Beauty - Ruth Griffin: Beauty set - the best gift sets
My pick of the best beauty gift sets to give (and get!) this Yuletide
Skincare, make-up and beauty gift-sets are, in a lot of ways, a fail-safe option for men searching for the perfect Christmas present. Not only are the Christmas beauty-sets great value (many of the gifts I've chosen below are actually less expensive than buying one individual beauty product), they are also gorgeously packaged and presented, and something you know will get used as every woman treats their skin on a daily basis.
Unlike some of the other usual suspects for Christmas gift options for women - such as clothes, accessories or handbags - a beauty gift-set is actually quite a practical present. The key for this type of gift is to amp up the luxury levels and buy her one she may not necessarily buy for herself. This year has seen a boom in beauty 'advent calendars' featuring lots of mini testers - not just for advent, they're a great way to try out a whole range. Do a recon mission first by having a rummage around her bathroom cabinet and make-up bag to figure out her skin type and brand favourites. Once armed with your beauty intel, don't be afraid to ask for guidance from the shop assistants.
Treat vs cheat
Every skincare guru recommends this skin polisher, now in a re-modeled, sleeker version… Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System, department stores nationwide
A good alternative is No7 Precious Time Skincare Collection, Boots nationwide
The best gift sets for her
The Eclectic Skincare Junkie
For the woman who doesn't like to be stuck in a beauty rut and loves trying new make-up, brands and skincare goodies… think Eva Longoria as your beauty gift muse.
The Luxe Lady
For the beauty junkie who takes her skincare seriously and doesn't say no to a little luxury in life and her bathroom cabinet. Think Olivia Palermo as your beauty gift muse.
For the woman who is kind to her body as well as her environment. She likes to keep things pure, natural and fuss-free in her diet as well as her beauty regime. Think Gwyneth Paltrow as your beauty gift muse.
A special touch
To amp up your gifts this Christmas, lots of stores have launched a fab personalised engraving service for their beauty products. At specialised Boots stores, you can get your perfume bottles engraved with names and personalised notes; The Body Shop will individually engrave names on their beauty gifts and at Arnotts, you can put your own message on Max Benjamin candles. A fantastic way to really put some personality into your beauty gift.