Last Minute Christmas Beauty Shopping: Tips & Ideas

Fruits & Passion Fruity Foaming Bath Collection, CAD$24
Fruits & Passion Fruity Foaming Bath Collection, US$24

As much as I hate how commercialized Christmas has become over the years, I still cannot resist buying festive gifts for loved ones and for myself. As your email inbox is probably being bombarded by last minute gift ideas, and if you hate the mall crowds, online retailers offer a great variety of products.

Great Shopping Sites For Cosmetics and Skincare:

At this point, hopefully you already know what to get for whom and have some ideas where to get the gifts. If you are still reading this, perhaps you can check out the beauty websites that offer great gifts and can be trusted to deliver everything without a glitch.

L’Occitane: L’Occitane’s Christmas gift sets are highly festive, cute and nostalgic. With a large Christmas gift selection, you can’t go wrong!

Sephora: The ultimate beauty authority for western brands. Orders arrive with a signature pouch at no extra charge, and come with free samples and gift wrapping (on request).

DHC: One of the few Japanese brands that are available in the US and sold under their own ecommerce. Look for special sales each month.

Strawberrynet: Offers both western and Japanese brands, and prices include shipping. Orders arrive with ribbons and gift wrapping even if you didn’t request them!

Lancome: Lots of nice gift sets to choose from, and usually offer bonus with purchase online.

Estee Lauder: Lots of great value gift sets at Christmas, and offer super value makeup sets with purchase of fragrance.

Fruits & Passion: This Canadian (Montreal) answer to Bath & Body Works has consistently created beautiful and great body products. The unique and beautifully packaged Christmas sets are great for everybody on your list, from co-workers to sisters and friends!

Neiman Marcus: It’s the place where you can get authentic Cle de Peau Beaute, Kanebo Sensai, AmorePacific (Sephora only carries a limited range) and Shu Uemura products, among many other brands. Need I say more?

SKII: The official e-store where you don’t have to worry about getting counterfeit SKII products. (Does not ship to Canada)

Kose: Official e-store for Sekkisei and Awake in the US. (Does not ship to Canada)

Christmas Delivery & Tips

Before you get excited with all these great online Christmas gift ideas, make sure you read their shipping options and delivery guarantees before Christmas. Most of these e-retailers will specify when’s the latest you can place an order to get it delivered by Christmas. When in doubt, choose an e-store that offers rush delivery.

If you are shopping online for someone else, or simply do not like lining up at the post office to return a purchase, choose an ecommerce that will allow you to return your purchase at their retail locations. Sephora, for example, offers this great option for returns and refunds.

At this time of the year, many ecommerces, especially big companies, will offer free shipping and freebies. Why not take advantage of them? It will save you time and frustration pushing elbows at your local malls. But if you would rather get the stuff right away, nothing beats the mall. Just budget yourself and make sure you have enough time to mail the gifts (most overseas locations are already past the cut off date by postal services though) or if you shop online, leave enough time for the gifts to reach the recipient(s).

Last, but not least, if you see the same products at a few dollars less on a website with which you have never shopped than your regular e-store, stick with your regular e-store. A few dollars aren’t worth the trouble of wrong orders or worse, scam.

Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!


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