By BR Amelia
‘Tis the season to be jolly…
Jolly? Are you sure? I don’t know about you, but I’m freaking out a little. Present buying always gets me like that. I want to ensure that the presents I give my favourite people are absolutely perfect. I want to see them open up their gifts and give me a look that says ‘you know me so well’ before they knock me over in a giant hug. Of course, buying the right gift – especially of the beauty variety – can take a lot of planning. I approach it with an almost military method. I find my target, consider their weak spots and then buy them a gift I know is sure to blow them up into a giant smile-sized version of themselves.
So what are my top tips for beauty gifts for your favourites this year? Read on!
For the nature lover: We are blessed to live in a country filled with beauty businesses that take their commitment to animals and the environment seriously, so here the options are endless. From a pot of True’s Wonder Balm to the super stylish Trilogy Botanical Body Wash featuring a limited edition design from Hailwood, there’s a veritable array of gift ideas and you know the nature lover will appreciate you thinking of not only them, but the world around us.
For the elegant lady: While it’s tempting to say ‘Chanel No5’ or any classic perfume, it pays to remember that what suits one woman will not suit another, which is why a candle can be a great way to give the gift of fragrance to a lady who likes the finer things in life. And what could be more classic or more elegant than the divine aroma of Ecoya’s French Pear?
For the sensible one: I think sensible women are the most fun to buy for, because you can buy them something they’d never buy themselves, like a voucher for a manicure or pedicure. While they may tut away saying ‘you shouldn’t have’, you know that while they’re getting their tootsies or fingers attended to they’ll be thinking of and thanking you for giving them a treat that they’d never give themselves.
For the frivolous gal: Anything Lush would be great for this fun and fabulous soul. My pick? The Snow Fairy Castle. Not only does it have super cute packaging it contains Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Rock Star Soap… and Fairy Dust Body Powder! And what lover of frivolity wouldn’t want to shower themselves in fairy dust?!
For the stress head: I’m always tempted to give the stress-heads in my life a massage voucher, but I realise that the reason they’re often stressed is because they’re too busy – and that voucher will be sitting in a drawer gathering dust until it expires. Instead, it’s great to give them something relaxing that they can incorporate into their daily lives, like Scully’s Lavender Body Whip, ensuring at least one burst of calmness every single day.
Last, but not least, we do have to consider that rare person who is not going to be happy with what you give them no matter how much thought you put into it. We shall call them ‘The Unpleaseable’. Now while it’s tempting to just buy any old thing from an end-of-line store or a $1/2/3 shop, it’s a better idea to buy them a gift you know is good, a gift 99.9% of women would be happy to get, such as a gift set from The Aromatherapy Company or from L’Occitane. That way when they open it and put their nose up in the air, you’ll know it’s their problem, not yours and you did your very best.
So there you have it, a little list of beauty gift ideas sure to put a smile on hopefully any woman’s dial. Will you be buying beauty-related gifts this year? Do you dare divulge who’s getting what to us before the big day? What’s the best beauty gift you could be given? Spill!