Now that the season for gifting is all but over, I’m going to ask you an interesting question – do you or your friends give and receive beauty or beauty related gifts?
I thought about it because I notice that often, when you read gift guides for gifting over Christmas (and especially for the dreaded Secret Santa gifting), when it comes to the women in your life, often, the suggestion of a beauty item pops up.
It could be something small like a hand cream or body wash. Or it might be something more extravagant like a perfume or fancy makeup or skincare.
So, here’s your chance to be anonymous and tell me if you give and receive beauty gifts and if it sits well with you in general? 😉
My friends and I have a little gift exchange every year. They’re all ex-beauty bloggers, and while they may have stopped blogging about beauty, it is never far from our minds.
I think I can safely say that over the many years that we have been celebrating our New Year tradition of kicking off a year with a meet up, belly-aching laughter, fast food and gift exchange, we’ve more or less worked out what each of us enjoys.
And sometimes, there are no beauty gifts in sight! 😀
Last year, my gift recipient asked for a pepper grinder which I had a bit of a hard time hunting down. You’d be surprised at how hard it is to find a decent, wooden pepper grinder! But I loved the challenge – mostly because I love being submerged in the household and kitchen department LOL! 😀
This year, one of my friends asked for, and received a soup mug! 😀 Another received a hand-made pouch. I asked for, and was very happy to receive a blanket LOL! 😀
I know these all sound like random gifts, but they all have a reason behind them and why we wanted these products. It isn’t to say of course, that we avoid beauty related gifts altogether – we are beauty buffs after all! But sometimes, it isn’t just beauty gifts that get us grinning fit to split our faces in two 😀
On a personal note, I do enjoy receiving beauty gifts – often, it is because people know that I have a ton and a half of beauty products already, so they gift me the more unusual brands or products that I might not otherwise use. Sometimes, they gift me their favourites that I might not have come across – I’m not omnipresent after all.
For my birthday last year, a friend gifted me a little gift pack of samples of skincare that she loves, that I had not yet tried because some of them are either very pricey, or hard to get hold of. Needless to say, I enjoyed going through them all, trying new things, and finding something new to love enough to pick up full sizes of in future.
Similarly, I like popping a gift of beauty into my packages as well. I find that gifts of beauty can seem almost extravagant sometimes, because often, it may not be something you buy for yourself. Often also, beauty products are a “want” and not a “need” so if you have a tighter budget, then this will be the first thing you drop from your shopping list.
So, gifting and receiving little gifts of beauty can perk up someone’s day, because it is something so seemingly frivolous, yet extravagant, and perhaps even something you won’t buy for yourself 🙂
I love sharing some of my favourites with others, and hoping that they too will enjoy what I too enjoy. Sometimes, it’s a bright lipstick, just to nudge them to try something bright. Sometimes, it’s a favourite skincare product that I think will work for them.
But when I gift beauty gifts, I try to keep it a little more neutral. I’ve learnt my lesson and skip perfumes, because not everyone loves the same scents you do. Similarly, anything that is strongly scented, I avoid. I also avoid anything too specific skincare-wise, unless you are very familiar with your friends’ skin type or routine. Otherwise, I keep it general, and hope it’s something they might enjoy.
As for my gift I asked for, and received this year, it is a thermal blanket. Now, unlike what the name implies, it is not a blanket that keeps you warm, but a blanket that keeps you warm enough, yet is breathable, so you don’t suffocate in the heat.
I previously had one, but lost it. So, because I want to try cutting back on my use of air-conditioning, I decided to replace it, and our gift exchange came in useful!
It isn’t very expensive if you buy it online (prices range between RM35-60 depending on where you look and the quality), and it is made of lightweight cotton, with a fairly loose weave. For me, this is perfect, because there is enough of it to keep out the chill, yet it is breathable enough so you don’t feel too warm. Importantly for me also, it has a bit of weight – I like a bit of blanket weight as it helps me sleep better.
I plan to use this with the air-conditioning on a higher setting on hot days, and on cooler or rainy nights, with just the fan on. I’d tested it before previously so I knew that it was comfortable.
It might even help me keep my electricity bills low! 😀 At least that’s what I hope!
Do you usually give and receive beauty gifts and is it something you enjoy receiving?
I know that when I run giveaways of beauty products, there are always people who are more than happy to receive them, so I’m guessing that most people do LOL! But joking aside, I’m curious if you’d rather pick out your own beauty products or let someone gift them to you?