The Beauty of Gifting – What to Gift the Beauty Lover in Your Life

“Santa baby, slip an Airwrap under the tree, for me.”

Or, however the song goes.

Beauty is an industry that has a little bit of something for everyone. If you aren’t someone that follows it closely, it can seem overwhelming trying to navigate the different types of products. Well I’ve answered your holiday wish by putting together a list of suggestions for all sorts of beauty-related gifts!

Or it was my holiday wish to put this together for you. Either way, someone’s wish is being granted.

For the friend that’s low maintenance

I’ve talked about this product before, but the DIOR Addict Lip Glow Oil is perfect for anyone that wants to add a small something to their look without feeling weighed down by a lot of makeup. Not only does it add a glassy shine (that’s mask-friendly too) it adjusts to your personal lip color to create a personalized look. There are added long-term benefits as well thanks to the nourishing cherry oil. Your lips will thank you for how soft they’ll feel.

For the friend that’s hard to pin down

There are some friends that can be so stressful to buy for. They have particular taste, but for some reason they still want a gift that’s going to surprise them. Pressure’s on, right? Thankfully, most brands will release holiday sets, some filled with miniatures of top products. One excellent option is the Jo Malone Travel Size Set. It includes five travel-sized bottles of some of the top-selling Jo Malone fragrances: Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Wild Bluebell, Fig & Lotus Flower and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. These five fragrances in particular are great for layering with other Jo Malone scents. A fun layering tip: Meghan Markle often layers Wild Bluebell with Wood Sage & Sea Salt.

For the friend that’s all about glam

While plenty of brands have excellent beauty boxes this year, Lancôme’s really takes the cake. It’s equal parts skincare and makeup so you can pamper your skin before creating a stunning look with the box’s exclusive Starlight palette. The box holds some of Lancome’s top sellers, such as the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum and Définicils High Definition Mascara, so you can expect the usual high quality performance the brand boasts.

For your friend wanting to start a skincare routine

Everybody has skin. Everybody needs to take care of their skin. No matter who you are or the amount of time you have in a day, taking care of your skin should be a top priority. With the basics being a cleanser and moisturizer to use at night, a set like the Kiehl’s Hydration Starter Set is a good place to start. With a bottle of the Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream, anyone can get a good start on taking care of their skin in a digestible way.

For your friend who loves the finer things in life

They don’t call Crème de la Mer the miracle cream for nothing. La Mer products boast their popularity because, well, they work and they work beautifully. While some people shrink away at the higher price point, there are plenty of ways to use these products without breaking the bank, namely in holiday value sets. Top products are in sets such as the Mini Miracle Broth Introductory Glow Set, the Soothing Regimen Set and the Travel Size Revitalizing Best Sellers Set. Each set includes one of the moisturizing creams, the renewal oil and a couple of other tailored options. 

For your friend who loves to follow the trends

Tiktok can really throw a product into the spotlight, especially when it comes to beauty. While some are fleeting trends, others end up being some high-quality products. Working in fragrance specifically, I’m asked about Baccarat Rouge 540 almost every single day. It’s a delicate, fruity fragrance that’s become a big crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for something similar but a little stronger, give the Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait a go.

For your friend who’s always on the go

I’m a huge fan of Drybar. I have yet to try a product of theirs that I don’t love. One thing I love about the brand is that you can purchase smaller sizes of many of their popular products without losing out on any product benefits. I’ve spoken about the Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush before, but the tiny treats don’t stop there. It can be tiresome as well as take up a lot of room to pack a full blow dryer while traveling. Luckily, Drybar makes a Baby Buttercup Travel Blow Dryer that has all the drying power of its full-sized sister. It’s suitcase friendly and, admittedly, super cute too.