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.
FOR THE RECORD:
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, http://www.macys.com) or the Estee Lauder Golden Blockbuster Set ($55 with any Estee Lauder fragrance purchase, http://www.macys.com).
>>>The artistically inclined may favor the Lorac Box Office Sensation Train Case ($56, Sephora.com) or Tarte the Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, which also comes with a necklace ($52, http://www.sephora.com).
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, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com)
>>>"Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights" ($15 to $27.95, http://www.amazon.com). 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, http://www.paulandjoe.com, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com)
>>>Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Tutu Holiday Eau de Parfum Spray ($105, http://www.nordstrom.com)
>>>Cire Trudon Les Parfums d'Intérieur — a collection of hand-crafted room scents such as Nazareth ($142, http://www.aedes.com, http://www.ciretrudon.com)
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, http://www.chanel.com)
>>>Josie Beauty in a Box: Orglamic Revolution ($52, sephora.com) or Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Face the Holidays Stress-free Gift Set and Essential Stocking Stuffer Gift Set ($149, $25 http://www.intelligentnutrients.com)
>>>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, http://www.sephora.com)
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 http://www.flight001.com)
>>>Green & Spring Relaxing Travel Set ($38, http://www.barneys.com)
>>>Dior Deluxe Holiday Travel Palette ($75, http://www.saksfifthavenue.com) or Bobbi Brown Holiday Glamour Set ($100, http://www.nordstrom.com)
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, http://www.sephora.com)
>>>MAC She's Got it All Apply, Define & Line Brush Collection in a trendy tartan and studded bag ($49.95, http://www.maccosmetics.com)
>>>Deborah Lippmann All that Jazz Nail Color ($40, http://www.nordstrom.com)
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, http://www.philosophy.com)
>>>Slatkin holiday candles in festive scents such as Winter, Fresh Balsam and Homemade Cookies ($10, http://www.bathandbodyworks.com)
>>>E.L.F. Eyeshadow Palette 100 Shades ($10) and Hypershine & Lip Gloss sold individually or as a gift set ($1 to $5, http://www.target.com)
>>>Burt's Bees Pomegranate Spa Set and Lip Balm Tin Ornament ($20 and $10, http://www.burtsbees.com)
>>>Sonia Kashuk Dripping in Diamonds eight-piece cosmetic brush set in a sparkly silver clutch ($21.99, http://www.target.com)
Because your alpha male wants to look good too, try:
>>>Kiehl's Ultimate Man Set ($50, http://www.kiehls.com, http://www.neimanmarcus.com)
>>>Antica Farmacista Vanilla Bourbon, Mandarin & Grapefruit or Sandalwood home ambience diffuser ($62, http://www.nordstom.com)
>>>Recycled Rubber Toiletry Kit. A fair-trade product made in El Salvador from recycled tire inner tubes ($33, http://www.priscillawoolworth.com)
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 (www.diptyqueparis.com, $68)
>>>Nest Votive Set ($32, http://www.saksfifthavenue.com);
>>>Mor Emporium Black Collection Italian Blood Orange Soap ($14, http://www.morcosmetics.com)
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, http://www.kiehls.com).
>>>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. http://www.water.org)