Beauty and Grooming Gifts for Everyone
Beauty and grooming products, tools and accessories make for holiday gifts that hit two sweet spots of giving: They’re indulgent and practical. Plus, you can pull these terrific presents together on any budget just by shopping at your local drugstore -- easing your holiday stress.
For stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts under $10, consider lip gloss or nail polish in a bright, festive color for her. For him, you can grab a minty bar of soap or hair pomade. A hot styling tool with the latest technology -- like a ceramic infrared blow-dryer or a tourmaline ionic flat iron -- makes a terrific gift for anyone who hasn’t updated his or her hair toolkit in a few years. Toss in a heat-protecting styling product so the lucky recipient will get the best results.
Here are some other great beauty and grooming gift ideas for everyone on your list, including the guys.
Simplify the life of that on-the-go friend or colleague with a grooming case filled with airline-friendly sizes of all the toiletries he or she needs on the road: shampoo, cleanser, toothpaste, a toothbrush, moisturizer, sunscreen, shaving cream, a razor, a comb or brush and a travel-size mirror.
This is the time of year when cosmetic companies put together beautifully packaged, value-packed collections of their products. For the makeup maven or novice alike, these collections of glam essentials are a great way to experiment with different shades. Pick up a set of mini lip glosses or eye shadows for beauty on the go, or upgrade to a professional-grade palette or a kit that includes everything for lips, cheeks and eyes.
Buying perfume or cologne for someone -- even a person you know well -- can be risky. Opt for less-concentrated versions of scents and package them with soaps, bath salts or bubbles, body lotion and a candle -- all in the same yummy fragrance. Choose woodsy or spicy scents for him; light floral, citrus or gourmand (like vanilla or buttercup) for her.
Foot Spa Package
Feet are the hardest-working and most-neglected body part. Give someone you care about everything they need to soothe their cramped toes, callused heels and suffering soles. Start with the essentials: a foot scrub, a pumice stone and a foot file. Then, make the gift as extravagant as you’d like by adding extras like pedicure tools, foot cream and spa socks. For your special man, include a redeem-any-time coupon for a foot rub given by you.
Grooming Set for Him
If you’ve ever wanted your man to step up his grooming habits -- or stop borrowing your products -- now’s the perfect time to drop a hint without offending him. With lots of lines designed especially for men -- including masculine packaging, results-focused formulas and non-fruity fragrances -- you can create an all-purpose kit with face wash, hydrator, shave cream, body scrub, lip balm and hand cream that will appeal to even the most macho of guys. For an extra touch of masculinity, skip the ribbons and bows and pack the grooming goodies in a gym bag.
Give the gift of a luxurious bath or shower by filling a basket with a rubber ducky, a loofah, a bar of luxe soap, shower gel, bath salts and body scrub. All the recipient of these goodies has to do is add water. Throw in a sumptuous bathrobe or bath sheet for another dose of comfort.
For more on holiday gifts check out:
The Ultimate Gift Guide for Him