The beauty industry does gifting well. You think there's nothing more luxurious than a decadent Penhaligon's fragrance, or a sleek Dyson straightener: but put it in a beautiful box, adorn with ribbon and throw in some minis, and it's taken to new heights entirely.
But with an insane amount of beauty Christmas gifts and make-up sets available to choose from, where to start? Don't fear, for we have left no stone unturned and curated the ultimate list of wellness and beauty Christmas gifts ideas that will help soothe both body and mind. So, whether you prefer a long indulgent bath, opulent fragrance layering or an endorphin-releasing acupressure pillow, we have it covered – no matter what your budget. Scroll on down to discover the best beauty gifts...
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Beauty Christmas Gift Guide 2021
Acqua di Parma always feels like a special gift. The Colonia fragrance has an enduring appeal, for its splashy, citrusy unisex scent, that smells as inviting as it looks. This beauty gift set features the original fragrance as well as the deodorant and body wash, so you can layer the scent until your heart desires.
With yet another potential lockdown looming in January, we are keen to discover any gadgets that will bring the salon-experience into our homes. And this microdermabrasion tool is no exception. Expect your skin to look fresher and brighter instantly and to be prepared for maximum serum and moisturiser absorption. This handy tool even cools and soothes your skin afterwards. We can't think of many greater gifts than new skin, this Christmas.
Good luck is in short supply at the moment, so gift this gorgeous box of soaps, covered in four leaf clovers, to a loved one this Christmas. They smell just as heavenly as they look.
Consider this an opportunity to discover your next favourite fragrance. Penhaligon's have a fragrance kit for men and women (the men's is pictured; find the link to the women's set here). A smorgasbord of dinky miniatures, here's your chance to experiment with scents from one of Britain's oldest perfumeries.
If there's any product you'll want to keep to yourself this Christmas, it's this. This bath oil is the closest to an at-home spa you'll get. A soul-soothing capful of this oil under a hot, running tap fills the entire room with the most blissful scent (that lingers long afterward). Skin feels delicately hydrated after too (there's no oily residue here).
There are few things that feel as luxe as a silk hairband. These scrunchies from Silk Works are chic and functional: they'll stop any kinks in your updo, tug less when you remove them, and are also wide enough to hold up thick hair. Win, win.
If you're buying skincare for someone at Christmas, you can't go very wrong with Advanced Night Repair (a holy grail hydrating serum). This kit includes the Intense Reset Concentrate (an overnight treatment to restore vibrancy), an Advanced Night Repair Eye Treatment, and an Essence, too.
There's no denying fragrance is a tricky one to buy for gifting, but Marc Jacobs' Perfect Intense is one of the most failsafe. A 'warmer' take on a floral, this features pink pepper, daffodil and jasmine. It feels easy to wear and will reel in compliments all night long.
Bobbi Brown fans, assemble. This duo (worth over £81.50!) contains two of the brand's hero products: the Vitamin Enriched Face Base (which hydrates skin and preps it for foundation), and its sister Eye Base (which depuffs and brightens tired eyes). With a cooling eye mask to complete the set, tired complexions stand no chance. One more glass of fizz?
Love Island fans will know all about The Beauty Works x Molly-Mae tool collection. Now available at Boots, the Waver Kit contains Beauty Works' award-winning triple-barrel wave iron, 8 no-crease clips and the pink beach wave comb to set hair, and finish the look. That's our type on paper.
The Rolls Royce of haircare just got makeover (in Prussian blue and copper). The Corrale uses less heat (meaning less damage!), but still manages to retain its ability to style hair with serious ease. It can be used cordless or cord free, for ample playtime however you'd like.
Weighted blankets have gained a lot of traction in the past couple of years (do we all just need a giant hug?). That's precisely how the Mela weighted blanket feels. Evenly distributed weight cocoons the body for a snug-as-a-bug feel, and the chic cotton knit appeals to most aesthetics.
Impress the skincare maven in your life with this under the radar brand. The Good Chi buttery cleansing balm makes light work of dissolving every scrap of make-up in seconds. It's the soybean oil in the formula (rich in fatty acids and vitamin E) that keeps skin feeling soft to the touch.
A Kiehl's favourite, Creme de Corps has had a festive makeover. Too many body creams are quick to say they're fast absorbed, but this one really is. It absorbs beautifully and leaves no residue; just happy, hydrated skin is left in its wake.
Anybody who knows skincare will be thrilled to have this one under the tree. The Double Serum collection features a trio of three Clarins favourites: the Double Serum, which boosts radiance and hydrates skin; the Beauty Flash Balm, a primer-type balm to impart luminosity; and the Natural Lip Perfector, a cushiony gloss to tint lips and add a sheen.
For haircare that screams luxury, turn to Oribe. Oribe knows, though, that it's also what's on the inside that counts. This trio, featuring the Gold Lust Shampoo, Conditioner and Nourishing Oil leaves hair with a salon-worthy swish after one wash. Hair - particularly that of dry and brittle - will notice a different after one wash.
Beauty Banks, founded by beauty journalist Sali Hughes and PR, beauty columnist and content creator Jo Jones, is a charity that supports those living in hygiene poverty through donations of personal care and hygiene products.This year, you can gift a donation of £10, £25 or £50. Vouchers are emailed to you for you to print and then gift to a loved one.
Stuck on a smokey eye? Turn to a crayon. Scribbling one of these creamy, glittery sticks over the eyelid is a foolproof way to imbue some glamour. The creamy nature means they're easily blended with a fingertip, and can be built for your desired intensity.
There are few things as a) iconic, and b) as beautiful as Chanel No.5 This year, you'll find it housed in an appropriately festive (and chic) gift box. Fans of the fragrance will notice the label has had a makeover to mark its 100 years too, making for a true collectors item.
Lip balm addict? We all know one. Chances are, they will know - and adore - Fresh's Sugar Lip Therapy balm. This bauble contains three of the brand's bestselling lip formulas: the original Sugar Lip Balm, as well as one in a Rose and Petal tint. The box also gets bonus points for being plastic free and recyclable, too.
A one stop shop for all of your brow care needs. The conditioning oil here helps to strengthen brow hairs (a must if you're trying to grow your brows especially), whilst the brow gel keeps hairs locked firmly into place. Don't overlook the scissors, either: a small trim can be paramount in creating a neater looking brow.
Caudalie's Hand Cream Trio crops up in the brand's gifting range each year. These hand creams come in three different beautiful scents, but the formula is particularly standout: nurturing, easily absorbed, and leaves a marked difference in the condition of hands and nails.
Two staples in the modern make-up wearer's handbag: a great mascara, and beautiful red lip. Bonus points when they're Dior. This kit contains the Pump 'N' Volume mascara to deposit inky black volume in one sweep, and the truly iconic 999 Lipstick (the only red to see you through party season, and beyond).
People really are quite clued up when it comes to skincare now. Your 13 year old niece has probably seen this iconic salicylic acid from Paula's Choice all over her TikTok feed. Gift this to those who know their AHAs from their BHAs (you're bound to know one...)
Cloud Nine are one of the hottest names to know in the hair styling arena. This kit contains the famed Touch Iron straightener; the evergreen Airshot hairdryer; and a whole host of other styling musts (wide tooth comb, silk scrunchie, accessories bag). Gift to the haircare fanatic in your life; they'll recognise the name and be thrilled.
This set is your chance to sample candles from some of the finest candle brands. It features Space NK's classic Shimmering Spice, Boy Smells' Hinoki Fantôme (earthy, warm, bracing), Jo Loves' White Rose & Lemon Leaves (soft and romantic), as well as NEOM's Perfect Night's Sleep (there's no better scent to help you snooze).
Get three doses of Diptyque's most famed scent, Baies. This truly unique, fruity floral blend is found in the candle (which you can smell even when unlit), a room spray and an oval soap. Before you break into the soap, let it sit in your clothes drawer for a couple of days to scent them.
If you haven't tried this cleanser and moisturiser from Drunk Elephant, here's your chance. The Slaai cleanser contains oils that melt away traces of dirt and make-up with real ease, and leaves skin feeling comfortable. The Protini Cream is a great, rich moisturiser, too, with amino acids to strengthen skin.
There was an outpouring of love on social media for the Evercalm range during the height of the pandemic, as healthcare workers got used to intense PPE. This duo soothes, hydrates and takes the redness out of sensitive, irritated skin. Keep on hand in colder weather, when skin needs extra TLC.
If they know great skincare, gift them Kate Someville. And even if they don't know, consider this kit the best introduction. The Goat Milk Cleanser is gentle and non-stripping, whilst the DeliKate Recovery Cream was designed by aesthetician Kate to soothe skin post laser or peel.
Take out the guesswork and let them choose.
Gifting them a torture device? No, really. Thousands of years ago, an actual bed of nails was used by gurus to heal and meditate on. The brand say the mat is similar to acupuncture, without entering the skin. It relieves tension in the back, and has a strange and unique ability to make you feel happy and lively once you're done.
A rainbow of reds, nudes, pinks and peaches, Gucci's lip vault contains 25 shades in a host of finishes.
Know somebody hooked on this cult favourite serum from Estee Lauder? Gift them two; you'll save £32, and they'll be (naturally) thrilled.
Pat Mcgrath knows how to make a good lipstick. The MatteTrance formula feels velvety matte on the lips: comfortable, non-drying and reapplies well. This warmer toned red is one for any fan of a red lip.
Tall dining candles feel so luxe (especially when they're from our beloved Jo Malone London). These ones are scented with a slight hint of grapefruit and citrus fruits, to bring an air of freshness to the dinner table.
Non-surgical 'facial toning' is a murky world, but Foreo's Bear shows some promising results with consistent use. It uses microcurrents to target over 65 muscles in the face and neck, which give smoother, more taut looking skin. It's also a genuine joy to use.
One of the chicest Christmas crackers you'll see this year. It features a mini of Bumble and Bumble's Repair Styling Cream, and a highly covetable slip hairband (that doesn't tug your hair or kink your style). And yes, the cracker comes with a paper hat (in a Liberty print, no less).
Thoughtful, sophisticated, and environmentally conscious. This handwash and lotion duo from Wildsmith cleans and cares for the hands simultaneously (they also smell wonderful). The packaging is worth praise too: it's housed in a biocompostable carton, and always uses recyclable glass, aluminium and paper.
With top notes of bergamot, cassis and mandarin, middle notes of neroli, jasmine and rose and base notes of woods, amber, vanilla and patchouli, this delicate and distinctive fragrance from Flannels first candle is sure to be a winner.
L'eau A la Rose Eau de Toilette is the latest offering from master perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian. If she loves fresh, floral fragrances with a clean musk finish, this fragrance inspired by a painting of Queen Marie Antoinette will make her feel regal.
The ultimate luxury indulgence, this gift set contains the brands iconic Gold Rescue Cream, Gold Eye Lift, Gold Flash Firming Serum, and Gold Rescue Cream for the gift of soft, smooth and firmer skin this Christmas.
Luxury beauty lovers rejoice! Net-A-Porter's expertly curated vanity case contains some of beauty's biggest and brightest including Slip, 111Skin, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Augustinus Bader and Westman Atelier, all in a sleek leather travel case. Act fast to get it for 30% off for a limited time.
Bring the spa feeling home with Susanne Kaufmann's decadent edit of pampering products including St. John's Wort Calming Bath, Warming Foot Cream, Firming Oil, Body Butter and a Moisturising Mask.
What Is The Best Beauty Gift?
As you can see from the curated edit above, beauty gifts are in full swing this season with beauty’s biggest names launching a vast selection of perfect presents. Stuck on what to get the make-up lover in your life? Opt for the favourite (and failsafe) Beauty Blender. Or if you’re feeling extremely generous, why not go for the Dior Lip Kit that can totally double up as a clutch bag. And if it’s wellness they’re into, the Acupressure Pillow is a total game-changer for stressed heads and neck strain.
For the one who's serious about bathing, treat them to a gift set like this one from Soap & Glory (those scents are a real crowd-pleaser). Or head over to Fortnum & Mason for some quintessentially British beauty buys wrapped up in beautiful packaging. And if you're really struggling, play it safe with a warming and cosy new flame from Jo Malone.
Whichever Christmas beauty gifts you fall upon from our edit of the best beauty gifts above, we can assure you that they will be very well received and will earn you a place in that person’s good books for the foreseeable. Happy shopping!