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If you’re anything like us, there’s at least one person on your holiday shopping list who absolutely can’t get enough of anything and everything beauty-related. You know the type—they're the person who obsesses over the latest hair tool launches, owns 20 different red lipsticks, and has a skincare drawer filled to the brim with serums and masks galore. The good news when it comes time to shop for this friend/family member/S.O.? There are tons (and we mean tons) of beauty gifts to choose from. The bad news? There are tons (and we mean tons) of beauty gifts to choose from—so we did some of the hard work for you.
Read on for our list of the best beauty gifts of the season.
Nécessaire The Body Essentials
This holiday season, stock their bathroom with everything they need for smooth, hydrated skin. This trio comes with full-sized versions of the brand’s beloved lotion, scrub, and wash—the latter two of which you can select in one of three different scents: sandalwood, eucalyptus, and bergamot.
Venus ET Fleur Classic Bundle Set
Sure, you could give someone flowers, but why do that when you could give them flowers that last for an entire year? This set comes with two of the brand’s iconic long-lasting (and yes, real) roses, plus a candle. Choose from any of six rose colors and three candle scents. It’s the perfect addition to any beauty lover’s vanity or bathroom.
Olive & June The Everything Box
Anyone who loves to DIY their nails needs this kit. It touts, quite literally, everything you need to nail a gorgeous DIY mani and/or pedi—pun intended. We’re talking remover, cuticle serum, a touch-up brush, nail file, nail clipper, buffer cube, top coat, your choice of six polishes, and the brand’s own Poppy, a unique bottle cap handle that makes painting your nails a breeze.
Parachute Classic Bathrobe
This insanely popular robe once boasted a waitlist of over 2,000 people—for good reason. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, it’s super cozy and absorbent—think like the fluffiest and softest bath towel, ever—but is still light enough to wear year-round. It comes in four neutral colors and hits just above the knee—the perfect thing for any beauty lover to wear while they practice their extensive self-care routine.
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
Dyson Airwrap Styler
This is a splurge, for sure, but trust us—any beauty lover will be beyond thrilled to get a Dyson hot tool. This one in particular is worth every penny. It essentially acts as a hairbrush, curling iron, hot air brush, and more, offering an option for every hair type and texture. FYI, this season, it also comes in a limited-edition blue and copper color.
What Our Testers Say
"Reader, I was shocked by how quickly and efficiently the firm smoothing brush attachment straightened my hair—and it wasn’t the least bit flat or stuck to my head. Truly, it had the body and volume of a professional blowout." —Tanya Akim, Product Tester
Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase
Silk pillowcases—which help minimize friction on both your skin and hair—are admittedly a dime a dozen these days, but we come back to this cult classic time and time again. It’s a universal fan favorite beauty gift that’s sure to please.
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
Alternately, pick up this set of six skinny scrunchies, made from the same high-quality silk as the aforementioned pillowcase. They’re pretty, practical, and good for your hair—plus, they come in more than 20 different colors and patterns.
Nailmatic Lab DIY Kit
For those who aren't satisfied painting their own nails, this kit is a step up. Yes, you can paint your own nails, but after you follow one of the 20 included formulas to create five polishes in different metallic and red hues. TL;DR, it’s like a grown-up science experiment for beauty lovers.
Re:Mix Re:Wand Face Tool
There’s no shortage of different kinds of face tools out there, but this one is unlike anything we’ve seen. Think of it as a hybrid jade roller and gua sha tool—the unique, whale-shaped stone can be used for both purposes. Created by Giselle Wasfie, a doctor of Chinese medicine, you can even purchase a video to go along with the tool in which she’ll create a custom routine for the user. Plus, it’s so pretty that it easily doubles as a piece of décor.
Bathing Culture Organic Cosmic Rainbow Towel
There are bath towels, and then there are bath towels—and this one certainly falls into the latter camp. The best-seller just got a revamp and is now 20% bigger and made with GOTS-certified organic cotton. Also, because it comes in several vibrant hues, it's the perfect way to upgrade any basic shower or bathing routine.
Nest Holiday Luxury 4 Wick Candle
A candle may not necessarily fall into the category of a beauty gift, per se, but in our experience, we have yet to meet a beauty lover who doesn’t also love a good candle. (Actually, come to think of it, we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love being gifted a candle.) This is the best of the holiday candle best: an iconic fragrance that’s festive without being overpowering. And the jumbo, four-wick size—with a 120-hour burn time—makes it all the more special and giftable.
Lobe Love Starry Night Statement Headband
There’s no better way to accentuate a good hair day or camouflage a bad one than with a headband. This one is fun and festive, featuring twisted black fabric and faux-pearl embellishment that makes it the perfect accessory for any and every holiday soirée.
Kusshi Vacationer Makeup Bag
Quite possibly the last makeup bag you’ll ever need, this is especially ideal for travel. It holds a shocking amount of products, not to mention features special compartments and holders for everything from an eyelash curler to lip gloss. It also comes in fabric options (that are fully machine-washable) as well as leather and faux leather materials (that have washable liners).
Dr. Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask
Why use a regular old eye mask when you could be using one that's designed to help smooth out lines and wrinkles? Credit a high-end technology (six years in the making) that features small, carefully placed silicone dots that work to stimulate tiny nerve endings in your face.
Esker Bath Board
Soaks and salts are great, but nothing upgrades a bath quite like a bath board—and this one has everything you need. There’s a flip-up mirror—ideal for when you want to use the bath as a vanity for moments such as eyebrow grooming or face masking—that also doubles as a media stand for your book or iPad. Plus, there's plenty of shelf space to keep a glass of wine or your favorite body scrub.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
Another way to upgrade a beauty lover's bath sitch is with the right bath salts. These—a combo of pink Himalayan and Epsom salts, plus arnica, skin-soothing calendula, and more—earn our vote without a doubt. As the name suggests, there are also 240 milligrams of USA-derived broad-spectrum CBD in each jar to help your mind and body relax.
Herbivore A Moment to Escape Soft Glow Body Set
This duo is perfect for inspiring a little extra self-care. The set includes the brands’ best-selling Coco Rose Body Polish and Body Oil—basically, all you need to get super-soft, smooth skin from head to toe.
Sigma Essential Trio Brush Set
We’re all for sets that contain dozens and dozens of makeup brushes, but let’s be real—are you really going to take that with you wherever you go? Here, you get just a trio of the most often reached-for brushes—an angled face brush and two shadow brushes—in travel-friendly sizes and a convenient carrying tin.
Drunk Elephant Hair + Body Trunk 2.0
Drunk Elephant may be known for its skincare, but the brand's hair and body offerings are incredible, too—which is why we appreciate that they’re featured in this set. It comes with seven full-size products: shampoo, conditioner, scalp scrub, tangle spray, body cleanser, body lotion, and deodorant, plus a tangle teezer brush.
T3 Airebrush Duo
Blowout queens will go gaga for this newbie, which gives standard hot air brushes a serious upgrade. The interchangeable design has two attachments (round and paddle-shaped), allowing you to create every kind of blowout. Also noteworthy: 15 different heat and speed settings and a negative ion generator help keep hair smooth and frizz-free.
Olaplex No.8 Intense Bond Moisture Mask
Team Byrdie loves anything and everything Olaplex—and this mask, one of the brand's latest, is no exception. It features the same bond-repairing technology as the other Olaplex products, but also imparts tons of moisture, smoothness, and shine. It’s also a good alternative for those whose hair might need a little bit of TLC, but for whom the other treatment products might be a bit too heavy.
Sephora Favorites Sparkly Clean Set
Here’s a perfect pick for clean beauty queens. The Sephora set (which has a $92 value, we should add), features six of Sephora’s best-selling clean beauty products—a mix of full- and mini-sized options from Tower 28, Milk Makeup, ILIA, Tatcha, Merit, and Saie.
Mutha Body Like a Mutha Set
There’s no shortage of Byrdie editors who love anything and everything that Mutha comes out with. This features two of the OG products that caught our eye: the creamy body butter and incredible body oil. Both are great picks for anyone who's pregnant and looking for products to use on stretch marks, too.
Quip Electric Toothbrush
We get it, a toothbrush can feel like a little bit of a weird gift, but this isn’t your regular ol’ toothbrush. It touts a Seal of Acceptance from the ADA and is one of the chicest electric toothbrushes we’ve ever seen. It’s also small and streamlined, AKA easy to travel with, not to mention it comes with a convenient subscription refill so you can replace your brush head and battery every three months.
Volo Hero Microfiber Hair Towel
File this one under "extremely practical gifts they’ll actually love." It’s made from an absorbent and plush patented material that not only feels super luxe but also cuts hair drying time by 50 percent. Plus, the built-in strap ensures that it stays in place.
Kate McLeod The Mama Stone
This solid bar easily melts into the skin as you glide it across dry areas—a cross between a lotion and massage oil. A combo of five oils impart tons of moisture, and it has the most delightful scent (a mix of rose, neroli, and frankincense), making the whole experience extra luxurious.
Summer Fridays Morning Minis
We love a chic set of travel-sized products as much as the next person. Here, you get scaled-down sizes of three of the brand’s top-sellers—the Super Amino Gel Cleanser, CC Me Serum, and Cloud Dew Gel Cream—all in a cute toiletry bag. Just toss it in your carry-on and you’re good to go.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any beauty gifts from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.