Q: My calendar is packed with parties and family gatherings over the holidays, and I like to bring each hostess a gift. Any suggestions for hostess gifts beyond flowers or chocolate?

A: Holiday-themed bath and body products are great little gifts to give a hostess this time of year. Even if she doesn’t use it herself, such products are practical for stocking up the guest bath over the holidays. Festive beauty sets like Philosophy The Cookbook , Philosophy The Bake Shoppe Set and Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Set are economical; give the whole set or break them up for smaller individual gifts. Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament and Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament are also appropriate and holiday-themed.

Q: My husband has very oily skin but only uses bar soap on his skin. I want to get him started on a simple regimen to slow down his over-active oil glands. Any suggestions for guy-friendly products?

A: Arm him with lightweight products that are oil-free. Men’s Health recommends pairing an exfoliating cleanser like Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser with a gentle hydrating lotion.

Q: I don’t consider my skin sensitive, but I was recently given a brand new, expensive skin care set that contains products formulated for sensitive skin. Is it still effective for me to use?

A: For the most part, those with normal skin have more freedom in the types of products that can be used for effective basic skin care. Sensitive skin care formulas lack the ingredients most likely to cause irritation, including scents, certain types of preservatives and artificial colors, but may not contain more potent ingredients for tackling concerns like acne and aging. Go ahead and use these products, and simply discontinue if you notice any adverse results.

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Stumped on finding the right gifts for the various loved ones on your holiday list? Whether you’re searching for a low-maintenance gift for your husband or a pampering yet practical gift for your mother-in-law, consider wrapping up a gift set of beauty staples. From holiday-inspired bath sets to travel-friendly fragrance collections, we picked out our favorites – along with five reasons why gift sets make dynamite gifts this holiday season.
  1. Stretch your holiday budget

  2. Most of us have experienced beauty sticker shock at one point or another – particularly if we’re looking for quality and long-term results from our beauty products. Fortunately, gift sets offer a way to try out those pricy beauty products without the economic strain. Plus, you get to experiment with an assortment of other products in a particular line, letting you find out which ones work best for you – without wasting your money.

    For those who already know what they like, gift sets with full-size products often bring more bang for your buck, costing less than the price of purchasing each product separately. And when it comes to gifts, it’s always great to give more for less. There are plenty of great beauty gift sets available for less than $25.

  1. Beauty ease for on-the-go

  2. For the jetsetters on your list, beauty gift sets are practical options that give the gift of effortless beauty – no matter where the final destination may be. Hair care and basic skin care sets are especially useful for the frequent traveller.

    Although most trial or travel-sized gift sets are the proper size for carry-on luggage, be sure to double check. All liquids (including toothpaste and lotion) must be in a container that’s marked as 3.4 ounces or less.

  1. A more seamless, effortless beauty routine

  2. Often, gift sets contain a particular collection of products within a beauty line that are designed to work together. For example, an anti-aging gift set will often feature a daily acne cleanser, toner, face lotion and spot treatment – all of which are formulated with the right ingredients that optimize their effectiveness when used together. These types of sets make basic skin care or treating a particular condition – like acne, aging or sensitive skin – a cinch, even through the busy holiday season.

  1. Variety to love

  2. Your best friend is a lip-gloss fiend, but you’re not sure which color she’d like. Or maybe your man adores a good cologne, but he tends to be picky about which scents he prefers. Dilemmas like these can complicate things when it comes to picking out the perfect present. Thankfully, gift sets provide the opportunity to give the gift of variety, thereby increasing the odds that he or she will love – and use! – your holiday present.

    Many designers offer fragrance collections that feature several different scents in trial-sized versions, making these an ideal gift for men or women. For the ladies who love cosmetics, consider gifts sets of lip-gloss, nail polish or eye shadow, giving her the gift of multiple shades for every mood and occasion.

  1. High quality skin and hair care – without the commitment

  2. Purchasing pricy beauty products can feel like a commitment. Even if you’re not thrilled with the formula, you may find yourself squeezing out every last drop just to make sure you get your money’s worth.

    As holiday gifts, beauty sets give your friends and love ones the opportunity to try new, high quality products – without the guilt of tossing the ones that don’t work out.

The gift of beauty

Beauty-inspired gift sets are the perfect way to finish off your holiday shopping. From hair care and festive shower gels to fragrances and lip shines, there are gift sets to please every person on your list. And, if you can’t find the perfect set, you can always fall back on a e-gift certificate, available in amounts as low as $15.


See also:

Winter 2013 Holiday Beauty: Gift Ideas for Skincare, Hair and Makeup

Winter Holiday Skincare Gifts for the Man in Your Life

Holiday Gifts For the Tween Girls on Your List: The Season’s 15 Special Beauty Picks for Preteens

Cold Weather Eco-Friendly Essentials for Your Winter Regimen


Philosophy The Bake Shoppe Set This gift set includes christmas cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and sweet creamy frosting body lotion. "
ASAP Travel Pack The ASAP Travel Pack contains three key products to ensure a daily skin care routine can always be maintained when traveling. "
Juice Beauty Organics To Go Perfect for you or as an organic gift! This organic five piece kit is all you need for a healthy, radiant glow on-the-go. "
Calvin Klein Men's Coffret Celebrate the timeless Calvin Klein classics with this gift set for men. "
The Art Of Shaving Full Size Kit Sandalwood The Art of Shaving products are Aromatherapy-based , scented with 100% pure essential oils selected for their therapeutic skin properties and specifically blended for a variety of skin types."

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