We are down to the wire. Christmas is in 11 days and if any of you are like me, you're in a panic over the lack of presents currently sitting under your tree. There's still time to get some shopping done though and today we have several ideas for your Christmas list focusing on the ladies in your life. From the baker to the beauty girl to just a regular mom, there's something for everyone in this list. Who's left on your list to shop for this year?
*Lattes, Life & Luggage received products included in this gift guide complimentary for an honest review. No additional compensation was received.
Birchbox is the brainchild of two friends with a love of the internet and an itch to create a better way to shop for beauty products. They combine monthly deliveries of personalized samples with original editorial and an exciting ecommerce shop. You can gift Birchbox to women and men so this is really a gift idea for both. I have found some of my regular beauty products because of Birchbox. They provide monthly samples of all kinds of things from lotions to perfumes to makeup and sometimes even tea or snacks! What's great is that their monthly pricing is affordable and the variety of samples they share come in a range of prices in their full-size. It's a great option for any size wallet.
Price: $10/month or $110/year for Women - $20/month or $110/6-month for Men
Great For: beauty lovers
DESSERT FOR TWO
Dessert For Two is a cookbook written by food blogger Christina Lane. I love supporting other bloggers and this is just one of her fantastic cookbooks. It has 100+ recipes for desserts, all scaled down to two servings. The book mostly contains recipes not previously seen on her blog although she did include a few 'fan favorites.' Being someone who craves sweets but not a ton, this book is a dream come true.
Price: $17.27 currently on Amazon
Great For: newlyweds, singles living on their own, any baker in your life
ROCKING BEE FARMS
Rocking Bee Farms is dedicated to providing their honey bees with the resources they need to thrive. They are equally dedicated to providing their customers with the finest raw honey, soaps and products of the hive. Rocking Bee Farms provides their customers with ultra-local raw honey. Their soaps and body care products are made with honey and beeswax from their hives and all their products are as natural as possible.
We were able to try a variety of the products from Rocking Bee Farms, some of which are going to be included in our Men's Gift Guide as well. One thing in particular that I loved about each product was the ingredients on each label. You know exactly what is in each of their products because they're simply listed on the labels and include natural ingredients with honey at the center of everything. In addition to the four products below, they also have bar soaps, shampoo bars, raw honey, body butter, diaper lotion, sore muscle warming rub and more! You can even purchase your own colony of bees if you're a local. Whether you need stocking stuffers or smaller gifts to include in a larger gift bag or basket, these are fantastic additions and the variety makes it easy to find something for everyone.
Activated Charcoal & Dead Sea Salt Facial Bar: Dead sea salt works to remove excess oil from the face without over-drying your skin. This coconut oil and shea butter based soap offers a classic, clean scent combination. I am a huge fan of coconut and shea in all forms. Almost all of my bath and shower products currently have at least one of those ingredients. Living with a teen that has terrible acne, I have become a believer in the powers of charcoal. Acne isn't determined by age sadly. If anyone in your life has an acne problem, I'd encourage you to gift this to them. Or, if you have someone in your life that loves products with natural ingredients, have them give this a try. It's great for anyone who wants a clear, clean face!
Great For: teens with acne, beauty lovers that look for all-natural products
Honey Facial Scrub: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. It's full of antioxidants, it's great for slowing down aging. It's extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow; and it's clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. Squeezing this product in your hand, you don't think it's going to be a great cleanser. However, not only does it leave your face feeling clean and refreshed, it leaves it baby soft. Having oily skin that builds up and makes me look aged, I am a committed exfoliator. I'll still exfoliate with my special brush but with only the four ingredients in this bottle. It's madness not to use this cleanser every day.
Great For: Teens looking for acne solutions, health nuts and organic-only shoppers, stocking stuffers
Lavender Essential Oil Hand & Body Lotion: This limited edition hemp seed and castor lotion oil is rich in vitamins A and E, and contains trace amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. Lavender is relaxing and used in reducing stress. With a harsh winter ahead of us, this is a great gift for anyone, but especially anyone who works at a desk with their hands at a computer all day. (*ahem* me)
Great For: all women, stocking stuffers
Peppermint Essential Oil Lip Balm!: Their unique blend of oils and natural bees wax from their hives comes together to moisturize and protect lips. Scented with peppermint essential oil, this lip balm tingles and cools when applied. I have been using this regularly and it's truly a fantastic product. I've been a big Burt's Bees addict but after using their lip balm for a few days, I will be buying it in bulk.
Great For: Stocking Stuffers
Does mom love tea? How about your best friend. TeaSparrow is a fantastic gift to give this holiday season because it's also a great last-minute gift! They literally taste dozens of teas each month from around the world, with no affiliation to blenders, and chose the blends that inspire them most to share. They take pride in delivering a variety of world-class blends to your door every month. Give the gift of a TeaSparrow subscription. Not only is it a gift that keeps on giving each month, it's always different so it's like a Christmas suprise for however long you gift the subscription. It's also a great option to keep warm while we're in this awful polar vortex.
Price: gift subscriptions start at $25
Great For: anyone who loves tea!
SWEENKSCUSTOMLASER ETSY by Jodi Curtis
Personalize your gifts this Christmas with engraved items by Jodi Curtis. She has a variety of products like this ornament here, where she engraves photos, names and more into everything from wood to fake leather. It sounds impossible, believe me, but the products turn out beautiful.
Good for: mom, sister, friend, everyone
Stay tuned for the men's guide coming next! Who's left on your list to shop for?