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Published on December 17th, 2017 | by The Perfume Expert

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide | Handpicked Gifts

Look no further for the ULTIMATE Christmas Beauty Gift Guide! These luxury beauty items have been handpicked by the Perfume Expert for you to give that special lady OR gent in your life something EXTRA special this year!

This holiday gift guide features the most luxury fragrance and beauty products, handpicked gifts for her and hand-picked gifts for him!

Women LOVE to get luxurious things for Christmas; whether it is a beautiful scent she’s wear forever, a gift set for gorgeous hair, or a spa gift to pamper herself after the holiday season!

Believe or not, men too like to receive gifts to take care of themselves as they usually don’t buy these sort of things themselves! Plus they’ll always appreciate a gadget like a deluxe shaver.

These creative gift ideas are unique, personal, and the best-of-the-best.

You won’t be short of ideas, so let’s get started!

Handpicked Gifts for Her

The Gift of Scent:

Fragrance is one of the most special gifts to give someone!

Not only is it deeply personal but also sentimental as the scent will always remind the person of you or that special time in her life when it was given. Every time she wears it, she will be reminded of the special person who gave it to her or that magical Christmas!

The following fragrances are classic scents that are much loved by most people so they are appealing to a wide audience. They are also some of the most traditionally given perfumes during Christmas as they are timeless and very special!

1. Chanel No.5 L’eau

Nothing says Christmas more than a bottle of Chanel No.5! Especially this year because of the newest and more updated version of the classic fragrance called Chanel No. 5 L’eau! A more modern, younger, fresher version of the classic.

This classic, sophisticated, and legendary scent has been the number 1 selling fragrance for decades! And there’s good reason why.

With it’s unique and captivating scent it will be sure to sparkle on the special woman in your life. This particular set features not only a bottle of the new Chanel No 5 L’eau but also a twist purse spray for on-the-go touch-ups as well as a mini-travel spray.

chanel no 5 l'eau gift set

$172 at Nordstrom here

2. Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

This fragrance is personally one of my most favorite scents of all time!

It doesn’t get more romantic than a bottle of exquisite french perfume! Especially, Spiritueuse Double Vanille, a decadent creamy vanilla scent that is the epitome of french delights. A scent for ALL ages as younger women will appreciate the decadent sweetness and more mature women will appreciate the complexity.

It’s not your typical vanilla scent either, it’s sophisticated, unique and sumptuous! Notes of perky pink pepper and vibrant bergamot keep the vanilla from being too sweet. And the addition of frankincense adds a breathtaking ambiance ideal for Christmas.

Pretty is an understatement when you add rose, ylang-ylang, and seductive jasmine. And a base of sweet rum keeps the party going!


guerlain spiritueuse double vanille

Purchase it here for $260

3. Fracas by Robert Piguet

One of the most revered fragrances of all time, Fracas is known as the world’s best Tuberose scent!

For a more mature woman, this scent is heavy with regal white flowers, including heady tuberose, soft jasmine, delicate orange-blossom, and rich gardenia!

If that special woman in your life loves flowers, then give the gift of white flowers that will last for years!

It’s iconic, powerful, and timeless! 

Fracas Robert Piguet Pure Perfume

Purchase it for the best price $68 online here


4. Viktor & Rolf BonBon Gift Set

For those who are more young at heart, or for young women, nothing is as sweet as Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon fragrance! A tasty treat of creamy Caramel, juicy Mandarin, and dainty Orange Blossom!

A tasty and decadent treat that smells so good you’d think it’s edible!

This cute set is a showstopper, housed in a pretty pink hat box are a 50ml spray, body lotion, and shower gel.

viktor and rolf bon bon gift set

Available for a limited time at Sephora $120 here

5. By Kilian Straight to Heaven

For a slightly cheeky, sexy, gift filled with passion, nothing is alluring and captivating as By Kilian’s Straight to Heaven scent. By famous new perfumer By Kilian, who’s fast becoming one of the top new perfumers in the industry!

This fragrance features a burning splash of rum softened by dried fruit, and spices with smoldering sensuality and a dry down of dark patchouli and dry cedarwood and smooth vanilla. It’s dark and mysterious, but with a title like Straight to Heaven, this scent toys with the interplay between dark and light.

Housed in a gorgeous satin lined wooden collectors box, this gift will surely impress her.

Straight to Heaven By Kilian

Available at Nordstrom for $275 here

The Gift of Beauty:

Show her just how beautiful you think she is with these luxury makeup sets! Not only are they beautiful but they are also practical and give more value for your money!

Christmas Beauty sets and collections are the perfect time to get beauty items in limited edition colors or in all-in-one palettes which are great for traveling during the holiday season and beyond. They are also usually better value for money.

 1. Guerlain Holiday Eye & Blush Palette

No one does luxury beauty products quite like Guerlain!

They are unsurpassed in terms of quality, innovation, beauty, and deluxe packaging! And the Guerlain Eye & Blush Palette from the holiday collection is as good as it gets!

This palette not only houses 2 beautiful pink blushes and 5 shades of eye shadows plus 1 gold powder that can be used as a highlighter or shimmer coat!

This palette is not only gorgeous but it’s practical as it’s great for traveling! A multi-tasking beauty product!

Guerlain holiday palette

Purchase it soon as they are selling out fast here for $159

2. Tom Ford Lipstick Set

Quite possibly THE MOST luxurious lipstick on Earth, Tom Ford’s lipstick are as glamorous as you can get!

This is NOT your normal drug store lipstick. With fancy packaging and ingredients of the highest quality, there’s no wonder why these are some of the most sought after lippies by movie stars and VIP alike.

tom ford lip set

Available exclusively at Nordstrom here $216

This glorious set comes with four different lipstick shades ranging from nude, mauve, dusty rose and red.

One of the reasons why I believe this set to be a perfect gift is because each of the colors are so versatile and wearable. Most holiday sets come with such bright colors that don’t suit everybody, whereas this Tom Ford set comes with shades that would suit anyone’s skin tone or style!

Order her set today at Nordstrom online here

3. Estee Lauder Ultimate Color Gift Set

If you want to impress your lady with something extravagant, than nothing is as spectacular as Estee Lauder’s Holiday Sets!

These sets are certainly the best bang for your buck if the special woman in your life is a beauty maven.

Holiday Gift Guide Estee Lauder Holiday Set

Available at Amazon here

This SUPER set includes three wearable lipsticks, two lipglosses, a powder compact, an eye shadow palette with 12 shadows, mascara, eye makeup remover, a mini perfume, and skincare minis!

Wow……now that’s a present!



Buy it now on Amazon here (hurry selling out fast)

4. Butter London All the Jewels Collections

butter London create some of the most high-end nail and unique shades of polishes and this is quite possibly the most unique beauty gift of the year! The “All the Jewels Collection” features EVERY color she could possibly ever ask for!

Not only does this nail polish set contain a base coat, nail treatment and two topcoats, but it also contains 30 gorgeous shades of nail polish!!!! Housed in a cute keepsake tin.

butter London All the Jewels collection

Buy it exclusively at Nordstrom here for $150

The Gift of Pampering:

1. Jo Malone “The House of Jo Malone Collection”

In my opinion, no Christmas gift guide would be complete without something from Jo Malone!

Jo Malone is one of my most talked about brand on my blog and also the most frequently recommendedbecause of their superior quality and true-to-life fragrances.

Holiday Gift Guide Jo Malone Collection

Available exclusively at Nordstrom online here $200

There is a little of everything in this gorgeous set!

Collection includes:

– Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub (1.7 oz.)

– Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (1 oz.)

– Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Crème (1.7 oz.)

– Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash (3.4 oz.)

– English Pear & Freesia Scented Travel Candle (2.1 oz.)

– Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil (1 oz.)

Purchase exclusively from Nordstrom for $200 here

2. La Mer “The Travel Collection”

Skincare of the stars! La Mer has been transforming the skin of movie stars and VIP’s for years! This is the ultimate in luxury skincare!

The Travel Collection is a classic selection of essential  La Mer skincare products in convenient travel-sized bottles. La Mer uses innovative ingredients that work together to reveal  firmer, smoother, more radiant skin. The regimen visibly renews and rejuvenates so fine lines, wrinkles and pores look diminished.

This set includes their famous:

  • 0.17 oz Renewal Oil – 1/6 of Full Size
  • 0.24 oz Creme de La Mer – 1/4 of Full Size
  • 0.17 oz The Concentrate – 1/6 of Full Size
  • 0.1 oz Eye Balm Intense – 1/5 of Full Size

la mer travel set

Buy it now here for $169

3. Diptyque Mini Candle Set

What woman doesn’t love candles?! Well, these are the most luxurious candles she’ll ever own!

French candle and fragrance brand Diptyque has released this limited edition candle set with 12 of the most recognizable Diptyque scents!

A perfect gift for lighting near the bubble-bath or lighting on a special night!

Diptyque Mini Candle Set 12

Exclusively at Nordstrom here for $150

4. Oribe Gold Lust collection

Give the gift of a good hair day and banish bad hair days for life with this luxury hair care line from Oribe.

Oribe is one of my most recommended hair care lines as they are the upmost of quality and innovation in hair care!

This beautiful Oribe set contains a rejuvinating shampoo, repair & restore conditioner, and nourishing hair oil for the ultimate hair repair!

oribe gold lust collection

Order it from Space NK here for $110


5. Clarisonic Pedi Sonic

Nothing’s more important to a woman’s beauty routine than a mani-pedi and this innovative tool will allow her to have salon-worthy pedicures at home!

Brought to you by the highly recommended skincare brand Clarisonic, this tool along with cleanser, buffer, and moisturizer balm will give her a foot transformation!

Clarisonic pedi sonic

Buy it now at Nordstrom for $179 here

6. Birchbox Subscription Box

Still clueless about what to give her for Christmas?

Give the gift that keeps on giving with a beauty box subscription!

Birchbox offers a unique gift idea, where for a monthly fee, she will receive a box filled with beauty products EVERY month!

This takes the stress away from figuring out what she likes or needs, Birchbox does it for you offering a variety of skincare, haircare, bath and body products hand-picked for her so you don’t have to do anything!

Best part about it is that you can choose to pay upfront for her to have a 12 month subscription!

Birchbox Subscription

Order today at Birchbox online here $110 for 1 year


Handpicked Gifts for Him

The Gift of Scent:

1. Amouage Mens Fragrance Set

Give the gift of scent 6 times-over with this deluxe cologne set featuring 6 different Amouage scents!

A great way for your man to explore different sets, or use them for traveling!

Amouage is known for their high-end oriental scents and in this Amouage Set you’ll get their famous fragrances: Spicy rose-infused Lyric, exotic-oriental Epic, leather-woody Memoir, peppery-floral Honor, incense-spicy Interlude and spicy-woody Fate.

amouage mens set

Purchase exclusively from Amazon here $192


2. Kilian Back to Black Aphrodisiac

This one-of-a-kind scent is for the man who has it all and doesn’t mind being the centre of attention!

Back to Black is a unique and modern cologne featuring smoky tobacco and sweet sticky honey with sexy amber and deep woods! An aphrodisiac is right, you won’t be able to keep your hands off him. This scent is intoxicating!

And to make it even more luxurious, just take a look at the packaging!

By Kilian Back to Black Mens Cologne

Buy it exclusively at Nordstrom here $245

3. Guerlain Arsene Lupin

Named after a french cat burglar, this Guerlain Arsene Lupin cologne is just as sneaky and deceptive with it’s picante bitter orange, green patchouli, and refreshing pink pepper but rounds out to be a soft, smooth, comforting scent of warm sandalwood and sweet olibanum.

Guerlain Arsene Lupin

Purchase it from Saks here $250

4. L’Eau d’Hiver Frederic Malle

It doesn’t get more festive than Frederic Malle’s L’Eau d’Hiver!

Translated as “Winter Water”, this phenomenal scent captivates the cool, crisp, shimmering snowfall of Christmas! But once it warms on the skin it transforms into a soft powdery scent that you’ll want to be wrapped in!

Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver

Purchase at Nordstrom here $165

5. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Pure pleasure! Sweet, strong, smooth, commanding, yet comforting…Tobacco Vanille is everything you’d want in man!

Smoky nuances of tobacco mixed with sweet vanilla, smooth tonka bean, and decadent cocoa! What more can I say!

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Buy it now from Nordstrom here $215


The Gift of Handsomness:

 1. Gentleman Jon Shaving Kit

Keep him from borrowing your razors by giving him this luxury shaving kit! It’s about time men shave the REAL way and he’ll thank you for it later!

Smooth skin all the way!

Gentleman Jon Shaving Kit:

  • This kit includes 8 carefully curated items to deliver the full experience, right from the start
  • + (1) Safety Razor + (1) Badger Hair Brush + (1) Canvas & Leather Dopp Kit + (1) Shave Stand + (1) Alum Block + (1) Stainless Steel Shave Bowl + (1) Shave Soap + (5) Astra Razor Blades

gentleman jon razor set

Buy it from Amazon here $70

2. Zeus Ultimate Beard Grooming Kit

If your man has no need for shaving, but still a need for grooming, then he might appreciate this Zeus beard grooming Kit! And if he won’t appreciate it…..then YOU certainly will!

This quirky Zeus set includes all the accessories needed to maintain a sophisticated mustache or beard:

  • ULTIMATE KIT: Granddaddy beard care kit gift set featuring all of our top items!
  • SANDALWOOD: Zeus Shampoo, Conditioner, Beard Balm, and Oil in this Scent!
  • ORGANIC OIL: For our top set we’ve included our natural Zeus Organic Beard Oil!
  • TOOLS: Boar Palm Brush, Boar Pocket Brush, Wide Tooth Comb, Mustache Comb!
  • ALSO INCLUDES: Stainless Steel Beard and Moustache Grooming Scissors!

zeus beard grooming kit

Order from Amazon here $179

3. Clarisonic Alpha Skin Cleansing System

We all know how much men love their tools! So it won’t be that much of a stretch for him to love this tool for cleaning his face!

This is the ultimate face cleansing tool by the highly recommended skincare brand, Clarisonic.

Men don’t always see the necessity of facial cleaning, but with all the dirt, pollution, and sweat that they enounter on a daily basis, proper cleaning is a must!

And the manly looking Clarisonic tool will soon become a men’s grooming staple!

clarisonic alpha mens facial brush

Buy it now from Amazon here $219

4. Luxury Barber Subscription Box

For the man who has everything, but always wants more, this unique gift is the gift that keeps on giving!

For under $30/month, your man will receive a monthly box FILLED with men’s grooming products just for him and his needs! No need for him to keep borrowing your hair gel or for him to keep complaining about your girly-smelling shower gel!

Best part is that you can opt-in for a one-time payment so you can pay upfront for 6months-1 year for him!

Items are different every month and contain a selection of hair care, skincare, bodycare, and shaving products.

 Luxury Barber Subscription Box

Order yours today from Luxury Barber here $164 for 6months

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