Holiday parties are about to ramp up and you don’t want to arrive empty handed. A hostess/host gift goes along away and doesn’t have to break the bank. Taking  a few extra minutes to wrap the gift in tissue and twine makes it extra special. Below are a few of our favorites options for every type of host!


Classic gift

A set of coasters is a classic gift that every house needs. Keep it festive this year with these gold etched CB2 coasters. Not only can they be used at the party but throughout the entire season.

 A Gift for any Host

If you don’t know your hostess the safest gift is always a candle or bottle of bubbly. Our favorite candles this year are made by Tatine. These comes individually wrapped with a quote on each candle.  For the bubbly, get festive with a bottle of Prosecco or if you’re feeling extra exotic bring Cava.

Outside of the box gift

There is no easy way around keeping the bathroom smelling fresh, especially when throwing a holiday party. Leave it to AESOP to create Post Poo drops. Aromatic, botanical, deodorizing drops not only smell terrific, but the packing is chic and discreet.


For the Outdoor Lover

Whether your host/hostess is a golfer, gardener or sun worshipper, a hand cream is always a good fit. The tops of the hands get dry, dehydrated and sun damaged. Hands to Heart is the perfect gift for a man or a woman.

The Gift of Sleep 

Studies have shown a dark room is more conducive to a good night’s sleep. A silk eye mask is the perfect addition to anyones night time ritual. SLIP silk eye masks are available in a variety of colors and will satisfy the lightest sleeper’s eyes.


Since our holiday parties seem to be starting earlier than ever, this is the perfect time to get a jump-start on polluted skin prevention. While January has traditionally been the coined ‘Detox’ month, November is when the pollution starts, so get a head on keep skin flawless and clear for the holidays.


Luckily for us Dr. G just launched our Brightening Transformation kit for holiday. The kit contains the three must haves to keep skin glowing and clean. Our bestseller and cult favorite Doctor’s Scrub Exfoliator, Pure Start cleanser, and Bright Eyes treatment have been packaged into a limited edition gold and white box this holiday season. Specially formulated to deliver visible results while suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types, this is ideal as a gift or even in addition to your own daily regimen to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion at any age.

GLOW – Gentle exfoliation – Doctor’s Scrub – Dull skin can be caused by a lack of exfoliation. Begin by scrubbing away with Doctor’s Scrub, a facial exfoliator with super fine ruby crystals, seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid, to removes dead surface cells and add hydration. The end result is brighter, radiant, healthier-looking skin.

 PURIFY – Detoxify and purify skin with Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser. This multi-tasking hypo-allergenic cleanser with detoxifying grapefruit extract dissolves impurities and removes dead skin cells and excess oil leaving skin ph-balanced and hydrated.

 REPAIR – Essential eye repair with Bright Eyes. Our coveted triple action eye cream delivers a powerhouse formula that instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Soy peptide, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea and Jojoba Oil work together to deliver intense hydration and firmness while ensuring the eye area has a luminous and youthful appearance.

HYDRATE– while not in the kit, Wake up Call is imperative for overall firmness, luminous and more youthful looking skin. This luxurious, creamy moisturizer delivers powerful rejuvenating and firming ingredients such as CoQ10, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Retinol, and Organic Red Tea. Wake Up Call may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, while nourishing and restorative vitamin E, Avocado and Grapeseed Oils deliver intense hydration and long-lasting skin soothing benefits. Ideal for normal to dry skin types.

RADIATE With three unique usage options, Fleuressence Native Botanical oil is a non-greasy, golden elixir, which replenishes hydration, may help improve the appearance of skin color, tone and boost radiance. Dr. G’s proprietary blend of 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts, Kalahari Oil, Mongongo Oil and Baobab Oil, which all deliver powerful Omega fatty acids and Vitamins A, C & E, may help skin against environmental stresses while skin is left looking glowing and hydrated.  Fleuressence can be used a serum for ultimate brightening effects, mixed with a moisturizer of choice or dropped into foundation for an extra radiant complexion.


Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween and during thanksgiving week, I am seeing them everywhere. If you’re like me and love pumpkin or bought so many for the Fall, that you feel like you are living in a pumpkin patch, then have no fear. Pumpkin can be used in a plethora of ways. Not only is this magical squash incredibly effective on the skin it is also delicious and can be incorporated into a many everyday recipes.


Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and AHA which brighten, smooth and aid in cell turnover. High levels of vitamin A and vitamin C boost collagen and zinc helps with acne by controlling oil production. A DIY pumpkin mask is a perfect and easy way to try pumpkin on your skin. All you need is 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, tablespoon of honey and 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin(canned is fine-preferably organic). Mix together in a bowl and apply a thick coating to the face for 20 mins. rinse with warm water. Bring on the glow!

Eating pumpkin also proves to be very healthy as it contains very high levels of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Pumpkin Butter:


  • 3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)


Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes 3 3/4 cups.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Burgers:

for the patties:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or sweet potato puree)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 2 garlic cloves)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup cooked and cooled brown rice

1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (or about 2 cups cooked black beans)

2 tbsp flaxmeal

about 1/3 cup oat flour

coconut oil to cook the patties

Combine the pumpkin, oil, spices, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add the brown rice, flax-meal, oat flour, and half of the beans and pulse until the mixture is thick and chunky (not smooth).  Add the rest of the beans and pulse a few times just to break them up.  The mixture should be tacky with some texture to it, not smooth.  Divide the mixture into 4 or 5 patties about 1/2 inch thick.  Place the patties in the freezer for no more than 5 minutes just to firm them up a bit.  Heat a thin layer of coconut oil in a skillet over medium.  Cook the patties for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until a golden crust forms.  Wrap and refrigerate (or freeze) leftovers.  Makes 4 or 5 patties.

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Whether you wear it or eat it pumpkin can be delicious, nutritious and beneficial for a holiday glow.