How do you shop for that beauty lover in your life whose existing collection could compete with your local Sephora?
But you still want to impress—so enter this list of more than 20 beauty gift ideas that are guaranteed to surprise and delight.
From a cult-favourite brush and comb to a high-tech makeup mirror, these are the most thoughtful, unique and genuinely cool presents to put under the tree.
Read on to discover the best beauty gifts of the year.
The Best Beauty Gifts of 2021
Yves Durif Petite Brush & Comb Set
Move over, Mason Pearson. There's a new brush (and comb!) in town, created by Parisian hairstylist Yves Durif. His namesake Yves Durif Petite Brush & Comb Set includes a travel-sized hair brush and a full-sized comb, both handmade in Italy from natural ivory resin. They're so gentle, you can use them on wet and dry hair.
Cooluli Mini Skincare Fridge
If Instagram is any indication, it was the year of the beauty fridge—and none are cuter or more functional than the Cooluli Mini Skincare Fridge. It has a 12-liter capacity, with removable drawers, shelves and containers. Keeping your skincare products cold will extend their shelf life by inhibiting oxidation and bacterial growth.
Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
I was recently gifted a Dagne Dover Duffle Bag, and now I'm obsessed with the brand's incredibly practical yet stylish creations. The Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag is made from washable, durable neoprene, and comes with two removable mesh pouches to keep beauty essentials organized.
StackedSkincare Ice Roller
Ice rollers like the StackedSkincare Ice Roller are among the handiest gadgets for your skincare arsenal. Made from stainless steel with a gel and water core, you just pop it in the freezer to chill. Then, roll it over your skin to help reduce redness, puffiness and inflammation. It can even shorten the lifespan of a pimple!
Highborn Défumé Palo Santo & Sandalwood Full Spectrum CBD Topical
Highborn Défumé Palo Santo & Sandalwood Full Spectrum CBD Topical is a fragrance and topical CBD experience in one. The blend of coconut oil, palo santo, sandalwood and other essential oils is spiked with THC-free CBD, which is non-psychoactive. When applied to pulse points or areas of discomfort, it triggers relaxation within five to 10 minutes.
blendSMART Rotating Foundation Brush Starter Set
There are makeup brushes, and then there's the blendSMART Rotating Foundation Brush Starter Set. Thanks to a patented innovation, the head of the brush spins at a rate of 190 rotations per minute to mimic the blending motion of a professional makeup artist. It works with cream, liquid and powder formulations to create a seamless, natural skin finish—no skills required!
Silke London Silke Hair Wrap
Anyone who struggles with bed head will appreciate a Silke London Silke Hair Wrap. Made from 100% mulberry silk, it protects your hair from friction while you sleep, which is said to contribute to slow growth, dryness, frizz and split ends. The brand even claims that you can get away with washing your hair less often!
Glamcor Riki Skinny Mirror
The Glamcor Riki Skinny Mirror helps you get the perfect makeup application at any time of day or night, thanks to its powerful LED lights and choice of five dimming options. But that's not all. It also lets you take selfies, follow along with video tutorials, and even record your own!
Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick
There's room for another makeup palette in your collection when it's the Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick—one of the most buzzworthy recent beauty launches. You get four complementary shades in a chic, slim tortoiseshell case. There are five colour harmonies to choose from, including Signature (shown here).
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial grew popular on Instagram—it's the face mask that turns you into a wrinkled old lady as it dries!—but the results are no joke. Besides moisturizing, it also brightens and tightens thanks to an array of peptides (including copper). And now, you can now buy it in a single-dose starter kit.
Yves Solomon Fur Eye Mask
Everyone loves a sleep mask, but instead of the ubiquitous silk, why not a furry one instead? The Yves Solomon Fur Eye Mask is made in France, and has a 100% silk lining that feels soft against your skin while blocking out the light.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Yes, you can get a bottle of the most sought-after skincare product of the year—Augustinus Bader The Cream—for less than $100. That's because it now comes in a smaller "discovery" size. Inside is the breakthrough formula that both moisturizes and activates cellular repair. Any skincare addict will drool over this one!
Rouje Paris Lip Palette Les 4 Rouje
French girls don't apply lipstick straight from the tube. They dab it on with their fingers for a softer, lived-in effect—and the Rouje Paris Lip Palette Les 4 Rouje makes it easy to do just that. Created by Parisian "It girl" Jeanne Damas, it has four creamy shades that work not just on the lips but also lids and cheeks.
Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban
For anyone who hates waiting around for their hair to dry, the Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban is a game changer. Woven from ultra-fine fibers that wick away moisture, it cuts drying time in half while keeping strands smooth. Over time, hair will get healthier because it's not being exposed to as much heat, water or friction.
Skin Gym Face Sculptor
Face rollers are all the rage right now, but few are as sleek as the Skin Gym Face Sculptor (it resembles the ReFa, which is more than double the price!). The metal globes have a deep kneading action on the skin, similar to a professional massage. As such, it's meant to firm, sculpt and boost radiance.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
Choosing a fragrance for someone else can be risky. So why not gift them a hair perfume instead? Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume has a delicate feminine floral scent, and is spiked with honey to boost hair's shine and moisture. It's also in the prettiest packaging around.
VitaJuwel Wellness Water Bottle
Crystal-infused water bottles like the VitaJuwel Wellness Water Bottle are the latest way to stay hydrated. Even if you don't believe in the power of amethyst (for awareness), rose quartz (for tranquility) or clear quartz (for energy), you'll probably notice that the water tastes a lot crisper and cleaner.
Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick
A Birkin bag might be out of the question, but not a tube of Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick. The hydrating formula delivers intense pigmentation with a velvety matte finish. Not only is the brushed metal case a work of art, but it also comes packaged in the brand's famous orange box!
Diptyque Perfumed Bracelet
There's a new way to enjoy the scents from everyone's favourite candle brand: the Diptyque Perfumed Bracelet. Rather than one single bracelet, you actually get a dispenser of scented rope that you can cut to your desired length and then secure through the clasp. You're meant to change it out on a weekly basis, and there's enough for 30 bracelets.
Slip Pure Silk Headband
Now there's a glamorous way to keep your hair out of your face while you're washing your face or doing your makeup. The Slip Pure Silk Headband is made from 100% silk, with an elastic back that helps it stay on without slipping. With the leopard fabric and knot at the front, you'll want to wear it outside of the house, too!
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Dewy skin is just a click away, with the Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier. It plugs into your laptop, car port or charger and uses ultrasonic technology—not heat—to emit a fine mist of hydration. (I think it's a much better option than facial steamers, which get way too hot and can seriously damage your skin.)
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0 is the ultimate way to enjoy all the benefits of red light therapy, from head to toe. This full body panel is fitted with the most optimal and powerful wavelengths of red and infrared light, so treatments take mere minutes. You can use it for everything from acne and anti-aging to workout recovery, hair loss, arthritis and even weight loss.
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