A few of our favourite hostess gifts and stocking stuffers

Henri Bendel's CandalsForget what people say about not buying candles because people have too many of them. No one can have too many fabulously-scented candles. Henri Bendel Signature candles have lead-free wicks, burn cleanly, and look elegant in their simple frosted glass containers that are logo-free. But best of all the scent lasts and lasts for the full 60 hours that these fabulous candles burn. Only $30. 

These days most people have a spiffy wine opener but they are still opening bottle with an old metal opener from the kitchen draw. The Alessi bottle opener, the Marli, is a sleek chic opener $18 to $30 online. 

Mary Kay NouriShine plus Lip Gloss costs $14 and comes in many shades.  We love it because it has just right amount of shimmer and stays on. 


Celebrity hair stylist Mark Hill has a chic line of hair products that are priced so well, you can stuff everybody’s stocking! I recently tried the Mark Hill Big Night Out Range. I used shampoo, conditioner, and Get the Party Started Pre Styling Conditioner which keeps your hair from getting too soft.  They leave your hair feeling and looking fabulous. This line would be perfect for teens and college girls who will love the trendy packaging.  $10 each at Walgreens and Target.

 Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 combines serious sun protection with natural-looking makeup coverage in a handy compact. There are two shades that should work for most skin tones. 

All Good Lips all natural lip balms from Elements Herbal  comes in 6 flattering shades from natural minerals. They have a rich moisturizing formula, SPF 18, and glossy shine.  We love these natural, healthy lip balms. TheAAGL_Tinted_M1y are perfect for the health-conscious beauty with a hint of organic peppermint essential oil joins organic healing herbs such as Calendula, Comfrey and Lavender. Paraben free too!  They are $4.99 each or buy 6 for $25 and stuff everyone’s stocking or play Secret Santa!