We all have them: the people in our lives who have never heard of a short shower, who apply eye creams and serums by the bucketload, and who live by a strict skincare routine. If you don’t have that friend, you probably are that friend (I’m guilty). But if you don’t count yourself among the well-moisturized masses, unravelling the secrets of the beauty world might feel elusive. Because let’s face it: buying gifts for beauty lovers is no easy feat.
Yes, you may know they like skincare, but how do you choose the perfect beauty gift? How do you go about finding their skin type and whether or not they use retinol? As a beauty devotee myself, I’ve been gifted countless good products by well-meaning loved ones that I’ve just… never used. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but if something doesn’t fit into my skincare routine, what am I supposed to do?
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Unique Gifts for Beauty Lovers
This holiday season, the answer is: the simpler the better. The best gifts for beauty lovers are nearly universal in who can weave them into their routine. By sticking to the essentials and making sure each formula is suitable for sensitive skin (just in case) without being filled with fillers, you’ll unlock the secret to being a good beauty gift-giver. So skip the brightly-colored skincare gift sets. Below are beauty editor-approved gifts for beauty lovers that’ll have everyone on your list obsessed.
Beauty Gifts Under $25
Know someone whose greatest pleasure is a long, relaxing bath? These luxe-scented bath salts will elevate their soak in seconds.
For the person always looking for a hair tie—or is always on the hunt for a way to elevate any look—this silk scrunchie set is good for all hair types and every outfit.
Anyone who’s made the Hailey Bieber smoothie dupe (or trekked to pick up the OG at Erewhon) will love introducing these watermelon-flavored, skin-hydrating sachets to their morning routine. And yes, they’ll turn your water a delightful (and TikTok-ready) pink!
The glazed lip trend is the hottest thing in beauty. This luxe lip oil is a must-have for any beauty lover.
Get ready to see these unique, star-shaped eye masks in every one of your friend’s selfies. They’re not just cute, they’re filled with nourishing ingredients that actually work.
Laid edges don’t come easy. And while a good old toothbrush is the tried-and-true tool for slicking back flyaways and baby hairs, this innovative styler is a stocking stuffer they’ll use every day.
Beauty Gifts Under $50
If Rihanna uses it, your beauty lover will want it. This face mask isn’t just an award-winning skincare staple, it’s also fun and a delicious-smelling way to relax and unwind.
Winter is here. And with it, winter skin. This healing, cream-textured hydrating face mask is suitable for all skin types—so you don’t have to guess.
This set has not one, not two, but five hydrogel masks for every skin type. A different mask for a different skincare need.
For the person who is never spotted without a perfect manicure, this at-home gel kit will be life-changing. Hailey Bieber nails incoming.
Scalp health is the next big thing in beauty. This two-in-one kit comes with a relaxing scalp massager, so it’s guaranteed to be a hit gift.
This luxe minis set is the perfect gift for anyone known to do some damage at Sephora. Think of this versatile lip and cheek duo as a bite-sized indulgence.
A luxe brow serum is something even your beauty lover won’t expect. (But trust me: they’re bound to love it!) Another can’t-miss part of their 12-step routine.
Give the gift of a spa-like experience at home with this facial steamer. It’s guaranteed to transform their daily routine.
This expert-backed collagen elixir is a luxe way to elevate any morning ritual in just one age-fighting step.
We’re all guilty of letting our old beauty brushes languish a little too long in our makeup pouches. Time for a refresh.
Beauty Gifts Under $100
The ultimate de-stressing beauty tool, this thick jade gua sha doubles as a comb for a therapeutic scalp massage. (And if your recipient needs a brush-up on all things gua sha, send ’em here.)
The Olaplex-bun devotees are on to something. Take this kit from their wishlist to their holy grail top shelf.
A silk pillowcase is an everyday way to elevate nighttime rituals, skincare habits, and any haircare routine. Plus, they’ll no longer have to keep flipping the pillow to find the cool side—silk-regulated temperature, y’all! That’s a gift in itself.
Anyone serious about anti-aging needs this hyaluronic-infused face roller. It’s also fun to use.
This unapologetically luxe body oil smells divine and works instantly. It’s a dream addition to any nighttime ritual.
Splurge-y Beauty Gifts
Microcurrent devices are all the rage. This lifting and sculpting wand is a luxury treatment you can take home with you.
Vinter’s Daughter is on every skincare junkie’s top shelf. This mini set is a seductive sample for anyone who hasn’t tried it and a convenient travel companion for anyone who doesn’t want to risk handing over their full-size versions to TSA.
Think showering is simple? Think again. This electric body cleansing device is the next-level shower experience for smoother, clearer skin all over.