Out of everything to purchase ahead of the holiday season — from gifts for the one-year-old you know to gifts for your boyfriend — beauty gifts are ones we’re most excited about.
There’s just something about unwrapping a quality skin care set your giftee wouldn’t normally purchase themselves, or taking out a freshly minted Revlon Blow-Dryer Brush out of its packaging.
Related: Best skincare brands we reviewed.
So, we pulled the most *glamorous* and coveted beauty gifts and sets to give for the holidays this year. We’re all about spreading some Christmas cheer, and part of that includes picking up an item or two for yourself (they’re that good this year!)
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Best Haircare Beauty Gifts
Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long
You know we had to. The incredibly popular and waitlist-inducing Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long is the signature splurge for the beauty lover. It’s one we’ve tested, too, and consider it one of the most versatile hair products to ever exist. Dramatics aside, you’ll appreciate its plentiful attachments and salon-inspired result.
For more options, check out our reviews to the Dyson Airstrait (hair straightener) and Dyson Supersonic (blow dryer).
Moroccanoil 4-in-1 Blow-Dryer Brush
We have to let you in on a little secret: the Moroccanoil 4-in-1 Blow-Dryer Brush is the best blow dry brush we reviewed (and we’re not at all surprised, considering the brand is the Queen of All Things Smooth). You’ll appreciate its even heat distribution and easy-to-use maneuver that takes only 10 minutes — yes, we put it to the test.
If you want to give the gift silky smooth hair (you know, the gift that keeps on giving), you’ll purchase the Gisou Honey Infused 3-Step Hydration Essentials Gift Set. It’s a wonderful less-than-$50 gift idea that we personally stand behind, especially because it includes the glorious Honey Infused Hair Wash that we consider just as good as some of the best clarifying shampoos we tested.
amika The Conductor 1″ Precision Geranium Flat Iron
If your gift recipient (or yourself, because #treatyourself) is on the hunt for a newly minted hair straightener, shop the amika The Conductor 1″ Precision Geranium Flat Iron. We’re *big* fans of the brand (read: amika review) and consider this travel-friendly option one of our go to’s. Plus, it heats up easily.
Additionally, you’ll want to add the brand’s The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer ($29) — which doubles as a heat protectant – and the Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray ($28), which just so happen to be hair products we use on the regular.
Perhaps you’d like to gift something that taps into luxury. The solution? The Diptyque Do Son Fragrance Hair Mist.
It holds its own unique aesthetic when used as decor atop your dresser, and it’s said to be just as pleasing on your hair. Enriched with nourishing camellia oil, it helps fortify, beautify and perfume the hair, “bringing out the freshness of the tuberoses in Do Son,” per the brand.
Hair Claw Clips Set
One thing’s for sure: you can never have too many hair clips. For less than $10, add the Hair Claw Clips Set for classic and flower-shaped options that make the ultimate stocking stuffer.
Braun Series 7 Electric Razor for Men
We can’t forget about beauty gifts for men, and you’ll want to purchase the Braun Series 7 Electric Razor for Men as your next one-and-done gift for the guy in your life. It’s one we’ve personally gifted to our fathers, uncles and boyfriends, and you can’t ignore the precision it provides, either.
For more options, check out our expert-backed guide to the best men’s razors for sensitive skin.
T3 AireLuxe Digital Ionic Professional Hair Dryer
We’re mesmerized by the T3 AireLuxe Digital Ionic Professional Hair Dryer — one of the most impressive blow dryers we’ve used, and one we recently hopped onto the bandwagon for. It’s one we’ve been seeing all over Amazon’s beauty page, specifically, and an option that helps mitigate frizz, is lightweight and dries hair fast.
How cute is the slip Pure 4-Pack Skinny Scrunchies Ornament Set? Festive and useful, it adds some holiday flair that any beauty enthusiast will love. The brand is known for its creaseless design (a win-win situation, if we’ve ever seen one) and its adorable gifting packaging is ready to spread some holiday cheer.
We love the brand L’ange for hair products, and its Le Pirouette Rotating Curling Iron is ideal if your gift recipient (or yourself, again, #treatyourself) is needing a new curling iron or wand. Pretty-in-blush-pink exterior aside, it’s customizable to your hair type and can help create plenty of glamorous looks.
Best Makeup Beauty Gifts
Each year, we get more and more excited for Sephora’s unique, exclusive sets that allow consumers to try an assortment of buzzy beauty brands. This year, it’s time to grab the Sephora Favorites Holiday Makeup Must Haves. You’ll be able to try some New York Post Shopping favorites brands, including amika, Charlotte Tilbury, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare and more.
Speaking of Charlotte Tilbury, we encourage you to add the brand’s Pillow Talk On the Go Kit to your online shopping cart. Why? You’ll receive the top-rated “Pillow Talk” lipstick — a universally loved nude lipstick, BTW — the corresponding lip liner, an eyeliner (one of the best we reviewed), a miniature mascara and a travel-sized cream blush. What’s not to love? That’s right, nothing.
When it comes to mascaras, Benefit Cosmetics does it right every. single time. For that reason, the Nice List Lashes Mascara Value Set is a perfectly packaged, festive way to try out its full assortment, including its brand-new Fan Fest Fanning & Volumizing Mascara ($28). We can’t get over its less-than-$50 price, too.
One of our top makeup brush sets is, without a doubt, the Morphe x Ariel Signature Look 12-Piece Face & Eye Brush Set. There’s something about Morphe brushes that just stand out from the pack, and you’ll have everything you need — including a sponge, which is great for blending concealer — in this complete bundle.
Hourglass simply dazzles us each year with its holiday sets, and the Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette — “Jellyfish” is a palette we consider beautiful and versatile for any skin color. Though a splurge, these palettes can last for years — and the value you get with the blush, bronzer and highlight options is beyond compare.
Shop the tarte all stars Amazonian clay collectors set — a stunning bundle of shades that are too beautiful to even touch (we’re totally kidding; we want to use them every day, if we’re being honest). From eyeshadow hues to just-as-beautiful contour and highlight shades, the value is phenomenal with these four palettes.
Oh, MAC Cosmetics, how we love you. The brand’s Powdered Snow Powder Kiss 4-Piece Lip Kit Set is a blast-from-the-past, reminding us that its bullet-shaped lipsticks and other essentials are worth the spot in our makeup bag. And, speaking of makeup bag, this silver snowflake-inspired pouch is one we’ll be dreaming of all winter long.
It’s difficult for us to choose favorite makeup brands, but Anastasia Beverly Hills is up there in our hit-list. Its new Brow Beginners Kit makes the ideal $25 spend, allowing you to use its clear brow gel, brow definer and four stencils to make application a breeze. Check yes, Juliet.
Ever since the MAKEUP BY MARIO Ethereal Eyes Eyeshadow Palette debuted recently, it’s been the talk of the town on Instagram. After using it ourselves, we know why — it’s the dreamiest neutral palette to exist (and, we take that honor seriously).
Its full-coverage, pressed shades are delightful for day or night application, and its array of dazzling and matte hues is a wonderful mix. For less than $75, grab it while it’s hot (and before it sells out).
Sure, holiday sets are great, but how about mixing in a little bit of luxury? Just shy of $50, the Sephora Favorites Mini Luxe Vibes Beauty Set allows you to try a piece of Sephora’s most decadent dessert table, with brands like La Mer, YSL, Kérastase and more. Not to mention, it’s a $131 value originally.
Best Skincare Beauty Gifts
Stay afloat of the TikTok trends with the Summer Fridays The Skincare Set. It’s a brand we recommend trying at least once (and, once you try, you’ll keep coming back for more).
Inside, you’ll find the brand’s Jet Lag Mask (a hydrating face mask), Mini CC Me Serum, a Mini Light Aura Eye Cream and — drumroll please — everyone’s signature delight, a Mini Lip Butter Balm Vanilla.
The alpyn beauty Peel & Plump Skin-Smoothing Duo hails from one of the best skincare brands we reviewed (and a brand we reviewed) and simply can’t get enough of. Once you experience how nourishing and clean-feeling the PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer and Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel are, you’ll feel like heaven touched your skin — and we’re not kidding.
Plus, both of these jars will last you for months on end. Say hello to nourishing skin.
OK, Drunk Elephant is prized by nearly everyone we know (and us; read our full brand review for more), and each year, the brand whips out a unique, much-anticipated “Drunk Trunk.” Seriously, how clever.
It’s a lofty splurge but this one-time purchase ensures you’ll have a new skincare regimen to kick off the new year with. It’s an array of the brand’s sensational best-sellers that you’ll want to use — along with the handy tote.
If you’re keen on anti-aging, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is the way to go. The brand’s Light It Up FaceWare Pro LED Device Kit includes the limited-edition magenta DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro (that just so happens to be one of the best LED face masks we rounded up) and an assortment of premium products, like its acclaimed peels and moisturizer. Sign us up.
Sunday Riley Wake Up With Me Morning Routine Kit
Let’s be real — solidifying your skincare routine can be a full-job and a half, but Sunday Riley makes it easy-as-could-be. The brand’s Wake Up With Me Morning Routine Kit is perfectly curated to stay with you through all of your mornings, coming with an assortment of its products hand-picked for an a.m. refresh.
And, a piece of advice — that C.E.O Glow is next-level.
When there’s morning skincare, there’s evening skincare. Shop the Ulta Beauty Nighttime Skin Essentials 16-Piece Sampler Kit for only $30. We love its fuzzy pouch (so aesthetic, if we do say so ourselves) and the myriad of brands inside, from L’Occitane (aka, one of the best hand creams we reviewed) to Clinique.
For indulgent, dreamy skin, we have to recommend the OSEA Malibu Golden Glow Discovery Undaria Body Set. In our humble opinion, the Undaria Algae Body Butter is best-in-class (so much so that it’s the best we reviewed), and the body oil pairs are just what you need for your bathroom cabinet and duffle bag alike.
Youth To The People The Youth System 6-Piece Minis Kit
Grab the Youth To The People The Youth System 6-Piece Minis Kit for a douse of hydration like no other. If you want to gift a near-complete set filled with a cleanser, serums, a moisturizer and the like, this antioxidant-packed formulations are just what the doctor ordered (actually, what the New York Post Shopping team ordered to add to your cart).
Meet the skincare set picture-perfect for brightening: the OLEHENRIKSEN Let’s Get Luminous+ Brightening Vitamin C Essentials Set. The brand is one of our favorite skincare brands we reviewed and, quick tidbit: when you apply the brand’s serum, eye cream and moisturizer, you’ll have an instantly glowing face base that will make you feel confident enough to step out of the house without makeup (trust us, we were amazed).
For more options, check out our expert-backed guide to the best vitamin C serums we reviewed.
LANEIGE Divine Lip Duo Set
OK, we’re obsessed. The LANEIGE Divine Lip Duo Set is a lovely less-than-$25 duo that we want you to not walk, but run to. The Lip Glowy Balm is one of our daily used faves, and the Lip Sleeping Mask (in its festive peppermint flavor, no less) is a dreamboat for dry and chapped lips.
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