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    44 Of The Absolute Best Beauty Gifts To Give This Year

    Think of us as elves, but with a LOT of enthusiasm for palettes.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A 10-pack of glittery makeup brushes with a pretty metallic cosmetic case so you can put a *sparkle* in their eye every darn day without dimming your own bank account.


    This set comes with a powder brush, angled contour brush, foundation brush, nose shadow brush, flat shadow brush, eyeshadow brush, eyebrow brush, lip brush, eyeliner brush, and eyelash-combing brush.

    Promising review: "I am shocked at how good these brushes are β€” they are pretty and efficient. I have spent this much money on an individual brush previously so I am elated that I got so many for such a great price. They are really soft and my favorite part is that they are made of synthetic materials so they are cruelty-free. The case is also perfect, because it keeps my brushes clean when I travel, which keeps my face clean and prevents any acne breakouts (much better than the ziplock bag I was using previously). I definitely recommend these brushes!" β€”Twin2855

    Get the set of 10 from Amazon for $14.92.

    2. A Milk Makeup bestsellers kit that'll be practically foolproof in making the person who's always looking for the next biggest ~beauty trend~ happy. We're talking mini cult favorite highlighters, primers, serums, and more (all with their famous stick design and in an Insta-worthy rainbow glitter clutch). Welcome to the nice list.

    Let's break down what's in this bad boy (btw, they're all in *mini* form):

    * KUSH volumizing mascara: formulated with cannabis oil and a wand with heart-shaped primers to dramatically volumize *without* clumps.

    * Under-eye de-puffer stick: with a caffeine and soothing seawater formula to both energize and calm tired skin.

    * Brightening watermelon serum stick: to brighten, hydrate, and even out skin tones thanks to its combo of Swiss garden cress sprout extract and watermelon fruit extract.

    * Pore-blurring matter primer stick: to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines (it's silicone- and oil-free).

    * Lip and cheek stain stick that's not only hydrating, but leaves a natural-looking sheer tint to work on both your pout and cheekbones.

    * Creamy highlighting stick with a champagne-pearl hue to leave a dewy, natural-looking glow in just a swipe.

    * Holographic highlighter stick: with *meteorite* powder and twilight pearls that leave a bold, mesmerizing sheen on the cheekbones, lips, and eyes.

    Promising review: "I've been wanting to try Milk products for some time now and wasn't sure which item to try first β€” this little mini kit gives me a perfect sneak peek into what this line has to offer. I'm so glad I bought this, the packaging is adorable and my skin is responding very nicely to every item I've tried so far. The mascara makes my lashes like 'bam' and the cooling stick really helped with under-eye puffiness. The watermelon serum feels so good and makes my skin look amazing. The other items actually look stunning on the eyes or other areas. You can even use some for minor contouring. The blush and lip stick look so good, as well. All the products slide on effortlessly and without having to use a brush. I definitely recommend and will buy more when I run out." β€”dirtyunicorn

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (list price: $108).

    3. A The Balm matte liquid lipstick kit with six mini shades, because this'll 100% make your friend want to smooch you β€” which they can, thanks to the lipsticks' long-lasting formula!

    And they're cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "These are the most amazing matte lipsticks I've ever owned and I own a bunch because I only wear mattes. The wear is super long lasting; it holds through everything except a greasy meal, but none really do. I apply once in the morning and once after lunch and that's it. One swipe is full coverage, fast drying, no transfer, and stays put even with constant water drinking. The colors are perfect, from nudes to, mauves, to red. I keep one in my purse and swap it every couple of days. These are so awesome I want to check out other products by this brand." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $27.55 (available in three shade combinations).

    See what won best matte lipsticks at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    4. A Bliss holographic foil sheet mask for something more than just a *pretty face* β€” it's packed with charcoal to treat oily, acne-prone skin by deep-cleansing pores, exfoliating, and targeting breakouts. And, of course, getting an amazing selfie.

    Promising review: "I've tried this mask three times now and it's super fun. It's affordable and great for a girls night! There's no scent, which is awesome. Also, this is not messy at all. It's very simple and easy to use. My skin feels great after β€” really soft and glowy." β€”Stacie H

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

    5. A Mario Badescu travel set with three best-selling facial sprays: cucumber and green tea (to hydrate and tone), rosewater and herbs (to energize your complexion midday), and chamomile and lavender (to calm in the evening). Aka this'll be a skincare lover's dream come true: 24/7 pampering.

    Urban Outfitters

    All are infused with collagen to give your skin an easy pick-me-up! Let's take a closer look:

    * Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: to wake up dull tired, skin, hydrate, tone, and reduce redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day.

    * Aloe, chamomile and lavender: to comfort irritated, dry skin, hydrate, overall de-stress both you and your complexion.

    * Aloe herbs and rosewater: to hydrate, and treat dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

    Get the mini size from Urban Outfitters for $15 or get the full-sized trio set from Amazon for $21.

    6. A drawstring cosmetic bag that'll teach anyone who has an impressive makeup collection (but is a tad messy) a very important organizational trick: dump everything in pouch. No more losing lipsticks.


    And it's waterproof! Btw, this folds down perfectly flat so you can fit A LOT into this travel-friendly cosmetic bag.

    Promising review: "This is the best thing I have ever bought. I travel a lot for work and it never fails that I forget an eyebrow pencil or lipstick in my hotel room. Outside of that when I am home, my vanity is a disaster from my many mornings of hurrying to get ready. With this awesome bag, nothing gets left behind and my vanity stays perfectly clean. It is the best tool for a messy person who likes to be semi-organized." β€”Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    7. A straightening brush set with a rose gold straightening brush, paddle brush, trendy hair ties, and bobby pins β€” aka their hair is about to be sleeker than a 1990's shampoo commercial. ALL THANKS TO YOU!


    Get 60% off with code FOXMAS60.

    Let's break down what these lucky ducks will get:

    * Rose Gold Straightening Brush: to straighten and de-frizz hair as easily as merely brushing it, whether you have curls, waves, or anything in between (hello, extra-thick tresses). It'll be a match for any hair type!

    * Foxy Paddle Brush: to gently detangle wet hair or create a sleek finish while styling, thanks to static-free nylon bristles.

    * Bobby Pin Tin: to maintain updo's with an array of different sized hair pins for any kind of hair, from fine to thick. All boast maximum hold that'll last all day!

    * No-crease hair ties: to have a trendy hair accessory *on hand* at all times that won't leave its mark (or tug!) when you want to put your hair back down.

    Get it from FoxyBae for $69 (list price: $295).

    8. A recently released Urban Decay eyeshadow palette (you guessed it: Naked Cherry) so the sound of your holiday cheer will really just be your friend shrieking with joy. In case you don't know: makeup enthusiasts love, love, LOVE Urban Decay Naked palettes and this one is brand spanking new!

    This bb comes with 12 velvety, SUPER pigmented shades that range from ivory to rose gold to black cherry (there's a combo of neutrals, metallics, and shimmering shades). Plus it includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush. Warning: cover ears before gifting this.

    Promising review: "OMG!!! After receiving this today in the mail I immediately started to get into this palette. I. Love. It!!! Of all the Naked palettes this has got to be my new favorite. The colors are very beautiful, have a soft buttery formula, and they blend like a dream β€” you know, like the the typical UD shadows. The packaging is also very pretty and is as sturdy as the other Naked palettes. You need this, trust me you need this!" β€”TheMACIsBack

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

    9. A trio of Beautycounter mini facial oils to make your friends literally *glow* (both with happiness and super healthy skin). These small but powerful serums each have a purpose: a vitamin C oil to brighten, a jasmine and omega-rich argan oil to plump and improve elasticity, and a meadowfoam seed and argan oil to calm and balance irritated skin.

    Beauty Bar

    It all comes in a gift-able ivory box! Let's take a closer look at these bb's:

    * No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil: to boost radiance and promote brightness thanks to vitamin C β€” and it's deliciously fragranced with citrus!

    * No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil: to treat extra-dry skin and fine lines, courtesy of jasmine and omega-rich argan oil.

    * No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil: to calm and balance irritated, breakout-prone skin with a non-greasy combination of meadowfoam seed and argan oil.

    Promising review: "I'm working my way through the three different kinds that came in the set. They feel great on my skin thats starting to dry out from the winter weather! I apply before my makeup in the morning and the makeup goes on nice and smooth and stays all day!" β€”Jillian C.

    Get a three-pack from Beautycounter for $30 (list price: $51).

    10. A Lily England rose gold detangling hair brush with an ergonomic handle and extra-gentle flexible bristles, because they'll be thanking you every morning when brushing out knots is suddenly a painless process.


    Its handle is designed to make sure your wrist never gets tired and its ~274~ flexible bristles are strictly gentle when brushing through knots. Aka they create less friction than ordinary hairbrushes to reduce hair loss and breakage. AMAZING.

    Promising review: "Listen I don't know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! I'm not up to the times when it comes to beauty products and what not. Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. I also used to just brush (or rip) my hair out as if my hair took my man from me. Honestly, I don't even know why I got the brush. It was a very impulsive, 'oooh that's shiny' purchase, but oh my lawd am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it β€” it's shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor." β€”Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in three colors).

    11. A Soko Glam "Best of K-Beauty" set containing a collection of mini skincare must-haves from toners, face creams, and acne treatments β€” all which have been ranked as the ~best~ in Korean skincare. 2019 is the year ALL of your recipients will have clear skin, which IMO makes you even better than Santa.

    Let's break down what it includes (don't forget they come as mini!):

    * Neogen brightening essence: packed with all-natural, hydrating ingredients like birch juice and rice extract to both intensely moisturize, plump, and illuminate skin.

    * Dr. Oracle tea tree peeling sticks: to accurately target blemishes and blackheads and treat them with powerful acne-fighting acids like lactic and glycolic acid.

    * Benton tea tree cleansing water: with 70% tea tree leaf water to effectively remove makeup and cleanse your skin in one easy step.

    * The Plant Base collagen ampoule: with mushroom extract to promote collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Thanks to ingredients like macadamia seed oil and aloe, it also hydrates, soothes, and treats redness.

    * Easydew intensive spot treatment: to fight fresh acne scars and pigmentation overnight thanks to a special formula of a medical-grade protein that promotes cell regeneration and brightens skin.

    * La'dor keratin hair essence: with ~snail mucin~ (which, don't worry, is collected in cruelty-free conditions) to strengthen strands and coat hair with extra protection from heat damage. It also restores protein levels so your hair is shiny, shiny, shiny.

    * Acwell licorice pH balancing cleanser: to deep-clean and brighten your complexion with a combination of peony extract, licorice water, and green tea extract that work together to fade acne scars and dark spots and leave your skin clean and smooth.

    * SkinRx Lab non-greasy cream: to strengthen your skin's barriers, brighten, and reduce redness and acne. It also keeps dehydrated skin moisturized and plump even during harsh winter months.

    * Klairs vitamin E overnight mask: designed to "cling to your skin" in order to efficiently brighten and smooth your complexion with a practically custom-made fit.

    * Klavuu lip sleeping mask: with avocado, sweet almond, and apricot seed oils to heal chapped lips and restore them back to their hydrated, supple state. And it has a subtle vanilla flavor!

    * A holographic cosmetic bag.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $32 (list price: $63).

    12. An empty makeup palette with ten magnetic stickers to allow them to design a custom kit of all their favorite eyeshadow, highlighter, and blush shades to use their "essentials" (you know this is more important to them than food) on-the-go.


    The palette will hold the ten magnets (five circle and five square) firmly in place. It can hold up to 28 standard eyeshadows and 15 large pans!

    Promising review: "This is exactly as described. It's a very clean-looking unit to hold my faves! The magnetized adhesive stickers included are very thin yet strong. This one is large enough to create a condensed 'travel' compact with all my go-to essentials. I may purchase another for extra blushes, bronzers, highlighters, and finishing powders. They'll nicely fit into a carry-on without me worrying about fracturing the mirror β€” sweet!" β€”tcupmonkey

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A limited-edition Glow Recipe tote set that'll come with a v popular moisturizer and two equally loved face masks so they can indulge in some watermelon-infused, luxe skincare without hurting *your* savings. Did I mention it comes in an adorable pink jelly bag that they WILL carry around every day?,

    In case you didn't notice, this brand stans a certain's what this watermelon-loving set includes:

    * Watermelon jelly sheet mask: an easy quick fix to dry, dull, or uneven skin. Its, cooling, hydrating, and works as a great prep for smoothly applied makeup. AND it's oil-free!

    * Watermelon face moisturizer: with hyaluronic acid and soothing botanicals to treat oily, acne-prone skin and boost a ~natural glow~. It works well as a moisturizer for oily to combination skin *or* as a serum for dry skin. Win, win.

    * Watermelon sleeping mask: to smooth uneven skin, hydrate dehydrated pores, and brighten your complexion overnight. It's lightweight, breathable, and most importantly, pillow-proof.

    * An adorable pink jelly tote.

    Promising review: "I've been eyeing this gift set since it came out and received it as a birthday gift. I was definitely not disappointed! First of all, how could you even resist with this packaging! The sleeping mask is amazing and made my skin noticeably smooth and so glowy after just one use! The moisturizer is so amazing and I love the liquid consistency of it, not to mention how amazing it all smells. I have yet to try the sheet mask, but if its a more concentrated version of the sleeping mask then I'm sure my skin will be glowing for days. It's definitely well worth the money and this will definitely be my go-to gift this Christmas!" β€”Kimidanielle

    Get it from Sephora for $40 (list price: $51).

    14. A 360-degree turning makeup organizer to help them actually keep track of what the heck they own on its six adjustable layers β€” it's all starting to add up! Plus, now they can humble brag about their impressive collection.


    Promising review: "This organizer is perfect. It's very spacious β€” it replaced two of my smaller organizers and still has room to be filled. I chose this organizer over similar products, because the top tier has many smaller compartments which are good for tall slender items like makeup brushes, lip/eye liners, liquid lippies, etc. I love that the shelf sizes are customizable and can be changed at any time. The swivel/spin feature is great. 10/10 purchase." β€”T

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in five colors).

    15. A DHC collagen all-in-one gel so even your busiest loved ones can enjoy luxury skincare routines, thanks to this multitasking formula. Its combination of collagen and strong antioxidants will tone, hydrate, and brighten all at the same time!

    Promising review: "This winter my skin became very dry. I would put on my usual three layers of creams and by the time I got to my makeup, my skin was already drying out. I tried a jar of this because it was on sale. I started about two months ago using it every night and I am simply amazed at my skin. It is smooth, soft and luminous. People are commenting and asking me what products I use. So I tell them. I was ready to spend $100 to combat this dryness, but DHC cured it for me. I love it!" β€”Anonymous

    Get it from DHC for $49.

    16. A set of double-sided wing stamp eyeliners (one for each eye!), because even the most well-versed in tutorials get frustrated over uneven cat eyes. Save them from tearful mornings.


    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." β€”LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    Check out our closer look in If You Hate Doing Winged Eyeliner, You 100% Need This Cat-Eye Stamp and see what won best liquid eyeliners at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. An Eva NYC repairing hair mask with argan oil and keravis protein for making their hair shiny, shiny, shiny, even if they consistently dye and style it. I suppose in a way you're giving their hair the gift of life β€” how generous of you.

    Promising review: "This is by far THE BEST hair product I have ever bought. I've had problems with dry hair from over-shampooing and well/hard water and this hair mask makes it like I have never had any hair problems, ever. It makes my hair extremely soft and bouncy and I don't even want to style it after. The smell is very nice: it's very light and a little powdery, but not like baby powder. The price for the amount you get is amazing. I have very thick, curly hair and I barely use a teaspoon of the product. A little goes a long way. I want to share this product with anyone and everyone I can think of." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

    18. A Tatcha rice bran exfoliant to basically give them a science lesson they'll actually want to learn. It comes in four formulas to specifically treat combination, dry, oily, or sensitive skin and changes before your eyes β€” one minute it's a rice powder and the next a cloud-like foam. MAGIC.

    It's a water-activated exfoliant with nourishing Japanese rice bran and papaya enzymes to gently bring out a *natural glow* without irritating even sensitive skin. Basically this is the most non-abrasive way to create a smoother, healthier-feeling complexion! Pick your formula based on your (or your friend's!) skin type: normal to dry, normal to oily, dry, or sensitive.

    Promising review: "I can not believe how SOFT and smooth my skin is from a gentle hand washing of my face. I am stunned. The tiny little bumps that have always been on the bridge of my nose are GONE, what!? Yes, they are, and I've only used it twice. I will never be without this magic potion again. As soon as I was rinsing my face THE FIRST time I used it, I could feel how soft my face was β€” it was like the softest rose petal, I swear it's true!" β€”Sandra

    Get it from Tatcha for $65 (available in two sizes and four formulas).

    19. A gel nail polish kit that'll take mani enthusiasts to the next level β€” aka you'll save them from their usual pricey salon trips. The gel formula will make sure their hard work lasts (and lasts) *and* look professionally done.

    How giftable is the box?! It comes with six opaque, sophisticated shades. You can even try the colors out on an included tester sheet before making the commitment.

    Promising review: "These are beautiful colors! The sparkly purple is especially deep and beautiful. I bought it mostly for the black and whites which are both opaque enough for a single coat, but I’ll be glad to use every color in this set." β€”Hannah Longey

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Psst! They'll need a UV light nail dryer to harden the gel. Get a highly-rated one from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    20. An ingenious Tarte palette and clutch combination so you can give them two memorable gifts in one. We're talking a removable makeup palette with three Amazonian clay powder blushes, one bronzer, and one highlighter β€” plus a mirror and card-holding slot, all in an adorable glittery case.


    All other accessories are officially not doing enough. Did I mention all the shades are limited-edition?

    Promising review: "This is brilliant! I love this case. The blushes are perfection as usual, but that case??? Fantastic! My phone fits perfectly inside it. I used this when we went to a festival in downtown Olympia and it was great to not lug around a crossover bag! I put my phone, money, and card in here and then put it right into my back pocket! I love the glitter pattern, too." β€”Julie A M

    Get it from Tarte for $42 (list price: $132).

    21. A set of gold collagen eye masks to make treating dark circles and puffy under-eyes feel more rewarding than if they actually got eight hours of sleep. Will they think you spent big bucks? Consider these fool's gold.


    Plus, they're all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free! Each patch is packed with collagen, vitamin C, rose oil, and hyaluronic acid to firm and hydrate your under-eyes.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical that these eye masks would work as well as another, more expensive brand to which I was previously committed. These are better in every way. They have a light fragrance, but nothing overpowering. They instantly cool my tired, droopy peepers. I typically leave them on for 20-30 minutes, depending on time of day and my skin looks like it didn't suffer through fluorescent hell all day. I'm going to need to put these on subscription β€” great random find!" β€”Amy

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $21.25.

    22. A rich, skin-clearing clay mask available in three formulas, because these'll seem practically custom-made when targeting specific complexion concerns. Not to mention these masks are so soothing, it'll feel like you sent your friend to the spa (fuzzy robe not included).

    What are the three options, you say? We've got you covered:

    * Charcoal and clay mask (black): Its combo of charcoal and two different types of clay (Amazonian and ghassoul) works best on the chin area to absorb and remove deep oil, blackheads, and acne. It also even skin tones, boosts brightness, and restores a healthy glow post-breakout.

    * Kiwi and broccoli extract (green): Its kiwi and broccoli essence combination work best on foreheads to detoxify and moisturize dull, tired skin. The broccoli also increases skin elasticity and helps to shrink pores.

    * Jeju spring water and crinum lily extract (pink): Its team of crimum lily (where the mask gets its pink shade) and jeju spring water work best on cheeks to soothe irritated skin, balance breakouts, and hydrate dry complexions.

    Promising review (for the green mask): "Honestly, I love this mask. I was on a birth control years ago that made me break out worse than I ever have. I've tried so many things over the years to help clear my skin up β€” even after years of not being on birth control. Different products have helped but my skin, but I was never clear. For the first time in years, my T-Zone is clear and the redness is actually fading! The green mask is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone with T-Zone issues!" β€”Amber Yoder

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three formulas).

    23. A Karity blush and highlighter palette so they'll feel extra ~rosy~ about you whenever boasting these super-pigmented, romantic shades.

    They'll get two blushes and one shimmery highlighter! Did I mention it's vegan and cruelty-free?

    Promising review: "I love this blush! A little goes a far way AND its color stay lasts all day. It's definitely worth what I paid. It's great for warm skin tones." β€”Aurora B.

    Get it from Karity for $14 (available in color combinations).

    24. A subscription to Birchbox for a truly never-ending gift. They'll receive monthly *customized* beauty packages with five sample-sized luxury products so they can try high-end brands that would normally require a much bigger dip into your piggy bank.,

    They'll fill out a profile with their beauty preferences so Birchbox can customize their first box. From there they can give feedback and even hand-pick their next box's selection! Or they can choose a pre-curated "discovery kit" like the above Care For Your Curls Kit or the Find Your Fragrance Kit. If they really like a sample they can purchase full-sized versions and get $1 back for every $10 they spend.

    Gift a subscription to Birchbox for $10/month.

    25. A jar of R+Co dry shampoo paste with volcanic ash and coconut oil that'll make their usually hurried mornings feel a little more luxe β€” dare I say, even better than if they had time to wash their hair.

    It doubles as both a dry shampoo and styling paste to absorb oil and add texture, because hurried mornings are for MULTITASKING. All of its ingredients (volcanic ash, coconut oil, zeolite, sunflower seed extract, and argan oil) not only freshen up second-day hair, but work to *improve* your hair's overall health and shine. AND it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This stuff is the REAL DEAL. It's 100 times better than any spray I've used. Not only is it a great dry shampoo, but it gives a ton of volume and never ever looks ashy or powdery. I am usually frugal when it comes to these kinds of products, but when I got a very sample that wound up lasting me FOREVER, I knew it was time to purchase a full size jar. A tiny bit goes a long way!" β€”Britt Higgins

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    26. A vanity LED mirror or an LED compact mirror, because they need the most ideal lighting and magnification possible to apply all of their hard work β€” and of course the same in travel size for important touchups.,

    The vanity mirror is recharchable with two different magnification levels (1X and 5X) and adjustable LED brightness. The compact mirror also has two different magnification levels (1X and 7X) and an LED light circle that you can turn on and off to mimic natural light.

    Promising review (for the vanity mirror): "This is an amazing mirror for the price point. I was originally looking at a mirror comparable to this, but for $200. I couldn’t bring myself to it. This is perfect: it’s compact so I could take it with me to travel if I wanted (and I plan to!), but not so compact that you can’t see your face in the mirror. I like how I can move the mirror to be angled more or less. The way it was packaged was great! I kept the box in case I wanted to place it back in it for travel. Overall, I am super impressed with the quality of this mirror. It’s as if I paid way more for it, but in reality it’s so affordable." β€”Ashley

    Get them from Amazon: the vanity stand for $25 (available in two colors) and the compact mirror for $19.99.

    27. An Aesthetica brow contour kit that'll stand up to even the most serious brow connoisseur's expectations. It has everything they'll need to take their arch game to the next level: six blendable powders, highlighting powder, full length tweezers, *five* eyebrow stencils, and more. High maintenance, meet your match.


    It also has a cream concealer and highlighter, setting wax/pomade, and a double-ended brush with a spoolie.

    Promising review: "I've had many brow kits over the years (I'm kinda obsessed with them) and this one is by far the best β€” definitely worth the money. My cousin always asks me how I do my eyebrows so I sent her one for the holidays. She was so grateful that she sends me a selfie almost every day raving about it!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    28. A Ucanbe highlighter palette with pigmented metallic powders that'll make everyone wonder why they've been spending so much money on expensive brands when they're able to blend these buttery, shimmering shades in practically one swipe.


    Promising review: "I have also purchased two of the holographic Kat Von D palettes this one is a dupe for and I can tell you honestly this is WELL WORTH the $9! The colors are remarkably similar (particularly the opal shade β€” my only reason for purchasing), blend easily, and last as long (with a quality primer) as the original. Great little find!" β€”Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    If you *do* want to splurge, the Kat Von D holographic palette ($32 on Sephora) has almost 1,000 positive reviews for its pigmentation, color payoff, and ability to last all day!

    29. A rose gold eyelash curler, because not only is this already a cult favorite for making even the shortest of lashes full and dramatic, but it'll make all other stocking stuffers pale in comparison. Not that we're competitive....


    Promising review: "I got this for my mom as a Christmas gift and she loved it! It completely transformed her eyelashes! They went from short, stick-out eyelashes to beautiful, fuller, super curly ones! I highly recommend this eyelash curler!" β€”Melody Varani

    Get it from Amazon for $5.56+ (available in three shades).

    30. An adorably illustrated book titled The Little Book of Skin Care by Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho for teaching your mask collector everything they could ever need: step-by-step tutorials, skincare tips, product guidance, and everything in between on the journey to a clear complexion.

    Soko Glam

    They'll get expert advice from makeup artists, beauty editors, Korean skincare researchers, and more! So basically you're introducing your friend to their idols. You're WELCOME.

    Promising review: "I love this book! I learned more about the skin and skincare than I ever have! Everyone should read this! My skin is coming along much better after reading this book!" β€”Claire R.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.74, Soko Glam for $24.99, Barnes and Noble for $22.49 or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    31. A Shany eyeshadow palette with ~88 shades~ that'll make sure they never run out of ideas (or matching shadows during yet another Youtube tutorial). Does this make them an official makeup artist? Yes.

    This bb has 60 highly-pigmented eyeshadows, 12 highlighting and liner shades, and six blushes. Color. Me. Impressed.

    Promising review: "I bought this for a friend and she loves it, as well! I was amazed to see the packaging was so perfect β€” not even a single eyeshadow was damaged. The entire package looked so pretty and worth way more than the actual price. Moreover, the colors inside were very vibrant and looked like the perfect gift for a person who loves eye makeup! I am inspired to buy something from Shany for myself as well, even though I am not a makeup person at all." β€”Ayesha Maliwal

    Get it from Amazon for $15.76+ (available in four styles).

    32. A Foreo Lina Mini 2, aka 60 seconds of the most luxurious cleansing routine they'll ever *face* without a pricey trip to the spa. In fact, this silicone cleanser'll make you their number one in ~under a minute.~

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    It gently vibrates (you can pick from eight speeds) to simultaneously deep clean and exfoliate so even those of us who wear a full face of makeup are squeaky clean after just a minute. By the way, this pulsing miracle worker is made up of nonporous, bendable silicone touchpoints to deter bacteria buildup and thoroughly exfoliate without irritating your skin.

    Promising review: "I got this as a Christmas gift. I'm in my late thirties and still struggling with cystic (hormonal) acne. I needed three to four products to hide the suckers. After a couple days of using the mini my skin looked better. A few months later and my skin looks and feels amazing. It's soft and smooth. I still get breakouts, but they're smaller and heal within a day or two. I've got a whole cabinet full of skin products and makeup that I just don't need anymore. Yes, I agree that it's pricy, but think of how much you'll save on other skincare products that you won't need anymore!" β€”M Gannon

    Get it from Amazon or Foreo for $139 (available in six shades).

    This BuzzFeed editor (above!) is a trusty member of the Hella Sensitive Skin Club and she LOVES it! Check out her full review!

    33. A three-pack of Glossier tinted lip balms so a dewy, hydrated pout is more than possible for your friend come harshly cold winter months. Not to mention the fun flavors (hello, birthday cake) will be a little ~pick me up~ midday.


    Shall we go over the options? All of these are rich with castor seed oil, beeswax, and rice bran to efficiently moisturize both lips *and* rough patches, because winter skin is no joke.

    * Original: Fragrance-free, extra-rich with water-binding properties to really moisturize, and is untinted.

    * Birthday: Flavor inspired by Milk Bar's birthday cake, untinted, and has a subtle shimmer.

    * Rose: Smells like a rose (duh), is sugary sweet, and has a sheer pink tint.

    * Cherry: Smells and tastes like cherry candies and has a sheer red tint.

    * Mint: Smells and tastes refreshingly minty, leaves a tingly, cooling feeling, and is untinted.

    * Coconut: Smells like vacation, tastes like coconut, and is untinted.

    Promising review: "This. Is. The. BEST! In just three days this product turned my chapped lips into soft, healthy lips. My favorite is the coconut, because the texture is different than the others. It smells AMAZING. I'm never using another balm again! I also like the mint (very refreshing) and the rose (soft and not slimy). If there's only one thing you buy from Glossier (and I hope there's not), it is the coconut Balm Dot Com. Did I mention how fun it is to use???" β€”iloveglossier

    Get a three-pack from Glossier for $30 or a single tube for $12 (available in six varieties).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for why she loves these lip balms (plus reviews for eight other Glossier products we really love)!

    34. A double-sided Revlon liquid eyeshadow, because this'll wave its wands and deliver whatever they're in the mood for: a swipe of fun sparkle or a pigmented cream shadow. Will they consider this more important than clothes on NYE? Of course.,

    Promising review: "From the moment I swatched this product I loved it. Coming from a professional makeup artist, there are many glitter products that don't hold up to expectations, but this one did! It's a must-buy." β€”Brenda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in 10 shades).

    Or! If you're looking for something ~splurge worthy~, go for this Stila liquid eye shadow gift set ($25 on Sephora) for a mini-sized trio of the new cult favorite makeup.

    35. A Benefit Cosmetics limited-edition gift set with their best-selling mascara, pore-minimizing primer, and matte bronzer so you singlehandedly win three out of eight nights of Hanukkah β€” we already know this gift will ~take the cake~.

    This lovely set includes:

    * Full-size lengthening mascara: to lengthen, curl, volumize, lift, and separate β€” so basically this does it all. Plus, it's long-lasting and won't smudge or dry out. Comes in black.

    * Full-size matte bronzer: to help you look naturally tan all year-round β€” its matte finish can be dusted over your chin, cheeks, and forehead. Not to mention its included natural-bristle cheek brush is soft, soft, soft. You can also use this for contouring!

    * Mini pore-minimizing primer: to quickly diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines, smooth skin, and nourish your complexion with vitamin E.

    Promising review: "First off the price is UNBEATABLE. The bronzer alone is more expensive and it's the best bronzer I've ever used. It's not orangey or glittery. I love the matte finish. The mascara and primer are great too! This is definitely a steal!" β€”Ashuhley

    Get it from Ulta or Sephora for $29 (list price: $60).

    36. A Majesticel argan oil hair serum that'll basically be like you took them to the salon, except you save money and they don't have to leave their house. Its infused with argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins to get them the glossiest mane of their whole πŸ‘ darn πŸ‘ life.


    Plus, they can use it as anything: a detangler, conditioner, heat protectant, or styling oil! It controls frizz (bless), won't weigh hair down, and locks out humidity to keep tresses smooth and sleek. If anyone gets this for me, prepare to be aggressively hugged all day.

    Promising review: "This product has been amazing. I purchased this as a gift for my Grandma who gets a perm completed every few months. This has been very damaging to her hair due to all of the harsh chemicals. With the use of this oil I have noticed a change in her hair. It is no longer brittle, but appears to be very soft." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    37. A Girl Undiscovered cleansing water for cleverly upgrading their "I'm too tired to wash my face" nights into a fancy treat at the end of the day. Its no-rinse formula is mixed with rose quartz, citrine, kanuka honey, and aloe to remove makeup, freshen and calm skin, and even brighten complexions.

    Basically they'll be achieving a lot more than they think, even if they use this already lying down.

    Get it from Free People for $42.

    Or! You can give 'em an inexpensive cult favorite: Garnier micellar water ($6.48 on Amazon), which happens to have 1,972 five-star reviews, a rave review by a BuzzFeeder and won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    38. A bottle of Cuccio cuticle oil so anyone with a passion (ok, obsession) with nail care can pamper themselves every darn day and make their nail beds the healthiest they've ever been. Did I mention almost every reviewer say this smells AMAZING?!

    It comes in two formulas: milk and honey or pomegranate and fig!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! I have the milk and honey scent and I also bought the pomegranate and fig. Both products work wonders on my hands. Due to the harsh soap that my job uses, my cuticles were so horrible that no matter the amount of lotion I applied nothing changed. Within five days of using this product my cuticles began to look normal again. My hands are back to their pre-military state." β€”ladybug 23

    Get it from Amazon for $7.14+ (available in two styles).

    39. A Kaja stamp blush that'll figuratively give them heart eyes, but literally give 'em heart *cheeks*. It's not just an adorable Insta opportunity: they can blend it out into a sheer, blendable flush of color! They WILL have a massive crush on you after getting this.

    Promising review: "This is easily one of the cutest, most useful blushes I own to date! It has a heart shaped applicator that you can use to apply the product or you can use a dense brush or your fingers (I find fingers work best). It is easy to blend out and a little goes a long way! Overall, I'm really enjoying this blush and would recommend to anyone looking to pick up a cute, pigmented blush." β€”gonerogue

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in four shades).

    40. A micro-needle roller, because it's time they take their usual pampering up a notch from face masks. When combined with a serum it essentially *boosts* the oil's usual benefits to exfoliate, brighten, and repair irritated skin so that they're left with a dewy, healthy glow.,

    Basically this is just a much more effective way of applying serum than just with your fingers. It only takes five minutes!

    Promising review: "I've been seeing a lot of positive changes as soon as I started using this. Using with a good topical product is a must. I had a few scars around the cheek area which are now mostly gone. I've also noticed a reduction in my pores which gives my skin a very smooth feel and look. It only takes me ten minutes a day to carry out the treatments (which are painless by the way) and it has benefited me more than I ever thought it would. If you're a beginner like me, I would really recommend this one." β€”Mark Smith

    Need a serum? This highly-rated β€” we're talking 7,461 five-star reviews β€” vitamin C serum ($19.99 on Amazon) is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to improve clarity and brighten skin. It promotes collagen production, while the vitamin C synergistically blends with hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E targets fine lines, firmness, dark spots, and most importantly, ACNE.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.39.

    41. A Too Faced best-selling mascara to predict a 99.9% chance of you being the most popular this holiday season. Its widely-loved formula thickens, lengthens, and curls in just a swipe, and is definitely already on every beauty enthusiast's wish list.

    Promising review: "I have thin hair and short eyelashes and this has been the best volumizing mascara I have purchased. It grabs every little hair and thickens it!" β€”linderfaye

    Get it from Too Faced or Sephora for $24.

    42. A makeup sponge organizer so a) their precious and probably expensive blenders don't get moldy b) they can actually FIND their blenders on cluttered vanities and c) they have an excuse to show off their collection.


    It can fit up to nine different sized sponges!

    Promising review: "This beauty blender organizer is the best thing I've ever bought for myself!! It's so cute and displays my beauty sponges, while also letting them dry completely. Super great purchase!!!" β€”Emily Palan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    43. A set of vegan bath bombs for giving them even more material to add to their already impeccable Insta story collection. PLUS, thanks to essential oils and ~aroma therapy~, they'll walk away relaxed and with silky smooth skin.


    Each bath bomb is packed with organic essential oils like peppermint, sweet orange, lemon, rose, lavender, and citronella essential oils.

    Promising review: "These provided the best bath experience that I have ever had. When you put this in your bath, it defuses rose petals for a very relaxing experience. The bath bomb smelled lovely and looked fantastic. The packaging quality was terrific. This product is worth every penny. If you want a relaxing spa night, treat yourself to one of these bath bombs. My whole family has been very pleased! We will definitely order again!" β€”C Kray

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five styles).

    44. A First Aid Beauty repair cream that'll combat winter dryness by intensely hydrating from head to toe with a non-greasy, whipped moisturizing formula. How effective is it? It's a commonly loved solution for every skin type β€” including eczema!

    That's right, it's gentle and nourishing enough to work on oily, dry, sensitive, and combination skin!

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I have extremely dry skin with dry patches every now and then. Ever since I have started using this, my skin has been hydrated! It's the best moisturizer I have ever tried β€” it actually got rid of my dry patches!" β€”Paige242

    Get it from First Aid Beauty or Sephora for $30.

    When you ask a beauty lover why they wouldn't rather get something "practical" for the holidays:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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