The Designer’s Guide to Gifts


Maybe it is the fact that we just launched The Magazine – Winter Edition, or it could be my excitement and anticipation for the family and friends that are visiting from now until New Years, but I am TOTALLY IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRT! We are getting a real tree this year (for which I already bought a groupon!) and just last week I purchased these budget friendly stockings for all in attendance on Christmas Eve. Gift-giving is at the top of my list of favorite things about the holidays, and for me it is all about beauty and skin care gifts with the best design and packaging.

  1. Tocca’s packaging is always lovely in a timeless, vintage sort of way. Their Eau de Parfum Viaggio Holiday Fragrance Set was featured in The Magazine this year as a brilliant gift for the feminine fashionista in your life.
  2. How can you say no to white, gold, and animal print? Certainly not when it’s the packaging for a set of 3 cosmetic bag staples–mascara, liquid eyeliner and bronzer and it’s under $30 AND portions of the purchase goes to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, dedicated to the preservation of big cats in the wild. Check out the limited-edition National Geographic Untamed Glamour Collection from Purminerals here.
  3. Too Faced is one of my favorite brands because of their quality products and girly package designs. This year they have a Jingle All the Way Gift Set which is basically an eye and cheek palette that comes inside an iPhone case–that you can take off and actually use! I think this would be the perfect gift for any makeup lover! Photo via
  4. Philosophy is a great brand to give (and receive) because of their festive themes and nostalgic scents. Their Fruitcake Mix 3-piece gift offers that signature nostalgia with Vanilla Cake Mix Shower Gel, Cranberry Medley Body Lotion, and Candied Pecan Salt Body Scrub all housed in an adorable reusable tin!




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