Merideth Morgan's Last-Min Shopping Guide

We tapped Influenster member Merideth Morgan to share her last-minute shopping guide to buy for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life. Based on her expertise in this year's trend and her love of products, Merideth shares her ultimate shopping guide!

The holidays are certainly an exciting time of year, but depending who is on your good list this year, shopping can become quite the struggle! It's hard to shop for people. I mean, I'm hard to shop for. I'm speaking from experience here guys, I feel your pain! I'm picky. People are picky, even if they don't admit it. So, to make your life a little easier, I've come up with a conclusion to the problem. Narrow down your ideas by figuring out a problem or a need that that person has, that you can solve with a gift. That's the trick! 

With a dose of self care mixed with a touch of practicality, I've created the perfect list for the people in your life that are hard to buy for!

For the beauty newbie...

Problem: This person doesn't know the first thing about beauty or skincare. They don't know where to start.

Fix: All in one kit.

Product: Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit

OK, so maybe it's your mom who wants to know where to start but wants to start wearing a little bit of makeup. She doesn't have a clue about the beauty industry or products. Giving her this kit is the perfect place for her to begin. It has everything she'll need to get started. It comes with two foundations, a blush, two eyeshadows, a lip and cheek stain, and two applicators. And she can try several products at once without having to commit. This kit is also natural with clean ingredients. It's foolproof for a newbie.

Product: Mario Badescu All is Calm, All is Bright Gift Set

Cleanse. Tone. Facial Spray. Night cream. Serum. Another foolproof kit for a newbie. It has everything she'll need from cleansing to moisturizing to night cream. Instead of her trying to figure out a skincare routine on her own, you'll be able to get her set up with everything she needs!


For the has-it-all BFF...

Problem: She has everything.

Fix: Introduce her to something she doesn't know about.

Product: Heraux Molecular Anti-Inflammaging Serum

So your beauty BFF has everything, so you think you can't get her anything. And if you do, she probably already has it. Well, think again! I bet you she hasn't heard of Heraux (pronounced hero). And it will change her life. It's like nothing she's ever used before. It's like no other product she has. This product has a patented daytime and nighttime serum formulation. HX-1 is a molecule they created that works to protect our stem cells in our skin from stressors that fuel aging. It stops the inflammaging process in its tracks. These stressors could be emotional, environmental, air pollution, diet, etc. In essence, this product helps promote our stem cells youthful function and gives us a more radiant appearance. It helps hydrate and plump, gives us a more supple complexion, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes a brighter more even skin tone. It's 100 percent vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and also paraben, sulfate, phthalates, and artificial fragrance free. OK, so maybe everyone on our list should get this!!


Work Wife

Problem: Work.

Fix: Woosah de-stressor and pick me up

Product: Glossier Soothing Facial Mist

Working in an office can be majorly stressful. Being overworked, high expectations, anxiety, doing three other peoples jobs and not getting compensated or acknowledged for it, or other non-wife co workers getting on your last nerve. It's real. This soothing facial mist is perfect for a woosah moment. It's also perfect for all the positive moments as well! Give this a spray before walking into a boss-babe mega meeting. Or spray this on before leaving the office at the end of the day for a hot date. It soothes stressed skin (and stressed human) but also hydrates your skin all day long. Make sure she leaves this at her desk, so you can use it too! I mean, afterall, you're workwives. What's yours is hers, and what's hers is yours, am I right?

Product: Byredo Gypsy Water Hand Cream

Sure, you can get your work wife a cute little notebook or desk plant. But if you sit next to or near your work wife, you should get something out of this gift as well! Afterall, isn't it a partnership. Gypsy Water scent by Byredo is a stop in your tracks kind of scent. Give her this incredible smelling hand lotion so you can benefit from the smell as well. It's the perfect size to throw in your work bag or purse. But it's the most perfect size for her to leave at her desk so you can use some too. Notes of citrus/musk/woody. It's also paraben and sulfate free. 


Bookclub Secret Santa

Problem: Too little time to pleasurably read.

Fix: A candle to light while pleasurably reading.

Product: Chantal Diaz Collection Soy Candle

There's too little time in the day/weeks/months to pleasurably read. We read quickly before an appointment, or on the train commute to work. We're too busy working, running around after kids, etc. There's really no better way to read than to throw on cozies, dim the lights, light a candle and curl up to read a good book. We don't get to read like that often. So, this Chantal Diaz Collection candle is the perfect excuse to get some more quiet and self care time in, alone. Or, curled up with a partner also reading (GOALS). Chantal's candles are meant to "awaken your inner power" and are also hand made, vegan, reusable, and natural. Her company is woman owned and run and it promotes mindfulness, love and self care. My favorite scent from the collection is "Please Leave by 9."


Trendy Teen/Tween

Problem: Younger, just starting to try out makeup

Fix: A kid's dream makeup palette

Product: Igloo Palace Blockbuster Set

When I was a kid, I would watch in amazement while my aunt "put on her face." I would watch women on the airplane put on lip liner so effortlessly. Makeup was this unattainable and super special thing (that I wasn't allowed to use). But could only drool over and idolize. Once I was allowed to play dress up, my mom would let me experiment with it. But I wasn't allowed to leave the house in it. This igloo would be my younger self's dream. This gift will unquestionably have a huge impact on any young girl, without spending a ton of money. This igloo is all about play. Basically, you'd be taking their dress up/playdates to a whole other level! There are 109 shades of fun!


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About the Author
Merideth M.
Merideth M.
Hi! I’m a midsize curvy content creator, model/actor, wardrobe stylist and a voracious lover of ♥ and all things creative. I am a body positive advocate and a fitness enthusiast. I'm on the quest of bridging the gap between straight size (0-2-4) and plus size (14+). I shed light on what it’s like to be a curvy and fit "inbetweener" with measurements 36-29-44. I show women how to dress for their body and their curves as an inbetweener, and I talk openly about that foreign uncategorized place, which is rarely acknowledged or talked about. As I try to carve out a space for those of us who are sizes 6-8-10-12, I show women how glorious it is to love their bodies wholeheartedly and how to take care of them by moving and exercising, no matter what shape or size. My dream is that people will one day just accept a range of bodies without having to label us. I want to have a major impact on the blog/model industry (read: the WORLD) but at the very least to create awareness. My prayer is to inspire self love, self acceptance and change! With a heart of a small-town country gal, I’m living in New York City with a soul full of big dreams. Obsessed with: God, basketball, fashion, photography and creating art.