This is the time of year when thoughts of gifting someone special becomes a preoccupation, and often a stressful one at that. Over the years, I’ve assembled these Holiday Gift Guides as a way to help you minimize any concerns you might have deciding on a gifting solution, by featuring suggestions on some of the season’s best and brightest gift ideas. Whether your holiday gifting is for Hanukkah, Christmas, housewarming, work, place of worship, Secret Santa, etc., the following gift ideas will inspire you to find that perfect gift that indulges the spirit with little to no effort. Enjoy!
~ FACE GIFTING ~
Skin Authority ~ Beauty Infusion Gift Set
This must-have Gift Set is an exceptional mix of curated products for achieving skincare perfection. Skin Authority continues to bring professional-quality, results-driven esthetic products to the non-professional, making this the perfect addition to any skincare regimen, or at-home spa experience. The Gift Set includes all you’ll need for achieving revived and healthy skin, like Instant Perfection Peel Pads, Hydrating Infusion, Clarifying Infusion, Anti-Aging Infusion, and Brightening Infusion. These products are formulated with ingredients that contain no dyes, fragrances, or parabens. Some of the super-charged ingredients of these formulations include Quinoa (Protein and Amino Acid Booster), Avocado, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Lemon, Turmeric, and Blueberry (Brighteners and Clarifying), Safflower Oil, Meadowfoam (Antioxidant Oil), Swertia Chirata (Gentian Herb), Abyssinian Oil (Hydration), Gorgonia (Skin Soother), AHA Glycolic Acid, and Fireweed Extract (Skin Soother). The beauty of these Infusions is that they can be worn alone, mixed into a moisturizer, or mixed into a primer or foundation. Each Infusion can also be combined with another to personalize a treatment experience. For example, some days I’d used each individual Infusion without any other product; then, other days I’d combine the Clarifying Infusion with the Brightening Infusion for my morning routine, and I’d combine the Hydrating Infusion with the Anti-Aging Infusion for my evening routine. I only found it necessary to use the Instant Perfection Peel Pads a few times a week; this product helped to prime my skin to receive the Infusion, and maximize its efficacy; they also helped to refine texture, minimize pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. I thoroughly enjoyed using each of the Infusions, and was always impressed with the results each one delivered. With consistent use of the Infusions, visible results included dry patches being eliminated; skin that looked healthier and more vibrant; hyperpigmentation and general skintone became more even; pore sizes were minimized; and, fine lines and wrinkles were diminished. Each Infusion was quickly absorbed, as well as being gentle, and non-irritating; they also provided exceptional hydration levels throughout the day.
~ BODY GIFTING ~
Claus Porto ~ Gift Box of Classico Soaps
Since 1887, this Portuguese company has been the luxury brand for artisan crafted soaps and candles. This Classic Collection includes eight 50g artisan crafted French-milled soaps made from pure essential oils, and include exquisite scents like Pomegranate, Vetiver, Almond Milk, Tulip, Tuberose, Lemongrass, Lettuce, and Wild Moss; a Belle Époque intricately designed lithographic wrapper adorns each bar. Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of each product.
Crabtree & Evelyn ~ Gardener’s Ultimate Luxury Gift Set
An ideal Gift Set for the gardener who needs to take care of, protect, and nurture the delicate skin of their hands, cuticles and nails. It includes products formulated to restore, recover, and protect like Gardener’s Hand Therapy, Gardener’s Hand Scrub With Pumice, and Gardener’s Hand Recovery; the Gift Set also includes Gloves, and Gardening Tool Bag made of durable fabric.
Red Flower ~ Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub
This beautiful and complex Scrub delicately sloughs off dry skin without irritating the delicate tissue; also leaves skin exceptionally hydrated; includes natural ingredients like Apricot Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Coffee, Coffee Blossom Oil, Lemon Oil, Litsea Oil, Monoi Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Pink Grapefruit Oil, Shea Butter, Sugar, and Sweet Almond Oil. Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.
Shiffa Dubai ~ Rose Bliss Balm
An extravagant way to drench your body with a restorative, hydrating, and nurturing aromatic Balm; gentle, non-irritating, and quickly absorbed, this luxurious formulation includes natural ingredients like Damascene Rose Oil, Rose Absolute Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Honey, Chamomile Extract, Jasmine Oil, Frangipani Oil, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Macadamia Oil. Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.
~ COLOR GIFTING ~
Jane Iredale ~ Champagne On Ice Kit of Mini Lip Glosses and Daytime Eye Shadow Kit
These adorable “minis” are perfect as stocking-stuffers, or to tuck inside a purse. The Mini Lip Gloss Kit includes three beautiful colors, You Go To My Head (a Sheer Gold), Lips On Crystal (a Fuschia Red With Gold Shimmer), and Lovely Bubbles (a Clear Iridescent) that are perfect for all skintones; each are formulated with natural organic oils that naturally hydrate the delicate lip tissue, drenching it with restorative and protective ingredients like Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Tangerine Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Ginger Root Extract, Lotus Flower Extract, Vitamins A and E. The Daytime Eye Shadow Kit is the perfect take-with kit includes five gorgeous colors that are perfect worn alone, to highlight, to define, or to layer; beautiful colors include Oyster, Almond, Cappuccino, Dark Suede, and Charcoal; the sleek mirrored compact also includes the perfect brush tip applicator.
~ SENSORY GIFTING ~
Agraria Home ~ Golden Cassis Petite Essence Diffuser
This is a beautiful addition for your living spaces. A delicate sola wood artisan-crafted flower shaped diffuser pulls the natural essential oils of Oranges, Berries, Cassis, Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Sandalwood, Galbanum, Amber Musk, and White Musk filling your space with long-lasting complex aromas; includes a decorative holder and tray. Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.
Claus Porto ~ Chypre Candle
Since 1887, this Portuguese company has been the luxury brand for artisan crafted soaps and candles. This clean and long-burning candle, perfect for the holidays, is infused with natural essential oils that include Crushed Roses and Cedarwood, plus Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange, and Blackcurrant Leaves; his perfect combination emits a very calming aroma. The porcelain bisque holder is also beautifully designed and complements all decors. Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.
~ RESOURCES ~
Agraria Home ~ http://www.agrariahome.com
Claus Porto ~ https://clausporto.com/us/
Crabtree & Evelyn ~ http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com
Red Flower ~ https://redflower.com
Shiffa Dubai ~ https://www.shiffa.com
Skin Authority ~ http://www.skinauthority.com
~ IN CLOSING ~
While this festive season may have our thoughts focused on finding the right gift for someone, let’s not forget the best gift to give, which doesn’t cost any money, and that’s the gift of our time with those we love and care about…family and friends. Lastly, don’t forget those in need…find a local or national charity and contribute what you can…that might even include volunteering for special projects, or sponsoring a food or clothing drive in your neighborhood, place of worship, or at your work place. To you and yours, I wish you peace, joy, and love!
That’s it for this edition. Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.
By Terry Herman
TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work. Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert. She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management. Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications. In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker. She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa. She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC). She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College. In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest. Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS. Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings. Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled. For additional information, email her at email@example.com.
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