One of the best pieces of advice I can share about giving gifts to other people is to choose things you’d love to receive yourself…so that’s exactly what’s featured in this holiday gift guide!
Personally, I think skincare and haircare products are harder to give as gifts because everyone needs something different for their skin/hair type. Makeup and body products, however, are perfect for almost anyone! These are all fantastic gift ideas for anyone in your life who loves beauty…including yourself 😉
Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favorite brands and this set ($75) gives you several of her best-selling products. You get a mini Magic Cream, mini Wonderglow luminous primer, mini Full Fat Lashes mascara, mini K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink, and a full-size Lip Cheat Pencil in Pillow Talk (my favorite of the lot!).
Yes, this Drybar set is expensive ($199)…but it’s totally worth it. I fell in love with the Buttercup blow dryer after using it during a hotel stay in New Orleans. Months later when my old dryer died, I cashed in my rewards to get this one during an Ulta sale. Here’s the thing – the dryer itself is the same price as this entire set, so you’re essentially getting a brush, hair clips, shampoo, conditioner, and four styling products for free. If you need a new blow dryer, I highly recommend this one!
This palette ($20) would be perfect to use during the holidays…or any party occasion for that matter! It has 15 matte, satin and metallic shades that can be applied wet or dry. Since Sephora started carrying ColourPop, this is available online and in select Sephora stores, in addition to ColourPop’s website. I got this during the Cyber Monday sale and am still trying to decide whether to keep it for myself or use it as a gift…
I first heard about this product ($17) on the Fat Mascara podcast, which definitely piqued my interest. It can be used in a ton of different ways – day, night, face, body, hands, even for babies! During the winter months, when it can be especially cold and your skin often dry, this would definitely be a gift appreciated by anyone. You can find this at Ulta or on Net-A-Porter.
I am currently in desperate need of a new travel bag for all my cosmetics and skincare products, so would be overjoyed to receive this myself. These bags ($19) are consistently available from Target, with new prints and fabrics every season, so I’d recommend seeing what’s available to get a pattern you love. They’re a really nice size, include clear compartments to see all your products and even have a place to hold your brushes.
This is a new palette from Dose of Colors ($50) that’s gotten rave reviews from some of my favorite YouTube beauty vloggers. The ten shades are a great mix of metallic, matte and shimmer shadows, making it easy to do a complete look. When I get palettes there are usually a couple shades that I would never use, but all of these just look so pretty!
Kiehl’s is such a classic brand, which makes it perfect for gift giving. While their Creme de Corps body lotion is super well-known, this dry body oil ($17.50) would be my pick. I prefer body oils over lotions just because they sink into the skin so much faster, but one other thing I really appreciate about this product is the packaging. It has a spray nozzle which allows you to mist it on vs. pouring oil into your hands and trying to transfer it to your body without creating a gigantic mess. Genius.
This limited edition palette ($30) is only available at Ulta, and I’ve heard great reviews about it. Yes, the brushes (as with almost any palette) are pretty worthless, but having 2 concealers, 2 lip balms, 4 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, and 1 highlighter all in one palette is amazingly convenient, especially for travel. If you wanted to add something more from the Gigi x Maybelline collab, the West Coast Glow Matte Lipstick ($9) in Austyn would be my pick!
I do have quite a few friends who aren’t as makeup obsessed as I am, and this would be a great gift for them – especially since so many of them are athletes. This scrub ($35) heats up upon contact with water to relax your muscles while detoxifying and exfoliating. It was also a CEW 2017 Beauty Insider award winner…meaning it’s a beauty industry favorite!
Years ago I received a gift set similar to this one from Elemis, Britain’s #1 luxury skincare brand, and fell in love with their frangipani monoi scent. This gift set ($137) contains shower cream, body oil (divine!), body cream, hand/nail cream, and an exclusive candle. It’s definitely a luxurious gift, meant for someone you love.
Did these gift ideas inspire you? Which one would you like to give (or get!) the most?