Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2012!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

With the Holidays right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a little gift giving guide. The holidays are a great opportunity to get something nice for someone that they might not necessarily get for themselves. Below are several ideas for gifts on different budgets, hope you enjoy or find it useful!

Stocking Stuffers:

   PocketBac Sanitizer's from Bath and Body Works. These are currently on sale for 5/$5 for a limited time only. They come in a wide variety of scents and are adorable to keep in your purse, gym bags, car etc. They also have cute little holders that range in prices. I personally keep them all over my house and in my purse.
   PocketBac's can be found online here or in stores.

   Also at Bath and Body Works, their travel size fragrance mists, body lotions and shower gels in a range of holiday scents are perfect stocking stuffers. They are regularly $5 but currently on sale for a limited time 3/$10
   Travel sized products can be found online here or in stores.

   Another great stocking stuffer idea is EOS Lip Balms and Hand Lotions. They are all the rage with their adorable, unique packaging, range of scents and amazing moisturizing capabilities.
   Check out the adorable Limited Edition 3 pack inspired by Alice in Wonderland These are available at Target, Walgreens and Ulta for around $10

   365 Days of Color Miracle Balms and Cuticle Oils are amazing, first of all. Second of all, they are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer! They come in over 100 different scents. The Cuticle Oils come in a roller ball applicator which is great for on the go application. I keep a few in my vanity, one in my purse and one next to my bed.
   Miracle Balms and Cuticle Oils are available online here, the Miracle Balms are $3 for a full size or $5 for a 3-pack sampler. The Cuticle Oils are $4 or $6 for a 3-pack sampler.

   Last up in the stocking stuffer category are these adorable Limited Edition Tweezerman Tweezers designed by Cynthia Rowley. They come in cute patterns and are made with the famous Tweezerman quality.
   They are sold exclusively through Sephora and can be found online here for $25

Gifts for the women in your life:

    In my opinion, everyone who wears makeup needs a decent brush set. Depending on your budget, you can find brush sets starting around $20 all the way up to a couple hundred dollars.

   Let's start with Coastal Scents, they have a 12-piece brush set selling for $17.95 and a 22-piece brush set for $34.95. These brushes are nice for starters. They both come with nice holders and would make nice gifts.
   Coastal Scents brush sets can be found online here.
   Next up I have the e.l.f. Gem 11-piece Ultimate Gem Collection. This is perfect for those who like a little bling in their life. The sets come in blue, pink or purple and all of them are beautiful.
   This set retails for $40 but is currently on sale for $25 and can be found online here and I've heard that sometimes they can be found at Target.
   Last for brushes, we have Sigma. These are a little more on the high end budget side but beautiful and great quality. They have sets that range anywhere from $54 all the way up to $510.
   Sigma brushes can be found online here.
   As far as palettes go, the Urban Decay Naked palette and Naked2 palette are classics. They have a nice range of colors that are suitable for all ages and skin tones. They both come with 12 shades as well as two additional items. The Naked palette contains a travel size Primer Potion as well as an eye shadow brush. The Naked2 comes with a mini Lip Junkie lip gloss as well as a dual-ended eye shadow brush.
   They both retail for $50 and can be found online at Sephora here Naked Palette and Naked2 Palette and in Sephora stores.
   Another great gift is the Fragrance Sampler for Her from Sephora. It includes 12 samples of high end perfumes as well as a voucher for 1 full-sized bottle of your favorite. I personally love the idea behind this. Sometimes its hard to choose a fragrance for someone, this allows them to pick their favorite.
   This set sells for $50 and can be found at Sephora online here and in Sephora stores.

   Now for nail polish! The Zoya Gilty Pleasures Gift Box is a major hit this season. It comes with 3 full sized nail polishes, Zoya Raven (black), Zoya Purity (white) and Zoya Gilty which is a real 18k gold top coat! It even comes in a really nice gift box.
   It retails for $45 and can be found online here, get it while its still available!

   Also from Zoya, the Ornate Collection. It comes with 6 beautiful polishes and has something for everyone.
   It retails for $48 and can be found online here.

   The new China Glaze Cirque du Soleil World's Away collection is also really popular. It features 12 shades which include some awesome glitter polishes.
   It can be found online in various stores as well as in stores. China Glaze usually sells for between $5 and $8 each.

   Another great idea is to check out monthly subscription services like ipsy and Glossybox. Everyone loves getting packages in the mail and you can get someone a year subscription and they will get a package each month!

   Also check out Little Black Bag, which I highly recommend! You have a choice of a $49.95 or $29.95 bag, once you decide you can pick your first item from their gallery. You are guaranteed to receive your choice item then their stylist will add 1-3 additional items based on your style quiz. After that comes the fun part! You now have the opportunity to swap your items with other people. Once you are happy with your selections, your bag ships! Not only do you get awesome name brand products, it is a ton of fun! You have the choice of getting one Little Black Bag or you can get them monthly.

Gifts for the men in your life:

   I have to admit, this is the category that I sort of lack at so I asked around and here are a few of the answers! (Thank you to everyone who contributed!)

   Every man needs a nice shaving set. Check out The Art of Shaving for some awesome high quality products including the Starter Kit. It includes a trial sized Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream and After-Shave Balm along with a trial sized Shaving Brush. The best part is that it also comes with a coupon for $25 off the full-sized kit!
   These kits retail for $25 and can be found online here .

   Bath and Body Works also has some nice options such as Cologne, Deodorizing Body Spray and Body Wash. Prices range from $5.50-$29.50. You could get matching scents and make a nice basket with some cozy pj's, slippers and their favorite movie. Let's face it, men like to be pampered too!
   Bath and Body Works Men's products can be found online here and in store.

   Sephora also has a Fragrance Sampler for Him which is again, a great idea. It comes with 12 sample size colognes with a voucher for 1 full-sized bottle of his choice.
   The set is $50 and can be found at Sephora online here as well as in Sephora stores.

   Other options include a nice tie, tickets to their favorite teams sporting event or maybe their favorite band, a fishing trip or even a round at a shooting range or a round of golf.

   Whew, that is a lot of information! Again, the holiday shopping season is the best time to find great deals and bundles. Make sure you check around and look out for special sales including Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Lots of online stores and websites offer free shipping and other sales.

   I hope you all have enjoyed this and maybe even found it a little helpful. Have fun shopping!

***This post is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the companies mentioned, it is meant solely as helpful hints/tips. I have not been paid or asked to mention any of these companies.


  1. Excellent gift guide, lots of good ideas! Good job Heidi!! :)

  2. I love you for adding me in here! :D
    and fragrance sampler? oooo!!!!

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