Holiday gift guide 2012: Pretty pre-packaged gift ideas

In this gift guide, find pretty holiday gifts with gorgeous packaging that compensates for their lack of wrapping paper.

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Although there are plenty of stores that wrap unique gifts for you, the packaging on these gift ideas is eye candy enough that you won’t need to bother wrapping them. Check out our gift guide of aesthetically pleasing presents from NARS, Sabon, Ladurée and Sephora.


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  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Burt’s Bees Favorites kit (includes a sugar scrub, body bar, body lotion, lip balm and bath pouf), $20, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Weft & Warp Leah scarf, $245, at shop.weftandwarp.com

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    Potting Shed Creations Culinary vegetable garden kit, $24, at overstock.com

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    Aerin Home Fragrance Collection aralia cedar candle, $58, at neimanmarcus.com

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    Lilly Pulitzer Fan Dance pen and note cube, $17, at shopwaitingonmartha.com

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    George Frost Love & Luck shoe protectors, $85, at H.W. Carter and Sons, 127 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone)

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    Out of Print coaster set, eight for $24, at Swallow, 361 Smith St at 1st Pl, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-8201)

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    Portland General Store cigar box sample set (includes shaving cream, shaving jelly, after-shave balm, shampoo and conditioner, all inside a reclaimed cigar box), $45, at Teich, 22 Eighth Ave at 12th St (212-537-6630, teichdesign.com)

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    Ladurée Cashmere box, six macarons for $21, at Ladurée, 864 Madison Ave between 70th and 71th Sts (646-558-3157)

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    Holiday gift guide 2012

    Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous! kit (includes They’re Real! mascara, Sugarbomb blush, Laugh with Me LeeLee fragrance, High Beam highlighter and Porefessional primer), $34, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

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    Ebb & Flow Pompom pear soap, two bars for $20, at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway at 19th St (212-473-3000, abchome.com)

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    Le Palais des Thés Les Creations flavored-tea canisters, $23 each, at Le Palais des Thés, 194 Columbus Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (646-664-1902, us.palaisdethes.com)

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    Orla Kiely Fig Tree candle, $55, at Orla Kiely, 5 Mercer St between Canal and Grand Sts (212-775-8340, orlakiely.com)

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    Gianna Rose Atelier Paon Blanc soap set, four for $22, at Gracious Home, locations throughout the city; visit gracioushome.com

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    NARS Andy Warhol Kiss Mini Larger Than Life lip gloss tin, five for $55, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

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    Perfumeria Gal Art Nouveau lip balm gift box, three for $20, at shopwaitingonmartha.com

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    By Kilian In the City of Sin fragrance, $245, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Sts (212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com)

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    Potting Shed Creations fragrant flower scatter-garden kit, $13, at overstock.com

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    Lorac Eye Candy Full Face Collection (includes eyeliner palette, cheek and lip tint palette, and four eyeshadow palettes), $59, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

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    MAC Sinfully Chic face kit (includes powder blush, lipstick, lipgloss, eyeliner and blush brush), $70, at nordstrom.com

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    Gianna Rose the Monogram Collection bar soap, $11, at giannarose.com

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    Lifeline ultimate survivor kit in a water bottle (includes a carabiner, multifunction tool, five-in-one whistle/compass, 20-piece first-aid kit, mini flashlight, two AAA batteries, survival blanket, two hand-warmer packets, a tea candle, waterproof matches, an emergency poncho and a reusable zipper-lock bag, all inside a BPA-free water bottle), $35, at Restoration Hardware, 935 Broadway at 22nd St (212-260-9479, rh.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2012

    Sabon Gentlemen’s gift set (includes shaving cream, hand cream and shaving brush), $47, at Sabon, locations throughout the city; visit sabonnyc.com

Holiday gift guide 2012

Burt’s Bees Favorites kit (includes a sugar scrub, body bar, body lotion, lip balm and bath pouf), $20, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com


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