Needs & wants: Gift ideas from The Body Shop for every budget

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I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, The Body Shop is the quintessential shop for gift giving.  I remember as a kid my parents would buy me gifts from the popular bath and body store for my teachers since bath and body products are just staples for “I was stuck on what to get you” gifts.  With it being wintertime, who doesn’t need new lotions, scrubs and lip balms?

Since The Body Shop has a million-and-one gift sets and products this season, I rounded up my favourite items from their holiday collection to gift.  The best part is, there’s something for every budget.

Let’s dive in…

nail-set

Have a manicure-obsessed friend, or just a bestie named Rose (I do!!), then the British Rose Expert Manicure Gift Set is a fab gift to give. Retailing for C$21, this set is a great small present or one to gift collectively. It’s filled with travel-size essentials like the British Rose Hand Cream (100 ml – it’s a pretty generous size too!), a nail file, a four-way nail buffer, and a nail clipper. Oh, and it comes housed in the cutest tin.

Have a friend obsessed with taking baths (I have one of those friends too), the Frosted Berries Foaming Bath (C$14, on sale for $8.40) is made from cranberries from North America and gives you the most luxurious foaming bubble bath. This special-edition product has fresh notes of cranberry, black currant and raspberry with white flowers, creamy praline and sweet vanilla.

mask-and-body-wash

What about a friend who loves masks? You may have heard about The Body Shop’s new mask collection, which is getting rave reviews. They have a ton of different kinds but I’m loving the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask (C$28), which is a 100 per cent vegetarian honey face mask that includes Community Trade honey, marula oil, and olive oil. Apply it to your face and then rinse off in five to 10 minutes to replenished and restored skin.  This particular mask is perfect for skin that needs an intense dose of replenishing moisture (AKA any skin that is going through this awful cold, dry winter).

Have a friend going on a winter vacation somewhere hot? I have three of those (myself included!).  Since we are all so fair during the winter months, you can fake a summer glow with the Honey Bronze Drops of Sun Holiday Glow Creator (C$22, on sale for $13.20). This miracle liquid is a shimmer-free, sun-tinted liquid gel that you add to your moisturizer or foundation to give you a slightly bronzed look. Even if you aren’t going somewhere hot this month, no one at the offices needs to question the fact on whether or not you spent New Years in Mexico…

black-musk-set

Have a friend that is obsessed with The Body Shop’s White Musk and Red Musk fragrance? Okay, this one is totally me, I love those scents! The Body Shop has a cute little gift set with their Black Musk fragrance, a musky scent with bambinella pear and black vanilla notes.  Included is a 2 fl. oz.s of the eau de toilette, body lotion and shower gel.

Unfortunately I cannot find this set online on the Canadian site, but it retails for $35 USD.

Of course, there’s more to The Body Shop than just bath and body, they also have a wide range of cosmetics to choose from (25 per cent of women plan to give more beauty gifts this year compared to last year).

lip-products

I’ve heard from a few people this year that they are looking for a new lip colour to wear around the holiday season. Since matte lipstick is so on trend right now, take a look at their Matte Lipsticks, available in seven shades for C$12 each. Want something that will stick all day? Then the Matte Lip Liquid (C$15, on sale for $9) is perfect. It applies as a cream and then sets on your lips and doesn’t budge. This formula is available in 12 different shades (seen here in Nairobi Camellia). Lastly, gift a fab glow with that awesome lip colour. The Lightening Touch luminizor is a lightweight moisturizing cream that hides imperfections like dark circles and fine lines. As a result, skin looks highlighted and dewy.

Finally, for the most show-stopping set of the bunch and the one to rule them all, The Best of The Body Shop set includes 11 full-size bestselling products from the iconic brand to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  This retails for C$149 with a $253 value.

Included in the set is a Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel, British Rose Instant Glow Body Essence, Mango Body Scrub, Shea Body Sutter, Almond Hand and Nail Cream, Lip & Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus, Smoky eye Definer in Black, Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate, Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Sleeping Cream, and Recipes of Nature Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.

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This gift set will make you the favourite gift giver of the year. Whether you have someone new to the brand or someone who has shopped here forever, this gift set is massive and is sure to impress.

If you’re stumped on what to get someone this year, I bet 95 per cent of the people on your list can be shopped for at The Body Shop. Although I mentioned a handful of items here, there are seriously loads of gift sets and amazing products to shop for in store (most of which are on sale!). Speaking of sale, The Body Shop online as some amazing deals going on right now, including 40 per cent off site wide!

Are any Body Shop items on your holiday list this year?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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