The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Gal in Her Fabulous 40s
By Tatiana Bido, Features Editor |
For the modern woman in her 40s, the key words when it comes to gift giving are as follows: pamper, unwind, multitask, anti-aging, luxury and glamour. As you get older, the mounting responsibilities make it essential to block out time to indulge in some self-care. These 10 holiday gifts make it easy for the 40-something woman in your life to shut out the world and get some much needed “me” time.
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Give the gift of an at-home LED light treatment with the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro, an FDA-approved device that helps promote collagen production for the delicate skin around the eyes—one of the first areas to show signs of aging. What makes this a modern-day multitasker is that you can easily watch TV or use your smartphone during the super quick three-minute treatment.
This limited-edition set boasts three satin-finish shades that deliver creamy, highly-pigmented, long-wearing color. Encased in a sleek gold applicator you can use interchangeably, its ultra-slim handle ensures the ultimate control for precise application and the femme-fetal packaging is reminiscent of old Hollywood glam.
Acne breakouts aren't just limited to teenagers. In fact, hormonal changes can lead to breakouts well into your 40s and 50s. The Forea Espada (which means sword in Spanish) uses 415nm blue LED lights to destroy acne-causing bacteria in the skin. The pulsating light lasts for 30 seconds on each blemish, which makes it a fast, targeted and effective at-home acne treatment.
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Just because you've landed in your fourth decade, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with makeup. This Electropop palette brings the bling straight to the eyelids with a shimmery, cream-powder formula that will make any set of eyes standout throughout the holiday season.
This tea box is unlike any other tea box on the market, as these Coconut Milk Bath Tea bags are intended for the bath and not your cup. Although coconut milk forms a large portion of the bags, other key ingredients like lemongrass and jasmine oils, black tea leaves and epsom salt not only help you relax, but also help tone and tighten skin while detoxifying your body. Beyond the physical benefits, the "shut out the world" benefits of a good soak make it the perfect choice to refresh both the body and mind.
The most unique feature about this blowdryer isn't the negative ions and far-infrared rays that get rid of static and add shine to your strands, its the aromatherapy feature that emits a refreshing jasmine scent (a natural remedy for anxiety and stress) when powdered on the tool. A hair dryer that doubles as a mood booster is a must-have for any hard working lady in her 40s.
Kopari Coconut Kiss Kit ($30)
This limited-edition kit contains three tinted sheer-color glosses that give a hint of color with a power-packed dose of hydration. With lip-popping colors like Mai Tai (coral), Hibiskiss (fruit punch) and Pinkini (strawberry-cotton candy), it's easy to forget that the coconut oil, vitamin E and shea butter formula is also doing the hard work of nourishing dry skin.
Today's modern woman is always on the go, and this Barre to Bar set makes it easy to switch from the fitness fanatic to the girl about town. With gym bag-friendly sizes of Supergoop!'s City Sunscreen Serum, Daily Correct CC Cream, Defense Refresh Setting Mist and Perk-Up Lip + Cheek Tint, it has all the necessities to keep your skin and makeup in check after a rigorous workout.
This dry skin recovery set from beloved skin care brand Tata Harper is curated to help fight a common aging concern—dehydrated skin. Containing many of the brand's standout stars in one place, including the Reparative Moisturizer, Rejuvenating Serum, Floral Essence, Nourishing Oil Cleanser and Hand Cream, this box has everything your 40-something could want to begin a new "perfect for aging skin" care routine in the coming year.
Encased in a beautiful crimson box are two mega-popular essentials in celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's eponymous line. Pairing oversized versions of her beloved moisturizer with her intoxicating Scent of a Dream fragrance (which blends lemon, peach, jasmine and violet top notes), this mystical box contains at least an entire year's worth of smooth skin and one-of-a-kind perfume harmony.