Are you shopping for someone who practically lives the beauty aisle? You know, the person with a meticulously-curated bathroom vanity, who loves to scroll beauty TikTok, and never misses a step in their skin-care routine? If that sounds like the person (or people) on your list, then chances are, you're probably a little overwhelmed with holiday shopping for them. With hoards of new, buzzy products launching everyday, it can be tough to suss out the ones that are really worth gifting this holiday season and will elicit the most excitement from the beauty buffs in your life.
To simplify your search for the best gifts for beauty lovers, we waded through a sea of hydrating serums, beauty tools, lip balms, and shaving accessories to find the presents that will get prime placement in your recipient's beauty routine. Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick stocking stuffer, a functional accessory they can use with the products they won't part with, or a splurge for someone special, you’re bound to find a gift (and maybe even a little treat for yourself) that will surprise and delight all the beauty lovers in your circle.
The best gifts for beauty lovers they're sure to adore
Best skin + body-care gifts
This ready-for-anything face mask will leave your skin prepped to tackle whatever comes its way, while leaving it brighter and smoother in the process. Thanks to a hefty load of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and finely ground bamboo powder, it exfoliates skin in minutes to slough away dead skin cells, unclog pores, and even out texture. It’s a must-have no medicine cabinet should go without.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bottle a cloud, then put said cloud on your face? Just me?? Regardless, this whipped moisturizer from Ellis Brooklyn feels just like that… or what we think that would feel like. Its velvety, fluffy texture feels like heaven and melts evenly into skin with a slightly-blurry look that doubles as an excellent primer. Key ingredients include niacinamide (for brightening), squalane (for moisture), and microalgaes, which are high in antioxidants. Tl;dr—it’s as good for skin as it feels.
Let’s be real—now that we’re all tethered to our computers more than ever, our eyes could use a little TLC. Enter, ISDIN’s cooling eye cream that that’ll make tired eyeballs sigh with the relief the moment it goes on. We know, the packaging isn’t that pretty. But this stuff works, all thanks to its strong formula that soothes puffiness and tightens bags in one stroke. Bye bye, sleepy under-eyes.
For the beauty lovers who insist on stuffing all their beloved products in their carry on, this travel-ready set has everything they’d need to keep skin moisturized while on the go. It includes minis of Glossier’s greatest hits: The skin-softening and makeup-removing Milky Jelly Cleanser, an adorably tiny tub of its After Baume barrier-boosting moisturizer, a mint Balm Dotcom, and (as a bonus) a Marvis toothbrush and toothpaste. What’s more, the collectible snowflake tin requires zero wrapping paper, and can be used again and again!
I’d be hard pressed to find a person who wouldn’t be totally overjoyed to receive this Aesop set as a holiday gift. It includes the Aussie brand’s most beloved hand care trio, the Resurrection Hand Wash, Hand Balm, and Rinse-Free Hand Wash. They all have that woodsy, herbaceous spa-like aroma that Aesop does best, and look stunning on your bathroom vanity. It’s the ultimate treat.
Winter weather is synonymous with dry skin, but not with this mega-jar of Sol de Janeiro’s iconic Bum Bum Body Cream. It’s the same formula as the brand’s award-winning tightening cream, only packaged in a whopping 16.9-ounce jar that’ll keep them covered all season long. Between the warm, caramel-y scent and skin-loving ingredients, this truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
For the blooming beauty lover in your life who’s into skin care, but doesn’t know where to start. Formulated by Dr. Loretta, who’s been a dermatologist for more than 40 years, it contains four skin-saving essentials, including a gentle cleanser, eye tightening gel, hydrating serum, and antioxidant sunscreen. Think of it as baby’s first skin-care set, guaranteed to streamline their routine and get the best results.
Best hair gifts
For moisture from head to toe, you’ll want this Oil Duo by Bread Beauty Supply in your cart. It comes with the brand’s two best-selling oils: a full sized Macadamia Oil and a travel-ready Hair Oil. Pure macadamia oil delivers all-over nourishment, while the silky hair oil softens strands and repairs damage for your glossiest, healthiest hair. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the packaging—it’s basically begging to be displayed on your vanity.
Ceremonia’s best-selling hair and scalp oil uses soothing aloe vera, strand-strengthening castor oil, and antioxidant-rich babassu oil to nourish your scalp and support shinier, healthier hair. Factor in the exfoliating scalp massager that’s included in the set, and you’ve got a spa-quality treatment that the beauty lovers on your list can do at home.
If they’ve been using the same, drugstore brush for the past decade, level them up with this luxe, strand-softening brush from Crown Affair. Its boar (ethically sourced, of course)-and-nylon bristles are a treat for locks, detangling knots and mats without damaging the strands. And the beechwood handle looks so chic on vanities and countertops, so they’ll never feel like they have to stuff it away in cabinets and drawers.
The name alone will get you some giggles, but it’s what’s inside this set that will leave them smiling. Ouai’s clever kit has everything they need to spruce up come wash day. Start with the Detox Shampoo for a deep cleanse, they hydrate with the Leave-In Conditioner before finishing off with a spritz of the volumizng Wave Spray. Yes, please.
Earlier this year, Saltair made waves with its beautifully packaged, sustainable body serum-washes that turned our shower into an at-home oasis. It recently expanded its line with two stunning shampoo and conditioners, both bottled in the same, neat packaging. You’ll have to wait to get your hands on its hydrating line, but until then, a bottle of its bond-building Recover & Restore Shampoo makes an easy stocking stuffer, as does the matching conditioner, which is only $12, too.
Best makeup + accessories
Who doesn’t love an advent calendar? Better question—Who doesn’t love an advent calendar with an adorable, pretty tinted lip gloss behind each door?! That was a trick question since we’re pretty sure no one would turn down this gift. Behind each door are eight limited-edition lip glosses that shine brighter than the lights on a Christmas tree. They look like a work of art, and smell even better, scented with smells you can only indulge in once a year, like Sweet Plum, Peppermint, and Orange Cream. Yum.
Because color matching base products can get tricky, this Merit set has the only two things any beauty lover could need to play up their complexion without foundation. The ultra-creamy Flush Balms swipe on like a dream, leaving a natural (and buildable) wash of dewy color behind, while the Day Glow highlighting stick is the most user-friendly highlighter I’ve ever used. It blends out quickly, doesn’t feel tacky on your skin, and has zero chunky glitter. What’s more, Merit’s No.1 Brush blends both products out with ease.
For the cat-eye committed (or newbies looking to perfect their wing), this eye duo by Rare Beauty is a solid gift choice. It includes a full size of their Perfect Strokes Liquid Liner that has a fluid brush tip and a matte finish, and their Universal Volumizing Mascara, a favorite for fluttery, full-looking lashes. It makes for a great stocking stuffer too.
Originally $20, now $15
With over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, these budget-friendly makeup brushes perform just as well as their prestigious counterparts. This set includes all of your everyday brush basics along with Real Technique’s best-selling makeup sponge that seamlessly blends out foundations and cream blushes to perfection. Reviewers say the brushes hold up over time, and are the perfect option for makeup beginners and experts alike!
This Milk Makeup set includes five *full-sized* lip and cheek sticks (which are $22 individually) in the brand’s best-selling shades and a cute makeup pouch for only $40. Now I’m no math wiz, but the value is totally worth it. Aside from just being a great deal, Milk blush sticks are a true makeup MVP—they’re packed with hydrating ingredients like mango butter and avocado to help melt into skin, and offer natural, buildable pigment that you can swipe on without a mirror.
When gift shopping for a beauty lover, know that you can never go wrong with a good lip balm. Summer Fridays’ Lip Butter Balms are all the rage on TikTok for good reason, as they nourish dry, chapped lips, make them pillowy soft without any stickiness, and leave a light, natural shine behind for good measure. This set includes a full size of their original non-tinted formula, along with minis of the remaining sheer tinted shades.
If she swears by Charlotte Tilbury everything (with good reason), get her a makeup remover that’s just as good as the makeup itself. The brand’s new makeup remover is specifically formulated for long-wear makeup (think: heavy concealers, waterproof mascaras, etc.) that might need some elbow grease to get off. Only, there’s no elbow grease required. Makeup washes away with just a few swipes as it cleanses and nourishes skin thanks to an added burst of the brand’s brightening Eyebright, soothing chamomile, and calming flax flower.
Best gadgets + tools
Ice rollers are the ultimate skin care pick-me-up—the refreshing cold jolts you awake, immediately perking up tired skin while the act of rolling it upwards on your face functions as a de-puffing massage. It’s a fail-proof gift for beauty lovers who crave a moment of self care in the mornings to kick off their beauty routine, and is even great to have on hand (or on your forehead?) if you get the odd headache.
For the person who can’t resist a good sheet mask, this reusable sheet mask is the sustainable upgrade they didn’t know they needed. The Avant Guard Mask is made of pure silicone and can be used with your favorite moisturizers and serums to boost absorption for a personalized skincare treatment. And unlike your single-use products that slip and slide around your face, the Avant Guard Mask has stretchy ear loops that give it a secure and comfortable fit. Once you’re done masking, just rinse it off and let it dry before using it again. It’s that simple.
Derms love red-light therapy for its collagen boosting and blemish-busting benefits, and so do we! The Solawave Wand is one of our favorite ways to experience red light therapy at home because it also doubles as a microcurrent and facial massage tool, while providing therapeutic warmth to skin. When used for five minutes per day, three times a week, puffiness, fine lines, blemishes, and dark spots are visibly reduced. We’ll cheers to that.
These reusable silicone eye masks are all over my Instagram feed, and after trying them for myself I can confirm that the hype is real. Unlike single-use under eye treatments that create unnecessary waste, the Forever Eye Masks can be rinsed and used again and again—making these the only eye masks you’ll ever need. Just apply your favorite serum or eye cream, and place the Forever Masks on top to get the most out of your skincare.
The best kinds of holiday gifts are the ones that your recipient wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, like this handy beauty ‘fridge. This Chefman mini refrigerator has over 13,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, and has a mirrored exterior that really comes in handy when applying face masks fresh out of the ‘fridge. It even has a heat setting that you can activate with a simple flick of a switch.
Originally $94, now $77
Meridian might make the grooming essentials we’ve ever tried, and its inclusive nature and gender-neutral design make it a great gift for everyone on your list. The starter kit includes a chic electric trimmer, a replacement blade, two guide combs, a cleaning brush, and a charger. AKA, everything you need to get your smoothest shave yet.
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