(Pretty) stuff for your stocking
So you’ve probably (hopefully?) done most of your big present shopping, but what about that lonely, limp stocking? Here are some beauty and grooming ideas for your fellow mantle mates.
FOR MOM:- Aveda’s Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate ($16.50, aveda.com). OK, this sounds a little hippy-ish at first, but stay with me here. This blend of essential oils is scented with peppermint and chamomile. Dot a little on the back of your neck and your temples—just stay clear of eyes—when you have a headache or are feeling stressed. It’s calming, it’s cooling. It’s what mom needs.
- Deborah Lippmann She’s Always a Woman Nail Set ($25, lippmanncollection.com). Three small sizes of fashion-forward (but not too forward) polish colors: A creamy blue, a nice neutral, and a sparkling raspberry that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve.
FOR LITTLE SISTER:- Sephora’s Jumbo Color Wand for Lips ($11, Sephora.com). Fruity flavor and six shades that are totally wearable (and sheerly subtle). She can mix and match to find the perfect color combo, and the packaging is totally fun.
- Goody’s Double Wear Collection (from $5, goody.com). This collection of hair ties and headbands pulls double duty as fashion-forward bracelets and necklaces when not doing their original job of holding her hair back.
FOR DAD:- Tweezerman Deluxe Trimmer with Brush ($15, tweezerman.com). Well, yes, it’s a nose and ear hair trimmer. Not glamorous, but probably much needed. If the hint is too heavy to drop, try subbing the brand’s excellent Essential Grooming Kit ($20, tweezerman.com). It’ll get the basics covered.
FOR YOUR HUSBAND:- L’Oreal Paris Men’s Expert Comfort Max SPF 15 Anti-Irritation After Shave Balm ($8, lorealmen.com). So the name of this product might just be as long as your stocking, but it’ll help soothe irritated, dry winter skin and give him a layer of sun protection—all without leaving your smooching surface slippery.
- The Decent Man’s Grooming Tools Looking Good Kit ($17, decentmangrooming.com). A goof-proof way to keep him looking good on the go, this kit includes deodorant and dirt-removing sponges, collar guards, and pit protectors—all in travel-friendly (and fun!) packaging.