Foxy Voxy Holiday Guide: Gifting, Part III (Skincare)

By Voxy  

Part the Third of Gift-Giving: Skincare Gifts.

The caveats from my makeup post still apply — giving anything that’s too skin-type-specific is not a good idea unless you know there’s a particular product your recipient is jonesing for. (For example, if anyone wanted to get me Creme de la Mer, I wouldn’t say no. Of course, since no one who’s likely to play Santa for me is independently wealthy, that’s going to have to stay a lovely sugarplum dream.)

But it’s easy to find skincare gifts that pamper all skin types and will be a deliciously luxe treat for winter skin and beyond. These are some of my favorites, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list!

Spa Services

Thai Massage at Rama Day Spa Frankfurt by thomaswanhoff.I am a spa-lover to the core. My ideal vacation is ten days at a resort spa. If it happens to be in Italy or France, so much the better. Most of the time, though, these services are outside my budget, at least on a regular basis. However, a gift certificate for the service of my choice at an area spa would be a fabulous gift. If your recipient doesn’t have a regular favorite spa, or wants to try somewhere else, I recommend getting your gift certificates through, since their gift certificates are accepted at thousands of spas and your recipient can choose her (or his!) favorite place. A safe guesstimate when figuring out how much to spend is $100 per service.

Because my daily work requires extensive use of the upper body, and because I have always tended to store muscular stress in my upper back, shoulders, and forearms, with painful and uncomfortable results, I finally decided that it would be a good idea for me to get massages on a regular basis, since they’ve really been shown to have a beneficial health effect. (The fact that I enjoy them is gravy.) Well, actually, I had decided that I should do this a long time ago, but it was really out of reach financially, until my recent discovery of Massage Envy. They have locations all across the US and offer a variety of massage services (but no facials or other spa services at this time). My intro massage was so good that I signed up for their monthly program, in which each massage costs $49 (plus gratuity). This is an affordable amount for me to spend per month, and my massage therapist is amazing. I’ll do a whole post about spas some other time, but if you can find a massage therapist you like, this is a good investment. They offer a $39 one-hour massage introductory special, which makes it affordable for most people. If you would like to give a spa gift certificate, but $100 is out of your range, you might consider getting a gift card from Massage Envy; their minimum gift card purchase is $50, which would cover an introductory massage and gratuity. Do check to be sure there’s a location in your recipient’s area!

At-Home Spa/Skincare Gifts

lushLush. Cult following. ‘Nuff said.


caudalie_spaCaudalie Spa in a Bag ($30, Sephora). If you go to a Caudalie spa, you will get all sorts of nummy treatments with grape products (or so I hear, anyway). The Crushed Cabernet Scrub in this set is particularly good, and along with it you get a shower gel, a body lotion, and a hand/nail cream, all with grape polyphenols. Any gift with the name Caudalie on it positively gleams with luxury, so your recipient will definitely feel pampered. (If you prefer a wider variety of products in your kit, there’s a Caudalie VinoGo Weekend Kit also available at Sephora for $32; it contains 8 products including a Cabernet Shower Gel).

bliss_socksBliss Softening Socks and Glamour Gloves ($48 each, Sephora). Here’s a technological development I can get behind: in the last few years both high-end and drugstore lines have come out with wearable products with moisturizing gel built in. I tried one of the drugstore brands and was very pleased, so if you’re looking for a higher-end version for someone who has chronic dry hands or feet, the Bliss socks and gloves are one way to go.


ole spaThe Ole Henriksen Worship Your Body spa set ($24, Sephora) not only comes with seven bottles of products ranging from body oil to scrub to a sore muscle tonic, but also comes with a CD of spa music to really bring the spa experience home. This is a steal at this price.


LO259-best-of-loccitane-09If you know someone who is a L’Occitane devotee, she might enjoy the Best of L’Occitane Gift Set ($49, L’Occitane), which contains 12 (!) of L’Occitane’s best-selling cleansing, skincare, and body care products. Again, in terms of price-for-value, this is an unusually good deal.


dr_hauschka_kitI’m a fan of Dr. Hauschka facial products, but I wouldn’t take a chance buying them for someone else. But this Daily Body Care Kit ($22.95, is something I would buy as a gift and would consider a good introduction to the brand. There is also a Dr. Hauschka Aromatherapy Bath Kit ($15.95, SkincareRX via Amazon [oddly, SkincareRX seems not to offer the product on their own website; their Dr. Hauschka products come through an affiliated site]) containing five vials of aromatherapy bath oil: Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Spruce, and Sage.

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  1. avatar elsie
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Because I have fibromyalgia, massage has always been a bit masochistic for me – pleasure mixed with pain. There were a couple years when I was getting a massage weekly, but my MT stopped doing massage. I think I may have found a replacement, but I don’t have the time to get it as often. Wish I did.


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