Gorgeously looking gifts are as memorable as they are extravagant, and with holiday lines filing of the customer service department, sometimes it’s easier to pick a treat that’s already boxed instead of waiting around the gift wrap table. Worried about what’s inside? I’ve sifted through tons of options to find the best wrapped sets at every price:
Crabtree & Evelyn Sensational Six Hand Therapy Musical Tin ($35)
Everyone can use a stash of portable hand creams to keep winter skin supple and smooth. Neatly packaged in a wind up musical tin that plays “Sleigh Rides” is an assortment of the brand’s popular ultra-moisturizing hand therapy creams in cutesy and colorful retro tubes. The Nantucket Briar is a fave; it uses myrrh extracts to condition nails and cuticles.
Hermes Le Bain Soap Set ($57)
If you’re looking for an ultra-chic hostess gift, give this highly perfumed soap set from Hermes. There’s something special about receiving an amenity from a French luxury line. Made with traditional soap-making techniques, the scents are so fragrant and invigorating your hostess may not even want to toss the box. I didn’t.
Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Look In A Box ($225)
It’s easier to get glam when you’ve got the right colors at the ready for experimenting. That’s what I love about this set; perfectly blendable crimsons and vintage golds look right on just about every skin tone. The shades are wearable and a welcome addition to any make up bag.
JINSoon Holiday Tout Ensemble Collection ($56)
Who has time or patience for nail art now? I don’t. But, with this JINSoon kit, you can rock some fashionably textured nails. The formulas are created without harsh chemicals (like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor). Chamonix especially is a trip; the pitch-black shade dries to a leathery finish, which lends a punk rock look to strappy sandals.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Féminin Pluriel Eau de Parfum ($195)
Imagine a liquid diamond in a bottle. Ultra-feminine petals, honeyed orange blossom, jasmine, and iris notes make for a delightfully sheer application before settling into a powdery woody base accented with Indonesian patchouli. The result is unassuming, prim and utterly beautiful—a scent that continues to blossom hours after the initial spritz. I’m ready for a refill.
Tarte Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection ($37)
Frequent fliers will adore this box of 12 fun minis, which includes a lip tint in Wishful (a light pinky nude) and a Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer used by nearly every girl who has ever trolled the shelves of Sephora. Try the sampler of Marcauja oil, which gives skin a serious hydration boost.
Oribe Beautiful Color Collection ($85)
This full-sized shampoo uses edelweiss flower and watermelon extracts to prevent highlights from fading while the gloriously scented conditioner is pretty weightless but hydrating. My one rant: Why hasn’t the divine smell been bottled up as a hair perfume?
Valentino Valentina Holiday Set ($115)
Always a crowd-pleaser, Valentina’s elegant set is perfect for fragrance freaks. The soft floral opens with swirls of strawberry and citrus and a subtle hint of earthiness from white truffle. Vivacious, unusual and distinctive, it’s a ‘stop-and-ask’ scent.
Simple Life Istanbul Cassis Gold Line Diffuser ($95)
A true Turkish delight, this stunning diffuser is more art than function. The swank glass bottle houses bamboo stems and a porous stone flower molded from a peat rock-blend to scent up your personal space. The spicy nuances of the cassis scent won’t overpower a room.
Aromatherapy Associates Relaxing Bath Box ($60)
Help someone detox from the stress of the holiday season with this bath box that includes a lavender scented body wash and shower oils made with the purest essential oils and natural plant extracts.
La Prairie Limited Edition Classic Caviar Holiday Set ($1000)
This is every girl’s wish box of caviar essentials, an over-the-top curated set that includes full sizes of a super-luxe eye cream, skin-drenching moisturizer, and rejuvenating liquid lift serum that work synergistically on prominent fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and elasticity.
ghd Bird of Paradise Styler ($225)
Nifty for the girl (like me) who has a range of ever-revolving hair styles, this 3-in-1 tool can create soft curls, beachy waves, or straight-as-a-pin hair in under 10 minutes. The limited edition Sunset color is a nice alternative to boring black, and the ceramic plates heat up fast and don’t get overheated, so the ends of strands stay protected.
Mandy After Fragrant Book & Companion Kit ($53)
Fragrance enthusiasts consider Mandy After a veritable goddess of natural perfumes and oil. This book explores the connection between the sense of smell and appetites through five key aromatic scents. Place the kit on top of the book in lieu of a boring red bow. The attractive box contains pure forms of the oils, tinctures, and even a chunk of resin so recipients can experience the scents as they read.
Dayna Decker Dahlia Absinthe Candle De Voyage ($38)
A royal hostess gift, this darling travel-sized candle set is elegantly packaged. The candle’s soy-based wax and EcoWood Wick™ make it sound like a crackling fireplace while the strong throw from its energizing combination of cassis, mulberries, and musk create a unique harmony of fruity notes.
A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.