There are so many lovely gift sets out for Christmas this year that are such excellent value for money that I've been tempted to get a few for myself! Here are my picks for beauty gifts out of this year's offerings, which I've picked with a range of budgets in mind:
If you want to avoid a double-up for your favourite makeup addict, brushes are a great gift - you can never have too many brushes! Laura Mercier's Luxe Travel Brush Collection ($95) has all the good stuff in a compact form.
Models Prefer have a great selection of budget-friendly gift sets that are perfect for teens - the Sweet Shadows collection ($15) looks luxe and has a great variety of basic shades (an adult would be hard pressed to say no too!).
I'm wary of gifting facial skincare because people's skin can be so different, so I try to stick to brands that most people seem to love. The Summer Essentials Collection ($29.95) contains 5 of Kosmea's most popular skincare products in handy travel sizes, which is perfect for summer travel.
Dermalogica is also a safe option - the excellent Super Rich Repair Gift Set* ($110) would fit into any skincare routine. The anti-ageing moisturiser is a great gift for a stressed-out mum!
Body products are usually easier, and many brands have lovely (and bargain!) sets out for Christmas. Jurlique's Hydra Control Body Essentials set* ($69) contains a shower gel, a scrub and a lotion, full of natural ingredients that suit any age and skin type, and comes in a beautiful gift box.
Lush also has a plethora of prettily wrapped gifts available, from cheap to all-you-can-cram - the Zing ($12.50) and Shiny Happy People ($19.95) sets are priced nicely for Kris Kringle presents. If you have money left over, you can drop in at Typo and grab some cute stationery to add to the bundle.
Fragrances are a bit tricky to buy for someone else, but Benefit's Crescent Row perfumes* ($59) are adorable and come in the most presentable boxes. The limited edition set ($59) is a good way to hedge your bets, with 10 mL mini bottles of 4 of their popular scents.
Shower gels are a safe scented option - Molton Brown's Bath & Shower gel* ($39) comes in 16 colourful and sophisticated varieties, while The Body Shop has single scent packs available, such as the delicious Tin of Coconuts ($49.95) - if you don't know their scent preference, mix and match your own set.
Treatments are always a great gift - they're a lovely indulgence for people who don't pamper themselves enough, and a welcome extra for people who do. To avoid a nasty surprise like what this blogger experienced, do your research and look up reviews of the salon first. The most relaxing facial I've ever had was the Guinot Aromatic Facial* ($85, 1 hr - click here for a list of salons). For a giftee with aches and pains, the Cocoon voucher ($120) from Endota Spa sounds amazing. Both also have their own lines of products for the at-home spa experience - I've been loving Guinot's Anti-Fatigue Face Mask* ($69) for a quick pick-me-up treatment.
You've no doubt already seen many of the Aussie indies' Christmas-themed polishes, including here on my blog (I've featured Christmas collections from Powder Perfect* and Arcane Lacquer*, though there are many more out there - check out the Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society Facebook page for more release details!).
Bloom Cosmetics online has some cute suggestions for gifts - you can pick your own set from their selection online (including polish, cosmetics, skincare, books, journals and Moleskine notebooks!) and receive complimentary gift wrapping. OPI also have a Mariah Carey-themed Christmas collection* which I've swatched here, as well as an 18K White Gold Top Coat - swatches of that coming soon!
What are you buying for your friends and family this Christmas? Let me know!
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