Finding the perfect holiday gift for every important lady in your life is enough to give even the most skilled shopper a headache. Stumped on what to gift your aunt, your mom or your best friend this season? Check out our fail-proof gift picks.
Moms typically take care of everyone but themselves, so giving her the gift of a little pampering is always in style. This year, give her the gift of relaxation and anti-aging all in one with Iluminage’s Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase. The fibers in this chic pillowcase are embedded with Copper Oxide, a mineral known for its skin-saving properties, and the pillowcase is proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles! (neimanmarcus.com, $60)
Sisters are usually pretty vocal about their likes and dislikes, so shopping for them is typically pretty simple. But if you have a sister who’s a bit difficult to shop for, involve her in the gifting process. How? Get her a gift card for a specific item that she can customize, like Chromatic Gallerie shoes. She can choose the color, heel height and texture of her shoe. What’s more fun than that? (chromaticgallerie.com, prices vary)
Makeup sets are always a safe option for your BFF! And if we were the type to drop hints, we’d want our BFF to get us bareMinerals’ Smoky & Sultry set, a 5-piece collection of products for eyes and lips that gives you a sexy come hither look. (Ulta stores, $25)
Give your sister-in-law the gift of this and that with a VIP box from Giuliana Rancic’s website FabFitFun.com. There are four boxes a year, one for every season, and each is filled to the brim with fashion, beauty, food and fun! She’s bound to find several items she loves. (vip.fabfitfun.com, $50 per season)
I don’t know about you, but I have some pretty fond childhood memories of baking Christmas cookies with my aunt. The Cookie Exchange Gift Set from philosophy brings back those memories with its sweet smelling body wash, lotion and lip gloss. Yum! (macys.com, $24)
There’s something inherently intimate about gifting a beauty set — whether it’s skin care or fragrance — so if you’ve only known your boyfriend’s mother for a short while and want to impress her with a gift, avoid the beauty aisle. There’s no way of knowing whether she has any ingredient allergies or sensitivities, so opt for a classic pair of gloves, like these White + Warren cashmere ones Gilt is selling at a major discount. (gilt.com, $49, originally $99)
Grandmothers are special ladies, and they deserve a little pampering every now and then. This season, treat yours to Burt’s Bees’ Tips and Toes Kit, a collection of creams and butters perfect for getting her through the dry winter season. The set also includes a replenishing lip balm!
Finding a politically correct gift for your boss can be a bit tricky, but in our experience, a relaxing candle is always a winner, especially for highly stressed managers. Elemis Scent of Spa Luxury Candle fuses the scents of vanilla, orange and cinnamon for a therapeutic experience your boss is sure to enjoy. (timetospa.com, $40)
Your stylist, facialist, etc.
Whether you know your go-to salon expert well (thanks to those gossip sessions!) or prefer to unwind in silence at the spa, a gift card is always a safe and sweet way to show your gratitude. T.J.Maxx is our go-to option because you know your gift recipient will get more bang for their buck on the best designer items! (tjmaxx.com, prices vary)
What girl doesn’t want perfect hair? We sure do! Calista Tools Perfecter Heated Round Brush & Texture Spray is the perfect gift for the beauty obsessed niece on your list, no matter her age. Perfect for all hair types, the hot brush volumizes or curls hair to perfection while also protecting locks from heat damage. (qvc.com, $80)
This season, Taylor Swift is releasing a fun new fragrance, Taylor by Taylor Swift Made of Starlight Musical Edition, to add to her ever-growing collection of hits. You might just want to steal this one from your daughter, ladies, it smells that good! But the fun doesn’t stop at the scent. This fragrance is housed in a box that doubles as a music box and plays Taylor’s song “Starlight” when opened. Cool, right?
(ulta.com, $65 for 3.4 fl.oz.)
One of our fave ways to indulge is with a pedicure, but going to the spa frequently sure does add up. This season, we’ll be treating ourselves to one of the most genius inventions ever, Clarisonic’s new Pedi Foot Transformation System. Much like the brand’s bestselling face brushes, this tool transforms the skin on your feet by scrubbing away dry, rough patches. Add this one to our list, Santa! (clarisonic.com, $200)
Your office BFF
If you’re lucky enough to have a coworker that also doubles as your best friend in and out of the office, don’t forget to show her a little appreciation this season! After long hours working away, she’s sure to love a little lazy time at home, and these comfy, cozy fleece lined sweater leggings from ilux are just the thing. (ilux.com, $34)
Everyone knows an adventurous beauty lady or two. If you’re shopping for one this season, get her something extravagant and rare. Dolce & Gabbana’s limited edition The One 2014 fragrance smells and looks classy, and is the perfect gift for the wildcard on your list. (neimanmarcus, $108)