In a world filled with $295 collagen-enhancing face creams and $180 lip balms, gifting beauty products can be intimidating—not only because of the price point, but also because of the endless amount of options. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, we’ve assembled a list of beauty gifts that are both thoughtful and easy on the wallet. Plus, there is actually no better time to buy gifts (for others, or yourself) than now. Ahead, the best beauty finds everyone on your list deserves.
A trio of masks that will conquer any and all skincare needs: One calms irritated skin, another plumps up sallow skin, and the third hydrates and deep conditions. The Korean skincare mecca Peach & Lily has made their namesake line without gunk like parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. Win-win for gift-giving.
For those that don’t want to buy it all (or choose which they want to test out first), this handy kit houses the cutest darn sized collection of six (SIX!) travel-sized PTR masks. A real who’s who in the mask community, you’ve got bestsellers like the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Hungarian Thermal Water Mask, and praise be, even the Irish Moor Mud Mask. Each mini will get your gift receiver (or you, you could totally keep this) about 5 to 6 uses for each, meaning this $25 kit (worth $44 dollars) will last them months.
OUAI Three Ouai Kit, $25
Is there any greater gift than the gift of great hair? Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkins probably thinks not, thanks to her very handy, very well priced, very popular trio, which includes three bestselling cool-girl-hair products—Wave Spray (sea salt spray, basically), Volume Spray (va va voom in a can), and Dry Texture Foam (texturizer in an instant). If that wasn’t enough of a baller deal, she also includes these handy wave clips to replicate beachy waves from the comfort of your bathroom (tips included in the kit!). This kit is great for the frequent traveler in your life, or someone that loves mixing up their hair routine.
For the budding makeup artist (or any Rihanna fan), this is your lipstick duo gift to grab. The matte lipstick is unlike others: the super-rich and bold color payoff is still somehow light-as-air, and stays on all day—basically an easy lip for even the lipstick adverse. And the dusty nude and burgundy shades are shockingly versatile for every day. Just swipe it on for instant coverage as needed throughout the day, and honestly, a little goes a long way—so much so, I bet these babies will last until next Christmastime (or longer even).
Also, watch to see if Pat McGrath’s iconic mini MatteTrance Trio ($25) comes back in stock, too. The epically brilliant lipsticks have been sold out for weeks, but fingers crossed they’ll be able to get back in stock before holiday gift giving.
Soft, healthy lips are as easy as 1, 2, 3 with this trio set of Agave Sugar Lip Scrub, Agave Lip Mask, and Agave Lip Balm—exfoliate, nourish, and hydrate for healthier-looking lips.
I trust my lips nightly to Bite Beauty, they’re the best in the biz when it comes to long-lasting lip treatments. But this is maybe their cutest, mini-est kit yet. The handy kit contains their cult-status Agave Lip Mask (which will seriously last a year, at least), an Agave Lip Balm, and the cutest lip scrub packet. So beloved one reader on Sephora.com even said: “1000/10 recommend”. It’s small, but it’s mighty. Just a fan of giving the Agave Lip Masks? Try out their Trio ($18) instead then.
Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, $25
For all those Kiehl’s fans out there, this just-launched lip kit is a killer deal—while doing some serious good. The cranberry, mint and classic balms infuse lips with Vitamin E and lanolin to hydrate your pucker for hours and actually heal dry lips. But that’s not all it does—a single purchase of this lip trio provides 205 meals to Feeding America. Yep, 100 percent of profits benefit the charity, making this a great gift for anyone, but especially your philanthropically-focused friends and family. Also, brilliant bonus points: each one of these balms is individually packaged (in lovely designs by American artist Andrew Bannecker), so you can gift them as a trio, or individually.
KNC Collagen Infused Lip Masks, 5 for $25
This lip mask kit (including 5 masks) conditions, moisturizes, plumps, and hydrates. Yep, it does it all. And it perfectly smooths and primes lips for lipstick too. So, yeah, it really does do it all. And makes an unexpected and fun gift (and especially needed come dry winter lips this wintertime, too).