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MA Beauty Insider: Holiday Gift Sets – A Perfect Gift for Her

Saturday, December 14, 2013

 

Keep your eye out for unique and merrily parceled offerings wherever your shopping takes you this season. Photo: Flickr/Lifelikeapps

Like the unexpected allure of fresh cut flowers in winter, perfume gift sets have a special appeal. They offer a feeling of abundance and consideration, especially if the set includes her cherished signature scent. But don’t limit your hunting to just perfume collections: gift sets show up during this merriest of seasons in all manner of beauty consortia - from nail care items to hair products - even fancy teas and foodstuffs.

The omnipresent gift set may seem like an easy no-brainer present, but they can be expensive. Fortunately, the most unique ones are often found at lower price points and in whimsical and festive packaging created just for the holidays. Here’s our curated list of joyful possibilities:

 

These gift sets are only your starting point. Keep your eye out for unique and merrily parceled offerings wherever your shopping takes you this season. Your thoughtful and festive present will be in keeping with the exuberant spirit of the holidays and will last well into spring and summer - much longer than that bouquet of flowers!

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

 

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Educational Toys

Are you looking for an educational gift for that special child on your list? You need not look any further than the line of educational toys manufactured by HapeInternational, a leading maker of high quality wooden and environmentally friendly toys. From their clever balance boat to their color flutter butterfly magnetic maze toy, Hape offers a variety of educational toys to suit your child’s needs.

Price: $24.99

Buy it from: Button Tree Kids, 1102 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA.

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Artist Starter Kit

Do you have any budding artists on your Christmas list? Why not help nurture their gift by getting them Watercolor Button Blossoms Kit made by Faber-Castell. The kit includes five Art GRIP Watercolor Color Pencils, a black Multimark Pen to add details, six sheets of watercolor paper, and an assortment of buttons.

Price: $24.95

Buy it from: C.C. Lowell, 258 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA.

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Vinyl Albums

Do you have a music fan on your list who prefers analog over digital? Well, you’re in luck because Joe’s Albums in Worcester offers an array of vinyls to satisfy even the most discerning music lover—many of which are priced starting at $5.50.

Price: $5.50 and up

Buy it from: Joe’s Albums, 1124 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

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Pommes Frites Candles

Nothing says the holidays like the warm fragrance of a new candle. Handmade in California, Pommes Frites Candles come in a variety of scents that are sure please the senses.

Price: $20

Buy it from: Seed to Stem, 174 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA.

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Comic Books

That’s Entertainment in Worcester offers a huge selection of new comic books ranging from mainstream titles to harder to find independent ones—with most starting under $5. Perhaps that special someone on your list wants a rare back issue. Well don’t worry because That’s Entertainment has those too.

Price: $3.99 and up

Buy it from: That’s Entertainment, 244 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA.

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Flowers

Buying flowers can often be an expensive ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be. Danielson Flowers offers a Poinsettia Christmas arrangement that looks beautiful and won’t break the bank.

Price: $25

Where to buy: Danielson Flowers, 660 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA.

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Organic Baby Toys

Organic living isn’t just about food anymore. Thanks to Dandelion, your child can enjoy the benefits of organic living this holiday season with a new organic plush toy. Machine washable and made FSC certified bamboo, Dandelion’s line of plush toys will ensure that that special child in your life has a fun and safe holiday season.

Price: $19.99 to $24.99

Buy it from: Wild Orchid Baby, 490 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA.

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Boxed Chocolates

Who doesn’t like getting a box of chocolates for Christmas? Colonial Candies in Bolton offers a wide selection of boxed chocolates perfect for the holiday season. And what’s more, all of Colonial’s chocolates are handmade.

Price: $12.95 and up

Where to buy: Colonial Candies, 47 Sugar Road, Bolton, MA.

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Anne Taintor Coasters

Liven up your holiday party with some humorous paper coasters with just the appropriate amount of irreverence. Each pack comes with six coasters - two per style.

Price: $5.50

Where to buy: Bhadon Gift Gallery, 1075 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA.

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Handmade Ornaments

Make it a holiday that your family and friends will never forget by giving them a personalized ornament. Available through Rustic Craft of Fitchburg, these one-of-a-kind ornaments are carved from natural birch branch and can be customized to say whatever you wish.

Price: $14 to $18

Where to buy: rusticcraftdesigns.com

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Handcrafted Candles

Based in Sturbridge, Mole Hollow Candles makes beautiful hand-dipped taper candles, hand-poured votive candles, beeswax candles, pillar candles, and much more.

Price: $22.95 and up (sold in bulk)

Where to buy: Mole Hollow Candles, 208 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA.

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Personalized Chocolates

Based in Ashburnham, the Chocolate Canvas prints full color edible photos, logos and text onto delicious kosher certified milk and dark chocolate, or Belgian truffles. Not only are they delicious, but when they’re personalized, they’re unforgettable. Specialized chocolates are available for both Christmas and Chanukah.

Price: Starting at $0.99

Where to buy: thechocolatecanvas.com

 
 

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