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As people think about gifts this year, mamas are looking to intentionally put their dollars towards gifts that make others feel good. Whether it's organizational items that make their days easier to manage or pampering items and make them feel good in the inside, we get it. Given all of the turmoil of the world, positivity and beauty indulgences are needed more than ever.
In finding ways to bring on that holiday spirit, we discovered there's no better way to spread the love than by gifting your loved ones with the best beauty essentials. From the perfect luxe skincare kit, to the eyeshadow must-have, we have you covered!
Here are the best beauty items to give your besties this season:
Cult favorite brand, MUTHA's gift set features the two body care products that first put the brand on the map—body butter and body oil, packaged in a festive and chic holiday gift box that every mama (or really anyone who needs some extra pampering) will adore.
Codex Beauty's line of sustainable plant-based skin care blends the science of plant biology with biotech innovations to create clinically proven, state-of-the-art products for all skin types—making it the perfect gift for any skin care obsessed bestie.
Jade rolling doesn't have to be limited to just your face, friends. The gorgeous, ridged roller from Esker is generously-sized to give your entire body the soothing, smoothing benefit. Pair it with one of their all-natural and super absorbent oils and you're guaranteed VIP status.
These creamy shadows are designed to blend without the grittiness and excessive glitter that traditional sparkle shadows offer. It's great for date nights (whenever what might be) or when you want to look put together for a Zoom meeting.
The honey in this conditioning formula is the primary ingredient that locks in moisture and adds natural hold for a full-bodied curl. It's spreadable, smooth and enhances coils (even for kids!) from root to tip.
Everyone is trying to achieve healthy strands while stretching out our time between salon visits and this set is all you need to get the job done. This year, Oribe collaborated with Native American Visual Artist Rowan Harrison of Two Tribes Pottery to develop a limited-edition set filled with repair + restore Shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. Bonus: The exterior packaging is produced at zero emission at a zero-waste facility using 100% clean energy and 100% recycled or reused water.
These days, getting the right skin care can seem daunting—there are so many options! We love this night cream because it's retinol complex is known to promote skin renewal with minimal irritation for every skin type. It's also under $10, which means you can buy the entire collection for all your friends.
This year has been a challenge, and it's time to lose yourself in this coco-scented polish quad. This set has four shades for every skin tone: Bean Around the World (a classic milk chocolate shade), Every Day I'm Truffling (golden), Don't Be Bitter (deep, dark brown) and Love You Dairy Much (soft pink).
We've been hearing about blue light a lot lately, especially because our lives are still increasingly being lived indoors and we're relying on our digital devices more than ever as a source of connection and entertainment. Goodhabit is on a mission to protect our skin against artificial blue light and other modern-day skin stressors. Their proprietary BLU5 technology minimizes and helps prevent future signs of aging caused by artificial blue light. Genius!
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.
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.
This vegan, lanolin-free tinted lip balm powered by agave nectar and cocoa butter is the perfect stocking stuffer. Choose from five universally flattering tints, from soft sheers to bold pops: Smashed, Swizzle, Bramble, Buzzed and Highball.
Want more gift guide inspiration? We've got you covered. Check out all of our 2020 Gift Guides here.
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