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By Erin Williams

This is for all those lovely people who invite you into their home, feed you, adore you, and trust you not to put coal into their oversized socks, read on -

Made for the holidays, The Thymes Frasier Fir Candle has the perfect blend of fir needle, cedar wood, and sandalwood to give a wintry feel to any home. It’s great for all those people living in Florida who never see snow.

Leave the fruitcake at home and give them something they’ll really like – Alora Ambiance is perfect for anyone with its variety of fragrances and delicate but earthy feel. The sticks fill your home with a subtle scent that ensures your being remembered long after you’ve gone home. http://www.beauty.com

These soaps are beautiful! With a blend of four different types of roses, and shaped into roses themselves, Le Rose de Rosine is a set of soaps that’s a beautiful addition to any home and ensures an invite for the next event.

Mixing up drinks at the party? Take along a Pomegranate Margarita Foaming Salt Scrub from Indulge. No wrapping is required for the already perfect black box with festive ribbon and wooden spoon – and the smell? Incredible. If you’re a picky drinker, they’re also available in Ginger Mojito and Martini so there’s one to please everyone. http://www.indulgebeauty.com

If you’re visiting “his” parents for the first time go with flattery, it always works. Who doesn’t like to see their own name? Archipelago’s Monogrammed Candles are wonderful with their pastel colored box and beautiful crystalesque knob tops. Each soy hand poured candle has a distinct fragrance for every letter. http://www.amazon.com

For stockings we need fun holiday goodies, and these items from beComing are full of winter appeal. The Snow Shine glosses come embossed with a snowflake which makes for icy hot kisses. The Gleam Cream gives that sheeney snow fairy look without all the greasiness of oily lotions. http://www.avon.com

For a few more color options, Pinkie Swear’s De-Lip-Cious Lip Gloss Wheel is great for any age, with its variety of shades and quality ingredients like lanolin, beeswax, and castor seed oil. http://www.pinkieswear.com

And how many dry hands do you see around the end of December? Crabtree and Evelyn’s Hand Therapy is specially formulated with natural shea butter and nourishes chapped skin. The Lavender formula is divine, and the Gardener’s formula is perfect for men or women who don’t like a floral scent. http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com.

They may seem small, but even the smallest token of appreciation means a lot and can bring its chosen recipient joy through the New Year.

Originally published December 2004
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