That stocking you’ve hung on the mantle with care doesn’t have to be secondary to what’s under the tree. Often, it’s the little goodies that bring the biggest smiles and can elevate the humble stocking to star billing. Many of these gifts are also ideal for those other extra special people in your life. Think teachers, stylists, neighbors and secret Santa gifts, too.
Lauren B. Nail Polish ($18 each) would be a welcome surprise for any mani/pedi lover on your list. All are vegan, 5-free, non-harming, exquisitely shiny and inspired by the city of angels.
Violife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer ($29.95) is available in styles to suit adults and children alike and the best way we know to help you stay healthy all season long. It uses UV light to destroy the DNA in bacteria and is clinically proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of germs. After one full 7-minute cycle, germs like e.coli, salmonella, listeria, strep and hemalyticus don’t stand a chance. To use, simply insert your manual or electric toothbrush and press the button. It turns off when the cycle is finished and can be used to store your toothbrush until you’re ready to use it again.
Patchology Hydrating FlashMasque in Leopard ($8) quenches and revitalizes a dry, thirsty, tired-looking complexion in as little as 5 minutes. It infuses your skin with essential ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 to give your skin the moisture it craves, leaving it fresh, dewy and glowing. Also available in a 4 pack for $30.
Scunci Fitness Tracker 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band ($10 for 2 bands) is the perfect hair accessory when you looking to go hands-free. It’s the ideal ponytail holder because it also lends a hand to hold onto your house key, cash, tracker or whatever trinket you need to keep close by. Can also be worn on your wrist.
Soap & Paper Factory’s Farmacie Lip Conditioner ($10) will make protecting winter lips that much nicer. The Shea Butter-based formula is hand-poured and can be worn alone to nourish and hydrate or under a favorite lipstick to keep it in place. Available in three scents so there’s something for everyone. Try Red Rose Saffron (containing bittersweet, earthy Saffron and creamy Tonka Bean), Marigold Calendula (combining Cyclamen petals with Peony and Ylang Ylang) and Lavender Clary Sage (made up of calming up Lavender, Clary Sage and citrusy Bergamot).
Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes ($16) are the multitasking towelettes that do it all. Besides cleaning grimy hands and surfaces you can open the packet and inhale anytime you need to find your calm, tuck into your pillowcase to get a good night’s sleep, toss into the dryer to infuse your clothing or sheets with the soothing scent and even use them as a makeup remover or on blemishes to help clear breakouts. These wipes are made from the highest quality of pure essential oils giving them superior natural antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Also available in Lemon, Peppermint and Eucalyptus.
Kérastase Carré Lissant ($28.50 for 50 sheets) just might become the most appreciated gift you’ll give this season. Each sheet eliminates frizz, flyaways and static, blocks humidity and adds shine. The fragrance combines notes of grapefruit zest, rose petals, pear, lychee, amber and white musk for a light, fresh scent that lingers.
PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating FootMask ($10) gently pampers and softens dry, calloused feet in as little as two weeks. It’s a foot exfoliant plus treatment in a pair of wearable foot masks.
What stocking would be complete without a delicious chocolate treat. A perennial favorite of mine is Nordstrom’s Makers Chocolate Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels ($22), the most delicious confection imaginable. Wrap it up and add a toothbrush to lessen the guilt. A great one is the new Evolve Toothbrush ($15), proven to be 3x more effective than the leading electric toothbrush, at cleaning below the gum line. It has a patented Triple Flexing brush head design to make it easy to thoroughly clean tooth surfaces, gums and hard to reach areas.