5th Annual Beauty Gift Guide Vol 5: Skin & Bath

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Gift Ideas: Skin & Bath 

Over the years I've kind of fallen into this grove of giving skincare and bath products as gifts to people I'm not totally sure of what to buy. Honestly, it's always ended up being a huge hit! I know when it comes to skincare it can be hit or miss buying for someone else, but usually if I don't know the person's skin type very specifically, I'll buy something more general like body lotion or a mask. And who doesn't love a good bath bomb?

Here are some of my suggestions from this year's holiday launches!

1. Elemis Smooth Operator - Retail: $44.50 (Value: $68.50)

This gift set is fantastic for any of the guys on your list that tend to enjoy spending a little time on their skin. The hubs is a big fan of good skincare and grooming products and he really liked the facial wash in this set--the shave gel was an added bonus! The value on this set is actually really good given that each of these products retail for over $30 each. This may seem weird, but the hubs also really liked the pouch these came in! 😂 He plans to use it for travel for items don't fit in his dopp kit.

Where to Buy -

gifts for him elemis smooth operatore men's skincare

2. LUSH Jester Bubble Bar - Retail: $10.95

Every year we go nuts over Lush's holiday collection and this year was no exception. Among their absolutely adorable bath products was this cute court jester bubble bar! The boys instantly fell in love with him and started a heated discussion on who should get to use him first. Super cute and not so Christmas-y that someone that doesn't celebrate won't find him amusing! LUSH's bubble bars make the craziest bubble by the way. If you've never tired them, now's the time! Did I mention he smells absolutely delicious?

Where to Buy - LUSH/

gift ideas lush cosmetics jester bubble bar holiday 2016

3. Anna Sui Limited Edition Holiday Hair & Body Cream - Retail: $24

First, let's talk packaging. These little metallic globes are so flipping pretty I can barely stand it! Even once they're empty I plan to keep them on my makeup table (as I do with so many of Anna Sui's beauty products) just for decoration. They're so luxe looking! When I first read about these I was a little taken aback over the fact it said hair and body cream. Ironically, I actually use a leave-in cream on my hair when I get out of the shower so I'm not sure why this took me a moment to process. The neat thing about this cream is that it imparts a holiday-worthy glow wherever you apply it. So cute, you can choose from silver, gold or both! 

Where to Buy -

gifts for women anna sui hair & skin cream

4. Schmidt's Deodorant Travel-Size Stick & Jar - Retail: $3.99 (travel-size) $8.99 (jar)

You may be thinking this is a strange thing to find in a gift guide, but to me, natural deodorants are just another form of skincare. I have super sensitive skin (as do both of my boys), so finding deodorants that work can be a challenge. Schmidt's deodorants are super natural and also super lovely smelling! They come in a wide variety of scents in both stick and jar form. We're actually putting a travel-size stick in our oldest's stocking this year because he's finally old enough for his first deodorant (getting so big!) and I love the ingredients in these. I'm personally using the Rose Vanilla jar and it's got such amazing ingredients in it, I'm so pleased! If you have a crunchy girl or boy in your life, consider grabbing some of these as part of a skincare gift or stocking stuffer.

It's also super convenient that Whole Foods carries them because we frequent Whole Food for grocery shopping! 

Where to Buy - Whole Foods,

gift ideas Schmidt's deodorant natural whole foods

5. Soap & Glory Take Your Pink - Retail: $18

Soap & Glory is a brand I came across many years ago, but one that I've seen grow in popularity and availability--which is fantastic! This budget-friendly brand always has some super cute sets and this one in particular not only has great items, but it's so well priced. The set comes with a shower gel, body butter, hand cream and shower puff. Not bad for $18, right? 

Where to Buy - Ulta/

gift ideas soap & glory take your pink gift set

6. SHOW BEAUTY Pure Moisture Treatment Mask - Retail: $48

You're probably wondering why this is in the Skin & Bath gift guide instead of the Hair Care gift guide. The reason is twofold: 1. this is something that's used in the bath/shower 2. I had so many great hair options I thought I'd spread them around a bit. That being said, this hair mask is meant to work on straight, curly or wavy hair 1x per week to infuse hair with an incredible amount of moisture. This is a great gift option for anyone that lives in a cold, dry area like I do. Gotta keep that hair from breaking off all winter long!

I'd also like to point out that the jar on this is super heavy and very pretty. I know that may seem weird, but especially with gifts, I find presentation really makes a difference!

Where to Buy - Sephora/


7. LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel - Retail: $9.95-32.95

Rose Jam is one of our favorite holiday launches from LUSH each year and each year we buy it, use it, then wait anxiously for its return. I have yet to find someone that doesn't like it's pretty scent. Don't let the "rose" bit fool you. It's rosy, but not heavy and super matronly (my nice way of saying you won't smell like a sweet, old lady using it). This stuff is the business. Get it for a friend then get some for yourself!

I love that LUSH releases most of their products in multiple sizes. It makes it easy to gift smaller ones if you're looking for more budget-friendly gifts or stocking stuffers!

Where to Buy - LUSH/


I know this is supposed to be a gift guide, but I won't tell if you choose to "gift" a bunch of these to yourself as well! There's something so fabulous about good bath and skin products. I can't get enough! Hopefully this is giving you some great ideas for people on your list. Stay tuned for more gift guides to come and don't forget to check out our previous gift guides!

Note: Some of the products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.


  1. These are cool gift ideas! = )

  2. I am OBSESSED with LUSH so I'll definitely be adding that LUSH Jester Bubble Bar to my Christmas list! There bubble bars and bath bombs are my favorite!

  3. These are all great gift options. So many to choose from and I absolutely love the packaging. They're all so cute!

  4. The hair and body cream or the facial washes would be perfect to put in a gift basket.

  5. I hear so much about Lush, I need to give them a try. I have face wash on my list this year.

  6. These are great gift ideas!!! I have a friend who loves bath bombs, I really need to try one out.

  7. These are awesome gift ideas! I have a lot of friends and family that would enjoy receiving these as gifts!

  8. The LUSH Jester Bubble Bar is definitely something I would like for myself. Should totally show hubby this gift suggestion list... give him a few hints!

  9. I love this - what so amazing things, I most definitely need to try the LUSH Jester Bubble Bar though that is right up my street.

  10. love these gift ideas. the photos are amazing

  11. Elmis is a new brand for me. Sounds like I need to up my game on products!

  12. These would make the perfect gift for so many people on my list.I love lush products.

  13. Now the Take Your Pink set sounds pretty cool to me. I think my daughter might like it too.

  14. These are all great gift ideas in this skin care gift guide, I actually love the look of the Anna Sui Limited Edition Holiday Hair and Body Cream. These would make a great gift idea for my sisters. Thanks for sharing this awesome gift guide.

  15. These are all awesome and would make great gifts. I actually need to get out to get my girls some Lush. I may pick some up as a gift for myself too! - Jeanine

  16. This is a really goo idea - I have a couple of people on my list of gifts to buy that I have no clue what to get them - these would be perfect for SILs gifts!!

  17. Oh my gosh, so many of these things I'd love! I think I want that bubble bar.

  18. Wow these are all really great gift ideas. I have to admit though I really want them all for myself

  19. A shower bomb enables the client to have that spa-like involvement while never leaving home. That satisfaction can be discovered right in their own particular bath.usa bath products


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