Extending your credit line just to gift a tub of La Mer moisturizer? It’s thoughtful—but not exactly smart if you’ve got a big list and a limited budget. And by now, you should know that you don’t have to spend an astronomical sum to give a meaningful and well-thought-out present. Just check out this comprehensive and completely affordable guide to the best beauty gifts out there. The best part? They’re all priced at $25 and under!
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Clinique All About Nudes Gift Set ($25, nordstrom.com)
We love a red lip with a neutral eye. This set—which includes mascara, liner, shadow, and a tube of lipstick—from Clinique makes getting the classic look incredibly simple.
essie Hostess Kit ($13, target.com)
This nail polish kit combines seasonal classics and trendy lacquer hues, making the gift of an at-home manicure way more thrilling.
Urban Decay Revolution Lip Gloss Double Shot Travel-Size Duo ($14, urbandecay.com)
So your friend lived for lip gloss in 1998? Upgrade her collection with this travel-sized kit of two of Urban Decay's high-impact gloss colors.
Dove Deep Moisture Gift Bag ($15, walmart.com)
Give the gift of moisture this season.. OK, that sounds weird but it will be more than appreciated with this beauty set that includes hydrating hair and skin products.
beautyblender the original with mini solid ($25, sephora.com)
Stop bragging about your beautyblender skills and give your friends the chance to experience the wonder of streak-free foundation. This set comes with the cult classic along with a solid to keep it clean.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream Ornament ($16.50, sephora.com)
This super luxe facial moisturizer doubles as an ornament, although we have a feeling it'll be taken off the tree (and personally claimed) the minute it's seen.
How to Make Your Face Glow Palette ($10, ulta.com)
This palette is basically your recipe for glowing skin this winter, with bronzer, blush, and highlighter all in one convenient spot.
Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat ($25, nordstrom.com)
One totally underrated holiday gift? An easier way to clean your makeup brushes. This mat has textured patterns to help you scrub off makeup and then rinse your tools clean.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment Ornament ($22, katesomerville.com)
So beauty ornaments are clearly a hot commodity this season, but this one is celebrity-approved. This physical and chemical exfoliating treatment reportedly works to smooth and brighten your complexion in just about two minutes.
Eve Lom The Kiss ($22, nordstrom.com)
Put the wrapping paper away—this moisturizing Eve Lom lip balm comes in the prettiest little gold box.
Deborah Lippmann Roses in the Snow Duo ($15, sephora.com)
Roses aren't always red. This season, Deborah Lippmann played up a pink hue in a sparkly and glossy solid finish for her holiday collection. Wear them together or on their own.
Photo: Deborah Lippmann
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette ($18, target.com)
Things to do before the new year? Stock up on eyeliner. Help your friends cross that errand off the to-do list with this set from Pixi. It has that beloved black liner, plus brown, purple, and gray.
Photo: pixi by petra
e.l.f Endless Eyes 100 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($15, sephora.com)
Go big for the girl who has an obsession with eyeshadow palettes—this one is the mother-lode with 100 different shades. No eye makeup look will go unattempted.
bareMinerals Fabled Favorites ($18, bareessentuals.com)
This collection includes seven of the brand's most famous products, and coincidentally, everything you need to create a rosy, soft, and feminine makeup look.
blowpro On-The-Go Travel Survival Kit ($20, ulta.com)
Give the gift of an amazing blowout this season. Trust us, it will be appreciation. This kit includes two different types of hairspray, texture spray, and a protection spray. Keep it in your car for any last-minute touch-ups before you head into a holiday party. Long car rides tend to wreak havoc on smooth strands.
Dr Jart+ Dynamic Duo ($18, sephora.com)
We love Dr. Jart+'s BB Cream for its extremely natural, light coverage and impressively high SPF 45. Throw in a liquid makeup remover and you have a pretty solid gift idea.
Pacifica Travel-Ready Facial Wipes ($14, pacificabeauty.com)
There's a facial wipe out there for almost every concern—and they're a lot easier to pack than glass bottles. Gift this travel-sized set from Pacifica that includes wipes specifically made to detox, remove makeup, exfoliate, and more. Our favorite has to be the purifying formula made with coconut water.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Purse Spray ($22 oribe.com)
This all-star texturizing spray will be the best thing your friend ever put in her handbag. You know, besides a new Céline wallet.
The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Feel Good Tin Gift Set ($19, thebodyshop-usa.com)
At first glance, this just looks cranberry-shaped trinket you'd find on a book shelf. Inside, you'll find everything you need for a spa-like bathing experience—shower gel, body butter, a scrub, and a shimmery lotion to slather on at the end.
The Body Shop
Tocca Rollerball Perfume Trio The Stargazers Collection ($18, anthropologie.com)
Not sure about your sister's favorite scent? Skip the confusion, pick up a rollerball trio, and let her state her signature. Pink peppercorn, sandalwood, vanilla, and grapefruit are just a few of the notes you'll pick up in this collection.
Real Techniques Eye Makeup Starter Set ($18, realtechniques.com)
Need something to pair with that shadow palette? Go for a comprehensive eye makeup brush set—it's a must-have for the smokey eye.
Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Cup ($13, target.com)
And the very last step in an impressive eye makeup gift? A sparkly gold brush organizer that will double as decor.
Scünci’s Hair Shimmer ($10, ulta.com)
This is, no doubt, for the girl who can't stop talking about her glittery NYE dress. This bottle looks just like a perfume atomizer, but shimmer actually comes out when you press the poof. Try it—subtly—with updos or braids.
FLOWER Beauty Weekender Cosmetic Bag ($17, walmart.com)
The plastic bags just aren't gonna cut it anymore. Pack your favorite products in a case that's worthy, like this colorful buy from Drew Barrymore's FLOWER Beauty line.
Revlon It's All in the Kiss Holiday Gift Set ($15, at your local drugstore)
Have you tried Revlon's ColorBurst Matte Balms? They're super smooth and weightless like a lip balm but give you a big punch of color–this kit comes with three different shades of the lip product and a mini compact to make application easy.