Not long ago, holiday shopping involved overcrowded stores, schlepping bags in and out Ubers and jammed subway cars, and — depending on how late in the game you made your way through your list — settling for picked-over options that (let's be real) no one really wants anyway. Being home for months on end has been quite a bummer, but there's something about swiping your way through your gift list from the comfort of your couch that can't be beat. What's even better: getting it all done from a one-stop-shop like Amazon.
You may already have some great gadgets, appliances, and essentials on your Amazon wish list, but there are plenty of beauty gems worth adding to your cart as well. We know that sorting through such a massive retailer and deciphering what's legit and potentially sketchy in the seemingly bottomless abyss of options can be overwhelming, but that's where we come in.
We've rounded up a selection of picks that fit every self-care, hairstyling, and makeup-experimenting mood. So go forth and gift shop with ease.
Whether you're looking for some budget finds or a little bit of luxury, brands such as BeautyBio, Instanatural, and Ahava, span the gifting gamut. The friend who is a master of at-home facials would love some of the masking options like Formula 10.0.6's deep-cleaning and calming collection, pods from Nügg that include two Allure Best of Beauty winners, or a batch from Freeman, which makes passing the minutes while you mask selfie-friendly with its Neon Face Mask Collection.
With many of us fighting off maskne, I Dew Care's Kitten My Balance On Balancing & Calming Trio is a great gift to help clear and soothe irritation, thanks to heartleaf extract, antioxidant- and fatty-acid-rich hemp seed oil, and kaolin to absorb excess oil. If you know of someone looking for more intense skin-smoothing and wrinkle-reducing, consider adding InstaNatural's retinol and vitamin C serums to their stocking. There's also The Better Skin Co.'s Erik C Serum that'll help fade dark spots. Either way, giving the gift of good skin is always a win.
Sand & Sky's: The Australian Pink Clay Icons is a powerful trio that can help clear up consistently clogged pores on both the face and body. And MyKirei by Kao's brings lots of joy to handwashing with its Flower Foam Hand Wash. Infused with vitamin C-rich yuzu extract, the soap offers antioxidant protection alongside soothing rice water. When you pump the soap dispenser, the foam comes out in the shape of a yuzu flower. And as skin gets drier as winter settles in, this Eos Lip Balm, Hand Cream, Body Cream Gift Set will come to the rescue for head-to-toe hydration.
Makeup may be less of a priority these days while we're wearing masks, but there are still plenty of great reasons to help someone replenish their eye shadow and highlighter stash. Kaja Beauty, Clio, and Nomad Cosmetics are just right for pulling off some gorgeous eye makeup looks, whether it's to wear outdoors with a face mask or to help make those video calls less mundane. Before you head out or log on, top off your cheeks with The Lip Bar's Fresh Glow Two-Layer Compact bronzer and blush duo.
Help a friend channel their best childhood memories playing with Barbie by gifting Pür's latest collaboration. The entire collection is adorable, but the fiery red Pür X Barbie Iconic Lips in Innovator Signature Semi-Matte Lipstick is an easy standout. The creamy color is both festive and universally flattering on a range of skin tones.
Essence's Lash Princess Gift Set is another addition that's sure to get lots of use while wearing face masks. The four-piece bundle comes with mascara minis that'll give lashes different lengthening and volumizing effects. Gift the full set or break it up as stocking stuffers.
Hair products can be tricky to gift — unless, of course, it's something fun like Aussie Lustr Shine Enhancing Hair Perfume. With a fresh Australian desert peach scent, the shine spray will make hair look as delicious as it smells. Or try a more practical pick like this year's Best of Beauty-winning Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots. Each tube pumps nourishing vitamin B5 into damaged hair to bring it back to life in a minute flat.
"My curls were soft and shiny, and though there is really no product that can fix split ends, it felt as though mine were less noticeable," says Allure wellness editor Rosemary Donahue, who tried the shots on her color-treated curls.
Bath & Body
Being indoors may have completely changed our shower and bath habits, but it's still very much a time we can carve out of the day to truly indulge. Encourage some after-work-from-home pampering with Farmstead Apothecary's Fig & Honey Gift Set. It comes with a safflower and sunflower oil-laced body lotion, a creamy shea butter body butter, and face cream with moisturizing jojoba oil.
Pop Everyday Humans Bomb Diggity Wonder Salve or Mer Sea & Co. Voyager Lotion into a few stockings. They're sure to get lots of use after hand sanitizing. And if barbershops are still a bit uneasy to lean into, there's no better time than now master the art of at-home grooming. The Bevel Saftey Razor makes for a smooth (and bump-free) experience.
None of us could've guessed that we'd learn to become our own skilled hairstylists, but hey, as we've seen from 2020, anything is possible. For those friends and family who've either mastered or may be learning the art of the perfect blowout, these tools from Remington, Revlon, T3, and Tangle Teezer will come in handy.
Once done, jazz it up with a cute and shiny bobby pin that hairstylist Justine Marjan created with Kitsch. Once they're ready to do it all over again, they can start their wash day with a satisfying scalp massage using Vitagoods Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush — and then properly and safely detangle with a tool from Tangle Teezer's The Ultimate Hairbrush Bundle.
Skin & Makeup Devices
The year 2020 has transformed our homes into personal spas, salons, and dermatologist offices, so it's only right that we outfit it with the proper tools to pull of the professional-grade beauty services we're used to. Start your space refresh off with a full and colorful new set of makeup brushes by Docolor. If sponges are more you speed, then stick with a classic like the Beautyblender Dripping in Diamonds set. To keep your vanity tidy, you can stash it all in the base of the Fancii LED Lighted Large Vanity Makeup Mirror.
After a few uses give your brushes a proper washing with the TAO Clean Sonic Makeup Brush Cleaner. Don't toss the sponges in the cleaner, though. This set comes with two Blendercleanser Solids that'll get makeup and germs out with a hand washing. And on the topic of germs, pollutants are top of mind more than ever now, which is why someone in your life will certainly appreciate the Molekule Air Mini Purifier.
For the skin-care lovers on your list, there are lots of great options, too. The DIY face mask-maker will get good use out of the EcoTools-Mini Mask Mates Kit. They can stash their homemade concoctions and other serums and salves in the FaceTory Portable Coral Beauty Fridge. Or pair the Foreo Luna 3 for Sensitive Skin with the Edam Face Washing Kit (it helps keep water from dripping all over your bathroom) into a practical beauty bundle that's sure to get lots of use.
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