I’m not even going to front, you guys. I’m a goddamn GREAT gifter, partially because I am a creep. I remember seemingly innocuous things people say and things they like and make mental notes to treat them for their birthdays or during holidays.
While I don’t know you or your friends, allow me to impart some gift-spiration with this here list of beauty goodies for probably everyone/anyone worthy of your generous spirit.
For The Girl Who Actually Understands And Appreciates The Concept Of It Girls
I’ve seen Alexa in the wilds of NYC in person on a handful of occasions and she’s just as effortlessly beautiful as she is in photographs. I am still not sure exactly what she does now, but I suppose "spokesmodel for the British line Eyeko" will suffice. Her three-piece collection with liquid liner, shadow sticks, and mascara is a great gift for those who wish to replicate that signature Alexa cat-eye with the same stuff Alexa uses (and helped create). You can even watch her do it herself! Doesn’t hurt that the products are really good quality.
For Your Friend Who Instagrams Her Nails
Sure, throwing a couple bottles of polish in a stocking is a nice gesture, but if you want to get a manicure-maniac foaming at the mouth, bring out the big guns, with this set from nail-varnisher extraordinaire, Deborah. It’s got a great balance between colorful crèmes and cool iridescent shimmers.
For The Fancy Cat Lady In Your Life
Any item from this collection starring the Karl’s possibly-begrudging feline familiar is decorated with her adorably fluffy face. The height of luxury to me is a set of feathered and bejeweled false lashes bearing the name of a cat owned by one of fashions’ largest personalities. Spoil your friends as much as Karl spoils his cat, or Kanye spoils himself!
For The Beauty Zealot
Kevin Aucoin’s Face Forward (or any other coffee table tome by Aucoin) ($14.96)
I forced my parents to buy this for me from Costco, of all places, when it came out 14 years ago and basically went all Hermione Granger over the images and technique. The celebrity transformation chapter is unspeakably gorgeous. This is pretty much the Holy Grail of makeup books--bestow it wisely (or generously).
For The Korean Skin Care Enthusiast
Memebox (as in “Me! Me!”--not "meme," the Internet trope) is not a subscription service--it’s a series of curated Korean skin care “boxes” that you buy based on skin care concern, ingredient-focus, style, brand, color, body part--it gets specific. Each box has full-size products and some samples. You won’t know exactly what’s in them, but I suppose that’s part of the surprise. Don’t worry, there are reviews, so you can get an idea if a box has anything your gift recipient would want.
For The Type-A Diva
Ted Baker Cosmetic Case ($50)
OK, so there are LOTS of makeup cases out there, and often you don’t think twice about them. Which is why, for people like me who collect things to put makeup in, receiving this Ted Baker bejeweled and be-bowed case would be so lovely. Price range is broad, so maybe this Bambi Givenchy one ($375) is for someone who’s been REALLY GOOD this year, but this adorable Saturday deer dot case ($45) is a good gift for those with a long list to gift for (or for someone who’s been JUST OK all year).
For Your Friend Who Always Holds Up Airport Security
Oribe makes some seriously good hair stuff, so much so, that once you invest, there’s no way you’re going to parse out this liquid gold into cheapo travel tubes. Instead, smuggle this small, “full-size” (at 8.5 ounces--HAH!) bottle through airport security, crossing your fingers that it doesn’t register wrapped up in clothes in the dead center of your carry-on. Send a pal on holiday with this travel-friendly three-piece of shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil (the star of this collection), because fabulous hair is the best gift you can give, other than gold itself.
The Treat Yo Self 2014
Davines Deluxe Holiday Gift Sets (participating salons only)
Speaking of fabulous hair, you can be the hairy godmother of gifting with these Davines sets, featuring their popular Nou Nou and Oi collections. They’re the secret weapon of gifting because no one will suspect that you’re not just buying it for yourself. (But seriously, I may just buy this for myself…) They're so special you can't buy them online: call your local Davines-carrying salon to find out if they're in stock.
- Tell me: have you made your holiday shopping list yet?
- Any of these little treasures a fit for someone in your life?
- Because if they're not, we can totally talk about other gift ideas in the comments.