We all have them: the people in our lives who have never heard of a short shower, who apply eye creams and serums by the bucketload, and who live by a strict skincare routine. If you don’t have that friend, you probably are that friend (I’m guilty). But if you don’t count yourself among the well-moisturized masses, unravelling the secrets of the beauty world might feel elusive. Because let’s face it: buying gifts for beauty lovers is no easy feat.
Yes, you may know they like skincare, but how do you choose the perfect beauty gift? How do you go about finding their skin type and whether or not they use retinol? As a beauty devotee myself, I’ve been gifted countless good products by well-meaning loved ones that I’ve just… never used. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but if something doesn’t fit into my skincare routine, what am I supposed to do?
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Unique Gifts for Beauty Lovers
This holiday season, the answer is: the simpler the better. The best gifts for beauty lovers are nearly universal in who can weave them into their routine. By sticking to the essentials and making sure each formula is suitable for sensitive skin (just in case) without being filled with fillers, you’ll unlock the secret to being a good beauty gift-giver. So skip the brightly-colored skincare gift sets. Below are beauty editor-approved gifts for beauty lovers that’ll have everyone on your list obsessed.
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Beauty Gifts Under $25
Maude Bath Soak, $18
Know someone whose greatest pleasure is a long, relaxing bath? These luxe-scented bath salts will elevate their soak in seconds.
Crown Affair Silk Scrunchie Set, $15
For the person always looking for a hair tie—or is always on the hunt for a way to elevate any look—this silk scrunchie set is good for all hair types and every outfit.
Golde Skin Hydrating Glow Ade, $15
Anyone who’s made the Hailey Bieber smoothie dupe (or trekked to pick up the OG at Erewhon) will love introducing these watermelon-flavored, skin-hydrating sachets to their morning routine. And yes, they’ll turn your water a delightful (and TikTok-ready) pink!
Ami Colé Lip Treatment Oil, $20
The glazed lip trend is the hottest thing in beauty. This luxe lip oil is a must-have for any beauty lover.
KNC Beauty Star Eye Masks, $25
Get ready to see these unique, star-shaped eye masks in every one of your friend’s selfies. They’re not just cute, they’re filled with nourishing ingredients that actually work.
Babytress Hair Edge Styler, $25
Laid edges don’t come easy. And while a good old toothbrush is the tried-and-true tool for slicking back flyaways and baby hairs, this innovative styler is a stocking stuffer they’ll use every day.
Beauty Gifts Under $50
Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Detox Face Mask, $32
If Rihanna uses it, your beauty lover will want it. This face mask isn’t just an award-winning skincare staple, it’s also fun and a delicious-smelling way to relax and unwind.
Topicals Like Butter Mask, $34
Winter is here. And with it, winter skin. This healing, cream-textured hydrating face mask is suitable for all skin types—so you don’t have to guess.
Loops Variety Face Mask Set, $35
This set has not one, not two, but five hydrogel masks for every skin type. A different mask for a different skincare need.
Le Mini Macron Gel Nail Kit, $35
For the person who is never spotted without a perfect manicure, this at-home gel kit will be life-changing. Hailey Bieber nails incoming.
Ceremonia The Scalp Power-Duo, $40
Scalp health is the next big thing in beauty. This two-in-one kit comes with a relaxing scalp massager, so it’s guaranteed to be a hit gift.
Westman Atelier Squeaky and Cheeky Duo II, $48
This luxe minis set is the perfect gift for anyone known to do some damage at Sephora. Think of this versatile lip and cheek duo as a bite-sized indulgence.
Nuele Brow Serum, $48
A luxe brow serum is something even your beauty lover won’t expect. (But trust me: they’re bound to love it!) Another can’t-miss part of their 12-step routine.
Honest x Vanity Planet Aira Ionic Facial Steamer, $49
Give the gift of a spa-like experience at home with this facial steamer. It’s guaranteed to transform their daily routine.
The Beauty Chef COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost, $50
This expert-backed collagen elixir is a luxe way to elevate any morning ritual in just one age-fighting step.
Full-Size Travel Makeup Brush Set, $50
We’re all guilty of letting our old beauty brushes languish a little too long in our makeup pouches. Time for a refresh.
Beauty Gifts Under $100
Mount Lai The Jade Massaging Gua Sha Comb, $52
The ultimate de-stressing beauty tool, this thick jade gua sha doubles as a comb for a therapeutic scalp massage. (And if your recipient needs a brush-up on all things gua sha, send ’em here.)
Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit, $62
The Olaplex-bun devotees are on to something. Take this kit from their wishlist to their holy grail top shelf.
Damn Gina Silk Pillowcase, $65
A silk pillowcase is an everyday way to elevate nighttime rituals, skincare habits, and any haircare routine. Plus, they’ll no longer have to keep flipping the pillow to find the cool side—silk-regulated temperature, y’all! That’s a gift in itself.
Skin Gym Hyaluronic Roller, $70
Anyone serious about anti-aging needs this hyaluronic-infused face roller. It’s also fun to use.
Klur Elements of Comfort Body Oil, $70
This unapologetically luxe body oil smells divine and works instantly. It’s a dream addition to any nighttime ritual.
Splurge-y Beauty Gifts
Sola Wave Wand with Red Light Therapy, $149
Microcurrent devices are all the rage. This lifting and sculpting wand is a luxury treatment you can take home with you.
Vintner’s Daughter Travel Set, $160
Vinter’s Daughter is on every skincare junkie’s top shelf. This mini set is a seductive sample for anyone who hasn’t tried it and a convenient travel companion for anyone who doesn’t want to risk handing over their full-size versions to TSA.
Nion Beauty Opus Body Cleansing Device, $169
Think showering is simple? Think again. This electric body cleansing device is the next-level shower experience for smoother, clearer skin all over.
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