As the holidays near, your list of people to gift just seems to get longer and longer. Your new co-worker! Your second cousin! Your hairstylist! Should we keep going?
Thankfully, beauty products are both essential and foolproof, meaning you can conquer your entire list in just one trip to Sephora. From stocking stuffers for everyone to a special gift for the best friend you're willing to splurge on, you'll never run out of options — and members of Sephora's Online Community agree! We tapped them to help us narrow down the top three picks for whatever beauty category you'll be scoping out this holiday season — under $10, value sets, or luxe picks for yourself, too. Keep scrolling to see and shop the Community members' pre-approved picks, and click the items you like to shop!
Top Picks Under $10
Who said beauty gifts had to break the bank? Whether you're on the hunt for stocking stuffers, party favors, or options you can buy in bulk — for your co-workers or all 15 girls in your friend group, for example — these picks have you covered. If you know their personality well, opt for lipsticks in coordinating tones, or treat them to an at-home spa day via a foot mask. And when in doubt, go for makeup wipes — a total crowd-pleaser and everyday essential.
Top $25 and Under Picks
From hair products to makeup to more reasonably priced skincare essentials, $25 is most definitely the sweet spot. So if that's the budget you're working with this holiday season, we have a hunch you're going to like what you see. Among this year's best $25 offerings are a trio of mini Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipsticks (they may be small, but they're still just as luxurious!), Laneige's hydrating Lip Sleeping Mask in festive packaging, and a trio of Bite Beauty's fan-favorite Agave Lip Masks.
The Value Set MVPs
More skincare products, fewer worries. . . or something like that. Rather than limit your gifting options to just one product (the agony!), go the value set route instead. Brimming with adorably compact jars and bottles, they serve as a fun sampler to some of the buzziest products in the game, including skin-saving masks, all things Drunk Elephant, and hydrating K-beauty lip masks.
The Splurge-Worthy Showstoppers
Splurging on gifts is one age-old holiday tradition we're more than happy to take part in. It's basically a designated time of year when you can add items to your cart and actually buy them — completely guilt free! This year's best splurge items include a Natasha Denona palette that'll glow brighter than any set of festive string lights, SK-II's Holy Grail Facial Treatment Essence, and a boxed set of Jo Malone's irresistibly good fragrance lineup.
The Universal Crowd-Pleasers
Whether you're buying for someone you just met, a distant relative, or even a white elephant gift exchange, it's best to have a list of guaranteed crowd-pleasers in your back pocket. Everyone's gotta stay moisturized, so a boxed set of fancy hand and body creams means they can keep one in every bag. On the cozy front, a fragrant set of mini tin candles will set the mood perfectly. And because anyone can benefit from a little self care, a variety set of sheet masks is always a good idea.
Beauty Gifts That Aren't Makeup
It's easy to forget, but beauty gifts come in so many shapes and sizes — not just makeup! Switch it up by gifting hair products that'll work with multiple hair types and textures. A travel set of Bumble & Bumble's do-it-all Invisible Oil line is perfect for the jet-setter in your life, while Amika's straightening brush will help your busy friend save time in her morning routine. And for an unexpectedly life-changing option, Slip's Silk Pillowcase will reinvent anyone's relationship with their hair — for the better.
Ideal Options For Makeup Newbies or Teens
Versatility is the name of the game when you're a rookie in the makeup world. Too many products can be overwhelming to navigate, so options that pull double duty or can be used to create a multitude of looks are key. That's why we love warm-toned eyeshadow palettes like Huda Beauty's Obsessions in Topaz, or Too Faced's Sugar Peach Palette, offering soft, teen-friendly shades that can be used on the face and eyes — wet or dry! Then, give them a leg up on finding their perfect mascara (a tough feat even for beauty veterans!) with a set of mini mascaras.
Gifts for the Beauty Lover Who Has It All
She pre-orders new launches months in advance. Her medicine cabinet is bursting at the seams. She has a designated fragrance for every day of the week. So what do you possibly gift her?! The newest addition to Pat McGrath's MTHRSHP eyeshadow palette collection might be a good place to start. If she's more of a lipstick junkie, try a shiny Tom Ford pick that can be used on its own or with other lip products for a totally custom look. And if all else fails, a Sephora gift card will do the trick, too.
The Treats You'll Want to Save For Yourself
Go ahead; give into that voice that's saying "treat yourself." It's the holiday season and you deserve it! This year, nothing screams indulgence quite like the limited edition Dyson x Ouai collab or a set of Sunday Riley's greatest skincare hits. And for a smaller-scale (yet equally dazzling) option, a tube or two of BlitzTrance lipstick from Pat McGrath couldn't fit the bill better.
Still need more gifting inspo? Visit the Community Chosen gift list, brimming with amazing options from beauty-loving Community members like you. And to share your own recommendations, simply add a comment in the thread!