#TeamLoff #GiftGuide: Pressies to Unbox

Hampers, blockbuster box sets and collectible coffrets. Holding all the promise of discovery, these gift sets multiply the fun of giving — but mostly receiving — Christmas presents.

By Grace Tay
Sun, 11 Dec 2016
Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels, $88 from Sephora

Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels, $88 from Sephora

A star led Three Wise Men to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. While not quite the myrrh and frankincense they brought as gifts of worship, Aromatherapy Associates’ Star Jewels‘ trio of award-winning Bath & Shower Oils just might leave the recipient a lil wiser. After all, studies have shown that a good night’s sleep boosts brain power (cue: Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, comprising vetivert, chamomile and sandalwood), while reducing stress reduce brain fog and clear the way for better decision-making (frankincense, petitgrain, wild chamomile and rosemary in De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil do the job). And almost everyone benefits from a zesty boost to the mind and body in the morning (Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil energises with grapefruit, rosemary and juniper oils). Use wisely: Each bottle is a mere 30ml.

Go Over-Board

Berluti Backgammon Set

Berluti Backgammon Set

Technically not a box set, but a game as old-school as backgammon — it dates back to 3,000BC — and its fans do deserve these courtly implements. So, for the well-shod man who’s got the moves, it’s game-on with this super fancy Berluti backgammon set. How fancy? On the board, each point, or triangle, has been hand-cut from the French house’s signature Venezia leather and pieced together by hand. What you’re looking at in the pic above is the set in the rather traditional tobacco colourway, but because this set is made to order, the materials, patinas and colour combinations will be entirely to your choosing.

 

Cause a Scent-sation

Penhaligon's 2016 Holiday Gift Sets

Penhaligon’s 2016 Holiday Gift Sets

While perfumes are deeply personal choices, they’re also a fixture on the list of Top 10 gifts for all seasons. British perfume house Penhaligon’s proffers always-elegant fragrances for women and men — a good number being unisex (useful as gifts for couples). This Christmas, it presents five gift sets including the delicious Juniper Sling Collection ($300) and the exotic unisex Halfeti Collection ($450), both comprising a 100ml EDT and a Bath & Shower Gel.  The Mini Collections for him or her ($110 each) comprise five popular scents in 5ml miniature bottles — great as extravagant stocking stuffers.

 

Lip-Smackers

Clinique Sweet Kissers set of Chubby Sticks, and Candy Store set of lipsticks, $39 each

Clinique Sweet Kissers set of Chubby Sticks, and Candy Store set of lipsticks, $39 each

Well priced for gift exchanges with each member of your girl gang, these cute Clinique sets come in just under $40 for five mini lippies in a candy-coloured tin. Sweet Kissers comprises “chubbettes” — Chubby Stick and Chubby Stick Intense miniatures in a yummy colour menu of Curvy Candy, Mightiest Maraschino, Pudgy Peony, Roundest Raspberry and Curviest Caramel. A similar spectrum is mirrored with five limited-edition shades of Long Last Lipsticks in the Candy Store tin: Jolly Bean, Gingersnappy, Berry Bon Bon, Taffy Pink and Sugar Plummy, all with colourful confetti squiggles on the packaging.

And for about the price of those two tins, you can get Too Faced’s Grand Hotel Cafe box set for your beauty junkie BFF. It’s a Christmas breakfast buffet of paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free makeup (also gluten-free, like, seriously): three coffee-scented palettes with 18 matte and shimmery eyeshadows in shades such as Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Cream and Gingersnap; two blushes (Peach Cobbler and Santa Baby) and a bronzer (Gingerbread), and a deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara. A guidebook gives step-by-step instructions for three looks.

Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe, $76 from Sephora

Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe, $76 from Sephora

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