazzing up any present with a very posh gift box will do 80% of the hard work for you as she coos over the wrapping it's taking away the pressure of what's inside. These delightful boxes with colourful ribbon will add a little something at no real cost.

Oooh, a designer clutch
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Oooh, a designer clutch

Oooh, a designer clutch

Everyone needs a nice clutch bag for those more serious events such as weddings, milestone birthdays, going for dinner with any sort of family member of your boyfriend's. So instead of picking up an average clutch from Accessorize, wow your mate by buying her a designer bag with a shiny logo on it. This Michael Kors clutch is totally affordable and will definitely put a grin on her face.

Branded tea-lights
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Branded tea-lights

Branded tea-lights

OK, so maybe you can't afford to buy your friend a bottle of Moet, but what about some nice house accessories that are made out of posh bottles of booze? How about these tumblers made from Grey Goose bottles. She'll love as they are up-market but also something she can use forever.

An unboxed scented candle
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An unboxed scented candle

An unboxed scented candle

Here's a tip, you can get a cheaper scented candle if it’s unboxed. It's still the real deal, just without the branded box to go with it. Try this Jo Malone candle, and if in need of wrapping, see the point above on "posh gift boxes" – VOILA. 




Now about those boots you were after for yourself… 


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