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Stocking Stuffers Galore!

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The mulled wine is bubbling, the wood fire is crackling, and Love Actually is on repeat. In honor of the impending gifting bonanza, our coworkers at Birchbox UK have rounded up fun-sized treasures and beauty trinkets that make perfect stocking fillers. Take a look at their picks here.

—Ally

PS: Looking for even more awesome gift options? Our Holiday Shop has got you covered!  

8 Products that Do Major Double Duty

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With the holidays on the horizon (think: a jam-packed social calendar and traveling with a cramped carry-on) there’s no better time to call on space- and time-saving beauty products. Click here to take a peek at our most practical picks!

—Ally

Good news: packed with travel-friendly samples from can’t-miss brands, a monthly Birchbox has everything you need stay gorgeous all month long. Not a member yet? Purchase your subscription today

Emma Stone’s Red Is Hollywood’s Most In-Demand Hair Color

A natural blonde, Emma Stone’s funny girl roles and red dye job have helped to separate her from other young starlets. (Photo: instyle.com)

—Hallie

For those of you on a budget, we’re loving Cool Mom Picks’ great present ideas and their roundup of holiday discount codes

Shu Uemura Nourishing Oil: Gift of the Day

‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly.


Why this makes a great gift: Despite a girl’s best efforts, there are days when frizz and flyaways just can’t be tamed. Our favorite solution to every hair conundrum is this multi-use elixir. The high-power formula contains antioxidant-rich Camellia oil. It hydrates and smooths hair with just a single pump and can be used for conditioning or styling. It’s like super food for your strands. 

It’s perfect for: Any leading lady (or even leading gent) with a penchant for coiffing and calming their hair will appreciate this luxe hair-savior.

Price: $68.00, available on birchbox.com.

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

Bonobos + Birchbox Foolproof Holiday Gift Guide: Urban Chic

The saying is, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ But what about two start ups? That’s way better! We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite up-and-coming companies, Bonobos, to collaborate on a foolproof men’s gift giving guide. It’s the perfect synergy — they know fashion and we know grooming. Our powers combined created a stellar lineup of ideas for every type of man out there, from the busy traveler to the urban sophisticate. Check back each day this week for more picks and remember: ‘It’s the thought that counts’ is just a load of bologna.


Holiday party season is in full swing, which means he’ll be donning more event-ready outfits than usual. If he’s like most guys we know, he could always use a classic charcoal suit and a crisp white button-down — it’s a look that never goes out of style. But especially since he’s such a Dapper Dan, he also deserves a sleek pair of lace-up dress shoes and a brand new Kérastase styling paste to round out his much-used (but slightly-neglected) collection of hair products.

Check out the rest of the Bonobos holiday gift guide, curated by GQ stylist Brett Fahlgren, here.

Bonobos + Birchbox Foolproof Holiday Gift Guide: The Travel Buff

The saying is, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ But what about two start ups? That’s way better! We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite up-and-coming companies, Bonobos, to collaborate on a foolproof men’s gift giving guide. It’s the perfect synergy — they know fashion and we know grooming. Our powers combined created a stellar lineup of ideas for every type of man out there, from the busy traveler to the urban sophisticate. Check back each day this week for more picks and remember: ‘It’s the thought that counts’ is just a load of bologna.


He’ll hop in the car for a day-trip to explore a seaside town or to investigate the best prime rib in the state. He’s got the travel bug, and always wants to be prepared for the worst (case in point, he never gets on the road without emergency snacks and at least one flashlight). An intrepid adventurer like him needs a hooded wax coat to protect against inclement weather, but since he’s also the type that wants to look classy no matter where he ends up, he’ll need a cream-colored shawl neck sweater, dark wash jeans, and burnished brown boots for a pulled-together look. To really prepare him for anything, though, grab him a Kiehl’s face cleanser to throw in his emergency kit so he can freshen up (or clean off errant BBQ sauce) on the go.

Check out the rest of the Bonobos holiday gift guide, curated by GQ stylist Brett Fahlgren, here.

Bonobos + Birchbox Foolproof Holiday Gift Guide: The Aprés Ski Guy

The saying is, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ But what about two start ups? That’s way better! We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite up-and-coming companies, Bonobos, to collaborate on a foolproof men’s gift giving guide. It’s the perfect synergy — they know fashion and we know grooming. Our powers combined created a stellar lineup of ideas for every type of man out there, from the busy traveler to the urban sophisticate. Check back each day this week for more picks and remember: ‘It’s the thought that counts’ is just a load of bologna.


You hit the double-black diamonds (or the bunny slopes) together all day, and now it’s time to kick back in the lodge. Since he likes looking polished even sitting by the fire, he’ll need a cozy Fair Isle sweater to stay warm, paired with a set of wintry natural-colored denim jeans and casual-cool leather boots. The piéce de resistance of the whole outfit, though, is a luxe messenger bag for him to pack afternoon reading, travel board games and a hydrating lip balm from Anthony Logistics to nourish his wind-beaten pucker.

Check out the rest of the Bonobos holiday gift guide, curated by GQ stylist Brett Fahlgren, here.

Bonobos + Birchbox Foolproof Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoorsman

The saying is, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ But what about two start ups? That’s way better! We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite up-and-coming companies, Bonobos, to collaborate on a foolproof men’s gift giving guide. It’s the perfect synergy — they know fashion and we know grooming. Our powers combined created a stellar lineup of ideas for every type of man out there, from the busy traveler to the urban sophisticate. Check back each day this week for more picks and remember: ‘It’s the thought that counts’ is just a load of bologna.

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He is not a suit guy. He loves nature, bonfires, and, much to your dismay, camping. All of his favorite activities involve being outdoors, meaning that he has to have plenty of garb that will keep up with his active lifestyle. If he doesn’t own them already, a pair of great all-purpose chinos are a must, as are a heavy twill shirt and comfortable, ultra-durable boots. Aside from being outfitted properly, he would definitely benefit from a good moisturizer. Guys love Jack Black’s Double-Duty formula because it’s frills-free — it both moisturizes and protects skin with a healthy dose of SPF 20. Two-in-one products are as low-maintenance as you can get, and we have a feeling this sort of minimalistic grooming approach is right up his alley.

Check out the rest of the Bonobos holiday gift guide, curated by GQ stylist Brett Fahlgren, here.

Amika Go Go Travel Set: Gift of the Day

‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly. 

Why this makes a great gift: This clever travel set is the perfect combination of form and function. The mini hair dryer and flat iron are small enough to fit in a carry on or gym bag, but have enough wattage to style strands. Plus, the snakeskin print is way cool.

It’s perfect for: Your favorite gym rat or globetrotting friend or relative. 

Price: $99, available on birchbox.com.

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

Gift-a-Day 10: Sybarite on a Budget

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

Sybarite on a Budget: myfaceworks Starter Kit

There’s nothing she loves more than whiling away a day at the spa, soaking up the cucumber misted air. Since weekly facials are out of the question, give her the next best thing: myfaceworks Starter Kit, a selection of six one-time-use face masks. Each of the masks targets a different skin woe, from dullness to dryness, and heals using a potent serum. Not only are they fun to use, but they give the appearance of a treatment without the price tag.