Are you still faced with filling a lengthy Christmas wish-list and find yourself running out of time? Consider investigating the range of one-stop health-and-beauty gift options before you give up and buy those last-resort presents that lack imagination and personal suitability — the candles, calendars and scarves that people give one another when they can’t think of anything else.
Go to a really good pharmacy-cum-apothecary-cum- beauty/health shop and explore. You’ll be surprised to find that there’s usually something for everyone. There are also lots of great stocking-stuffers to be had in stores like these.
OK, let’s have a glance at some of the possibilities. For the senior citizen on your list, how about an electronic massage device? These come in a wide variety of styles, and many are designed to be used on the knotted shoulder and upper back muscles that are so commonly the focus of complaints by those who are older. Other sure-to-be-appreciated goodies include electronic footbaths, Jacuzzi attachments for the bath and a broad range of rejuvenating teas, food supplements and foods.
A man of any age will be delighted with shaving accouterments, whether it is a state-of-the-art electric shaver or an old-fashioned shaving kit. After-shave lotions and other skin lotions, creams and treatments will be equally appreciated. A good manicure kit makes a nice gift for a man or a woman.
There are many options to consider for women: a face-steamer for doing at-home facials; a hair-dryer; or any of the myriad low-tech items that make up the toilette — a fine hairbrush, a beauty case stocked with a few luxurious items, a bottle of perfume. If you’re in a creative mood, you can mix-and-match small items and make up a custom beauty kit without spending tons of money. Just fill a nice basket with colored tissue paper, add soaps and powders and bath sachets and other little beauty treats, then wrap and decorate with a big bow.
For a girl between 5 and 18, consider nail varnishes in unusual colors, hair accessories or bath products. For a boy, how about sports-related electronic items like a stopwatch or a pedometer? For younger children, bath toys and sponges are always good. And for babies, a nice towel or some bath products will always be useful.
Once you start examining the items at a health-and-beauty store, you’ll discover all sorts of interesting things you may never have known existed. Armed with a list of all your gift recipients, trawl the shelves — I guarantee there is something there for everyone. That eccentric uncle who shuns anything that is not organic? You’re sure to find some unusual organic herbal tea for him, or a split-bamboo foot massage tool. That goth of a teenage brother? Purple hair-color perhaps, and maybe some black nail varnish. The student immersed in exam preparation? An intelligence-fortifying food supplement. Your toddler’s nursery-school teacher? A box of fragrant soaps in bright colors.
Don’t leave yourself off the list! Make sure to stock up on a few fortifying health drinks and some sybaritic bath salts to carry you calmly, healthily and beautifully through the holidays. Now just a quick stop at the liquor store for a bottle of champagne, and you’re done! Happy holidays!