Believe it or not, saving money during the holiday season isn’t impossible, and you certainly needn’t settle for gifts that will ultimately leave friends and family underwhelmed and tempted to re-gift. (Eek!) And leave it to some of our favorite brands to curate over-the-top gifting ideas that not only appeal to our vanities but our rather tight budgets, as well. So for this particular gift guide, we created a budget and capped our spending limit at a cool $25—fair, right?
However, we also wanted to make sure (per our usual standards) that each and every product would be something we love, we’d buy for ourselves, or we’d gladly gift to our most dearly beloved. Behold: 11 covetable beauty gifts under $25. Intrigued? Keep reading!
Forget the sable, slip a Smith & Cult nail polish (preferably this luxe little number entitled "Dirty Baby') under the tree, and your giftee (and their nails) will love you better for it. In terms of sparkle, shine, and staying power, it's the ultimate.
Chapped, dehydrated lips are par for the course when it comes to holiday season skin woes. However, thanks to this whimsical balm from the Aussie brand Lanolips, you can kiss flakiness goodbye. (It also happens to be organic.)
The packaging says it all—give the gift of luminosity (not shine) this holiday season with a 100-sheet pack of Boscia's cult-favorite blotting linens. Oh, and since they're adorably packaged, might we suggest skipping the wrapping?
'Tis the season for all the gloss. And thanks to Hard Candy's super-sweet kit (there's 20 glosses total!), no handbag, coat pocket, nightstand, desk drawer, or car cupholder will be left behind.
Not only is this luscious oil from Lalicious travel-friendly and TSA-approved, it's also filled with moisturizing fare like coconut, marula, and sweet almond oil, all accented by cozy sniffs of peach nectar and musks.
Okay, we know what you're thinking, but this isn't your average bar of soap. It's one of the only bar soaps we sincerely trust to hydrate our skin (thanks to goat's milk and a rich melding of oils like argan and manoi). And the bright grapefruit scent is quite possibly one of the best things to have happened to our shower routine.
Great skin is always en vogue, especially around the holidays. But thanks to more sugar, less sleep, and roller coaster stress levels, the season can also do a number on our skin. Filled with five different masks, this skin staple covers all the bases (from dehydration to dullness).
Why spend the money on gifting your favorite head of hair with a one-time blowout when you can bless your loved one with beautiful strands for days on end? This convenient kit from the masters at Living Proof features four must-have staples: a style extender, hairspray, blowout spray, and comb.
The quintessential kit for any beauty hoarder who loves to multi-task, this four-piece set from Skyn Iceland is the ultimate solution. It features a face mask for the entire complexion in addition to targeted cooling and firming gels for under-eye circles, smile lines, and the forehead.
No tree, no problem. This spruce-inspired scent couldn't create a dreamier ambiance for your holiday festivities (or slumber). Create some alchemic brilliance in your diffuser or try adding a few drops to a cloth in your dryer for a load of laundry that smells straight out of the North Pole (in the best way possible).
Finding an eyelash curler that's the right shape and spring can be a hard ask. Thus, this ingenious heated eyelash curler from Lash Star is one of the best gifts under $25 we've yet to try. It delivers (and corrects) your curl and is even gentle enough for your friend with an extension habit.