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Kiehl’s is like the grand poobah of high-end gift giving— literally any number of their creams, balms, washes or scents can make someone happy and their skin soft. This year for the holidays, they teamed with artist Kenny Scharf and dreamed up the Kenny Scharf Limited Edition Crème De Corps, $48 (16.9 oz). The playful, cartoonish packaging makes me smile just cause it’s like a more fun, adorable version of the original. And nothing is as effective at soothing your skin in the winter, so it fits the tough balance of practical and decadent at the same time. This year, 100% of net profits will support RxArt, a non-profit national organization, committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through introducing contemporary art in pediatric hospitals. RxArt is dedicated to placing original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities, for the engagement and comfort of patients. For more gifts that give back, click here and here.
I’ve just started my holiday shopping and this year I decided to search out gifts that give back and donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. First on my list is In Peace, $75. It’s the perfect gift fragrance because it’s super versatile: Fresh and light, it has top notes of pimento and freesia, a heart of creamy suede and soft mimosa, with a base of white musk and sandalwood. I love to wear it alone, but it’s also lovely mixed with a citrus scent as well — totally changes the mood. The best part: 10% of net profits from the sale of each bottle will go directly to Women for Women International’s sponsorship program which supports women survivors of war to enable them to rebuild their lives and promote peaceful communities. How is that for a gift?
Day 7: Lush Mr Frosty, $19.95
This adorable, crafty-looking snowman is just a front for the three fabulous bath bombs that are hidden inside. If you haven’t tried a Lush Bath Bomb yet, do yourself a favor and pick one of these up for yourself. If you’re a bath taker, these fizzy “bombs” will turn your bath into a heavenly-scented spa. And, while you’re at it, pick up a few others for the bath lovers in your family. Everyone from your Spy Gear-loving 5-year-old nephew to your stressed-out, mother-of-three sister will adore you for this gift.
The three bombs included are the Cinders Bath Bomb (a sweet and spicy, cinnamon-infused scent), the Lil’ Lush Pud Bath Bomb (a clove, aloe and rose scent that’s inspired by figgy pudding) and the Golden Wonders Bath Bomb (a gift box-looking bomb scented with orange, lime and cognac). Ahhh…
If you missed it, check out: Day 6: Redken For Men Classics, $20