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Gift Guide: A New Take on Old Classics

Posted: 12/10/2012 5:00 pm

Fashionistas and beauty buffs can be surprisingly easy to buy for. Give them the latest nail polish, wardrobe staple, bold eyeshadow, or funky accessory, and they will melt like lipstick on a hot summer day.

If you really want to impress the fashion and beauty lovers in your life, upgrade your holiday gifts to these new takes on old classics.

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  • Lipstick: Kate Spade Lip Crayon Box Set

    Encourage her creativity with this <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-sprinkles-lip-crayons-set-of-three/3377845" target="_hplink">Kate Spade Lip Crayon Box Set ($40)</a>.

  • Nail Polish: Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Laquer

    Get a professional looking manicure at home with <a href="http://www.lisewatier.com/eng/product/bouchon_lumi_re_vernis_ongles/light_cap_nail_lacquer" target="_hplink"> Lise Watier's Light Cap Nail Laquer ($12.50)</a>. The specially designed cap contains a built in light and switch for perfect polish every time.

  • Purse: M.I.L.C.K. Clutch

    The <a href="http://elabyela.com/handbags" target="_hplink">ela M.I.L.C.K. (Money, ID, Lipstick, Cell, Keys)</a> clutch was made with a girl's everyday essentials in mind. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, this classic clutch is both functional and stylish ($298-$328).

  • Lip Treatments: LUSH Cosmetics' Popcorn Lip Scrub

    Give a sweet treat without the calories with <a href="http://www.lushusa.com/Popcorn/03766,en_US,pd.html" target="_hplink">LUSH's Popcorn Lip Scrub ($8.95)</a>. This sugar and salt scrub smells so good, you'll want to taste it (and thanks to the natural ingredients, you can).

  • Warm Fuzzy: MISSONI Plush

    Cuddle up with a limited edition MISSONI plush elephant or bear ($50 each at Holt Renfrew). The stylish stuffed animals are decked out in the iconic MISSONI zig-zag print, and help support OrphanAid Africa.

  • Spa Visit: skoah Skin Gym Membership

    Give the gift that keeps on giving with the <a href="http://www.skoah.com/products/holiday/skin-gym" target="_hplink">skoah Skin Gym Yearly Membership ($550)</a>. The annual membership includes a facial once a month and 10% off skoah products all year long.

  • Tanning Creams: Vitatanz Organic Spray on Tan

    Get a gentle holiday glow with <a href="http://vitatanz.ca/en/shop.html" target="_hplink">Vitatanz Organic Spray on Tan ($25)</a>. This anti-aging sugar-based formula will naturally darken skin without the damaging effects of UV rays or harsh chemicals.

  • Bags: Stone + Cloth

    Give two gifts for the price of one when you give a <a href="http://www.stonecloth.com/shop.html" target="_hplink">Stone + Cloth backpack ($75)</a>. For each backpack purchased, $10 will go towards supporting a child's education in Tanzania.

  • Christmas Ornaments: Pantone Colour Ornaments

    Deck the halls with official Pantone colour ornaments ($15 each). Designed by Selab Studio for Italian design powerhouse Seletti, they are available at <a href="http://www.secretlocation.ca/" target="_hplink">Secret Location in Vancouver</a> and various stores <a href="http://www.seletti.it/shops.html" target="_hplink">nationwide</a>.


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