Christmas is only two days away. (Yes, we're kind of freaking out, too.) If you're still searching for the perfect gift for your mother, sister, wife or best friend, you can't go wrong with hair products or tools. And she'd cherish it even more if you get the right item for her hair type that helps to cut down on styling time.
Clueless on where to look in the hair care aisle? No worries. We've taken the guessing game out of shopping and rounded up 12 beauty gifts for women with straight, curly or wavy hair. Here's to healthier and sexier hair days in 2014!
For straight/fine hair...
1. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $39, Net-A-Porter.com
2. Moroccanoil Frizz Control, $20, Amazon.com
3. Fekkai Coiff Defense Pre-Style Protectant, $25, Nordstrom.com
4. Denman Head Hugger 33mm Round Hair Brush, $11, Folica.com
For curly/natural hair...
5. DevaCurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser, $160, Sephora.com
6. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Low-Foam Cleansing Conditioner, $29, Sears.com
7. Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme, $29, Bloomingdales.com
8. SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold Shine Moisture Mist, $10, Target.com
For thick/wavy hair...
9. John Masters Organics Sea Spray Sea Salt Mist, $17, UrbanOutfitters.com
10. Miss Jessie's Creme De La Curl Cleansing Cream, $11, Target.com
11. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray, $18, NeimanMarcus.com
12. Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set, $175, Sephora.com
More beauty gift ideas:
You know that the hostess is going to get nothing but champagne and other booze from her guests, which will no doubt clutter her cabinets until next year's party (unless of course she has a raging drinking problem). Give her Éminence Mimosa Champagne Massage Oil ($29), a hydrating massage oil that smells like the classic champagne cocktail but doesn't leave the hangover. Selfish Angle: Put this on your wish list so when you receive it, you can tell your significant other he/she must give you a massage, or it would simply be a waste (no need to divulge that it can be used as a body oil).
It's not like she advertises it, but she's shown up to Sunday brunch more than a few times with smeared makeup, and wearing the same outfit from the previous night. Take a little bit of shame out of her walk by giving her the Pinch Skinny Minimergency Kit ($24), measuring just 1.5" x 3.25" x 5," which will fit in the tiniest of clutches. The kit contains 22 emergency essentials: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, bobby pins, safety pin, mending kit, She-mergency tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, facial tissue, blotting tissues, adhesive bandage, tweezers and a built-in mirror. Selfish Angle: If most weekend nights (and/or perhaps weeknights) you're out on the town, then you've definitely been in need of at least 10 of these "must have" items. If you buy one of these kits for yourself, you'll never find yourself frantically asking strangers in the bathroom for a tampon or needle and thread ever again.
You know your friend already has several creepy portraits of her felines and tons of cat apparel (which you've forbidden her to wear outside the house). Why not give her a gift that caters to her love of cats, but also encourages her to leave the house? The Paul & Joe Limited Edition Kitty Eye & Cheek Color Set ($65) comes in a precious cat print makeup bag, and includes gingerbread-scented Eye Color Duo, Eye Gloss and Kitty Blusher Stick in sweet and spicy hues. Selfish Angle: Ask for this on your wish list so you can create a holiday look in under five minutes (and even if you're a dog lover, you'll get a lot of use out of the makeup bag).
Your child's teacher is constantly washing her hands to ward off germs from her little incubators of viral plague/students. Give her the beautifully packaged Memoirs of a Hand Cream by L'Occitane ($56.34), which contains eight of the brand's best-selling hand creams made with ingredients sourced from all over the world. Selfish Angle: Take your favorite scented cream for yourself, and put the rest in a gift bag to give as a gift.
All I could think of was, “Daddy, I want a golden ticket!” when I heard that the deliciously scented Bella J candles ($24.99) each contain a treasure. Halfway through the candle melting, you can extract a little pouch containing a charm that could be silver-plated, gold-plated, or even have a $10,000 diamond (of course like golden tickets there are only a select few) on a necklace or bracelet. Selfish Angle: You can keep the candle for yourself and give someone the charm. (Did I really just say that?)
You know your friend who constantly waves her hands in front of your face to show off her latest manicure? She will love you forever when you give her Formula X for Sephora The Twenty-Two ($55), 22 mini nail lacquers in classic creams, bright neons, cool chromes, and splatter-effect top coats. Selfish Angle: Grab a few of your favorite colors and give the rest out as stocking stuffers.
Whether he is your friend, husband or boyfriend, he spends more time on his hair than you do, and his skin is flawless. He won't admit it, but he's a metrosexual. Perhaps his job (or social life) requires lots of travel. Don't let him embarrass himself by having to check his bag because of all his grooming products. Give him the Anthony Logistics for Men The Essential Traveler Kit ($48), including Glycolic Facial Cleanser, shave cream, Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash, all-purpose facial moisturizer, and Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25. Selfish Angle: When he's busy fixing a hair out of place, make sure you swipe the ultra-hydrating lip balm. You're welcome.
You seldom see your friend without a glass of wine in her hand. She doesn't discriminate -- she'll drink it all -- red, white, box, bottle. Instead of enabling her "pastime," give her the Caudalie Small Harvests Trio ($25), a limited edition set of hand and nail creams that come in three scents inspired by the vineyards: Blackcurrant Leaf (Merlot), Grapevine Honey (Cabernet) and Pink Grapefruit (Sauvignon). Selfish Angle: It doesn't matter if you're a teetotaler or a beer girl... You're going to want these ultra-hydrating hand creams stashed in every handbag to help protect your hands from the bitter dry winter air.
Make sure your Secret Santa recipient is prepared for any mistletoe adventures by buying her the Bliss Merry 'Kiss'-Mas Gift Set ($18). These glossy balms are flavored in peppermint and vanilla mint, leaving her breath fresh and pucker perfect. Selfish Angle: If you see tons of holiday parties in your future, you're going to want to buy one of these sets. Nothing is worse than talking to people for hours with dry crusty lips and fruitcake breath.
Whether your friend is heading to a rockabilly dance fest or just brunch, she's always rocking her black winged eye and fire engine red lip. She will love receiving the MAKE UP FOR EVER Extravagant Glamour Set ($38), which has an Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in matte black to give her a long-lasting winged eye, Smoky Extravagant Mascara in black to create her luscious lashes, and, of course, a red hot lipstick: Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #43 Satin Vibrant Red. Selfish Angle: Will she really miss the mascara?? This mascara is pretty special -- not only does it create dramatic volume, but the brush defines lashes, leaving your peepers clump free. You're going to want to scoop this mascara up for yourself.
Every time you enter your mother-in-law's home, you are bombarded with delectable scents of fresh baked goods. She loves everything about baking, except receiving baking gifts from people who think they know her craft. Give her what she loves most without unleashing her passive aggressive beast with the Philosophy "Fruit Cake Mix" Trio ($26), which includes 16 oz. Vanilla Cake Mix Shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, 7 oz. Cranberry Medley Body Lotion and 10 oz. Candied Pecan Hot Salt Body Scrub in an adorable tin she can use to store baked goods (of course). Selfish Angle: You're going to want to buy this set for yourself to help minimize your sweet cravings during the holiday season. Instead of reaching for that Christmas cookie, you can just take a deep whiff of your arm.....Mmmmmm, delicious!
Your friend is on a first name basis with every spa receptionist in town. Her bathroom looks like a luxury spa promotional photo, stocked with candles and delicious-smelling masks and body treatments. She keeps essential oils in her handbag, so she can experience a little bit of spa sanctuary anywhere she goes. Gift her with the Fresh Sugar and Seaberry Sanctuary Set ($48) so she can give herself a delicious-smelling, spa-worthy body scrub with the Brown Sugar Body Polish, and then moisturize her skin with the omega-rich, hydrating and nourishing Seaberry Restorative Body Cream. Then she can pop the Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in her bag to spoil her pout with a blend of real sugar, nourishing meadowfoam and black currant seed oils to moisturize, protect, and smooth the lips. Selfish Angle: For those of you who have tried any of these products you will understand why you're going to be jealous as hell when you buy a set for your friend and not yourself. To prevent from ripping into your spa slut friend's present before Christmas, go ahead and buy yourself a set and rationalize it by knowing that it is to treat your dry, winter skin.
On any given day, you'll text your friend and she'll tell you she's trolling the aisles at Sephora, or cleaning house at the Bloomingdale's Gift with Purchase event. She can never get enough, so make sure you buy her (and yourself if you're smart) The Tarte of Giving Collector's Set & Travel Bag, ($59) which has $490 worth of makeup: 20 Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows, 8 Maracuja Lipglosses, Pure Maracuja Oil, Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, limited-edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable, cheek stain in Flush, and Lights and Camera Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara. Selfish Angle: In full disclosure, I buy Tarte's limited edition sets for myself every year at the holidays. When else am I going to get $500 worth of great makeup for $60? I look most forward to their thin and easily packable eye shadow palettes, which always have a wide range of flattering colors.
You enter your friend's sparse apartment and all you smell is the aroma of yummy candles. She may have let her hair grow grey and sold her couch, but she has a dozen candles peppered throughout her apartment that cost more than a single process color. She probably doesn't realize that luxury-scented products company, NEST Fragrances, partnered with Target to create The MELT Collection ($6.29 - $17.49). The MELT candles have the same quality, delicious scents and stylish packaging as their more expensive sister at a fraction of the price. While you can find a bunch of the candles online, all the holiday candles (including a Winter Pine and Evergreen jar candle that has an adorable jingle bell on the lid for $16.99) are available exclusively in Target stores. Selfish Angle: The prices are so reasonable on this collection, how do you not buy yourself one of each item? You want your house to smell like the holidays too!
The recipient of the Kiehl's Crème de Corps Body Butter in Grapefruit ($28) will love this crème for its mega hydration and delicious whipped texture. But, what they'll really love, is that with your purchase of this limited edition grapefruit scent, the company will give the first $100,000 of net profits to Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Oh, and when you buy yourself a jar, you will love the subtle bright scent and how your skin feels even eight hours post-application. Selfish Angle: This famous body cream will be your first line of defense against dry, itchy skin. And, you should just buy it for yourself since the money is going towards a good cause!
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