Here's hoping you're not already riddled with the inevitable epidemic of holiday shopping fatigue. Because we have quite the treat in store for you: a holy-grail beauty gift 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? Or shopping for the beauty lover who already has it all? The 30 beauty gift options below will help. On your mark, get set, scroll!
My obsession with Lemonhead.LA runs so deep it's honestly ridiculous. Like, when I received samples of each of its three, truly glorious holiday shopping sets, I almost cried. Pick your poison, but this aptly named Dark Disco Collection pretty much has my heart in its clutches this season. (Also, you should definitely head to the brand's Instagram for application and look inspo—just saying.)
I was recently gifted this epic seven-piece makeup set from It Cosmetics, and I have literally been wearing every single product within it since. If that's not telling enough (as someone who's rarely brand monogamous), I've also been getting an insane number of compliments. It includes the Bye Bye Foundation (which I think is even better than its iconic CC+ cream!) and the brushes, highlighter, bronzer, and blush are equally stellar. Then, the lip serum and mascara are just the double-decker cherries on top.
For the lipstick lover in your life, there simply isn't a more essential beauty gift than Chantecaille's limited-edition crystal-dusted tubes. I can quite honestly say they're the prettiest thing I own right now, and they're selling like hotcakes, so, I beg of you, please don't wait. Choose from a carnelian red, ruby, or rose quartz.
For the person on your list who craves perfect brows above all else, this set of three Anastasia Beverly Hills cult favorites couldn't be more on point. It features the DipBrow Gel, Brow Wiz, and the brand's beloved clear brow gel to keep everything perfectly in place post-application.
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 overwhelming everything kit from Pat McGrath Labs as their number one desire—three Mothership Blitz Astral Quads and six MatteTrance Lipsticks, which, of course, arrive in the most seriously luxe packaging.
The moment when your favorite hair dryer of all time also becomes the prettiest hair dryer of all time. Get T3's epic Cura Dryer in holiday-perfect rose gold before everyone else snaps it up before you.
Yep, you just landed in hair product heaven thanks to Oribe's amazing collector's edition of product. Teaming with 11 gold-standard favorites, it's like ensuring your giftee infinite good hair days for the rest of the holiday season. But, of course, we also suggest grabbing a set for yourself.
ICYMI—celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan just debuted her third collaborative launch with our fave haircare accessories brand, Kitsch, and we're practically frothing at the mouth. Prepare for all the patent leather, chains, and zippers.
Within the realm of combs and brushes, Mason Pearson is untouchable royalty and can be found in the hands and between the fingers of every single A-list hairstylist we've ever encountered. There's no better beauty gift to treat your strands to.
Everyone needs a little bit of magic and sparkle around the holiday season, right? This dreamy set from Lime Crime features its Unicorn Hair Rainbow Mist, a temporary color spray infused with light-catching pearl pigments alongside the brand's Star Mist, which offers a light lacquer of twinkle.
No gift is more covetable for the manicure-addicted person in your life than Olive & June's holy-grail holiday set. The colors themselves are not only stunning and chip-resistant (the topcoat does NOT mess around, it also comes with everything else you need to make your at-home nail experience come to life: a limited edition Poppy polish bottle handle in white, the aforementioned amazing topcoat, a handy clean-up brush, polish remover pot, flat-edge clippers, dual-grit file, and a nail buffer bar.
Essie's entire 2019 winter collection is stunning, but thus far, Making Spirits Bright (bring on that silver!) is our favorite. Essie makes the perfect stocking stuffers.
Nothing is more perfect than Chanel underneath the Christmas tree or around the Menorah. This classic and chic nail set includes a luxurious brightening hand cream, cult-loved longwear nail color in Ballerina, a longwear topcoat, and a rouge-colored pouch that could honestly double as a clutch.
J. Hannah is known as one of the most elevated, neutral-heavy polish brands (it only has neutral colors!) in all the land. We've never seen a palette so universally flattering and we await its shade drops almost as fervently as we awaited holiday gifts as kids. Its lovely set allows you to choose three polishes of choice. Our favorites? Himalayan Salt, Nectar, and Ghost Ranch.
We're all about creating a monochromatic beauty moment, and Smith & Cult's holiday-bitten polish called Seek Me Out is only further enhanced with other best-selling Smith & Cult all-stars giftees will adore—a bronze, glittery eye pigment, dusty rose lip gloss, and chic little pouch.
Ask any beauty editor what their favorite body lotion, serum, wash, or exfoliator is, and they're likely to blurt Necessaire before you've even finished the question. For just $80, this four-piece set is pretty unbeatable, and a total treat for anyone on your list. You can choose from fragrance-free, eucalyptus, or sandalwood.
When it comes to clean, green beauty, Tata Harper is THE It brand. You can't go wrong with any of its holiday offerings this year, but we can't stop ogling these boxed-up vanity favorites housed in an adorable vegan leather case. Your giftee (or let's be honest, you) will get the brand's Regenerating Cleanser, Resurfacing Mask, Hydrating Floral Essence, Rejuvenating Serum, Repairative Moisturizer, Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, and Restorative Eye Crème.
I don't care who you are or who your loved one is, but literally everyone's skin needs a hefty dose of hydration right now. Dr. Barbara Sturms's travel-friendly ampoules are a brilliant, jet-set-ready option.
To give their lips some deserved TLC, may we suggest this equal parts plumping, equal parts moisture-drenching kit curated by Violet Grey? We want it, and we want it bad. According to the retailer, it includes a lip mask infused with collagen and clean ingredients, a multi-protective balm, and an ultra-special treatment loaded with 20 anti-aging actives. And everything will fit in your carry-on.
The name of this set says it all—this is the ultimate beauty gift for the makeup lover in your life who also seeks gleaming, bright, and healthy skin this season. Filled with four Japanese-inspired skin treasures, the set includes cult-favorites such as the brand's radiance-enhancing Dewy Skin Mist, the Dewy Skin Cream, the Silk Canvas (a velvety primer), and, last but not least, the Violet-C Radiance Mask.
To call Clive Christian's stunning fragrances addictive and beguiling is a huge understatement, and right now, this latest holiday drop is at the top of my recommendation list for those looking to gift (or receive) a truly special scent this holiday season.
Not only is it stunning in presentation (I mean, look at that bottle and packaging!), the smell is so intoxicating and complex, bursting with juicy notes of peach, Egyptian jasmine, and vanilla. You'll get a full-size and two travel-size vials within this seriously special gift. It's expensive but worthy.
Think of Henry Rose as the newest, chicest and cleanest (in formulation) kid on the fine fragrance block. The brainchild of Hollywood icon Michelle Pfieffer, the brand represents the first fine fragrances to be both EWG Verified and Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold. I've been working through the discovery set myself and have been enormously impressed and appreciative of each and every scent. (And I'm the pickiest of perfume wearers.) Meet The Wardrobe, Henry Rose's limited-edition set of all five fragrances in 8 mL rollerballs.
Teaming with notes of saffron and rose, this ruby tasseled bottle from Diana Vreeland is a scent standout and at the top of our list to gift to the people we treasure most this season.
Everyone loves Byredo and everyone wants their hair to smell good. That's why we're in love with the idea of gifting Byredo's iconic bottles—a still classic and lovable beauty gift option that's perhaps a tad less predictable than your typical bottle. However, the specific scent matters—we're currently all caught up in the brand's lesser-known 1996—inspired by Kirsten 1996, a picture of a young girl taken by iconic photographers Inez and Vinoodh. Note-wise, you can expect a warm blend of black pepper, leather, and patchouli.
In all honesty, if I could only wear one fragrance for the rest of my life, it would be Killian's Good Girl Gone Bad—it's like I finally found my other half but in scent form. Since I want you to find the same magic within the brand (or whoever you're shopping for!), I highly suggest Killian's very special holiday offering—eight travel-sized sprays alongside a chic refillable atomizer. (And yes, Good Girl Gone Bad is included along with Rihanna's known fave, Love, Don't Be Shy.)
Wellness & Beauty Supplements
I can't stop eating Sakara Life's brand-new Beauty Bars, which, you know, might be a problem if they weren't so wondrously healthy and glow-inducing. Unlike any other protein bar, they're a deliciously juicy shade of magenta and have impressive ingredients like strawberry, coconut, organic pea protein, and the brand's holy-grail Phyto Youth Blend containing rare French melon and grape seed extracts bursting with skin-loving polyphenols, superoxide dismutase, vitamin C, and zinc. Trust me, bodies everywhere will appreciate this six-pack if they've been indulging in as many cocktails, pumpkin pie slices, and other season trimmings as we have.
I don't know about you, but I could use a HIGH-dose of calm right about now. And, thank god, Lord Jones's beloved holiday-flavored gummies are back in the signature Mango Chili and/or Sugarplum flavor profiles. You'll, er, your loved one, will get 20 blissful milligrams of CBD per gumdrop.
Normally, green powders make me gag. But, not this one! Designed by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, board-certified, registered Ddetitian and nutritionist, Superstar has been a skin-clearing, energizing, all-around wellness saving grace ever since I began dumping it into my morning smoothies. It's a multifunctional, full-spectrum supplement boasting a unique, adaptogenic formula made with a base of ceremonial-grade matcha and moringa leaf, plus tons of other nutrient-rich superfoods chock-full of the vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, alkaline greens, and phytonutrients your body is craving. Flu? We don't know her. Any wellness junkie will be obsessed.
Yep, oral care is an important part of your beauty and wellness routine, folks! Of course, not just any toothbrush and floss are giftable, but Quip's epic, very aesthetically pleasing duo is. I swear, since incorporating them into my own routine, I'll never go back to any other brand. I recommend the Starter Set, which features toothpaste alongside a sleek metal electric toothbrush and refillable floss. Cooler yet, you can choose your finish; silver, slate, gold, or copper.
And now, a well-rounded gift set that's pure magic for anyone who loves potions, powders, elixirs, and more in your life. There are a few standouts I personally swear by (like Hum's Flatter Me Digestive Enzymes, Beauty Chef's Collagen Inner Beauty, and Moon Juice Super You), and even more, I'm personally excited to try. So yes, I'll be gifting this one to myself as well, thanks.