When it comes to holiday gifting, bigger boxes (while fun to unwrap), do not always equal better. We’ve found that some of the most luxurious gifts are those that come in small, unassuming packages, often discreetly slipped into the top of a stocking. Whether they come with a hefty price tag or cost just a mere few bucks, these are the indulgent presents one would rarely think of buying for themselves, yet always elicit a wave of joy upon unboxing (cue the “oooooo” sounds). Here are 12 of our top picks for luxurious surprises that will fit in the smallest of packages or your Christmas stockings — happy gifting!
With mistletoe season in full swing, you’ll obviously want to put your best pucker forward. KNC Beauty is a new product solution founded by Elle beauty columnist, Kristen Noel Crawley. After a trip to Japan left her obsessed with face and lip masks, Crawley spent three years developing a natural solution. The result is a luxurious collagen mask that adheres to your skin and leaves lips perfectly plumped and primed for that NYE midnight kiss.
Shop Now: KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask ($24.99 for 5)
We all known an indecisive foodie who finds themselves stuck in Seamless hell more often than not — too many delivery choices, what’s a girl to do?! Gift the perfect solution for when #hanger strikes, Josh LaFayette‘s Food Fortunes Tarot Deck. A deliciously wicked take on the classic fortune telling game, this magical deck summons the spirits of supper to reveal exactly what’s going to end up on your plate… and in your belly. Dinner’s biggest mystery, now solved.
Shop Now: Food Fortunes Tarot Deck ($12.95)
Post holiday season, many look to leave indulgence behind and reset their food and wellness habits. For the more zen in your life, Japanese brand Hibi’s Incense Match Sticks are a unique and hard to find gifting option. These innovative burners are shaped as simple-to-light matchsticks and provide a shorter lifecycle (roughly 10 minutes) versus traditional incense, allowing for a condensed mind-and-body connection to start your day or relieve anxiety during quick moments of stress.
Shop Now: Hibi Incense Match Sticks in YlangYlang via GoodHood Store ($10.32)
Jen Atkin is celeb stylist to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and countless of other tressed-to-perfection divas. After spending years testing gels and sprays on all types of clients, she launched her personal line Ouai in order to “create a breath of fresh hair.” The result is a well-edited collection of products for styling, treatment and even curls (!), the standout of which is the Wave Spray. Seems like every it girl has a bottle of this behind her medicine cabinet for the times when they’re going for that “I just got out of the ocean and my hair dried perfectly” look. We don’t know anyone who isn’t searching for that next-level effortless chic, making this an easy pick for any it-girl in your life.
Shop Now: Ouai Wave Spray in Travel Size ($12)
One of our absolute favorite artists Baron von Fancy teamed up with the ubiquitous Pintrill to create this sweet and sentimental pin. The gold and black plated “Honey Bunny” pin is the perfect gift for the one who wears their heart on their very fashionable sleeve — Uh huh, honey.
Shop Now: Honey Bunny Pin ($15)
While we’re hoping that a plane ticket to someplace warm and sandy is what we’ll be finding our stockings this year, for those lucky enough to already have early 2017 travel plans locked and loaded, consider the Carry on Cocktail Kit from W&P Design for a gift that will almost certainly guarantee a toast in your honor. This cleverly packaged kit includes everything the amateur in-flight mixologist would need to whip up a Hot Toddy, including ginger syrup, cinnamon sticks, and lemon packets.
Shop Now: The Hot Toddy Carry on Cocktail Kit ($24)
While 2016 has seen what seems like an endless amount of “smart” trackers for women, it seems like very few have done so as fashionably as smart jewelry brand Ringly. A beautifully colored and classically designed piece of jewelry, this smart ring recalls your childhood mood ring, albeit a much more savvy and grown-up version. Ringly’s modern day tracker monitors everything from activity and goal settings, as well as provides up-to-the-minute text, phone and app alerts. And it performs double stylish duty by pairing beautifully with just about every outfit in your closet!
Shop Now: The Ringly Smart Ring Tracker in Rainbow Moonstone ($195)
Let’s be real — accessible battery power when you’ve just run out of juice in the middle of an epic IG-to-be can truly seem like the ultimately luxury. WattzUp Power, a California-based company, merged essential technology with the social media generations’ obsession with all things emoji to create a collection of irresistible power banks for your most desperate times of need. This Smitten Kitten charger is our favorite choice for getting your phone back to life and back to (IG) reality.
Shop Now: The Smitten Kitten Power Bank by WattzUp Power via Fancy ($40)
2016 has certainly been a divisive year full of conversation on the female body politic. Our election was one fueled with violent and damaging language that seemed designed to dismantle any small signs of progress that women have made over the last twenty years. With so much volatile imagery seeping into our media, as Boss Babes we must remain vigilant in our efforts to voice the complexities of women’s issues. Dismantling the fear the mainstream media (and not to mention, our President-elect… conversation for another post) continues to promote surrounding women’s bodies can be counteracted in many ways. Promoting conversation around the natural state of (all) bodies is a great place to start, which is why Fur is high on our holiday gift list this year. Approved by both dermatologists and gynecologists alike, Fur is a grooming oil that effortlessly tames pubic hair and diminishes ingrown hairs. Fashion media has fully embraced the brand, and their trial size could not be a more perfect gift for any girl who is looking to add an alternative dimension to their grooming regimen in 2017.
Shop Now:Fur Oil in Trial ($25)
Next up is a perfect pick to save your stocking from the countless of #sketchcity IG teeth-whitening gadgets out there. Swap ULRs (unidentified laser rays) for CocoBlk’s activated charcoal scrub and brush. Made from oxidized charcoal found in coconut shells, this teeth whitening tub promises to not only remove spots and stains, but also improve your mouth’s general pH balance issues that can cause bad breath and cavities. Tall order, but we’re willing to put our bet on something that’s packaged so prettily to boot.
Shop Now: Natural Teeth Whitening Kit by CocoBlk ($40)
Model and actress of the moment Suki Waterhouse has long been a favorite of the fashion set, but with the launch of her customizable purse and accessories line Pop & Suki this past season, she has without a doubt established herself as an of-the-moment designer as well. The line, started in partnership with her best friend Poppy Jamie, features a minimalist color palette of pinks and mauves so popular with lines like Glossier, LPA and Reformation these days. Their creative calling card, however, is the ability to customize everything from the bag styles and straps, to laser-printed embroidery and accompanying accessories. Our pick? The BFF Heart Tags. Made with best of friend duos in mind, keep one for yourself and share the other with a pal. Hang them off a keychain or a camera bag as a constant reminder of your best gal!
Shop Now: The Pop & Suki BFF Heart Tag ($45)
Violet Grey is an expansive online beauty retailer known for stocking some of the most aspirational brands on the market. For their holiday gift set, they spare no expense in packaging together a premium trio of beauty sleep essentials — a rich La Mer handcream, Dior cult favorite Creme Abricot Cuticle Nail Creme, and the must-have By Terry Baume De Rose lip creme. Most luxurious way to turn down, ever.
Shop Now: The Bedside Table Set ($177)
Written by Gilah
Featured photo via Food Fortune Tarot Cards