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The Ultimate 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The season: arrived. Your list: written. Purchases… none. Until now. We’ve just done your holiday hunting for you—the most incredible cache of cool, unique gifts that will have friends and family jumping for joy. (And you as well, when you realize you’ve been able to purchase every present without setting foot in the mall.) From glam makeup and never-before-seen jewelry to fashion that literally transforms on the spot, we’re pretty certain these picks will “click.” Scroll on over and get ready for the spree of the season…

hair and makeup gifts for gift guide 2014

K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor With Intense Hydrator And Bella-Designed Paddle Brush, $23
A team of powerful products to strengthen, repair, and rebuild hair from the inside out; and to top it off, possibly the most charming paddle brush ever, designed to leave you anything but “stranded.”

NARS Modern Future Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek & Nail Set, $49
This season, forget naughty red lips and switch to something a little Nars and nicer. Like: the pinkest-pink (think Bazooka, but in the best way) all done up in a trio of products designed to take you right through the holidays. You’ll get this universally flattering shade in a lipstick, blusher, and nail polish…along with a keepsake box that’s practically a gift by itself. Narscosmetics.com

Bare Minerals “The Magic Act” Palette For Eyes And Cheeks, $39
This is one of those perfect palettes that elicits squeals of joy from any makeup enthusiast: a collection of six light-to-dark eyeshadows (like our favorite Brown Truffle and Pink Champagne), three luscious blushers, and a luminizer) that pretty much takes care of your face in one fell swoop. Bareescentuals.com

Shiseido BIO-PERFORMANCE Instantly Youthful Serum Set, $114
Who wouldn’t want to face the New Year with the promise of youth? Which is why this powerful, five-piece skin-care set—containing much-heralded favorites, like Cleansing Foam and Super Corrective Serum—is the smartest indulgence around. Shiseido.com

Gift Guide clothing

DKNY Long Sleeve Cozy, $195
How to wear this brilliant sweater-of-sorts? Let us count the ways. (And we would, but we lost track at five). Sumptuously silky cashmere—lightweight enough for travel—is the hallmark of this versatile “Cozy.” You can endlessly wrap it, tie it, twist it, or throw it over your shoulders…and it comes in eight colors. Need we say more? DKNY.com

Zara PERFORATED MESSENGER BAG, $79.90
Small enough for evening, easy enough for everyday—just two of the reasons we fell in love with this mini messenger. The edgy architectural lines and Deco detailing simply sealed the deal. Zara.com

DKNY Long Sleeve Microfleece Pajamas, $58
Pajamas are a classic gift, but this pick is truly from the heart: impossibly soft, menswear-style PJ’s with piping that pops…and a whole lot of love thrown in for good measure. Nordstrom.com

Rebecca Minkoff Luggage Tag, $40
Forget those airline-issued paper luggage tags and spring for something a little grander and sturdier…like this delightful leather version that lasts a lifetime and never flies out of style. RebeccaMinkoff.com

Lifestyle gift guide

Trina Turk Garden Maze Citron Embellished Pillow, $140
Sometimes, all you need is a single pop of color to completely change a room…not unlike the burst of modern citron in this oh-so-urban throw pillow. Embroidered on linen, it’s designer…and kind of darling. Trinaturk.com

Rachel Zoe “Living In Style” Book, $14.99 ebook,/$20 hard copy
For the friend who loves, loves, loves fashion, beauty, décor, and more, this book “kills it,” as Zoe herself would say. The ultimate how-to bible (read: how to wear nude pumps so they make your legs look longer) and encyclopedia of everything stylish. Barnesandnoble.com

Kate Spade Scented Candle “Be Dazzling,” $40
We smell a winner of a gift here: a “dazzling” designer candle that emits the warmest, most delicious amber scent, all done up in delicate porcelain. A keepsake long after the flame flickers. KateSpade.com

Dual Tone Three Link Bracelet, $52
We’re of the belief that what goes around comes around, like the thrill of giving and getting a lovely piece of handcrafted jewelry. This one, a unique combo of oxidized and sterling silver, is actually adjustable for any wrist. Kylechandesign.com

Lulu DK La Femme Temporary Jewelry Tattoos, Pack of 2, $22
Imagine fine jewelry that you can’t afford; that takes up too much space in the drawer; that jangles annoyingly at the office; that you can’t wear to the beach; that you lose and cry over. Now imagine a gem of an alternative that pretty much solves every problem: These clever “Jewelry Tattoos” look so amazingly genuine, you’ll swear they’re the real deal. (But only your pocketbook will know for sure.) Bloomingdales.com