Each holiday season, I always spend the most time thinking about the gifts I want to give my Mom, my sister, and my best friend. These are three people I talk to every single day, and they deserve the world (or, at the very least, the best gifts I can find). And after a full year of 2020-sized problems, I’ll be treating each of them to some extra special gifts this holiday season. So whether these gifts make you think of your Mom, an Aunt, a sibling, or your very best friend, look no further than this list for gifts that are worthy enough to be owned by those closest to you.
Morning Beauty Routine
I’m a firm believer that our little morning rituals set the tone for our day, which is why I’m making sure that the people closest to me have a complete, high-quality morning skincare routine to kickstart their day. Sunday Riley’s Wake Up With Me gift set contains just that, from the brand’s cult-favorite Ceramic Slip Cleanser to the new Pink Drink Essence, to vitamin C serum and beyond. When I give this, I know I’m giving the gift of my Mom and sister spending some time with themselves every morning — time spent on gratitude and reflection (and getting really, really good skin).
Wrist and Ankle Weights
Clunky ankle weights are a thing of the past now that Bala Bangles have hit the market. These (dare I say chic?) wrist and ankle weights are sleek, durable, and effective. They’re the perfect way to level-up any workout, whether your loved one is a power walker or a HIIT fanatic.
Pair of Gloves
Removing your gloves in freezing weather to answer a text is the worst. I always want my loved ones to be able to respond to my messages (memes, mostly), so these North Face gloves are a no-brainer gift. They’re insulated for warmth, and feature a built-in, touch screen-capable E-Tip so users can scroll, tap, and text with their gloves on. Perfect for the sister that’s glued to her phone.
I immediately thought of my Mom when I saw this product advertised on the Amazon homepage, and I hope you will too. My Mom works so hard and deserves anything that can help her unwind at the end of the day. This heated foot massager should do the trick — which can perform shiatsu, kneading, and tension-based massage techniques.
Lactic Acid Treatment
Give the gift of glowing skin when you gift Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment. This formula has won multiple prestigious industry awards, and is clinically proven to clarify, diminish the appearance of texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is the ultimate treatment, and it’s suited for acne-prone and aging skin. They’ll thank you after just one use.
Your makeup is only as good as your lighting (true story). Make the process all the more precise (and fun) with this LED mirror made to help you perfect your makeup game. The Riki Skinny is slim and compact for easy storage, it’s rechargeable, and it comes with a Bluetooth phone stand so you can take hands-free selfies. What could be better?
The only thing better than wrapping yourself in a fresh towel after a hot shower is wrapping yourself in a warm towel. Nothing will make your loved one feel like they’re at a luxurious spa more than pulling a fresh cotton towel from this bucket-style warmer after every shower. Throw in a bottle of essential oils, too, so the recipient can turn their towel warmer into a eucalyptus or lavender dream. I’m personally gifting this to my sister who loves to sit in a fresh towel while she does her makeup.
After this year, we could all use a little beauty sleep. Enter: Slip Silk’s pillowcase and eye mask duo. Both the pillowcase and the eye mask are made of 100 percent pure mulberry silk, which has been shown to have anti-aging properties and to reduce the amount of friction on the hair throughout the night (subsequently cutting down on frizz and breakage). Sleep is the language of self-love, so to give this set is to gift some quality rest and self-care.
Speaking of sleep, there’s just something extra cozy about matching separates. We’re all spending more time than usual in our pajamas these days, so I’ll be gifting a set to my mom and my sister to make sure they have some cozy pajamas they can feel good in — even when they’re still wearing them at noon.
The Best Trio of Serums
My best friend is just starting to foray into using active ingredients in her skincare routine, so I immediately thought of her when I saw this set. Power of 3 contains three (you guessed it) of the brand’s best-selling actives, including a vitamin C serum, a retinoid serum, and Good Genes, the famous lactic acid treatment. Power of 3 simplifies the process by grouping together three of the most important ingredients you can have in a skincare routine. Most people that are new to acids find success using the vitamin C serum every morning, then alternating between the retinoid serum and the lactic acid treatment at night. This set is truly giving the gift of healthy, incredible-looking skin.
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