The last things on many Christmas shopping lists are the infamous 'stocking stuffers' that nearly miss the cut every year. But not this year, we found gifts, courtesy of our friends in the beauty biz, of beauty for guys and dolls that are the perfect little somethings for stylish Christmas stocking and sets for under the tree.
Nail polish is a go-to stocking stuffer. Always the right size and with so many options you can gift a few with endless possibilities. We found two sparkly sets form NCLA
perfect for Christmas. One in blue-green (Gotta Go Boho) and one in red (Hollywood Heartbreaker) each with a shimmery base layer and a glittering top coat. Slick on the base color for day and then add the glitter coat for a night out with friends. ($26 each, www.shopncla.com)
Spicy and sexy describe Viktor & Rolf's Spicebomb
eau de toilette for him. The scent is a virile blend of leather, chili, saffron, vetiver, and a fresh burst of grapefruit to bring it all together in a unique grenade-shaped atomizer. One whiff will get him some amorous attention on New Year's Eve for certain. ($110, Nordstroms.com)
A compact filled with fresh colors like Clinique's The Nutcracker Act II
makes our list this year. Inspired by the American Ballet Theater, the Pretty Pink Tutu blush and Sugar Plum Suite eye shadow quad are delightful in any season. The mirrored compact is perfect for travel or in a purse. Add Clinique Happy Heart
perfume to complete the look (and her stocking). ($36-$38, available in the Hamptons at White's Pharmacy
in East Hampton and Macys in Hampton Bays, www.clinique.com)
from Guy Laroche Paris is a new take on the classic 1980's Drakkar Noir. The scent is for the sporty man who likes his cologne clean and fresh with invigorating notes of fresh mint and grapefruit as well as fresh woods and sage. ($68, Lord & Taylor)
Leave it to the always-chic Michael Kors
to deliver two stylish gift sets for fashion forward trendsetters this season. Pick a trio of nail polishes with Michael Kors Holiday Nail Lacquer Set (in Java, Bossa Nova, and Ocean) or Michale Kors Holiday Lip Luster set of glosses (in Bubbly, Firecracker, and Showstopper) and get ready for some applause. The nail colors are very long wearing and the lip colors shine for hours. ($25 each, Michael Kors in Southampton or at major department stores)
has a series of great gift sets for the season. We love to give the Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm set - a series of four juicy lip balms in plum, berry, rose, and nectarine will complete any winter look. We'd love to receive the Let Us Glow set with brightening mascara, GinZing energy boosting moisturizer, and a refreshing eye cream all in a cute little travel orange bag. ($22-$28, available at Origins stores, select department stores, www.origins.com)
Designer Kenneth Cole
has been known to raise a few eyebrows with his creative, yet at times controversial, comments on social media
. Eyebrows will raise when you gift him with the Kenneth Cole Black gift set. The woodsy notes in the cologne blend with spicy notes for a fragrance that is great for the office or the gold course. This set includes cologne, after shave, and deodorant - add a chic leather shaving kit bag and he's set for anything. ($42, www.fragrancenet.com)
If diamonds are a girl's best friend then gold might just be the fountain of youth. We love the luxuriousness of Orogold
, the fabulous 24K Multi-Vitamin Night Nourishment and 24K Multi-Vitamin Day Nourishment with visible 24K gold leaf flecks from Italy in the cream. Delicately scented and packed with moisture to reduce the appearance of fine lines and she'll love how she glows. Celebrity fans include Demi Lovato and Denise Richards
. ($178 each, Orogold.com)
Teens and tween girls will appreciate a quartet of fragrances from Juicy Couture
. They can mix and blend fragrances to create their own signature scent. The gift set includes Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy, Couture Couture, and Peace Love & Juicy Couture scents in pocket-sized atomizers the easily fit into a tiny clutch. ($30, www.fragrancenet.com)
One more for the gents is Ralph Lauren Polo Red
, we can't resist. Created for the daring man, like the face of the brand - professional polo player Nacho Figueras
, the scent is a fiery and seductive blend of spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit, and deep red wood. Think race cars, fast boats, and mischievous grins. If that's your guy, this one's for him. ($78, RalphLauren.com)
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com
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