Perfect Gift Ideas for Moms, MILs, Best Friends, New Moms & the Hostess
When it comes to gift giving, I really pride myself on finding something I know that person will love. Something that will make them feel super special and show that you went the extra mile to think of something really amazing and unexpected. Nothing against sweaters (obviously I love them), but anyone can buy a sweater! It takes a little extra effort to think outside the box and come up with something amazing!
Years ago I was on a trip with some college friends over our winter break, and we were walking around and came across a L’Occitane (pronounced LOX-EE-TAHN) store. One of the guys in our group, immediately said he he needed to go in. I was shocked he even noticed the store or knew what L’Occitane was. The average college guy would have been clueless. He came out with a bold yellow bag and explained that they made his mom’s favorite hand cream and there wasn’t a location where she lived so he wanted to get some for her. I thought it was so sweet that he remembered and went in to get her some!
Since then, almost all of my memories of L’Occitane are tied to the holidays.
Like two years ago when my mom and I went to New York for a work trip and popped into their Flatiron location and I bought my very first night cream (which is still one of my favorites). My mom and I had so much fun exploring New York, drinking wine in cozy bars, walking around the streets that were decorated for the holidays, sleeping late and then lingering over yummy brunch because we had no agenda! Gah, that whole trip sounds like a dream right now!
Another Christmas, my mom surprised my sisters and I with their signature advent calendar—that was such a fun little gift and even though I do like candy, I far preferred a skincare advent calendar than a chocolate one. Sometimes as adults, we can get so caught up in the craziness of the holidays that we forget to enjoy it. The signature advent calendar took me straight back to my childhood, when every morning in December felt like a dream!
L’Occitane knows how to do holidays right.
They always have a huge selection of gifts for all different types of skin types, product varieties and budgets. Their beautiful gift sets are perfect for mamas, mothers-in-law, hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Heck, they’re even great for treating yourself! They even have a few sets for guys. And, if you’ve got a new mama on your list, any of these sets would be an ideal way to remind her that she still deserves some pampering. Believe me, I would know!
So, yes, L’Occitane makes the most amazing sets for the holidays, but another reason I love this brand is their commitment to sustainability and giving back! Who doesn’t love a gift that also gives back?! They give back by providing women with opportunity, and L’Occitane supports sustainability efforts by sourcing ingredients from 150 varieties of protected plants. Their UNICEF signature advent calendar helps support UNICEF’s efforts to fight against preventable childhood blindness.
Lastly, the packaging is so beautiful and festive that you don’t even have to wrap your gift, which means less waste!
There are so many options, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites to make your decision a little easier:
The scent of lavender is so iconic to the L’Occitane brand. It just makes me think of those fields of lavender in France that I see on Pinterest, but haven’t gotten a chance to visit (someday I hope!). It’s such a calming scent which makes this set the ultimate self-care gift. Bubble bath, their amazing lavender hand cream (essential for winter. I like to keep one in my purse and in the kitchen because with a baby, I’m constantly washing my hands. It also includes the lavender soap, hand wash and body lotion as well as a little sachet of dried lavender. A trick with this, put it in your underwear drawer or closet. My mom always did that growing up and every time I opened that drawer it smelled amazing.
Is there any better scent than roses?! This gift set smells heavenly and so feminine. It includes the body milk, shower gel, rose soap, hand and nail cream (again, a must for winter skin!), rose eau de toilette, which is the perfect amount of scent even for people like me who typically don’t wear perfume.
A few more favorites:
Like I mentioned earlier, my mom got us these a few years ago and it was such a fun pre-Christmas surprise! I’m not the most patient, but I actually opened one product each day and it was so fun. Made me feel like a kid again! Another upside, you’re stocked with all the best travel-size products right before you travel for the holidays! Like I mentioned above, this gift helps support UNICEF in the fight against preventable blindness.
I may be biased towards this gifts because it includes the almond shower oil. Also, it’s one of my favorite products ever. It goes on like a gel in your hand and then foams into this amazing lather that leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated! It also includes a hand cream and body cream that leaves your skin soft, without that heavy, greasy feeling.
Like I mentioned above, L’Occitane is known for their amazing hand cream. My mom would go nuts over this. And now I’m thinking this might be perfect for her (hope you’re not reading this today, mom!) If you have dry skin and haven’t tried their hand cream, you need to immediately. Unlike other hand creams I’ve tried, L’Occtiane’s actually leaves my hands feeling hydrated and soft throughout the day. Probably why this is such a popular product!
More Holiday Gift Sets
It’s not just a gift, it’s a gift that tells someone they deserve to take a break and relax. As a new mom, you can only imagine how much that means. To me, it means that someone sees and acknowledges how much you do for your baby and family each day. Also, that they appreciate you and want you to feel special. That’s probably why I feel that these gifts are so perfect for all the women who have done so much for me in my own life.
Do you pride yourself on finding the perfect gift too? Who on your list would love one of these sets?
Thanks to L’Occitane, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post! Partnerships like this help make The Fox & She possible!