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Last Minute Beauty Gifts

By Amalah

Hi Amy,
I stupidly offered to help my boyfriend with Christmas shopping and take care of gifts for his sister-in-law and 11 year old niece. I know this is short notice but am wondering if you have any suggestions. I was thinking either a Philosophy or Laura Mercier bath set for the SIL and possibly a less sophisticated bath/shower gel with lip gloss (not too make-up-y) for the niece. They’re both pretty low maintenance, athletic-types, but the SIL does like to be pampered a bit (he gave her a salon gift cert last year which she loved but he doesn’t want to repeat the same gift). Again, I know this is short-notice what with Christmas just a little more than a week away, but it’s also timely – do you have any suggestions? I know I would love one of the Amazing Grace sets but I also know it’s incredibly difficult to buy fragrances for someone you don’t know that well because what if they’re allergic or hate the particular fragrance you choose or whatever. Ugh! Any help would be appreciated!
Happy Ho Ho Ho
Amy

And NOW who is talking about Christmas gifts on incredibly short notice? And GUESS who is rushing to finish this column so she can go haul ass to the mall and buy a bunch of gifts she’s known for a month she needed to buy, but sort of hoped that if she completely ignored the holiday season, all this stuff would just sort of take care of itself?
So since I’m in a hurry, you’re probably in a hurry, the whole world is in a big hurry, I’m gonna simplify this down to a list of ideas rather than go on a rambling tangent about gifts and fragrance and whether or not it’s a good idea because THERE IS NO TIME. AND THAT’S WHY GOD INVENTED GIFT RECEIPTS. Like any gift, you do your best, but make it easy on the recipient to return it if they need to. Don’t bug her later to see if she’s used it, be happy if she volunteers a glowing review later.
So here are my favorite beauty and pampering-related gifts and sets, by price and recipient. Now get in the car and GO GO GO the clock is ticking.
AMY’S FAVORITE DROOL-WORTHY GIFTS, $50 AND UP:
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LUSH Legends
, $276.95, hot damn
LUSH Honey It’s Christmas, $76.95
Philosophy’s The Miracle Worker, $85
N.V. Perricone M.D. Power Program, $140
Laura Mercier Chocolate Truffle Bath & Body Collection, sold separately, $36 to $55
Juice Beauty Green Apple Body Brilliance, $59
AMY’S FAVORITE WHEEEEE-FUN GIFTS, UNDER $50:
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Bliss Glamour Gloves, $48
Sue Devitt Holiday Eye & Lip Kit, $36
Carol’s Daughter Souffle Trio, $32
Korres Party Survival Kit, $29
Kiehl’s Cranberry Deluxe Gift Box, $43.50
THAT EXTRA LITTLE SOMETHING, UNDER $25:
LUSH Frosty, $9.95
DuWop Lip Venom Trio, $21
Bliss Tried & True Travel Kit, $20
KIDS THESE DAYS, GIFTS FOR TEENS & YOUNG’UNS:
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Sephora Girls Secret Box, $24
Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Trio, $25
LUSH Very Berry, $39.95
Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Ring, $30
Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shimmer Body Lotion, $18
AND WHAT THE HECK, BOYS CAN SMELL PRETTY TOO:
Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set, $72
Anthony Logistics for Men The Perfect Shave, $50
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, $14

Published December 21, 2007. Last updated December 21, 2007.
Amalah
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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