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Christmas gift ideas: Makeup, perfume, lotion, candles and bath products

Special to the Los Angeles Times

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.

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 Estee Lauder Golden Blockbuster Set ($55 with any Estee Lauder fragrance purchase,

>>>The artistically inclined may favor the Lorac Box Office Sensation Train Case ($56, or Tarte the Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, which also comes with a necklace ($52,

For the romantically inclined

She loves flowers and flounces and there's a fading Jane Austen 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,

>>>"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,

>>>Cire Trudon Les Parfums d'Intérieur — a collection of hand-crafted room scents such as Nazareth ($142,,

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:

>>> Chanel N°5 Now and Forever Luxuries Gift Set ($142,

>>>Josie Beauty in a Box: Orglamic Revolution ($52, or Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Face the Holidays Stress-free Gift Set and Essential Stocking Stuffer Gift Set ($149, $25

>>>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,

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 Los Angeles or at

>>>Green & Spring Relaxing Travel Set ($38,

>>>Dior Deluxe Holiday Travel Palette ($75, or Bobbi Brown Holiday Glamour Set ($100,

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,

>>>MAC She's Got it All Apply, Define & Line Brush Collection in a trendy tartan and studded bag ($49.95,

>>>Deborah Lippmann All that Jazz Nail Color ($40,

Budget friendly

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,

>>>Slatkin holiday candles in festive scents such as Winter, Fresh Balsam and Homemade Cookies ($10,

>>>E.L.F. Eyeshadow Palette 100 Shades ($10) and Hypershine & Lip Gloss sold individually or as a gift set ($1 to $5,

>>>Burt's Bees Pomegranate Spa Set and Lip Balm Tin Ornament ($20 and $10,

>>>Sonia Kashuk Dripping in Diamonds eight-piece cosmetic brush set in a sparkly silver clutch ($21.99,

For men

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,

>>>Recycled Rubber Toiletry Kit. A fair-trade product made in El Salvador from recycled tire inner tubes ($33,

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 West Hollywood

>>>Diptyque Pin and Orange Épicée Candles (, $68)

>>>Nest Votive Set ($32,;

>>>Mor Emporium Black Collection Italian Blood Orange Soap ($14,

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,

>>>Water.Org Limited Edition BPA-Free Water Bottle. Proceeds go directly to aid nearly a billion people in the world who lack clean water. Matt Damon is a supporter. ($18.99.

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