HUG your auntie! My holiday gift guides are back! I’m not in the mood; it doesn’t feel very holiday-ish but I’m pushing through. This is an annual tradition on EauMG. Previously I referred to this guide as the “Holiday Gift Guide for Sweet Nieces and Teens” but I wanted to find a word that was more gender neutral or something I could use collectively. I have four nephews and once niece and another nephew on the way. I was told to use the word “nibling”, which I can’t stand because it sounds a little cannibalistic but, whatever. That’s all I have to use right now. The English language has all these words and that’s the best we can come up with? Really? Whatever.
Here’s my Holiday 2016 Gift Guide for those young ‘uns that want to play in Auntie Mame’s beautiful things…
1. Milk Makeup It’s All a Blur Gift Set – THANK YOU LITTLE BABY JEEBUS! It appears that the trend in makeup is becoming less mask-like. It’s still fun but it’s more about letting you and your skin show through. This is Milk’s appeal (which is modern but a little 90’s CK-ish; more NYC than LA). This set has all the off-duty model essentials like dry shampoo and a cool lip color. Retails for $48 at Sephora.
2. Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Gift Set – This is a really fun gift set with 10 rollerballs for a good price. The fragrances lean young/hip but are actually pretty darn good. Retails for $60 at Sephora. I’ve reviewed a few of the fragrances here.
3. Morphe Deysi Danger Highlight Palette – Last year, the kids were so into contouring. Now their highlight gotta be pop’n. Here’s a nice set of highlighters that should work with a wide range of skin tones. Who’s Deysi Danger? One of those hot makeup artist baddies on Instagram. Retails for about $20 at Morphe.
4. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Set – My job as an aunt is to provide the children with obnoxious lip colors. This set makes my job much easier. There’s a pink/violet, a periwinkle and a gross 90’s throwback shade. Retails for $15 at NYX.
5. Fragonard Paris Solid Perfume – Solids are really great “intro perfumes” because they’re light and this makes it difficult for teens to suffocate their family while they’re all trapped in the Subaru before being dropped off at school. Really, this is on the list because the packaging is adorable and it’s cheap. The fragrance is sort of generic but it smells good – spicy French cologne over sandalwood. Retails for $9 at Beautyhabit. Throw it in with some macarons and other French stuff (like cigarettes, baguettes and wine, just kidding!) and you have the cutest gift basket ever.
6. LUSH Sweet Christmas Gift Set – These LUSH sets are so easy. This one comes with three sweet-scented bath products and is wrapped up and ready to go. Retails for about $28 at LUSH. Look around the site and you’ll find some other sets that are less frou-frou if less frou-frou is what you’re looking for.
7. Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette – This indie brand is amazing. I was drawn in by the packaging but was delighted to find that the shadows are mind-blowing. The colors range from warm browns to berries to jewel tones. This is a must have for the aspiring makeup artist on your list. Retails for about $30 at Juvia’s Place. FYI – It’s called the mini palette because it’s smaller than their regular, supersized palettes. It’s not very “mini”, just smaller than the others.
8. Glamglow Glamazing Supermud Set – If you pay attention to the alternate beauty universe of Instagram and Youtube, you’ll find that all the young folk (boys, girls, non-binary, all the kids) are obsessed with these expensive wash-off masks. I personally believe that there is no way that they are as good as those “gurus” lead us to believe, but hey, it’s OK. We all did some stupid beauty thing when we were teens. I wish my mistakes could just be using an overpriced mask. This set retails for $69 at Nordstrom.
9. Tonymoly Hand Cream Set – These are so cute and everyone loves the packaging. In this set you get Banana, Tangerine, Apple and Peach. Also, you get to see their face when they think they’ve opened up a gift that’s those toddler pretend play food sets. That alone makes the price worth it. Retails for about $25 on Amazon. ¹
10. Floss Gloss 1080 Pearls Nail Polish Duo – I love Floss Gloss so that’s why it always shows up in this list. Here’s a duo that feature a metallic top coat and a base nail shade of your choice. I like 95% Angel, a cool light blue…the sort of shade I wore when I was 13. Other shades are also available. Retails for $14 at Floss Gloss.
Every year when I put together this gift guide, I channel my inner angry 13 year old teenage self. These days, it’s a mix of that and observing trends on social media sites like Instagram to keep me relevant. As always, I want most of this stuff for myself. I have a problem.
My niblings are still little and seem to only care about dinosaurs and things with wheels. They’re actually still in that “really easy to buy for” stage because everything makes them happy. I’m going to savor this stage because I know this doesn’t last forever.
Need more ideas? Here’s the 2015 Gift Guide.
More gift guides coming soon!
¹The review says some weren’t in a box but even at the TonyMoly stores not all of these come in boxes. I don’t know why but sometimes they are, sometimes they aren’t but Banana is always in a box.