Just like cookies and pine trees, gift sets technically exist all year long — but there’s just something special about them during the holidays. Beauty brands have perfected the art of combining more than one product into a tidy, sweet set that saves shoppers the trouble of having to mix and match themselves. (And as a bonus, most of them feature holiday scents, packaging, or the cheeriest of all, seasonal sale pricing.) Many, many brands release holiday editions of their gift sets each year, which is why we decided to narrow them down.
Ahead you’ll find product duos, quartets and more, all of which aim to stock up the recipient’s shelves with makeup, skincare and hair care they’ll actually use. We’ve got a full-on skincare regimen overhaul, a practical, thoughtful set of hand creams and a whopping 89-piece makeup kit that will almost certainly end up as the recipient’s latest TikTok tutorial before New Year’s. Each set is under $50, and more than one option is as low as $10.
From at-home workout enthusiasts to wannabe makeup artists and spa lovers, we’ve found a gift for every beauty fan on your list.
Because the smell of Christmas cookies baking doesn’t just have to be limited to hand lotion, the folks at Walmart also used their Nutmeg & Sweet Cream scent in a $15 trio of bath items. You can literally bathe in holiday spirit with a scented bath and shower gel, body lotion and scrub souffle, which marries the textures of a body scrub and whipped lotion to create an exfoliating and moisturizing bath time luxury.
This set is an ideal holiday greeting for the cousins you won’t be gathering with this year, the in-laws you’ll FaceTime from afar or the friend that needs a little extra holiday cheer. It’s also not a bad idea to scoop this up for your own bathroom, especially if you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit.
Kosas has a range of holiday gift sets this year, with chic groupings from lipsticks to liquid eyeshadows, but the true one-size-fits-all gift is this deodorant and lip balm duo. Yes, you’ll be stocking the recipient’s shelves with much-needed items, but these aren’t your regular deo and balm. Kosas calls its natural deodorant a “serum deodorant,” which applies the same alpha-hydroxy acids we’ve come to love in skincare to fight body odor.
The LipFuel balm is formulated with our friends vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, which help to moisturize and plump lips. This set works for so many types — the teenage boy who’s having an odor problem, the skincare lover who keeps up with all the new, trendy brands or the clean beauty fan who’s talked your ear off about natural deodorant all year.
You know how dermatologists recommend switching up your skincare for winter? This $49 collection from First Aid Beauty is just the set to make it happen. The kit, which is dressed up in starry holiday packaging, includes Pure Skin Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Ultra Repair Cream, Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask.
All you need to do is unwrap and bonk this set on your bathroom vanity for a whole new seasonal regime. We especially love the Ultra Repair Cream, which helps nourish dehydrated skin and soothe skin conditions like eczema. Plus, First Aid Beauty is known for its commitment to products that work for sensitive skin, so it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser regardless of the recipient’s skin type.
No, it isn’t a typo — this makeup set includes 89 items and it’s priced at $17, which works out to less than 20 cents per piece. This big box is exactly the type of present that delights at unwrapping time, and the excitement will continue as the recipient reads the list of makeup included: Three 16-pan eyeshadow palettes, two pans of highlighter which two shades each, two contour palettes with two shades each, eight shades of concealer, two nail polishes, eight shades of lip gloss, two sponge-tip eyeshadow applicators, two brow products, four blush shades, one mascara, three eyeliner pencils, a highlighter pencil and a four-piece eye primer.
It’s a natural gift for the person in your life who spent 2020 watching beauty TikToks, especially if they’re new to makeup, as the box also includes instructions on how to use each piece — they’ll just need to clear some bathroom counter space for the massive influx of beauty goodies.
As one reviewer wrote, “The Wet Brush is great, no need for further introductions.” If you feel like changing someone’s life this holiday season, add the Wet Brush to your shopping list. It’s a flexible bristle hairbrush that’s designed for use on tangled wet hair. It sounds like a simple concept, but it’s one of those “oh, I’ll be buying these for the rest of my life” items that simply works like a charm.
This set also comes with a mini flatiron, which reviewers note is more ideal for small pieces of hair or quick touch-ups than full-on curly-to-straight styling.
The surefire hit gift of 2020, a year we’ve all spent washing and sanitizing our hands into oblivion, is hand cream. It’s safe to say that every single person in your life could use some hand nourishment, and this four-piece pack will set them up for the new year.
Fragrances include Mango & Sparkling Citrus, Chamomile & Sandalwood, Sweet Almond & Vanilla Bean and a holiday-themed Nutmeg & Sweet Cream. Each one is formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E, which blend together for the thick nourishing and healing moisturizer that, frankly, we all need right now.
Many of these gift sets will please just about anyone. Not this haircare kit: It’s specifically for curly girls, who we can promise will be thrilled to pull this one out of their stockings. It contains four travel-size hair products — moisturizing milk cleanser and conditioner, coconut curl styler and no-crunch styler.
Best of all, it comes in wavy, curly or super curly, which means you can (and should) customize the gift to your recipient’s hair.
Bath products are one of the most popular holiday gifts for a reason. Does the recipient indeed have a bath tub? If so, check, it’s assured that they’ll appreciate a reason to indulge in the tub. This $10 set comes with nine full-size bath bombs, which means you’re setting your friend, partner or co-worker up for nine luxurious evenings (or mornings, we’re not here to judge) to themselves.
Multiple reviewers also mentioned scooping up this set for kids and grandkids, which makes sense, since it includes fragrances that will appeal to all ages, from Rose Petals and Cherry Blossom to Coconut Macaroon and Beach Vacay.
If you’re shopping for beauty lovers, chances are that at least one person has “clean my makeup sponges regularly” on her list of New Year’s resolutions. This kit will start her off on the right foot with two brand-new BeautyBlenders (also known as the holy grail makeup sponge) along with a makeup setting spray to make sure that full face stays in place for a day of Zoom meetings.
Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has a long, prestigious resume, which includes doing makeup for the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Portman and an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) designation from Queen Elizabeth II.
You can buy a small dose of that glamour in the form of her eponymous beauty line, which this holiday season includes a four-piece set of lip liner, matte lipstick, plumping lip gloss and shiny lip gloss. Buy this one for the person who’s scheming for a kiss under the mistletoe.
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