Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Best Gifts for Everyone Else

We continue our Holiday Gift Guide 2012 with Best Gifts for Everyone Else.

Best Gift for your BFF:  We are truly, madly, deeply in love with Smashbox’s Studio Pop Ultimate Palette and are confident it will make most gals flip. Elegant, compact and choc-a-bloc full of mirror, 45 eye shadows, 9 cream eye liners, 1 bronzer, 2 highlighters, 3 blushes and 6 lip glosses – this is a gift that will be used and loved through the entire calendar year and your BFF will think of you each time she puts on her war paint.

Best Hostess Gift:  Crabtree & Evelyn’s Winter Garden Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser wins this hands down.  From the gorgeous packaging to the impressive size to the welcoming scent of holiday greens, frosted apricots, amaryllis, and ice glazed fruits, this fragrance without flames is a gift that is beautiful addition to any home.

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Another favourite of ours was The Body Shop’s new round handwashes and  lotions that remind us of Christmas ornaments.  We particularly loved the scents Ginger Sparkle, Cranberry Joy and Vanilla Bliss.  Gift the handwashes and lotions as sets or separately.

Best Gift for your Neighbour:  Velata chocolate fondue set is such a perfect gift for newlyweds, a family or even a chocolate-loving single.  As there is no flame, it is safer and very easy to use as you simply warm the chocolate in the microwave, then it is kept a perfect temperature in the warmer via a light bulb. There are four chocolate flavors to choose from milk, caramel milk, dark, and white. Let the dipping begin.

Best Gift for a Grunge Friend:  The Wah Nails Book Of Nail Art is truly a bible of nail art and a must-have for anyone who is on the cutting edge of trend.  The WAH Nails salon was the brainchild of Londoner Sharmadean Reid and she shares her special secrets in this book.

Best Gift for Your Babysitter:  We absolutely love The Body Shop’s Born Lippy Lollipop. This 5-pack of lip balms in fruity flavours is one of the coolest holiday collections out and sure to let your babysitter know just how much you appreciate him or her.  We also love the The Body Shop’s Ginger Sparkle Shower, Scrub & Moisture collection that comes in a reusable Gingerbread Man Tin if you would prefer to give a range of products rather than just lip balms.

Best Gift for Your Friend’s Young Child:  We are in love with Hank & Jojo’s Organic Cotton underpants (sized 3-4 years).  This five-pack features 5 fun characters:  Love Bug, Silly Goose, Wise Owl, Busy Bee, and Sly Fox.  100% Organic Cotton, Water-Based Eco-Friendly Dyes.

Best Gift for your Entrepreneur Friend:  Have a friend who is running to and fro starting a new business?  Whether it’s pitching for VC funding or simply working through the kicks of his or her idea, we have found the perfect gift for you to give the entrepreneur in your life:  Marketing in the Round Marketing in the Round:  How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign in the Digital Era by Gini Dietrich & Geoff Livingston. It is a brilliant and much needed holistic guide to coming up with a current and relevant marketing strategy and truly a must-have for competitive businesses today.

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Best Gift for a Friend Who Suffers from Frizzies:  One of your BFFs or a really nice girl at work is stuck with too many bad hair days?  Gift her La Coupe argan oil shampoo and conditioner for effective shine and repair salon style, or gift her Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensively Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream for a more intense effect. Very easy to use, all these products feature argan oil which means the results are quite immediate.

We also highly recommend the Bangstyle range of products.  The Light Sea Salt Mist gives perfect beach hair, the Thickening Fibre Gel instantly volumizes and thickens hair and the Fleixble Hold Spray successfully manages to keep hair in place without weighing it done.

Best Gift for a Fashionista Friend:  For an insight into the journey of style revolutionary, check out Vidal Sassoon:  How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of Scissors.  It features candid snaps, fashion photography and stories by Sassoon and members of his artistic circle, chronicling the way he transformed fashion.

Best Gift for Secret Santa:  For under $20, we absolutely love the Crabtree & Evelyn Little Luxuries Box in pomegranate. This trio of bath & shower gel, body lotion and hand therapy is stunning to look at with a great scent and even a very cute little bow on top of the box.

For under $10, we recommend The Body Shop’s Strawberry Cupcake Gift which features a mini soap, mini shower gel and two bath lilies.

Best Gift for a Friend Who Cooks:  Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes by Ariana Bundy is a true gem of a book.  The recipes are exotic but relatively easy to make and can effectively add glamour to otherwise ordinary dinner party menus.

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Best Gift for a Friend Who Bakes:  The Art of the Cookie:  Baking Up Inspiration by the Dozen by Shelly Kaldunski is full of high impact recipes.  Particular favourite recipes include Sparkly Macarons, Chocolate Sweethearts and Garden Flowers.   

Or, if you want to surprise your friend with something fun and different, gift her Philosophy’s The Bake Shoppe, a set of Christmas Cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and Sweet Creamy Frosting body lotion.

Best Gift for a Friend Who is Romantic:  The Princess Bride:  A Celebration is the first and only official companion to the beloved romance film.  It includes the brilliant William Goldman story as well as “script pages, production designs, and reminiscences from cast and crew.”

Best Gift for a Friend Who is Going Through a Tough Time:  LUSH Cosmetics has a gem of a gift in Merry And Bright.  While we didn’t fall in love with its rectangular wrapping paper packaging, inside there is a ton of goodies just made to brighten up someone’s day.  It has Mr. Punch and Northern Lights soaps, Ponche shower gel, Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter and Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, all with different textures, scents and uses.

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Best Gift for a Friend Who Likes to Read Fiction:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgentern is a memorable work of fiction that has often been compared to everything from Harry Potter or Twilightto Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell with its engaging tapestry of magic and love.  It is currently being made into a film by Summit Entertainment.

Best Gift for Yourself:  We absolutely love The Body Shop’s Cranberry Joy lip balm.  It was made for mistletoe moments as it gives a subtle red tint and shimmer to your lips, while moisturizes.  The new red and gold holiday packaging is also very sexy.

This concludes this year’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012.  Happy Holidays!

About T. U. Dawood


T U Dawood is a freelance journalist and a specialist on entrepreneurship, women and money and self-optimization. Check out her self-optimization website Preview Your Life.

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