Your sanity-saving PRESENT PRICE GUIDE
Have you tackled your Christmas gift list yet? Whenever you do get around to going shopping, be clever when picking up pampering presents: don’t forget beauty gift sets offer savings and free items — but there are a to choose from! So, as a starter’s guide, here are my top gift-set buys.
The Body Shop’s Chocomania Cupcake Collection, €9.95, contains four mini treats, perfect for teens and chocoholics.
Weleda’s hugely popular Body Oil Gift Set, €15.95 (from health stores and pharmacies), in four miniature sizes, make this bath-time set a dream. Ideal for bath lovers and natural-beauty fans.
Such choice in this price range! Head to Debenhams for Vita Liberata’s Ultimate Tan Kit, €25.20, if you know a tan fan. Or if your girlfriend loves kitsch, go to Boots for Soap & Glory’s RelaxStation, € 25, a bumper box of seven great beauty products. Or keep it seasonal: Origins’ Go Ginger Trio, €24, has three ginger-scented shower treats that will make every morning feel festive. Does your lady love her lashes? Then you must get to a Lancôme counter for one of the Hypnôse mascara gift sets. Choose from the Doll, Star or Drama mascara sets and you’ll get a free Bi-Facil eye make-up remover and black kohl pencil. A star buy at €27 per set.
Clarins’ Eau des Jardins (aka ‘joy in a bottle’!) eau de toilette (100ml) comes with a matching shower gel and body lotion in a great Christmas gift set. Get yours at Debenhams for just €37.35.
Fragrance is massively popular at Christmas, and the Emporio Armani Diamonds Gift Set will really impress. Included are a 30ml scent, body wash and body lotion. A Diamonds Set is also available in the men’s version; both are €45 per set.
Well, exactly €60, Wondervision from Smashbox is the palette of the season! It includes 30 eye shadows, three blushes and a bronzer together in a great silver case; from Arnotts and selected Boots.
For the sophisticated lady in your life, check out Shiseido’s Zen Holiday Set, €65. This timeless eau de parfum (50ml) comes with a complimentary shower gel (125ml) and costs €85, which is a saving of €20 for you this Christmas.
Whatever you choose, keep an eye on your budget as you go. Make a list of recipients and pair them with the perfect gift before you hit the shops. Most stores’ websites have every set and all the savings listed online, so be sure to check them!