Back in the early 90s, my sister and I both hankered after gift sets rammed with either Charlie perfumes or The Body Shop’s animal-shaped soaps. Don’t judge us: there was little else by way of gift sets on the market at that point. Now, there’s almost too many gift sets up for grabs, and unless you’re a seasoned pro/beauty obsessive, you’d be forgiven for finding it all a bit overwhelming. That’s where I step in… //
FOR MAKE-UP PEOPLE / Go for brushes galore. The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Spotlight Essentials set is an ideal starter kit, while the EcoTools Mystic Luxe Trio Brush Set contains nine brushes for someone who’s keen on mastering a more advanced make-up look. Both are fairly-priced.
FOR SKINCARE FANS / Goldfaden MD Transformation Kit contains their cult mini Doctor’s Scrub, a Pure Start cleanser and mini Bright Eyes eye cream to introduce you to the charms of this US brand. Another good skincare kit is Omorovicza’s The Introductory Kit, which contains minis of bestselling Ultra Moor Mud Mask, Queen of Hungary Mist, Thermal Cleansing Balm, Cleansing Foam and Balancing Moisturiser.
More niche kits? Liz Earle Bright Eyes Gift contains a full-sized Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, Superskin Eye Cream and a headband for £35 (the same as the price of the eye cream if bought alone), so would be perfect for someone who often dons a smoky eye, or who struggles with puffiness/redness in the area. For anyone who likes to apply a mask come the evening, buy the Dermalogica Power Rescue Masque Trio, which is comprised of a charcoal mask to draw out impurities, a multivitamin mask to nourish and brighten, and a hydrating mask.
LUXE BODY TREATS /
Laura Mercier have won on this category this year, producing a bunch of boxes that any fan of nicely scented, softening body care would love. The cream of the crop in my view: Laura Mercier T-Time Tea Menthe Citron Collection and Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection.
Other good options? Urban Veda Sandalwood & Botanics Soothing Body Ritual, which contains a shower gel, moisturiser and body scrub, Neal’s Yard Remedies Nurture Rose & Pomegranate Organic Collection, containing a mini bath oil and body lotion, and Espa Moments of Peace, which contains a mini body oil and candle.