14 Beauty Gifts Under 20 Dollars—But Worth Much More

In travel-friendly sizes.

Updated 11/20/19

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When it comes to shopping for the beauty-obsessed, there's an endless number of options. During the holiday season, every other brand is boasting covetable gift sets and brand new beauty launches that make checking off your list easy, but not necessarily inexpensive. So, when you're working within a budget (like us), it makes things a little more complicated. That said, we've done the work for you. Look no further for affordable gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap—all under $20.

From travel-friendly skincare sets to stress-reducing essential oils, from sticker sheets that nix acne to nail polish duos, there are so many ways to brighten your favorite beauty lover's day. Keep scrolling to see our curated list of 14 beauty gifts under $20.

The Ordinary The Daily Set
The Ordinary The Daily Set $19
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With just one exception, all products in The Ordinary's skincare lineup ring in at under 20 dollars, but a pre-made set of some of the brand's hardest workers makes gifting all the easier. This trio serves as a launchpad for a daily skincare routine and is suitable for all skin types. It includes The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser—a gentle cleansing formula that targets makeup removal without stripping the skin, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5—which combines low, medium, and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid plus B5 for optimized hydration, and Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA—non-greasy hydration promising lasting results.

Ren stocking stuffer
Ren Clean Skincare & Now to Sleep Stocking Filler $15
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This adorable stocking stuffer (which would look great hanging from any tree, IMO) promises a peaceful night to anyone who receives it. Packed with two minis of Ren's & Now to Sleep Pillow Mist—a dreamy combination of notes of Frankincense, lavender, cedarwood, and ylang ylang—the recipient will get a double dose of good sleep this holiday season.

Pai Meet Your Heroes
Pai Try Pai Starter Kit $14
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It seems like just about everyone who tries skincare Pai falls in love. For those on your list who haven't yet become acquainted, the Try Pai Starter Kit boasts the brand's hero products, including Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleanser, Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, and an Exfoliating Face Cloth. Formulated for sensitive skin (and even suitable those with eczema), this soothing and nourishing lineup is a real game-changer.

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-Erade
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-Erade $19
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For the friend who loves to mask, you really can't beat this kit from Peter Thomas Roth, as it offers up a formulation for every possible skin concern. The Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask draws out impurities to decongest, while the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer peels and polishes your skin to brighten and add radiance. You can soothe dry, irritated skin with the Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator, or increase radiance and dew with the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask. Last but certainly not least, the 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm adds some opulence to the mix with 24K gold and colloidal gold to lift and firm your skin.

Peace Out Jet Set
Peace Out Peace Out Jet Set $18
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Peace Out's lineup of stickers and patches tackle a variety of skin woes, and basically just feels like playtime. In this giftable kit—including Peace Out Acne Healing Dots, Peace Out Puffy Eyes, and Peace Out Pores Blackhead Strip and Pore Strip—gift a more holistic approach to clearer skin.

Deborah Lippmann nail polish set
Deborah Lippmann Little Wonders Gel Lab Pro Color Nail Polish Set $19
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Deborah Lippmann's nail polishes will always be a gifting staple. This Little Wonders Gel Lab Pro nail polish set serves up two of her flattering pink formulas—"I Like Me" and "Playtime"—that work for almost any occasion.

Target Beauty Great Complexions Kit
Target Beauty Great Complexions Kit $15
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Leave it to Target to bring us one of the most crave-able gift sets of the season. This beauty offering includes travel-friendly sizes of DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (a cult favorite), Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream, Vichy Mineral, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser, Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, which translates to over 40 dollars worth of value for just fifteen dollars.

DHC Golden Glow
DHC Golden Glow Set $8
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Speaking of DHC, give your friends and family the opportunity to double up on the brand's well-loved Deep Cleansing Oil with this duo set. The multitasking formula made from olive oil and rosemary leaf oil removes all traces of makeup, purifies pores to combat free radical damage, nourishing and hydrates skin, and can also be used to gently clean makeup brushes.

Slip Relax Roller
Slip Relax Roller $19
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Slip's silk pillowcases and scrunchies have become mainstays in many households, but few are familiar with the brand's Relax Roller, a calming blend of essential oils to help take your sleep quality to the next level. Roll it over pulse points to unwind at bedtime (or throughout the day whenever you need to de-stress) and cedarwood, lavender, and bergamot essential oils will help you reach a new level of peacefulness.

Dermalogica Power Cleanse Duo
Dermalogica Power Cleanse Duo $19
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Give the gift of two of Dermalogica's most iconic formulas—the PreCleanse and the Daily Microexfoliant. The two-step duo, in travel-friendly sizes, makes cleansing a breeze. PreCleanse removes the most stubborn of makeup and harmful impurities from the skin, to be followed by the Daily Microfoliant which gently exfoliates to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

Esker Beauty dry brush
Esker Beauty Dry Brush $18
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Dry brushing is believed to have a long list of benefits and is a welcome gift in anyone's wellness arsenal. This particular brush is crafted with all-natural bristles and a sturdy grass tree wood handle wrapped in hemp twine for a solid grip when using to boost circulation, reduce fluid retention, and even bolster the immune system.

The Inkey List Wake Up Duo
The Inkey List The Wake Up Duo $15
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For the overworked friend who may be in need of more than just a cup of coffee, this duo combines the power of caffeine with hyaluronic acid to help with under-eye puffiness and restore the look of hydrated, healthy skin—even when one is their most sleep-deprived. Consider this pair a morning pick-me-up that works beneath the skin's surface to deliver results.

Versed Twice As Nice
Versed Twice As Nice Serum Rolling Gift Set $17
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This gift set not only delivers two best-selling serums for treating dullness and aging skin concerns, but it also includes a facial massage roller to release muscle tension in the face, reduce puffiness, improve blood and oxygen flow, and smooth skin while it reaps the benefits of the serums.

Murad Keep Calm and Poreless
Murad Keep Calm and Poreless $19
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Make 2020 the year of clear, calm skin with this soothing duo from Murad. The oil-free SPF moisturizer offers up an impressive 10 hours of shine and oil control while also reducing the appearance of pores. The maximum-strength acne spot treatment tackles any pesky blemishes that arise, promising to improve the situation in as little as four hours.

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