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Whether you’re shopping for someone you barely know or for a close friend or relative, a beauty gift is always a safe bet. Most people use makeup, skin care, hair care and body care products, so they’re bound to be useful. Plus, they are always packaged so prettily during the holiday season.
If you’ve ever shopped for beauty gifts, then you know just about every brand has something special for the holidays. That’s great if you’re looking for variety, but the sheer number of beauty gifts available in November and December can be hard to process. How can you decide on one or two when there are so many?
One no-fail strategy when it comes to shopping for beauty gifts? Narrow the field a bit. If the person you’re shopping for doesn’t wear makeup or perfume, you can eliminate those categories. If you know they love trying new skin care products, focus on those items.
Of course, having a little help doesn’t hurt, either. That’s where we come in. We’ve been scoping out all of the new and returning beauty gifts this year. The roundup below includes the best beauty gifts that need to be on your radar. Many are from BIPOC and women-owned brands, most are under $100, and they’re all sure to please any gift recipient this season. Happy shopping!
Best Beauty Gifts
Skin Care Gifts
Shani Darden Skin Care – The Ultimate Glow Kit, $88
Shani Darden is a beloved aesthetician with many celeb clients. Her skin care collection is beloved by beauty lovers, and this kit includes all the best sellers.
Glossier Mask Duo, $42
If you’re shopping for a person who never misses a self-care Sunday, they’re sure to appreciate this Glossier Mask Duo.
beautycounter Beyond Bright Minis, $65
Help a friend or relative achieve an enviously bright complexion with this beautycounter Beyond Bright Minis set that includes a toner, serum and facial oil.
When it comes to skin care, it doesn’t get much better than Tata Harper. If you want to impress a true beauty lover, gift them this Tata’s Daily Essentials set.
Malin + Goetz Saving Face Set, $95
Perfect for at home or on the go, this Malin + Goetz Saving Face Set includes a cleanser, a moisturizer and a nourishing face mask.
Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Volume 5.0, $38
Juicy lips are definitely still in, so this Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse is sure to be a hit.
Mini Midnight Voyage & Mini FetishEYES Duo, $36
An eyeshadow palette and volumizing mascara for less than $40? Buy this Mini Midnight Voyage & Mini FetishEYES Duo for a friend and one for yourself!
NARS The Glow Getter Face and Lip Set, $45
Yes, this NARS the Glow Getter Face and Lip Set really does include everything your gift recipient will need to achieve the perfect glowing complexion.
Jones Road The Bobbi Kit 2.0, $82
Jones Road is a beauty brand that should be on everyone’s radar. If you’re shopping for a person who’s new to makeup or looking to revamp their routine, this Jones Road The Bobbi Kit 2.0 includes all the must-haves for a perfect everyday look.
Dior All-in-One Face, Lip & Eye Makeup Palette, $97.75 (Orig. $115)
Want to splurge on someone special this holiday season? Grab this stunning Dior All-in-One Face, Lip & Eye Makeup Palette.
Bobbi Brown Out All Night Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Set, $25.50 (Orig. $35)
This Bobbi Brown Out All Night Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Set includes three easy-to-apply crayon eyeshadows in shades that look good on everyone.
Lano Hydrate + Glow Babies, $14
Perfect as a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift, this Lano Hydrate + Glow Babies includes two of the brand’s best-selling 1010 ointments, which will come in handy during the cold winter months. There’s also a tinted balm that doubles as a lip tint and a cheek stain.
Hair Care Gifts
Ouai – The Three Ouai Kit, $30
Help your hair-obsessed friend create beautiful beach waves without stepping foot in the sand with this Ouai Kit.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Silicone-Free Curly Hair Care Travel Kit, $30
If you know someone who is new to embracing their curls, encourage their curly journey with this Briogeo Curl Charisma Silicone-Free Curly Hair Care Travel Kit. It has all the essentials for soft, defined, frizz-free curls.
Olaplex Style & Strengthen Hair Set, No. 6, No. 7, & Mini No. 9, $42
Know someone who’s not sure what all the Olaplex hype is about? Treat them to this Olaplex Style & Strengthen Hair Set, and they’ll be hooked in no time.
Dyson Airwrap Multistyler Complete Long Gift Set, $599.99
Want to see jaws drop this holiday season? Be the best gifter ever by giving someone you love the Dyson Airwrap Multistyler Complete Long Gift Set.
slip Moonflower Ornament Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchie Set, $25
Sometimes little luxuries are the best. These slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies look great and won’t damage your hair.
Body care gifts
Tocca Olio Sublime Eau De Parfum Discovery Collection, $12
These Tocca dry body oils are amazingly luxurious. They’re not heavy or greasy, but they hydrate the skin beautifully and leave it smelling so good.
Kiehl’s Hydrating Hand Care Set, $29.75 (Orig. $35)
Hands down (pun intended), Kiehl’s makes the best hand cream. It’s super hydrating and nourishing but doesn’t leave any sticky or greasy residue. This Kiehl’s Hydrating Hand Care Set is a total winter skin care must-have.
Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Beats Body Care Set, $68
This Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Beats Body Care Set includes four of the brand’s most cult products: the Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream, a moisturizing body wash, a body scrub and a fragrance mist. Bonus: They all smell heavenly!
Champagne Toast Gift Bag Set, $36.50
Need a beauty gift that requires virtually zero effort on your part? This Champagne Toast Gift Bag Set from Bath & Body Works comes in a pretty gift bag, so all you have to do is show up at the gift exchange.
The Ritual of Karma Soothing Collection, $62.50
The perfect gender-neutral beauty gift for anyone who needs to relax and destress, this Ritual of Karma Soothing Collection includes a body scrub, a foaming shower gel, a body cream and a hair and body mist.
Diptyque Eau de Parfum Travel Trio, $72
This Diptyque Eau de Parfum Travel Trio feels extra fancy and luxurious, but it’s not ridiculously expensive. You’ll get three different scents for less than $75, and a little goes a long way.
by/ rosie jane Home + Away Set | Full Size Eau De Parfum + Travel Spray, $78
Shopping for someone who only uses “clean” beauty products? They’re sure to appreciate this Home + Away Set from by/ rosie jane that includes a full-size fragrance plus a travel-size spray for on the go.
Le Labo Fragrance Discovery Set, $105
Splurge on this Le Labo Fragrance Discovery Set for someone on your gift shopping list who’s always talking about a signature scent. This set includes 17 fragrances from the brand, so your friend can experience a bunch before deciding on a fave.
Jo Malone London Cologne Collection Set, $115
The perfumes in this Jo Malone London Cologne Collection Set don’t just smell amazing; they’re beautifully packaged, so they’ll look really nice on someone’s vanity.
Clean Reserve Eau de Parfum Set, $35
Who says stocking stuffers have to be random? This Clean Reserve Eau de Parfum Set is small enough for a stocking, but it’s still a really good (and useful!) gift.
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