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Hot Holiday Items Part II : The 2009 Gift-Giving Guide (The Sequel)

Last week I talked about all the amazing gift ideas that I found in Beauty Collection’s first ever holiday catalog. Gifts were divided into Home, Fragrance, Bath & Body and Makeup.

Since there’s still a little bit of time – albeit not much – to pick up holiday gifts, I wanted to continue giving you ideas for everyone on your list. Only this time, I made it even easier for you by telling you what to get and at what price.

$10 Gifts

We’ve all heard the saying “You don’t have to spend a lot to get a good gift.” Well, it’s true! One Rosebud Salve is $6 and it never goes out of style. And Zona’s Saponetta Face & Body Cleanse is a mere $10.

$25 Gifts

Votivo’s Aromatic Candle in Red Currant is a holiday favorite among many. It’s rich scent stirs up thoughts of spending the holidays wrapped up in a blanket at home.

$50 Gifts

The holidays are all about spending time at home. So give a gift that makes anyone’s house a little brighter and cleaner with Cucina’s Gift Collection. These Italian home products have become increasingly popular because of its wonderful scents and chic packaging.

$75 Gifts

Talk about a good deal! The Votivo Gift Collection includes a moisturizing lotion, liquid hand soap, aromatic room mist, and a candle! Enough said.

$100 Gifts

If you’re ready to spend a little more then Beauty Collection’s curated Kai Gift Collection is the way to go. It’s a simple and thoughtful gift that includes Kai’s signature perfume oil and body butter – two items anyone could love.


In Preparation: As the expression goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Plan your home spa-day in advance and you’ll guarantee a refreshing experience. Here are a few things you might want to have.
~ A comfortable robe, slippers and fluffy cotton towel
~ A soothing music CD
~ Scented candle
~ A washcloth, loofah or bath brush
~ Bath salts & essential aromatic oils
~ Cleansers, toners and moisturizers
~ Exfoliating body scrub

Dayna Decker Candles

Slow Down: Put on your favorite CD and start prepping a very simple shower or bath in a wonderfully slow, deliberate and unhurried way. Take time to watch the candle burn, smell the fragrance, feel the soft robe or towels, look at the sparkling drops of water and run your hands through it… take in the joyful process of an every day activity that we just fly through without a second thought!

Use Essential Oils: The rule to applying essential oils is to never apply them directly on your face or skin. Just add about five drops to a bowl of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the water and then apply to your face and neck as a compress for five
minutes. Repeat three times. Gently towel dry and finish yourself off with an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory facial splash.

California Baby Essential Oil
California Baby Essential Oil (not just for babies!)

Body Scrub: If you decided you only have time for an indulgent, relaxing shower…start with a basic body scrub. Whatever sponge, cloth or brush you decide on… scrub mindfully and gently brush your skin. Gentle circular motions will increase your circulation and eliminate toxins and excess water. The scrub will exfoliate dead skin cells and cleanse the pores.

Ahava Gentle Body Exfoliator
Ahava Gentle Body Exfoliator

Draw a Bath: Add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil to bath salts and use a bath pillow. If you don’t have one handy, grab an extra pillow, put a kitchen trash bag over it to keep it dry and then put a pillow case over that. You just bought yourself 10 extra comfy minutes in the bath tub. Follow it with a warm shower and dry yourself off with a fluffy cotton towel.

Ahava Dead Sea Bath Salts
Ahava Dead Sea Bath Salts

Care for Your Hair: Your hair is taking a beating in these winter elements. Essential oils can make invigorating scalp massages. If you decide not to use
the oils, make sure you at least give yourself a
long, sudsy scalp massage. Close your eyes, lay your head back and drift for a moment.

Treat Your Fabulous Face: Grab a new wash cloth or small sea sponge, add a few drops of your favorite cleanser (preferably an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory liquid cleanser) and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Apply face firming treatment then put an ice cube inside of a small plastic bag and gently rub over the face and eye area for several minutes to tone and plump up the skin.

Replenish from the Inside Out: Take vitamins with essential fatty acids. Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Eat whole foods, green vegetables, fresh fruits, grains, nuts and lean protein to reduce inflammation, replenish moisture and bring back a youthful glow.

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Gift Giving In a Skinny Economy

Our once plump economy has recently gone on the Weight Watcher’s plan. This leaves many of us to wonder just how “skinny” our holiday gift giving has to be in order for us to come out on top. Well, the good news is – while your spending does need a change – you can still give your loved ones gifts that are big on “merry and bright” all without breaking the bank.

• Family & Friends: Think about purchasing a gift set. This year in particular, stores like Beauty Collection are offering gift sets of related items at incredibly affordable prices (starting at just $10). If the recipient is tough to buy for, gift cards were created for a reason.

• Colleagues, Teachers, Coaches: Save money without skimping on quality by purchasing hand creams or candles. This goes for the male set as well. While many men admit to having never tried such products, once they do – they’re converts!

• Young Ones: Try purchasing a small wooden treasure box fill it with booty that can include affordable hair accessories, nail polishes, lip balms and more. The children will be delighted with the unique idea and it is sure to become a playtime favorite on rainy days.

Parents and In-Laws: Instead of spending a lot of dough on a large item this year, create a simple gift with a lot of heart. Pamper them with luxurious bath products, diffusers, hand lotion sets and more.

Use Products You Love & Save Money

When times are tough, it’s important to cut your expenses. Here are three things you can do to save money while still treating yourself and your body to top-notch products.

Skincare – While you may be tempted to purchase cheaper products, the first step in saving may well be using less. Many people apply skincare by placing a big dollop in their hands and smearing it all around. This leaves most of it on your hands and fingers. Instead, place a small dot on your cheeks, nose, and forehead and then spread it and rub it in.

Makeup – Did you know that lipstick sales usually go up when the economy takes a downturn? This is probably because a $3.99 tube is cheaper than a $25 impulse buy of bath products. But, the small purchases add up. Your pocket book will probably be better off if you invest in quality lipstick in your staple colors and avoid the impulse buys.

Haircare – As with skincare, a lot of conditioner gets wasted by applying it to your entire head. Conserve by applying it slowly to your hair ends, and then rinse the excess away.