Sweet little gifts – 10 ideas for Christmas

December is here and it’s hard to believe how fast the time goes by. Ready or not ready for it, now is the time to begin the Christmas shopping madness. Here in Poland most shops and galleries were ready for winter Holiday season as early as first week of November. And believe me, I won’t be surprised if this kind of sellers approach easily killed any will of Christmas shopping inside you. Personally I’m done with my shopping since a while ago. But lets not give up faith just yet! Lets hope that Christmas spirit will twinkle in our hearts again when the time is right.

When it comes to giving gifts and presents there are many different approaches. Some like them big & expensive, some like them hand-made, some like to give practical gifts and so on… Personally I especially like those small, sweet little gifts rather than bigger ones. I believe that it’s not a talent to go into a shop and get an expensive gadget they show on tv. Finding something small, useful, meaningful, something straight from the heart requires more exploring than visiting just 1 shop. Those gifts are like lucky charms, with their magic they can warm up your heart even on the most frosty day of Winter. Here are a couple of my ideas for perfumed sweet little gifts.

atelier-cologne-hand

If you’re a fan of Atelier Cologne, or know someone who is a fan of this brand you might want to have a look at their newly launched hand creams. Scented with Orange Sanguine, Pomelo Paradis, Bergamote Soleil and Rose Anonyme they make a nice addition to a morning ritual of perfuming your body. They could be used on your pulse points before spraying to make the fragrance last even longer. Tubes are 30 ml only but believe me – little goes a long way. Big plus for those creams being nicely packed with fragrance, my hands smelled delicious after I used a bergamot one. Cost of 1 tube is €20 / $25 but it’s totally worth if you like the brand. It’s a small self-indulgent treat.

hiram-green-travel

I think that by now we’ve all heard about Hiram Green & many of us have fallen for at least one of his beautiful, extraordinary, all-natural creations. For me the biggest hit in his range is the latest release, Arbole Arbole about which you can read here. If somehow deciding to buy a bottle was a tough decision to make (I agree €135 per 50 ml is not a bargain price) you’ll be happy and probably less hesitating to go for it when you find out that Hiram has recently introduced a travel format of all his creations. It’s a great way to have some of the perfume you love at a more reasonable price. They retail for €39 and are presented in those lovely spray vials. Aren’t they adorable?

eos-lip

Windy Winter days can be pretty damaging for your skin, especially when it’s snowing or hailing. As much as we usually care about our hands and faces by using richer creams that can shield us from cold temperature, we often forget about our lips. With EOS lip balm you won’t! This lip balm comes in a sphere shape and is hidden in a cute colorful packaging that looks like a ball. You can choose between many colors, each representing different aroma/flavor of the balm. Plus they are available in regular, softening, shimmering and SPF variants. And they’re a real cheap thrill!

yves-rocher

Enjoy Christmas atmosphere even when you’re taking a shower, thanks to Holiday specials from Yves Rocher. Indulge yourself with delightful flavors of Clementine & Spices, Cranberry & Almond or Pear & Cocoa. Your body will feel pampered and you won’t have to worry about your waist for these cosmetics don’t have any calories! Each line consists of peeling shower gel, bath & shower gel, hand cream, body lotion, liquid soap and lip balm. Price per product is €4-5.

taketwo

Over the years many of us became true followers of Neela Vermeire and India-inspired perfumes she creates in collaboration with her friend Bertrand Duchaufour. For no particular reason fans of NVC overlook this fabulous gesture towards customers that Neela launched in March/April this year. Take Two is an awesome gift – two vials of a perfume, 15 ml each. They’re packed together in a simple box but additionally each vial comes in a separate mini box. Ideal way to give both to dear perfume friends, or just gift one and… keep the other one for yourself! A set like this costs €125 (EU shipping included). Take Two is available in all NVC scents except Mohur Extrait.

nicolai-candles

Especially for Christmas this year Parfums de Nicolai treats us to 3 lovely candles that will keep everyone in a good mood this Winter Holidays. Composed by Patricia de Nicolai we have Or – a composition of cedar, cinnamon & orange. Myrrhe – which sources from pine, myrrh and liquorice. Finally there is Encens – a blend of benzoin and cistus. They’re bound to keep spirits high.

white-xmas-tea

Christmas without good tea is no Christmas at all. When it comes to tea, apart from buying artisanal blends from local vendor I’m a big fan of teas offered by Harney & Sons. I’m a devoted consumer of their Hot Cinnamon Spice which is a perfect marriage of black tea, orange peel and cinnamon. It’s naturally spicy and sweet, just delicious. This year I’ve found a new contender worth attention, that’s why I have put it on my Christmas wish list. White Christmas Tea is a blend of white tea with almonds, vanilla and cardamom. And that tin is adorable. $10 for 20 sachets.

ritual-of-light

From Rituals… A Ritual of Light limited edition series of cosmetics fragranced with sweet orange and cinnamon. Line includes body cream, shower foam, body scrub + bath foam. Fragrance sticks diffuser, candle and even tea with same scent are available. Every product comes in a lovely packaging that elegantly combines black bottles and jars with a shiny golden caps or lids, all decorated with sparkling stars. Prices vary from €4,5 for tea to €42,5 for a 1000 g candle.

tauer-soap

Tauer Perfumes and Andy Tauer have a treat for all brand enthusiasts – a returning Christmas treat of a luxurious glycerine (transparent) soap. From Tauer website: “Mandarines ambrées is a fragrant delight created around natural red mandarine oil, sweet Messina orange oil and refreshing lemon grass. The citrus chord is balanced with hints of amber gris and lasts wonderfully on skin. The perfume is generously dosed at 4% and will scent also your rooms if unpacked.” I didn’t have a chance to smell it but knowing Andy’s talent it would smell divine. 100 g bar costs almost €14.

chieffo-skincare

Few months ago Maison Gabriella Chieffo developed a new cosmetic line. Perfumed with their best-selling fragrance – Acquasala those products should soothe your senses with a pure, spiritual smell that combines salty & marine notes with incense. Via brand website: “The spiritual, contemplative and regenerating power of Acquasala valorizes the magic of gestures that, through our skin touch our soul with gentle hands”. Available as 100 ml body oil (€42), 300 ml foam bath (€34) and 250 ml body lotion (€42). Each product is packaged in funny, house-shaped box.

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Would you like to find one of those underneath your Christmas tree?

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20 thoughts on “Sweet little gifts – 10 ideas for Christmas

  1. I love your list…and the Atelier hand creams I may just have to get for myself! Happy Holidays Lukas!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you Steven! Those creams are fantastic. Rich, nicely moisturizing and really fragrant. I hope to put mh hands on Rose Anonyme one since it’s mh favorite out of these 4 that are available.

      Happy countdown to Christmas

  2. hajusuuri says:

    I want one of each. I already feel like the Imelda Marcos of the eos lip balm as I went from zero to 8 variations in a one week span based on your recommendation. The Atelier handcream may be my answer to smelky commute (an impovement over the little bottle of White Flower oil I got from the asian food market – the oil is for muscle aches and contains capsascin (sp?). I want the tea bags as well! Great selection!

    • lucasai says:

      Great idea, mee too!
      That’s true, I’m happy that my recommendation of eos lip balm worked so well for you. Do you have one favorite among them? I only used one in Sweet Mint and I love the way it smells/tastes!
      I believed you meant capsaicin, a chemical from peppers that gives chillis their spicy flavor?

  3. Jillie says:

    A really lovely compilation of goodies and, like Houndie, I would actually like to receive all these as gifts to me!

    Glad to see the mention of Yves Rocher. I have always found their products to be amazingly good value and of high quality; their Christmas themed body products make wonderful presents for young ones and don’t break the bank! It’s a shame they don’t now produce their home fragrances (apart from the odd candle), as for many years I would use and buy for others their gorgeous sprays – people still remember them and ask if I can get them again ….. however, those Nicolai candles are calling to me …..

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks sweetie!
      Originally I wasn’t planning to include YR but the other day I felt the craving for a christmassy shower gel so I went to the shop and found those limited editions. I bought me a Clementine & Spices one and also olive & petitgrain from their regular offer.
      I believe those candles would be nice. I’ve also seen at ALzD a candle for xmas from Roja Dove, its description is mouthwatering

  4. Holly says:

    Ooh, I love lists! Thanks so much for getting this one together for us. I absolutely agree with you – the small gifts that show a lot of thought are the most special. My favorites of this bunch are the Hiram Greens – I love what I’ve tried except for Moon Bloom (tuberose, shudder!) and have yet to get my nose on Arbole Arbole.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • lucasai says:

      Glad you like this list 🙂
      Hiram Green travel sprays are very attractive. You should try Arbole Arbole asap, it’s a great fragrance and I’m amazed how different the reviews around are! 😮

  5. chocolatemarzipan8 says:

    I already own a few of the eos…and you are killing me with the Atelier hand creams 🙂
    I want!!!!

  6. Oh Lucas, it’s all so very tempting! Just post everything to me in one big parcel. Santa won’t mind the extra weight!

    warmest wishes
    Samantha

  7. Undina says:

    Great list!
    I prefer both getting and giving multiple small gifts instead of a single “substantial” one: unless you know for a fact that somebody needs that specific item (color, brand, variety, etc.), it’s so easy to end up with a disappointment: yes, I needed a small printer for my home office but the one my friends decided to give to me wasn’t the one I planned on buying (for a similar price!) – so now I’m stuck with the printer that I didn’t want, but it’s expensive enough not to replace it immediately with the one I wanted… You see? And had they given to me tea, soaps and hand creams, I would have happily used them up – even half-way, if they weren’t really to my taste – and proceeded with buying tea, soaps and hand cream recommended by you 😉

    • lucasai says:

      Aww… Thank you.
      Those disappointing presents are the worst. That’s why sometimes it’s worth to mention our needs in a sneaky way 😉
      I wonder which one from the list you’d like the most

      • Undina says:

        I can clearly see Take Two in my future but I do not need two of any of them – so I’ll have to find another takers for Trayee and Ashoka – to get just one of each.

        I would love to try Tauer’s soap but I already have a stash of soaps to last me through the next couple of years.

        I should probably try those lip balms but I’m so picky about the scents on my lips that I need to do it in person.

        White Christmas Tea seemed interesting until I realized that they advertise the bagged tea with the picture of loose tea – it feels like bate and switch, so probably I won’t go for that one 🙂

        I applaud Hiram Green for making smaller bottles but so far I tried only one of their scents, which didn’t work for me. But when I try Arbole Arbole (hopefully, soon), if I like it, I’ll go for a small bottle.

        • lucasai says:

          Understood my dear. Perhaps you could find someone at NST when there is some splitmeet, so that you can take 1 vial and someone else will take the other one.
          I believe eos lipbalms are available easily in US, I think in Ulta.
          As for White Christmas Tea I’ve seen 2 version, pyramid bags in tin box or loose tea in box.

          Good reasoning about Hiram Green perfume

  8. rickyrebarco says:

    These all sound wonderful and affordable! I want some of that divine sounding tea for sure… Have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. rickyrebarco says:

    And the Yves Rocher Christmas items look so nice and fragrant!

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