You can never get enough of small, gifty items for the holidays (and you know, keep a few for yourself too). We’ve assembled some great picks that we’re sure will work out splendidly for the gift recipient, with a million thank-yous headed your way for being such a darn good gift-giver! Avon Makeup Palettes
Packaged in a gorgeous holiday enclosure, Avon has some fantastic palette options that are available in lip glosses, eye shadows, or a combo of the both. Our favorite is the is ‘warm’ hued Avon Pocket Mini Palette $8.99, with rich and vibrant shades perfect for the everyday, along with the holiday party nights.
Sally Hansen Gel Nails At-Home Gel Manicure System
A manicure that lasts, and lasts, and lasts is every gal’s dream come true. Do it from the comfort of home, with Sally Hansen’s new kits. Choose from the Insta Gel Strips Starter Kit ($27.99) or the Pro Gel Kit ($64.99), which come with an LED Light to dry and the tools needed to get a perfect mani every single time. Check out the video above for application and removal tips and trick, and get ready to create a great manicure that will certainly save a ton of time and money.
Phyto Hair Care
I love when I get something as a stocking stuffer that I actually really need, and toiletries is always one the list. Phyto makes amazing botanical, natural hair care products for men, women, and children, and have designed incredibly artful shampoo bottles, featuring the brand’s signature leaf motif. These are absolutely stunning to look at, and work extra hard to aid in whatever hair need or concern one may have. I’m addicted to the phytopanama+ shampoo (pictured), and there are plenty of other options such as shampoos for volume, greys, color-treated hair, dandruff, dryness, and more.
Clinique Gift Sets for Men and Women
Who doesn’t love Clinique? It’s such a GREAT brand, and with Gift Sets for holiday 2012 starting at $29.50, everyone can indulge in a handful of great products. Lashes Top to Bottom, $29.50, includes five fabulous mini mascaras (pictured), while the Whole Lotta Colour, $34.50 provides five mini Chubby Sticks — one of the most popular items in beauty as of late. Shop the Great Skin for Him or Happy for Him sets for men, or make your own holiday and ornament boxes (priced from $30 to $100+) filled with skin care and makeup items of your choosing.
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Lush sure knows how to do holiday beauty right; infusing fun and holiday-specific aromas, who wouldn’t want a holiday-specific bath bomb or soap? Favorites include the North Pole Soap, a dual, yummy mix of cocoa absolute and peppermint in the pink color with cedarwood and cypress in the white ($6.95 for the 3.5 oz cut of soap). Also of note is Mr Punch Soap, which literally looks like a fruity punch bowl with notes of juniper berry oil, blackcurrant absolute, lime oil and actually a bit of gin! Last, we can’t forget the So White Bath Bomb, which resembles a snowball but once it begins to melt, shows its apple-scented pink core.