Ten of the best beauty and spa gifts to give and (hopefully!) receive during the 2013 holiday season.
Everyone knows the phrase “treat others the way you’d like to be treated.” In the spirit of giving and getting this season, we’d like to slightly alter this saying to “gift others the way you’d like to be gifted.” We can say this soundly because although no two people have exactly the same tastes, everyone deserves (and craves!) a little pampering sometimes, especially during the stressful holiday season.
No matter what budget you’ve set, here are 10 gifts you can wrap up with pride this year:
Mr. Frosty is one of the cutest holiday gifts around, not to mention a bath-lovers dream. This bath bomb set is delicious enough to lure even a bath-virgin into the tub for a hot soak. The set includes three of LUSH’s most popular seasonal bath bombs; including Bombardino, inspired by the Italian Alps and smells of Sicilian lemon oil and vanilla; Cinder, sweet with cinnamon oil—but watch out because it’s spicy side will make your bath fizz; and Golden Wonder which evokes citrus notes for the softest post-bath skin.
Hands take a lot of wear and tear during the cold winter months. This season, gift a loved one with Crabtree and Evelyn’s Holiday Hand Therapy Sampler, which includes six of their most popular hand lotions in delicious scents like Summer Hill and Nantucket Briar. With six luxurious little tubes to choose from, you can throw one in each of your purses and never be caught without soft, smooth skin!
Queen of nail polish, Deborah Lippmann, really nailed this year’s mini holiday sets. The Space Oddity set contains three polishes that are perfect shades to rock all December long and straight through into the New Year. The smoky lavender crème polish is brilliant alone, or layer it under the silver or gold glitter to take your look to the next level.
Most beauty-loving girls collect candles like it’s their second job. We want to keep our space smelling as beautiful as it looks! This year, Caldrea has three scrumptious scents in Crimson Pear Ginger, Juniper Laurel Mint and Vanilla Quince Santal. The red, cream and green colors will also add to your home’s festive holiday feel.
The gift of wellness is always hot, but never so much as during the holiday season! Everyone from your mom to your chatty co-worker to your devoted babysitter will enjoy a pampering spa day this winter. Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a hot stone massage. Plus, all month long you can get a Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week for 20% off right here! Now that’s a deal you don’t want to miss.
The holy grail of skincare is a must-have for every beauty junkie on your holiday shopping list. At $150 you’re going to want to save the Mia 2 for someone you really want to splurge on—but believe us, they will be eternally grateful. With 10 fun colors to choose from, a Clarisonic will leave your giftee glowing (literally) for years to come.
Fragrances have been a go-to gift for years—but picking out someone else’s signature scent can definitely be tricky. Luckily for you, gift giving is made easy with the Sephora Favorites Set. It contains 14 perfume samples of the store’s top selling fragrances for females. Let your giftee try them all, and once they choose their favorite, they take the enclosed scent certificate to Sephora to bring home a full size of their favorite one!
Philosophy is always a skincare favorite, and their holiday packages are no exception. The Cookie Exchange set includes Christmas Cookie (shampoo, bath gel and bubble bath in one!), Sweet Creamy Frosting body lotion and Sugar Sprinkles lip gloss. A Philosophy gift set is sure to make anyone’s holiday just a little bit sweeter!
Sonia Kashuk makes some of the best budget brushes that money can buy. This pretty gold holiday set is festive and will make meticulously applying makeup even more fun than it already is! This set contains everything you need to create the perfect look for any and every holiday soiree you’ll be seen at this season.
If the beauty devotee in your life doesn’t already subscribe to Birchbox, this gift is sure to please. For $10 a month they’ll send you 4-6 top quality beauty samples so you can try the latest and greatest before you buy. Even the biggest beauty lover out there isn’t familiar with every product and brand, and Birchbox does wonders in introducing new life-changing products to consumer’s lives.
Which of these gifts would you most love to give or receive? Tell us in the comments below!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.