Alas! I finally got a chance to take stock of some of the amazing limited-edition holiday offerings from a few of my favorite brands. If you’re hard-pressed for gift ideas, take a minute to be inspired:
1. BARE ESCENTUALS A VISION IN VELVET, $79
Twenty gorgeous shades of Bare Escentuals eye colors in jaw-dropping velvet and satin finishes. Gorgeously packaged in a row with blendable, buttery textures that can be mixed and matched. Worth $220 but available in a limited-edition for a fraction of the price, there’s just no way to go wrong with this gift for the beauty junkie.
2. ELF NAIL CUBE, $10
Do yourself a favor and stop by Target, because they have the most ingenious gift ideas, like this Elf Nail Cube. Not only does it have 14-holiday friendly colors of mini-nailpolishes, but it’s presented in a cute cube that displays them each beautifully. How can your resident polish enthusiast not appreciate this?! Plus, it’s a wallet friendly $10.
3. ELF 144-PIECE EYESHADOW PALETTE, $15
While you’re at Target anyway, I imagine this palette with every eye shadow color imaginable would be hard to pass up. You get 144 colors for only $15. Pick from brights for the adventurous beauty girl, or the neutral palette for the sophisticated types.
4. CRAFT COFFEE MEMBERSHIP, $30 for a 1-month subscription
The people behind Craft Coffee take their java very seriously. I’m talking 55 hours of tasting, evaluating more than 50 coffees from around the world each month. They only accept the very delectable though (and they’re tough judges, accepting less than 6% of the coffee that end up on their table!). The best part is they do all the work for you and send members a pack of three flavors that come out on top every month. If you know anyone who are just as critical of their coffee, this gift is definitely a creative way to help them indulge in their habit.
5. BENEFIT SHE’S SO…JETSET! MAKEUP KIT, $36
For someone who travels as much as I do, I would definitely appreciate a compact palette like this one from Benefit that has all the essentials — a 4-shade eyeshadow palette, their pore-covering POREfessional, They’re Real! Mascara (a must if you haven’t tried it…I care a small tube with me everywhere), face powder with brush, lip gloss, and a double-ended applicator. Easily fits in your jetsetters purse, and won’t give her any trouble at security. Comes complete with a How-To-Apply instructions as well.
6. BENEFIT CRESCENT ROW PERFUME SET, $36
While we’re talking about Benefit, HAVE you guys taken a whiff of their new perfumes yet?! They are INCREDIBLE and I’m obsessed with their limited-edition holiday kit of four fragrances in easy to-go etd vials. They’re each captivating on their own, but you can also mix and match florals to their oriental-woody scents to create your own scent. There’s so much good here. If you don’t get it for someone else, do a favor to yourself and gift to to yourself — you won’t regret it.
7. OJON TOTAL HAIR THERAPY SET, $40
One use of Ojon’s rare oil left my hair gleaming, so i wouldn’t think twice to recommend their kit. Helps hydrate, repair and boost hair shine with their mix of Tahitian monoi, marula, and kalahari desert oils.
8. EDWARD MARC SALTED CARAMELS, $30 FOR 32-PC SET
If leaving a box of these chocolates on my living room coffee table, and finding it empty by the end of the day is an indication of how delicious these chocolates are, then that should be enough to get your favorite person a box of them yourself. Warning: It might just be an indication of how much my roommates and I love chocolate. But ANYWAY. If salted truffles aren’t your thing, their christmas oreos will be ($5/set of three). Their chocolates are handcrafted with ingredients from around the world — cocoa from West Africa and Indonesia, vanilla beans and spices from the South Pacific, and more. Check out their website for all their holiday-themed offerings: edwardmarc.com.
9. SENSATIONAIL STARTER KIT, $60
If you have a friend who can’t quite get over their gel-nail polish addiction at the salon, this will make her day: an at-home gel-nail kit at a fraction of the price from SensatioNAIL. That means 10-minute manicures all in the comfort of your home. They also just launched their Glitter Effect duos that will get her in the holiday spirit in no time.
10. LAURA GELLER NEW YORK LOVE STORY PALETTE, $22
Laura Geller’s ode to NY. The most brilliant thing about this makeup palette (besides that it contains a round up of beautiful, romantic shades that take you from day to night), is that it’s as thin as a CD case. Translation: it will not only fit your purse, but it will also be fun to watch your loved one keep herself from rolling her eyes thinking it’s just another CD before she unwraps this gift to be completely blown away. And all for less than $30.
11. RUBINA’S CAKE SHOPPE GIFT BOX, $18 A BOX OF 6 TRUFFLES
Gourmet truffles with rich flavors (think chocolate cake blended with chocolate strawberry buttercream, hazelnut with vanilla cake, or coconut cake with coconut buttercream to name a few), there’s something for everyone. Create a box of a dozen decadent flavors with custom ribbons, gift message, and logo hangtags for a nice personalized touch.
12. MAC FABULOUSNESS EYE KITS, $40
It’s going to be hard to find something as chic as MAC’s new satin-tufted compacts. Complete with matching shadows to compliment any girl’s style. They have equally luxe palettes for face available for $10 more.
13. CUISINART HAND BLENDER, $33
An essential accessory to any kitchen, this small blender has a powerful 200-watt motor and is dishwasher safe. The hardest part will be to pick a color.