Stress-Free, Stress-Relieving Holiday Gift Ideas


Is it just me, or does it seem like holiday gift lists are getting longer and longer every year? In addition to the kids, family, and friends, there are gifts for the teachers, teacher’s aides, babysitters, mailmen, doormen, garbage men… and the list goes on!

To make your gift giving easier, here are my top 10 gifts in both high and low prices.  Of course, the men in the above-mentioned list might prefer a bottle of scotch or some good ‘ole cash.  But many men will appreciate a scented candle, especially if they think it will bring them a night of romance. Successful re-gifting is always an option for them too!

So off we go, here are my 2012 gift picks (which I’m sure you’ll LOVE for yourself too) …

Top 10 Holiday Gifts

#1.  Body Moisturizer (a FABULOUS gift!)

HIGH BLISS High Intensity 24 ‘Heaven’ Healing Body Balm ($35)LOVE this so much that I just might have to pick one up for myself!

LOW –  SOAP & GLORY “The Daily Smooth Body Butter” ($18)So delicious with rosehip seed oil & cocoa butter, scented with bergamot, black currant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. AAAHHHH!

 #2.  Bath Salt/Sugar (a little scrub-a-dub in the tub works wonders!)

HIGHFRESH SugarBath Cubes Lychee ($38) I want to eat these yummy cubes of sweet-smelling sugar, but it’s even better to savor them in the bath.

LOW –  Aromafloria Stress Less Ocean Mineral Bath Salts ($16)Just looking at the soothing lavender salts can ease your worries away.

#3.  Lip Gloss (shiny, kissable lips make a perfect gift)

HIGHSTILA ‘All is Brite’ Lip Glaze Set (a limited-edition set of 8 luscious lip glosses, $25) a little shimmer works wonders on your lips! There’s a color in here for everyone, and 8 for $25 is a bargain!

LOW –  Sephora IZAK Mini Lip Gloss Set (5 lip glosses with whimsical illustrations, $14)These adorably packaged glosses make perfect stocking stuffers!

#4. Bubble Bath  (why not inspire some time in the tub?)

HIGHFRESH Rice Sake Bath (Be like a Japanese geisha and soak in sake with this foaming sake soak, $80)* – A very high-end bath indeed. I LOVE the subtle scent and golden sake color.

*Contains NO: Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan!!

LOWPhilosophy Candy Cane Lane Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (3-in-1 bubbly formula, $16) Invigorate your senses just in time for the festivities with this delightfully minty bubble bath.

#5. Candles (my go-to-gift for everything and everyone)

HIGHDiptique Baies (the scent of Roses and Black Currant Leaves in sexy jet black glass … oh my! LOVE!, $90) My all-time favorite scent for candles, ever!

LOWArchipelago Botanicals ‘Excursion’ Candle in Stonehenge (a luxurious scent of smoked cedarwood, bergamot & amber, $17.50)Keep a stash of these around for the unexpected holiday gift that you need to reciprocate.  Great teacher’s gift!


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