We get it. Whether you're deciding on the perfect gift for your best friend, mom, colleague, or girlfriend, the personalization factor is key—a gift that says: "I'm not a regular gift, I'm a cool gift." However, that's not always an easy ask. With countless options available—and sets, samples, and starter kits galore—the task of gift-giving easily becomes daunting, and sometimes an idea that felt original all of three minutes ago, suddenly seems jaded or just not-quite-right. (Or perhaps we're just obsessive when it comes to gift-giving...who can tell?)
Regardless, the industry has blessed the beauty-obsessed with some seriously cool gift ideas recently all involving chic and thoughtful ways to personalize and tailor a gift to your super-special giftee. From bespoke skin serums to custom-crafted shampoos and conditioners, keep reading for nine personalized gift ideas we'll be wrapping for our loved ones (and ourselves) this holiday season.
Yes, there are plenty of serums on the market that have served us—and our complexions—well over the years, but there's something inexplicably enticing about a serum that's custom blended to precisely treat our exact skin issues. You'll choose three (out of 10 total) serums to address your giftee's most prominent skin concerns, which will then be compiled into a singular bespoke serum. Oh, and you even get to choose the color of the bottle it will arrive in.
You can never go wrong with a candle (especially this Love & Lovage one from Jo Malone), but having the iconic bottle engraved with a sweet message, their name, or initials? That's three steps above par.
No, you can't personalize these quaintly-sized jars, but you can buy all six and then gift to each of your loved ones based on their personal needs. Genius, right? Plus, as wellness editor Victoria Hoff says, they make the cutest stocking stuffers. We love Moon Juice's cult-favorite dusts mixed with our morning coffee, smoothie, oatmeal, or even yogurt, but the possibilities are really endless.
Founded on the belief that "there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all skincare," The Buff allows you to customize your very own face or body oil based on what your skin is craving with ingredients that are completely natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Plus, once you've filled out the skincare quiz, you can adorn the bottle with your loved one's initials and their favorite color for the label.
Until the next Byrdie Bag is available (don't worry, it's coming), satisfy your sweetly packaged beauty tooth with one of Pop & Suki's impossibly Instagrammable makeup bags. First, choose your color (the delectable offerings include cotton candy, plum, or noir), personalize it with their name, and proceed to fill it with sample sizes of all of their favorite products.
You have two options here. One, undertake a covert operation and visit a Bite Lip Lab location by your lonesome to create a personalized lipstick for your favorite beauty lover. Or, let them in on the secret and include collaborative alchemy as part of their gift idea. Personally, we're partial to the latter. Once you arrive, you'll start the process by choosing a shade from nearly 200 pigment options, then you'll select a finish (glossy sheer, matte creme, or amuse bouche), and you'll conclude with a scent (cherry, mint, vanilla, citrus, mango, violet, coconut, wild berry, or fresh citrus).
All we want this holiday season is beautiful skin, and thanks to Kiehl's ingenious apothecary system, we (and all of our friends) might just get what's on our wish list. Create a customized skin-strengthening concentrate (exclusively in-store) by choosing two (out of five) target skin concerns: wrinkles, redness, texture, clarity, or enlarged pores. Then, the Kiehl's skin expert will create your personalized mix!
Who says customized elixirs have to end with skincare? Up the ante this season and send your giftee's (very) aesthetically pleasing shampoos and conditioners based on their hair needs. After you go online, you can choose a day of delivery, write them a message, and then start the personalization process. You'll work your way from hair type and structure to hair goals and concerns to the grand finale of color and scent choice (you can even adjust the strength of the fragrance—so cool).
Not only can you personalize this eye-catching comb, thanks to the sleek, mirror-like chrome finish, it's also great for touch-ups. Plus, we're convinced a wide tooth comb such as this one is one of the best antidotes for stubborn of tangles. It's the perfect size for a stocking stuffer, and we've even heard you can use the comb as a super-stealthy bottle opener.