Christmas isn’t Christmas without stockings stuffed with goodies. While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this quaint Christmas tradition.

One such legend is that a very long time ago, there lived a poor man and his three beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. While St. Nicholas wanted to help, he knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity, so he decided to help in secret.

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After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after and thus the tradition was born!

For this year’s Christmas, I sourced and found some of the best beauty stocking stuffers that would be perfect for your colleague, your bestie, your sister, your mother, your favourite aunt and even the kind lady next door!

For your colleague, your classmate, your niece or even your cousin, we totally recommend these delightful stocking stuffers that will be met with delight, but won’t break the bank:

Carl the Caterpillar Body Washer, $9. This cute and stretchy body washer makes for a fun and useful gift. Great for either guys or girls of just about any age (who doesn’t need help washing their back?) and will most definitely put a smile on anyone’s face come bath time.

April Skin Turn Up Color Treatment, $13. Is a fun two-week-long temporary hair tint that doubles as a hair treatment, and also hydrates and nourishes damaged hair. This would make a fab gift for that someone in your life who loves to change their hair colour frequently. This will give them the satisfaction of a new look without the damage that often goes with it. How thoughtful is that?

The Body Shop Freddie The Fox Hair Wrap, $16. Wrapping your hair in a heavy cotton towel can cause breakage or worse, the weight of the towel can cause your hair to get tugged clean off your scalp – eek. This uber cute hair wrap, made from super soft and absorbent microfibre, dries sopping wet hair, without the damage. Better yet, its made out of 100% recyclable material and would be a great gift for your eco-conscious friend or that colleague that comes to work with drippy hair. 

The Body Shop Shower Gel Discovery Set, $15. Make shower-time a joyous one with a selection of The Body Shop‘s most popular shower gels. From sweet and juicy Strawberry to calming, floral Moringa, shower time just got more fun and deliciously scented! 

April Skin Magic Snow Mask, $16.50 for 10 sheets:  These intensely moisturising masks contain 81% Sparassis crispa extract and other natural ingredients to rejuvenate dull and dehydrated skin and would make a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone with skin. Working in close to freezing temperatures means that most of us have dry and dull skin, so some TLC in the form of a sheet mask would be a godsend.

Medicube On The Go Travel Kit, $18. This kit contains all of Medicube’s Red Line essentials in handy travel-sizes, making maintaining one’s skincare routine on-the-go a breeze!  The set includes a body soap, foam cleanser, toner, serum and moisturising cream and is a definite must-have for someone who loves to travel or who spends a lot of their time on-the-go. 

Jowae Hydrating Water Mist 200ml, $18. This facial mist is a definite must-have for everyone who works and lives in air-conditioning. It comes in two sizes and the little can is handy enough to pop into your handbag for a quick touchup when travelling. Dermatologically tested, this fine mist is formulated with Sakura Flowers to soothe red and irritated skin and works well as a base for your skin care regimen (I skip toner and use this straight after a shower on dry, clean skin, followed by my usual skincare products). I love how silky it feels on my skin and also that it smells really nice.

 The Faceshop Gelato Tint, $20.  These absolutely adorable Gelato ice cream shaped lip tints come in a creamy mousse-like formula that is so soft on the lips. These cuties come in six deeply pigmented shades – 01 Cheese beige, 02 Strawberry and Cream, 03 Falling in Red, 04 Gone with Red, 05 Brown bonbon and 06 Cherry Burgundy Mousse and would make the cutest stocking stuffer for any girl with a pair of lips. I like the fact that the formula is not drying and instead, keeps my lips soft and comfortable.

Jeanie Botanicals Handcrafted Soap Set, $27. This thoughtful gift set comprises of three handcrafted soap bars (you can select from either their Silk, Rice and Clay Soap, Pearl and Osmanthus Soap, Charcoal Detox Soap, Gardener’s Exfoliation Soap, Calendula and Shea Butter Soap (unscented), Milk, Honey and Oat Soap or Pink Rose and Milk Soap) that can be used on  both the face and body and would make a thoughtful gift for just about everyone, especially someone with sensitive skin or someone whose skin can’t take the harsh ingredients of regular shower gels and soaps. I really like how these soaps clean my skin without making it feel dry and irritated.

For your office bestie, your sister or even your favourite cousin or aunt, we totally recommend these:

The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Picks $36. This classic by The Body Shop is still a delight to the senses. The sweet scent of strawberry will make bath time a real pleasure. Better yet, everything inside the Strawberry gift set is infused with the oil from millions of strawberry seeds and would be the perfect stocking stuffer for that person in your life who needs a bit of a lift to their morning routine. I have always personally loved their strawberry collection. The scent is so uplifting and is a great wake-me-up in the morning.

The Faceshop Choco Monopop Eye Shadow, $37. This is a fantastic gift idea for that someone who loves her makeup. This super fun eyeshadow palette has eight chocolate-coloured shades that contain real cacao within the formula for a softer and creamier texture and rich pigment and colour payoff. I really love the shades and the texture. It feels far more expensive than it is and would be a great stocking stuffer for any makeup lover.

There are two palettes under this range –01 Dark Chocolate (Matte eye shadow palette with brown colour shades) or 02 Cookies & Cream Chocolate (Glitter shadow palette with a variety of shades – coral, bronze, champagne, pink) 

Jowae Everyday Glow Set, $49.90 (U.P. $62). This special Christmas set by Jowae comes packed with their skincare essentials like their Purifying Cleansing Gel, Hydrating Water Mist and Balancing Mattifying Fluid, and makes for a fantastic stocking stuffer for that someone who prefers a more natural range of skin care. To read more about the brand, click here

Jeanie Botanicals Body and Hair Care Set, $65. This set has two 500ml liquid Castile soaps (choose between their Eucalyptus, orange & spearmint, Lavender, Patchouli & Cedarwood or Calendula & Chamomile) that can be used on the face, body and hair, and one Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil (50ml). The castile soap is unlike any castile soap I have tried before. Its so silky and moisturising, it leaves my skin super hydrated and soft. Not normally a hair oil sort of person, I really enjoyed using this product before my shower. The oil is not smelly or overly greasy and it made my hair and scalp feeling very comfortable and not itchy and it was also a breeze to wash off. I would definitely recommend this for that someone whose hair needs a little more gentle care, especially if they wash it daily, like myself! 

Drunk Elephant The Littles, $128. I am a HUGE fan of this brand and was so happy to get to try out their travel set. But what I got even more excited over was the super cute, hot pink, jelly travel case!

This travel set was developed to balance and reset your skin to a healthy, youthful and glowing state. These small but mighty minis deliver what they promise when used together and are safe for all skin types.

This would be the best gift you could give your Bestie who loves to travel, spends more time at her boyfriend’s place or who loves to touch up her skincare at work. It comes packed with some of their most sought-after skin care, like their 30ml Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser8ml C-Firma™ Day Serum8ml B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum8ml T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum8ml Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, 15ml Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream, 15ml Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 and a 5ml Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum.

For your mum, your favourite aunt or nana we promise you that they would love these and love you for your generosity and fabulous taste: 

PHYTO Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment and Phytodensia Plumping Serum, $123. Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment $58 is probably one of the brand’s most popular products. Its potent blend of essential oils instantly purifies and stimulates micro-circulation within the scalp to awaken and energize hair growth. It also helps balance the pH of the scalp and is a godsend for those with dry, oily, itchy or sensitive scalps. I have heard a lot about this product from my editor, but this is the first time I have tried it myself and I finally understand why it’s so popular. You only need 20 drops massaged into your scalp 20-minutes before a shower and any itchiness, tightness or flakiness you might have, becomes a thing of the past. 

Phytodensia Plumping Serum ($65) is specially formulated to plump up ageing and thinning hair. This serum is formulated with vitamin-rich peptides to restore youthful looking hair and a mix of Vernonia and grape polyphenols to invigorate the scalp and with daily use, hair is said to get stronger and more beautiful and healthy looking. I have only just started on it (more as a preventative measure) and I am loving the non-greasy texture and scent. This set makes for a very thoughtful stocking stuffer for someone who loves their hair or is suffering from hair fall or scalp issues.

Bellewave GlycaRV Christmas Set, $128 (usual price $170). This mighty duo immerses the skin in the highest concentration of pure stem cells with the nutritional richness of Squalane oil. Facial lines are erased, while skin regenerates with youthful density, smoothness and softness. This makes for a lovely stocking stuffer for someone whose skin needs a little more love or your sugar-addict friend, who needs help to prevent ageing due to glycation (a.k.a the consumption of a lot of sugar). Read more about it here

Lierac Hydragenist Mist and Lierac Supra Radiance Eye Serum, $156. The Hydragenist Mist ($58) is combined with a toning rose extract and extract of Rhodiola rosea, an arctic root that is exceptionally resistant to stress and known for its antioxidant properties. It is also formulated with Hydra O2 Complex to increase the skin’s water content and restore its suppleness. It also feels so nice and luxurious on the skin, enveloping it in a silky veil of nourishment. 

Lierac Supra Radiance Eye Serum $98 is a lovely textured cream-serum that combines botanical ingredients like white horehound extract, known to fight toxin ageing, pagoda tree extract and butcher’s broom extract titrated in decongesting ruscogenin. It gives the eye area an immediate smoothing effect thanks to soft-focus powders and pearlescent particles that help to reduce signs of fatigue while it smoothens and brighten the eyes and is a must-have for just about anyone who has to work for a living. 

BelleWave Ageless Rejuvenation Set, $480 (Usual price $563) This makes for a wonderful gift set for just about anyone who has more mature skin (this basically means everyone in their mid 30’s onwards).

It consists of their GlamorWave Ageless Rejuvor Essence with proteins, peptides and skin-hydrators that replenishes, tightens and strengthens the skin,  skinGlamorWave Ageless Intensive Cream that fights wrinkles and plumps up sagging skin and GlamorWave GF+ Revival Ampoule that is a purifying concentrate that purges blemish-prone skin of dirt and impurities, leaving pores minimised and skin glowing.

This is my first time using BelleWave products and I really like the texture and feel of them. I am also impressed by how fast I can see results after using their ampoule. Whoever gets this in their stocking is going to be one happy camper!

We hope that this very long list of ideas for fabulous Christmas stocking stuffers will come in handy when you head out to do your shopping. We really enjoyed ourselves trying, testing and compiling the best gift options for 2018 and do hope that you enjoy reading this as much as we did writing it. 

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