Chanuka sure crept up on me this year. I'll be honest I haven't even begun to purchase any gifts or plan parties and cooking etc. I hope to get all of that organized this week as it's really getting close. Here is part one of my 3 part gift guide for Chanuka 2012. All of the things I picked are items I am either wishing for,know I would be thrilled to receive as a gift myself and are within the topics of my blog. This one is for the hers- your mother, your sister, your niece, your aunt, your daughter, your wife or any other female relations. I will be putting up another gift guide for both men and children like I did last year so keep posted and check back for that. Many of these items may be a little expensive for some so I tried to include some tighter budget options for each category as well. Whatever gift you purchase will definitely be appreciated either way- it is definitely more about the actual act of giving then the price tag in my opinion!
Every year companies come out with holiday kits and I think those are the best when it comes to beauty items as you can get really great value for your purchase.
1) Nail Polish:
A) Ciate' Caviar Mini Mani Month Paint Pots Kit- $58: I think this kit is adorable. It's a calender shape that contains 17 of their best selling mini polishes. It is also gorgeously packaged- behind each door in the box lies another color. If she is a nail enthusiast, she will love the assortment of colors to choose from including 3 exclusive glitters and 4 caviar blends.
B) Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit- $39.99: Another fantastic nail kit that has everything included for an at home salon style gel manicure. It's supposed to give weeks of long wear and shine- sounds pretty great to me!
A) Viktor &Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Set $120: This beautiful bow shaped perfume gift set comes with a perfume spray, roller ball for on the go and body cream. I've smelled this one when I was at Macy's and even sprayed the sample on my hands as I really liked it right away. It has a very feminine floral scent that lasts for hours.
B) Marc Jacobs Rollerball Trio Gift Set $38.00 : I already love the scent of almost all of the Marc Jacob perfumes but perfume is usually a thing of tastes. This set includes- Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh and Oh, Lola. I think roller balls are fantastic as they can go with you anywhere and don't really take up that much space.
A) Mac All For Glamour Face Kit- $49.50: I'm usually not a huge fan of Mac's collection packaging but this compact is really gorgeous with that big bow in the front as a clasp. I have to say, they really did a nice job on their holiday packaging this year. The bronzing powder that comes along with it is one of my favorites- golden. The great part is that this kit includes 3 eye shadows and 2 lipsticks which makes a great started kit for someone who is just getting into the whole makeup thing. I like that it includes a handy little brush as well.
B) Benefit Primed For Takeoff Best of Benefit Makeup Kit -$39.00: this very useful makeup kit comes perfectly packaged in a collectible suitcase with a festive print. 4 of their very best items are included. I already own the first 3 but I am hoping to try that Badgal Lash Mascara in the near future. I've recently reviewed The Porefessional Primer as well so go check that out for more product specifics.
C) Loreal Color of Hope Kit + Cosmetic Bag $22.46: Loreal is one of my most purchased from brands at the drugstore.This nice silver bag comes stocked with 2 eyeshadow quads, a lip gloss and lipstick for an easy look on the go.
4) Skin Care
A) The Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System- $111.75: This electronic tool goes beyond cleansing the skin with a sonic technology that gently yet deeply cleans the pores. It can be used daily and may even be used to remove makeup. This specific kit comes with everything that's needed including a travel sized cleanser! I've been eyeing this one for a while as it would make my skin care routine so much easier and less time consuming.
B) Loreal Youth Code Power Trio Kit- $24.99- One of the items I use in my every day skin care regimen- my cleanser) comes from this line so this inexpensive kit looks like a very useful one and is definitely something I would be interested in.
C) Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème- $55.00 These body butters smell exactly like their names and they are so great for pampering and nourishing at the end of a long day.
A) Susie Fishbein's Kosher By Design Cooking Coach $36.54 Her newest release is one I have yet to own. I love all of her previous books but would love to add this one to my collection.
B) Levana Kirschenbaum's The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen Cookbook- $20.48 This is one of my favorite healthy cooking cookbooks right now. I've fully reviewed it here.
2) Cooking Randoms:
This one is not so much a cooking item but is on my wish list for sure!
A) Keurig B60 Single K-Cup Brewer Coffee Maker- $149.99: This coffee machine brews coffee for you in the comfort of your own home in under a minute. There are so many amazing options included as well and many different flavors offered to purchase and use with the machine. Coffee will no longer be a hassle to prepare and no more mess afterwards. Great for the morning rush.
B) J.A. Henckels International 10 Piece Pro Block Knife Set- $89.99 The origins of this diverse collection span the globe to bring you a set of knives so well balanced, there's no kitchen task it can't handle. Each knife features an edge forged from high-quality stainless steel, renowned for its outstanding cutting ability and guaranteed by a super-precise hand-honing process. It may seem expensive but wait till you try these knives, you will then understand why it is important to have a set like this in your kitchen.
C) Calphalon 11" Nonstick Square Grill Pan $39.99- Grilling foods is a lot healthier then most other cooking option. You can grill indoors all winter long easily with this oven safe non stick grill pan.
D) Wilton 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Set $15.92- This is the bakers dream. Cookie cutters can be used to make shapes out of all sorts of cooked goods as well. This set has one for every occasion.
1) Handbags & Clutches:
A) Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Crossbody Clutch $195.00- This is a small yet classy bag.It comes in loads of fabulous colors and fits all of the important essentials- money, i.d., keys, gum, and mints.
This sparkly clutch will be the perfect item to add to any outfit for a fun night out. No need to lug around a heavy over the shoulder purse.
They say jewelry is a girls best friend. Get her one of these statement pieces and she will treasure it always. Any of them will add that finishing touch to every outfit.
A) Michael Kors Pave Hinge Bangle Bracelet $145.00
B) Kate Spade New York Statement Earrings, $98.00
I don't know about you but I am so excited for Chanuka! For me it means lots of time spent with family and friends celebrating the wonderful miracles bestowed upon us, lighting the candles every night and eating delicious dairy foods.To me spending time with those people that I love is better then any materialistic item in the world.
I hope this gift guide will be helpful to you if you are looking for the perfect gift for that special women or girl.
Feel free to leave your gift recommendations in the comments form below- believe me we could all use some extra help!
Before I close off I just want to repeat myself in saying that unfortunately there has been a terrible technical error on my blog which has removed all of my photos in the previous posts. I did begin to try and recover what I could but you may notice some posts without any pictures and some with black photos. I will try to correct this issue and get all of my posts back up and running as soon as possible. It is taking me quite some time which is the reason for the delay in my normal blogging schedule. Thank you for supporting me, reading my blog and following me through it all, it means the world to me!!
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