It's Here: The 2018 Byrdie-Approved Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Updated 12/04/18

The thought of the impending holiday gifting season presents a double-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, there's nothing we love more than searching our favorite beauty and wellness brands high and low for their most extra and lust-worthiest offerings. But on the other hand, our list of all-time favorite brands and products is sky-high in volume. Therefore, conducting a thorough investigation (and then crafting an even more thorough shopping list) can feel daunting. This year, however, we decided to hit the ground running to come up with the ultimate holiday gift guide for 2018 sooner rather than later.

And yes, it's finally here.

Finding beauty and wellness fodder that could bring even the most buttoned-up product lover to their knees, we've carefully combed through offering after offering with the intention of crafting the seasonal shopping list of all seasonal shopping lists. Whether you're brainstorming for hair, makeup, or wellness lovers, we totally have your back. Ready? Keep scrolling for the 19 hair, makeup, and skincare products (plus so much more) that deserve a sparkling spot on every beauty-obsessed shopper's want list.

Oh, and we recommend grabbing something with a triple shot of caffeine. You're going to want to start your shopping efforts ASAP.

For the CBD lover…

Lord Jones High CBD Holiday Gumdrops $50
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To soothe your (or a loved one's) sweet tooth this season, look no further than these limited-edition gumdrops from the CBD masters at Lord Jones. Inspired by the rich notes of stone fruit (get it?), options include Sugar Plum (for some sugar) and Mango Chili (for some spice), each with 20 milligrams of CBD per drop (for everything nice). Plus, there are no artificial colors or flavors. 

Dosist Calm Candle Gift Set $100
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Nothing feels more warranted than a heaping dose of calm during the craziness of the holiday season, and thanks to this helpful kit from Dosist, you can finally have some relief at your fingertips (literally). This set features the brand's infamous pen and an olfactory candle strategically designed to settle riled nerves. The brand's Calm formula, in particular, is extra high in anxiety-healing CBD with an accent of myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and limonene. According to the brand, the pre-filled Dose Pen offers over 200 doses (2.25 milligrams per dose) and ensures a precise dose every time.

Stacked Skincare Soothing Hemp Seed Stack $210
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If you're looking to marry skincare and CBD benefits, this ultra-soothing set from celebrity esthetician Kerry Benjamin (and her covetable glow-inducing line, Stacked Skincare) is the perfect antidote. It's especially great for those with sensitive skin and features the cult-favorite dermaplaning tool, a nourishing hemp-infused skin solution, and an inflammation-fighting Ice Roller. 

For the hair lover…

T3 Single Pass Curl, The Rose Collection $160
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Here at Byrdie HQ, we're collectively obsessed with T3's cult-classic curling iron. Now, the brand has truly outdone itself with its limited-edition rose-toned tools—just in time for the holidays, obviously. 

Overtone Build Your Set $45
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We're all for spreading holiday cheer everywhere—even down to the tips of your strands. The temporary hair color maestros at Overtone make it so easy and fun. Here, you can build your own color kit, which will include its beloved Daily Conditioner, Deep Treatment, and a travel-size to have in tow for Grandma's house. 

Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray Sprinkle 1.6 oz/ 60 mL
IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray Sprinkle $16
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Sprinkle or Silver—pick your poison. Nothing feels more right this time of year than an extra dose of shimmer on your strands. Even if you're typically allergic to all things that glitter, this new launch never feels overdone. Don't believe us? See what happened when two of our editors tried it out for themselves last week. 

For the makeup lover…

Violet Grey The Evening Bag Edit $75
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Considering its bountiful and luxurious offerings, this eight-piece makeup set feels almost illegal at $75. I personally own it and have almost used every last drop of every last product. Therefore, just in time for the holidays, I'll be restocking not only for myself but for every other makeup-obsessed person I know too. The collection is just too good. 

Orgasm Infatuation Palette 3 x 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g
Nars Orgasm Infatuation Palette $42
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Filled with the brand's three most infamous and universally flattering shades, this blush and bronzing palette is a must-have for any makeup junkie. And the packaging? We're obsessed. 

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Kit $225
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Remember what we said about shimmer? Or rather, that everything this time of year seems better with a little extra something? The queen of all things that sparkle, Pat McGrath, outdid herself for the holidays with this must-have set of disco-perfect lipsticks. You'll get and quickly fall in love with seven different lipsticks. 

For the skincare lover…

Holiday Welcome Kit
SK-II KARAN Limited Edition PITERA™ Welcome Kit $110
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This holiday season, SK-II partnered with artist Karan Singh to launch limited-edition, super-’grammable packaging. Our must-gift pick is this Welcome Kit that includes the brand’s cult-favorite, skin-transforming Facial Treatment Essence, plus bestselling toner and moisturizer. Bonus: They’re all travel-friendly!

Mamonde Winter Wonder Kit $32
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Editorial Director Faith Xue is a big lover of all the luscious skin offerings from Mamonde, and not surprisingly, it has a few extra-special surprises in tow for the upcoming holiday season. Specifically, we have our sights set on this winter-inspired threesome, which has everything you need to glow all season long—no matter how cold or dry the weather gets. 

Rituals The Ritual of Dao Calming Treatment $30
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Indulging in a gorgeous shower or bath-time routine is the ultimate gift and something special you can give to someone you care about—especially since it's not something they'll likely splurge on for themselves. This lovely set is a top pick from Faith (she has the best taste, after all) and features calming and rejuvenating elixirs with hints of zen, like a shower oil, body cream, body scrub, and foaming shower gel.

Clark's Botanicals Big Little Joys $72
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Featuring three best sellers from covetable skincare brand Clark’s Botanicals, this in-demand holiday must-have entails a full-size and a mini helping of the fan-favorite Deep Moisture Mask alongside a miniature side of the Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream. After all, what's a better gift than waking up dewier than when you tucked yourself in the night before? 

For the lover of things that smell good…

Skylar x Sprinkles Vanilla Triple Cinnamon Candle $38
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We're big fans of the clean, all-natural fragrance and candle offerings Skylar consistently blesses us with, but if you have a taste for cinnamon and sugar, listen up. The brand's latest, limited-edition candle was voted as the winning flavor by thousands of doting fans and features the decadent and house-warming flavor of a fresh-baked batch of cupcakes—spiked with cinnamon and vanilla, in particular. Plus, 10% of proceeds will be donated to Step Up, a nonprofit organization that offers mentorship and financial aid to help high school girls in need succeed.

 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum $115
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This beloved fragrance is a fantastic gift in and of itself, but if you head to Viktor & Rolf's website, you can add holiday-perfect customization options like unique bottle options, engravings, and chic accessory additions. 

Ouai North Bondi Eau de Parfum $56
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Though this covetable new debut from Ouai isn't officially available until November 13, the waiting list is officially open, and we recommend getting on it stat. This scent, in particular, is inspired by the brand's cult-favorite Wave Spray. So just how epic is this launch? Food for thought: The first time the Eau de Parfum launched (in rollerballs), it sold out in less than two days. 

For the nail lover…

Chanel Perfectly Polished Manicure Essentials Set $110
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There's nothing quite like receiving Chanel during the holidays, and if you know someone who's especially fond of keeping their fingertips in mesmerizing shape, they'll flip over this new essentials kit featuring Rouge Noir lacquer, hand cream, top coat, and an ultra-chic crimson clutch to match. 

Christian Louboutin Goldomania Nail Colour $50
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For the nail aficionado who loves a little more jazz (and shine), this limited-edition launch from Christian Louboutin will make a perfect stocking stuffer. 

Static Nails Crushed Diamonds Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set -
Static Nails Crushed Diamonds Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set $16
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Press-on nails are having a moment, so yes, please suppress that reflexive cringe thanks to your middle school drugstore-bought French-tip habit. Why? Because the press-on manicure sets of 2018, are so much better—sophisticated, chic, and convenient AF. We love this snowflake-esque set from Static, which is basically the Mercedes-Benz of press-ons. Buy now and thank us later when you run out of time to get an actual mani before your holiday festivities. We promise no one will know the difference.

 

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