Maggie Gallagher, Freshman
Do: Lip Balms
Lip balms are perfect stocking stuffers. Winter always brings out the worst beauty constraints, namely dry skin, staticy hair, and horrible, chapped lips. We all long for the perfect pucker, and lip balms are excellent crutches to get one through the winter months. EOS, Baby Lips, and Burt’s Bees are among the top names, and if you’re going for a Christmassy/holiday theme, I recommend a peppermint-flavored balm, like Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm or Lush Cosmetics Mint Julips.
Giving a girl skincare products, unless you’re her mom/best friend/assistant isn’t really the best idea because skin tones and skin types are very specific and therefore often require very specific care and precision. Beware of wasting money on the wrong color, consistency, type, brand, etc. etc., the list goes on and on. Play it safe and give a gift that doesn’t risk evoking horrible rashes.
Do: Mini Nail Polish
This stocking stuffer is perfect for nail novices. Larger polish bottles can run upwards of $10, a bit pricey considering your lady in question may already have the color in question, or maybe red isn’t her thing. Instead, opt for a mini nail polish kit. It takes out all the stress of choosing a shade and is way more fun because she can go crazy with patterns if she so chooses. They exist everywhere, but you can find a kit of 18 at your local CVS for $9.99.
Perfumes can easily go from sensorily-pleasing to migraine-inducing, so unless you’re certain in her scent-of-choice, steer clear from sprays. Nothing’s worse than spending more than you should have on an expensive perfume and finding out she doesn't like it and won’t wear it.
Left- Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, $3.30. Courtesy of allure.com
Right- Lush Cosmetics Mint Julips $9.95. Courtesy of lushusa.com