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Holiday gift ideas: 11 pretty-packaged beauty products

TODAY selected 12 beautifying gifts that work double duty as decor. They're sure to be adored well past the holiday season.
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There’s just something romantic about gorgeous bottles and tubes resting upon a vanity, nightstand or bathroom shelf — and it's even better when they're actually useful. That's why TODAY selected 11 beautifying gifts that work double duty as decor. They're sure to be adored long past the holiday season ... and maybe even after the product is used up.

1. Frangipani bath and body oil

This gardenia-scented body oil is presented in a clear glass bottle is abundant with aromatic flowers of the frangipani (Plumeria) tree. The pastel assortment of blush pink, cream and pale, buttery yellow petals gracefully float in the elixir, presenting a display worthy of the fanciest guest bathroom. Incidentally, the frangipani flower is translated to mean “you are special,” which is a perfect reminder for a dear friend or gracious guest.

Posies & Co. Bath and Body Oil, $38,

2. Ceramic two-wick candle

This double-wick candle — placed inside a fantastically decorative, hand-painted ceramic vase — depicts the opulent French tradition of chinoiserie (aka whimsical, Asian-inspired scenes of fanciful gardens and pagodas). Its leading notes are fresh pear, clove and cinnamon with a hint of woody vanilla.

Pomme Marais Jardins Two-Wick Candle, $56.95,

3. Rose face mask

This lush rose mask packaged in a flush-with-roses jar, features swirling gardens of impressionistic rosettes, offering a romantic, feminine sensibility. The gel formula is infused with pure rosewater and rose petals.

Fresh Eden Rose Face Mask, $62,

4. Amazonian butter lipstick

These imaginatively packaged lip colors, fashioned in paper capsules, feature an array of buds and flowers. They come in a range of soft tones, such as Poppy, Pink Peony and Watermelon.

Amazonian Butter lipstick, $17,

5. Creaseless cream eyeshadow

These creamy eye shadows offered in an array of soft pastels are presented in an art deco-inspired box of eggshell blue and lime green, and highlighted by Benefit’s signature insignia — a 1960's era silhouette.

Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow, $20,

6. Venus eyeshadow palette

This playfully imaginative eyeshadow features an ethereal Punk Rock Venus with flowing blue hair and cerulean nails. Atop her head sits a golden crown, accented with tiny stars as tiny cherubs look on from each corner. The mirrored palette holds seven celestial shades, such as Creation: a rust brown, Aura: a glowing ivory, and Rebirth: the color of an over-ripe nectarine.

Lime Crime Venus Eyeshadow Palette, $42,

7. French perfume

This celebrated perfume in its classic fluted bottle and smoothly rounded cap — embossed with the posh Goutal insignia — is tied by hand with a pristine ivory ribbon, signifying an attitude of understated refinement. Its fragrant scent contains notes of white musk mandarin and green tea leaves.

Annick Goutal L’Ile Au Thé, $105- $149,

8. Hair oil ... that looks like French perfume

This classic, diamond-cut crystal bottle with a rose-gold cap appears jewel-like and holds a lightweight argon oil with ginger root extract to treat dry and damaged hair.

Show Beauty Hair Oil Elixer , $78,

9. Glitter tubes

These artistically ornamented tubes of powder are adorned with finely sketched branches delicately garlanding the bottles, offering a chic, minimalist look. The two featured here are dreamily named, "Sleeping Under a Mandarin Tree" (an iridescent gold with hints of pale mandarin) and "Wishing for Wings" (a light mauve with silvery reflections).

Loose Glitter Pigment, $23,

10. Fairy perfume

A fairy-tale nymph sits atop an elongated silver branch, her wings rising upward with an ocean-hued perfumed world underneath. The principle notes of this softly piquant fragrance are violet, rose, jasmine and vetiver.

Van Cleef & Arpels: Féerie, $110,

11. Books that secretly hold fragrance

These storytelling fragrances merge fiction and illustration, and are presented inside the hollow of imaginary love stories with titles such as, "Paris: She Met Him In Secret" (violet leaves, hints of leather), "London: She Knew He was For-ever" (magnolia, green tea), and "L.A.: She Called, But He Was Unreachable" (bergamot, linden). Perfect for the sweet-smelling bookworm on your list.

Fictions Fragrance, $48,