12/02/10 Basic Beauty Gift Sets For the Holidays Keep It Real With These Back-to-Basics Beauty Gifts by Jaime Richards December 2, 2010 12 When you care enough to gift the very best, sometimes going back to the basics is all it takes. From shampoo and conditioner to the always appreciated makeup brush set, here are five gift options that any beauty aficionado in your life will love. Thinkstock Smooth Sailing What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Whether you have long hair or short, straight strands or curly ones, Aveda Destined For Smoothness ($51) gift set will keep your loved one's hair soft and shiny — all while repelling humidity. Includes four products from the brand's Smooth Infusion line: shampoo, conditioner, travel-size Stye-Prep Smoother, travel-size Smoothing Fluid, and a free tagua nut hair accessory thrown in for good measure. Brush Up What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! This 10-piece (and totally luxurious) Nordstrom Brush Set ($24) has been a permanent staple on my vanity for weeks now, and it's amazing — especially considering the price. For other options, e.l.f.'s 10-piece Brush Collection is a steal at just $10, while Nyx's Makeup Brush Set ($90) includes a whopping 15 brushes that will last your giftee for years. Must-Have Makeup What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! The folks at Sephora have packaged up nine best-selling makeup items in this Best of Basics Makeup Starter Deluxe Sampler ($35). With the ever-popular Anastasia brow gel to Urban Decay's famous primer included within, why not treat yourself, too? Mini Manicure What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! How cute are these circular manicure sets ($40 each) from Neiman Marcus? The bright leather cases, which enclose six nail-grooming tools each, are perfect for travel, as well. Simplify Your Skin Care What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Skin care can be difficult to buy for others, but Bobbi Brown gets it right with her Skin Care Basics ($90). No froufrou excess here, just simple, straight-up products: Lathering Tube Soap, Buffing Grains (mix with soap for a polishing scrub), and Protective Face Lotion SPF 15 packaged in a cloth bag.