How do you shop for that beauty lover in your life whose existing collection could compete with your local Sephora? After all, they probably already own many of the products in this year’s best skincare, makeup and beauty gift sets.
But you still want to impress—so enter this list of more than a dozen beauty gift ideas that are guaranteed to surprise and delight.
From a “French girl” lip palette to a cult-favourite brush and comb, these are the most unique, thoughtful and genuinely cool presents to put under the tree.
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Read on to discover the best beauty gifts of the year. (And if you need even more ideas, you can browse all our gift guides over here!)
The Best Beauty Gifts of 2021
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.
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.
Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
Averie Sleep Scrunchie and Mask Set
Everyone loves a sleep mask, and with the Averie Sleep Scrunchie and Mask Set, you get a matching hair scrunchie and accessories bag, too. They’re made from soft Japanese satin, and you can choose from a bunch of whimsical and colourful prints (like zebras!).
Gucci Beauté Des Yeux Floral Eyeshadow Palette
There’s room for another makeup palette in your collection when it’s the Gucci Beauté Des Yeux Floral Eyeshadow Palette—which is almost too pretty to actually use. You get 12 complementary shades in three finishes (metallic, satin and matte), all in a gold-trimmed floral case.
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.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Yes, you can get one of the most sought-after skincare products—Augustinus Bader The Cream—for less than $100. The breakthrough formula that both moisturizes and activates cellular repair is now available in a smaller “discovery” size. Any skincare addict will appreciate this one.
Cooluli Beauty 12 Liter Mini Skincare Fridge
Cooluli Beauty 12 Liter Mini Skincare Fridge is the Rolls Royce of skincare fridges. With multiple shelves, containers, and a drawer it has plenty of space to fit the most extensive beauty collection. Keeping makeup and skincare products cold not only feels great on the skin, but also extends shelf life by inhibiting oxidation and bacterial growth.
Byredo Hair Perfume
Choosing perfume for someone else can be risky. So why not gift them a fragranced hair mist instead? Byredo Hair Perfume is lightweight, non-greasy and comes in an array of sophisticated scents.
Hermès Rose Hermès Rosy Lip Enhancer
A Birkin bag might be out of the question, but not a tube of Hermès Rose Hermès Rosy Lip Enhancer. The hydrating formula delivers sheer colour in a choice of three shades with a luminous 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!
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!
Riki Loves Riki Riki Skinny Mirror
The Riki Loves Riki 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.
Skin Gym Rose Quartz Lovey Gua Sha
Gua Sha tools are having a moment right now, but few are as pretty as the heart-shaped Skin Gym Rose Quartz Lovey Gua Sha. Made from pure rose quartz, its curves can can be used to sculpt the cheekbones, reduce puffy eyes, relax forehead muscles and boost overall glow.
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!
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.
Aquis Copper Sure Rapid Dry Hair Wrap
If you hate waiting around for your hair to dry, the Aquis Copper Sure Rapid Dry Hair Wrap is a game changer. Not only is made from the brand’s signature fabric that wicks away moisture, it’s also woven with antimicrobial copper to repel bacteria. That means it cuts drying time in half, keeps strands smooth, and your towel will stay cleaner and fresher for longer.
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. (For that reason, it’s a much better option than facial steamers, which get way too hot and can damage your skin.)
Red Light Man Red-Infrared Combo Light
A red light is one of the best beauty investments, since you can use it for skin treatments, hair loss, workout recovery, pain relief and so much more. The Red Light Man Red-Infrared Combo Light is not only more powerful than other devices on the market (which means shorter treatment times), it also emits the optimal wavelengths on the of red and infrared light (which means better results!).
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