I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing a little shopping for yourself while you’re doing your Christmas shopping. But I think a lot of retailers try to suggest that you can shop for yourself while shopping for someone else — and I don’t think that’s possible. (I have to get into the zone, where I’m channeling my intended recipient).
If you’re going to give the gift of makeup (or bath stuff), a few thoughts:
- Consider the brand. If your recipient doesn’t recognize the brand name on the packaging, you may as well be giving no-name brand makeup. No one in my gift-giving circle knows Stila, Kevyn Aucoin, Josie Maran, Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, Becca, Trish McEvoy, or Besame. They have heard of Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Lancome, Clinique, and Estee Lauder — and these names equate with quality.
If Hourglass is offering the world’s best deal on a palette, and you know your sister-in-law would wear nothing else if you could just get her to try it, then create that value before she opens the package — by saying to her (or writing on the card), “I saw this the week it arrived at Barneys and I knew it was made for you,” or “Angelina Jolie said in People that she doesn’t wear any other brand, and since you look so much like her…”
- Don’t try to change someone with a gift. If your best friend only wears neutral eyeshadow, her Christmas gift is the wrong time to try to show her how great she would look in electric blue eyeliner.
- Don’t get too personal. Unless the recipient is your roommate, you can’t really know what they do in the bathroom. Jokes aside, if you don’t know that they use and like scented soap / bath bombs / body butter, a gift that seemed perfect may go unused (or regifted). And scent is a very personal thing.
Finally, there are plenty of people on my shopping list who won’t be getting makeup this year. I thought I’d share with you what I do plan to get them.
- My Fabulous Single Girlfriend: Ikea is an often forgotten source of adorable (and reasonably priced) housewares. If you know someone who likes to entertain, definitely browse Ikea’s wide variety of sexy party platters and minimalist Scandinavian candlesticks.
- My Office White Elephant Party: I don’t know why, but at a white elephant, fights will break out over cute candle sets. They’re like the world’s most desired white elephant gift. I am definitely picking up a boxed set at Target.
- My Boss: Alcohol. It’s festive, it’s consumable, and if I give her champagne, she’ll be ready for New Year’s.
Do you have fabulous gift ideas? I know you do. What are yours?