As much as I hate to admit it, I've got a go-all-in personality when it comes to the holidays. I buy that limited-edition gingerbread-crumble-sprinkle-whatever coffee creamer and switch all my playlists to festive jingles as soon as the temps drop.
However, as jolly as my holiday spirit is, I dread shopping for gifts. My list includes my sister, who says she'll love anything (but in reality loves nothing); my long-distance bestie, who deserves an amazing gift to make up for the all time we don't spend together; and my co-workers, who get lavish freebies all the time—so what more could they want?
This year, after hours of internet research, I've landed on the solution: holiday beauty gift sets. Because here's the thing… Everyone loves a gift set. There are endless options to fit anyone's taste, budget, or routine, and the very best holiday beauty gifts sets give you more product than you'd ever splurge on for yourself. Read on to see my picks, including the SK-II set I'm keeping for myself.
For the Aspiring Influencer of Your Friend Group
This holiday gift set is Instagram gold—perfect for the friend who's trying to up her selfie game. With 12 Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks (five tried-and-true shades and seven never-seen-before colors), your giftee can wear a different highlight/blush/shadow look every day of the week.
For the Skincare-Obsessed Jet-Setter
Skincare junkies either covet or already own SK-II's iconic, skin-transforming Facial Treatment Essence ($230). This holiday beauty gift set includes the cult-favorite essence, along with the best-selling moisturizer and toner, all in travel-friendly sizes. If you don't scoop up the limited-edition set for your own vanity (exclusive holiday packaging includes fun pop-art designs by artist Karan Singh), gift it forward to someone who's good at sharing.
For the '90s Baby
Scrunchies have made their fashion comeback (thank you, Balenciaga), but these Slip ones are more than a trendy accessory. Like the anti-wrinkle pillowcase before it, these silky hair ties will leave your hair crease-free and are ultra-gentle.
For Your Treatment-Loving Sister
You could gift your sister with a one-time facial at her local spa, or you could give her the gift of never having to leave her house. This at-home micro-needling gift set includes the limited-edition blush GloPro for exfoliating and helping your skincare products sink in, plus the lip-specific attachment and a volumizing lip serum you roll over your mouth for plumper, fuller looking lips.
For the Co-Worker Who Keeps You Updated on Her Clean Deodorant Search
This Kopari Beauty holiday gift set is full of the brand's coconut oil–based hero products, so even your clean beauty–obsessed co-worker could enjoy it. Plus, you'll get bonus points for finding her new favorite aluminum-free deodorant.
For Your Indecisive Cousin Who Wants It All
Charlotte Tilbury products are always instant hits, so a holiday gift set is the perfect chance to gift or try them all. This massive set includes travel-size versions of skincare favorites like Magic Cream and Goddess Skin Clay Mask as well as full-size makeup musts like Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren (an editor favorite) and Eyes to Mesmerize shadow stick, all in a pretty advent calendar–like gift box.
For the Mom in Need of Some Post-Holiday Self-Care
You already know your mom/grandmother/aunt is going to go over-the-top with this year's holiday celebration, cooking and cleaning even after you tell her to just sit down and relax. Score brownie points by gifting her a beauty set that'll help her get some much-needed R&R, like this Herbivore gift set that begs you to take a long bath.
For the Friend Who Always Outdoes Your Gift
Just try to top this chic-to-death Tom Ford gift set that includes the aptly named Fucking Fabulous fragrance that'll make you feel just that and the perfect shade of red lipstick to top off a look that's almost too confident.