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Holiday 2014 Gift Guide | For the Girl Who Loves to be Surprised


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With just over a month to go until Christmas, I’m sure that many of you are starting to look for the perfect gifts for the people in your life (unless you’re a planner and have everything locked down – so not me!).  I’ve got a series of gift guides lined up to help you find some great ideas.  Today’s gifts are for the girl who loves to be surprised, and these are gifts that might need to be given a little bit before Christmas, but they will definitely still be enjoyed all through the time leading up to the big day.  Can you think of anything better than an Advent calendar stocked full of pretty little things to keep them guessing and excited for Christmas all month long?  Didn’t think so.  The calendars that I’ve rounded up here for you are the cream of the crop this year and definitely make a fun spin on the typical chocolate filled versions we’re used to!

LUSH 12 Days of Christmas, $99.95: This 12 day calendar hides some of LUSH’s festive classics like their Golden Wonder and Cinders Bath Bombs, and is essentially exploding with scent.  It’s perfect for someone who loves a nice soak and enjoys being pampered!

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, $50 (In Store Exclusive): I know I’m not the only one who’s crazy about the The Body Shop; I’ve been head over heels for their lotions, shower gels and body butters for years.  I can guarantee this calendar, stocked with 24 days of The Body Shop favourites along with a few new holiday additions, will put a smile on someone’s face every day until Christmas.  The best part?  It has a little bit of everything inside, covering body, face and fragrance.

Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, $72:  Know a nail addict you need to find the perfect present for?  Look no further.  Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor (try saying that 5 times fast) is the ultimate gift for a girl who can’t go a few days without changing her polish.  This calendar will have her set for many manis to come, with 22 mini polishes, 1 full size glitter polish – so appropriate for the holidays – and a nail transfer.

David’s Tea 12 Teas of Christmas,  $29.50: This 12 day calendar is a dream come true for a pal who loves to get cozy and relax with a warm cup of tea during the holidays.  It contains 12 tins of some of their most comforting teas, including some of my favourites (Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait & Forever Nuts).

L’Occitane 13 Desserts of Provence Advent Calendar, $68:  Gift this calendar to a luxury lover and they’ll be oh so happy.   Made up of a combination of skincare, body lotion and shower gel offerings, this calendar will give them the ultimate gift of relaxation.

Benefit Cosmetics Candy-Coated Countdown Advent Calendar, $119:  I would be lying to you if I said that my co-workers haven’t been drooling over this calendar since it was first released.  Although the price may be a little steep, it’s a great combination of deluxe samples of Benefit’s star products, and trust me, there are a lot of them.  18 to be exact.  And to follow along with Benefit’s super-sweet feel, you’ll also find a few other treats thrown in, like beauty sticky notes and heart-shaped paperclips.

These are definitely my kind of Advent Calendar.  Would you give one of these away for Christmas?

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