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40 Gift Ideas for Your Beauty-Obsessed Friend

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Nothing says treat yourself (or someone else) quite like a beauty gift. It can be as small as a pair of selfie-friendly under-eye masks (which double as the perfect stocking stuffers) or as spendy as a sparkly skin-tightening device; either way, the recipient is going to feel thoroughly indulged.

Whether you’re shopping for someone who is fluent in face acids or a person who simply likes to smell good sometimes, read on for our picks of the best beauty gift ideas that’ll hit everyone on your list.

Best Skincare Gift Ideas | Best Makeup Gift Ideas | Best Hair Gift Ideas Best Fragrance Gift Ideas | Best Home Décor Gift Ideas

Best Skincare Gift Ideas

Who wouldn’t want La Mer essentials in deluxe sizes? And this set comes with a travel bag. —Asia Milia Ware, junior beauty writer.

About half of the people on my list are receiving one of these solid moisturizers: a body lotion that doubles as a massage bar. It comes in a reusable bamboo canister that they’ll inevitably use when they get hooked and buy the refills. —Daise Bedolla , former senior social media editor

I still contend that a luxurious face oil is the best skin-care gift, and it doesn’t get more luxe than Supernal’s silky (but never greasy) Cosmic Glow Oil, which is also a favorite of “Why Is Your Skin So Good” contributors Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Sofie Pavitt. —D.B.

If you know someone who looks at Glossier or other no-makeup-makeup brands and can’t relate, there’s Topicals. Topicals was developed to celebrate “spotty hotties” and “itchy girls,” and this set contains its two hero products: a serum to help fade spots and a moisturizer that works for eczematous skin. —Kathleen Hou

The holidays call for something extra special, and nothing says that more than a sparkly, limited-edition NūFACE mini that comes with a soft skin-care brush to apply the gel activator. —Erica Smith, former beauty writer.

This moisturizing bar soap created by Mexican founder Sandra Velasquez contains two different kinds of plant butters and five plant oils. The hero ingredient is nopal, a cactus that is known for hydrating hair and skin. This bar, gently scented with sage and eucalyptus, exfoliates with activated charcoal to leave your skin smoother than when you stepped in the shower. —D.B

Any beauty routine will feel a hundred times fancier when applied with Chanel cotton pads. —E.S.

For a luxury shower routine, this trio is made to deliver. Featuring three full-size products, start with the body wash, apply the serum, and last but not least, lather up that lotion. —Brooke LaMantia, contributing Cut Shop writer

$25 for 5

Selfie-ready eye masks are the perfect stocking stuffer. These come in a very on-trend plant shape and feel as good as they look thanks to refreshing cactus extract and cucumber. —E.S.

Everyone loves a good face mask. This set contains minis of five best-selling masks from Peter Thomas Roth, including a yummy Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and an exclusive Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask. —B.L.

Buy this exfoliator for your friend who loves the Tatcha Rice Polish but wants to try something new. It comes with a cute little copper spoon that measures the perfect amount you need each time —D.B.

Everybody has that one friend who’s obsessed with fancy soaps. This year, get them the chicest one out there, woody smell and rope included, courtesy of Loewe. —B.L.

Formulated by Dr. Chaneve Jeanniton, one of only 500 oculofacial plastic surgeons in the world, this serum includes a blend of over 300 growth factors derived from human stem cells. Translation: It promotes cell turnover to stimulate collagen production, decrease fine lines, and improve the skin’s texture. Naked Beauty podcast host Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli calls it “magic in a bottle,” while Knockout Beauty founder Cayli Cavaco Reck says it makes you look like “you had baby filler.” It is expensive, but I genuinely love it. —D.B.

Best Makeup Gift Ideas

If your friend gets all their makeup recommendations from TikTok, make their day and gift them this viral blush in a limited-edition set. —B.L.

Because no one can ever have too many lipsticks and these shades complement all skin tones. —A.M.W.

From the iconic Miss Dior fragrance to the Rouge Dior lipstick, this set has what any Dior-obsessed friend would love. —A.M.W.

You could introduce someone to Ami Colé’s lip-treatment oil — which has been dubbed the “Telfar bag of lip gloss” — or you could do them one better and give them the whole collection complete with a skin-enhancing tint, a dewy highlighter, a high-impact mascara, and, yes, the lip oil. —D.B.

Best Hair Gift Ideas

Kitsch Hair Clips
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A more modern take on a claw clip that creates some nice negative space on fourth- and fifth-day hair.

For your friend who has a set hair routine but loves a good dry shampoo, try this hair fragrance that smells like floral and jasmine. Don’t take it from us though, it’s everyone’s favorite. —B.L.

For your friend who loves to keep their edges laid, because you can never have enough edge stylers. Baby Tress is special and isn’t just your everyday styling tool — it has a comb and brush side that ensures you swoop and style every baby hair. —A.M.W

If they already own Olaplex and you want to wow them with another great hair mask option, this one from K18 is beloved by hair experts to keep hair healthy in between touch-ups. —B.L.

Grace Eleyae’s turbans are lined with satin to protect hair and edges from friction, keeping everything nice and sleek. Hair enthusiasts in your life would love wearing this outside and not just in the comfort of their home. —A.M.W.

To achieve the braided hair without any of the braiding, this is the hair tool you need. —B.L.

The Cut Shop team drinks the Olaplex Kool-Aid. So trust us when we say this is an amazing set to try out for yourself (and gift). It includes two full-size and one jumbo-size product that will help improve your hair health as you continuously use it. —B.L.

Best Fragrance Gift Ideas

For the fragrance-obsessed person in your life, Aerin’s Cedar Violet is a crisp yet floral scent that is a great signature. —A.M.W.

Rihanna said, “This exudes everything I feel, everything I am, and everything I want to be,” so of course, we bought it. And we’re gifting it, too. —B.L.

A stocking stuffer for your friend who loves planning road trips and misses that “new-car smell.” —K.H.

Too many scents, too little time. However, this sampler set includes 13 different aromas, including luxury scents from Prada, YSL, and more, making it the perfect gift for that friend who’s searching for their signature scent. It also comes with a certificate so they can get a full-size one of their favorite. —B.L.

A bottle so chic we should’ve placed this parfum set under the home-décor section, because it’s that good. —B.L.

A scent that will make you feel like you’re floating in the clouds? That’s exactly what this fragrance set from Ariana Grande exudes. The perfume mixes notes of lavender blossom, pear, and bergamot. Plus it features a limited-edition shower gel. —B.L.

Best Home Décor Gift Ideas

This sleek box looks nice on a nightstand, fits easily in a bag, and makes meds and supplements look a lot more appealing. —E.S.

The holidays aren’t complete without a Nest candle. Light this three-wick candle and enjoy a calming pine fragrance. —B.L.

These leakproof and magnetic capsules make traveling so much easier — just add in your serums, creams, pills, jewelry, and makeup. No more clunky bottles or stockpiling samples. —D.B.

Help protect your bar soap from melting in the shower with Soft Services drying dish and a splash cover, cheekily called the Soap Home. Take it a step further and throw in the brand’s Buffing Bar, which slightly exfoliates to smooth skin, erase keratosis pilaris, and prevent ingrown hairs. —D.B.

For the nail maven, this dip kit is a simple and seamless way to do their own dip-powder nails at home. They may never see a salon again. —A.M.W.

This candle was designed specifically for skin-care routines and taking pride in that time. Blended with notes of berries and Champagne, it immediately transports you to a spa. Glu also has candles blended for self-care moments like journaling, stretching, and doing your hair. —A.M.W.

A diffuser scented like toasted spices, warm woods, and a visit to a speakeasy that we all desperately need. —A.M.W.

Fans of the cult-favorite fragrance can buy the scent in its far more affordable candle form. With the same floral, woody notes of jasmine, saffron, and cedar wood, you’ll get around 55 hours of burn time of this subtle but luxe scent.

Scented with oranges, throwing in generous handfuls of these bath salts feels wildly irresponsible and fun. Plus, you’ll get supersoft skin afterward.

Help the fitness fanatic in your life hydrate on the go and roll out tight muscles wherever they end up. —E.S.

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