Christmas 2019 gift guide including money-saving tips from an expert

The holiday season is supposed to be one of the most joyful times of the year – but it can also prove to be among the most stressful, as people worry about how much money they are spending, what gifts they should be buying, and what food and drink they should be offering family, friends and guests.

So to take away at least some of the strain and stress this holiday season, FEMAIL has curated a selection of great gifts to help you track down the perfect item for every person on your list, no matter what your budget, and no matter how picky the person you’re buying for.

And, to ensure that your gift buying – and giving – goes as smoothly as possible, RetailMeNot‘s shopping expert, Sara Skirboll, has shared her best advice for how to get the most out of your money this festive season.

Now all that’s left for you to do is shop… and eat, drink, and be merry!

Save money this season with expert shopping tips 

Shopping for gifts can be stressful at the best of times, but during the holiday season, things tend to ramp up and get all the more manic.

Thankfully, RetailMeNot shopping expert Sara Skirboll is here to help with a host of tips and tricks to ensure you have the easiest and most enjoyable gift buying experience, from picking up the presents and scoring some superb deals – to returning any unwanted gifts at the end of the holiday season.

Plus she will ensure you save more than a few dollars along the way…

  1. Price check in-store: When I shop, I have my list in one hand and my phone in the other. As I find the items I want, I always do a quick scan to check to see if it is less expensive elsewhere. You can do this using a simple Google search.
  2. Use a two-step approach: Purchase a discount gift card for the retailer you plan to shop with to score an instant average savings of 10% or more. Combine the gift card with a promo code or digital rebate at checkout.
  3. Don’t use a shopping cart: Don’t tempt yourself with unnecessary purchases and items that you may come across last minute
  4. Leave the kids at home: Speaking of unnecessary spending, leave the kids at home so you can navigate through the stores a little easier
  5. Start in the back of the store: If you plan to hit the malls when they first open, start in the back of the store and work your way towards the front, moving in the opposite direction of most other shoppers.
  6. Form a shopping team or a festive task force: There is power in numbers! Form a shopping team of friends and family and divide the holiday shopping wish list to accomplish the most in the least amount of time! 
  7. Pay attention to brands that rarely go on sale: These include Tod’s, Mountain Hardwear, Electric, Marmot, Prada, Ray-Ban, The Sak, Oakley, Christian Dior, Tumi, Vilbrequin, Ferragamo, Johnston & Murphy, Moncler, Patagonia, Reef, Fossil and Hurley.
  8. Follow your favorite retailers on social media: And sign up for e-newsletters – they sometimes will post special sales and offers exclusively for their followers.
  9. Use savvy saving websites to save money: Score everything from cash back offers (both in-store and online) to promo codes, free shipping and more on sites like RetailMeNot.
  10. Buy toys before December 15: I recommend scooping those up soon before the popular items run out of stock.
  11. Shop on weekday mornings: The malls will be less crowded with the kids in school, and you can get everything done before the crowds arrive later in the afternoon.
  12. Do your research: See which retailer will have the items you need for the best price. You can use savings sites like RetailMeNot to see which store is having the best sales and discounts, and then pair that with price comparison tools to find the best price on what you need.
  13. Keep an eye out for big beauty deals: I recommend paying attention to beauty deals this holiday season, it’s one of the top categories to shop in terms of sales. Think makeup palettes from Tarte, gift sets from Sephora – those are all hot gifts and we’re already seeing early sales from those stores. We’re also seeing an increased demand and interest in subscription services this holiday, which includes subscriptions like Birchbox for the beauty and skincare fanatics. Beauty shoppers should be on the lookout for promotions on these services too given their rise in popularity as a holiday gift.

THE FITNESS FANATIC 

The Mirror  $1,495 

The Mirror is an incredible (albeit pricey) gift for any fitness lovers out there. It’s essentially a portal to a slew of at-home workout classes and top trainers that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

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The Arrivals AER  $445

After a workout, there is nothing worse than heading out into the freezing cold without a huge warm jacket. As far as puffy coats are concerned, this one is about as snuggly and warm as they come. 

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Sweat With Bec Booty Bands  $25 

If The Mirror isn’t in your price range – or isn’t the kind of thing your gift recipient might want – then try Sweat With Bec’s great booty band set, which offers up three different bands, and a load of exercise options that you can do at home to get that booty in great shape.  

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Hoka One One Bondi Leather  $160 

It is remarkably rare to find a pair of sneakers that combine fashion with function, but these Hoka One One leather options hit both nails right on the head.  

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Lele Sadoughi Knit Pear Ear Warmer  $128 

We’ve all been to a workout that has left our hair looking… less than brilliant. Thankfully, if you have this Lele Sadoughi gem stashed in your gym bag, bad hair can very quickly be concealed in no time. Plus, it will keep your ears toasty and warm.  

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Peloton Bike and Basics Package  $2,245 

For many, a Peloton bike is the ultimate fitness gift this festive season because it allows your favorite spinning nut to get their fix without ever leaving home – and in the winter, there’s really nothing better! 

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Obe Fitness Subscription   $27/month 

Sometimes it’s tricky to workout without someone guiding you through your sweat session. But if your local trainers don’t tickle your fancy, or if you can’t get out of the house long enough for a class, try Obe, which offers a monthly subscription that gives you access to awesome New York-based trainers, like Emily Diers (pictured) and Amanda Kloots.  

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Benefit I Brake for Beauty! Holiday Gift Set $40

Makeup might not be the first thing you think of when you’re trying to find a fitness-focused gift, but it’s just so handy to have a few travel size goodies stashed in your gym bag, and these Benefit options are perfect for such an occasion. 

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Lululemon Now and Always Tote  $198 

Speaking of gym bags, they’re a bit like Goldilocks and her porridge… they’re either too big, too small, or too ugly. But this Lululemon pick is (say it with us!) just right.

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GHD Flight Travel Hair Dryer  $99 

If you’re not one of those select few who are lucky enough to workout at a gym with fancy hairdryers, then this travel-friendly GHD option is perfect to just pop in your bag and whip out whenever you need to spruce up your ‘do post-workout. 

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COOL BOSS BABES

Diptyque Lucky 3-Piece Scented Candle Set  $114

Year after year, Diptyque serves up truly spectacular Christmas scents, and 2019’s offerings are just as brilliant. Not only do they smells superb, but they also look beautiful, and effectively serve as a kind of Christmas decoration as well as a candle. 

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Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette $18

Buying perfume for another person can be very tricky: you don’t know what they might like, you don’t know what will smell nice on them… there are a lot of hurdles to overcome. Well this perfume overcomes them all. 

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Anine Bing Link Drop Earrings  $699 

While not the cheapest earrings on the market, these beautiful chain link numbers really do add an air of elegance and sophistication to any outfit, meaning they will more than likely pay for themselves in wear time alone.  

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Moleskine Smart Writing Ellipse Set  $200 

Now this might not be the sexiest gift on the planet – but it is the handiest! Trust us when we say that anyone in your life who loves to take notes and make lists will be overjoyed to find this under the tree at Christmas. 

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The Good Patch Hangover  $12 

The festive season is fun, but it can be pretty rough, particularly when it comes to scheduling of social obligations. Thankfully, this hangover patch promises to cure you of any awful sensations you might be feeling come morning, and ensure you’re ready to take on the next big party in no time.  

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Daily Harvest Plan $6.99+

Cooking can be a time-consuming pain when you have a busy schedule. On those days when you are just too manic to think about whipping up a meal, these Daily Harvest dishes are the perfect alternative, providing you with a delicious, healthy meal in a matter of minutes. 

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Peace Out Jet Set   $18 

Keeping your complexion looking in tip top condition can be difficult at the best of times, but when you’re calendar is packed and the winter weather is causing all kinds of skin dramas, these patches will come to the rescue. 

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IMPOSSIBLE-TO-PLEASE 20-SOMETHINGS 

Talentless Let the Lord Be With You Hoodie  $124

It was really only a matter of time before Scott Disick turned his hand to fashion design, but you know what? His Talentless clothing collection is actually pretty darn great if you’re looking for some cozy, yet chic sweats this season. 

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Bellabeat Spring Water Bottle $99 

Know a young person who struggles to stay hydrated? This water bottle actually reminds people to keep sipping regularly, so dehydration will be a thing of the past. 

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Drunk Elephant Bring on the Night Kit $62

Drunk Elephant is one of the best skincare brands out there, and this holiday season it has put together a trio of its top selling products that come complete with a very funky beauty bag for good measure.  

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Susan Alexandra Sour Straw Bag  $280

There’s absolutely no reason why your handbag shouldn’t make its very own fashion statement, and this colorful creation from Susan Alexandra is exactly the kind of vibe we want to get across going into 2020. 

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PopSockets x MCM PopGrip $49

Fashion really does meet function in this PopSocket collaboration, which will make for the perfect gift for the most stylish people on your Christmas list.  

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Zales Hoop Earrings in 14K Gold  $179 

Gold hoop earrings are arguably the most essential item in any jewelry box. They just go with everything! And these chic solid gold options from Zales are about as chic as they get, without reaching wallet-busting prices.  

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UGG Classic Mini Fluff  $150 

That’s right, we’re still out here proudly embracing the UGG – and trust us when we say, whoever receives these under the tree this Christmas will gladly follow in our fluffy footsteps!  

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Charlotte Simone Billie Bucket Hat $96.84

Before now, bucket hats had (very sadly) been confined to our summer wardrobes. Enter Charlotte Simone who created an incredible faux fur-lined version that keeps you toasty warm, while looking incredibly stylish.  

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Sock Fancy Subscription  $12/month 

Is it just us, or do socks have the most irritating tendency to go walkabouts!? Well with this monthly sock subscription, you won’t mind when you’re latest pair goes missing because you’ll have a fresh option to turn to! 

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Maybelline x Ashley Longshore Loyalist + Pioneer SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Kit  $18.98

Because you’re makeup shouldn’t just make you look good (which, FYI, these matte lip products will), it should also look good itself. 

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CBD OBSESSIVES 

Uncle Bud’s CBD Lip Balm $8 

Uncle Bud’s lip balm not only works wonders on your pout in terms of protecting it from the bitter winter weather, it also comes in a very festive peppermint flavor, which makes you feel like you’re enjoying a delicious candy cane.  

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Go Basic Spreadable Edibles  $28 

Sorry Nutella, you’ve been benched, because this delicious CBD-infused chocolate spread is about the best thing we’ve ever tasted. Not only does it make for a delicious sweet treat, it also helps to soothe your body and mind thanks to the CBD-focused formula. 

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Toast The Stocking Stuffer $89 

When it comes to the most dedicated CBD lover in your life, this gift could not be more perfect. Not only do you get a dose of Toast’s delicious  

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS 

Dr. Barbara Sturm Ski Cream  $115

Spending time in the great outdoors is wonderful, but sometimes the elements can be a bit harsh on your skin. That’s where this face cream from Dr. Sturm comes in. The thick, soothing formula will ensure that your complexion stays smooth, hydrated, and clear, no matter what wild outdoor activities you end up doing this festive season.  

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Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles  $115 

Allbirds have long been the comfy sneaker of choice for people heading out on a stroll, however the wool design wasn’t particularly brilliant when it came to wetter weather. Well that issue is now a thing of the past thanks to this new design, the Mizzles, which are much better equipped to deal with misty, drizzly weather.  

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G-Shock GBA800UC-2A $120

G-Shock has released its own, very durable, fitness-tracking watch that can be linked up to your smartphone. These watches are incredibly tough and will make for a great option for anyone who tends to go a bit wild while on an outdoor adventure. 

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Away The Mini  $45 

Away’s mini suitcases are great for packing items separately in your backpack, while also ensuring they stay protected thanks to the hard shell case. 

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The Arrivals AER Vest  $295 

For those days when wearing one coat just isn’t enough, this padded vest will provide some very welcome warmth underneath your outermost layer. 

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SUPERB STOCKING STUFFERS 

PopSockets PopWallet+  $25 

We all have that person in our lives who constantly loses their wallet and drops their phone – and this is the perfect gift for them, because it helps to avoid both.  

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Starface Hydro Stars  $22 

These star-shaped pimple stickers (which are also available in fun festive reds and greens for the holidays) are so cute, they might actually make you happy about your next zit! 

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Parade Technicolor Set  $54 

Fill a friend’s underwear drawer with some fun courtesy of this rainbow pack of panties – which are being hailed on social media as some of the comfiest, softest designs ever made.  

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The Creme Shop Energy Essence Zodiac Mask  $4 

When Christmas Day has come to an end and people have had their fill of food, drink, and fun, trust us when we say they will be grateful for the opportunity to slap on this face mask and sneak in a few minutes of relaxation.  

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SNAZZY SECRET SANTA OPTIONS 

Palm Reading Cards  $8

If you’re working with a tight Secret Santa budget, then these cards are a great option. Not only can you get them for less than $10, they are also sure to serve as a great topic of conversation. 

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Dottie Honey Pot  $20 

For those who love to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea, this adorable honey pot would be a delightful gift to help add a bit of sweetness to their daily ritual.  

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HARD-WORKING HOLIDAY HOSTS 

Diptyque Candle Lid  $315 

If you’re looking for an extravagant and very sophisticated gift, then go no further than this beautiful candle lid, which will turn any candle in your home into a work of art. 

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Ulta Frosted Berry Bath Essentials Ornament $10

If you’re aiming to stick to a tighter budget this holiday season, then this bauble is perfect. Not only is it filled with lovely products, it also just looks beautiful. And you can fill it up with flowers or lights when you’re done and hang it up on the tree. 

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Poolside The Disco Ball  $265 

New York-based brand Poolside is proving that straw bags are most certainly not reserved solely for the beach, but can actually serve as an incredibly chic and sparkly New Year’s Eve bag. 

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WICKED WHITE ELEPHANT OFFERINGS 

FOR YOUR FAVORITE VSCO GIRL 

EXTRAVAGANT GIFTS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING 

DASHING DADS 

Teva Ember Moc Shearling   $75

These shoes are perfect as outdoor shoes, or as slippers inside the home – or both! The back section of the design is meant to be worn up around the heel, or folded down so they can be easily slipped on and off. Basically they’re the handiest shoes around!  

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Electronic Sport Fishing Game $25 

Heading outside to fish in the cold winter weather just isn’t that fun – but this game lets you do it from inside the comfort and warmth of your own home. 

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COOL MOMS

Deborah Pagani Large Hair Pin  $90 

Although this might seem expensive for a hair pin, it really is one of those things that you will end up using every day and for every kind of occasion, be it casual or elegant. Not only is it better for your hair than a more traditional elastic, but it also looks so much chicer.  

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Glamsquad Re-Treat Hair Treatment  $34

Busy mothers don’t have a huge amount of time to get glammed up. So if you know one lucky enough to live in a city that offers Glamsquad, treat her to a session. And if not, give her this amazing product, which will help to ensure her hair always looks its best.

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Capabunga Market Tote  $50 

This bag is ideal for that person who loves to hit the farmers’ market on the weekends and bring home a host of fresh produce.  

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WANDERLUSTING TRAVELERS 

Lele Sadoughi Jet Mixed Crystal Headband  $198 

A jeweled headband might not seem like the most obvious accessory for a long-haul flight, but hear us out. Not only will this keep your hair off your face during your journey, it will also help to transform your appearance once you land. Win win! 

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Away The Expandable Bigger Carry-On  $295 

Cramming your belongings into a smaller suitcase might have been easy as pie on your outward journey, but fitting those extra vacation purchases in on the way back? Impossible. Until now.  

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Bleusalt The Wrap  $150 

Why is it that no matter where you are traveling to, there is always a bit of the journey the leaves you shivering with cold? Well that portion of the trip is when you whip out this beautifully soft wrap.  

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Trish McEvoy The Power of Makeup Planner Collection   $250

For anyone who wants a handy stash of cosmetics in their travel bag, this amazing planner – which is exclusive to BlueMercury – is ideal. Everything is tucked away in a very handy case, which contains pretty much everything you need to do a full face of makeup on the go. 

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT 

Sunnlife Lucite Holiday Jumbling Tower  $130

Because wooden Jenga blocks are *so* 2018. 

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Play Tool Bench Set  $148 

This tool bench is going to provide hours of fun for any kid lucky enough to receive it – just keep in mind it is also going to lead to hours of hammering. 

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The White Company Spiral Indy Cot Toy $42 

Truthfully, we’re wondering whether we can get away with using this as decor for our own bedrooms… 

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BEAUTY LOVERS AND MAKEUP MAVENS

Tocca Crema Veloce Holiday  $22 

The pretty packaging on this trio is reason enough alone to present it to someone this holiday season – plus the hand creams are just beautiful. 

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Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Kit  $130.50 

If you aren’t lucky enough to have access to celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau like Lili Reinhart and Demi Lovato, then this detox kit is the next best thing. Believe us, in times of skincare crises, this will save you from a lot of stress. 

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Augustinus Bader The Discovery Duo $305

There is a reason that this face cream from Augustinus Bader is beloved by celebrities the world over. So make your favorite beauty fan feel like an A-lister by hooking them up with their own supply. 

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GO GO GADGET FANS 

Theragun G3PRO $599 

A favorite with fitness fanatics everywhere, this gadget basically provides a sports massage in the safety of your own home. 

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Apple AirPods Pro  $249 

The latest, greatest release from Apple is likely to be on the wish list of every true techy fan out there – that is if they haven’t already snapped them up. 

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Toilet Target Light  $34.95 

There are some gadget lovers who can’t resist buying every single piece of technology themselves. If you’re shopping for that person, trust us when we say they aren’t going to have one of these. 

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FOOD AND DRINK FIENDS 

Corvain Model Two Wine System  $299 

We know you have a wine snob hiding on that gift list of yours. This is the present you’ve been looking for to truly knock their socks off – without having to worry about picking out a fancy wine. 

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HO-HO-HOLIDAY HEROES 

AWESOME IDEAS FROM DAILYMAIL.COM STAFFERS’ WISHLISTS 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres   $62 

Jen Smith, Senior Reporter 

This gorgeous eye-shadow palette is a real treat for glamour pusses. The colors are rich but subtle so you can apply as heavily or lightly as you like for both a day or night-time look. I’d be thrilled to find one in my stocking. Do yourself a favour and get it gift wrapped – Chanel’s Christmas wrapping is just magical and takes the work out of your hands! 

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Drybar Shimmer Spritzer Rose Gold Finishing Spray  $20

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

Glitter and rose gold are two of my favorite things in the world (sorry, I’m basic) and I can’t think of any better way to get in the festive spirit than by spraying them all over my hair!  

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X  $449

Carly Stern, Assistant US Femail Editor 

This guy’s the gold standard in at-home hair removal – and after schlepping to an office to get this done, I’d love to just zap what I want from home.

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Biossance x JVN Glow On, Gorgeous  $138 

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor

I love Biossance as a brand, and Jonathan Van Ness as a human, so when I heard the two had partnered up on a gift set, I knew I had to have it.  

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Grenson Nanette Hiker Boots  $385 

Lisa Potter, US Fashion Finder Editor 

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect boot that will withstand the harsh NYC winter without compromising on style – step forward Grenson’s Nanette. Spotted on a host of celebrities, including Hailey Bieber, this iconic boot is perfect for giving any outfit a dose of edge. A practi-cool purchase that I’ll be grateful for every day! 

 

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P.E Nation x DC Counterpunch Jacket  $249.95 

Lisa Potter, US Fashion Finder Editor 

I need to invest in some new skiwear but prices can get pretty ridiculous. That’s why I’m hoping that Santa knows a good buy too and gets me a P.E Nation outfit. They already make the coolest activewear, but now the brand have gone beyond with this super stylish snow line which won’t break the bank. 

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Byredo Fleur Fantome Scented Candle  $85 

Jen Smith, Senior Reporter 

Byredo’s scents are heavenly and so varied so there really is something for everyone. These candles last forever and are a real splurge. They’re the perfect gift for someone who loves luxury scents but wouldn’t treat themselves to one. The black wax and glass jar are so sophisticated too. 

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BEIS The Cosmetic Case  $58 

Danielle Zoellner, US Femail Reporter 

This cosmetics case was clearly designed by a makeup lover, with a handy pouch for brushes and an extra mirror when on the go. I can tell this case would upgrade my travel and make life much easier when transporting all my products.

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic   $166

Lisa Potter, US Fashion Finder Editor 

My skin is already feeling the effects of winter so I’m going to start dropping hints to loved ones (I’m literally spelling it out here) that beauty products make excellent stocking fillers! You can’t go wrong with Skinceuticals renowned C E Ferulic serum, which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles whilst firming and brightening your complexion. 

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Everlane The Italian ReWool Overcoat $298 

Danielle Zoellner, US Femail Reporter 

Camel coats make for the perfect accessory during the fall and winter months, and I have had my eye on this one for a while now. I anticipate this coat would be a go-to grab whenever I leave my apartment. Plus it’s a basic staple any wardrobe could use.

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Rent the Runway Unlimited  $159/month

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

Honestly, I have resisted signing up for RTR Unlimited for months, but I think it’s finally time for me to give in to the hype. Hopefully if I find a subscription under my tree I won’t feel quite as bad about making the commitment…!

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Rails Clara Animal Print Pajama Set  $168 

Jen Smith, Senior Reporter

What’s more luxurious than a gorgeous pair of PJs? Not as expensive as pure silk but a step-up from cotton, they’re a great price and a safe bet for moms, mother-in-laws, sisters, aunties or anyone who takes beauty rest seriously. The leopard print is fun and glamorous rather than frumpy, which is often the message sent when gifting PJs at Christmas. 

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