The joy of the holidays is supposed to be about the warm, fuzzy feelings that come with giving gifts, not necessarily receiving them. But with countless gift sets and limited-edition holiday releases being jammed in our faces, it can be basically impossible to restrict yourself to purchasing them for others … and not for yourself.
We say, give into the urge. What’s the point in buying that brush set for your best friend when it’s you who wants it? These highly covetable gifts may just be better off in your collection than they are in anyone else’s. Just saying.
Tom Ford Lips & Boys 10 Piece Set ($350)
You'd have to really, really like someone to gift them this luxe lipstick set, so if you can't think of anyone you like that much, you should probably just get it for yourself. With ten shades of Tom Ford's luxurious lip colors, from demure nudes to rich burgundy, you'll never need to buy another lipstick again. You will anyway, of course.
Anya Hindmarsh Vanity Kit Leather-Trimmed Cosmetics Case ($525)
We—and everyone else we know—are going crazy for Anya Hindmarch's quirky, super trendy accessories right now, and this roomy cosmetics bag is one under-the-radar way to get your hands on her stuff. With spacious compartments, pockets, and even brush holders, it'll be your new best friend come your next vacation.
Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic ($95)
The real miracle here is that a zit-fighting treatment can actually be chic. Everyone from Vogue to our own editors are flipping for this tonic that zaps pimples in a flash, clears pores like magic, and even brightens with a calming, reparative combo of oils and salicylic acid. You need.
Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 ($300)
Give yourself the gift of better hair and easier styling, even if said gift costs $300. We can vouch for the fact that the ridiculously powerful tool cuts drying time in half, so just think of all those minutes you'll save not slaving over your hair. Time is money, right?
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst ($72)
We're total suckers for incredible packaging, so we'd probably hoard this revolutionary new serum even if it didn't work. Spoiler: it totally works. It's a great alternative to retinoid formulas for those who have sensitive skin or who prefer an ingredients list they comprehend. Also. That packaging.
Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit ($85)
Charlotte Tilbury's eponymous line launched with a built-in cult following, thanks to her countless celebrity clients, but it was her skin care offerings that really took off. Charlotte herself calls them her "greatest illusions," so if fooling everyone into believing you were born this perfect sounds appealing to you, $85 ain't so bad a price.
By Terry Gold Jewel Lip Kiss ($118)
Because the holidays aren't complete without a killer lip color, this gorgeous palette features five velvety matte shades and five glossy-finish—and an actually functional double-ended lip brush—so you can mix and match to your heart's content.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit ($80)
How could you not want to squirrel this cult-status palette away all to yourself? Not only does it look gorgeous on its own, but each of the powders will help to cast all complexions in a flattering, lit-from-within glow.
Rodin Bath Bar ($35)
Does anybody actually need a $35 bar of soap, even if it smells as good as the signature jasmine-and-neroli Rodin scent? No, of course not, but you should probably buy it anyway.
Diptyque Sandal Candle ($60)
Don't get us wrong: Diptyque candles make lovely gifts for your friends and family. But they really are so pretty and so delightfully scented, it's probably best to just keep them for yourself. This smoky sandalwood candle almost makes us feel like we're sitting right by the fireplace. Almost.
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette ($80)
These makeup artist-favorite professional eyeshadow palettes include 12 high-quality, intensely pigmented shades each, and the must-have Neutral Matte set offers everything from the palest gray to the perfect pitch black. No makeup collection is complete without shadows like these—including ours.
L'Occitane Almond Daily Ritual Duo ($60)
Because your skin is about to get dry as hell as the weather gets colder (and colder, and colder), this foaming shower oil and hydrating cream concentrate, both scented with an almond fragrance so good it's borderline edible, will keep scaly skin off your case.
Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio ($45)
Tocca has some of the best fragrances in the game: Not only do they smell great, as all perfumes should, but they also come in super chic bottles that we're more than happy to display on our vanities. These three minis are friggin' adorable, and travel-friendly to boot. Our favorite is Cleopatra, a soft, sexy floral musk that lasts forever on skin.
Limited Edition Costello Tagliapietra Creme de Corps Collection ($66)
We worship at the altar of the seriously moisturizing original formula of Creme de Corps, the iconic Kiehl's body lotion—and paired with a soy milk and honey-scented body polish, a travel-size hand salve, a lip balm, and teeny-tiny samples of the brand's Ultra Facial Cream and Midnight Recovery Concentrate, this collection doesn't leave much else to be desired.
REN Moroccan Rose Experience ($60)
With a super-gentle body wash, non-greasy body oil, sugar-based body polish, and skin-softening bath oil all scented with subtle, luxurious rose, you'll get plenty of use out of this collection this winter. Trust.