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Because there’s nothing quite like unwrapping a whole bunch of makeup at once. By Diana Elbasha

Though they come in all shapes, sizes, and preferences, beauty mavens have a few key things in common: Nothing excites them more than a flawless hair day, a truly long-lasting lip color is the holy grail of a makeup bag, and they’re almost always game to try new products. Which is precisely why they’re a (little) easier to please come holiday time. (Unlike the uber-picky fashionista, she’ll at least do you the honor of trying on your present in the bathroom mirror.) Don’t worry if you’re clueless about beauty—we’ve sifted through our fave top-quality brands to bring you the best of their holiday offerings. From your glamorous girlfriend to the DIY manicurist to the mom who could simply use a relaxing treatment, our beauty gift list—full of our favorite pampering kits for the holidays—has something for all types.

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Posted at 04:30 PM/ET, 12/10/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Or for your husband, brother, best friend, etc. By Sarah Zlotnick

Don’t you love dating during the holidays? That lovely, awkward time when you’re forced to evaluate a fresh relationship and attempt to communicate via material goods that hey, it’s still sort of early but you really like where this is all going and hope to be seeing more of them next year. To top it all off, guys are trickier to shop for than girls—you can’t just wrap up something cool you saw on your fave design blog and expect them to squeal with delight. (As adorable as it looks on your computer screen, that navy polka-dot tie is gonna raise some eyebrows at his next client meeting.) Finding that perfect combination of cool and functional, simple and stylish, and fun but not too childish takes a lot of digging—and you don’t have time for that. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for, so dig we did. And now we present our findings—13 of which come in at under $50.

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Posted at 01:10 PM/ET, 12/07/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
We’re using these to keep lists, check sales, and find unique gifts. By Sarah Zlotnick

Hukkster 

This is basically Pinterest with discount alerts. You “hukk” items just like you pin them, and can organize them into lists (boards). The major perk, though, is that Hukkster will send you e-mail notifications when an item you’ve hukked gets discounted. The service doesn’t work with smaller e-tailers, but it is on Target, Shopbop, Asos, Nordstrom, Macy’s, J.Crew, Zappos, Anthropologie, Bloomie’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Piperlime. Boom! Gone are the days of incessantly checking to see if that Rebecca Minkoff clutch you’re getting your little sis has been knocked down a few dollars.

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Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 12/06/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
We sort through the twee, the handmade, and the just plain weird to bring you the best of the lot. By Sarah Zlotnick, Diana Elbasha, Erin Keane Scott

So. You follow lots of design blogs, love the idea of gifting unique (one more candle and you’re going to hang your head in shame), and think the idea of Etsy is pretty darn cool. But that pesky day job of yours gets in the way of the endless hours of browsing needed to find something actually worth purchasing. Well, lucky for you, ours does not. We clocked those endless hours and compiled 50 legitimately awesome finds. Leather pouches, initial jewelry, baby blankets, pretty prints, Kindle cases—yes, there’s some recurring themes in here, but we’re okay with that. These categories are a gold mine of unique ideas for the people outside your immediate family/friend group that you couldn’t live without—think babysitter, assistant, dog walker, co-worker, etc. Now go forth and shop homemade! Your crafty friends will thank you.

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Posted at 09:55 AM/ET, 12/06/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
From what to pick to where to shop, here's everything we know about present buying. Check back often—this page will be updated frequently. By Sarah Zlotnick

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Posted at 12:48 PM/ET, 11/28/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()

Her idea of fun is a ten-mile run. Her arms are so toned they could rival Michelle Obama’s. She practiced yoga long before it was cool. These no-sweat gifts will get her heart racing. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Posted at 08:21 PM/ET, 11/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()

He loves gadgets—especially ones with a cool design. He’s not ashamed to admit he likes Star Trek. He’s helped you with your computer more times than you can count. Show him some thanks. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Posted at 08:01 PM/ET, 11/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()

She’s happiest when she’s home cooking dinner for friends or cozying up with a good book and some wine. Wrap her in love with these from-the-heart ideas. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Posted at 07:52 PM/ET, 11/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()

Her guest lists include power players and culturati. The cocktails flow as easily as the conversation. She’s unflappable and polished, her decor perfection. Ensure an invitation and give her what she really wants. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Posted at 07:35 PM/ET, 11/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()

He’s comfortable whether talking about politics or Proust. He’s not opposed to technology, but he still prefers print books and newspapers. Give him a gift that’s as smart as he is. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Posted at 07:20 PM/ET, 11/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()