It seems you can’t navigate through a busy shopping mall or browse a single website this season without coming across something you have to have. It’s usually of the beauty gift set persuasion, and it’s hard to imagine anyone on your list being displeased with the prospect of unwrapping a gorgeously presented package full of get-gorgeous loot.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself (it’s fine, truly) or for the lucky people on your list, you’re sure to find a wonderful selection of gift sets that will make their holiday season even merrier. Here are eight to consider — all under $50.
Budget Beauty Gift Sets
Something everyone could use a little more of in this chaotic world? Plenty of self-care, courtesy of luxurious sets like Herbivore Botanicals Self Love Bath and Body Ritual Kit ($36). Inside are jars of coconut oil body scrub and coconut milk bath soak, plus a bottle of luxurious rose quartz illuminating oil.
For Your Favorite Hostess
Who needs a tube of no-name lotion and a random drugstore soap bottle littering the sink? The adorable Lather Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick ($30) is a must for the hostess in your life. Nestled in a contemporary caddy are bottles of hand wash and hand lotion, both scented with a relaxing pear and lavender blend.
For Your Picky Niece
What to get for the picky teen in your life who loves makeup? Tutti Frutti Christmas Fruit Cake ($30). Tucked inside a sweet makeup bag is a peachy pink lip gloss, a bottle of glistening liquid highlighter, and a highlighting palette she can use to amp up the glow.
For Your Bestie
Gifting perfume is a tricky thing. Fragrance is so personal, after all, and what smells amazing on you may be downright unpleasant on someone else. But The Heart of Grace set by Philosophy ($49) allows her the choice of four magnificent aromas that range from light and airy to rich and romantic.
For Your Sis
Your sis — the hair care junkie — will be thrilled when she opens up this box full of goodies. Sephora’s Instant Texture Dry Styling Spray Collection ($32) is a sampler loaded with texturizing products to ensure a perfectly undone ‘do straight through the holidays. Featured brands include Amika, Drybar, IGK and Ouai.
For Your Mom and Mom-in-Law
It can be frustrating to deal with dry hands all winter long. It takes a super-strength moisturizer to properly reverse dehydrated skin, which is precisely what’s included in the Tocca Beauty Holiday Crema Veloce Hand Cream Set ($18). Each of the three creams is scented with the brand’s famed fragrances.
For Your Co-Worker
Never underestimate the power of a fabulous lip treatment — especially when it’s paired with an exfoliating scrub and a nourishing balm. The Fresh Sweet, Soft Lip Set ($29) includes all three, neatly placed inside adorable hat box packaging.
For the Stockpile
Winter is the best time of year to upgrade moisturizing routines. To the rescue comes the Josie Maran Body Butter Set ($35), a trio of body butters all enriched with hyper-hydrating argan oil. The cute pouch contains a full-size jar of Vanilla Apricot and travel size pots of Sweet Citrus and Lavender.
Of the beauty gift sets on our list, this one is truly versatile. It’s luxurious without being too personal. You might pick up one of these as a stockpile gift — just in case your neighbor shows up unannounced with a gift for you in hand.
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.