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38 Crave-Worthy Holiday Beauty Gifts for Her

Our gift guide has the year's best primping presents for all the beauty junkies in your life.


Custom hair solution

Depending on the hair type you’re buying for, you can tailor your beauty gifts for her appropriately (strengthening, smoothing, hydrating) with Pureology’s several Holiday Kits ($58). Gift sets include shampoo, conditioner, and three styling products.


Year-round glow

If you’re looking for the best self-tanning lotions, there’s one product every women needs in her arsenal, and that’s Tom Ford’s Bronzing Gel. Don’t be scared off by the deep brown tint—this all-flattering gel looks nothing if not natural, ranking it among the perfect beauty gifts for her.


Luxe hand care

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the hands are the window to your real age! Help a loved one fool the world with BYREDO’s pampering hand care collection, which includes hand wash, hand lotion, and cream, all formulated with the brand’s new rose scent.


Glacial water ornament

While glacial water is one of the last things you probably want touching your skin, turns out (when expertly blended into skincare) it’s an antidote for stressed skin, and that’s all of us after a little too much holiday fun. Skyn ICELAND harnesses the powers of glacial water in this Cleanser and Moisturizer Duo gift set ($15).


A good kind of needle

This is the year of microneedling and if you’re not doing it already, now is the time to start. (We swear poking your skin with tiny needles is not as painful as it sounds!). Glopro ($145) is the clear leader in this category—within the first 12 minutes of appearing on the Home Shopping Network, $400,000 worth of the devices were sold. A few months later HSN had sold $4.4 million worth! Countless women swear by its ability to instantly minimize pores and boost radiancy. Here are the benefits of microneedling, if you’re not up to speed.


Beauty and energy boost

These beauty gifts for her aren’t just practical; they’re sustainable! Developed by an athlete and fitness trainer, Dope Naturally is a line of ingestible beauty products based on beets and watermelon seeds (nutritionists love these). Each product is designed to boost skin health, while also increasing energy levels and muscle recovery. There are no added sugars or flavors—just pure organic ingredients you can recognize, and everything actually tastes good! Add it to your water or smoothies, or mix it into yogurt or granola.


Get lit

For those who like to lay back and soak in a bubble bath, there’s no better accessory than the Clarins Tonic Scented Candle ($75). Note, this is a deluxe size candle at 13.6 ounces (hence the three wicks). Here’s why a bath is just the de-stressor you didn’t know you needed.


Hair help

Now that we’re heading into the dry winter season hair masks become crucial to maintain healthy hair. Phyto’s Mix and Mask Hair Trio ($29–$48 value) includes mini-sizes of their hydrating, volumizing, and repairing masks. Just make sure to choose the right hair mask for your hair type.


Scent of a holiday

Jo Malone London’s new Green Almond & Redcurrant Cologne ($140) is delicious new unisex scent—a mix of citrus and woodsy with notes of redcurrant, mandarin, white musk, and roasted oak. And if you’re balking at the price tag you should know that there really is a difference between cheap and expensive perfumes.


Multitasking oil

Among the best oils for your beauty routine should be Diptyque’s Satin Oil for Body and Hair. Available in full and travel sizes, it’s the perfect multi-tasker for the woman on-the-go.


Shower gel stocking stuffer

Now you can start every day lathered in a new scent with Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Collection ($50–$70 value), which includes 10 mini bottles of some of their standout shower gels (here’s why they’re better than bar soap).


Glowing skin

Don’t be scared off by the swirling pattern of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 ($80); the palette is very easy to use! And it’s got all the essentials, from finishing powder to highlighter, to bronzer, to blush in brightening tones.


Flawless finish

Most makeup artists will tell you that applying foundation with a brush or sponge beats your fingers for even coverage every time. And there’s only one beauty sponge that’s become a household name, and that’s beautyblender. Midas Touch ($25) is your favorite beautyblender dressed up as an ornament dipped in gold to add a festive touch.


Advent calendar

Valued at $108, OleHenriksen’s 12 Days of Ole Glow Skincare Advent Calendar ($69) is a ready-to-gift set with 12 numbered panels, each with a bestselling mini from this trusted skin care brand; everything from scrub to serum to eye cream is included.


Pucker up

Bite Beauty’s Agave Kisses Deluxe Mini Set ($20–$32 value) is a travel set with three lip products to keep your pout exfoliated, hydrated, and protected using food-grade ingredients. (Here’s how to keep lips from getting chapped in the first place.)


Lipstick splurge

Marc Jacobs Lipstick Jungle ($250–$420 value) is the ultimate lippy extravagance. It comes with 13 lipsticks in a perfect-for-holiday clutch/case.


Invisible pores

Dr. Brandt’s Perfectly Poreless is one of the season’s best value sets ($19.99 – $70 value). Housed in an adorable pouch you’ll find five pore-fighters that cleanse, soften, and prime skin. Also, make sure you know about these pore myths.


Shine bright like a diamond

When Rihanna launches something, it always makes a splash. Her Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s holiday collection includes an assortment of glimmering lipsticks, glosses, metallic-to-glitter eyeliners, and an eyeshadow palette with reflective shades…for those who go bright or go home.


Beauty boosts

Beauty comes from the inside as well as the inside. No, we’re not talking about being a good person, we’re talking about probiotics for a healthy gut, which leads to a healthy body. Nourish the gut-health-beauty connection with Beauty Chef’s Holiday Boost ($45), a sampler trio of probiotic elixirs to boost collagen, hydration, and antioxidants.


A different kind of fresh

Good Wipes down there wipes ($6.99) are the perfect tongue-in-cheek gift for someone who’s in a new relationship or recently married. You might want to hide it in a stocking to maximize the reveal.


Travel tresses

HASK has two travel sets for holiday: Argan Oil and Monoi Coconut Oil. Each set includes a travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, deep conditioner packet, and shine oil vial—all for under $10!


At-home gel perfection

You no longer have to trek to the salon for glossy nails. Red Carpet Manicure Limited Edition Train Case Kit ($100) comes with everything you need for the perfect mani, including a pro light and gel polish remover, all housed in a fancy-looking train case.


DIY facial

Tata Harper’s limited edition Glow For It Gift Set ($60–$94 value) is the perfect low-key Saturday night beauty in a box, with her signature Resurfacing Mask, Regenerating Cleanser, and Repairative Moisturizer. Here are more DIY facials treatments you can safely do at home.


Blonde reboot

Turns out the key to warding off dull and brassy locks is smearing on some purple. More specifically Keratin Complex’s Blondeshell Collection, which is specifically formulated for blondes to neutralize brassy tones and maintain brightness—very needed post summer’s sea and sun!


Cheap and chic holiday gift sets

Everyone loves a gift set with everyday essentials (and no fillers). Treets Traditions has a variety of large gift sets with full-size hair and body wash, foaming shower gel, and body lotion for just $25. Their small sets go for $18 and include mini shower cream, miracle oil, and shea butter scrub.


Hair turban

Forget wrapping a towel around your wet hair because hair is its most vulnerable and prone to breakage when wet. You won’t risk damage with this Luxe Hair Turban from Aquis ($30). Not only will it protect hair, but it will help it dry in half the time (compared to a cotton towel).


Gorgeous compact

Everyone loves a product that looks as good as it works, so snap up Bare Minerals Collector’s Edition Mineral Veil Finishing Powder ($38–$56 value) before it’s too late.


High-shine kiss

Pucker up with Jane Iredale Shimmer Lip Gloss Kit ($35), which comes with three mini shimmer PureGloss Lip Glosses. We love that these glosses are made with organic oils and extracts and provide high shine without feeling tacky.


Healthier polish

Many nail polishes contain toxic ingredients, but ORLY Darlings of Defiance gift set ($51) is 12-free, meaning it doesn’t contain any the nasty chemicals we try to avoid. The set offers a mix of neutrals, classics, and more fashion-forward hues so there’s a little something no matter where the holiday season leads you.


Jetset kit

Give fans of Hawaii the next best things with 100% Pure Gift from Hawaii ($40). It’s not quite a plane ticket, but everyone loves smooth, silky skin—especially when it smells like coconuts. The kit has 100 percent natural body cream, hand butter, and shower gel.


Hair hydrator

Anyone who hates the cold and spends their winter cranking up the heat could use Joico Moisture Recovery Holiday Duo ($21.99), which promises to hydrate parched strands.


Cleansing ornament

There’s nothing like a functional ornament to delight a beauty lover, and to that end we bring you Philosophy purity made simple ornament ($11), one of the many gift options from the trusted brand.


Tropical softness

Sol de Janeiro Catch the Bum Bum Wave gift set ($45–$60 value) gives you three mini Brazilian Bum Bum Creams for the price of one regular. While the cream was inspired by Brazilian derrieres, it’s actually meant to be an all-over moisturizer.


Kiehl’s x Disney

For their 9th Annual charitable holiday collection, Kiehl’s has teamed with Disney for four limited edition gift items featuring Mickey Mouse, and 100 percent of the net profits will benefit Feeding America. The totally adorable Creme de Corps Grapefruit Whipped Body Butter costs $38, which translates into 355 meals! Check out these other shopping sites that support charitable causes.


Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros

Looks like this holiday is all about throwback games and cartoons. Shu Uemura has launched both beauty and hair products detailed with the OG Super Mario Bros! The collection is graphic and fun, and there are several standouts, including a palette, balm, makeup box, hair wax, brush set, shampoo, and conditioner.


Hair shimmer

Now you can literally sparkle from head to toe with IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray ($16). The buildable, wash-out spray works as an all-over mist to add shimmer to any hairstyle without sticky residue. Perfect for teens, tweens, and party people.


Beauty bag

The Packin’ Heat Cosmetic Bag from Scout is a necessity for every girl on the go. With it’s two pocket you can easily store small items such as your mascara and bobby pins, but it also has enough room to fit your hairbrush. Once you start using this makeup bag for your weekend trips you’ll never go back.


Better than hair ties

Check the wrists of people with long hair and you’re bound to find an ugly black hair elastic at any given time. Now there’s a genius upgrade that makes a super-practical gift: By Lilla has come out with a line of hair ties that double as on-trend bracelets. They’re so good-looking in fact, that the hair-tie function seems like just a bonus.