One of the most memorable Christmukkah gifts I ever received as a child was an Easy-Bake Oven. My parents’ attempts at early domestication didn’t exactly pan out as planned (today, I use my oven mainly for storage), but whipping up that doll-size chocolate cake was strangely satisfying. While the grown-up me prefers to purchase confectionary goods and pass them off as my own, I still love a good DIY (as long is doesn’t involve entering the kitchen). Ciaté’s Nail Lab—a jewelry box-like coffret brimming with creative director Charlotte Knight’s must-haves—contains everything needed to get your creative juices flowing and produce multiple mani masterpieces. Included is an array of glitters, six colored lacquers, six clear top coats and an assortment of pro polish brushes (including a striper, ombre sponge and dotter), among other tools, for developing your own bespoke blends. For those who are better at following a recipe than going rogue, step-by-steps for Knight’s go-to looks are also tucked inside for guidance. This beauty treat beats bite-size brownies cooked with a 100-watt light bulb any day.
$65, Sephora stores (Open at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve day. Procrastinators everywhere, you’re welcome.)—Amber Kallor
Photo: Courtesy of Ciaté