Blaine, Minnesota (Sept. 4, 2012):  Aveda’s™ Holiday 2012 collection of eight limited-edition, pre-wrapped gift sets provides a perfect antidote to the overabundance of everything – shopping, entertaining, shoveling – the holiday season has to offer. Featuring all-time favorites and the latest innovations, Aveda gift sets celebrate the beauty of balance and giving back.

De-Stress tops this year’s list of gift sets and features Aveda’s new Stress-Fix™, an ECO-CERT certified organic body care line with an aroma clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress. Aveda’s signature candle, Warmth, is scented with spicy aromas of ginger, ginger lily and clove. Repair helps repair even the most overstressed tresses with Damage Remedy™. Remaining gift sets feature iconic Aveda products like Rosemary Mint and Hand Relief™, and limited-edition Nourish-Mint™ Lip Glazes in special holiday hues.

Aveda gift sets are packaged in boxes adorned with beautiful lokta paper, produced by the Himalayan Bio-Trade (HBT) Cooperative, and handcrafted according to the ancient tradition of Nepali papermaking. Aveda has purchased more than one million sheets of lokta paper over the course of its five-year partnership with HBT. Aveda’s annual purchase of lokta paper employs 4,975 people – helping to support 2,400 families and enabling more than 5,400 children to attend school. HBT’s paper-making operation also helps to protect of 34,000 acres of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forest where lokta bushes are grown; FSC standards represent the world’s strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. The lokta paper is also Wildlife Friendly certified by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network – supporting the preservation of Himalayan wildlife diversity.

With Aveda you can also give the gift of an unforgettable experience – like a salon and spa service – restoring body, mind and spirit. Aveda professionals will pamper and expertly care for guests – whether as part of a hair color, hair cut, facial or Stress-Fix™ massage treatment. Gift cards redeemable for Aveda services may be purchased at more than 5,000 local salon/spas across the U.S.

Holiday shoppers are invited to take a pause from the breakneck pace of the holiday rush at Aveda Experience Centers. All retail guests can get their moment of wellness with a complimentary cup of Aveda Comforting Tea, an Aroma Sensory Journey or a Stress-Relieving Shoulder or Hand Massage.

Guests can shop, read reviews or find their nearest Aveda location at www.aveda.com or m.aveda.com. Aveda Advisors are ready to help – in-store, online or by phone at 800.328.0849.

Aveda Holiday 2012 gifts will be available while quantities last beginning November 2012. Aveda Gift Cards redeemable for products in Aveda Experience Center retail stores and online are available any time at www.aveda.com.

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