Welcome to Part 3 of our super-sized gift guide for everyone on your list!
In this part: holiday birthdays, grinches, advent calendars, Christmas lovers, Festivus lovers, gifts for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, gifts for your caring friend, your adventurous friend, trendy friend, rebel friend, yogi friend, gym rat friend, bookish friend, DIY-er, philanthropist friend, and your modern hippie friend.
Holiday Birthday: Get a two part gift for them, making sure they can be physically opened separately and that you use two different wrapping papers, one clearly denoting birthday and the other your chosen holiday. One kit that’s clearly Christmas oriented, like this masking kit from Kiehl’s, paired with something that could be for any time of year, like this TSA friendly travel bag of goodies from Beauty Protector make a nice mix. Maybe add a birthstone soap for extra pizzazz. Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials, $30, Birchbox; Beauty Protector Jet Set, $24, Birchbox; Birthstone Mineral Soap, $20, Uncommon Goods
IRL Grinch: This person begrudgingly goes to the family holiday gathering and complains the WHOLE TIME. Call them out on it with a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a pack of these soaps, along with a sassy note asking if they’d like some cheese with their whine this Christmas. Wine Soaps – set of 4, $28, Uncommon Goods
Advent Calendar: Get your Christmas celebrations started off right with an advent calendar filled with beauty products! L’Occitane is known for their luscious French products, and for $55, this is a serious bargain. 2016 Holiday Advent Calendar, $55, L’Occitane
Buddy the Elf: Can this friend be MORE into Christmas?? Guys can get hardcore into that Christmas spirit with some beard ornaments, and girls can look holly jolly with this fantastic makeup palette gift set that smells like luscious chocolate. Throw in the ability to grow their own Christmas tree, and they’ll love you FOREVER. Beardo Baubles, $11.69, Firebox; Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette, $49, Ulta; Grow Your Own Christmas Tree, $9.09, Firebox
The Festivus Friend: A general holiday lover, it’s hard to go wrong for this person. Men will be jazzed over this glitter beard kit, and women will love this 5-piece spa collection that wishes all the good things that come with this season. Peace bath soak? I’ll take it! Glitter Beard Kit, $19.49, Firebox; Spa Tower, $48, Uncommon Goods
Hanukkah Happiness: You know what’s awesome? Eight nights of presents. Five tubes of bath salts, along with three candles, can be taken apart and packaged individually to make sweet gifts for each night. Cherish Spring Bath Affirmations Set, $68, Uncommon Goods; Soothe the Soul Yogi Candles, $28, Uncommon Goods
Kwanzaa Love: Celebrate African heritage and black girl magic with products made with her hair in mind. A DevaTowel, made by curly girl hair line DevaCurl, paired with a hair masking kit and curl defining kit from Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture will certainly make any natural girl swoon. Devacurl’s Devatowel, $20, Sephora; Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit, $38, Sephora; Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curls on the Go, $28, Sephora
Actually Celebrates Yule: Yes, there are people who actually celebrate Yule, the ancient holiday, as opposed to Christmas! Make their home feel blessed by the hearth with this aptly named and scented candle by Nest. Oud, frankincense, and embers will fill their house with warm happiness. Nest Hearth Scented Candle, $40, Sephora
The Creative One: When your friend isn’t dabbling in their next medium, they need to recharge. Give their skin a treat and make them relax with this masking set and some of their favorite beverage. To give them a creative outlet, use a blendable perfume collection to give them some creative satisfaction. Winter Glow Face Mask (set of 6), $19, Uncommon Goods; Mixologie Blendable Perfume Collection, $79.95, Uncommon Goods
The Caring One: This person makes sure everyone is taken care of, but rarely takes care of themselves. Instill in them some self-care with a cozy bag of natural beauty treats. One cannot fill others if they’re empty! Burlap of Beauty, $70, Uncommon Goods
The Adventurer: While getting a concrete itinerary from them can be impossible, a gift for them definitely isn’t! A TSA approved travel beauty kit with this Turkish jewelry roll will let them travel in style. Coconut Beauty TSA-Approved Travel Kit, $68, Uncommon Goods; Turkish Jewelry Roll, $20, Uncommon Goods
The Scientist: This person wants things to work, be tested, and be filled with lots of research. Aromatherapy is being researched more and more, so what better than an aromatherapy diffuser for the shower to conduct their own experiments? Aromatherapy Shower Diffuser, $20-45, Uncommon Goods
The On Trend Friend: Anytime BuzzFeed notices a trend, this person has already been on it. Solid perfume isn’t quite as popular as it should be, so have your friend be ahead of the trend with a solid perfume blending kit that lets them make their own, personalized smell. Plus, it’s a palette. What girl can resist a palette? Exactly. Melange Solid Perfume Blending Palette, $30, Uncommon Goods
The Rebel: They pretty much DGAF about what’s trendy. What they DO like is to stand out. Appeal to their taboo side with cocktail flavored lip balms that will layer perfectly under this black lipstick from Portland made by PDX Black Lipstick Co. Cocktail Inspired Lip Balm Trio, $22, Uncommon Goods; Original Black Lipstick, $14, Etsy
The Yogi: Chakras always need balancing, so give your yogi a recharge with some chakra bath salts and a detoxing foot care set to bring them some balance. Chakra Bath Salts Set, $22, Uncommon Goods; Himalayan Salt Foot Care Set, $48, Uncommon Goods
The Gym Rat: A gift certificate for a sports massage along with this comforting neck wrap will be loved by every athlete in your life. Leave some room on the gift certificate in case the spa sells any sports rubs like my personal favorite, Biofreeze. Comfort Herbal Neck Wrap, $24.95, Uncommon Goods
The One With Their Nose In A Book: If your friend is always reading, rereading, researching, or finding new things to read, they’ll appreciate the beauty of a skincare line made by a former literature professor and avid researcher. The products are straightforward, effective, and in their own way luxurious. Give one of these sets, along with a book they’ve been eyeing. Sabbatical Sampler Sets, price varies, Sabbatical Beauty
The DIY-er: If your friend would rather make their own present, let them! DIY Natural Skincare cards coupled with a DIY lip balm kit will leave them in crafting heaven. The Natural Beauty Skincare Deck, $19.95, Uncommon Goods; DIY Lip Balm Kit, $40, Uncommon Goods
The Philanthropist: They care about the people around them, constantly campaigning for the rights of everyone, volunteering everywhere, rescuing the unadoptable animals…but they also need to take care of themselves. Say hello to Thistle Farms. For an in depth FAQ about the goals of Thistle Farms, read this, but know that your purchase helps women recovering from addiction, trafficking, rape, and other serious troubles become self sufficient and love themselves. Give your friend some aromatherapy with these oil blends that promote happiness and calm. What’s more beautiful than helping women be their best selves? Healing Oils Kit, $40, Thistle Farms
The Modern Hippie: Erase all the GMOs, pesticides, animal testing, animal byproducts, gluten, parabens, etc…and it can be hard to find usable products. Oh, and they hate supporting The Man. Impossible, you say? I present to you Wild Bathing Flowers from Etsy. Not only are these products affordable and of the highest quality, it is all handmade. She harvests everything she can herself, and everything else is organic, GMO free and fair trade. Even the strictest of hippies will fall in love. And who doesn’t want to bathe in flowers?! Wildflower Bathing Flowers, $15, Etsy
Be sure to check out all six parts of this amazing, comprehensive gift guide!