Ah, the holidays. What isn’t there to love about those unpredictable family gatherings, ugly sweater house parties and obligatory but sometimes fun office potlucks? We can’t imagine anyone actually wanting to bring out their inner Grinch this time of year, but if there’s one activity that makes it plausible, it’s gift-wrapping.
And we’re not talking about the kind where you throw something inside a decorative gift bag and cover it with tissue paper. We mean the type of wrapping that requires more than five minutes of your time. Unless you’ve got a knack for creating perfect folds and grasping teeny pieces of Scotch tape, the entire process can go from frustrating to straight-up miserable in mere seconds. Add in a pair of scissors, and you’re risking injury too.
Now, you’re not only in a world of hurt, you’ve got a small sting to endure every time you open a present someone else wrapped for you. One word: tragic. The good news for those giving gifts to beauty lovers is that if you choose carefully, skipping this step is a possibility. Some of this year’s best holiday beauty finds are so beautifully decorative, you’re better off presenting them as is than covering up the gorgeous packaging.
For instance, we can’t think of a better place for Pat McGrath’s shimmery eye shadow palette than on top of a fireplace where it can sparkle in the firelight. And why not replace the pine-scented candle sitting on your coffee table with a porcelain Guerlain ornament? Ahead are just a handful of the skin and makeup sets that should be on your radar. And the best part? They require zero wrapping.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.