Published on December 12th, 2014 | by The Perfume Expert
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Look no further for the ULTIMATE Christmas Gift Guide 2014! These luxury beauty items have been handpicked 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!
These creative gift ideas are unique, personal, and the best-of-the-best!
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!
1. Chanel No.5
Nothing says Christmas more than a bottle of Chanel No.5!
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 sure to sparkle on the special woman in your life. This particular set features not only a bottle of the legendary Chanel No 5 but also the matching body lotion and shower gel!
$145 at Nordstrom here
2. Guerlain Parisiennes L’Heure De Nuit
It doesn’t get more romantic than a bottle of exquisite french perfume! Especially, L’Heure de Nuit, a soft powdery scent that is the epitome of femininity!
Translating into the “Hour of Night”, this scent is perfect for ringing in the new year when the clock strikes midnight! And all the hope and wonder that can come under a moonlit sky!
The bottle alone is something to be treasured, but the scent that it houses is pure magic!
Purchase it at Bergdorf Goodman here for $280
3. Fracas by Robert Piguet
One of the most revered fragrances of all time, Fracas is known as the world’s best Tuberose scent! 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!
Purchase it for the best price $230 online here
4. Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady
Giving this scent is like giving the gift of love!
Romantic roses mixed with warm spices, cuddling Musk, deep berries, and ethereal incense. Portrait of a Lady is what love smells like, and this is what a REAL lady should smell like!
Available at Barney’s here for $355
5. Hermes Refillable Lock Spray
You may not be able to afford to get her a Hermes Handbag, but with a gorgeous Hermes scent she’ll still feel like a VIP!
This super collectable fragrance bottle is in the shape of a hermes lock and houses a refillable pure perfume spray of your choice! Choose between the festive spicy/woody Eau des Merveilles, the feminine citrus/floral Jour d’hermes, the sophisticated leathery/floral Kelly Caleche, the classy chypre/aldehyde Caleche or the traditional mature 24 Faubourg.
Purchase yours at Nordstrom here (Lock is $90 alone and fragrances are sold separately at $110-$120)
The Gift of Beauty:
Show her just how beautiful you think she is with these luxury makeup sets! Not only are they beautiful but also practical and give more value for your money!
1. Guerlain Petrouchka 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 Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette from the Night at the Opera Collection is as good as it gets!
This palette not only houses five beautiful gold and brown shades of eye shadow, but also two rosy blushes and two contouring blushes. All in a velvety pouch with two travel brushes to apply!
Purchase it soon as they are selling out fast here for $149
2. Tom Ford Lipstick Set
The newest thing in luxury beauty is Tom Ford! Tom Ford’s lipsticks especially are now some of the most sought-after lipsticks in the industry. Their quality and shades are unparalleled and have become the must-have lipsticks the season!
This set is particularly beautiful because you get a variety of wearable rose shades.
Buy it now here for $200
3. Estee Lauder Ultimate Color Gift Set
This is the ULTIMATE beauty gift of the season!
Estee Lauder’s Holiday Gift Sets are famous and are a holiday staple for beauty lovers!
18 Eye shadows, four blushes, three lipsticks, nail polish, mascara, two lip glosses, eyeliner, face creams, eye makeup remover and two gorgeous makeup cases! Not only gorgeous but practical and EXTREME VALUE for money!
For the best price online buy it here for only $98
4. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Music Box
Deborah Lippmann creates 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 Nail Polish Music Box!
Not only does this nail polish set contain 15 gorgeous shades of nail polish but they’re housed in a beautiful black lacquered music box that plays an inspirational song about following your dreams!
Buy it exclusively at Barney’s here for $250
The Gift of Pampering:
1. Jo Malone “The House of Jo Malone Collection”
No gift list would be complete without Jo Malone, the ultimate in luxury pampering! And this set has it all to pamper that special lady this holiday season!
She will be swept away by these gorgeous scents!
This ultimate relaxation kit, the House of Jo Malone Collection contains a beautiful holiday Blackberry & Bay fragrance, Orange-Blossom body cream, Lime Basil & Mandarin body wash, Pomegranate Noir hand lotion, Red Roses bath oil, and a beautiful English Pear & Freesia scented candle!
Order now from Nordstrom here for $200
2. La Mer “The Discovery 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 Discovery Collection is a classic selection of essential La Mer skincare products using 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 Moisturizing Soft Creme, Eye Concentrate, Rejuvenating Serum, Cleansing Foam, and Tonic.
Buy it now here for $350
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 10 of the most recognizable Diptyque scents!
A perfect gift for lighting near the bubble-bath or lighting on a special night!
Exclusively at Nordstrom here for $130
4. Oribe Beautiful Color 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 deluxe shampoo, conditioner, and hair masque for the ultimate hair repair!
Order it from Space NK here for $85
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!
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!
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 romantic citrus/rose romantic Lyric cologne, their traditional musky Gold, classic sweet balsamic Jubilation xxv, modern woody Dia, their soft and comforting Silver, and their intoxicating floral Reflection.
Purchase exclusively from Min NewYork here $260
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!
Buy it exclusively at Saks 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.
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!
Purchase at Barney’s 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!
Buy it now from Nordstrom here $215
The Gift of Handsomness:
1. Lucia Bay 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!
The Lucia Bay Shaving Kit includes: Double- edge razor, Shave brush, Bowl, Stand, and handmade Soap
Buy it from Nordstrom here $188
2. Stern Complete Mustache Kit
If your man has no need for shaving, but still a need for grooming, then he might appreciate the Stern Mustache Kit!
This quirky Stern set includes all the accessories needed to maintain a sophisticated mustache or beard, including a tube of their illustrious German-made moustache wax, comfort trimming scissors, a moustache comb, and a moustache brush, all contained in a delightful wooden holding box.
Order from Royal Shave here $70
3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Grey Sonic 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!
Buy it now from Nordstrom here $148
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.
Order yours today from Luxury Barber here $164 for 6months