Here's hoping you're not already riddled with inevitable holiday shopping fatigue because we have quite the treat in store for you: a holy-grail beautygift guide we feel fairly confident, no, very confident is the only beauty-centric shopping stop you need this season. (Mom, sister, BFF, co-worker, yourself, we didn't leave anyone out.)
Since we don't believe in wasting time or beating around the bush where shopping is concerned, we'll get right to the point. Below, we're featuring the best-of-the-best hair, makeup, skin, fragrance, nail, and wellness beauty gifts we're coveting for ourselves and, therefore, zeroing in on for our loved ones. Stumped on what to get? Shopping for the beauty lover who already has it all? The 30 beauty gift options below will help. On your mark, get set, scroll! (Because yes, these will sell out.)
My obsession with clean-beauty brand Kosas runs deep, so having to choose a favorite from the brand's impressive assortment of gift sets this year is challenging, to say the least. That said, I'm intent on keeping up my glow through the holiday season, so it's the bronzer, concealer, and tinted face-oil foundation for me.
This high-tech LED mirror is the quintessential gift for anyone who loves the ritual of getting ready and who has a fetish for perfect lighting. (Case in point, this handy mirror features five different levels of dimming!)
3. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Lip Set
When it comes to Charlotte Tilbury makeup products, the limit simply (as Cady Heron might say) does not exist. Get your pout on this must-have Pillow Talk–centric set before everyone else beats you to the punch.
Take it from a lash-obsessed beauty editor, Essence low-key makes some of the best mascara wands on the market, and the fact that they're ridiculously inexpensive is the cherry on top. The only thing better than one Essence mascara? Four.
5. Pat McGrath Labs Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
The holidays are the best time to splurge for the seriously amazing products your giftees want and deserve. I don't know a single beauty editor who wouldn't pen this stunning eye shadow palette from Pat McGrath Labs as their number one desire—18 ultra-blendable, super-pigmented hues, which, of course, arrive in the most seriously luxe packaging.
What do you do the moment when you realize every single one of your curling or waving needs comes in a drool-inducing all-in-one kit? First, pinch yourself. Second, grab your wallet because this is an investment that will pay.
2.Oribe x Harry Josh Dermstore Exclusive Blowout Kit
For those who love an at-home blowout (or have resolved to perfect the art in 2021), this game-changing set needs to be on your radar. It features only the best holy-grail styling tools courtesy of legend Harry Josh and some of the most luxurious haircare formulas on the market courtesy of Oribe.
Wherever your holiday adventures take you this year (or, perhaps, don't take you), rest assured that this adorably packaged pack of pint-size curly hair essentials from Bread Beauty will ensure you put your best mane forward.
Nope, you're not in heaven, but you did just get your first glimpse at Olive and June's At-Home Salon. Nail fiends, you (and all of your fellow polish-loving friends) need this. It contains quite literally everything the brand makes: The Complete System, a full set of 53 polishes, all 19 nail-art stickers, Hand Serum, and Dry Drops.
I've loved the convenience and, let's be honest, cute factor of mini polish sets since I was little, and the allure has yet to wear off for me. This year, I have my eye on this chic collab between J. Hannah and The Met—a dreamy tribute to the latter's About Time exhibition featuring five minis inspired by "a blurred timeline of fashion history." You'll get four new hues exclusive to the collaboration—Onyx (black), Cameo (cream), Talisman (silver), and Deco (gold)—and Akoya (the prettiest opalescent pearl), an iconic favorite from the brand.
This manicure kit is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves a glossy and beautiful yet low-profile mani. Try The Polisher and Cuticle Oil yourself, and you'll see why beauty editors have been freaking out over this minimalist nail must-have.
4. Chillhouse Editor-in-Chill Chill Tips False Nail Set
FYI: Press-on nails have come a long, long way since your high school homecoming days, and New York nail hot spot Chillhouse makes the coolest options (in our opinion, at least.). Plus, the brand just launched three new designs just in time for the holiday gifting season.
We'll keep this short and to the point. There are tons of gel manicure sets on the market. Yet this one (which includes everything you need for a glossy manicure that lasts and lasts) is the absolute best.
1. SkinCeuticals Dermstore Exclusive Top Sellers Vault Kit
Yep, our friends at Dermstore just did that (i.e., they had the brilliant beyond brilliant idea to put four best-selling SkinCeuticals products into one need-to-have set. The MVP? C E Ferulic, of course.
If 2020 has showed us anything, it's that we need to treat our skin (especially our hands!) with some extra love. This cute little duo comes with a hand and lip moisturizer that will soothe and hydrate skin and keep it looking and feeling its best. It's also worth noting, that if you spend $100 at Malin+Goetz, you'll get a free gift with purchase, so stock up!
The product name says it all. If anyone you love has a special obsession with masking, they'll go wild for this dynamic duo from Kora Organics, which includes two cult favorites from the brand—the Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask and the Noni Glow Sleeping Mask.
4. Georgia Louise C + - Pure Ampoules Plus Ionic Wand
You know that person who's obsessed with tools but already owns every model under the sun? Well, I'd bet money they don't have this new magic wand from renowned facialist Georgia Louise. For a potent dose of brightening, you'll use the pure vitamin C serum (included), which becomes actively "charged" each and every time you apply when you wave your Ionic Wand over your face. In addition to providing an uptick in glow and brightness, it's designed to diminish the look of pigmentation, fight fine lines and wrinkles, neutralize free radicals, and accelerate your natural collagen production for dewy, supple skin.
If you've been sitting on your temptation to splurge for some of Dr. Barbara Sturm's best glow-inducing products, this exciting new set is the perfect holiday incentive. It includes Sturm's handpicked seven-step skincare routine for anyone looking to bust dullness and reawaken a luminous finish.
I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with eye masks (especially this time of year when stress levels are high and beauty sleep is low). 111Skin makes the best masks ever, so understandably, I can't wait to get this trip of targeted eye masks onto my vanity for safekeeping this season.
Black Orchid is one of the most iconic perfumes of all time. But this new version is extra special. Aside from the festive gilded bottle (really, a gift in and of itself), the classic Black Orchid scent is enhanced even further with the amplification of ylang-ylang, rum absolute, and black plum.
2. D.S. & Durga Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Discovery Set
Most people with perfume obsessions know about (and adore) D.S. & Durga. Each fragrance is extravagantly unique, and this six-piece discovery set gives you or your giftee a tase of its most-wanted bottles at a fraction of the price.
In the same vein, here comes this limited-edition discovery kit from Diptyque. Each of the five scents will immediately transport you to France to smell some of the brand's most iconic perfume staples—Eau Rose, Do Son, L'Ombre dans L'Eau, Eau des Sens, and Philosykos.
Everyone loves Byredo, and everyone wants their hair to smell good. That's why I'm in love with the idea of gifting Byredo's hair perfume—a classic and lovable beauty gift option that's perhaps a tad less predictable than your typical bottle. However, the specific scent matters. You can't go wrong with a fan favorite like Mojave Ghost, inspired by the wilderness of its namesake desert. Notewise, you can expect a warm blend of ambrette, Jamaican nesberry, violet, sandalwood, magnolia, chantilly musk, crisp amber, and cedarwood.
After popular demand, the diffuser wizards at Vitruvi answered all of our prayers by creating an easy-to-move diffuser that can find a home anywhere in your pad. Sleek and cordless, it can be placed wherever you want it and filled up with all of your favorite botanical scents.
We obviously had to include a candle in our fragrance lineup and this one includes the Malin+Goetz's signature cannabis scent. It's infused with black pepper, sandalwood and a hint of smokiness—the perfect combination for making any home smell amazing and feel extra cozy this season.
I'm just going to say it—I go absolutely insane for anything and everything Sakara. The meal programs and beauty supplements have personally changed my life and wellness journey, so I love to pay it forward by gifting my loved ones essential goodies from the brand as well. This super-special holiday gift set includes three full days of the brand's signature meal program and a 30-day supply of its Beauty Chocolates (which I'm 100% addicted to).
I personally don't know how I would survive without my emergency kit of Lord Jones essentials, so I make sure everyone I know feels the magic, too. Luckily, the brand has some amazing gifts this year, and I have my eye on this starter kit featuring some of my favorites: its Old-Fashioned CBD Gumdrops (pure bliss in a swallow), its High CBD Formula Body Lotion, and its Hemp-Derived CBD Tincture.
Sorry, but I'm about to go on a tangent. Since I'm perpetually sleep-deprived, I'm always on the hunt to find the one. And by that I mean the one magical product that's going to ensure I fall asleep in 10 seconds flat and stay asleep until a respectable time of the morning. (There was a spell where 4 a.m. was my norm!) For years, I assumed that the aforementioned antidote would come in the form of a pill or tincture or chew, but as it turns out, it came to me in the form of a blanket. This weighted blanket has changed my life, and I am so obsessed that I don't even know where to start. The second I pull it over me, I feel a wave of serotonin hit me, and within a few minutes, my eyelids can't stay open. Then, when I do fall asleep, I quite literally don't move the entire night. It's that deep! There are tons of weighted blankets on the market, but I highly recommend Bearaby. All the materials the brand uses are natural, organic, and sourced ethically and sustainably. Plus, as someone who gets absurdly hot at night no matter what I'm wearing (or not wearing), I appreciate that the material is cooling, soft, and silky. So yes, I will be gifting one of these to everyone I love most this season.
Meet one of my most prized possessions that I highly recommend become one of yours, too, the Theragun Mini. Tension, soreness, and stress don't stand a chance against this therapeutic deep-muscle treatment, which delivers percussive therapy for pain relief, expedited muscle recovery, and improved training performance (even if "training" means walking to the fridge faster for that last slice of pumpkin pie).
Here's a not-so-subtle hint: Swap in one of these dreamy latte blends for your morning coffee, and you'll feel way less anxious, and your glow (I'd bet a million bucks) will also get extra benefit. Bye, coffee-induced dullness; hello, superfoods!