Great stocking stuffers for young and old, Soaps to Live By uses organic ingredients to handcraft delicious smelling chunks of goodness. Imprinted with words like “joy” and “shine,” and smelling of citrus, peppermint and lavender, these bars make terrific presents.
Another little gift, always appreciated is lip balm. Phoenix Lips from Phoenix Botanicals makes a great version in a charming tin. The Rose combats the elements and adds a hint of color, brightening up cheeks and rouging mouths.
Those who love humor, “Parks and Recreation” or even just the common mustache will appreciate Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe. This group of essays features advice, homilies, rants and tales to help you on your way in “Delicious Living.”
Decorate with Mane Message’s completely adorable hair ties. The Woodland Package comes in shades of fall augmented with foxes and flora.
Paul & Joe Beaute’s ingenious packaging just got even better with their Limited Edition Eye & Cheek Color Set. The makeup bag, resplendent with kittens, is filled with a shimmering eye color duo, glimmering eye gloss and a cat-shaped blusher stick that will make you meow.
CONSCIENTIOUS (BUT STILL FABULOUS!)
Made from 40 percent recycled content by artisan women from around the globe, Color By Amber’s jewelry line makes you feel virtuous and stylish. The African Mohair necklace works equally well alone with a white T-shirt or layered with other necklaces for more drama.
Give your Dad an Eco Vessel bottle, and encourage him to bring drinks to work. The triple insulation keeps coffee piping hot all day and works even better (an unbelievable 36 hours!) with cold liquids.
If it’s good enough for young Prince George of England, it’s probably good enough for the rest of us. Aden + Anais’ adorable and highly functional Cozy Plus Sleeping Bag suits newborns perfectly by keeping them warm and eliminating the need for loose blankets in the crib.
Pamper pregnant friends with Erbaviva’s Mommy-to-Be Milk Bath. This organic powder contains essential oils, like lavender and citrus for heavenly relaxation.
Ora’s Amazing Herbal skin salve is all natural and all-purpose. It works wonders, combating dryness, wrinkles, mild burns and scratches. The carefully curated herbs, like burdock and thyme, help heal without irritation.
Boys and girls alike will love Melissa & Doug’s Town Block Set. Perfect for fueling little imaginations (age 3+), children can set up a play village with 48 charming wooden pieces that make up a classic Main Street, including a fire station and a grocery store.
The purity of Rituals Rice Scrub is undeniable. The combination of cherry blossom and organic rice milk banishes flaky skin on knees and elbows and makes a great addition to any well-appointed shower.
So cute! COZYmade’s handmade felted flower bobby pins add a touch of vintage charm to any look. I especially love the mustard yellow, red and aubergine trio, perfect for wintry parties and evenings of hot cider.
Could anything be a more delightful stocking stuffer than nail polish in shades of “Spiritual Hunter” and “Poetic Potion?” Chrome Girl’s lacquer in magnificent shades of violet, gold and pewter will decorate your toes and tickle your fancy.
Nail polish has come into its own with non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives. Scotch Naturals Southern Living Black Tie Holiday Collection brings all the drop-dead beauty of the season to the table with the rich Red Velvet, sparkly Gilded Magnolia and sophisticated Grandmother’s Pewter.
Billy Jealousy’s Shave3Some kit comes with everything your boyfriend might need for a smooth, close shave. The Hot Towel, Hydroplane and Shaved Ice combo will give any guy the confidence to meet the parents.
Even guys care about wrinkles and Turo Skin’s Regenerating Night Cream promises to keep them at bay. The formula, which “harnesses the powers of encapsulated retinol” comes in a sporty package that won’t embarrass reluctant metrosexuals.
Epsom salts get an upgrade with Dr. Teal. The addition of aroma-therapeutic essential oils helps banish aches and soothe nerves. The Salt Foot Soak is a wonder after a hard day hitting the mall.
CLASSIC FILM AFICIONADOS
Transcending time and space, the love for all things Marilyn continues in Keith Badman’s Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years. With meticulous detail, the author documents the events leading up to the tragic death of the world’s most beloved star.