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By Arwa Lodhi
Gift giving can be tricky, and getting in wrong can be embarrassing for both parties. No wonder many find gift-giving to be a mildly stressful holiday chore. The whole act of gift-giving a fascinating way to learn more about human nature. What are we trying to say with the presents we give? Why do certain occasions call for a gift while others don’t? What message do we interpret from the ones we receive? And how can we give a gift that’s truly appreciated? Unfortunately, it seems that all the best gift-giving intentions in the world do not necessarily lead to good gifts. So how to get it right?
First of all, and most obviously, give what you think the recipient would like to receive – something that smells nice, feels good, or is useful. Secondly, don’t go too crazy on the fanciness. Giving a skin cream is one thing; giving a gift certificate for a five star salon that’s on the other side of town and only has availability Monday mornings until 1o.30 becomes a chore. Finally, don’t be afraid to repeat gift themes: if you’ve got a circle of five friends to buy for, it’s fine to get them all luxurious scarves, movie tickets, or beauty products.
Here, we’ve tried to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier by suggesting some such indulgent organic beauty gift sets that anyone -including you- would be happy to receive.
Lightly scented with Damask Rose, this Kahina Giving Beauty set includes a traditional Moroccan Beldi soap that’s naturally rich in vitamin E, and an exfoliating Kessa mitt inspired by Moroccan beauty rituals. The gel-like cleanser is highly rich in Olive Oil, which acts as a nourishing masque, and when rinsed off, leaves the skin soft and ready for exfoliation.
Give the gift of relaxation with this Harmony Kit by Dr Hauschka. Contains one 10 ml Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash, a 10 ml Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence, one 10 ml Rose Nurturing Bath Essence, a 10 ml Rose Nurturing Body Oil, 10 ml Rose Nurturing Body Cream and 10 ml Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream. With the multi-faceted, enveloping fragrance of roses pampering the senses, the velvety-warm hint of sandalwood and the harmonising properties of lavender, this kit makes bath time something to truly look forward to.
Give the gift of beauty! This makeup selection was designed to give a healthy, flawless complexion. Skin will look and feel gorgeous all day long with these vegan, lightweight skin perfecting essentials that any woman would be happy to receive. Comes in six skin tones that range from the fairest to the richest deeper shades to cater to women of all ethnicities around the world. Contains 2 mineral powder foundations, a concealer, finishing powder, radiance boosting powder, vegan flat top makeup brush, cosmetics bag and makeup tips advice card.
Someone on your gifting list have you stumped? Try Aesop’s ‘Sway’ grooming kit, which contains a hand wash scented with Mandarin, Rosemary and Cedar, a hand balm with the same aroma, to moisturise skin and cuticles, Geranium Leaf body cleanser and a rich Geranium Leaf body balm. All products are completely unisex and come housed in a reusable zipped case that makes the daily routine a breeze.
This limited edition gift set is bound to sell out fast! It contains Trilogy’s award-winning, full-sized Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ as well as deluxe minis of Vital Moisturising Cream and RosapeneTM Night Cream, which repairs and protects for optimum skin health and a beautiful glow. This certified natural skincare kit is the perfect gift for someone you love, and comes packaged in a beautiful, bespoke, reusable box. In fact, this gift doesn’t even need wrapping – just tie on a gift card.
All any woman needs to be gorgeous this season is a great eye shadow, lip tint and cream blush – and all are provided in this ‘Essential Trio’ set by clean beauty brand creator and makeup artist Kjaer Weis. The shadow in Divine, lip tint in Goddess and creamy blusher in Embrace are all certified organic and come housed in the label’s sleek signature refillable compacts – it’s the perfect gift for beauty enthusiasts.
This varied kit contains the entire Celtic Complexion collection in convenient sized jars and bottles, suitable for air travel. There’s enough product here for approximately 2-3 weeks of continuous use. Housed in an organza pouch, you’ll find Celtic Complexion Creme, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF (which we love!), Youth Infusion 7 High Potency Serum, Vida de Fleur Liquid Moisturizing Serum and Calming Serum, Gentle Crème Exfoliant and finally, a Coconut Creme Cleanser.
One for the boys! This kit contains just what every guy needs: one organic Face and Body Lotion enhanced with Vitamin E, a Rich Hair and Body Wash, Tropical Shaving Cream and a 100% cotton face cloth. It’s the ideal bath, shower and shaving kit for men, and each product is infused with a rich, natural sandalwood scent.
Forget about fretting about which makeup shades best suit your recipient, or what kind of skin they have: this unique kit contains all anyone needs to achieve thicker, healthier lashes. When applied faithfully morning and night, the treatment creates volume and a bright-eyed, lifted appearance. There are 4 key products here: the Conditioning Lash Primer, enriched with Biotin and a strengthening Peptide Complex, has natural microfibers that attach to hairs and instantly extend the look of each lash. Then there’s the
Conditioning Drama Mascara, which enhances the eyes with a deep, black frame. After wear, the conditioning Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover will remove all traces of the products, and finally, the
Phyto-Medic Complex offers a blend of organic medicinal herb extracts to nourish follicles, supporting more natural growth in as little as four to eight weeks.
Give someone the gift of a sound sleep this Christmas! This trio is infused with soothing Vetivert and Chamomile essential oils that can be absorbed through smell or contact with the skin, instantly generating a sense of calm and relaxation. Packed into a festive box, this gift pack contains a Deep Relax bath oil to hydrate skin and perfume the bath, a Relax body oil for smoothing over skin after a bath or shower, and a Deep Relax roller ball aromatherapy travel scent.