The whole gift-giving process can be overwhelming. Some people really enjoy it, but for me, it has always caused extra stress. First off, I already don't think I'm the best gift giver out there. We all have that one person who manages to always send the most thoughtful, made-for-you presents. That's not quite me. When in doubt, I just shower my loved ones with gift cards. And really, what's so wrong with gift cards? Your friends and family can get exactly what they want with them!
But one gift idea that never seems to fail me is a good ol' nail polish gift set. No, it's not the most innovative or splashiest gift, but my friends always seem to appreciate them and text me pics of their manicures for months to come. The beauty-and-self-care hybrid lets your loved ones treat themselves to a relaxing at-home manicure or experiment with new colors or nail art. For the budget-savvy, new tools for their next at-home manicure will be a present that really comes in handy. The nail polish set has never been more relevant in these times.
To help you shop, here are a few I've bookmarked for my holiday gifting.
If you haven't tried Olive and June's Poppy manicure tool, you have not had a proper at-home manicure. The patented bottle handle lets you paint your nails with precision, even if you don't have the steadiest hand. This set has everything for a manicure: the aforementioned Poppy, cuticle serum, polish remover, clean-up brush, nail buffer, clippers, file, super-glossy topcoat, and six best-selling nail colors.
This pack of mini OPI nail polishes is for your friend who loves a statement-making moment. The polishes are bold and festive, with bright red, shimmery white, iridescent purple, and even black.
This one from Deborah Lippmann is all about the neutrals, with six nude and natural hues. The polishes are formulated with nourishing ingredients like evening primrose, biotin, keratin, nonychosine F, green tea extract, and aucoumea. The finish is the same glossy, long-lasting one you'd get with a gel manicure.
With six different shades, ranging from neutrals to deep purples, these polishes from Deborah Lippmann are a complete collection that is perfect for any occasion. The colors of this collection were inspired by the deserts of the American Southwest, and each is super long-lasting.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.