Obviously, we wouldn’t begrudge anyone who gifted us three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. But, truth be told, there’s only so much use to be had from four calling birds, seven swans a-swimming or 10 lords a-leaping – no matter how entertaining their leaping is at first, it would soon grow tiresome. And, come the finale of Twelvetide, with its grand crescendo of drummers drumming, even the ladies dancing, maids a-milking and certainly the pipers piping will have started to grate. Good luck getting a gift card in exchange for that lot without the receipt.
Of far more practical application this Yuletide is this exclusive gift set, “The 12 Days Of Grooming”, a selection of products especially collated with the impending party season, not to mention the bracing weather conditions that the dark heart of winter brings, in mind. As the name suggests, this kit includes a dozen bathroom essentials designed to target the aftereffects of too much merriment, too little sleep and the constant trudge between the cosy, cockle-warming, centrally-heated indoors and the brutal lick of the cold outside.
For this elite squad of festive freedom fighters, we have enlisted skincare heavyweights such as Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Scrub, an exfoliator employing vitamin A and horse chestnut serum to reduce redness and rejuvenate your countenance, 111Skin’s Sub-Zero Eye Mask to combat puffiness and Lab Series’ Age Rescue+ Face Lotion to minimize signs of tiredness (and five gold rings can’t do that, no matter how loudly you sing it).