The 10 Best Holiday Gifts to Buy for the Luxury Lover

Rachel Krause
The 10 Best Holiday Gifts to Buy for the Luxury Lover
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The luxury lover is easy to spot. You know the type: Her armoire is lined with gorgeous fragrance bottles and exquisite eyeshadow palettes, from high-end brands that you assume she must spend half her paycheck on each month. The luxury lover isn’t ashamed to drop major cash on beauty products (in fact, she by and large turns up her nose at anything that came out of a drugstore), which means she can be hard to shop for, because she probably already has everything she needs. That’s why it’s critical to find something she didn’t know she needed or—even better—something she wouldn’t dare buy for herself ... while also not spending half of your paycheck.

Net-a-Porter Beauty The Holiday Kit ($100, net-a-porter.com)
So many products to try, so little time. Net-a-Porter pretty much defines luxury in this day and age, and with 14 different skin care, makeup, and hair must-haves in varying sizes, there isn't a single thing in this box not to get excited about.

Sephora Collection Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Beauty Brush Set + Stand ($175, sephora.com)
Blend fashion and function with this gorgeous five-piece brush set designed by beloved jeweler Alexis Bittar, the quality of which is sure to impress even the most discerning amateur makeup artist. A pointed powder brush, angled blush brush, eye shadow brush, smudge brush, and angled liner brush  combine natural hairs with Satine, a "revolutionary" synthetic material and come encased in 24 karat gold and Swarovski crystals, with their very own display stand to boot.

Tom Ford Red Lip and Nail Gift Set ($164, tomford.com)
We've all got a lady in our lives who can't get enough of her bold lipstick—and that girl not only deserves, but needs this set, which contains two statement-making shades of red and pink alongside two gorgeous, high-quality lacquers to match, in Tom Ford's unbeatable formulas. A signature red lip (and matching nails) does not get any better than this.

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 ($300, dermstore.com)
Don't balk at the price—if you're serious about your at-home blowouts, this dryer is worth every penny and then some ... and think of all the money she'll save on professional blowouts in the long run. The Pro Dryer claims to reduce dry time by over 50%, and furthermore, it actually does, while also managing to be super lightweight and easy to handle. It's built to last and even includes a two-year warranty with purchase, which means your giftee can feel completely comfortable tossing her years-old Conair in the trash.

Kilian Discovery Sets ($155, saksfifthavenue.com)
Unless you know her signature scent or know just what she likes, buying perfume for someone else tends to be a risky move. That's not the case with these "discovery" sets from Kilian, who happens to be the luxury parfumeur to end all luxury parfumeurs. Each of the four (fairly self-explanatory) categories—Floral Harmony, Fresh Harmony, Woodsy Harmony, and Sweet Harmony—contains substantial travel sizes of three different scents, as well as a black travel case embossed with the brand's signature shield so she can tote her new favorite fragrance around in style.

NARS Laser Cut Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette ($59, narscosmetics.com)
You can't go wrong with this universally flattering full-face palette from NARS, which comes complete with a mini lip gloss in Dolce Vita, a totally foolproof natural rosy shade. The three limited-edition shadows on top can be adapted to create a multitude of looks, and the bottom level contains a peachy pink blush and the brand's beloved Laguna bronzer.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45, chanel.com)
Because we can't afford Chanel shoes for all of our loved ones, we'll be opting for the Joues Contraste powder blushes instead—they're almost as covetable, and definitely softer. We'll be the first to admit that some luxury makeup isn't worth its salt in quality, but these blushes are situated firmly on the opposite side of the spectrum, as they're pretty much the best in class. Opt for one of the softer, more neutral shades, like Rose Ecrin, or a brighter statement shade like Malice. No matter which you choose, we can guarantee there will be no complaints.

Oribe Beautiful Color Collection ($85, oribe.com)
We don't know anyone who wouldn't want beautiful color, which makes this three-piece set a viable (and luxurious) option for nearly everyone on our list. The formulations are gentle and wildly effective, the packaging looks gorgeous in your shower, and the scents are so good you can even skip perfume—this collection is perfect for, um, just about anyone with hair.

Diptyque Feu de Bois & Photophore Set ($160, diptyque.com)
The brand's signature woody Feu de Bois candle is aesthetically pleasing enough on it own, but the accompanying photophore in this set truly takes it to the next level. A gorgeously scented decorative statement piece—what could be better?

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope ($50, lipstickqueen.com)
This lipstick, as they say, is everything. It's in a class of its own as a long-lasting, intensely pigmented formula that moisturizes despite the matte finish, and the weighty gilded packaging makes it feel like a true piece of treasure rather than just a lipstick. (Not that there's anything wrong with "just a lipstick.")

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