Gift Ideas: Gifts You’ll Want to Keep For Yourself
The Christmas season will be upon us before we know it and I don’t know about you, but I’m already planning my wish list, holiday movie lineup and of course, getting those gift ideas!
Sometimes it can be hard to focus on what you need to buy for other people during the holidays, when you’re so distracted by the sales, limited edition sets, holiday packaging, and everything else that you think you need. It’s just so tempting!
I’ve got the ultimate collection of gift ideas for the women in your life, but to be honest, you’ll probably want to keep them for yourself. Gift ideas are always so fun to come up with, but it can be hard to narrow it down. I’ve made sure to include options at various price points, depending on whether you’re planning to splurge or you’re looking for a steal.
Whether you’re using this list to get gift ideas for the ladies in your life or as a Christmas list for yourself, enjoy! If you need to use this gift guide as your Christmas list, there’s no shame in that. E-mail it directly to your significant other! Leave me a comment and tell me what’s on your list this year!
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A Killer Palette
There are SO many amazing palettes out right now I can’t even stand it! I love every palette that Tarte makes, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. This year’s holiday palette, the Limited-Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Set is amazing as always and makes for such a nice gift. It includes eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, a highlighter, eyeliner, mascara and gloss for $59. This is a serious steal considering everything that comes with it!
If you don’t need something quite so grand, go for the Tarte Flirt Eyeshadow Palette ($23). She’ll get 6 shades to create a variety of looks. These warm shades are so popular right now (and for good reason)! This is almost like a mini version of Tarte Toasted or the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. This would be a more affordable alternative for your girl that has either of these on her list – as long as she doesn’t mind a much more petite palette.
Give the Gift of Relaxation
After all of that holiday craziness, we all need a little relaxation. You know Philosophy is one of my favorite brands and their 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths smell so nice and can totally help a girl unwind. They offer an enormous variety of scents and cost just $18 each.
You can also find some great gift sets this time of year, like this Snow Angel set, a $27 value for only $14! Get this one quick! It appears to be one of the super-secret-limited-edition-mystery-deals at Sephora that I told you about in How to Buy Philosophy Skincare For Less.
I know you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about bath bombs, bath bombs, bath bombs, so I won’t say it. ANYTHING from Lush Cosmetics is always a great idea! Their fresh, handmade products are heaven! Their bubble bars make the biggest, bubbliest baths you’ve ever seen! If you’re not sure what to get, get a Lush Gift Card! That way she can choose her goodies, plus Lush has a CRAZY sale after Christmas and your recipient will get more bang for her buck…50% more!
A Fresh Set of Polish
And speaking of pampering, don’t forget about those nails! OPI has the most amazing nail polish set out this holiday season! You can find the Love OPI set at Ulta (online only) for $50. You get 25 mini polishes in a wide range of colors perfect for any season!
Not looking to spend quite that much? Try their Infinite Shine Iceland Trio for $30
or this Butter London trio for just $19. These colors are perfect for the winter months! Alternatively, you could treat her to a manicure by giving her a gift certificate to a local salon.
Accessories To Go With Any Outfit
No outfit is complete without accompanying accessories. Every girl can use a crossbody bag. They may not hold everything but the kitchen sink, but they’re chic, affordable, and perfect for running errands. As a busy mom, it’s currently my favorite accessory. I find the BEST purses at TJ MAXX and Marshall’s! Make sure to check there, you’ll find great brands at a super affordable price! I’m totally loving all of the round shaped one I’m seeing.
A cute piece of jewelry is another option. Tassels are everywhere and in my option, they’re fabulous! But, I’m a bit obsessed with these sideways initial necklaces that I keep seeing all over Instagram. They’re very reasonable ($34) and you get free shipping! This shop also has lots of other cute gift ideas. Check Instagram for promo codes!
Instagramable Makeup Brushes
This is my favorite category on this entire gift guide. There are SO many gorgeous makeup brushes out there. I’ve been needing a new set so I’ve been lusting over a few. Spectrum Brushes are some serious eye candy. They have got to be the most vibrant, colorful brushes I’ve ever laid eyes on. They also come with the most adorable cases. You may know this brand as the one who created the infamous Mean Girls Burn Book brush set. They’re an investment, but makeup brushes are something that last a long time. Prices vary, and each set contains different brushes. You can get 10% off when you sign up for their newsletter or you can get 50% OFF if you shop between November 22-27!
You know I’m a huge fan of IT Cosmetic and they have the most gorgeous brush set out right now! You can grab the Chic in the City set at Ulta for $68. This is a great choice for the fan girl of IT Cosmetics.
Not looking to spend quite so much? Try Tarte’s Limited Edition Artful Accessories Brush Set ($44). Not only do you get a set of beautiful brushes, but a cute brush holder as well. Both of these brands are cruelty-free and vegan.
If your girl doesn’t need quite an expansive collection, go for a small set of eyeshadow brushes. You can get this Urban Decay eyeshadow brush set for only $38. Remember, all makeup brushes, are NOT created equal.
Beauty Products that are Gorgeous AND Functional
I gotta say, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. That’s why I’m dying to get my hands on some Pretty Vulgar products. Pretty Vulgar is a new beauty brand that launched at Sephora this past summer and their products are beautiful, quirky, and from what I hear, fantastic. Their Lock It In Makeup Setting Spray ($30) in particular is absolutely beautiful! It resembles an antique perfume bottle, which I’ve always had a weird thing for.
Their mascara ($24) is also ultra gorg! The tube resembles a rose gold/white birdcage, complete with a tiny little bird on top. I’m telling you, I’d purchase this just for the cute factor. Any girl who wears makeup would appreciate these. They’re not only functional they would look so elegant on a vanity.
A Hair Tool to Rock Her Locks
Whether she has curls galore or pin straight locks, there’s a hair tool out there that she needs in her life. The Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush ($120) is a thermal straightener/brush combo. It straightens the hair while you brush with zero static or frizz. There is also a mini version of this available at Sephora for just $35.
OR you could get the limited edition Polished Perfection Set which includes the regular size Polished Perfection Straightening Brush + mini size + 2 full size Amika products (Un.Done Texture Spray and Perk Up Dry Shampoo) for the same exact price you’d pay for the regular size alone. Now, that is a STEAL! Amika also offers a similar set for those who want some curl, the Interchangeable Thermal Brush & Curl Icon Kit.
If she’s a girl who’s into those beachy mermaid waves (who isn’t?!) go for the Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver. You can get this on Amazon for under $15!
Something Warm and Cozy
If you’re looking for gift ideas for the girl who likes to be cozy yet chic, I’ve got a few for you. The one benefit of the winter months is being able to put on those sweats, and your favorite cold weather gear. However, you still want to look pulled together. Blanket scarves are cute, versatile, and can be found just about anywhere! These adorable ones are on sale at Kohl’s for just $18.
If you’re looking for something fashionable that will also keep her warm, you have got to check out these winter hats by H.E.Rossi! Not only will they keep her warm and looking cute this winter, they have interchange pom poms! I love how many different color combinations there are. Inside of each hat you’ll also find a fun, inspirational message like, “Babe, you got this”. These adorable hats are available exclusively at boutiques. They are a local company here in Upstate, NY. You can find them at J. Michael Shoes in Syracuse and Emma James Boutique in Skaneatelas. If you don’t live locally the Emma James Boutique also sells them online. Make sure to follow H.E.Rossi on Instagram and instastalk these colorful beauties.The Ultimate Gift Guide AKA Gifts You'll Want to Keep for Yourself. #giftideas Click To Tweet
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