Around the holidays, it is common to find pre-made gift sets at the supermarket or warehouse store. While it can be fun to give or receive a giant box of fancy chocolates, an assortment of cheeses and crackers and/or bottles of wine and stuffed olives, there is also something extra lovely about putting together this type of present on your own.
For instance, if a favorite person in your life has a special occasion coming up soon—whether it’s a birthday, work anniversary or graduation—and you know she loves anything to do with beauty and personal care, you can have some serious fun creating a personalized present that is filled with beauty products your friend will love.
With this in mind, consider the following ideas:
Maybe you and your friend enjoy getting pedis together and/or her nails always look amazing. If so, a mani/pedi kit would be a perfect gift. Start with a collection of nail polishes in colors you know she’d love—as well as maybe a couple that are out of her wheelhouse, so to speak. Olive and June has colorful options like Lime Fizz and Blueberry Smash that would be fun choices for your special friend. Add in peppermint foot lotion, a soothing lotion for her hands, toe separators, emery boards, nail clippers, nail polish remover and cotton balls and you will have an amazing gift that your friend will be sure to love.
Collection of Cosmetics
When the two of you head to the mall, the first place you go is to the cosmetics counter at a department store. For a friend like this, a collection of makeup and other skincare items is a fun and useful idea. Start with a selection of brushes, wedges and applicators and then add in some items that she might not already have, but you know she’ll appreciate. For instance, an eyelash growth serum is a unique idea that may inspire your friend to give up a morning mascara routine in place of the lash serum. The Lash Boost eyelash serum from Rodan + Fields would be right at home in this gift basket; many people who use this type of lash growth product report that they can say goodbye to traditional mascara. To round out the gift basket, add in a palette of eye shadows, powders and a lipstick or two in shades she adores.
The Gift of Great Sleep
Sleep and beauty definitely go hand in hand. To help your friend to get the most restful snooze possible, create a sleep-centered gift set. Start with a sleep mask and, if the budget allows, treat her to a beautiful new sheet set with a high thread count. Or, if she has mentioned waking up hot and sweaty during the night, help her to stay cool and well-rested with a cooling pillow. A cooling pillow can help people to sleep comfortably by regulating their temperature and helping heat to dissipate. Other ideas include a box of calming nighttime tea, a white noise machine or a pair of flannel jammie bottoms in a fun print.
Celebrate your “Beauty-ful” Friend
You don’t have to buy your special friend a pre-made gift set. As you can see, it is fun and way more meaningful to put together a beauty-themed selection of items. From bright nail polishes and lash growth serum to a pillow that will keep her cool at night and more, the ideas are virtually limitless.