In December, the month of giving, smart shoppers know to nab gifts for loved ones before the most popular items fly from shelves, and what applies to general shoppers goes double for beauty-product devotees.

Although sources of such products abound in the metro area, Nordstrom (shop.nordstrom.com) and Sephora (sephora.com) in particular offer a vast variety of beauty gift sets that would make splendid holiday presents – so consider the following:

Finally, female shoppers shouldn’t forget the men in their lives when browsing for holiday gifts. Nordstrom, for instance, offers The Jack Pack, a Jack Black gift set that includes a face cleanser, face moisturizer, shave lather and body lotion ($49; $80 value). And for men’s cologne to enhance skin care, a loving gal can’t miss by gifting her guy with a scents-ational Sephora sampler comprising 12 fragrances ($65).

Again, because gift sets abound this season, canny shoppers oughtn’t have a problem finding nonpareil presents for loved ones – if they’re quick about doing so!

Kimmie is LN's Beauty Buzz columnist. Specializes in helping women with fashion and beauty tips on her blog. Wife, dog mom, and shopping enthusiast.

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