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We all have that friend, S.O., or relative in our life that’s beauty-obsessed. We can all probably also relate to the fact that shopping the beauty aisles can be a bit overwhelming (to say the least). So we rounded up our favorite beauty gifts to help make your shopping go a little more smoothly the next time you need a present stat.
Nécessaire The Body Essentials
This full-size kit has everything you need to treat the skin below your jaw, namely a lotion, exfoliator, and wash—the latter two of which are available in a scent of your choosing. Take your pick between Eucalyptus, Bergamot, and Sandalwood, or just Fragrance-Free if you're not big on essential oils. Suddenly your body care routine will feel less like a chore and more like a luxe ritual.
Glossier Balm Dotcom Trio
This set of Glossier lip balms is always a safe bet. The set comes with three salves and you can choose from a handful of universally flattering shades with sheer finishes. We love the hydrating formula made with castor seed oil, beeswax, lanolin, cupuacu fruit extracts, as well as rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts.
Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Set
Gua Sha and facial massage are among the latest trends in skincare, which is why when you gift your skincare obsessed friend this rose quartz facial roller and sculpting tool, it will need no explaining. Just for your own knowledge, the roller helps to de-puff skin, get your blood flowing, and help lymphatic drainage. Plus, rose quartz is known as the crystal of love, making it ideal for this self-care ritual.
Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase
When you don’t want to worry about trying to match up your gift to their skin tone, hair type, personal style, etc., this silk pillowcase is a solid choice for your beauty-loving friends. If you’re wondering what’s wrong with a regular pillowcase, let us explain.
Typical cotton pillowcases not only tug at hair and skin, but they also like to suck up water—this includes the moisture that’s in your hair and skin—which is bad news for those overnight masks you’ve been using. Silk’s slick surface helps hair and skin glide smoothly across your pillow as you toss and turn throughout the night, leading to more healthy, hydrated hair and skin come morning.
What Our Testers Say
"When I let my hair down the morning after sleeping on the silk, I noticed a marked difference in how soft and hydrated my hair still felt. I seriously could not stop touching my hair, something I usually cannot do after wash day without creating frizz." — Caitlin Duggan, Product Tester
Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask
Beauty sleep is real, and it starts with this luxurious silk sleep mask. Not only does it block out all forms of light that can keep you awake, but it also muffles out the noise so it's even easier to catch some Zzz's in peace and quiet. Another perk? It doubles as a headband to keep hair out of the face during a skincare ritual.
Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate Look Set
Charlotte Tilbury’s products are always a top choice for makeup enthusiasts and it’s easy to see why. While the packaging itself is enough to make you fall in love, it’s the rich pigments and long-wearing formulas inside that keep people coming back for more.
This is the ultimate starter set (or key staples) as it includes an eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss all in super wearable shades that work on any skin tone. Plus it comes with a little lipstick-printed pouch to carry it all in. While this set is on the pricier side, any of Charlotte’s makeup palettes or kits would be a gift they’ll love.
Nurse Jamie UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller
As far as face massagers go, this one is definitely up there among the best of them. It features 24 massaging stones that—when rolled against the skin—help to lift, enhance, and energize the skin for a more youthful-looking appearance.
Made from the same silk used in the brand's beloved pillowcases, these cutesy scrunchies won't tug on delicate hair or leave behind an indent. We love that it's a pack of six in black, nude, and pink hues to match nearly every outfit (though these are chic enough to be a wrist accessory, too).
Artis Elite 5-Piece Brush Set
There’s nothing quite like using a fresh brush to apply your makeup for the first time. Artis brushes are the cream of the crop, and their unique shape also makes them really fun to use. This kit includes multiple sizes of brushes for applying everything from foundation to blush to concealer to eyeliner. The bristles are soft but dense (made of a revolutionary engineered fiber) so they’ll pick up more of your makeup for a bolder application on the first swipe.
Parachute Classic Bathrobe
This bathrobe is a classic for a reason. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, this robe is soft and cozy and once had a 2,000 person waitlist. It comes in four neutral colors and hits just below the knee to suit anyone's look. Super absorbent so that it can be worn straight out of the shower, but light enough that you'll still want to reach for it in the summer.
What Our Testers Say
"The Parachute Classic Bathrobe is made of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton. It sounds luxurious, and it is. I’m not sure I’ve ever slipped into anything quite so plush. With a towel-like texture—but imagine the softest, fluffiest towel!" — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester
Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are a staple for makeup lovers of all levels. This palette is made up of 12 shades in warm browns and burnt reds with matte, metallic, and shimmer finishes. Wear the shades alone or pair them together, no matter how you mix and match them it will always look good—they’re practically foolproof.
The six most popular shades are available in the brand's Mini Naked Heat Palette, so you can test it out with less commitment.
Quip Metal Electric Toothbrush
Awarded a Seal of Acceptance by the American Dental Association, this toothbrush not only brushes teeth better than its non-electric counterparts, but it's also nice to look at. Gift this to your friends and/or loved ones and we're confident it won't stay hidden deep within a medicine cabinet.
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau De Parfum
A true classic, we could smell this unisex fragrance all day long and not get bored. It's the kind of scent that people will stop you on the street and ask about—an addicting blend of spicy, leathery, and musky notes. That's all courtesy of Australian sandalwood, papyrus, and cedarwood, along with notes of cardamom, iris, violet, and ambrox. It's rich, it's woody, and it's just perfect.
Olive & June The Everything Box
For anyone into DIY nails, this kit is a dream. It comes equipped with everything you need to nail (get it?) the perfect at-home mani or pedi. That includes a nail polish remover, touch-up brush, cuticle serum, nail file, nail clipper, buffer cube, top coat, polish bottle handle (aka the coolest thing ever), and your choice of six polishes.
Herbivore Botanicals Exfoliate + Glow Head to Toe Self Care Trio
A true treat for the skin from head to toe, this set includes three exfoliators—namely the Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub, Crushed Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish, and Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial—to soften, smooth, and brighten the skin.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
This product has a cult-like following—in fact, most Olaplex products do—because of its ability to relink broken hair bonds. It's not a conditioner but rather a concentrated treatment that can benefit the look and feel of all hair types. They'll love you for this one—trust us.
Lunata Beauty Cordless Convertible Curling Iron/Wand
Enjoy professional, salon-worthy results with this cordless (yes, no wires or outlets needed) styling tool offering more benefits that one. It's a convertible tool that works as both a curling iron and curling wand with its removal clip. Other benefits include adjustable heat settings, titanium barrels for even heat distribution, and beautiful, tousled waves every single time. Oh and NO CORDS!
Billie Life of the Party Gift Set
For the social butterflies in your life, this gift set will make sure they're ready for a night out in no time flat. Inside is a trio of Billie favorites, including their beloved dry shampoo/volumizer hybrid, facial wipes, and glossy lip balm.
Ritual Essential for Women
We love this multivitamin for women at Byrdie HQ, and we're confident that everyone else will too. The brand is super transparent about the ingredients they use in their supplements; this one has nine essential nutrients—folate, omega-3, boron, iron, magnesium and vitamins B12, D3, K2, and E—in their bioavailable forms. They're vegan, easy to swallow and smell minty fresh. Gift this to your friend and don't be surprised if they sign up for a subscription of monthly vitamins shipped to their door directly off the brand's site.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
The winner of the best chemical exfoliator award in our 2019 Byrdie Skincare Awards, we're confident this AHA treatment will wow any beauty lover on your list. It's a hard-hitting combo of lactic acid, licorice, lemongrass, and prickly pear extract to brighten the skin and reveal a more even tone and texture.
Kate McLeod Daily Stone
A cross between a lotion and massage oil, this bar by Kate McLeod is the definition of luxe pampering. It's made of five oils and butters—cocoa, sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and coconut, to be exact—and melts into the skin as it's glided across. All the while it's giving off the most decadent scent of rose, neroli, and frankincense—a real treat for the skin and senses.
We're also big fans of the brand's new Grounding Stone, which features Kate's personal favorite essential oil blend. Hint—there's vetiver and bergamot.
Dyson Airwrap Styler
We know the price is steep but if you factor in the number of hair tools on offer here, it completely justifies it. Perfect for multiple hair types and styles, this tool transforms into a hairbrush, a curling iron (for loose and voluminous curls), a hot airbrush, and more by simply swapping out the head.
Summer Fridays The Hydration Set
This Summer Fridays set is everything needed to get healthy, hydrated skin. It has three mini products inside—the beloved Jet Lag Mask, CC Me Vitamin C Serum, and Lip Butter Balm—that tackle dryness, yes, but also improve the look of discoloration and uneven texture.
Aquis Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Turban
Aside from being a stylish way to dry the hair, this microfiber turban is actually one of the best ways to take your strands from sopping wet to damp with the least amount of damage. Plus, they work 50% faster than cotton towels, are less irritating (and therefore less likely to cause breakage), and help cut down on heat styling, another healthy hair offender. Small and compact, it also makes a great stocking stuffer.
AirExpect Trifold Makeup Mirror With Lights
With adjustable LED lights, this makeup mirror will brighten up even the darkest of spaces. Plus, it rotates 90 degrees to make it even easier to apply your face makeup and hit all the right angles.
Venus ET Fleur Classic Bundle Set
Give the gift of flowers that last the entire year. This beautiful pink and ivory set includes the brand's Le Mini Round, Le Mini Square, and Rose Blanche Votive candle. All three pieces add an instant luxe touch to your room, not to mention an addicting smell of fresh roses.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
Give the gift of relaxation. A few spoonfuls of this soak—with pink Himalayan salt, arnica, Epsom salts, calendula petals, and essential oils—is all it takes to wind down after a long day. As you may have gathered from the name, every jar boasts about 240 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD derived from U.S.-cultivated hemp. We couldn't think of a gift more chill than this if we tried.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil
Newly available at Sephora, this beloved hair oil is the brainchild of mega-influencer Negin Mirsalehi. Take one look at her luscious locks (which she credits to the use of this family hair oil recipe) and you'll soon understand why it's a must-have for combatting dryness, boosting shine, and nourishing split ends.
MaeLove Serums Trio Set
Dotdash Senior Commerce Director Dwyer Frame could sing the praises of these serums all day long—they're just that good. Super reasonably priced and well-formulated, one set gets you three serums: The Glow Maker with vitamins C and E plus ferulic acid for brighter skin; NIA10 with niacinamide to reduce inflammation and redness associated with acne and rosacea; and Hydrator B5 which contains hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, and vitamin B5 for dewy, hydrated skin.
Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask
Have a friend who could use some more peaceful shut-eye? Gift them this mask which acts as a weighted blanket for your face. It promotes restful sleep, helps calm anxiety, and reduces stress by applying gentle pressure onto the contours around the eyes. Four equally weighted pods block out light and since there's no strap, it ensures a comfortable fit for all-night wear.
Rosepops Three's a Charm
For an under-$100 gift that will last (up to one year), reach for this heart-shaped bouquet from Rosepops. You can personalize your own message to appear inside the box, and the receiver will love 'popping' these beautiful roses for all to see.
Want to spend a little more or a little less? There are plenty of styles to choose from depending on your budget. The brand's The One Up is a great pick for a stocking stuffer; the single rose is small enough to fit in any stocking but mighty enough to give off a divine scent for months and months.
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Gifting a big, clunky humidifier can be tough. And with most people trying to clear their homes of clutter, it's not the most practical option. But humidifiers are, in fact, great to have in the house to keep the air moist and your skin from drying out. We love this portable facial humidifier from Hey Dewy for that reason. It's compact, portable, and totally adorable.
Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser
Candles, fragrances, and scents all make great gifts, but if you're looking for something just a wee bit different, opt for this diffuser equipped with smart technology. It's compatible with a handful of designer fragrances that, when placed into the device and plugged into any outlet, diffuse into the air at an intensity of your choice. You can control the entire experience from your phone, no matter where you are.
Wakse At-Home Self Wax Kit
At-home hair removal gets a holiday twist with Wakse's festive self wax kits. Choose from Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Wonderland, Pumpkin Spice, Creme Brulee, and Gingerbread, all of which are pretty to look at and smell like the season's best. Kits are equipped with a 12.8 oz wax of your choice, a melting pot to heat your wax beans in, as well as 70 applicators.
Malibu Apothecary Matte Black Candle
Craving a vacation but have got nowhere to go? Bring the scents of paradise to the home with Malibu Apothecary's collection of candles, all inspired by luxury destinations traveled to by the brand's founder—think Turks & Caicos, Hawaii, and the Cayman Islands.
Flamingo Body Moisture Trio
Who said you can't love your body moisturizers as much as you love those for your face? With this trio of body moisturizing goodies, you certainly will. We're particularly big fans of the Light Hydrating Spray which makes application easy-breezy, but there's little not to like about the Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Deep Nourishing Cream also included in the kit.