Skincare and beauty products are a personal obsession. I spend hours scrolling the SkincareAddiction subreddit and keep running lists to make the most of the annual Sephora Sale. My bathroom and closet are stocked with enough serums and potions for six lifetimes and I’ve been known to schedule time with friends for the sole purpose of talking about skincare over a bottle of wine. (Which IMO is way more fun than a book club🤷‍♀️) Not surprisingly, beauty gifts are some of my absolute favorite to give and get during the holidays.

In finding ways to bring on that holiday spirit, there’s no better way to spread the love than by gifting your loved ones with the best beauty essentials. Not only are holiday beauty gift sets a great way to introduce a fellow skincare junkie to brands you love, they’re also a great reminder that self-care isn’t selfish. Add in the fact that they’re often an amazing value that’s beautifully packaged and it’s a total no brainer.

The challenge is choosing one. From the perfect gua sha skincare kit, to the red lip must-have, we have you covered!

Here are the best beauty gifts to give your besties this season:

Our favorite holiday beauty gifts

Om Organics Holiday Set

Om Organics


1. Pure Glow: Holiday Mini Face Set

Founded by an esthetician, Om Organics is the plant-based beauty brand you need to know (and tell your friends) about. Their clean formulas are like magic elixirs for sensitive, break-out prone and just plain old finicky skin, and pack the power to change any kind of skin for the better. This special holiday box includes everything your giftee will need to do battle with winter and get their glow on in one easy routine: The Pink Coconut Hydrating Face Mist and Kaolin + Coconut Milk Radiant Cleansing Balm which both smell like vacation in a bottle, their Gotu Kola + Squalane Hyaluronic Nourishing Cream to nourish parched skin without being greasy, and Bilberry + Tucuma Antioxidant Eye Cream to get that rested look they’ve been chasing since day one of motherhood.

MD SolarSciences Holiday Glam Essentials



2. Holiday Glam Essentials

If you love her, you’ll make sure she wears sunscreen every single day. Not just at the beach. Not just in the summer months. This gift set will get her in the habit with two of my absolute favorite SPF products from MDSolarSciences. As a commerce editor and skincare enthusiast, I test an embarrassing amount of products–and very rarely does a brand stand out to me the way MDSolarSciences does. Their entire product line is developed by a dermatologist and made in small batches and there’s not a single one I haven’t been totally smitten with. Not only that, but their Gleam+ Glow Sunscreen is hands down one of my skincare holy grails and my secret to dewy (but not greasy) skin. In addition to that, this kit includes their Dream Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm–a shea butter and avocado oil balm which protects and nourishes lips with just the tiniest hint of blushy pink color–all packed up in a stylish cosmetic bag!

Westman Atelier The Petal Set

Westman Atelier


3. The Petal Edition Set

From their long-lasting formulas to their elegant packaging, Westman Atelier lives up to the hype. (In fact, their creamy blush sticks are one of my top three make-up must-haves of all time.) This gorgeous set includes three of their signature products–the Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, Light Up Highlight Stick and Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm–in the rosy Petal shade which come together to create a sweetly flushed look on any skin tone.

Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Vault

Dr. Dennis Gross


4. Peel Vault

If glowing skin is on her Christmas list, look no further. The alpha beta peels from Dr. Dennis Gross are the most effective at-home treatments for dull, damaged and aging skin that I’ve ever used. I started using them when professional facials were off the table and after the very first use, I could feel a difference–my skin was extraordinarily soft and my pores had diminished considerably. They’ve been a weekly staple ever since. This gift set is an incredible value, including 60 Extra Strength Peels and 30 Universal Daily Peels to seriously transform their skin.

Trio Beauty Butterfly Brow Lifting Trio

Trio Beauty


5. Butterfly Brow Lifting Trio

For the mama who wants to up her brow game, Trio Beauty is key. Their Butterfly Brow Lifting Trio includes three easy-to-use products that create a totally on-trend laminated look we love. The best part? It only takes minute or two.

By Rosie Jane Smells So Sweet Holiday Gift Set

By Rosie Jane


6. Smells So Sweet Holiday Gift Set

The simple-but-sophisticated clean fragrances from By Rosie Jane are not only personal go-tos–they also seem to please everyone who smells or wears or them. Their latest, Dulce, is a decadent vanilla that’s giving me high school vibes with a grown-up edge that’s nostalgic in the best way. For holiday, they’ve put together a fab collection which includes a full-size perfume, a travel bottle of body oil and a 30 hour candle to immerse her in all things sweet. It’s the perfect introduction to one of our favorite brands–but be sure to warn her that she won’t be able to quit those candles. #sorrynotsorry

Lanolips 101 Gold Collection Trio



7. 101 Gold Collection Trio

A trio of multitaskers, the 101 Gold Collection from Lanolips gives a dewy pop of flush to lips and cheeks. The lanolin-based formulas come in Baby Rose Gold, Rose Gold and Bronze Gold that give a healthy glow to all different skin tones.

Wildling Empress Collection



8. Empress Collection

Turn her skincare routine into a nourishing, self-love ritual with the ancient practice of gua sha. From reducing puffiness to helping diminish fine lines, a few minutes a day can make a big difference. This absolutely stunning set from Wildling provides her with the tools and serums she needs to nourish, rejuvenate and get her glow on naturally. And if she needs a bit of education, the 21 day facial gua sha challenge is exactly what she needs to learn what all the hype is about.

Hairstory New Wash Original Kit



9. New Wash Original Kit

With this set you’re not just gifting them haircare–you’re gifting them a whole new way of thinking about haircare. The all-in-one New Wash from Hairstory is formulated to break the “wash, grease, repeat” cycle that typical shampoos and conditioners can create. The result? Healthy, frizz-free hair that’s almost effortless.

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10. Body Butter + Body Oil Gift Set

Mutha’s sexy, indulgent skin care, clad in its signature violet chrome packaging is marketed to mamas but found favor with celebs and beauty mavens of all kinds. This oh-so-fab pairing features the two body care products that first put the brand on the map—body butter and body oil. Together they’re a powerful stretch mark fighting duo but equally amazing at nourishing and hydrating plain old winter-parched skin.

Esker Protect Pollinators Set



11. Protect Pollinators Set

Body oils have been part of my daily routine for a few years now and of all the brands I’ve tried, Esker remains a favorite. They’re made from an intoxicating blend of five organic essential oils, all of which are clearly laid out on their gorgeous color-coded packaging. (Each color is inspired by the actual color of the plant in nature and coordinates with the active ingredients and their strength within the bottle). Not only do they smell amazing, they’re also incredibly lightweight and absorbable, so you never feel greasy or sticky after applying. This limited edition gift set is perfect for sampling the line and as an added bonus 5% of each gift set purchase goes directly to the Xerces Society and their pollinator conservation efforts.

Stila Red Compassion Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Set



12. Red Compassion Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Set

With a swipe of red lipstick, there’s nothing she can’t conquer. It’s badassery in a tube and chances are every woman on your list can use a little more of that. We’re loving this duo from Stila which includes a full-size Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso which doesn’t budge for 12 hours and full-size Stay All Day Matte Lip Liner in Persistence to keep it perfectly defined. It’s a best-selling shade combo that’s universally fitting!

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13. Gold Lust Collection

When it comes to luxe hair care, Oribe has the game on lock. The scents, the packaging, the performance are always completely on point but because they’re pricey, it can be hard to justify buying for ourselves. Which is why they make the ultimate gift! This year, Oribe collaborated with Japanese Modern Artist Kohei Kyomori to develop a limited-edition set filled with a full size Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner and a travel-size Nourishing Hair Oil which is great for a wide variety of hair types. Bonus: The exterior packaging is produced at zero emission at a zero-waste facility using 100% clean energy and 100% recycled or reused water.

Kiehl's Brighten Up & Glow Skincare Holiday Gift Set



14. Brighten Up & Glow Skincare Set

Most people will tell you to drink water to add more moisture to your skin. Yes, that’s true. But sometimes you need a little extra moisture to get through the chilly winter days. That’s why we look to Kiehl’s to cleanse, tone and hydrate our skin with squalane and Amazonian white clay that instantly detoxifies.

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Eight Saints


15. Discovery kit

Clean, affordable beauty? Yes, please. Eight Saints has put together a kit with sampler-sized versions of their entire skincare line and you can gift it to someone for only 10 bucks. That is not a typo. This is one of the best values out there, and if you want to be extremely generous, you can even offer up to buy a full-sized version of whatever their favorite product is. My favorites are the Nightshift hydration gel and the Desert Rose mask.

Apto Turmeric Skincare Gift Set

APTO Skincare


16. Turmeric Glow Bundle Limited Edition

For the mama who loves a golden milk latte, enter the Turmeric Glow Bundle gift set from APTO Skincare. A powerful skin brightener and inflammation-fighter, turmeric can help her get that glowy, balanced, lit-from-within look, no makeup required. Snag a full-size version of the best-selling Turmeric Mist, Turmeric Mask and brand new Turmeric Oil with Rosemary along with a wooden massager all for $25, making it an easy stocking stuffer for your nearest and dearest.

Matrescence Pregnancy Skincare Gift Set



17. Pregnancy Skincare Gift Set

If you’ve got a pregnant mama on your list to spoil, this luxurious set from the maternity skincare experts at Matrescence is just what you’re looking for. It includes their Rose Glow Purifying Cleanser, a gentle, clarifying face wash that helps manage those bummer hormonal breakouts without drying or stripping the skin. There’s also the Rose Glow Brightening Essence, a two-in-one toner and serum to help her safely and effectively manage the other skin woes that often come with pregnancy, including dullness, hyperpigmentation. And because her belly is doing some hard work as well, there’s the to-die-for Stretch Mark Relief Refining Scrub. The indulgent scrub smells good enough to eat and packs the power of coffee and cocoa to soothe dry and itchy skin and improve the appearance of stretch marks. (What can’t coffee and chocolate fix, TBH?)

bynacht sleeping oil



18. Sleeping Oil

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. After all, all the potions in the world can’t make up for getting the rest you need. For the mama on your list who struggles to get in the proper z’s, let the luxe sleeping oil from bynacht help her out. The entire line is designed to work hard while she’s sleeping, with scientific formulas that leverage the skin’s natural tendency to renew faster at night. And while we love the magic of their Luminary Genius Eye Cream and supremely indulgent Hypercharged Glass Skin Serum, the smell of the Perfect Nacht Sleeping Oil has us totally obsessed. A slather of it across the chest and neck are all she needs to settle in for a dreamy sleep that’s totally princess-worthy.

ZIIP GX Series



19. GX Series

If you’ve got someone on your list who has been extra good this year, slide this bad boy under their tree. Created by Jennifer Aniston’s facialist, the ZIIP looks like a computer mouse and uses powerful nano and microcurrent to firm, tighten and contour skin the very first time you use it. To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical. But after one session I was totally hooked. The free app pairs with your device to walk you through a menu of treatments that target different areas and concerns. My favorite is currently the Brow Lift–a three minute routine which has given my eyes that well-rested awake look I’m always chasing with syringes of botox. It’s a total game-changer!

A version of this story was published on November 12, 2020. It has been updated.