When it comes to shopping for the beauty-obsessed, there's an endless number of options. During the holiday season, countless brands are 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 (and aren't we all?), 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.
From travel-friendly skincare sets to a stress-reducing bath soak, there are so many ways to brighten your favorite beauty lover's day. Keep scrolling to see our curated list of some of our favorite beauty gifts for $25 and under.
Loved ones who have been hesitant to take the plunge and purchase Estée Lauder's ultra popular reparative serum because of the price tag will love receiving it as a gift and getting the chance to give it a whirl alongside its sister eye cream. Both are packed with potent antioxidant technology that fights premature aging from pollution and UV light, as well HA-packed hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. They'll be a full-size convert in no time.
Copper Wings Candle Company is an eco-conscious, Black-owned line of vegan coconut wax candles. Each jar features a long wooden wick which makes for a stronger glow and cleaner burn that emulates the crackle of a campfire. Fun names like "Hello Hey Joe," "In the Nude," and "I Always Melt for You" also make for great gifting.
Versed's best-selling dual-action clarifying and calming serum comes beautifully packaged in a gift set this holiday season, along with a de-puffing and cooling eye mask and chic glass globe that you can pop in the fridge and run along the contours of your face for a quick pillow-face remedy. At this price, you might also consider grabbing one for yourself (we strongly encourage it).
There isn't much else that beats a heavenly soak in a mixture of Pink Himalayan and Dead Sea salts, rose petals, eucalyptus, and lavender—talk about self-care in a bottle. After a raucous 2020, your loved one will be thanking you for the gift of extreme aromatic serenity.
Byrdie is a huge fan of Olaplex and its hair-smoothing, damage-reversing effects—there's truly nothing else like it. This complete hair system features a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in bonding treatment, and rinse-away strengthener for strong, shiny, healthy hair.
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.
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.
This beautifully hand-crafted rose quartz tool helps to massage the facial muscles and ease tension, as well as boost circulation and reduce facial puffiness. The act of gua-sha-ing is therapeutic, and the results (even if temporary) are just the icing on the cake.
Combs are usually nothing to fuss over—they often get tossed in drawers or bags, never gaining a coveted spot on your vanity or bathroom sink, but this gorgeous acetate tortoiseshell comb is something worth featuring. It's perfect for detangling hair and even gently massaging the scalp as you work it through your roots.
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 Microexfoliant which gently exfoliates to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.
Trust us—Marc Jacobs makes the best prestige mascara, and considering you'll also get to try the brand's gel eyeliner in this cute mini ornament set (for an incredible price!) is all the reason you need to add it to your cart.
While a coveted Slip silk pillowcase may be outside of this $25 threshold, you can still gift the tangle-free benefits with a trio of silk scrunchies guaranteed not to snag the hair or cause breakage. Plus, the shiny ruched fabric adds a little something extra to a standard ponytail or bun.
Another Byrdie favorite, these ShineOn Lip Jellies are perfect for keeping in every area of your life (read: car, home office, purse, etc.). They're super nourishing, fortified with five different natural oils, and offer the perfect pigment for a fun wash of color. Your gift recipient will love swatching the different shades and mixing up his or her look.
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 biodegradable sisal fibers and a curved, ergonomic handle to reach every area of your body and boost circulation, reduce fluid retention, and even bolster the immune system.