Beauty Buzz/Blog Biz | 3 Thoughtful Gifting Tips For The Season
Beauty Editor’s Note:
The holiday season is upon us and it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends. It is also an opportunity to celebrate birthdays and graduations that also occur during this time. In the midst of your busyness don’t forget to take time out to really reflect what the season is all about. Enjoy the goodness that the holiday season brings! Dana
Reflections On Holiday’s Past
I cannot believe that we are already in the holiday season. Where has the time gone?
One of my favorite holiday commercials is the Hershey’s Kisses dancing to We Wish You a Merry Christmas. That always signified the holiday season for me. Do they still even run that commercial now? Anyways… I thought I would give you some beauty gift giving ideas that won’t break the budget.
Get Ready Get Sets
I love giving beauty sets as gifts for a few reasons.
- You can split them up
Lip balms and hand cream sets make universal gifts and I would stick to the unscented or neutral kind. Especially during the winter months who couldn’t benefit from a lip balm or a good hand cream? Take advantage of the sales at the bath and body shops or beauty chains. I would still stick to neutral universal scents unless you know the individual person’s taste.
Create Natural Beauty
One of the things I like to do is to make beauty products. I created treatment products for my clients all the time in the spa and even for my family and friends. They make wonderful gifts and I know what’s in them.
A natural homemade body scrub makes a great gift and it’s easy to do. Use one cup of sugar and enough oil such as olive to make it into a nice stirable paste. Like a little scent? A nice option is a few drops of essential oils. You’ll know when you’ve reached the right consistency when it doesn’t feel too gritty or too soupy. You can adjust the consistency by adding more sugar or oil depending on what is needed. Then you can empty it in a decorative mason jar or container and put a ribbon on it. Voila! You’ve got a natural beauty body scrub. I prefer to use sugar versus salt when I make a body scrub because salt can be a bit drying.
As far as the ingredients you can use olive oil that you find at the dollar store. You don’t have to break the bank to make a natural beauty product. I recommend using a body scrub twice a day in the shower or bath. This scrub is also great for your feet and we used it frequently on our manicures and pedicures at the spa. I also like to use grapeseed oil as well when making this scrub however, it can make it too greasy.
As much as I love beauty products I will make my own stuff because they’re natural and they save me money.
The True Gift
Although the holiday season brings out the festive times, for many people it’s very difficult to get through. Please take time out to reach others. Give them an encouraging word or positive affirmations. Help out where you can.
Use the holiday season as the springboard to carry it throughout the year! People will really appreciate that not just now but in moving forward. That’s beautiful!
“I hope you have a beautiful holiday season”~Josie Maran
By Dana Hinnant, Beauty Editor
Connecting With Dana Hinnant
Dana Hinnant, a Washingtonian native, whose journey into the beauty industry began 20 years ago after receiving her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2000. She received her aesthetics training at Von Lee International School of Esthetics in Baltimore, MD.
Dana started as a local makeup artist and events coordinator with Alluring Looks, Inc. in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Her articles were featured in local publications such as Pose Magazine and Yndigo newsletter. In the mid-2000s, she was a volunteer instructor with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program, which landed her an esthetician position at an area day spa.
Over the past several years, Dana has worked with various non-profit organizations and small businesses. During her tenure as the President of the Health and Wellness division of the National Federation of the Blind DC affiliate, she utilized the platform to provide salon safety tips and skincare advice throughout the community. She was a consultant with the Ecumenical Health Council in Port Towns, MD doing beauty and wellness presentations at area churches and events.
In 2019, Dana received the Maryland Association of Community Service Award for Volunteer of the Year due to her community engagement work for The Arc of Prince George’s County. In addition, she also received the Volunteer of the Year award for 2020 from The Arc of Maryland. She is a member and an ambassador with the Professional Beauty Association. Dana is one of the co-owners of Capitol Collective Consulting LLC which launched in April 2021.
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- The header is 3 red gift boxes on white fur against a blurred white background accented with colored lights.
- A metal gift basket containing assorted bath and body products on a light background.
- Closeup of a wooden container of body scrub with a small candle burning next to it and bath salts in the background.
- Closeup shot of two people holding hands in comfort on a wooden table.
- Author bio photo is a headshot of Dana wearing a black scoop neck top under a black jacket. She has glowng caramel colored skin and short dark hair.