As the saying goes, you eat with your eyes first—an adage that most definitely applies to gift giving. And while we here at Byrdie tend to put emphasis on the beauty formulas within the pretty packages, there's no time like the holidays to give both elements equal weight. After all, why should the gift be overshadowed by its paper wrapping?
The trick is to pick products that are stunning to the eye but also really deliver on their formulation, and every item on our list here does just that. They're beautiful inside and out. Feast your eyes…
This little ninja of a compact flips out to reveal a hydrating, all-natural lip tint. Pick up a couple for yourself to stash in your purse.
Your favorite spa junkie will love mixing her masks in this gorgeous vessel.
From the horn lid to the sparkling bottle, this festive take on Burberry's fragrance is the epitome of opulence.
That adorable elephant imprint actually denotes the cause that this compact is dedicated to: 5% of all proceeds from sales go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The stilettos-inspired bottle will vamp up anyone's vanity.
Why overlook the comb as a potential display piece? And this pretty one is wallet friendly, to boot.
Sometimes it's not the packaging but the formula itself that really impresses—and colored face oils are a perfect example.
The Art Nouveau design makes this jasmine dry shampoo worthy of display—not something we can say too often.
The silver, pen-like applicator of this creamy eye color isn't just incredibly chic, but gloriously convenient. Swipe, stow, and go.
A nourishing nail and cuticle oil that smells so good, it can double as a perfume. Oh, and the botanical-inspired container—which varies from scent to scent—isn't bad to look at either.
The surprise is inside this palette, thanks to an abstract sculpture of eye color.
This limited-edition, amber-encased mirror belongs in your super-chic friend's purse.
Marvis: the only toothpaste you can give as a gift without getting major side-eye.
The celestial design on the bottle says it all: We're pretty sure this cult-loved serum is the stuff of the gods.
Any creepy-cool item from iconic photog Steven Klein's collab with Nars is a perfect fit for your token edgy friend (or your favorite fashionista, for that matter).
Warm up someone's winter beauty routine with this shimmery, bronzing body oil.
This luxe natural skincare brand utilizes crystal infusions to help balance and energize your complexion and overall well-being. This gift set amplifies those vibes with the help of a rose quartz applicator wand.
We admittedly first reached for this sea salt spray because the aqua color and minimalist packaging caught our eye. The good news? It's also one of the best formulas out there.
If you happen upon nail polish that's more Instagram-worthy than Smith & Cult's collection, let us know.
Don't feel like splurging on the famous body oil? This stocking-friendly lip balm is more than a worthy alternative.
The gift of a pampering sesh is lovely in itself, but a vintage-looking illustrated bubble bath bottle takes it to the next level.
Which products are you planning on adding to your list? Tell us in the comments below!