18 December 2015

Holiday Gift Guide #6: Last Minute Gifts

It's officially one week to Christmas, so what better way to wrap up this year's gift guides than with some last minute gift ideas?  Maybe someone new got added to your list or maybe you just weren't able to find that perfect gift for someone.  Either way, you're left scrambling for a gift at the last minute.  Most of your online options are exhausted at this point, but don't worry - there's still hope!  For these last minute picks, I stuck with brands that are pretty widely available, although - as always - that may vary depending on where you're located.

Local Handmade Soap
Handmade soaps make a great gift, and I always think locally made ones are THAT much better.  If you're in Ontario, two of my favorites are Ground Soap and Mamma Oceania.

Gabriel / Zuzu Luxe Makeup
Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe make some of my favorite green makeup products and since they're stocked at Whole Foods and other natural food stores, they're pretty easy for many of us to get our hands on!  These two brands rarely disappoint, but my favorites for gift giving are the Zuzu Luxe liquid eyeliner and the lipsticks from either line

Andalou Naturals Get Started Kits
I tried a lot from Andalou this past year and they've quickly become one of my favorite inexpensive skincare brands.  The Get Started Kits are a great way to sample a variety of products and contain everything your recipient needs for a basic skincare routine.  The sets are available for each of the four ranges: Brightening, Age Defying, Clarifying, and Sensitive, and like everything from Andalou, are non-GMO project verified, and free of the regular nasties.

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil
Rosehip oil is great oil to begin with and Pai's Bioregenerate Oil takes things up an extra notch.  Made from both the seed and fruit oils, it offers enhanced regenerative properties and more antioxidants than the seed oil alone.  It's also sourced from GMO and pesticide-free rosehips and is CO2 extracted, not cold pressed, which offers a longer shelf life and better preserves the properties of the plant.  

Hugo Naturals Bath Products
Hugo Naturals has a great range of bath products that are perfect for creating a bath/pamper kit.  We don't always get the seasonal/Christmas scents near me - though if you can track them down, the Vanilla Peppermint is lovely - but I can always find the regular bath bombs and bath salts.  They might not be quite as festive right off the bat, but it's nothing a little gift wrapping can't fix, and they're just as great in the bath! 

DIY / Homemade Goodies
Homemade gifts are extra special and even if you're not a DIY expert, it doesn't take a lot to make your own scrubs, lip balms, body butters, or body oils.  There are TONS of easy recipes online and you probably already have at least some of the ingredients on hand.  Track down some pretty jars or bottles, make a nice label, and you're good to go! 

A Gift Certificate
In a pinch - or for those extra hard to shop for people - a gift certificate is a great option.  Lots of green beauty retailers are offering them this year, including The Detox Market, Spirit Beauty, and The Choosy Chick

And that's a wrap on this year's gift guides!  In case you missed any, you can find all six guides HERE

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this lovely post!
    Great selection and gifts ideas!
    Wish you a Merry XMas!
    helenamybeauty.over-blog.com

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    1. Thanks Helena! Hope you have a fantastic holiday too :)

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  2. Great selection! I actually sent my one sister in law an Andalou Naturals gift set (1,000 Roses) and she loved it! Hopefully, she'll want more green beauty products going forward (fingers crossed)! :-) BTW, congrats on being named one of the 51 most influential natural beauty bloggers!! :-) xx http://instanatural.com/blogs/news/80222982-top-51-natural-beauty-influencers-of-2015

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  3. Thanks Sabrina! Andalou is such a great brand to get people started on natural products - nothing too hippy or out there, plus super reasonably priced when they go back for more :) Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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