Beauty and pampering gift sets abound for men and women. Here are some favorites for good looks and relaxation.
At holiday time, beauty and pampering abound in collections of products for men and women.
Here are some top gift sets of old favorites or new brands to explore.
Woodlot Palo Santo Package ($35 at shopwoodlot.com). This small Vancouver company’s set includes a small bundle of palo santo wood from South America. When burned, the smoke is believed to have healing properties. There’s also a Calming Mist and the Original Charcoal Nourishing Soap Bar.
Nars Cosmetics Full Service Mini Kabuki Brush Set ($95 for four at narscosmetics.com). This set is part of a collaboration with fashion photographer Steve Klein. The brushes, in black, are for sculpting and shading the eyes, cheeks and face.
Clinique Days of the Week Lipstick Set ($39.50 at department stores). Seven shades of lipstick include a bright coral called Take-On Tuesday and a rich red dubbed Sassy Saturday.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar ($430 at jomalone.com). The company is going luxe with to-die-for scents tucked behind 24 windows. Includes colognes, body and hand washes, and body creams.
Laura Mercier The Sweet Temptations Ambre Vanille Luxe Body Collection ($75 at Bluemercury, U District). This set includes four amber- and-vanilla-scented products, including a milk honey bath, creamy body wash, moisturizer and eau de toilette.
Jack Black Super Set ($250 at getjackblack.com). The mega-manscaper will love this set of 15 full-size best-sellers in a handwoven box made of leaves from the pandan tree.
La Mer Men’s Essentials Set ($310 at cremedelamer.com). Introduce your man to La Mer luxe. There’s a lotion, eye concentrate, cleansing gel and lip balm in a green zip travel case.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set ($59). Created in a partnership with fashion design house Costello Tagliapietra, this set contains a face wash, brushless shave cream, moisturizer, body scrub soap, hand salve and no-shine lip balm, all packaged in plaid.
Origins A Pure Thing Set ($35 at Origins, Bellevue). He can try some new cleansers, masks and scrubs with this nifty little sampler. It includes a frothy face wash, along with a charcoal-based mask, body wash and body scrub.