Q: My husband wants some higher quality skincare products. What are some good skincare items to add to his stocking?

A: Start by getting him some nicer shaving items. Pre-shave oils, nourishing shave creams and reparative aftershave balms are all part of a better daily shave, so add a shave kit like the Grooming Lounge The Greatest Shave Ever Try Me Kit to his stocking.

Q: What’s a good stocking stuffer for a new mom? My friend just had a baby and I’m not sure what’s safe to use on her skin.

A: Look for brands designed for new moms. Mustela 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash is a one-step cleanser that both moms and babies can use to get hair and skin squeaky clean. Or try L'Occitane Mom and Baby Cream, which is full of ultra-hydrating ingredients like shea butter and sweet almond oil.

Q: My sister loves high-quality skincare products, but she has a lot of products already. What type of skincare product would be good for someone who already invests a lot of money into her skin?

A: Facial masks and peels are great because you can never have too many. As long as you don’t buy her a duplicate of a product she already has, she’ll love a new luxurious skincare treat.

Q: I’m never sure whether I should use smaller gifts as stocking stuffers or wrap them as main gifts. Should stocking stuffers generally be inexpensive items?

A: Traditionally, stocking stuffers are often thought of as the cheaper items, but that’s really up to you! A fun thing about stockings is that if you put a nicer item – such as a higher quality serum or skin care treatment – in a stocking, it will be more of a surprise.

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With so many gifts to buy during the holidays, it’s easy to overlook stocking stuffers. Although they may be small in size, these little treats are still an important part of the gift-giving season. If you’re looking for some ideas on small gifts that your friends and family will appreciate, branch out from the more traditional stocking stuffer ideas like sweets and nuts; instead, wrap up a few skincare, hair care or makeup items.

Traditionally, stockings were filled with simple items like candy, fruit or small toys, but pretty much anything can be a stocking stuffer today as long as it’s the right size. In this article, you’ll find stocking stuffer ideas for everyone you’re shopping for, whether you’re looking for a couple of inexpensive extras to add to the rest of your goodies or would like to feature skincare and beauty items as a more prominent part of your gift.

  1. Makeup kits. If your sister or friend loves trying the latest makeup trends, she’ll be thrilled to receive a set of fun new cosmetics to try out. If you’re not sure what her favorite products and shades are, you can’t lose with one of the many cosmetic gift sets that are offered during the holidays.

    • Product pick: Stila Seeing Stars Smudgestick Set is a set of beautiful Stila eyeliners in five festive metallic shades she’ll love wearing to upcoming holiday gatherings. These liners are waterproof and long-wearing, so there’s no need to worry about smears or smudges on rainy days.

    • Product pick: Even if she’s not old enough for makeup, there are plenty of beauty options for teens and pre-teens. Flavored glosses are always a winning gift for younger women. Philosophy’s Lip Shines come in fun flavors like Candy Cane, Egg Nog and Maple Glazed Cake and offer hydration for the winter months.

  1. Beauty tools. Flawless skin is something that’s universally desirable. Whether she’s looking for something to help her achieve clear skin or reduce the signs of aging, an innovative skincare tool will be something she can use and benefit from long after the holidays are over.

    • Product pick: Give her a Clarisonic gift set like the Clarisonic ARIA Sonic Skin Cleansing System - Red, which comes in a fun and festive red color this season. The Aria is a three-speed cleansing device in a sleek, high-gloss handheld device that she’ll never leave home without.

    • Product pick: Need a more low-maintenance skincare tool? The one-button, one-speed Mia by Clarisonic is an easy way to care for the skin. Try a set like Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System - Green to get her on the right track.

  1. Hair care gifts. Travel season isn’t over yet, and it’s often hard to bring full-sized styling tools on long trips. Mini hair-styling tools are great stocking stuffers that make traveling a little easier; they’re also useful for touch-ups during a long day of work or after the gym.

    • Product pick: A mini flat iron like the CHI Air Compact Ceramic Dual Voltage Mini Flat Iron provides all the power of the popular CHI ceramic flat irons in a small size, so she can reduce unwanted frizz and keep hair under control even when she’s away from home.

    • Product pick: The T3 Featherweight Journey is a compact dryer that folds for easier travel. The patented Tourmaline SoftAire™ technology reduces the time required to dry hair – perfect for vacation days.

  1. Anti-aging products. Having healthy, youthful skin is at the top of any woman’s list, and you can help her achieve those goals by getting her started with a set of high-performance anti-aging products. These kits are a great introduction to a new product line, whether you’re giving your gift to a seasoned beauty or a newbie.

    • Product pick: The Youth As We Know It Starter Kit contains a few essentials that she can use to create a new daily regimen, including a cleansing cream, anti-aging eye cream, day cream and night cream.

    • Product pick: Let her try a little of everything with a kit like Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box Set, a set of products that can help to transform skin. Each kit contains the Invigorating Night Gel, Sheer Transformation Crème and Truth Serum Collagen Booster.

  1. BB creams. Although they’ve been on the market for a while now, BB creams are still a popular choice. These all-in-one creams offer benefits such as reducing lines and wrinkles, clearing pores and protecting skin from UV rays and environmental damage.

    • Product pick: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream treats a wide array of skin concerns, including minimizing pores, reducing blemishes, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaving skin looking healthier on a daily basis.

    • Product pick: For a flawless complexion, Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream is formulated with Flexitone™, a new technology that works to match your unique skin tone and leaves your skin looking even-toned and radiant. This cream also hydrates and offers anti-aging benefits.

  1. Green skincare gifts. Know someone who is into natural and organic products? Christmas is a great time to introduce her to some beauty goodies that make use of botanical and natural skincare ingredients.

    • Product pick: Decleor Hydra Floral Flower Nectar Moisturizing Cream is a cream she can use every day to keep skin healthy and counteract drying winter temperatures. It contains 85 percent natural ingredients, is free from parabens and mineral oil and drenches skin in moisture and nourishing ingredients.

    • Product pick: Soothe and comfort dry skin this winter with the L'Occitane Protecting Shea Butter Collection – a set of products that contain deeply nourishing shea butter. This kit contains products for the whole body.

  1. Stress-relieving gifts. It’s fun to choose stocking stuffers that all have a common theme, and anti-stress products are the perfect theme for gifts around the holiday season. Fill her stocking with goodies like anti-stress body lotions, perfume sprays, bubble baths and candles.

    • Product pick: She’ll love Molton Brown Seamoss Stress Relieving Hydrosoak – a special Dead Sea mineral bath soak with added nutrients like seaweed and horse chestnut extract that are designed to detox and clarify mind and body.

    • Product pick: After the bath, she can use a lotion or gel to soothe sore muscles and release further tension. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel contains essential oils of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger and works wonders after a workout, or just after a long day of holiday travel.

While stocking stuffers may be small, this doesn’t mean that you can’t give great gifts! Whether she wants something to improve her complexion, a pampering luxury product or just some new cosmetics, there are plenty of exciting options for stocking stuffers. Surprise the ladies you love with products that fit perfectly into stockings – and offer the year-round gift of beauty.


See also:

Cold Weather Beauty Handbook

Healthy Holiday Gifts for the Green Lifestyle: Memorable Planet-Friendly Presents for the Holidays

Holiday Beauty Gift Sets for Budget and Travel-Friendly Skincare: Pampering and Practical Gift Sets for Everyone on Your Shopping List

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


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