Over and Under $25: The Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Gifts
The holidays are a joyful time of family bonding, sleeping in, and eating way too many helpings of mashed potatoes. But you know what really puts a damper on the holiday spirit? Knowing the beauty gifts you gave all your friends and family members were tested on animals. (Yikes, yes, we went there.) How much fun can you really have on the last night of Hanukkah when you know some bunny somewhere is dealing with an eyeful of painful chemicals?
Okay, I know, it's the holidays, let's not talk about animal torture. Instead, let's all make a pact to buy only cruelty-free gifts this year. If you do it, we'll do it!
This challenge actually isn't hard at all, because so many of your favorite cruelty-free cosmetic brands came out with bomb gift sets this year. We're talking adorable makeup kits from Too Faced, sparkly nail polish duos from Deborah Lippmann, luxurious skincare sets from Drunk Elephant, and more.
So let's not waste our time with beauty gifts that test on animals, deal? Just keep scrolling for 15 awesome cruelty-free beauty gifts for every budget!
Pacifica Mini Body Butter Duo ($12)
On a tight budget? Snag this little gift set from vegan brand Pacifica, who always turn it out with the cute packaging. The brand also nails its fragrances, and these teensy body butters feature two of the best: Tuscan Blood Orange and Sugared Amber Dreams.
PS: Pacifica makes a ton of other affordable gift ideas, many of which you can pick up at Target!
Delectable Online Only Such Sweetness Gift Set ($20)
This one's great for the girly girl in your life. The super-sweet set of body care products boasts a lemon and cream-scented bodywash, strawberries-and-cream body lotion, a coconut cream shine mist for hair and body, and a limited edition mint-and-cream hand lotion.
Nudestix #BerryNudeLips Mini Set ($24)
Nudestix is one of our favorite cool-girl brands, and anyone at Byrdie HQ would be thrilled to receive this limited edition gift set. The holiday trio comes with mini lip and cheek pencils in cream, gel, and matte formulas. These products glide on like butter, last forever, and are incredibly versatile.
Too Faced Merry Kissmas The Ultimate Liquified Lipstick Set ($25)
Any Too Faced fans in the house? You couldn't ask for a better gift (at a better price) than this four-piece set, featuring not minis, but deluxe sizes of the brand's beloved Melted Liquified Lipsticks in original, chocolate, and matte formulations.
Lano Lemon & Rose Hand Cream Duo ($30)
This just-launched duo of lemon and rose hand creams is incredibly luxe. They smell incredible and hydrate your hands for hours without feeling greasy. Plus, they're 98% natural and free of artificial fragrances, parabens, petrolatum, PEG's, mineral oil, palm oil, and sulfates.
Verb Holiday Hydration Kit ($36)
Verb is another Byrdie favorite, and we couldn't be more excited about this hair-hydrating gift set. The included shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizing mask make hair feel incredibly nourished and soft. The products work for most hair types and are totally free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Starling Project Candle ($55)
This sophisticated line of candles is not only cruelty-free but it also actively gives back. The brand works with philanthropic organizations like UNICEF so that each candle purchased helps to provide solar energy (and thus, access to electricity, clean water, safety, health, education, and more) to under-resourced countries around the world.
The candles themselves are also very chic and come in four incredible scents: Juniper and saffron, vanilla and hemlock, orange flower and amber, and currant and rosewood.
Drunk Elephant Let's B Clear ($82)
If your giftee digs luxury skincare projects and stunning packaging, we've found the winner. This limited edition set offers everything you need for a morning-and-night skincare routine: a cleansing bar, gel moisturizer, glycolic acid serum, vitamin C serum, and facial oil, all beautifully packaged in that signature Drunk Elephant style.
Rahua Rainforest Shower Set ($90)
At Byrdie, Rahua is one of our favorite natural haircare brands, and we are simply giddy over this gift set. The kit includes Rahua's voluminous shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, all of which smell like the rainforest and make your skin and hair feel insanely soft.
Root Science The Discovery Kit ($125)
Natural skincare brand Root Science makes some of the chicest packaging and most luxurious formulas in the game. The brand harnesses plant-based ingredients to deliver noticeable results, whether that's evening out your skin tone, brightening skin, or protecting against photo-aging.
Its Discovery Kit is a great introduction to the line and is super customizable, allowing you to choose a facial serum, mask, and a cleanser, all of which come with a heavenly facial exfoliant.
Personally, I would flip out if I received this as a gift. This hair kit for the jet setter in your life includes a mini dry shampoo, dry conditioner, detangling brush, hair clips, a travel pouch, and a travel hair dryer worthy of a professional. Not to mention the packaging, which is so cute, your giftee might just ask you to marry her.
Gloss Moderne Vegan Leather Boxed Collection ($180)
If you give this as a gift this year, you'll pretty much win the holidays. Gloss Moderne is the luxury natural haircare brand on the rise. Its products are free of all icky ingredients that can be damaging to the hair or environment, but they also feel incredibly high-end. This sophisticated set comes with a high-gloss shampoo, conditioner, serum, and mask in two sizes, all of which smell like a tropical vacation. Better yet, they come in this sleek vegan leather case. So classy.