Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

I've compiled this little list of gift options that I find to be exceptional in many ways. The price points vary as widely as the products themselves, and I have fawned excessively over each item and/or already own and happily use them. I have also listed any sales I am aware of associated with each company along with the item. Now, let your eyes feast!

D.L. & Co Gingembre art glass vessel with ginger scented candle
$250 [starting Friday, use code BLACKFRIDAY for a 25% discount on all products, including those from Modern Alchemy, Burn and Lisa Carrier lines]
This is pure, unadulterated luxury. It's hard to even begin to describe something that speaks for itself so clearly.

Paul Smith 2010 Extreme for Men Gift Set
$44.82 at A spicy, woody scent with an incense note, includes EDT 50 ml and Shower Gel 75 ml.
[Free shipping worldwide for the holidays, no minimum order]

Ash Pony Clutch in Black
on sale at for $245. This is a staggeringly cool clutch and would please the more edgy chicks on your list who get a kick out of buckles, zippers and other shiny and potentially dangerous things.

Alternative Apparel The Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie
$50.00 [friends and family sale: save 20% with code FAMILY until 12/5/10. Also, some Black Friday discounts happening on selected items]
This unisex hoodie is the softest thing a person could put against their skin, and is made from a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester and naturally occurring rayon. Everyone, including your mom and your brother will love this.

m Luxe Bath Collection in Hana
$25.00 at
Includes: Creme d'Amande Lotion (8 fl oz.)
Savon d'Amande Soap (5.75 oz.)
Luminaire d'Amande Candle (4 oz.)
A sweet almond scent with a hint of black cherry and chamomile, and a very good value.

Soivohle Art Liquide Little Black Box, Earthy Palette
$30 at Contains vials of Green Oakmoss, Sonoran Leather, Vanillaville, Massive Patchouli and Blood Orange & Vetiver
You can mix and match your own vials to go in this beautifully presented box, or choose one of the pre-selected collections. Prices will vary, but the quality and thought put into each fragrance will not; Liz Zorn is a talented perfumer responsible for some of the most memorable perfumes I've tried.

Besame Sweetheart Balm
$18.00 at, available in Sweet Rose (pink) or Cherry (red).
A moisturizing balm for the lips with a hint of color, can be used alone or layered over lipstick for extra sheen. Besame is noted for excellent, retro packaging and formulations, but the only thing retro about this modern must-have is the cute packaging. Find me a girl who doesn't want twelve more lip balms, and I will certainly be checking for a pulse.

Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice Lucite Chain Toggle Necklace
$175 on
An Alice in Wonderland themed necklace, "inspired by vintage 70's fashion and the yellowed pages of a favorite old book". A super cool statement piece.

REN Skincare Kit for Sensitive Skin
$30 on
Includes: Calendula & Arctic Berry Ultracalm Cleansing Milk (25 ml) Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream (15 ml) Omega 3 Overnight Lipid Renewal Serum (15 ml) Frankincense & Boswellia Serrata Revitalising Night Cream (15 ml)
Kits are also available for Dry Skin, Combination Skin and Normal Skin.
[orders over $50 get free shipping and free Rose Body Care Travel Sizes]
REN Skin Care is simply awesome. I've used the brand for years, and believe that their products are well made and effective. A gift of skin care (especially one of this caliber) is giggle-inducing for the product junkie.

Tokidoki Robbery Palette
$49 at
Three cosmetic palettes containing eyeshadows and blush in an adorable tin with a removable magnet. Tokidoki has wonderfully saturated pigments in very imaginative presentations. You can also potentially break up the palettes to gift separately.
[free shipping over $50]

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  1. You have so many things here that I want! I really, really want the Tokidoki palette, the Besame balm, and anything D.L. & Co.
    The Little Black Box is a cool concept.

  2. You definitely strike me as a Besame girl. I'm guessing you have scads of their makeup.

  3. I ordered a little black box last weekend. Some perfume for mom and some perfume for me! Everyone wins!

  4. Noticed Besame finally had their website updated (I want the Rose moisturizer to come back!) and have been wanting to try the balm. If it's anywhere near as good as their lipsticks, I'm game. Actually, I love anything from Besame, aside from their eyeliner...