’Tis the season to stress over presents. But that’s where your favorite beauty editor chimes in with this fabulous, personally curated list of affordable gifts on Amazon. Mix and match items from the different guides or stick to one to create a themed package with each offering a range of prices for anyone naughty or nice.
Curated for the glamour GAL who seems to have everything, this list shows that the only gift to give her is more! When you buy for this beauty junkie, you want to make sure your selection is either cutely unique or fabulously usable.
As recreational cannabis continues to legalize and stoner stigmas are smashed, daily tokers and canna-curious GALs alike will adore this high-class curation of cannabis, CBD, and hemp products to mix and match.
A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis ($14) provides an easy-to-understand, fun overview of weed consumption, along with all the fabulous wellness benefits cannabis can offer.
Like skincare! Kiehl’s Cannabis Serum ($52) uses cold-pressed cannabis sativa seed oil to help calm irritated skin and reduce redness — a lovely addition to a winter skin regimen.
This five-star stainless steel Pot Head coffee mug ($27) is good for really anyone, but stoners will get an extra kick for its funny play on words and awesome insulation.
Not every smoker can pull off a weed ashtray ($17) this glam! The heavy windproof lid makes it perfect for outdoors, and the marble design with a crystal knob makes it oh-so discrete. Plus, the removable aluminum liner is easy to clean.
Save your friends from un-fabulous roaches with these pretty little Gold Blunt Holders ($15). And if you’re in a state where cannabis is legal, these pair perfectly with some Miss Grass pre-roll minis.
Creating an at-home salon is a wonderful way to relieve stress, keep up a beauty regimen, and save money between sessions. Plus, any product that mimics the luxury and relaxation of a spa is a no-brainer win for hard-to-gift GALs.
The Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer & Humidifier ($40) is the perfect gift for skincare-focused friends who love a good pore-cleansing steam. It’s especially helpful during the winter months since this nifty contraption also doubles as a humidifier.
This back-and-neck shoulder massager ($31) is a must! Hang your arms in the straps and let the heated, rotating balls melt all the tension away. A great gift for any desk-dweller, workout queen or you!
Someone gifted these affordable house slippers ($16) to me, and now I give them to everyone. They’re perfect for cold winter floors, adaptable as a quick summer sandal, and won’t smudge an almost-dried pedicure.
Add the L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream ($24) — a beauty cult favorite — to the house slippers as a pedi-present, or gift it alone as a little bit of toesies heaven.
My salon introduced me to the vegan, sustainable line R+Co Bleu, which donates proceeds to One Seed Planted to aid global reforestation efforts. While the brand’s prices are on the higher end, the R+Co Bleu Essentials Holiday Kit ($35) is the perfect way to share this gorgeously-scented luxury haircare — and for a good cause.
The award-winning Philosophy You’re Amazing ($32) gift set says it all! The two-piece set includes a shampoo/shower gel and whipped body creme in the brand’s signature clean fragrance, Grace, which is a safe bet for the perfume picky.
Speaking of scents, the Jo Malone Cologne Set ($169) features the British brand’s top five fragrances, made to mix and match. A definite crowd-pleaser for both GALs and guys, the rich scents are also responsibly packaged and help to raise funds for mental health charities.
You could gift this for its name alone! The Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($46) delights in pistachio, salted caramel, and vanilla, and its award-winning formula not only hydrates heavily, but also smooths and tightens skin.
The Softies Marshmallow hooded lounger ($87) feels like a hug from a cloud with its warm polyester-nylon fabric, cozy hood, and kangaroo pouch. And if Oprah loves it, then you know it’s golden.
As every coffee lover knows, the more, the merrier. There’s never enough java nor brewing accessories to support the obsession. Plus, adding a sassy twist to the coffee theme creates plenty of ways to “espresso self” this holiday season.
Let’s start with the table. Your fashion-forward friend will adore this looker of a coffee-table book, Tom Ford ($100), featuring more than 200 photographs of the designer’s work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004.
I mean, could there be a better cup? Gift your 9-to-5-er this nostalgic gem, Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition ($17), perfect to hold up to the cam on video calls or just to try to come alive.
Now this GAL might also love (read: need) this very cheeky, very strong bag o’ Joe by Death Wish Coffee Co. ($18), which claims “the strongest coffee in the world.”
And if time and quality are on her side, look no further than this gloriously reviewed Secura French Press ($25) for an easy-to-use, authentic pour.
But coffee doesn’t stop in our bellies — it’s also good for our skin. Check out this delicious Brooklyn Botany Arabica Coffee body scrub ($15), perfect for a peppy exfoliation of coffee and shea butter, dead sea salt, and olive, almond, and grapeseed oils.
The MAC Fast Response Eye Cream ($38) is another java gem. I fell in love with this product when I worked for MAC and have yet to find an eye cream that can hide the hangover or prep the eyes better than this coffee-infused cream.
And let’s face it. Sometimes you just want an easy win. Pair any of the above with a Starbucks gift card ($25), and your coffee lover will know you love them a latte.
Is your dude hard to shop for? Look no further than these must-have everyday essentials that will not only make him feel good, but look good, too.
The double edge razor by Vikings Blade ($19) is not your average holiday razor. The stainless steel, high-end design will raise the bar on your favorite guy’s grooming routine with its perfect grip and so-smooth, close shave. Plus will encourage him to ditch cheap disposables, cutting down on waste.
Of course, the cold brings out the beards, and if the dude on your list rocks this rugged look, help him keep it in check with this decadent-smelling organic beard oil ($25) containing sandalwood, rosewood, and jojoba oils.
The L’Occitane shea butter hand cream ($30) is a luxury for anyone’s stocking, but will especially benefit guys who battle dry, chapped hands with its combo of honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil.
Pair the Kiehl’s with this revitalizing hydrogel facial mask set for men ($14) — hydrating, beard-friendly paper sheet masks that bring a whole new chill to Netflix nights.
BodyRestore Shower Steamers ($15-60) are great for both men and women (so you can use ’em, too!). These aromatherapy shower bombs steam a refreshing eucalyptus and mint to restore the body and senses after an intense workout or stressful work week.
Another environmentally friendly item is the vacuum-insulated Yeti Rambler bottle ($40). This tough container holds 26 ounces of on-the-go goodness and will put any plastic water bottle to shame.
Happy holidays, all! XOXO.
P.S. Prices reflect those listed at time of publication.
Lauria leads beauty and wellness content as Beauty Editor. Look forward to Lauria’s monthly columns about the politics, art and science of beauty, and comment below to share your thoughts on these matters.
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