This is my favorite time of the year….not just because of the holidays, but because I’m a firm believer in self-gifting.  There are so many fabulous deals on your favorite beauty and fragrance items so splurging for yourself is actually a good idea.  I also like to stock up on hostess gifts or for that unexpected moment when you are scrambling for a quick gift.  And, I always check my favorite brands to see what they have for the holidays.  Here are my favorites.


The Good News Shop

Located inside Christ Church, the Good News Shop is the perfect place to buy holiday and hostess gifts–they even will wrap!  This is just the most pleasant place to shop–delightful employees and away from the hustle and bustle of the mall.


Harper & Ali Body and Foot Brush ($18-$32)

Sugar Cubes Exfoliating Sugar Cubes ($24.95)

Skinny & Co. Skinny Body Melt, Cleansing Balm and Lip Balm ($6.95-$24.95)

Skinny & Co. Skinny Body Melt, Cleansing Balm and Lip Balm ($6.95-$24.95)

Skinny & Co. Skinny Body Melt, Cleansing Balm and Lip Balm ($6.95-$24.95)

The Buttercup

A Myers Park institution, the Buttercup is a great place to buy a great little surprise (and they have hilarious cards).  Here’s just a sample of what they have in store this season.


Pinch+Sugarfina Minimergency Kit & Packed Party confetti make-up bag ($24-$34)

Spongelle soap infused sponge featured in Hungarian Rose, Travel Manicure Kit & Musee bath bomb featured in “Let it Be”($20-32)

Bamboo beauty pillowcase, eye mask and Sleep Mask ($6.50-70)

Beauty Pick Me Ups ($8-24)

CBD Miracle Hand Repair Cream or Muscle Rub ($80 each)

Kate Spade Travel set (includes 4 bags) $45


Neiman Marcus

Need something totally luxurious and decadent?  Head to Neiman’s for some really special beauty gifts.


Artis Makeup Brush Set $170

Beauty Bio Rose Quartz Roller Set $98

Givenchy Lipstick and Nail Polish Set $295

Jo Malone Body Creme Collection $85

Tom Ford Private Blend Collection $350


Storey Home 

Storey Home, one of our “secret weapons” tucked in next to the East Blvd Harris Teeter, has a great selection of gifts of all types, beauty & indulgence plus many other goodies.

Rica Bath Salts – $32

Rica Linen Drawer Sachets – $40

Rica Body Oil – $40

Rica Room Spray – $37

Potty Mints – $6

Cozy Travel Set ($264)



Bedside Manor

Not just the place for Charlotte’s most beautiful, quality linens and bedding (which it is) Bedside Manor in the Specialty Shops on Morrison Blvd. has an amazing assortment of gifts, sleepwear, scents, decor, jewelry and beauty. If you’re shopping for an elegant and unique gift, this store must be on your list.


100% Shea Butter $20

Shea Butter Hand Cream $18

Shower Turbans and Headbands – $24-$42

Monogrammed Cosmetic Bags

Sisal Wash Glove – $24

Natural Sponge – $18


From Sephora

DYSON Blown-A-OUAI Noir Set $399

I’m a huge fan of Dyson vacuums, so when this hair dryer came out I was intrigued.  I finally splurged on this kit when I couldn’t pass up all the extras from another favorite brand Ouai for the same price as just the dryer itself.  It’s not cheap for sure, but the clever design keeps your hair from being sucked into the dryer and it has cut minutes from my routine.



Tarte’s Pineapple of My Eye Collector’s Set $59

Tarte Cosmetics always does a great kit that is both wearable and a great value. This one is perfect for any makeup lover on your gift list.  


Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit $47

This kit is packed full of prestige brands to try–perfect for the lip color lover who wants lots of variety without splurging on the full-sized items.  What sold me was the Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl lipstick included in this kit–a great shade for this time of the year.



Sephora’s Play! Monthly Subscription Box $10

This is the gift that keeps on giving–each month you receive 5 makeup products, plus tips, tricks, and passes for makeup lessons in-store.  I’m secretly hoping someone will get me this one.


Sephora’s Ready to Roll Brush Set  $70

Makeup brushes are an investment but they make all the difference–this kit has everything you need in a handy storage roll.