HOW TO

KRIS KRINGLE MADE EASY

It’s a Holiday dilemma old as time itself: how to win at the Kris Kringle game. Often only armed with a vague sense of who your recipient is (Tim from…Accounts? Finance? Something with numbers…), and a budget that keeps things interesting, finding the perfect KK gift is a challenge few of us look forward to accepting. The good news? We’ve done the groundwork and come up with gifts that will impress even the trickiest of Kris Kringles or Secret Santas—and tick off those extra gifts you seem to always need on hand come festive season.

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THE OFFICE KRIS KRINGLE

It may be a case of running out of time or running out creativity (particularly on a modest budget) but the office KK can strike fear into the hearts of the savviest gift buyers. Enter the MECCA-made To Save Face cracker. It’s already beautifully packaged (tick!), has a cute novelty factor (tick!) and appeals to all (tick!). He’ll love it for SPF that’s non-whitening and non-greasy in texture; she’ll love it for all that and the way it wears beautifully under makeup.

Mecca Cosmetica Sun Burst Cracker

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THE GALS-LUNCH GIFT SWAP

We believe a leisurely long lunch with your closest girlfriends should be mandatory to wrap up the year. An excuse to swap a gift-wrapped little something? All the more reason. Stila’s cult-fave liquid lipsticks will pack a punch (and keep you under budget), while the three mini shades means she’s sorted for the silly season ahead.

Stila Warm & Fuzzy Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set

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FAMILY SECRET SANTA

Sure, mum might like a(nother) cookbook and your brother would probably enjoy the #throwback potential of The Goonies on DVD but why not gift them something they really want? The MECCA Gift Card allows them to choose their own perfect present while you earn top brownie points (win-win!).

MECCA Gift Card

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THE SIGNIFICANT-OTHER'S-FAMILY KRIS KRINGLE

Navigating the Holidays with your partner—especially for the first time—can be a lesson in compromise and diplomacy. None more so than the annual gift swap amongst those family members you’re yet to meet. Our fail-safe go-to? Malin+Goetz’s famed candle sets—understatedly chic and universally appealing.

Malin+Goetz The Vices Votives Set

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THE DON’T-TURN-UP-EMPTY-HANDED TREAT

‘Tis the season for social calendar overload: holiday parties in late December, your partner’s boss’ BBQ or Boxing Day brunch with extended family or friends. Whatever the invitation, show your appreciation with Byredo’s cult candle. Small enough to fly under the “no gifts necessary” radar, big enough on style—and scent—to leave a lasting impression.

Byredo Bibliothèque 70g candle

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THE THANK-YOU GIFT

For the hardworking hands who helped you through the year (teachers, tennis coaches, babysitters, the dog walker), a small gesture of thanks goes a long way. Le Labo’s new range of body care hits the sweet spot between token of appreciation and a touch of NYC cool.

Le Labo Hand Soap

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The Little Something for a Surprise Guest

There’s always one: whether it’s an extended family member who forgot to RSVP but still finds a spot at the table or the overseas friend from uni without plans of their own, this gift set of Korres essentials will surprise and delight, and is perfectly sized for summer getaways.

Korres Holiday Escape Kit

Words by Helene Pappas
November 2017

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