Holiday Gift Guide 2018

This year I really wanted to put together a holiday gift guide and because I am so fond of small businesses, I wanted to really focus on those. Small businesses are so important and are always so grateful and thankful for every purchase you make with them. Consider shopping small this holiday season and making someone’s day! (I do have some larger businesses included in the gift guide but only because I thought their products were great!)

*I did receive these products as gifts from the companies/brands, however, all views and opinions are my own. I would not have put them in this guide if I didn’t think they would be perfect for someone on your list! For more information, please see my disclosure policy*

For the Wine Lover

Timeless Beauty Bar

Timeless Beauty Bar has an amazing face mask perfect for those who want to “sip back and relax” They also have other face masks but honestly, I thought this would be a perfect gift for my wine lovers out there! Whether you are making a spa kit or just an “everything this person likes” gift basket, I DEFINITELY recommend you put some of these face masks in there! (Pair with a bottle of wine and you will for sure take the prize for best present!)

They are sheet masks and they are a little on the large side, but they all provide a really nice relaxing feeling. Perfect for a glass of wine and a box of chocolates (Hint hint)

They currently have 4 face masks:

Up in the Clouds – Best for frequent fliers who want a cool, fresh and luxurious feeling

Face the Day – Best for the day after and perfect for someone that wants a cool, fresh and youthful feeling.

Glam and Glow – Best for getting ready for a night out and for someone that wants a cool, fresh and vibrant feeling

NEW Wine Down – Best for when you want to “sip back and relax!” and for someone that wants a cool, fresh and smooth feeling!

They come in packs of three ($18) where you can choose all of one face mask or get a variety of 3!

For the Person Who Struggles with Sleep

Moonlit Skincare

Moonlit Skincare is all about taking care of your skin during the most restorative hours of the day…when you sleep! Founders Kriszta and Stephy created Moonlit because they felt like the most important part of skincare was an afterthought in the beauty community.

They sell a variety of things to help you get a great nights rest. From special sleeping masks and pillowcases to their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil and Power Down Powder 2 in 1 Mask. I personally was able to try both the Facial oil and the 2 in 1 mask and I have to say, they are everything you think they would be.

Their 2 and 1 mask ($42, on sale for $37) can double as a spot treatment for acne and can be mixed with honey, yogurt or just plain water for a whole face mask. Their Facial Oil ($34) helps moisturize, soften and smooth your skin. I also love the smell of this oil because the lavender scent is so light.

For a limited time, you can still shop their Black Friday sale to receive free shipping, 20% off and a free silk eyemask with code BLACKOUT20.

SOM

As someone who struggles to stay asleep, I was so excited to partner with SOM. SOM Sleep is a sleep formula that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. You can rest easy knowing that it is drug-free and non-habit forming. It is also low calorie, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, preservative free, non-GMO, allergen-free and soy free among many other things.

All you have to do is drink one can 30 minutes before bed!

When I first tried this, I only actually drank half of a can, however, I still slept great that night and didn’t wake up nearly as much as I normally do. I was worried that it was going to taste horrible, mainly because I don’t like flavored water or anything like that, but it actually didn’t taste that bad at all!

Not only do they have a regular sleep formula, but they also have a no sugar formula as well! You can purchase in 4, 12 or 24 packs starting at $9.99 on their website or if you are an Amazon Primer, you can find them there as well!

For the Person Who Struggles with Acne

TULA

For those of you that know me, know that I interned at TULA last spring. I had never heard of them before but was pleased to find one of the best experiences of my life. TULA is a skincare company that bases all of their products off of probiotics. That’s what makes them super special! I was able to try out their newest Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel (which happens to be currently out of stock)

This gel actually gave me real results within the first week! (And before you ask how I was able to try all of these products before writing this really long and heavily based skincare gift guide, you will be happy to know that I started receiving products over a month ago, so I have had plenty of time to try each product!)

This gel contains 2% salicylic acid to clear up acne and prevent breakouts. It also has that iconic TULA smell, if you have ever used any of their products.

Whether you are looking for acne skincare, anti-aging skincare or probiotics, I can definitely recommend them to you! All of my family has had a chance to try them and have said nothing but great things.

Hero Cosmetics

Hero was not one of the brands that I originally partnered with for this gift guide but because I honestly love them so much, I decided to add them in last minute. You know those blister Band-Aids that help take care of blisters? Well, Hero Cosmetics has created a similar product BUT FOR ACNE!

This product has been one that has saved my life. I will sleep with it on, and by the morning, the pimple (or pimples) are GONE! I was able to try out their Mighty Patch Strips which was perfect because my chin just happens to be the perfect spot for acne to pop up. The patch is a long rectangular “band-aid type thing” that you leave on for a minimum of 6 hours and it visibly reduces and basically gets rid of acne! I noticed that it doesn’t take the redness away but it does get rid of the pimple itself and the redness subsides soon after.

They currently sell the original Mighty Patch (smaller circles) on Amazon for $12.98 for 36 small patches. You can find the Mighty Patch strips like I tried, on their website for $36 as well. (You can use BFCM20 for 20% off for a limited time only!) I loved the strips so much that I had my mom order me some of their original circles for the stubborn pimples that pop up but aren’t near any others. (I will always be keeping these buggers on hand!)

For the Chocolate Lover

My Pretty Little Pretzel

Calling all chocolate and pretzel lovers! My Pretty Little Pretzel is THE spot for your custom artisan chocolate covered pretzels. Now I do consider myself quite the dessert lover so when I say these are delicious, I mean they are DELICIOUS.

From artisan truffles to chocolate covered pretzels, these make the perfect gifts for secret Santa’s, stockings and more! Their truffles start at $3.25 for a single and $13.50 for a sleeve of four. Their chocolate covered pretzels come in a ton of different options, and I’m not just talking about flavors! Whether you want bags of niblets or pretzel rods, they have a variety of different sizes to fit every one of your needs. A single pretzel rod starts at $3.25 and a bag of pretzel rods containing 6-7 pretzels is $18. My personal favorite is their niblet jar which is $9.50.

They have flavors like Peppermint kiss, Cookies n cream, Reese’s Pieces and more! I highly recommend giving them as a present OR bringing them to your next holiday gathering! (Or you could just buy some for yourself because there is never a bad time for a chocolate covered pretzel!)

For the Phone Lover

Caseapp

Ever wanted to make a personalized phone case for someone but not pay a million dollars? Me too! Caseapp allows you to create personalized phone cases for yourself or for someone else for just $34 shipped, no matter what phone they have.

Whether you would like to create a collage as I did, or just put one photo on with a beautiful saying, Caseapp gives you all of the creative freedom you need! They also provide multiple premade designs if you don’t feel like creating one of your own.

For a limited time, you can also use my discount code (HANNNA20) to get the case for $27 shipped! (I get nothing from you using these codes, these are solely for you to save some money this holiday season.) I also am available to help you create phone cases, no charge at all if you need help creating one for yourself or for someone you love!

For the Candle Lover

Den Perfect

I was so excited to partner with Den Perfect because I come from a long line of candle lovers. CANDLES ARE AMAZING, and the smell of a Christmas tree does nothing but put me in the Christmas spirit. There are no if, ands, or buts about it.  I fell so hard for these candles that I will NEVER buy another candle from any other place but Den Perfect again. That’s a really big commitment but I swear, they are THAT amazing.

Hand poured, these soy candles are perfect for not only the holidays but for any time of the year. I received three from Den Perfect and they all smell AMAZING. I didn’t pick any of the scents out, I left it up to them to surprise me. I just asked for Christmas type scents and that’s all. I received their Christmas Tree, Hazelnut Coffee and Wood+ Vanilla scents. All of them have a concrete base that are also handmade as well.

You can use DENPERFECTLOVE for 15% off your purchase! (Again, I gain nothing from these, they are soley for you!!)

For the Skincare Lover

OSEA

“OSEA is the story of a long line of women inspired by the sea.” – OSEA Founder. Believing that non-toxic skincare is critical for long-term health and beauty, OSEA has created a line of plant-based products that have a lightweight formula and provide long-lasting results.

What makes them special? Glad you asked. Each product begins with a base of organic seaweed. Yup. That’s right! Seaweed. It is one of the worlds most naturally abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.

I was able to try many of their products and I can honestly say, I really enjoy them all. From their best-selling Ocean Cleanser to their Blemish Balm, OSEA has created a skincare line that leaves your skin feeling beautiful while also addressing skin concerns.

As I mentioned with Hero, I have struggled with acne for a little while now and OSEA’s Blemish Balm has helped to visibly reduce the sight of my acne too! By this, I mean the redness. Hero takes care of the pimple itself and this product right here helps to take care of the redness of the pimple!

Their line of products doesn’t just stop at acne though, they have serums to help with brightening, anti-aging and more. If you have dry skin, they also have products for you too!

I highly recommend their Ocean Cleanser ($44), Blemish Balm ($44), Red Algae Mask ($48) and their Atmosphere Protection Cream ($48). Those happen to be my favorite products from them right now!

TAHNYC

TAHNYC (pronounced “tonic”) has an amazing line of skincare for anyone’s needs. You can customize your skincare just by telling them a bit about your skin. They will suggest products to you based on your answers! I was able to try their Aloe Rose serum and it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. They have a unique formula that is practically like water. I know that seems really weird, but it is SO refreshing. You know how sometimes serums can leave a weird sticky feeling on your skin? Or even feel extremely heavy? This Aloe Rose Serum does nothing of the sorts.

It is light, smells amazing and also works to restore skin radiance and hydration. Its almost like you just rubbed some water on your face but let me tell you what, that “water” has some power! They have a whole line of products for sensitive skin, from moisturizers to serums and more. I highly recommend that you check them out!

Scandic Skincare

Scandic has one of my favorite cleansers of all time. Out of all the cleansers I have tried, this one is by far my go to. It is light, foamy, smells amazing and is just perfect. Scandic is a Swedish skincare brand that strives to give you results quickly. They are cruelty-free and vegan, and woman-owned! I was able to try out both their cleanser and moisturizer and to be honest, I expected them to be just another cleanser and moisturizer but as soon as I smelled them, I knew they were going to be different.

I am huge on smells and that being said, I look forward to good smelling products. Their Clear Clay Cleanser ($32) uses clay minerals to gently and effectively lift and remove impurities in your pores. The Horsetail extract, Eucalyptus oil, cloudberry, and other ingredients gently sooth your skin as well as add antibacterial support. It feels great on my skin, and the smell relaxes me after a long day. 10/10 WOULD recommend.

I love their moisturizer ($60) as well. Sharing similar ingredients to the cleanser, the moisturizer helps brighten your skin and protect against free radicals as well!

You can use code HANNAH18 for 18% off your purchase

For the One that Needs to Slow Down

Honey + Be

Honey + Be want you to slow down, relax, and take some time for yourself. That is why they created their rollers. I was able to try out their Honey Rose Quartz Roller and I have officially made it part of my bedtime routine. After I take a shower and wash my face, I make a point to sit down, apply whatever moisturizer or skincare products I am using and use the roller to help the products stink in. (Yes I do indeed sit on my bed and roll this thing up and down my face. I know what your thinking dad, but results are results!)

I honestly saw a huge difference in the first few times I used this roller. I feel like sometimes certain products struggle to sink into my skin, but by using the roller, it allows the products to be more effective and therefore allows you to see a difference.

Not only am I able to slow down for a few minutes each day, but I am also able to reduce tension in my skin and therefore have a reduction in headaches (which I suffer with!) Their Rose Quartz roller enhances self-love and confidence while their Jade roller brings you balance and calmness.

You can get one of their Honey Jade rollers for $25 and one of their Honey Rose Quartz rollers for $28. All U.S orders have free shipping! You can use HANNAH15 for 15% off your purchase as well.

 

I hope you enjoyed this holiday gift guide as much as I did!! If you have any questions feel free to leave them below, reach out to me on social media or send me an email, hannahljohnson0@gmail.com. I will also be doing full reviews of these products on my Instagram throughout the course of December if you are interested in following along!

Good luck on all of your holiday shopping and remember to SHOP SMALL!

12 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide 2018

  1. Honestly I think all of these products are great! I really want to try out the Moonlit Skincare products, and also the pretzels look so yummy!

  2. I love the section for chocolate lovers! I think with so many varieties, you can get someone a really awesome gift!

  3. I am LOVING the timeless beauty bar face masks and moonlit skincare power down powder!! I think they’d make awesome gifts!! I know a couple people who would really enjoy the face masks! 😉

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