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last minute gift guide for procrastinators

Why does it always seem like the Holiday season just sneaks up on you?! It’s like one moment it’s Halloween and then boom, here’s Christmas. While making a gift list is always a holiday must, one thing you shouldn’t be doing is stressing out about what to give.

And, if you’ve waited until the last possible second to find something (which, hey, we can’t even be mad at because we are also prone to do the same), there are still ways to give great gifts. Fortunately for you and everyone else, there are absolutely no worries because amika has some of the best holiday kits around. Not only are they perfect for just about everyone on your list, but even yourself. Because who doesn’t want the gift of good hair?! No one, that’s who.

Here, we break down the best gift sets to easily gift to your family, friends and people in-between. Not only are the products inside a gift in themselves, but each set comes in a neon tin that can be re-used in so many different ways (we'll show you how)!

for your best (co-worker) friend

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What’s one thing that you and your co-working buddy have in common? You’re both busy on your boss grind, so why not gift them with our money makers set? This kit includes super cute mini sizes of our perk up dry shampoo (a must to keep hair smelling fresh on the daily); fluxus touchable hairspray (to keep those last second, end of day updo’s in place before heading out for after work events); and the shield anti-humidity spray (to keep annoying frizz at bay).

for your (blonde) bestie

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No brassiness here! Give the gift of good (blonde) hair days with our blonde bombshell kit. It includes mini sizes of our bus-t your brass cool blonde shampoo and conditioner (so her hair is sure to keep all of the blonde with none of that annoying brassiness); and the supernova blonde moisture & shine cream (a light leave-in cream that keeps blonde hair looking its brightest, blonde best).

for your favorite bartender

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They always hooks you and the gang up with the best drinks, so why not hook them up with bombshell hair? The new dimensions kit is sure to be a hit thanks to its 3D volume + thickening shampoo and conditioner (a weightless cleansing and conditioning duo that plumps hair from root to tip) and the plus size perfect body mousse (a great way to cheat your hair into movable, flexible, hold without crunchy stiffness). You're going to give them the voluminous hair of their dreams.

for your spin (or yoga) instructor

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The person who helps you to keep your body healthy, soul happy, and physique snatched definitely deserves some hair TLC. Our concrete jungle kit contains our perk up dry shampoo (perfect for refreshing hair in-between classes/the gym!), un.done volume and matte texture spray (because hair can never have too much texture), and the vandal volume powder spray to apply directly to roots and keep the volume going strong.


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Have a friend that is constantly traveling for either work or pleasure? Gift them something that you know they'll be able to get a lot of use out of: travel-sized minis! You're basically giving them the gift of not having to put products into TSA-friendly bottles. A plus, they can use the PVC bag everything comes in as a clear cosmetics bag for carry ons!

By Andrea Arterbery, The Strand Contributor

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