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By Courtney Kretchman

As much as we love a good gingerbread scented candle or bite of peppermint bark, our favorite holiday and New Year’s gifts are the ones we can use well beyond winter. Some of our faves this year are priced to accommodate the economy, can easily slip into a Christmas stocking (or Hanukkah stiletto?) and even give back to others…

The Miracles Happen Viva Glam Lip Kit from MAC is our go-to-gift for the girls we’re sending beautiful 2010 wishes. A three-in-one compact comprised of two lipsticks (Viva Glam V & VI) and a gloss (Viva Glam V) come packaged in a festive deep red compact. Giveback bonus: If purchased on December 1st at select MAC stores, 100% of the Viva Glam sales will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MAC AIDS Fund. http://www.macaidsfund.org MAC Pro on Robertson, Los Angeles

Bobbi Brown Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette
Everything all in one, this is the perfect stuffer for any beauty lover’s stocking. Small enough to fit into any clutch or blazer pocket, this compact comes equipped with mirror, mini brushes, six shimmering eye shadows and four rosy lip pigments. Nordstrom, The Grove Los Angeles

A six-pack we can actually purchase, no gym necessary. We love the L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet to show special holiday thanks to our favorite manicurist or massage therapist. A variety of beautifully fragranced Shea butter hand creams, great to leave in overcoat pockets during the dry winter weather. Our favorite limited edition: Frangipani. L’Occitane, Westfield Century City

Smasbox’s Wish for the Perfect Pencils. A limited edition set of long-wearing eye pencils in holidazzling shades of silver, peacock, black, purple and bronze. Best part, $1 of every Smashbox WISH collection purchase goes to the Children’s Miracle Network – a non-profit providing medical care, research and education to sick and injured children. Sephora, Hollywood & Highland

Originally published December 2009
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