I'm trying to dash this post off before I go make three pies, but I wanted to get it out before Black Friday for those of you who so indulge. Even if you don't start your Christmas shopping Friday you will want to check out my gift recommendations before too long because they are all limited edition holiday items and will be sure to sell out fast. Once gone, gone for good. It's a little weird for me having to post this before Thanksgiving even arrives but that's the way it is nowadays. There are currently a bazillion gift sets out there but I have selected the top; what I consider the most coveted and giftable items in a variety of price ranges. I'm crazy for every single one of these but I think you and your loved ones will be too.
Dior Total Eye Look Palette For Eyes & Brows ($62) makes for an elevated gift. It is a silky black zippered case with gold embroidery logo that contains 3 neutral eyeshadows, a brow powder, and a brow wax. This set can be had in two different palettes: a Glow Nude or a Smoky Matte. Both are exquisite. Dior makes the perfect gift because it's something most people would love to have but would be reluctant to buy for themselves. Why not do the splurging for them?
Diptyque Eau De Parfum Discovery Set ($115) is a perfume lover's paradise. And actually I think it would make a terrific gift for someone who is just starting to explore perfumes, or who considers perfumes a rare treat. After all, who doesn't love Diptyque? This perfume set offers 5 .25oz atomizers including: Philosykos (fig), Tam Dao (citrus woody/amber), Oud Palao (incense, rose, and the Middle East), Do Son (tuberose), and L'Eau (rose and floral gardens). These are cultivated scents, some of them leaning toward unisex. Just lovely!
Clinique Tiny Temptations Set ($49.50) is the cutest thing ever and has pretty pretty colors. In fact it is so cute that the full name is Tiny Temptations Chubettes Tin Set. There are 12 colors of Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm, and 8 colors of Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm. Wouldn't these be great to pop in a purse? It's true they are tiny (.03oz) but all lined up in their tin together they look quite impressive. These Chubby Sticks are ideal for someone who prefers a more sheer or dewy lip color.
Sephora Collection Mask It All Over Set ($25) is a great gift for co-workers, nieces, and Secret Santas. The price is right and it's a lot of fun! Sephora makes some of my favorite reasonably-priced sheet masks and this a great way to explore (ie. buy it for yourself). The set includes: avocado face mask, lotus face mask, orchid eye mask, Argan hand mask, almond foot mask, charcoal nose strip. There is also a similar kit, the Face Mask Set, of six Sephora face sheet masks also for $25.
Jo Malone Bathtime Collection ($65) is my dream gift, and by that I mean it is at the top of my own Christmas wish list (any family members reading this please take note). The set is 3 decent sized 3.4oz bottles including: English Pear & Freesia Bath Oil, Nectarine Blossom & Honey Bubble Bath, and Peony & Blush Suede Shower Oil. Anything by Jo Malone makes for a luxe holiday gift and this one is particularly pampering and decadent.
IT Cosmetics Special Edition Most Wished For Holiday Palette (limited time price of $49.96) is perfection. The fold out kit includes 2 highlighters, a bronzer and a setting powder, 6 lip colors, 4 color-correcting concealers, and 18 eyeshadows. All of it is the same top quality as their regular permanent collection makeup, and product is actually quite sophisticated for a folding kit. The colors look slightly dull in this pic but click on the link to see the whole QVC video, it is actually quite stunning.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil 7 Piece Body Butter Collection ($45) isn't very snazzy looking but the scents and texture are beyond. I'm going to get it and break it up keeping my favorite smelling ones for myself and the others will go as gifts/stocking stuffers for others. The 7 2oz jars come in: vanilla honeysuckle, sweet butter cream, vanilla pine, sweet citrus, vanilla apricot, gingerbread vanilla, and unscented. Oh, and they are all super moisturizing - perfect for the cold dry winter!
So happy shopping to all of you and please be kind to the sales assistants who are working brutally hard at this time of year!
For more shopping ideas check out: Holiday gift ideas for him 2016 and sensational stocking stuffers 2016