Suffering from the January blues? Take a scroll through this serotonin-boosting edit of 23 must-have buys: from chunky boots, to cosy knits, cook books and the best high street make up to covet – all of which are under £50. Happy shopping!
1. The kitsch bag
Looking for something to house all your new Christmas beauty bits? This cute floral print wash bag from Rixo will do just the trick.
2. The glam scrunchie
Add a touch of shimmer to any look with this leather metallic hair scrunchie. It even looks gorgeous simply wrapped around your wrist.
3. The feel-good book
Feeling the cold? Warm your soul with this ultimate curation of soup recipes. If there were ever a book made for dark January nights, this is it.
4. The aesthetic candles
Up your tablescape game for 2023 with leopard print pillar candles – I intend to impress guests with them at my next dinner party.
5. The cheery knit
New Year, new you – new knit. This uber-flattering, ruby red wrap cardi will see you through spring – and next winter, too.
6. The neon mittens
Keep cosy with a pair of mittens in the colour of the moment: bright green. You could even pack these for skiing if you’re hitting the slopes this season.
7. The pretty balaclava
Balaclavas are back! And this pop of pink will lift any wintery look. Plus, it’s made from ultra-soft recycled polyester and wool – perfect if you’re starting the New Year with a greener outlook.
8. The perfect smart-casual shoe
There’s no need to leave your party feet in 2022. Snap up these embellished pink point toe sling backs before they’re gone. Dress them down with jeans, a T-shirt and a black blazer.
9. The spring-ready nail polish
Dubbed the best nail varnish on the high street for its fast-drying properties and pigmented shades, Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine polish is a staple if you’re cutting back spending on in-salon treatments.
10. The It boots
Upgrade your plain black chunky boots to these metallic beauties for a footwear refresh that will put a spring in your step.
11. The de-puff mask
If you’re still recovering from a NYE hangover, 111Skin’s Cryo De-Puffing mask is a game changer for achieving illuminated and hydrated skin. I like to keep mine in the fridge for maximum effect.
12. The coloured puffer
Keep cosy in this bold hooded puffer. I would wear this to the gym but also with jeans and bovver boots for a brunch-ready look.
13. The holds-everything tote
Each January I look for a new holds-everything tote to take to work with me – this time around I have my eye on Mango’s simplistic shopper in chocolate brown or a beige.
14. Gym-booster leggings
The best way to get yourself back in the gym? New workout wear. These sleek, seamless, squat-proof leggings are an essential – and they come in 10 colours!
15. A new everyday lippie
Save some extra pennies and switch your go-to lippie to L’Oreal’s Color Riche Satin lipstick instead – perhaps the beauty editors best kept secret. I rate the nude shade.
16. The quilted vest
Looking for layers? Monki’s quilted black vest with a frilly peter pan collar will work over any blouse, shirt, ribbed roll neck or knit. And it screams Scandi chic! Big tick.
17. The pepto-pink blazer
There’s no denying that January has a back-to-school feel to it. Zhuzh up your workwear wardrobe with a brand new blazer in a punchy colour. I love this zesty pink style.
18. The trinket tray
Anna + Nina supply some of the jolliest homeware around. If you’re looking to spruce up your living space, add this charming groovy checkered tray for instant satisfaction. Use it for morning coffees or for storing knick-knacks.
19. The luxe bath essential
Invest in Cowshed’s luxury bath and shower gel for your next at-home pamper session. The Relax formula is soothing, calming and it smells like heaven.
20. The must-have supplements
For an energy boost, JS Health’s vitamins have rave reviews for a reason. The AM+ Energy Formula capsules will help you kick post-Christmas fatigue and dark January tiredness.
21. A SAD lamp
SAD lamps are worth the hype when it comes to upping your serotonin levels. I swear by mine during the winter months – Dunelm’s wellness lamp will do just the trick.
22. The winter-ready boots
Snow boots are well and truly back – try this padded borg South Beach iteration for under £40. You’ll find yourself wearing them more than you think.
23. The office-brightening print
On the hunt for new wall art? I adore this ‘Dancefloor this way’ framed print from Oliver Bonas. It’s bound to make you smile if you keep it at your desk.