Gift giving is tricky. You want to give the recipient something they will like, but on the off chance they don't like it, you don't want to have spent so much that you both feel like the money was wasted or so little that they feel like you got them the cheapest, crappiest thing instead of something they actually want.
I know it's wrong to complain about a gift, and I am truly thankful that I've ever been given gifts at all. But... I've been on the receiving end of some of those crappy gifts and let me tell you, it doesn't feel good. I'm not talking about gifts that maybe weren't what you had in mind, but the other person still spent time and effort picking it out or even making it by hand with you in mind. No, I'm talking about the ones that clearly say, "I resent being obligated to buy a gift for you, so I'm just going to give you some random junk."
I could share a few stories about countless extended family Christmas gatherings, where every year I'd get a pair of driving gloves, despite the fact that I was like, seven years old, couldn't drive and the gloves weren't even my size. When I was a little older, I guess some of my extended family decided they didn't like me as the weird goth kid so they got me floral-print overalls and a pink shirt with flowers on it. I've gotten golf tees, used batteries... One year I had a birthday party and a few of my classmates gave me an empty container of candy, a broken comb and a The Lion King soundtrack jewel case that had no CD inside.
Actually, I don't remember where I was going with this... I suppose the moral of the story would be "Don't buy people thoughtless gifts or something you found in a dumpster, unless it's really, really cool." And no kid wants golf tees or driving gloves. Unless they golf or drive, in which case, by all means, go right ahead.
That said, here are the top ten things I put on my letter to Santa this year...
Megan Miller Collection nail polish. Cork handles! The colors don't look unique but you know what a sucker I am for packaging.
Temptu Everyday Luxury Set. I've always wanted to try airbrush foundation and I like the way this looks.
Lolita Lempicka Couture Black. I WANT THIS SO BAD. I already love Lolita Lempicka and now they have one in this awesome bottle? I may have to buy this for myself this year.
Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Cream Collection. A lot of the shades I've been wanting to try plus a bunch more, all in a sweet looking case that comes with a brush.
Bare Minerals Insider Introducing Color Shift Eyecolor Set. I played with the color shifting shadow in the store and even though it's a color I'd have a hard time wearing, I can't stop thinking about it. It's so cool. And here it comes with a few other items for creating a look with it.
Kat Von D Tattoo Chronicles Candelabra Edition palette. Love the design, the colors look great and I'm a fan of the Kat von D/Sephora shadow formula.
Dr. Martens LANGSTON Petrol boot. One of these days I'm going to have these. We're meant to be together.
Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille. I've wanted this for so long and now I think I've missed my chance to buy it. D: