2017 Holiday Gift Recommendations

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 / 3:33 PM

'Tis the season for trying to find a more creative way to give presents than defaulting to a gift card!

I'm kidding. Gift cards make fine presents, and sometimes, it's easier to stick with a gift card for that person you don't know too well, but if you're looking to move away from cash amounts on a card, then here's a few recommendations that I've given over the year to people looking for the best beauty/lifestyle gifts for all occasions:

For that friend who's had a stressful year: The Night Before Christmas gift set from Lush (the USA one, not from the UK, which has different products in it!)

There's nothing more calming than a hint of lavender before bed, and Lush does lavender like a dream. The Twilight shower gel is a bit of a cult favorite, so snagging it when it makes its annual holiday appearance is always a good call. And in the same scent family is the Sleepy body lotion, which makes the perfect bedside companion.

For the aspiring beauty guru in your life: Storybook Cosmetics What's in a Name Rose Brushes

Talk about aesthetically-pleasing: they're makeup brushes, but they look like roses. How gorgeous is that? I can't personally speak to the quality of these brushes, but from everything I've read and seen, you can't go wrong with Storybook Cosmetics' unique products. Also, imagine storing these in a clear jar on your vanity – tell me that isn't made for Instagram.

For the person with an A+ Instagram theme: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Speaking of Instagram, this easy-to-snap take on a polaroid camera is a great gift if you're looking for a unique way to help someone capture life's moments. It's great for a day trip or for parties, and Pinterest can help you figure out the best way to display them in your home so your photos don't just live on your phone.

For someone who inspires you: Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

The most unique book I read this year, and the most moving too. This is a book that will make you think and make you cry and make you laugh and make you want to hug someone – it's heartwarming and lovely, and that's why it makes the perfect gift for your friend who gives you all the feels.

For your roommate who lives off of top ramen and take-out: 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food from Jamie Oliver

Cooking doesn't need to be exhausting and complicated, and Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients cookbook shows just that. Literally, it's just five ingredients. So rather than sending someone those Tasty videos that never turn out the way the final product does in the video, do it the old fashioned way and share a book of recipes.

For the world traveler who's always on the go: BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Two highlighters, one blush, and one bronzer all in one easy-to-pack palette. It also comes with a giant mirror to help you do a full face. I normally pack this when traveling so I'm not juggling a bunch of products in my makeup bag, and I also like that it fits easily in a carry-on, so it makes doing my makeup after a red-eye flight easy. Becca products are also just gorgeous on the skin, in my opinion, and the rose gold in this palette also pop perfectly on the eyelid.

For the pals who make up your #squadgoals: Paladone Giant Cocktail Glass

Honestly, this doesn't even need to be used for alcohol. Who wouldn't want to feel like a boss on their couch, sipping out of one of these? Not only can one never have enough drinkware, but there's a good chance your friend won't have one of these in their cupboard. 

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