Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: From Luxe to Less

The holiday season is on its way... the lights are going up in the malls and along retail streets and many of us are already getting the first round of snow.  With only days left until the holiday season is in full swing, it’s certainly never too early to start planning the holiday cheer with great gift ideas from the ultimate in luxe gifting to sensational stocking stuffers.
Travel vouchers make a truly luxurious holiday gift.  For as little as $100 you can gift a loved one priceless exotic world travel and lasting experiences.  Gutsy Women Travel offers “top in class” small group travel for women only (or customized for your own exclusive group).  From a luxurious African Safari to cooking classes in Provence, Coffee-soaked spa treatments in Costa Rica or an exclusive opportunity to “smell the roses” at the famed Chelsea Flower Show, this outfitters exclusive travel itineraries are targeted specifically to include activities and destinations customized to a more feminine level of taste – and all experienced at a relaxed, leisurely pace with an emphasis on the shared experience. Team up with other family members to gift several vouchers to redeem for her dream personalized travel departure and destination.  View all of the 2012 itineraries at
Choose from seven pre-packaged and coordinated sets each with three holiday-inspired hues or create your own custom set choosing from more than 200 custom lacquers in glitter, shimmer or creamy finishes.  At just $15 for the set of three, these polishes not only make a great gift to give, but a great bargain to gift yourself as well!  Check out Gift Set #3 which includes shades designed to paint on the holiday cheer: Celebrity Scandal, a metallic silver; Paparazzi, a shimmery emerald; and Toreador, a creamy classic red.
It looks like a candy cane (balm is formulated in a red and white swirled stripe), tastes like a candy cane (real candy cane flavoring and spearmint essential oils) – but this mouth watering, moisturizing treat winterizes and protects lips as it softens and hydrates them!   The clever click open tube contains a soothing lip balm jammed pack with aloe vera, shea butter, spearmint, apricot and sweet almond oils to hydrate as it calms and soothes.  And there is an added punch - “The swirled holiday red and white lip color hues blend to a flush of pink perfect for every skin tone and complexion," says West Coast Makeup Artist Noel Sweeny and founder of the indie brand.
mini kittour Jet Setter Deluxe Travel Train Case ($200)
For trendsetting, multi-tasking, jet-setting women, this celebrity favorite (i.e.,Courtney Cox and Kate Beckinsale) comes loaded with 18-coveted high quality beauty must-haves, including empty travel containers (TSA-APPROVED), makeup brushes, mirror, passport cover, mini notebook with product labeling system, vitamin case, key ring and much more.  Designed to safely and stylishly tote products “with her wherever she goes."  Available in either champagne or chocolate.
ADDICTION NV COSMETICS Stay Connected Clutch ($75)
Just in time for holiday gifting, the ultimate fashion/beauty accessory, this black woven leather-like clutch with a matte silver zipper and wristlet chain is the perfect clutch-all to take her from day-to-night.  Includes three different Addiction NV Cosmetics lip stains (also sold individually for $26) in matte red, orange and bronze shimmer shades to mix and match mood and fashion, as well as built-in cell phone and credit card/ID compartments.
The perfect travel-friendly, TSA and Santa-approved gifts to tuck inside everyone’s (great for men, too!) stocking.  Just in Case is a brand new collection from mini kittour of customizable, refillable and leak-proof travel-sized containers designed with the most advanced and innovative technology available. These spray, pump and squeeze bottles and containers are perfectly sized and TSA-approved (under 3.4 ounces) and designed to safely and elegantly carry every cosmetic, skincare, body beautifier and grooming product imaginable. Made from high-grade, patented, flexible, recyclable and leak-proof materials, there is even a labeling set to easily differentiate pricey eye creams from hair gels and track product expiration dates.
All products are sold on online and department and specialty stores nationwide. 


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