Monday, December 5, 2011

Gift Sets That Don't Suck: Soap and Glory's You Cube


We all know that it’s the thought that counts and tis better to give than to receive, but lets face it: no one wants to receive a sucky gift or give one. Here are some pre-assembled presents we’d be happy to receive and why.

Do you have someone in your life who, like me, spends all the winter months complaining of dry skin, dry hands, and hating life in general? Are they always searching for new hand creams and can give you a run down of the flaws in every brand they’ve tried, occasionally arranged alphabetically? Do they like having pretty boxes to store things in? Can they handle somewhat lame pop culture puns with good humor? Good news! I have a great gift idea for you!

Soap and Glory’s You Cube gift set features a hand cream, body butter, shower gel and a pink shower pouf. The hand cream and body butter both come in useful sizes rather than the mini-sized containers that seem to infect these sorts of gift sets (though the shower gel is a rather cute and useless unless you’re traveling at 2.5 oz). The box itself is sturdy and charming if your intended recipient is ok with things that are a little loud, since the red on pink patterned box and sequined patterned shiny silver lid are not what anyone would call subtle. The body butter and hand cream both work well and have a pretty light scent to them. Also, the box doesn’t have any kind of Christmas theme to it, so it’d be great for a Hanukkah gift or for someone who is unlucky enough to have their birthday fall during Christmas season and is accustomed to getting one present for Christmas and their birthday, or birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper.

While I know the conventional wisdom advises against purchasing soap or other personal hygiene like products as gifts, as someone who likes fancy soaps, lotions, and shampoos and doesn’t have a lot of money I’m always thrilled when someone gets me a gift box from a brand I like. It’s like “…is this a hint?” and more “WOOOOOOOOO! I could never have afforded this on my own!”

As a gift I rate this a 7 out of 8 tentacles, with a point deducted for the tiny shower gel and the shower pouf since those are kind of lame.

Rating: 7/8 tentacles

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