The holiday season is the busiest (though most cheery) time of year for me. I think this is the same for most people – and while I thank my lucky stars I don’t have to make time for things like cooking a turkey dinner or finding a tree (and decorating it), I have found myself so overwhelmed with not a single day off this month (hence my lack of Friday post)!
Anyhoo, like with most situations in the world of holistic vanity, its beauty to the rescue. And I find beautycare and services make excellent gifts as they are both intimate but practical. Practical is key, as we all have so much stuff, that its important to me to give something that won’t just create clutter. (My mother is the same way, and for my 17th birthday she gave me a scientific calculator… needed, but didn’t really give me a warm fuzzy feeling.) So, for any of you still trying to find usable gifts which are still have that personal, here are some suggestions of beauty for some of the most challenging recipients.
Your Boss: What to get your boss? Something which shows you have great insight and listening skills, but also are a professional who knows what is appropriate. Then there is the matter of price – spending too much may be a bit awkward, but you don’t want to compromise quality. My suggestion? An organic hand cream. Maybe with a note that says “Something nourishing after a day on the computer”. And like fragrance, its all in the packaging. A beautiful glass jar or sleek silver sleeve makes this modest gift one of luxury. Price: For a good one? $30-$60.
Your BFF: She has everything, dresses impeccably and you’ve been dueling to outdo eachother for best gift each year round. But if she is anything like me or my girlfriends she also complains about premature signs of aging (that don’t really exist) and is so busy that she finds it hard to make time to get into the spa. Enter the Clarisonic – I have blogged about this little face buffer, and it smooths out the most stubborn complexions. Its easy to clean, easy to use and easy to travel with. Price: $200 approx. depending on which model you choose.
Office Secret Santa: Sigh – I dread Secret Santas – half the time I don’t know the recipient that well and there’s a price limit of say $20. Sometimes you don’t even get to know the name of who you are buying for and need to get a gift so generic that it risks being unthoughtful. Well, I’d suggest something like our Pure + Simple lip sets (Mistle toe prep kit). They include an organic lip oil and lip balm, which have no color so are unisex (plus in my experience, men are just as addicted to lip balm come winter as women are). Plus, who wouldn’t want more luscious lips? Price: $13.95 – for all of this season’s P+S gift sets, click here.
Dad – Have you seen the McDonalds commercial which says that “Dad has everything” so the best thing to give him is family time at Mickey D’s? Well, while they may be right, Dad is hard to shop for, I don’t think stuffing our faces with Chicken Mc Nuggets is the best way to say you love him. It is a great opportunity to remind him that he too needs to take some time out to take care of himself. This can be done with a great little natural shave kit from Pure Man. It includes skin restoring items like a Hydrating Cleanser (50ml), Skin Soothing Shave Cream (100ml), Organic Peppermint Aftershave (50ml) + Skin Soothing Balm (50ml). This regime helps combat winter dryness and decrease shave irritation, resulting in a gift of more radiant, comfortable skin. And natural products are better as they have a more therapeutic positioning rather than being too frou frou.
But of these don’t strike your fancy – when in doubt there are always gift certificates and services. I’m actually having my RMT come to my place and give my mom a massage followed by a serving us a wholesome vegetarian dinner which adheres to all her dietary restrictions. Who doesn’t enjoy service like that?