Lovely (Not Lame) Gift Sets for Every Gal on Your List Klaudia Kaczmarek
Gift sets are pretty synonymous with underwhelming. Our office is stacked floor-to-ceiling with them. Like, who wants to receive stinky bath gel and greasy hand lotion in an ugly plastic package that requires a Ph.D. to open. But don't turn your back on sets just yet. We've sifted through a sea of them to find you the select few that are destined to be instant crowd-pleasers.
Bite Beauty Luminous Lip Library Klaudia Kaczmarek
If she's polygamous with her lip colors, give her nine more to add to the rotation. This booklet of lip colors from Bite Beauty covers the gamut of trendy and classic hues. The brand uses natural food-grade ingredients that you can actually eat. (You know that scary stat about how many pounds of lipstick we eat a year? Yeah, it's true.) This kit also includes a lip butter, primer, sheer balm, mirror and lip brush.
$30 at Sephora
Soap & Glory Shower Trip Set Klaudia Kaczmarek
Stock her up with all the bath essentials she needs for her next vacay. The playful travel tote comes with TSA-friendly shower gel, body butter, hand cream, shower puff and plumping gloss - all scented with an invigorating scent of rose and bergamot. It's also perfect space-challenged for college students - or that friend who still lives in a studio.
$36 at Sephora
Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty Baked Collection Klaudia Kaczmarek
Give her beauty program a jolt of java. This collection of Italian artisanal baked products from Laura Geller is perfect for the coffee addict. The six-piece kit includes foundation, highlighter, blush, eye palette, lip gloss, and dual-ended face and eye brush. It's all packaged in a clever coffee bag, so pair it with chocolate-covered espresso beans or demi-tasse cups, if you're so inclined - and generous.
$60 at QVC
Clarins 7 Wonders Gift Set Klaudia Kaczmarek
This sleek, red box is filled with Clarins' most coveted formulas in small packages. She will love the Moisture-Rich Body Lotion and Hand and Nail Treatment Cream for the winter. Our personal favorite is the Beauty Flash Balm, which wakes up a groggy complexion instantly. (Have it on hand January 1st, people.) This is perfect as a hostess gift and will guarantee you'll be invited back next year. #trust
$48 at Clarins
Cle de Peau Beaute Limited Edition Palette Voyage Klaudia Kaczmarek
Give her this limited-edition palette of incredibly silky, flattering makup shades packaged in a chic train case. The mini palette contains eye shadows, lipsticks, cheek color, eyeliner and eye brow powder, mascara, and three inch-long makeup brushes.
$180 at Bergdorf Goodman
Fresh Sake & Seaberry Spa Retreat Klaudia Kaczmarek
We challenge Fresh to create a product we don't love. The brands attention to detail shines through everything from packaging grahpics to scents to formulas. Treat a very special someone to an at-home spa retreat with this collection of unique, scented products. Beauty editors religiously steep themselves in sake bath, which helps detoxify. And the seaberry products are known for skin-healing powers. This collection includes Seaberry Restorative Body Cream, Sake Bath, Sake Petite Candle and Seaberry Exfoliating Soap.
$75 at Blue Mercury
Mor Cosmetics Essential Moments in Basil & Grape Klaudia Kaczmarek
This trio of beautifully packaged everyday essentials are sure to be displayed proudly on her vanity. (Truth be told, we exhibit them on a shelf in our office. They're that pretty.) The triple-milled soap bar, tin soap case, rich body butter and hand cream look like sink candy - but what's inside will also impress. They're all scented with ripe summer grapes, fresh basil and soft violet.
$25 at Mor Cosmetics
Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System with Lancome Set Klaudia Kaczmarek
The Clarisonic is a must-have for any responsible beauty girl (If you don't know about it, get out from that rock you've been hiding under.). But pair it with some fabulous Lancome products and you have yourself the ultimate skincare gift set. It includes a Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush, Lancome Creme Radiance Clarifying Cleanser, Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate, and Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector.
$199 at Sephora
Korres Butter Me Up Body & Lip Butter Collection Klaudia Kaczmarek
If there is one thing that your most beloved friends need to get through the winter, it's these decadent moisturizing body and lip butters from Korres. The collection includes a variety of scented body butters in jasmine, guava, basil lemon and apple blossom, along with lip butters in guava, jasmine, and quince. Her lips will be ready for that New Year's kiss and her stems will look silky smooth in that way-too-short NYE dress.
$38 at Sephora