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.
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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)