Here’s my 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for the Chic Hipster, you know gifts for people that are cooler than me. This guide contains some very nifty bath and beauty products. Screw Urban Outfitters. Buy from this list. Most of the companies are small and independently owned and operated.
A. A Beautiful Life Honey’do Shampoo & Conditioner Set – I’m telling you to buy this for the packaging alone. And I don’t feel bad about that. It’s so cute. And it smells like honey. The set retails for $30 and is available at A Beautiful Life, a small awesome brand/boutique located in New Jersey.
B. Strangebeautiful Color Volume 5 Nail Polish – I love Strangebeautiful nail polish. The colors are strange and beautiful. I love any product/line or artist that pays attention to life’s small details. Artist, Jane Schub, created 10 semi-opaque shades that range from healing bruises, India ink and even, yes, menstrual blood (the women’s study minor in me loves this, gross, I know. But, it shocks and I still love that). This limited edition set retails for $85 and is available at Luckyscent.
C. Talon Silver Amulette in Signature – This simple design created by jewelry designer and perfumer, Emily Hirsch, will never go out of style. Silver is hand-made from recycled metals and can be filled/refilled with the perfume of your choice. I recommend Talon Signature, a blend of orange blossom and heady tobacco leaf. It retails for $250. More info here. It can be purchased at Talon.
D. Le Labo Candle in Figue 15 – I love fig and I think everyone else should too. This candle is a mix of luscious fig and blackcurrant, two notes that I love. The packaging is ultra modern and so Le Labo which translates to so “now”. This candle retails for $70 and is available at Luckyscent.
E. Lulu Organics Signature Travel Kit – Lulu Organics hair powder was featured in last year’s hipster gift guide. I can’t help that it’s an awesome product that is worth repeating. This travel kit contains travel sized items of: Jasmine Hair Powder, Cardamom Lip Balm, and Lavender + Oatmeal Soap. Your hair can smell like jasmine and your lips of cardamom…It all comes in a red bag and retails for $27 at Lulu Organics.
F. Zinka Nosecoat Pack – Isn’t it ironic that I included this nerdy colored zinc oxide sunscreen? No. But, it’s still cool. The real irony is that I’m even attempting to put together a gift guide for hipsters. And I know that all the hipster snow bunnies want this. You can pick any 3 rad colors for $17.50 at Zinka.
G. Lulu Beauty She Belongs There Solid Perfume – This solid perfume made in Seattle is wonderful. Trust me. The packaging is adorable. I’ve seen it in “real life”. This tin of solid perfume is housed in a small artisanal wood box. The scent is an intoxicating, super feminine blend of Hawaiian white florals. It’s beautiful. It retails for $35 and is available at Lulu’s etsy shop.
H. Mason & Pearson Handy Size Brush – I have no idea why I think a hipster would want a luxury hair brush, but I think that. This is a “keepsake” brush and it’s perfect for any hipster, male or female, with medium to long hair. It retails for $120 and is available at Beauty.com.
I. Uptown Soap Co. Animalia Black Honey Gift Set – This set includes 3 bar soaps, liquid hand soap in glass bottle, and body cream in a glass jar. The packaging is awesome. It’s Audubon-esque owls. The scent is a sweet honeysuckle. This gift set retails for $45 and is available at Uptown Soap Co.
J. LUSH Dirty Perfume – This all natural unisex fragrance is a blast of fresh, zesty mint and licorice-like tarragon. It’s refreshing and clean. Do you get the irony? It’s super clean but it’s called Dirty. The 1 oz. EDP retails for $29.95 and is available at LUSH.
K. Slumberhouse Jeke Perfume – Handmade in Portland, Oregon, Slumberhouse Jeke is this amazing smoky, rustic resinous woody fragrance. It’s amazing. And it’s long-wearing. And you should wear because you don’t want to smell like anyone else. The 1 oz bottle retails for $60 and is available at Indie Scents.
I’m not hip but I want all of these items. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone. This will ruin my gift guide’s cover.
If you’d like to see last year’s Chic Hipster Holiday Gift Guide, here it is. Most of these products are still available.
And this little video is a joke around the EauMG house. I have to share it because I know you guys have a sense of humor. And if you live in a hipster heavy geographic location, you should find this funny. *There are a few mildly vulgar words.