Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts Galore

It’s December, people. And though some of us maybe finished our holiday shopping over the long, sale-filled holiday weekend, others of us may not be that on top of things. Enter this gift guide.

I love gift-giving. I have an entire secret Pinterest board dedicated to gifts for others so when my husband or sister or best friend mentions something they’ve been coveting, I have a safe place to stash the idea for later. This year, I’m doing beauty-related gifts for many friends, so I wanted to share a few of my fave pressies. Check them out below (for all budgets, for all kinds of beauty gals).

For the clean beauty skeptic: Since swapping clean products into my whole beauty caboodle, I’ve tried to convert as many friends as possible to the clean beauty movement. Some are more hesitant than others, and the ones who I have the hardest time convincing are the ones most concerned about cost. So I point them to a multi-tasker that usually woos them to trying more clean products: Acure Organics’ Argan Oil. It’s a hair-smoother, a cuticle oil, a face moisturizer. And it has a friendly price point if they want to repurchase for themselves.

For the beauty aficionado: The Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Winter Glow Gift Set. I’ve talked before about how much I love the Vitamin D Mist, and this set boasts that toner, plus a yummy Vitamin C serum that even my mom loves (and she used to use only Vaseline to moisturize her face). Top those off with a colorless face powder and angled kabuki brush help you hit this season’s matte face look and you’ve got a great combo for a girlfriend who’s a tad more in-the-know.

Me Encanta in practice.

Me, wearing the Me Encanta, no filter.

For the makeup maven: I can’t say enough about loving Alima Pure’s wide range of mineral foundations, but now I love their eyeshadows and mascara as well. Their holiday set, Me Encanta, comes from a collaboration with green makeup artist Kristen Arnett. I love love love the navy shadow included in the kit (I used it as a liner) and the blush is my all-time favorite color (I wore it for my wedding, for Pete’s sake). There’s even a how-to video on creating a subtle look with the liner, contour powder and blush. Fool proof. And a perfectly well-rounded present.

For the jet-setter: This Travel Therapy Botanical Mood Booster from La Bella Figura Beauty is one of those things I’m not sure how to make it through the day without. It smells like sunshine, it sticks around for a looooong time and I’ve gotten dozens (not exaggerating) compliments on how I smell, even after not showering for four days, when I’m wearing this puppy. It calms me—and anyone who smells me—down and makes every hurried day, full of airplane travel or just regular old commuting, better.

If you’re on a budget: Much like I am. Alexandra once blogged about why she loves gifting aromatherapy, but let me add to her points by saying it’s a super easy way to customize gifts and to not have to pick out makeup colors. You know your best friends; you know what’s bugging them. Therefore, you know what aromatherapy might benefit them. (Plus, we have a kick-ass deal going on with Essence of Vali until the end of the year. Save your dollar bills and give gifts your peeps will love.)

Or, do a little DIY for the holidays. Get some cute plastic bottles and fill them with a DIY dry shampoo. Or a body scrub. Or a lip balm. The thought goes a long way (and if your friends are like mine, they’ll be thrilled you took time to make them something, not just swipe your credit card.)

For the boy: Olie Biologique JUST released a Whisker Oil for before and after shaving. It smells manly and helps reduce redness and irritation. Or check out the body soaps from Osmia Organics. I only got my husband to switch from Dove when he smelled these babies. (Get a body oil for yourself while you’re at it—Water Lily is my fave and I started wearing it as a perfume.)

What did I miss? What are you snagging for friends, family or S.O.s?

10 Responses to “Holiday Gift Guide”
  1. Joy says:

    I am so tempted to purchase that ED4OLO gift set to try some of their products. I’m also getting my husband the YULI Mr.Incredible serum. And for my sister one of the Tata Harper gift sets (the one that contains the lip treatment, floral essence, and mask).

  2. Emma B says:

    I ordered some hand cream gift sets from Jurlique for the holidays. It’s a great product and I find that hand and body products are a great way to start a transition to less toxic beauty. The limited edition gold box from Ilia would also make a terrific gift in my opinion.
    That being said, I wish clean brands made more trial size gift sets (Dr Hauschka has nice ones). These make great, affordable gifts and could really spread the love of clean beauty. I would also love to buy/give clean makeup palettes; why are there so few of these?

  3. Ann says:

    By the way, what lip color are you wearing there?

  4. Nicolle Mackinnon says:

    @Joy Totally get the OLO gift set to try those products – or just order the ED4OLO sample pack. They’re amazing.

    @Emma Love hand cream as a gift! I’m in constant need of that, so it’s great when people gift it to me. And I totally agree about the makeup palette – the only one I’ve really found is Jane Iredale…

    @Ann It’s Funnel of Love lipstick by ILIA Beauty, a peachy-orangey nude. I love it.

  5. therese says:

    I am definitely taking advantage of the EOV sale. Her products are amazing. I second the idea for more trial sizes from various lines. It would be a great way to try out products and spread the love. Hopefully more will available next year. I am grateful for the ones that already offer affordable gift sets,

  6. Naomi says:

    Love Alima Pure eyeshadows and HEY NICOLLE thanks to your post earlier this year I am now also devoted to the same Alima Pure blush, so thank you for your recommendation!

    I am dead curious about the powder in the OLO – I can’t see it as available for individual purchase on their website, is it a new product of theirs, is it limited for this set only? I would like a finishing powder but I don’t need the spray or serum, I have a full bottle of each at the moment.

  7. tianna says:

    I’m loving Alima Pure this season! They have such pretty limited edition sets!

  8. Sydney says:

    @Naomi I was wondering the exact thing about the treatment powder. It sounds amazing but I have a bad feeling that it is a limited edition item that you can only get with the gift set. Maybe if people respond well to it, it’ll make a permanent appearance. Fingers crossed xx

  9. Nicolle Mackinnon says:

    @Naomi Whoo hoo! So glad you like the blush. It’s such a great, fool-proof color. Works on so many skintones too. As for the finishing powder, it’s not available for sale on its own, but it might be later this year. :)

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