Holiday Party Gift Guide for Teacher's, Co-Workers & Friends Alike

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday shopping is in full swing and many holiday parties are beginning this weekend! We're down to the wire and I'm sure there are a few people on the list that you can't seem to shop for? Trying to figure out the perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, friends, and even relatives we don't know well, can be quite challenging.  Believe me, I've racked my brain one too many times in the past, trying to figure out what to get the kiddo's teacher's each year. After all, we spend all this time brainstorming because we truly want our giftee's to enjoy the gifts we give them. If you don't want to resort to the yearly Starbuck's gift cards and mugs (which I do happen to love occasionally), then check out these universally loved gifts that they're sure to enjoy! 

Laura Mercier Hand & Body Creme Collection:  Limited Edition for the holiday's is this fan favorite body creme collection!  This gift set includes 4 mini sized body cremes: Almond Coconut Milk, Ambre Vanille, Creme Brulee (my favorite), and Tarte au Citron.  They feel rich and nourishing on the skin and each scent is reminiscent of a french patisserie. Don't be surprised if someone stops to admire your alluring fragrance. You can gift these as a collection or separate them into 4 different gifts - perfect for teacher's gifts and for your co-workers! This is a hot item, so be sure to grab this collection before it's gone!

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Pallete: This is one of the items I'm most excited about because this palette comes with a trio of stunning highlighter's to keep anyone's complexion bright this winter season. This palette includes 3 of her most popular highlighters: Gilded Honey (Caramel Honey), Ballerina (Candlelit Rose Gold), and Peach Glow (Peachy Champagne Shimmer). With a silky and buttery formula, they glide onto the skin effortlessly, leaving a gorgeous glow without any glitter. This trio can be used to highlight your cheek bones, the bridge of your nose, and the cupid's bow ... or pop this onto the center of your lids or as an inner corner highlight to brighten up your eyes. This is perfect for everyday and will be instantly loved all year round. 

Voluspa Vermeil Two-Wick Candle in Prosecco Rose: For a luxury gift under $20, this Voluspa candle would be a beautiful gift for the home! The Prosecco Rose candle comes in an oval rose gold tin with gold flecks and has notes of Brut champagne, white rose petals, and cassis berries. Every time I smell this, I immediately think of champagne with berries ...oh it's heavenly! It would be pretty displayed on a coffee table, night stand or vanity. This candle is a coconut wax blend and has two cotton wicks for even burning,

Tatcha Kyoto Cleanse Set: Initially introduced to me from their infamous dewy face mist, this luxury skincare line has become a cult favorite of many. Their skincare is made in Japan and is based on geisha beauty practices to reveal brighter, smoother, and softer skin.  This duo comes with a camellia cleansing oil and an exfoliating enzyme powder for the face.  Aside for the gorgeous white & gold packaging, the products perform absolutely amazingly! The cleansing oil is soft & silky and removes your makeup with just one pump. The enzyme powder gently exfoliates your skin with a milky consistency when wet and is a combination of crushed pearls, rice-bran, and papaya extracts. These products are not formulated with harsh ingredients or fragrances, making them a great option for all skin types. Full-sized Tatcha products are quite pricey, so this is the best way to try a luxury skincare brand, while feeling pampered at the same time.  Plus, they look so pretty displayed on a vanity in the bathroom. You can't beat this duo for only $27.

Sephora Face Mask Set: For the best bang for your buck, these face masks from Sephora are an inexpensive way to pamper your giftee. They're relaxing & fun, and they'll keep your skin feeling refreshed throughout the colder months. You get 6 face masks ranging from moisturizing & soothing, to nourishing & repairing.  Since I will be splitting these face masks into various gifts, I also picked up a couple of their eye masks to include as a face & eye beauty duo. This collection is currently sold out online, but are available in stores.  They are going quickly, so this is another one to grab up asap!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray: Infused with aloe, herbs, and rosewater, this facial mist feels amazing on the skin! Light and refreshing, it can be used as a toner before applying makeup, as a setting spray, and as a "pick-me up" refresher throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. I purchased the smaller 2 oz. size, easy for traveling and carrying in your purse. Best of all, it's only $5!

First Aid Beauty Cream Mini's Kit:  This is another set that's perfect for splitting into multiple gifts! Between the dry cold weather and running the heater in our cars and homes, our skin may be feeling drier than usual. We could all use a good dose of hydration to keep our skin looking it's best and I always turn to this brand every winter to give me just that.  The ultra repair cream is a natural based moisturizer that adds an instant boost of hydration with just one application. It's excellent for sensitive skin and can also be used on other areas of your body. It's whipped and cooling on the skin and it's like a miracle in a jar for dry skin! It's definitely an emergency cream that everyone should have on hand to use for themselves and for anyone in the family. This a collection of two creams, so you can gift both or keep one for yourself. Along with the rose water spray and a face mask, this would be a nice skincare survival kit for a teacher, co-worker, boss, friend, sister, and more.

Laura Mercier "Candleglow" Sheer Perfecting Powder: For the makeup lover, this modern pressed powder by Laura Mercier is one I highly recommend! It's basically a finishing powder that sets your makeup and provides a soft & subtle luminous glow, without glitter or shimmer. Once applied, your skin has a soft focus look and it enhances your complexion so beautifully. It does have a slight warm tint to it, making it wearable for those days you don't want to wear foundation. Since this is meant to be worn as a veil over the skin, the shades are very forgiving. So just choose the shade you think will fit best with their skin tone. The shades range from 1-6: 1 Fair, 2 Light, 3 Light-Medium, 4 Medium, 5 Medium-Deep, and 6 Deep. To help gauge the colors: I tried both 3 and 4, and 3 was a better pick for my medium skin tone (NC-30). 4 gives me a bit more warmth and would be my shade in the Summer. Might I add, this would be perfect for the gym, worn alone for a healthy natural glow. Definitely a winner!

Kate Spade "Rise and Shine" Stud Earrings: My absolute favorite of the bunch are these stunning Kate Spade earrings in Abalone and Jet!  Stud earrings are such a classic look and work well with anyone's style. These studs are PERFECT for everyday and are the PERFECT size!  Abalone is more iridescent, making them transitional from day to night. I love Jet because it's a modern take on a classic look and it works well with all the dark and rich colors we tend to wear in the winter months. I'm sure anyone would love rockin' these everywhere they go! I've been so into Kate Spade jewelry this year and their bangles are also worth checking out! So, so beautiful!

Jo Malone Cologne in Necterine Blossom & Honey: Jo Malone is a very well-known brand for their sophisticated fragrances, that are also available in candles and body creams. Their fragrances smell very natural and can be worn along or layered with their other scents. Each fragrance works so harmoniously with one another, which is very unique about the brand. My favorite is Nectarine Blossom & Honey, which is a lovely citrus scent with a hint of peach sorbet. It's fresh and uplifting, without being too sweet. This is one of those scents that make you feel rejuvenated every time you spritz it on yourself. Because it can be layered with other scents, it would be a lovely addition to anyone's existing fragrance collection. Not to mention, all Jo Malone items come beautifully packaged.

Whichever gifts you decide to give, I'm sure they'll absolutely love them! So, no more worries and hopefully you'll be on your way to finishing up your shopping list. Keep your holiday season staying merry and bright and have fun at all your upcoming holiday parties! xo...

Warmly ~

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