Audacity is at an all-time high this year, and time has been the biggest offender. Yes, I'm talking about actual hours, days, weeks, and months. They're flying by so fast that it's harder than ever to get a handle on anything let alone holiday shopping. And if you're shopping for a beauty lover or two, then the challenge of locating the perfect gift is all that more real. As we rapidly approach mid-December, the race is officially on.
Don't worry. The situation isn't dire… yet. But judging by time's complete lack of chill this year, I'd recommend getting on top of this situation before you wake up in a cold sweat on December 24 wishing you'd heeded this warning. Even though some of our favorite beauty retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora, and Violet Grey offer exceptionally fast shipping (and don't even get us started on Amazon), there's still not that much time to sort out a game plan.
To help you out, here are 31 last-minute beauty gifts, from skincare sets to bougie fragrances and all the tools your loved ones could want, that you can still get in time for Christmas. They're all so great and thoughtful that no one will know you waited this long to buy. Happy scrolling.
Give the gift of perfect at-home blowouts. The internet is obsessed with this thing and so are we—check out our review here.
These haircare essentials smell divine and come housed in a container fit for gifting.
Inspire someone you love to slow down and give their hair a little extra love with these scalp and hair treatments.
Beauty sleep is a real thing, and this silk pillowcase will help keep your hair smooth and frizz-free through the night. Plus, the coordinating eye mask is perfect for fostering the ideal level of zen to achieve optimal rest.
Though most travels are still on hold, giving this incredible gift set will get your special recipient excited at the prospect of packing again… someday. It comes with some beloved hair, skin, and makeup favorites from cult-favorite brands like Embryolisse, Oribe, and KNC, all housed in a chic cosmetic case from Shay Mitchell's luggage brand Beis.
This collection of targeted serums by Versed is perfect for the clean-skincare lover in your life. What's more? The set comes complete with the brand's iconic padded headband.
It's an actual miracle that this seasonal box from Violet Grey is even available still, but it is, and if you want to gift it to a loved one (or to yourself), you'd better act fast. Get a deep dive into its contents here.
Caudalie's grapeseed polyphenol–infused products are beloved for their intense hydration and antioxidant protection. This set contains the greatest hits from the French brand.
Whoever gets the gift of this literal suitcase packed with full-size Drunk Elephant products will love you forever. It doesn't come cheap, but it's well worth the price.
Pause is a wonderful skincare line specially formulated to support the skin through the stages of menopause. The best part? It's available on Amazon, so you can have it in your hands in a flash.
Chanel eye masks, anyone? Your most bougie friend will flip for these.
These antimicrobial facial washcloths will take anyone's at-home facial game to the next level.
The skincare device lover in your life will be so stoked to unwrap this duo of tools. They'll be able to carry out a salon-level microdermabrasion treatment followed by a soothing facial massage for the ultimate spa day.
Jennifer Aniston's esthetician created this beloved nanocurrent tool that delivers teeny currents into the skin to lift, tone, tighten, and plump. Find out everything you need to know about it here.
These pulsating silicone facial scrubbers deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin to reveal a softer, more radiant look. Plus, the vibration delivers a nice little massage.
If you know anyone who's getting serious about at-home facials, this steamer is a must. It also comes with tools for extractions, but we'd recommend using those with extreme caution.
Everyone I know who uses the NuFace is obsessed with the lift it delivers to the face over time. It's one of those investment pieces perfect for the beauty enthusiast in your life.
This newly launched tool was developed by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's facialist Shani Darden. It makes total sense that she would come out with her own tool since a session with the renowned skin expert often involves various toning devices and light masks in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration. If you know anyone who's already a fan of her eponymous skincare line, this is the perfect gift.
Everyone loves Glossier's Balm Dotcom salve, and now, you can gift it in a fresh way with this surprise trio. How cute is the packaging?
Since launching her own beauty line last year, Victoria Beckham has been releasing a steady stream of beautiful products that we truly love. The latest are these lipsticks, and they're just as gorgeous as you'd expect.
The mini eye shadow palettes from Huda Beauty are perfect for the makeup savant in your life since they each include expertly coordinated shades that help you create the most dynamic eye looks. This holiday season, grab one (or a few!) of these sets that come with a palette and a gorgeous mini liquid lipstick.
It's all about the eyes this year, and thankfully, this One Click Beauty set has everything needed to create the perfect holiday eye look.
We love Chantecaille's clean formulations, like its holy-grail Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara ($72), but these creamy, pearlescent eye shadows showcase the brand's deeper mission to raise awareness about endangered animals in Africa. Chantecaille supports six charities across the continent to help create a better future for these vulnerable species.
No at-home manicure setup is complete without the Olive and June essentials in this expert manicure kit.
Got any Oprah fans on your shopping list? These 10-free nail polishes were part of her annual Favorite Things list this year.
Bath & Body
This luxurious bath soak will inspire deep, cleansing breaths while soothing sore muscles. Plus, it makes your bath water look like it's been blessed by a magical unicorn.
Serious bathers know that a good bathrobe is the key to extending the relaxing vibe after a good soak.
Any fan of Sol de Janeiro's sweet-smelling body cream with flip over this jumbo size.
Gifting the perfect fragrance is hard to do, but this discovery set from Le Labo is the perfect solution. Plus, it just might help your loved one find a new signature.
An essential oil diffuser is such a thoughtful gift for anyone committed to reducing stress. This one from Vitruvi is so chic.
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Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.
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