Re-Gifting Your Beauty Christmas Gifts: a Yes or a No?
Thu, 13 December 2012 12:59PM
For those of you who love Seinfeld, you’ll be more than likely familiar with the episode The Strike. If you’re not (or find the show totally useless like I do), they celebrate Festivus, a way to enjoy Christmas without any of the crazy, commercial hoo-ha. Basically it ends up like the rest of the Seinfeld schemes – a disaster.
Anyway, every year, a group of my friends celebrate our own version of Festivus, which is actually an excuse to catch-up and indulge in my friend George’s Christmas feast. Rather than participate in Feats of Strength (a silly Seinfeld battle ‘til death tradition), we do a re-gifting session, i.e. presents we’ve been given throughout the year and then pass on. And it’s hilarious. Last year just some of the things we walked away with were a few, uh, interesting books – don’t ask – a salad dish that resembled a candelabra, and purple leopard print tights. I’m counting down ‘til this year’s celebrations.
Ahem, back to beauty.
Despite the fact that presents have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas, it’s inevitable that you will receive a present that you’ll want to return. More than likely it’ll be that reindeer-emblazoned sweater your great aunt Magda bought you (which to be honest, are considered rather chic nowadays), or perhaps, a beauty gift.
Kat and I – with Mariah Carey belting out All I Want for Christmas in the background – came up with our dos and dont’s for buying beauty Christmas gifts …
One is an anti-ageing cream, serum, eye product and the like. Kat and I were just discussing this one, and decided that it’s all about the promises the product makes. For example, a beautifully packaged set that declares it will thoroughly hydrate and provide comfort to your skin, like the Estée Lauder Replenishing Comfort Set, $240, Estée Lauder, falls into the more-than-acceptable category, because, hey, who doesn’t want luxurious comfort for their skin? However, those promising to banish age lines, sun spots and pigmentation are probably best to leave the buying to the person with those aforementioned skin concerns. Nobody wants to be unwrapping that present while suffering the inevitable Christmas Day food bloat and red wine rash. Note to self.
And then there’s fragrance. Priceline Pharmacy recently conducted a survey on over 7,500 Australians, who declared that, while home wares, chocolates and candles were some of the most commonly re-gifted items; seven out of ten people said that they wouldn’t re-gift a fragrance. Which I found rather interesting. Fragrance is such a personal gift to give. For example, every year my dad buys my mum a beautiful new bottle of Chanel No. 5 EDP, from $159, 1300 CHANEL, mainly because she’s usually running low by the end of December (how convenient). Of course, it’s her signature, so she’s guaranteed to love it. Smart move, Pop! However for someone like myself, buying fragrance is rather tricky. Like so many of you recently surveyed in our PRIMPER Poll, I’m your three-fragrances-on-the-go kinda gal, alternating between a fruity-floral, a leather accord (hello, Bottega Veneta) and a creamy, vanilla-esque gourmand. But they do swap and change all the time, so unless a friend or family member is clued in on my favourite fragrance notes, the gift is probably not going to land a spot on my perfume shelf.
The Spa at The Darling, Sydney
Another one is some sort of beauty treatment. Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful voucher for a day spa where you can choose your treatment is probably at the top of all of our wish lists, however an at-home beauty contraption is more than likely not. For example, a foot spa, a subtle hint, perhaps, that your feet aren’t looking as great in those sky-high stilettos as you thought they did. For a fun fact, foot spas are actually one of the most returned Christmas gifts. They, of course, end up in the cupboard under the stairs or passed on at the next birthday. As does the spray tan machine you though would save you all that time and money, but ends up being place in the too-hard-basket, aka the re-gifting drawer.
Tell me, Primpers, what are the beauty gifts you like to receive at Christmas?
Do you ever re-gift any?
What do you think about receiving perfume?
Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett