gift guide 2017

13 Beauty Gift Ideas Under $15

You have five days till it’s Christmas, meaning it’s now “Oh (insert expletive of choice)” time to get all your gifts. If you’ve procrastinated this long, chances are your budget is stretched as thin as your time, so we’ve made a handy guide to all the beauty products that make great gifts for under $15. Here are more great tiny presents, cute stocking stuffers, and great travel kits, for any remaining office parties and holiday events where cheap gifts are a must.

For Someone Who Loves Self-Care

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask
$11 at Nordstrom

Give the gift of well-moisturized under-eyes and looking like you’re not stressed at all by the holidays.

For the Woman Who Loves Big Reds and Small Bags

Little MAC Lipstick
$15 at Nordstrom

Eep! This lipstick may be mini but it’s still large enough to be functional. It comes in some of M.A.C’s most legendary shades including Russian Red and Velvet Teddy.

For a Lip-Balm Fanatic

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm Ring
$15 at Nordstrom

Never again dig through a crusty purse in search of a dry-lip cure. Trust Linda Rodin to have invented a cuter way to do lip balm touch-ups.

For the Germaphobe

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash
$10 at Nordstrom

Aesop kindly calls its hand sanitizer a “rinse-free hand wash.” This tiny bottle is a nice way to disguise that you’re a clean-freak.

For the Person You Don’t Know Too Well But Want to Impress

L’Occitane ‘Almond Delicious’ Soap
$5 at Nordstrom

What this mini soap lacks in size, it makes up in fragrant, almond-cookie smell. It even contains small bits of ground almond shell to gently exfoliate. Buy a few and wrap them together.

For Someone Who Loves Luxury But Won’t Buy It for Themselves

Shiseido Facial Cotton
$10 at Nordstrom

This pillowy soft Japanese cotton is the Charmin of cotton face wipes. Not really necessary, but so, so nice.

For Someone Who Travels a Lot

Kiehl’s Travel Essentials Set
$15 at Nordstrom

Experts tell you to decant your tried-and-true beauty products into special containers for when you travel. Regular people know that’s annoying. This TSA-approved kit contains shampoo, conditioner, and cleanser.

For Someone With a Fancy Bathroom

Fresh Gardenia Magnolia Petit Soap
$12 at Nordstrom

Anybody who has a nice bathroom cares about showcasing a new, sweet-scented bar of soap when people come over. This one also looks great left wrapped and sitting on a shelf, plus the scent will still come through the paper.

For the Person Who Loves to Moisturize

Soap & Glory So Much Butter Gift Set
$12 at Target

These creamy body butters from Soap & Glory have amassed a cult-following similar to the The Body Shop Body Butter craze of the ’90s. They dry fast, absorb quickly, and are pleasant, but not overpowering.

For the Friend Who Loves a Selfie

BENEFIT COSMETICS Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini
$15 at Ulta

A tiny bronzer that won’t stick out oddly in your makeup bag, and can give your face a tiny bit of healthy, “I’ve been in the sun”–glow at a moment’s notice.

For Someone Who Loves to Look More Fancy Than She Is

Voluspa ‘Japonica - Yashioka Gardenia’ Petite Decorative Tin Candle
$9 at Nordstrom

Most candles come at very bougie prices. This one gives off serious bougie-vibes (scented of gardenia with a hint of mysterious clove), but is affordable.

For the Person Who Craves Perfect Hair Days

LIVING PROOF Perfect hair Day™ Starter Trio
$10 at Sephora

The name smartly explains it all: A perfect hair day starts with a good shampoo and conditioner. Add a styling lotion formulated with a special molecule (OFPMA) that actually repels dirt, and you’re good to go.

For Someone Who Loves to Selfie in a Mask

Yes To Ultimate Mask Kit
$10 at Target

For the DIY spa enthusiast, consider this set of mud masks. Available in five, single-use variations (primrose oil, grapefruit, coconut, cucumber, and charcoal), they combat dry, rough skin.

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13 Beauty Gift Ideas Under $15