Gifts

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Kate Fannin‘s job is a girly-girl’s dream. As our Beauty Trend Editor, Kate gets paid to play with new makeup, lotions and perfumes, and hit trend shows, line launches and celebrity appearances at stores across the country. Oh, and twice a year she flies to New York Fashion Week, where she hangs out backstage with famous friends like makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and nail guru Deborah Lippmann. But when Christmas rolls around, the down-to-earth Texan puts all her focus on gifts for her family, including 14 nieces and nephews and 3 tiny dogs.

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James Webb, a Beauty Stylist at our Fashion Valley store in San Diego, shares his three favorite candles to give and receive. They’re gender neutral and ready for warming the home with fragrance this winter.

diptyque Baies: This scent is currently gracing my living room with hints of red roses and currant leaves. It’s inviting, it’s distinctive and it’s a great way to welcome guests into my home.

NEST Fragrances Blue Garden: This candle is extremely special to me. NEST gives a portion of its proceeds to Autism Speaks. The notes are fresh and floral and leave you wanting more.

Voluspa Maison Noir – Crisp Champagne: Voluspa candles are my go-tos for gift giving. They’re packaged beautifully and priced just right. The Maison Noir scent has hints of vanilla and barrel oak. The sparkling brut champagne is a fun match for a NYE party hostess gift, but this candle is great for any occasion.

SHOP: Candles & Home Scents

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Gifted Giver: Laura Mercier

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Laura Mercier

Author, cosmetics mogul and makeup artist Laura Mercier is a beloved name in the beauty industry and in the celeb world—her client list has included Madonna, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker. French-born Mercier splits her time between Provence and New York City and may be best known—or at least beloved by countless women—for her simple ‘Flawless Face’ approach to enhancing natural beauty. Another thing to love her for: this peek at her list of holiday favorites—including some Parisian chocolates that we’ll be trying tout de suite!!

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Gifted: Voluspa Candles

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.

Makassar ebony. Cypress needle. Muscari. If you don’t have a plant-identification book handy, these names might sound like sci-fi fodder. But they’re all naturally occurring elements from good old Mother Earth, and more importantly, they’re ingredients in some of our favorite Voluspa offerings.

These amber-, amethyst- and otherwise dark-hued specimens feel especially right as the leaves and the weather turn and rich, earthy, autumnal notes permeate our world. And boy do they permeate: Voluspa’s clean-burning, coconut-wax blend optimizes the fragrance throw, so the scent all but slithers out of the glass and snakes around the entire room.

With dark, Baroque-esque packaging that looks like it might also have aesthetic roots in Victorian-era decor, this is our best bet for an end-of-October treat.


‘Figue de Bordeaux’ | ‘Citron Vert & Vanille’ | ‘Vacarro Orange & Myrhh’

SHOP ALL: Voluspa

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Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. That’s why, for the past few weeks, we’ve been rounding up inspiration from a few real dads here at Nordstrom HQ to create this handy mini gift guide for Father’s Day. Head over to the Men’s Shop Daily blog for ideas that help take the guesswork out of shopping for your Man of the Moment.

Of course, here at the Beauty Blog, we have a penchant for fragrance, so we can’t talk gifts without adding a short list of our favorite colognes du jour.

Valentino Uomo | Bvgari Aqva Amara | Versace Eros

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb | Bottega Veneta Pour Homme | Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale

Still feeling stumped? Find loads more for Dad in our Father’s Day Gift Shop.

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Mother’s Day is just a week away, and while every mom is unique, you can never go wrong with a chic fragrance gift that she can enjoy all year. Whether yours prefers the classics or something a little more exotic, one of these distinctive beauty gift sets is sure to suit her special personality.

Tory-Burch-Eau-de-Parfum-Mothers-Day-Gift-SetTory Burch Eau de Parfum Mother’s Day Gift Set

A duet of sharp citrus and bright floral notes, Tory Burch’s debut namesake scent is an essential feminine fragrance that comes in a gorgeous bottle. Set includes eau de parfum and body lotion as well as an additional travel-size eau de parfum spray, all packaged in a sleek, polished box that’s perfect for gifting.

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Stuff Their Stockings with Care

Check off everyone on your nice list, and fill their stockings to the brim. We’ve got plenty of perfectly sized beauty and grooming gifts to make Christmas Day even more cheerful. Get your gifting on with stocking stuffers for her and for him.

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Looking for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts or self-indulgent treats? We’ve corralled all our pocket-sized beauty treasures into one convenient place. Shop our stocking stuffers.


Fresh ‘Mangosteen’ Oval Soap | Deborah Lippmann Mini Nail Lacquer Duet
Emi-Jay ‘Initials’ Hair Tie | Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye Palette | Antica Farmacista Home Ambience Perfume

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The holiday season is almost upon us, so there’s no time like the present to get the best deals on some valuable beauty buys. Check out our wish list!

1) Clarins 7 Wonders’ Skincare Set (Limited Edition)
Why buy: Experience the best of Clarins with this collection of perfectly sized skincare products.

2) Laura Mercier ‘Luxe Color Wardrobe’ Cheek & Eye Set
Why buy: Meet your ultimate holiday accessory, which features a range of products for eyes and cheeks.

3) Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup® Planner Collection: Pure Romance
Why buy: This exclusive collection—ideal for a girl on the go—features Trish McEvoy’s classic essentials and newest shades housed in a limited-edition lace Makeup Planner.

4) Nordstrom ‘Ultimate Essentials’ Beauty Palette
Why buy: Enjoy over 150 shades for eyes, lips and face.

5) Smashbox ‘Wondervision’ Eye Set
Why buy: The eyeshadow palette has six shades that will leave you looking glamorous, day or evening.

6) Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Greatest Hits’ Collection
Why buy: Get Kiehl’s coveted formulations for skin and hair in one convenient gift set.

Embrace the merrymaking season with the latest Holiday Looks.

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Need a little inspiration in finding the perfect gift for your dad? Four of our Beauty Stylists are giving us a sneak peek at what they’re giving this year. (Here’s hoping their dads aren’t reading, and we don’t ruin any surprises!)

Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL
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My father is an entrepreneur, business owner and a father of 4 girls who keep him on his toes. For him, Terre D’Hermès is the perfect cologne. This fresh scent is wonderful for a crisp Northeastern Ohio day, beginning with orange, grapefruit, spices and ending with cedar and vetiver. The Terre D’Hermès Gift Set is a great value at $110 and includes a cologne spray, after-shave balm and shaving foam, all in a beautiful box. This gift set would brighten any Father’s Day!

Cassi Coulter, Mission Viejo, CA

I love my dad! I want him to be around for many more Father’s Days to come. So, in light of his recent skin cancer diagnosis, I would buy him Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+. It is oil-free, water/sweat resistant and fragrance-free; it’s also light on the skin with no greasy residue. I would also love to lavish him with Bond No. 9 Bleeker Street—a fresh and masculine scent that wears well all day.


Duncan Smith, Westside Pavillion, CA

The perfect gift for Father’s Day this year is the new Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Moisturizer for men. My father has never been one to really take care of his skin. Just recently he has started to complain about “looking old.” So, when this product launched, he is the first person that I thought of. This multi-tasking cream addresses moisturizing, firming, lifting and anti-aging; it’s also lightweight and doesn’t require a lot of steps to see dramatic results. PERFECT! And when paired with a black Clarisonic Aria, this will get him looking and feeling younger in no time.

Megan Dugan, St. Louis Galleria, MO

My dad is the hardest guy to shop for! He’s a business owner and farmer. His motto growing up was that he would “never have a job that required him to wear a suit,” and it worked out for him! Every year he would be happy just to get some new Gold Toe socks, but I keep finding ways to sneak in some of my personality into his everyday, simple style. I’ve never seen him without a mustache, but the rest of his face is always clean shaven, so I always like to get him new things to use to shave with.

This year I’ll be putting together a goody basket with some Clinique Cream Shave, Kiehl’s After Shave (an alcohol-free herbal toner), Kiehl’s Hand Salve (“manly” hand cream that doesn’t feel greasy and lasts through washes) and some Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne. Jo Malone made this scent specifically for her husband for their 10 year anniversary. If someone makes a fragrance for you, that must mean you’re a pretty great person; I think it would be perfect for my wonderful dad!

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