I know that there are very few men who read Styling You (if you ARE male and read here, it’s time to de-lurk in the comments below … we promise we’ll be kind) so this post is the kind that you might want to print out or send a link to the gift-buying male in your household.
Despite what men frequently think and express in our general direction, we are simple creatures.
We have simple needs.
Especially when it comes to gift buying.
We want things that we wouldn’t normally go out and buy ourselves. We want things that represent a little indulgence or time out.
So it’s no surprise that beauty gifts are high on many a woman’s wishlist – at Christmas or any time of the year.
This guide on how to shop for beauty gifts for women will help anyone navigate the potential minefield that is the beauty industry.
Buy what she already loves. You don’t have to be a mind reader here. Just do a little investigative work. You know those drawers and cabinets you share in the bathroom? Check them to see if there is a trend in the products she already loves and buys. Is there a skincare or makeup brand you see more of? Is there a favourite perfume or fragrance that she’s close to running out of? These are your red hot clues as to what will make a great beauty gift for your partner. Once you have some brand names, get help in store, salon or online to make sure you’re on track with the type of product within those ranges that will suit.
Add on some pampering. So you’ve sussed out that she loves a certain type of skincare? Want to know how to really woo us? Add in a facial voucher with a gift of product. That way we get the immediacy of the gift plus it keeps on giving with a little time out for ourselves. Maybe she already visits a particular salon or spa – once a month or once a year? There’s a reason she goes to that particular one – a voucher for the same place will show that you really know her. Once the voucher is given, don’t let time slip away. Make sure she books in sooner rather than later.
Think of the indulgence factor. With beauty products, there are essentials and there are indulgence purchases. We’re pretty good at having the essentials always stocked but surprise us with some indulgence products from brands that we love and we’re blown away. Think gorgeous hand washes, hand creams and body lotions … candles and luxe lipsticks. We love all the things.
Take advantage of special gift packs. At Christmas time beauty is all about the value-for-money gift pack. Our favourite brands package up products together where if we were to buy those same products separately we’d pay more money. It’s a win-win scenario on the budget front. And you look particularly generous.
Electronic appliances CAN be ok. Normally no gift guide of mine features an appliance. There are kitchen exceptions at the luxe end of the scale (hello bright red KitchenAid mixer, one day you’ll be mine …) but there are also exceptions in the beauty department. Namely, styling irons and my everyday skincare essential, the Clarisonic. We will gladly open such items on Christmas Day or any day for that matter.
My top 12 for 2013
1. ghd white eclipse $300 | 2. Lush Star Light Star Bright bath melt $5.25 | 3. L’Occitane Uplifting Verbana collection $100 | 4. Jurlique Hand Care Essentials $85 | 5. Clarisonic Mia $139 | 6. Molton Brown The Helping Hands gift $45 | 7. Stila Limited Edition Portrait of a Perfect Eye Palette $24 | 8. Sodashi Rejuvenate Skin Care Kit $226.60 | 9. Dermalogica Complexion Essentials Duo $99 | 10. Napoleon Perdis Limited Edition Regal Brush collection $99 | 11. People for Plants Flavour Your Lips $19.95 | 12. Jane Iredale Brilliant refillable rose compact $29
Do you have any beauty products on your Christmas wishlist?