29 of the best beauty gifts you can buy this holiday season, from makeup sets to advent calendars

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Whether you’re shopping for someone you barely know or for a close friend or relative, a beauty gift is always a safe bet. Most people use makeup, skin care, hair care and body care products, so they’re bound to be useful. Plus, they are always packaged so prettily during the holiday season.

If you’ve ever shopped for beauty gifts, then you know just about every brand has something special for the holidays. That’s great if you’re looking for variety, but the sheer number of beauty gifts available in November and December can be hard to process. How can you decide on one or two when there are so many?

One no-fail strategy when it comes to shopping for beauty gifts? Narrow the field a bit. If the person you’re shopping for doesn’t wear makeup or perfume, you can eliminate those categories. If you know they love trying new skin care products, focus on those items.

Of course, having a little help doesn’t hurt either. That’s where we come in. We’ve been scoping out all of the new and returning beauty gifts this year. The roundup below includes the best beauty gifts that need to be on your radar. Many are from BIPOC and women-owned brands, most are under $100 and they’re all sure to please any gift recipient this season. Happy shopping!

Best Beauty Gifts

Skin care gifts

Beautycounter Clean Dreams Set, $63.75 (Orig: $75)

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Upgrade your friend’s nighttime skin care routine with this luxe set from Beautycounter. It includes their best-selling eye cream, an overnight serum and a cute eye mask.

Versed Deck the Shelves Best Of Versed Gift Set, $34.99

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Versed is a popular skin care brand that makes effective products that don’t cost a fortune. Staying true to their mission, the brand’s Best Of Versed Gift Set includes five products and it costs less than $35.

Fenty Skin Travel-Size Start’r Set, $40

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Lots of people know and love Fenty Beauty makeup products, but their skin care selection is dope, too. Put a friend or family member on by gifting them this Fenty Skin Travel-Size Start’r Set.

TONYMOLY 13-Pc. All You Need Mask Set, $21.25 (Orig. $45)

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When it comes to sheet masks, it doesn’t get much better than TONYMOLY. This set include sheets masks to target concerns like dullness and dryness, plus a mask infused with lavender for relaxation.

KORA Organics On The Glow Set, $109

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Umm, is there anyone who doesn’t want skin like supermodel Miranda Kerr? This gift set from her organic skin care collection contains six glowy skin essentials.

Lanolips The 101 Ointment Fruities Duo, $27

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Perfect as a stocking stuffer or for the office present swap, this Fruities Duo is the perfect winter gift because the two included ointments will keep dry, cracked skin at bay when the weather is frigid.

Olay Merry Little Minis Trial Gift Set with Travel Pouch, $30.99 (Orig. $41.47)

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If you can’t resist a gift that comes in cute packaging, check out this Olay Merry Little Minis Trial Gift Set. It comes in a travel pouch, so it’s ready to gift as is.

Makeup gifts

Alleyoop 11th hour eyeshadow set, $135 (Orig. $168)

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What’s better than an eyeshadow palette? Seven long-wear eyeshadow sticks that come in colors that complement all different skin tones.

Milani Fruit Fetish Collection Bundle, $85 (Orig. $101.88)

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This Milani Fruit Fetish gift set has it all: lip balms, eyeliners and setting sprays in yummy, fruity scents that will delight the senses.

Benefit Cosmetics UO Exclusive Gift Set, $24

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Consider this the Benefits Cosmetics greatest hits gift set. This Urban Outfitters Exclusive comes with the three Benefit products every beauty lover should own: BeneTint, They’re Real Mascara and Hoola bronzer.

Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Iced Latte Lip Jelly Duo, $22 (Orig. $28)

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The sleek and sexy juicy lip trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so treat your selfie-loving friend to this ShineOn Iced Latte Lip Jelly Duo by Tower28.

Beautycounter Mini Beyond Gloss Vault, $41.65 ($49)

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Whether for a holiday party makeup look or just for every day, these shimmery Beautycounter lip glosses will definitely get lots of use.

Charlotte Tilbury Walk of No Shame On The Go, $60

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Charlotte Tilbury makeup is among the best money can buy, but it also tends to be expensive. If you really want to impress a makeup lover on your list, grab this Charlotte Tilbury gift set before it’s gone.

Rose Inc The Modern Essentials Gift Set, $35 (Orig. $68)

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s long-awaited beauty line is finally here. Everything in the collection is amazing, so don’t hesitate to buy this Modern Essentials Gift Set that includes an assortment of the products.

Hair care gifts

Slip Silk Scrunchie Holiday Ornament, $21.60 (Orig. $27)

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Know someone who is still putting their hair up with damaging elastics? Change their life by giving them this Slip Silk Scrunchie Holiday Ornament.

BioIonic Long Barrel Curling Iron, $140

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Most people don’t replace their hair tools nearly as often as they should. If you know someone who’s holding onto a curling iron that’s way past its prime, surprise them with this BioIonic Long Barrel Curling Iron for the holidays.

Briogeo apple honey hydration hair repair kit, $38

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Clean hair care brand Briogeo only brings their cult popular Apple Honey Hair Mask back a few times each year, so don’t miss your chance to buy it for someone you love.

Ouidad Moisture Lock™ Leave-In Conditioner, $10-70

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People with curly hair are also looking for products that keep their locks soft and defined. Ouidad’s Moisture Lock™ Leave-In Conditioner does just that, making it the perfect present for anyone you know with curls or coils.

Drybar Double Shot On The Rocks Kit, $150

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Not everyone lives near a Drybar, so help bring Drybar to them with this Double Shot On The Rocks Kit. It comes complete with an Oval Blow-Dryer Brush and five Drybar hair care products.

Body care gifts

Kiehl’s Nourishing Hand Cream Gift Set Trio, $35

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Kiehl’s hand cream is arguably the best money can buy, so don’t this twice about this Nourishing Hand Cream Gift Set Trio. It’s worth every penny.

The Ritual of Sakura Renewing Routine, $39.50

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The Ritual of Sakura is one of RITUALS’ best-selling collections. This gift set comes complete with four essential products, one of which is the brand’s celebrated body scrub.

philosophy 4-piece full-size shower gel set, $54

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These philosophy shower gels smell so amazing. You can buy the set and give all four to one person, or split them up among friends.

Glossier The Complete Body Hero Collection, $70 (Orig. $82)

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Four Glossier products for less than $75? Yes, please! This must-have Body Hero Collection set features everything your friend or relative will need for soft, smooth skin.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Gift Bag Set, $34.50

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Japanese Cherry Blossom is one of Bath & Body Works’ most popular and iconic fragrances. This gift set comes pre-packaged and ready to gift. It includes a hand cream, a fine fragrance mist, a body lotion and a shower gel.

George & Viv Holiday Exfoliating Sugar Cube Gift Set, $8 (Orig. $10)

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How pretty are these Exfoliating Sugar Cubes? The box looks nice, but the treat inside will ensure skin feels nice, too.

Fragrance gifts

by/rosie jane Trio Of Travels, $60

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If you’re shopping for someone who is committed to “clean” beauty, this trio of clean perfumes from by/rosie jane is a no-brainer.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar, $450

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Want a gift that will really wow your friends? Bust out the black card and go all out with this Jo Malone Advent Calendar that includes exclusive products, mini fragrances and a 30 ml Cologne from the luxury beauty brand.

Tocca Mini Perfume Deluxe Set, $48

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This Tocca Mini Perfume Deluxe Set is a steal at less than $50. It has six different scents and yes, they all smell incredible.

Atelier Cologne Mini Perfume Wardrobe Set, $55

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Atelier Cologne is a hip new fragrance brand that’s very “in” right now. If you want to earn cool points, give this Mini Perfume Wardrobe Set to the trendsetter on your list.

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