Online Exclusives

Holiday Gift Sets Suffice

November 29, 2007

For the busy consumer, holiday gift sets offer an all in one solution, even at the last minute.

Holiday Gift Sets Suffice

For the busy consumer, holiday gift sets offer an all in one solution, even at the last minute.

By LaToyah Burke
Associate Editor

The holiday season is often a hectic period of time for consumers looking for that perfect gift. This year, retailers are making it easier again by offering gift sets. For the procrastinators, some of the most creative gifts are as close as the local CVS/pharmacy store. Consumers will find a wide array of designer fragrances, bath and spa gift sets and stocking stuffers.

“CVS/pharmacy strives to be the easiest drugstore retailer for customers to use, and they are often pleasantly surprised to find so many great gift options and holiday necessities at our stores. We also offer extended hours and many 24 hour locations for customers that are pressed for time or don't have a chance to shop until the last minute this year,” said Mike Bloom, senior vice president of merchandising for CVS/pharmacy.

Sugar Cosmetics’ holiday collection, Deck the Halls with Boughs of Sugar, features the I Shop Fairytale Tote, a shopping bag-shaped mini makeup palette. The palette contains four eye shadows and four lip glosses that smell and taste sugary sweet. The I Shop Fairytale Tote is perfect for stocking stuffing.

Stand out this holiday season and glam out eyes with Glitterati, a set of five dual-ended eye shimmers, also from Sugar Cosmetics. One end is jam-packed with glitter while the other end contains a coordinating lightweight shadow base.

Yves Rocher, Luminelle Makeup brightens up the holiday season with new shades. Gloss Brilliantissime Ultra Shine Gloss is available in four new colors, Rose Idylle, Rough Scintillant, Corail Pétillant and Transparence. Iridescent Cream Eyeshadow is easy to apply and available in two new colors, Vert Givré and Parme Glacé.

Aside from makeup, Yves Rocher’s Limited Edition Jardins de Noël pampers with holiday season scents like Christmas Spice or Mandarin Almond shower gel and hand soap. Also the Limited Edition Les Plaisirs Nature set is a line of bath and body products available in various scents. For the holidays especially, the products, shower gel, eau de toilette and nourishing lip balm are housed in a candy jar. The scents include coconut, peach and vanilla.

Holiday gift sets for skin care do more than just keep skin clean and moisturized. For example, Kneipp Classic Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablets invigorate and energize for the holidays. Activated by warm water, aromatic essential oils help those stress-plagued loved-ones find a harmonious rhythm of life. Kneipp Classic Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablets come in festive holiday hues of Spruce (green) and Rosemary (red) and are available as single tablets or sold in sets of seven.

Spruce energizes, invigorates and renews energy to refresh and revitalize. Rosemary exhilarates and wakes up the system by stimulating blood circulation. The tablets are also available in an assorted pack including vetiver, ginger, spruce, rosemary, lavender, melissa, orange & linden blossom and juniper.

Highly-concentrated essential oils interact with the power of warm water to release essential oils and alleviate stress, strain and fatigue. The aromatic oils derive benefits through skin absorption and inhalation. The reaction of sodium hydrogen carbonate + citric acid releases carbon dioxide, causing the Kneipp Classic Sparking Herbal Bath Tablets to sparkle, according to the company.

The 100% natural Kneipp Classic Herbal Bath Oils are alkaline-free, preservative free, dermatologist tested, bath tub friendly (leaves tub clean) and skin-friendly (vitamin E). These pure essential oils are extracted through steam distillation, expression, cold pressing or CO2 extraction.

Save Your World geared up for the holiday season by offering three new value priced holiday gift bags starting at just $19.99 that will nourish the body and the soul.

“In today’s eco-friendly market, why not give a gift that soothes holiday stress and protects the environment for future generations,” explained Scott Cecil, president of Save Your World. “Save Your World’s Variety Pak, Jungle Pak and Luscious Lather Variety Soap gift bags feature shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and moisturizers that not only borrow scents from the rainforest, they protect it—each gift bag purchased saves five to twelve acres of rainforest for one year,” he added.

Looking for the perfect holiday spice for the homme? The new Fruits and Passion Homme is a musky aroma of sage, ginger, amber and wood artfully combined in a sleek, contemporary gift set. Also available, for the male traveler, the Fruits and Passion Homme Travel Kit is designed to keep him polished and dapper even while on the road.

Another holiday offering from Fruits and Passion is perfect for the kitchen. The Cucina Hand Duo Risotto Bag houses a purifying hand wash and regenerating hand cream in any of the collection’s scents, senguinelli orange and fennel, zucchini flower and truffle or fig and fresh herbs. Amaryllis Rich Hand Soap provides a festive fragrance of fresh fruits and spices mixed with warm holiday spices.

Kiss My Face’s new holiday collection mixes it up with traditional and non-traditional flavors like pomegranate, cherry, vanilla and cinnamon spice.

Kiss My Face Holiday Organic Lip Balm Duo Pack pampers by keeping lips soft and luscious for under the mistletoe kisses. Available in Cheeky Cherry and Vanilla N’ Ice, this naughty or nice combo will put carolers in the holiday spirit.  

Holiday Organic Liquid Foaming Soap lathers up with one of two scents: Naughty Cinnamon Spice or Nice Pear & Pomegranate. Infused with the goodness of organic aloe, herbs, flowers and essential oils these instant foaming soaps work hard to keep hands soft, smooth and primed for the holiday festivities.  

During this busy time of year, it often feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. In fact, about a third of shoppers polled recently by America's Research Group said they are waiting until the day before Christmas to finish their shopping. Whether its done ahead of time or not, there are a variety of options to choose from to make this seasons’ holidays bright.

Related End-User Markets:

Related Raw Materials:

blog comments powered by Disqus
  • It’s All About Teamwork

    It’s All About Teamwork

    Melissa Meisel , Associate Editor||January 4, 2016
    Collaboration was the theme of the Consumer Specialty Products Association 2015 annual meeting.

  • Burgeoning Beauty

    Burgeoning Beauty

    Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor||January 4, 2016
    A look at trailblazers for 2016 and beyond.

  • Testing for Sustainable Preservatives

    Adam P. Byrne, William Michael Hart-Cooper, Kaj Johnson, Larry H. Stanker, Dominic W. S. Wong, William J. Orts||January 4, 2016
    A rapid, inexpensive and qualitative protocol for determining microbial growth inhibition.

  • Buy the Sea, Buy the Sea, Buy the Beautiful Sea

    Buy the Sea, Buy the Sea, Buy the Beautiful Sea

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||February 9, 2016
    Nova Scotia Fisherman makes a boatload of products that contain sea kelp and a raft of natural ingredients.

  • What

    What's on Tap for 2016?

    Nancy Jeffries, Contributing Editor||February 8, 2016
    CEW and NPD present their beauty industry review and preview.

  • Witch

    Witch's Brew: Dickinson's celebrates milestone in 2016

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||February 1, 2016
    Dickinson’s celebrates 150 years of witch hazel skin care with the biggest line expansion in the company’s history.

  • From Research to Retail

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||February 1, 2016
    What began as research on skin disorders led a dermatologist and his father to create their own skin care formulas.

  • 5 Things I Learned

    5 Things I Learned

    January 15, 2016
    The Avon & Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Program. Dr. Sabrina Fabi (left) and Dr. Kimberly Jerdan.

  • Perfect Timing

    Perfect Timing

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||January 11, 2016
    New ways of collecting data can help cosmetics companies understand what women really want—and when they want it.

  • When a Cosmetic Becomes a Drug

    When a Cosmetic Becomes a Drug

    Jacqueline Sheridan, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP||January 11, 2016
    The unintentional conversion of personal care products through marketing.

  • Africa, Rising

    Africa, Rising

    December 14, 2015
    Savvy marketers should expand their operations on the continent, according to speakers at a WFFC seminar.

  • Color, Your World

    Color, Your World

    December 7, 2015
    A kaleidoscope of concepts was the conversation at a recent NYSCC symposium.

  • A Home of One’s Own

    A Home of One’s Own

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||November 23, 2015
    NeoStrata’s Exuviance has opened its first freestanding retail space, complete with on-site skin analysis and express treatment rooms.

  • Hitting a Wall(mart)

    Hitting a Wall(mart)

    November 9, 2015
    Walmart imposes slotting fees and that hurts a lot of Tier 2 and 3 FMCG companies.

  • That’s Quite an Achievement!

    That’s Quite an Achievement!

    Nancy Jeffries, Contributing Editor||November 2, 2015
    The CEW honors seven beauty industry leaders.

  • What

    What's Not to Love?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||October 26, 2015
    The sun care category is rife with issues, but there’s a lot to like about it.

  • Sharp Competition

    Sharp Competition

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||October 26, 2015 signs a high-profile athlete to promote its growing direct-to-consumer razor and personal care business.

  • About a Boy

    About a Boy

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||October 19, 2015
    As a mom, Jenny Cupido wanted to solve her son’s skin issues. Now she’s raising an indie beauty brand too.

  • A Suite Deal

    A Suite Deal

    October 12, 2015
    Image Studios provides an innovative venue for beauty professionals seeking a new way to do business.

  • For Their Own Good

    For Their Own Good

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||September 29, 2015
    With a rich heritage and recognized formulation expertise, FC Sturtevant Company is moving into the consumer marketplace.

  • What’s All the ‘Fuzz’ About?

    What’s All the ‘Fuzz’ About?

    Jeremy Kerstetter, Assistant Editor||September 28, 2015
    Lawyer presents the power and versatility of essential oils by adding them to her own handmade dryer balls.

  • A Foothold in Foot Care

    A Foothold in Foot Care

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||September 22, 2015
    Treating feet right is the heart and soul of one Brooklyn-based company.

  • A New Kind of Hero

    A New Kind of Hero

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||September 14, 2015
    An upstart household product company puts a new spin on the idea of home cleaning.

  • SK-II to the Rescue

    SK-II to the Rescue

    September 8, 2015
    A new formula targets microRNA, which a P&G researcher insists plays a key role in skin aging.

  • A Panoramic View

    A Panoramic View

    Jeremy Kerstetter, Assistant Editor||September 7, 2015
    ZSS takes a 360° approach to skin health.

  • It

    It's All in the Delivery

    Jeremy Kerstetter, Associate Editor||August 31, 2015
    AlureVé relies on pharmaceutical technology for its anti-aging skin care line.

  • A Brand of Its Own

    A Brand of Its Own

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||August 24, 2015
    Amyris creates its own skin care solution for consumers.

  • Eye on Korea

    Eye on Korea

    August 17, 2015
    At the Personal Care Conference in Shanghai there was distinct emphasis on beauty ideas from Korea.