The holidays are a season of beauty — if the abundance of offerings related to looks is any indication. We've culled the outpouring to bring gift-givers some ideas in a range of prices for a variety of pretty predilections. Don't be surprised if your cup runneth over with beatific smiles Christmas morning.
FOR THE RECORD:
Holiday gifts: On Dec. 12, an article about beauty and fragrance gifts listed three Antica Farmacista home ambience scents as though they were two products: Vanilla Bourbon, Mandarin & Grapefruit and Sandalwood. The three scents are Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin; Grapefruit; and Sandalwood Amber. —
For the serious makeup lover
This time of year, her makeup and perfume favorites often come with gifts with purchases, making it a fast and economical way to stock up. Just confirm what her favorite brand is (particularly if it's perfume), and you're golden.
>>>Two good department store options are Lancôme Limited Edition Beauty Sensation in a choice of Glamour Golds or Party Pinks ($49.50 with any Lancome Purchase,
) or the
Set ($55 with any Estee Lauder fragrance purchase, http://www.macys.com).
>>>The artistically inclined may favor the Lorac Box Office Sensation Train Case ($56, Sephora.com) or Tarte the Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, which also comes with a necklace ($52, http://www.sephora.com).
For the romantically inclined
She loves flowers and flounces and there's a fading
novel tucked in her bookshelf. These gifts match her sweet and slightly Victorian disposition. Give her:
>>>Rose & Co. Fairy Cakes & Fancies for the Bath ($16, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com)
>>>"Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights" ($15 to $27.95,
). Author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins writes of the elegance and beauty found in both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
>>>Paul & Joe Holiday Symphony Eye & Lip Color Set ($58,
>>>Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Tutu Holiday Eau de Parfum Spray ($105, http://www.nordstrom.com)
>>>Cire Trudon Les Parfums d'Intérieur — a collection of hand-crafted room scents such as
For the beauty aficionado
She knows that bright matte lips are on deck for spring 2011, has an encyclopedic knowledge of cult beauty brands and can spot a true classic at a glance. Give her:
N°5 Now and Forever Luxuries Gift Set ($142, http://www.chanel.com)
>>>Josie Beauty in a Box: Orglamic Revolution ($52, sephora.com) or Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Face the Holidays Stress-free Gift Set and Essential Stocking Stuffer Gift Set ($149, $25 http://www.intelligentnutrients.com)
>>>Clarisonic Plus with Dr. Brandt, Peter Thomas Roth, Ole Henriksen and Perricone MD, includes, as the name implies, the Clarisonic skin-care device plus products from the named skin-care experts. ($225, http://www.sephora.com)
She looks good, will travel
Curious, worldly and on the go, she will consider these gifts passports to a beautiful, relaxing voyage:
>>>Lights Out Sleep Mask ($15) for beauty rest en-route or the Little Honey Eye Masks ($14) and Neck Pillows ($20) that come in fun and chic patterns such as Grey Carousel and Multi-stripe. Combine with a cashmere travel blanket and plush socks or slippers to transform the flight from airborne to heavenly. (All at Flight 001 in
or at http://www.flight001.com)
>>>Green & Spring Relaxing Travel Set ($38, http://www.barneys.com)
>>>Dior Deluxe Holiday Travel Palette ($75,
) or Bobbi Brown Holiday Glamour Set ($100, http://www.nordstrom.com)
She's trendy and fabulous
Her favorites include glitter, tartans, studs, metallics. For the older teen or the woman who simply dares to wear what's of the moment, try:
>>>Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes — Metallic waterproof eyeliners in a studded case ($36, http://www.sephora.com)
>>>MAC She's Got it All Apply, Define & Line Brush Collection in a trendy tartan and studded bag ($49.95, http://www.maccosmetics.com)
>>>Deborah Lippmann All that Jazz Nail Color ($40, http://www.nordstrom.com)
These are thoughtful but won't break the bank:
>>>Philosophy Gingerbread Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel — a surprisingly delicious scent that's not overtly food-centric or cloying ($16, http://www.philosophy.com)
>>>Slatkin holiday candles in festive scents such as Winter, Fresh Balsam and Homemade Cookies ($10, http://www.bathandbodyworks.com)
>>>E.L.F. Eyeshadow Palette 100 Shades ($10) and Hypershine & Lip Gloss sold individually or as a gift set ($1 to $5, http://www.target.com)
Pomegranate Spa Set and Lip Balm Tin Ornament ($20 and $10, http://www.burtsbees.com)
>>>Sonia Kashuk Dripping in Diamonds eight-piece cosmetic brush set in a sparkly silver clutch ($21.99, http://www.target.com)
Because your alpha male wants to look good too, try:
>>>Kiehl's Ultimate Man Set ($50,
>>>Antica Farmacista Vanilla Bourbon, Mandarin & Grapefruit or Sandalwood home ambience diffuser ($62, http://www.nordstom.com)
>>>Recycled Rubber Toiletry Kit. A fair-trade product made in El Salvador from recycled tire inner tubes ($33, http://www.priscillawoolworth.com)
For the resplendent homebody
Whether she is a social butterfly who knows how to make everyone feel instantly welcome or she feathers her nest to comfy perfection, she'll welcome these gifts:
>>>D.L. & Co. Rouge Candle Gift Set packaged in a beautiful silk hat box with satin ribbon ($45) at Beckley in
>>>Diptyque Pin and Orange Épicée Candles (www.diptyqueparis.com, $68)
>>>Nest Votive Set ($32, http://www.saksfifthavenue.com);
>>>Mor Emporium Black Collection Italian Blood Orange Soap ($14, http://www.morcosmetics.com)
For the socially conscious
She will appreciate a gift that gives back. Options include:
>>>Kiehl's Jeff Koons Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. Kiehl's net profit benefits the Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children ($27 to $70, http://www.kiehls.com).
>>>Water.Org Limited Edition BPA-Free Water Bottle. Proceeds go directly to aid nearly a billion people in the world who lack clean water.
is a supporter. ($18.99. http://www.water.org)