Gifting is fraught with potholes. It's become completely overwhelming - even for a shopping expert like myself.

People gift perfume for holidays. I've seen it reported. I've never understood it. Some people, like my mom, wear the same perfume iconically their whole lives. (Chanel N5 in case you were wondering.) Them I understand gifting. But I don't know anybody who's scent exclusive these days. Moreover, most people I know layer - it's encouraged by so many beloved brands like Commodity,  Derek Lam 10 Crosby. Maison Margiela Replica even makes "Filters" to specifically alter fragrances.

With so much out there, how do you gift perfume these days?

Glossier You is the perfect solution.

It literally says " you smell good," so there's no way the gift can be misconstrued as a subtle dig on personal hygiene. It's the best layering perfume that has ever existed, making it a great gift for that friend who loves fragrance but also, like has a million of them. It's packaging is chic and gorgeous, coming as it does from the minds of those #topshelfie inventing Glossier peeps.

So yes, I think Glossier You would make the perfect gift.

But why give a gift when you can give an experience. So this year, in lieu of 120 million different things to buy, I decided to make just four, color coordinated, gorgeous, storytelling gifts. They say, "I get you." but also "Treat yo self!" and "you're amazing!" and "I love you very much!"

THE BASE

You might notice all the bundles also include the Slip Silk Sleep Mask. It's the perfect option for the girl who cannot abide a $70 pillowcase, but is super into the idea of protecting delicate eye area skin. It’s something you will probably obsess over but never think to get yourself. It’s frankly, addictive. 

I'm particularly partial to the dulcet, subdued tones of the caramel, but the gold is also absolutely stunning, and you (and that mascara that didn't come off) can't go wrong with lush black

I'm particularly obsessed with this brand because their silk is just so good. I've tried a million and one different sleep masks, but never found one as decadently soft, perfectly colored, breathable, and high-quality as this brand. And I still obsess over my pillow case, so I know it will hold up to wear and tear. 

Together, these two products cost about $100**.  So I challenged myself to think of add-ons that would feel substantial, without costing more than $50. All the sets can be mixed, matched, combined, or cut out. You don't even need to include the perfume or the sleep mask! Such is the wonder of these bundles that they are highly extensible, combinable, customizable, and chic. 

So instead of showing you perfectly wrapped packages, instead I thought this year I’d show you what this probably will look like in your friends real life. Pick the photo (or the sentiment) that calls to you. It’s also OK to gift yourself. 


GIFT 1: WHAT DO I GET HER, SHE'S SO MUCH COOLER THAN ME?!?

Glossier You  $60 | Slip Silk Sleep Mask $45 | Fuzzy Slippers $30

For the friend that's impossible to buy for. These furry slippers from JCREW are ridiculously soft. Even if she already has slippers she does not have slippers like these. They are the perfect muted, millenial pink so as to be completely chic and not at all too girly. What is light thistle?? I don't know, but I love it. Paired with that Slip Silk Mask it screams “I love you. Go cuddle in that giant bed of yours in your perfect life, I got you baby.”

Also, she can wear them at home where nobody can see her, which makes it easier to gift to that friend who clearly has better taste than you. 

GIFT 2: I WANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOU, IN THE CHICEST, NATURAL WAY POSSIBLE


Glossier You  $60 | Slip Silk Sleep Mask $45 | Pink Himalyan Salt Lamp $20 | Rose Quartz Massager | Fancy Metal Ear Plugs $35

This is the TLC pack of nice to haves. For that friend you wish you could wrap in a blanket and protect from illness, nasty co-workers, ex-boyfriends, pollution, politics. But of course, she's your friend so she's obviously chic AF. And she doesn't really believe in crystals, but it's not going to make anything worse. The salt is good for her too, according to ancient wisdom and modern science m, but it also doubles as a rad lamp. The earplugs are cutting edge to balance all the hippy, woo woo.

 "Turn off all the lights, crawl into bed, rub your feet, pull down the sleep mask, pop in those ear plugs, and have some healing sleep,” you whisper softly with this gift. 

Also, really awesome for anybody who has to spend a lot of time in hospitals.

GIFT 3: THE ROLLING STONE

Glossier You  $60 +  Soothing Face Mist $18 | Slip Silk Sleep Mask $45 | Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush $35

Dear Friend I Am Gifting This To, 

I love you mama, and I know you spend 3/4 of the year on an airplane. You are a jet-setting, power-house.  Try this refreshing mist on the plane before slipping on this sleep mask for some much needed YOU time. (Get it?!?)  And don't worry, this glass bottle is TSA approved, with a super secure top that makes it extra portable.  Let me ease that burden you carry  (literally, your luggage) with this super chic styling brush. It's as cutting edge and brilliant as you.You'll step off that flight looking like you're not actually stepping off a flight. Shiny hair, glowing skin. Which you totally do anyways. Just trying to make that carry on a little lighter and a little more indulgent.” 

THE GLOW FO SHO SPAHHHHHHH DAY 

Glossier You  $60 | Slip Silk Sleep Mask $45 |  Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Mask $80*** | Peach Slices Sheet Masks $3

I know, I know. This mask is more than $50, but this little bottle contains the equivalent of 35 med-spa peels. Only the peel inside is more effective and less irritating.  Don’t forget a hand written note with the steps and maybe a little bundle of sage on the wrapper. 

STEPS:

Peel with the DE. While that skin is primed from the peel, relax and soothe with a luxurious sheet mask. Moisturize. Slip into bed with that sleep mask

Dew you think it’s a good idea to gift a glow? 🤣

Oh, and you're probably also wondering. What does You perfume smell like? 

 It's soooo hard to describe. But it's mellow, intriguing, sophisticated, delicious, individual. Subtle, but everyone notices it.

I'm (almost) sick of how often people tell me I smell amazing since I started wearing it.

I’ve tried it alone. Layered with other perfumes. After body lotions. After various days of not showering. The only way to describe this fragrance is that it smells good. And yet magically, it still smells like you. No matter what I do with it people always compliment how I smell, not “your perfume smells good.” It’s like your own skin smell when your skin is in it’s perfect, clean, balanced stasis. 

But enough of these insane ramblings, let’s just cut and paste: 

Mostly it smells like you: that familiar human-y note that makes up the body of what you’re smelling. Creamy, sparkling, clean, warm. That’s You.

*please be advised that the formula comes incomplete; You are the first ingredient*
(listed in order of emphasis)

The three base notes melt in with your skin...

_ambrette: comfy, warm

_ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic

_musk: long-lasting, addictive

And a mix of top notes say “nice to meet you!” without overpowering the base...

_iris root: earthy, green, woody

_pink pepper: spice, sparkling

It’s delicious, and if you’re on the fence, every glossier order you place comes with a sample.


Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I do earn a percentage if you purchase through my link. But all opinions expressed here are my own.