Three years ago I had the most absolutely crazy and mind-numbingly awful Christmas. The combined emotions left me feeling thoughtless, guilty and ridiculously stressed out. I procrastinated so much that I left all of my shopping until three days before Christmas. And between buying the perfect gifts for my kids and finding presents for the rest of the family (my husband has 38 first cousins!), I was thrown into a sheer panic and felt like a mindless consumer robot. We’re never excessive with our purchases, but do like to get a little something for those close to us. After that hectic year I vowed that the holiday season would be different and that I would never procrastinate when it comes to presents.
My rule is short, simple and to the point: I will not shop after December 1st. Period. I usually start in October, when everyone else seems focused on trick or treating and ghost decorations. If I see something that would make a perfect gift for someone I know and love even earlier, that’s great too. I truly enjoy thinking about what they would really enjoy, and purchasing a gift that’s unique and special. With my shopping complete with the start of December, I can actually breathe easy and enjoy the holiday season. I spend time with my friends and family, have people over for dinner and drinks, and go out performance-based events with the kids. But of course my favorite part about the holidays is enjoying them with my kids. I especially love doing crafts with them (I make a wicked snowflake!).
So in an effort to help you tackle your own holiday shopping—whether it’s just for a few people or if you have a multi-page list like I do—here are a few of my favorite products that I love to give as gifts during the holiday season. Each and every one gets plenty of initial ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, followed by “How can I get my hands on more?” in the coming weeks.
Primavera Active Body Wash & Santaverde Aloe Vera Shower Gel
I was hesitant about giving a body wash at first, but then again these aren’t your run-of-the-mill drugstore versions. The Primavera Active Body Wash is the perfect refreshing eye-opener for those days that are hard to get out of bed. The Santaverde Aloe Vera Shower Gel perfectly combines cleansing and softening. My family members began requesting even more because they loved them so much!
Primavera Wild Rose Face Oil Capsules
A family favorite that works for all skin types, these little individual-use capsules contain pure plant oils to moisturize while protecting skin from premature aging for a noticeably softer, glowing complexion.
Dr.Hauschka Daily Face Care Kits
With a kit tailored for either normal to dry or oily skin, you can give some of Dr. Hauschka’s most beloved facial products in one present-perfect kit. Each of the two kits contains six trial-sized products packaged in a reusable metal tin.
Dr.Hauschka Aromatherapy Bath Kits
Soothing baths are the ideal way to feel pampered all year long. So I love giving this reusable metal tin that holds five exquisite bath oils that turn a normal bath into an aromatic, soothing experience.
Natural Balance Face Care Kit
This is one of my favorite skincare lines, so I love introducing it to new people with this convenient Face Care Kit. It includes seven of Natural Balance’s innovative and organic products, from cleansers to treatments.
Dr.Hauschka Lip Care Stick
This little moisturizing stick makes the perfect stocking stuffer. The gentle ingredients protect and soften, which is especially helpful during the dry months of winter.
Weleda Foot Balm
People tend to only buy the essentials when it comes to caring for themselves, which is why I love giving this softening foot balm. The revitalizing ingredients help protect and soothe tired, swollen feet. I can’t think of anyone who couldn’t benefit from that.
Not only do I love all of these products, I love that you can get and give them with just a few clicks of the mouse. Plus to makes things even easier, Saffron Rouge offers a free gift box and gift card, so you can spend less time wrapping and more time doing things you love. Just look for the option when you check out.