Indulgent skincare and fragrance gift sets bring boxfuls of Christmas joy with a minimum of fuss for the buyer, writes Elisabeth King.
Lovely skincare and fragrances, packaged for giving.
Beauty treats are always winners at Christmas time. Gorgeous boxed sets of pampering products and scents are everywhere – many of them reasonably priced – and offer the perfect way to spice up your gift list. Don’t forget to reward yourself as well!
1 Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker ($78) Renowned for its black-ribboned boxes, Jo Malone is top of mind for year-round gifting. But the spirit of celebration shifts up several gears at Christmas with the brand’s limited editions. At centrestage is the ever-popular Christmas cracker, filled with three miniatures: cologne, hand and body wash, and body cream.
2 Burt’s Bees Bounty Trio ($15) Burt’s Bees’ bestselling lip balms are crowd-pleasers across the age spectrum. This nourishing threesome – in Honey, Beeswax and Coconut & Pear – will add a touch of shine and hydrate lips throughout the day. Add in a collector’sedition box that doubles as a tree ornament and it’s excellent value.
3 MOR Perfumed Pomegranate ($30) With more and more of us looking for small pleasures as an escape from the pressures of modern living, sales of bath and body products are booming. MOR has long been a standout choice for Australian-made bodycare and fragrance, and this year’s Keepsake collection covers all bases for Christmas giving, from baubles under $10 to deluxe indulgences. Who wouldn’t love this fruity yet sophisticated trio of hand cream, soap and perfume oil for her travel bag or gym kit?
Vera Wang Princess set ($35) Buying for Gen Z and Millennials can be tricky. Celebrity fragrances come and go, but Vera Wang’s fresh, flirty Princess has been a hit with younger women for over a decade. This duo of 30ml fragrance in a heart-shaped bottle and 75ml scented body lotion is a bargain buy that’s sure to score you brownie points. Exclusive to Priceline.
5 Medik8 Daylight Radiance ($49) Skincare has become a popular stocking filler. For one thing, it’s a smart way to let the recipient trial something new. Medik8 is a British professional skincare range that has built up a strong fan base in Australia. This duo of C-Tetra Lipid Vitamin C antioxidant serum and Advanced Day Total Protect moisturiser is aimed at fast-tracking brighter, more even-toned skin. A thoughtful present for new mums or women aged 30-plus who need a pickup at the end of a busy year.
6 L’Occitane Shea Delightful Tea Shower Foam ($39) Giving back is a major theme of L’Occitane’s festive treats. The #NotJustAGift hashtag underlines the brand’s commitment to natural ingredients from Provence, the empowerment of Australian women through the Dress for Success campaign, and a Fair Trade agreement for its shea butter sources in
Burkina Faso – all reasons to feel good about giving this scented foam in vibrant yellow packaging created by French design house
It leaves skin feeling