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34 Beauty Products That Reviewers Swear Are Great Gifts

Not sure what to get everyone this holiday? Here are some great beauty gifts according to reviewers.

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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Hey! While we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time for Christmas, shipping times are especially tricky this year and can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. Shop early and be sure to double check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for the 25th!

1. A Revlon hot air brush so they can go from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a sleek and shiny blowout in minutes.

The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

Promising review: "I'll admit that I bought this product with the idea that I would hate it and would need to return it. Boy was I wrong! Believe the rave reviews! It's so easy to use and it actually works!! I've always struggled with giving myself blowouts, but not anymore. I'm extremely satisfied with this product. I can't wait to gift this product for family members on their birthdays. I'm in love! P.S. I find that it works best if your hair is not soaking wet. I do my makeup first to let the hair air dry a bit." —BrownEyedGirl09

Get it from Amazon for $35.33 (available in five colors).

2. A DevaCurl diffuser if beautifully juicy and defined curls are at the top of their holiday wish list. The attachment looks a little funky, but the weird hand-shaped design surrounds their curls as it dries them, protecting their hair's moisture and keeping their kinks oh-so shiny.,

Promising review: "This was a gift for our daughter and says it's even better than she expected." —Lady J

Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

3. A blackhead remover vacuum for your beauty-obsessed friend who also loves watching blackhead extractions. Its powerful head sucks up blackheads, whiteheads, sebaceous filaments, grease, and leftover makeup, and it comes with four different attachments and five suction levels.,

Promising review: "My blackhead remover arrived well-packed and as promised. It’s now my favorite. I have others but this one is different. The suction is really powerful and at the same time doesn’t hurt the skin. It’s the only one I have that has an app and it makes the difference; you can see the details when removing. It comes with extra heads which is another advantage. It’s also a great option for holidays gifts as the price is just right for the quality you’re getting. Will not use any other from now on; SUPER recommended." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors).

4. A Chi automatic curling iron, because they've burned themselves with a regular curler way too many times. With this, they just have to insert a section of hair into the chamber and the curler automatically wraps it around the heated rod. It beeps when the curl has set. The best part: the barrel protects them from singeing their fingers or neck.

Promising review: "Got it and fell in love with it! No more burnt hands, as this curls automatically. Just send the strand of hair into the curler and it curls automatically. If the hair gets struck it beeps and releases so that the hair is not damaged. Loved it so much and got two more as gifts for friends and they love it too. if you are looking for a curler look no further." —Amazons

Get it from Amazon for $70.21+ (available in five colors).

5. A painless derma roller to transform your skin for a fraction of the price you'd pay at a spa. The itty bitty micro needles exfoliate dead skin cells and help your skincare absorb better. With consistent use, you'll see glowier skin and less texture.,

Before you go rubbing this all over your face, educate yourself on how to use a derma roller properly!

Promising review: "Easy to use and I think it's made a difference in my skin. I have already bought three more to gift to my friends!" —Yees in WA state

Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

6. A Balm Dotcom trio that'll hydrate even the driest, most chapped lips. This skin salve is made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

Three tubes of coconut balm dotcom, mango balm dotcom, and rose balm dotcom

Promising review: "Love the assortment of flavors provided, and they all make amazing gifts. My personal favorites are cherry and birthday cake!" —Natalia R.

Get it from Glossier for $30 (available in nine scents).

7. A dip powder kit so they can perfect their at-home manicure and save money in the long run. The powder dries in just 30 seconds, and reviewers say the color stays chip-free for weeks — which is great but also a bummer because it's so easy to use that they're gonna wish they could do it all over again.,

It comes with a base coat, an activator, a top coat, five color powders, a nail file, a brush, and instructions.

Promising review: "I have been wanting a nail dip powder set for so long, and I am so glad that I finally stumbled upon one that was affordable and had everything that I need for salon quality nails at home. The whole process from start to finish took me about 25 minutes. The instructions have pictures and are very easy to follow. The whole kit just feels so luxurious, I cannot recommend it enough. This would definitely make for a great gift." —Eve Ette

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

8. A set of mini Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs if your makeup enthusiast cousin likes to be the center of attention. Their lips will shine brighter than the star atop the tree.

Swatches of the four shades on four arms of different skin tones
Fenty Beauty

This set comes with four shades: Cake Shake (shimmering bronze), Baby Brut (shimmering gold), Taffy Tea$e (shimmering coral), and Ruby Milk (shimmering deep plum).

Promising review: "A perfect gift whether you separate the glosses or keep them as a pack!" —Rebecca A.

Get it from Fenty Beauty for $36.

9. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara for the friend who's tried just about every mascara but hasn't found one that won't flake, fade, or streak. Spoiler: this is the one!,

Promising review: "Best mascara and a great price. I give as gifts and everyone wants to know how to get more. Truly makes not-so-great lashes look fantastic. You will not be disappointed with this purchase!" —Dancing Girl

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

10. A cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because bright and glowing skin is always a great gift. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk their pores to help reduce breakouts.

A before shot of a user with red, angry breakouts and an after photo of the same user with almost no breakouts and skin that's much more even toned

Promising review: "Results are immediate. I have been using this product for only two weeks and am already in love. This one manages to be effective while feeling less abrasive due to smaller yet more polishing granules. Among its natural ingredients is French green clay, which gives skin a satiny soft finish. I use it every other day in the shower, massaging over wet skin for about a minute. Skin is immediately smoother and has a more even tone. (This scrub has an excellent balance of acetic, calming, and polishing ingredients). This product stimulates circulation and has a refreshing ginger smell. The scrub is also vegan and not tested on animals. I am considering purchasing other Acure products because this one is so outstanding. Acure Brightening Facial Scrubs will make nice gifts for everyone." —LL

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

11. An exfoliating water gel to treat even the most sensitive skin to a thorough and incredibly satisfying exfoliation. They'll literally be able to see little "beads" of dirt, debris, and dead skin go down the drain.,

Promising review: "I got a sample of this and was hesitant at first. And let me tell you, it was the best surprise ever! I am so glad I bought the full bottle because there is nothing that can safely remove dirt and dead skin this easily. You can literally remove dead skin after just rubbing a small squirt on to your face. It doesn’t burn or irritate at all. After the third time, I can already see a HUGE difference in the clarity and glow my skin has. And I would have gladly paid twice the price after using it!! And it will be a great gift item for several birthdays this year!!!" —Jonathan

Get it from Amazon for $38.

12. A paraffin bath that'll smooth and soften their hands, feet, and elbows while removing dry, dead skin. Using hot paraffin wax is also an effective form of heat therapy, and reviewers say it's fantastic for reducing arthritis pain.

It comes with 3 pounds of scented wax, two thermal mitts, and 30 plastic glove liners.

Promising review: "Awesome. Makes you're hands feel like silk. Price is right and delivery was fast! A great gift for anyone who loves beautiful hands or suffers from arthritis." —habbie1

Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

13. A versatile pore cleaning clay mask so you can snag the coveted title of World's Best Gift Giver. Sorry, Santa! It's an effective face mask (especially if they mix it with ACV), vacuuming gunk from their pores and brightening dark spots. It's also nice as a hair mask and bath and foot soak.

Before and after of a reviewer with patches of dark acne and scars on her cheek showing the mask dramatically reduced hyperpigmentation and helped get rid of breakouts

Promising review: "It is amazing! I have oily skin and it does not seem to overly strip my skin. The smell is not what I expected. However, I like that it is has no scent because fragrance is not the best for my skin. It is totally worth it. It makes a great gift. Overall a really good product." —Sergio

Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

Check out our Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay deep dive for more satisfying before and afters.

14. A long-lasting, super hydrating clear lip gloss if they love having moisturized lips but regular lip balm just isn't extra enough. This adds the perfect amount of shine without feeling sticky.,,

The rosehip oil gloss is designed to reduce fine lines on your lips. The mint oil gloss creates a cooling sensation. And the coconut oil gloss is for lips that need extra hydration.

Promising review: "Oh my! I love these so much! They are so cute and smell great. This would be a good gift as well." —Pfam

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.97+ (available in a variety of flavors).

15. A pore-tightening, skin-lifting face mask for making their self-care time a little terrifying because 1. it'll make them look like a zombie when it sits on their face and 2. it's so darn effective.

Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles

Promising review: "We all have heard the huge Hanacure mask craze. I sadly can't put that much money down for the starter pack at the moment. I bought this instead and really like the results I have seen so far. I am on my third mask and can tell a difference with my skin already. The drying part gets a little intense and then it eases down, so stick through it!!!! I would buy another pack when I run out. Fun little gifts for friends too. My skin is firmer, more even in tone, and seems to have a nice glow the next morning. I have also noticed my T-zone isn't oily like it usually is, so makeup stays on better since I've used the mask. Stop thinking about it and just take the plunge and buy this mask now!" —Eileen A

Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $25.94.

16. The Makeup Set — a trio of Glossier's bestselling Boy Brow brow gel, Cloud Paint cream blush, and Lash Slick mascara — because it's fab collection of basic makeup products for both beginners and peeps who are more advanced.

The set

Promising review: "These three products have been staples in my everyday makeup routine for over a year now. Separately, each product is amazing. Put together *chef's kiss.* Even on my 'no makeup' days, I will use at least one of these products, if not all three. This is truly the most versatile makeup set out there and will truly enhance your features. I buy this set as gifts for all my friends because I love it so much." —Ally

Get it from Glossier for $40 (all products are available in a variety of shades).

17. A soft and gentle silicone massager brush to give them a deep clean that they can't get with their hands alone. These lil' scrubbers will exfoliate their sensitive skin, clean out their pores, and loosen dead skin cells to reveal softer, healthier, glowy, scrumdiddlyumptious skin.

Promising review: "I cannot exfoliate my skin with anything because it would simply dry it out. My face had a hard time taking in moisturizer and so that would give me dry skin around my nose or forehead. First time using a product like this and I cannot believe it works. The silicone was designed well and also lathers weIl. It is so soft that I did not expect it to do anything honestly. My skin looks more supple and glows. My moisturizer sinks into my pores now without sitting on top of my skin. Great buy and I will definitely gift these to my friends and family who like to take care of their skin." —Laine

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

18. A Mario Badescu mist set that'll give them three more reasons to love you. Each mist solves a different problem, including the biggest problem of all — what the heck you're going to get them for the holidays!,

It comes with aloe, cucumber, and green tea to revive dull, tired skin and reduce redness and breakouts; aloe, chamomile, and lavender) to soothe irritated skin; and aloe, herbs, and rosewater to hydrate and refresh your look.

Promising review: "These mists are great. I love the fact that they come in a pack. Very useful as a gift for any age." —Eddy Perez

Get it from Amazon for $21.

19. A soothing multipurpose oil blend so they can lock in moisture instead of using approximately 50 million products that say they hydrate your skin...and then don't. Its gentle formula won't irritate rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, but it will help them say goodbye to dry skin and frizzy hair.

Promising review: "Very gorgeous scent! Luxurious! The oil absorbs quickly and is not sticky. Very healing and moisturizing wherever it is applied. Feels so absolutely luxurious, very spa-like. I love all the products in this line. The fragrance is wonderful for, and it would make a wonderful gift." —cinnis

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

20. A reusable exfoliating Japanese towel if they want their entire body to feel as soft and smooth as a baby's bottom. It sloughs away dead skin to clear those annoying tiny bumps on the backs of the arms, reduces the frequency of ingrown hairs after shaving, and even helps clear backne.

Use it daily or weekly depending on your tolerance.

Promising review: "I purchased these because I was developing some back acne/back bumps. I was very skeptical about these, but the reviews were positive, so I figured it was worth a shot. After a few weeks of using, I noticed that my back bumps were gone/or decreased. My back is so smooth now and I love it. I think this is worth the price for the results I have achieved, and I am planning on purchasing some for gifts. It is also nice because you can throw them in the washer machine to keep clean and last longer." —Brie

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14+ (available in five colors).

21. A Foreo Luna Mini 2 for gently exfoliating their skin without leaving it red, raw, or tight. They can wave goodbye to dead skin cells clogging their pores! 👋

Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

Promising review: "I bought a Luna Mini 2 as a gift to my friend. She was ecstatic to receive it and couldn’t rave about it more. She could feel the difference in her skin texture in a few days and said it has made her skin feel cleaner and smooth. Then I bought it as a gift to myself as well. I couldn’t be any more happier. My skin is smoother, clearer, and I can see the healthy glow as well." —Sarita Bg

Get it from Foreo for $119 (available in six colors).

Read our in-depth review of the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for more deets.

22. A cruelty-free, versatile TooFaced eyeshadow palette because they're sweet on peachy pinks, bright corals, rich bronzes, and deep purples — and this palette is ~ripe~ with them.

Too Faced, @toofaced / Via

TooFaced's Sweet Peach palette comes with 18 matte and shimmery shades. Oh, and the palette smells like peaches!

Promising review: "The colors are beautiful, they go on so smoothly, and it smells good! The perfect gift and if you're having a bad day, you just smell it and feel better! They also blend easily!" —Alexis Frohlich

Get it from TooFaced for $49.

23. A set of 16 sheet masks to address any and every skin concern, making it a great gift for the person you kinda sorta don't really know that well but are somehow buying a gift for them this holiday and you want to look like you at least tried.


Promising review: "I am so impressed with these! You get two of each type, which is great for sharing (or you know, not sharing!). These feel great, no burning, no weird smells. I was very happy with how well my face handled it too as I have sensitive skin. Great for parties, gifts, or for treating yourself." —K Nacole

Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

My colleague wrote a full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Facial Mask Sheets — check it out for more deets!

24. A Haus Laboratories lip gloss from Lady Gaga that'll add disco ball levels of shine to their lips whether they wear it on its own or over another lippie. There'll be no poker faces here; you'll know how happy they are when they open your gift.

The lipgloss
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Promising review: "A complete home run for Lady Gaga and the Haus Labs team! It is extremely moisturizing and has a beautiful sheen. It's perfect to wear it alone for a shimmering nude lip or apply it on top of your favorite shade of lipstick for that extra holiday oomph. The applicator contours to your lips perfectly and the gloss feels great. Long-lasting and the packaging is divine. Perfect for the gift-giving season. Bravo!" —Lourdes M.

Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in 31 shades).

25. A three-piece cosmetic organizer so you and your roomie win. They'll finally have a chic storage option for all their makeup and you'll get back valuable counter space in the bathroom that was previously taken over by their makeup collection.

The organizer, which has four rows of drawers and a section for lipsticks, brushes, and nail polishes on top

Promising review: "I am in love with this makeup organizer as it was very sturdy and no assembly was required! Makes a great gift and organizer. Had a wide size variety of compartments that suited all of my needs. This was a perfect gift for my teenage daughter who is a makeup enthusiast. The organizer comes with black mats at the bottom to protect your makeup and the organizer itself. Over all I would definitely recommend this product as it was a winner for me and my daughter." —Tammy Royer

Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in three colors).

26. A moisturizing hair treatment if they're the impatient type. In just eight seconds — eight! — it starts working to leave their mane feeling silkier, softer, and smoother after washing.

Reviewer with natural hair that looks voluminous, healthy, and shiny

Promising review: "This is a miracle-worker! It makes my hair shiny, and my color even looks better. I've gifted to others because I love it so much." —sunshine56

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

27. A trio of Slip silk scrunchies for anyone in the midst of the vicious cycle of needing to get their hair up and out of their face but owning only hair ties that lead to breakage and creasing. ICYMI, these are silk so they won't do either!

The three hair ties in a leopard-print oranment

Promising review: "I never thought I would ever spend more than $20 on three hair ties in my life LOL. But! They are so worth it, especially these three with one of them being a leopard-like print. The ornament design makes it a wonderful Christmas gift; it is so cute! The hair scrunchies are so great. They do not pull any hair out and its very easy to make a tight ponytail. They are lovely, this was my first time using Slip scrunchies and I won't be going back to regular ones. I know the price can be a lot but it's actually kinda reasonable given the amazing quality, and they actually feel like they will last a while." —CruzEvelyn831

Get it from Sephora for $20.

28. A Gillette heated razor because when does a nice warm shave not sound like a great gift? The heat setting is adjustable, and this waterproof razor conforms to the contours of their beautiful face for a super close shave.

Model using the razor on their face

Promising review: "My wife bought the razor as a Christmas gift for me. I tried it for the first time tonight. It performed just as advertised and expected. I have not had such a close shave in decades." —bjpb72

Get it from Gillette for $200.

29. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream to treat your late-night study buddy to a holy grail under-eye cream that'll hide the fact that you were both studying until 2 a.m.,

Promising review: "This eye cream is amazing. I can definitely see a difference in my skin and the fine lines around my eyes seem less visible. I know that nothing is a miracle and will make your wrinkles disappear, but this eye cream works better than anything I've tried before. It also makes a great gift! I’ve given it to my mom, sister, aunts, and my best friend." —xtina

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

30. An Hermès mini perfume set that'll transport them to four lush, beautiful gardens around the world. It's almost like you got them an airline ticket but this is so much cheaper...soo much cheaper.

The set

It comes with four scents: Un Jardin sur la Lagune (floral and woody), Le Jardin de Monsieur Li (floral and citrus), Un Jardin sur le Nil (spicy citrus), and Un Jardin en Méditerranée (woody and aromatic).

Promising review: "This set is a nice treat for yourself — or as a gift! The presentation is elegant and the scents are lovely; each is different from the others. The price seems fair, given the quality. I was so pleased I intend to purchase the other Hermes set that Sephora sells." —MerrieKnitter

Get it from Sephora for $50.

31. A set of flexible curling rods so they can achieve heatless curls and beautiful curl definition.

Promising review: "Tried these on my daughter's long hair the first day they arrived. They were easy and came out great next day. I'm going to try and damp her hair next time to get a bit of the frizzy out from the top part of her head. Recommend and a great gift idea." —Elizabeth Michaelson

Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $10.99.

32. And a set of face mask brushes if you want to really gift them the full spa experience. They make it easy to apply skincare hygienically, and they wash clean with warm water.

Reviewer using the silicone brush to apply face mask

Promising review: "I LOVE these brushes! As someone that has used a variety of face masks, I always just used my fingers to apply. After reading about all the benefits of using silicone face mask brushes to apply masks on your face opposed to your fingers that carry bacteria, I had to try it. I LOVED the results! I can’t believe how long I’ve been missing out on using these brushes. The mask went on far more smooth and even. It helped save so much of my mask product and felt like the mask even worked better! Also, they are extremely easy to clean and re-use. Great price for a great product and a great gift for someone that uses skincare products. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE!!" —Tess

Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.98.

33. A pack of 24-karat gold collagen eye masks for helping them fool everyone into thinking they got eight restful hours of sleep — except you but, of course, you would never tell. These gold eye masks are rich in collagen and hyaluronic acid that bring back much-needed moisture and elasticity, as well as vitamin A and rose oil to calm, brighten, and protect from UV damage.

Reviewer wearing the eye patches, as well as their before and after photos showing the masks brightened the under-eye area

Promising review: "Love these eye gels for the price! You can’t beat the price for the amount of under eye gels you receive. I give these out as gifts and use them almost every morning on myself or right before a special night out. They are easy, quick, and effective. They brighten your eyes up, match the quality of other overpriced gels, and make you feel like you're at a fancy spa. These are a staple at my house!" —ER

Get 30 pairs from Amazon for $11.98.

34. A scalp massager because they take shower time very seriously. A relaxing scalp massage is great for getting that blood flowing to the head while simultaneously breaking down buildup (hello hairspray and dry shampoo) that's making their hair oily and difficult to style.

Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard plastic, seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift for the natural hair enthusiast or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

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