Holiday Post-Pourri: Ideas for the Dog Lover, Cat Lover, Fragrance Lover, Skincare Lover, Disenchanted Teen, Spa Lover and Just about Everyone Else
by advicesisters.com staff
You love these people, and you know they love very specific things: Your brother, who goes to the dog park every chance he gets; Your co-worker who Snapchats her cat relentlessly: Your over-stressed friend who likes spa vacations; Your disenchanted niece (she seems to dislike everything, actually): Your best friend who loves luxury skincare but is always too broke to buy it: The person who has done so much there’s no way to really repay their kindness but they are fragrance lovers (and very discerning). What do you get these people? Even if they are hard to please, we have gift ideas for all of them…just read on….
For Dog Lovers
The Chuckit! LX Launcher Sport Dual Pack ($19.99) offers pet owners the joy of “fetch and catch” games without that much effort (on the part of the humans). The Chuckit! Sport LX Launchers System has different sets that include one or two clever, Lacrosse style baskets. Some have glow in the dark balls. But the point of the ChuckIt is that you simply throw the ball from the basket, and your pet brings it back without your having to stoop to pick up a wet, slobbery ball.
The Chuckit! Pro LUX set ($26.99) includes a flashlight for play in the dark. You can purchase extra balls including ones with whistles in them for $8.99. This is so much fun, it might just get the kids out from under their iPads and into the park with Fido! You can find this at Petsmart and other retailers but for more information visit https://www.petmate.com/
For Cat Lovers
If you really want to get a cat interested in playing a game with you, you’ve got to really get their attention. But since cats have natural hunting instincts the Jackson Galaxy Air Prey Wand with Removeable Laser ($19.99) lets them unleash their “inner wild instincts” and you get to enjoy them doing it.,The with this multi-purpose toy starts.with a laser that you either wear on an elastic on your finger or leave it on the handle of the feather wand. Just move it around. Very few cats can resist a laser toy!
Then engage them in “air play” with a feather dangle that you swoosh around from the retractable antenna that holds a nylon tether. A swivel ensures that it won’t tangle. When kitty is done playing, simply press the button on the blue bulb and the feather tether retracts. Unlike a lot of other feather toys, this is so compact it can be stored in a drawer until you’re both ready to play again. You can find this at Petsmart and other retailers but for more information visit https://www.petmate.com/
Super Spa Soakers for Bath Lovers
Phytomer’s Oligomer Well-Being Sensation Essential Minerals Relaxing Bath and Phytomer Oligomer Pure Lyphilized Sea Water Bath Sachets are ultimate bath and body delights for at-home spa-style delights, but they also help the stressed-out among us finally learn to relax. Phytomer is already beloved for high quality, luxurious spa and at-home spa-style products with skin-benefitting ingredients found in the sea. Both of these bath and body beauties feature freeze-dried seawater to help relieve stress and fatigue.
The Phytomer Well-Being Essential Minerals Relaxing Bath ($48 for 8.4 fl. oz.) in an icy sea blue bottle will make any day into a spa day. All you need is a little bit diluted into your bath water. Relax and soak. The scent of green tea and jasmine calms you and stays on your skin a while after you are feeling better while the freeze-dried seawater ingredients help relax tight muscles and relieve all that stress.
The Phytomer Oligomer Pure Lyphilized Sea Water Bath Sachets ($10/each or buy in multiples) make the most luxe stocking stuffers ever and they’re great for travel (take one on your next trip for whatever “down time” you have). Pour one sachet into your bath and soak 15-20 minutes. Then shower and apply moisturizer and you’ll feel well…a whole lot better! The secret could be the 104 trace elements in the freeze-dried seawater (freeze-drying helps retain all of the actives naturally found in the ocean to help you recharge your body). Get yours at http://www.lespausa.com
For the Young at Heart (and the Disenchanted Teen)
We don’t suggest giving someone lingerie unless you know them very well (give them a gift card instead, so they can get the right size and something they really want). But when it comes to something fabulously fun, flirty and clever, like this boxed set of three #pantyparty thongs from Commando ($68) that’s another story. If you have hard-to-please teenagers on your list, this gift will finally get them to crack a smile. If she loves them as much as we think she will, there are birthday sets and “just because” sets in cards that you can send her later on.
The key is just to figure out one of two sizes: Sizes S-M (0-8) and M-L (8-14). The limited edition holiday set contains 3 Commando thongs (microfiber blend of 78% nylon, 22% spandex) in prints of a gray Argyle heart, red plaid, and reindeer. Who needs a holiday sweater when you and rock a blue reindeer thong?! The low rise thongs are stretchy and don’t have any elastic to bind. Great for travel. Made in the USA. Get them at: http://www.wearcommando.com/
For the Fragrance Sophisticate
If you know someone who loves fragrance you can’t just get them something ordinary. Wow with something unique, such as this Mad et Len candle. Mad et Len is a unique fragrance line with candles poured into one of a kind blackened iron containers (forged by the company’s own blacksmiths using ancient methods) that look like black urns.
Crafted in a remote mountain village in the French Alps, the handmade pure vegetal wax candles, room sprays, reed diffusers and “potpourri” in lava rock and amber resin formats are made with essential oils of undiluted flowers, woods, and spices. Moss, violet, soil, oak, eucalyptus, cypress and mint are just some of the notes in these intense fragrances.
Among a number of delicious scents there is the 15 oz. Bougie ($120) in “Spirituelle” featuring an uplifting scent that reminds us of the sweet and heavy mint tea we sampled in an exotic Bazaar in Istanbul featuring Morrocan Mint Tea, and Cypress. S/he won’t have this one! Find these at TwistedLily.com and learn more on the Mad et Len Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MADetLEN/
The Orlane Crème Royale Sublime Mask ($250, 3.3 oz.) looks golden, and it might as well be since it combines royal jelly and pure gold! This instantly silkens the skin. We tried it –we know.
Orlane’ latest luxury skincare product, this anti-aging masque works fast and stimulates cell renewal and rejuvenation. 24 karat gold energizes and promotes anti-aging, strengthening the skin’s defenses and resilience. We’re not going to go into a detailed description of the process, that helps Royal Jelly work immediately and keep working over time. Let’s just say that you can use it as a masque for an immediate 10-minute boost, or just leave it on for more conditioning. It’s the ultimate skincare lover’s gift, it’s just heaven! Get yours at fine department stores and visit http://orlane.com/
For the DIY Fashionista:
Do you know someone who just loves to make things herself, or re-design her clothing and jewelry? Brappz is an inexpensive, colorful set of components that makes bras straps, bracelets, necklaces, shoelaces, ponytail holders and more. The elastic straps have holes into which you slip the hooks to make various items.
All you need is a starter set of 4 elastic straps (many colors available) and 4 hooks (silver, gold or rose gold) are ($19.98) which will make a set of bra straps, a long necklace, or a couple of bracelets or chokers. You can also braid these together. You can add decorations (Snapzz $4/set of 2) that press onto the elastic bands in flowers or heart in silver, gold or rose gold. It’s super easy to do and there are videos to show you how.
Although this probably appeals most of younger women, we think everyone would enjoy a bit of Brappzz this holiday season. Get yours at https://www.brappz.com/