It’s my favourite time of year again! A lot of you may be familiar with my annual ‘Christmas Gift Guides’ over on my YouTube channel… well, this year I’ve decided to expand the gifting festivities and share some additional ideas over on here too! Today I’m talking all about my absolute top picks for beauty gifts this year… There are SO many to choose from, but the below are my absolute favourites. If you want to see what made it into my ‘Top 10’ video, you can check that out at the bottom of the page. Keep your eyes on here over the next week or so for more gift ideas… and HAPPY SHOPPING!
1. MAC Snowball Mini Lipstick Set, £85
This is probably my ultimate beauty gift this year… 12 miniature MAC lipsticks in cult shades with gorgeous metallic packaging, all beautifully presented in a sparkling rose gold box. What more could a girl wish for under the tree?!
I love Sanctuary Spa for more affordable gift sets and this is my top pick this year – Some of my favourite products from the brand, both full size and deluxe travel size… affordable yet really indulgent and currently 3 for 2 in Boots if you have a few people to buy for – they have some lovely other gifts too!
3. OUAI Volume Travel Set, £40
I’ve fallen totally in love with Quai over the past few months, and this little travel set is such a lovely introduction to the brand! It’s got full sizes of my favourite Volume shampoo and conditioner, and a miniature version of the texturising hairspray, all in a convenient makeup pouch. Definitely something I would love to see under the tree this year!
4. NARS X Man Ray Love Triangle, £20
The NARS X Man Ray collection caused some serious excitement in the beauty world when it launched earlier this month. My favourite pieces from the collection are these tiny little ‘Love Triangle’ sets, with a miniature lipstick and blush inside. They don’t break the bank at £20 so would make a great stocking filler, while still being utterly gorgeous – the shades are real staples too. You can’t really go wrong with one of these!
Marc Jacobs always excel on the gifting front this time of year and this gorgeous set is definitely no exception. It comes with full sizes of their INCREDIBLE mascara (if you like volume, you NEED to try this – seriously!) a black and brown eyeliner (also amazing), lipstick in Slow Burn (stunning nude-pink shade) and 6 colour eyeshadow palette in ‘Glambition’ for £99. Seems pricey but it’s actually a saving of £27 if you bought everything separately and all of the items are everyday staples – such a lovely gift!
6. Burberry Festive Beauty Box, £30
Burberry’s Christmas beauty offerings this year have been absolutely gorgeous and this little box of treats is probably my favourite. A full size, gorgeous, golden eyeshadow, miniature berry lipstick, mascara and illuminating base in a lovely little box – perfect for a smaller gift or stocking filler!
Elemis are the kings of gift sets in my eyes – they never fail to put together gorgeous gifts all year round, but especially so during the festive period. If you’re a pro-collagen lover you can’t go wrong with this set… It’s almost £200 but contains a giant 100ml Pro-Collagen Marine Cream along with a host of other full sized versions of the other products in the range. The overall value is over £350 so it’s a bargain when it comes to value for money.
8. Fresh Mask Wardrobe, £70
Fresh are one of my favourite brands for face masks, so this ‘Mask Wardrobe’ is a definite winner for me. You get three 30ml versions of their cult masks (the Vitamin Nectar one is a particular favourite of mine) along with their amazing Sugar Face Scrub. A pricey gift, but if you’re buying for someone who loves their skincare, you can’t go far wrong with this one.
9. Lily England Brush Set, £45
These beautiful white marble finished brushes with rose gold are simply stunning. Cruelty free and only £45 for the full set and the travel box, these would be an absolute dream to get in a Christmas stocking or under the tree.
Kiehl’s cult classic Midnight Recovery concentrate has had a festive makeover this year – If someone you know is in need of a top-up, there’s no better time to treat them than with this adorable doodle-covered bottle!
Tarte have seriously pushed the boat out this year with their gifting selection and the Trove collectors set is my absolute favourite – It has such a gorgeous selection of eyeshadow shades, a miniature mascara, eyeliner, lipgloss and full size blush, bronzer and highlighter – what more could you need?! Also an absolute bargain for £45.
12. Benefit Cable Car Cuties Gift Set, £14.50
This cute little gift set from Benefit has miniatures of their Porefessional Primer, Rockateur Blush and Gimme Brow tinted brow gel. They are mini’s but I think it’s still an absolute steal for £14.50 – what a perfect little stocking filler!
Another gem from the NARS Man Ray collection is the cheek palette. I always keep an eye out for the NARS blush palettes when they release them as their blushes are the best and the palettes last forever – such a great gift for any makeup lover.
14. Dior Vernis Nail Liner, £20.50
As per usual, Dior’s Christmas Collection is back in all this gold bauble glory – the nail polishes are usually the star of the show, and this one is just so festive it’s hard not to fall in love with it. The ultimate luxury polish.
15. By Terry Preciosity Collector Beauty Set, £395
Talking of ultimate luxury, if you’re looking to seriously push the boat out this year, check out the beauty that is the By Terry Preciosity Collector Beauty Set. Just WOW. This it the mother of all beauty gifts this Christmas, but sadly with the price tag to match! We can all dream!
I have a particular soft spot for the Diptyque Christmas limited edition collections and this year is my favourite to date. The gorgeous gilt etched detail on the glass is stunning and the scents are equally as divine. The Frosted Forest is my favourite (it smells just like a fresh Christmas tree!) and the small version (here) goes for £28, while the full size is £45. Pricey but very nice indeed!
17. Cowshed Beauty Sleep Box, £100
If you’re looking for a pamper-present for your mum, this Cowshed beauty sleep box would be one of my tops picks this year. A lovely selection of products to help her relax and unwind after a hectic festive season.
18. Huda Beauty Matt Mini’s Love Edition, £33
I was slow to the party with the Huda beauty hype, but her products are really brilliant (even if you aren’t going for the ‘instagram-glam’ look) Her matte liquid lipsticks are so lovely and this little gift set is really good value at £33 for 4 shades) a little goes a long way too as they last such a long time on the lips, so this one is a really good one for those who like to try out lots of different shades.
19. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Gift Set, £243
Another ‘ultimate’ gift, and a totally uni-sex one too… Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino set will break the bank at £243, but if you’re looking to treat someone this year, it’s undeniably gorgeous. You get a 50ml EDP bottle of the cult, fresh fragrance along with a full-size of the matching body spray and shower gel, all presented (as one would expect from Mr Ford) in a stunning presentation box to match.
20. Becca Apres Ski Palette, £40
Becca’s Apres Ski palette is the eye-version of their much-loved shimmering skin perfector powders. Any fan of the brand will love this as the shades are super-wearable, the packaging is gorgeous and it’s pretty good value for what you get too – seven gorgeous eyeshadows for £40.
21. MAC Snowball Pigment & Glitter Kit, £29
Another little gem from MAC’s festive lineup (basically all of their Christmas Collection is worth a look this year!) but this little Pigment & Glitter kit is perfect for Christmas parties and NYE – I love the little rose gold sequin makeup bag it comes with too.
22. NYX Soft Matte Lip Vault, £65
This NYX set looks like serious value for money, especially for any aspiring makeup artists out there. You get 24 shades of their soft matte liquid lipsticks in miniature for just £65.
23. Too Faced Beauty Cracker, £20
Another one of my favourites when it comes to Christmas time, Too Faced always have the cutest offerings this time of year. This little cracker is one of my favourites, with miniatures of their bestselling Better Than Sex mascara, Shadow Insurance primer and a mini Melted Matte Lipstick in Fig – For £20 this is yet another perfect stocking stuffer or smaller gift that would be very well received by any makeup lover!
24. Beauty Junkie Flight Set, £15
A cute little stocking filler for those who love to travel or perhaps those who have a winter getaway planned after Christmas (I wish!) this little set has earplugs, socks, hair ties, an eye mask and a luggage tag – all you need to help you get a good night’s sleep on a long haul flight – cute!
25. Zoeva Brush Kit, £40
Zoeva brushes are such brilliant value for money, as they are great quality and so much cheaper than a lot of the big makeup brands’ brush offerings. This little set is really useful with an eyeshadow brush, blending brush, eye smudger brush and contour brush – all of which I reach for on a daily basis. They all come in a super cute metallic pouch for only £40 too. Love it.
26. Foreo Get Up & Glow Kit, £29
I’m a big fan of the Foreo skin brushes and this little set is such a nice way to try out the brand for the first time if you’re unsure. You get a Foreo Luna Play (the teeny tiny version of the original) along with deluxe sample sizes of both their daytime and nighttime cleansers, and a little travel bag, all for £29 (the same price as the normal Luna Play – bargain!)
27. Bumble & Bumble Spoiled Silly Set, £38
The perfect gift for those with unruly, dry hair… Bumble and Bumble have collaborated with Tangle Teezer for this cute set that has their invisible oil, priming heat protectant spray and rose gold tangle teezer – Super cute!
28. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament, £22
Jo Malone are another brand that really know how to do gifting. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, they have something for every budget this year. I love this little Christmas Ornaments though… for £22 you get a miniature version of their gorgeous Orange Blossom Cologne and Grapefruit Body Creme in a cute little Christmas Bauble.
Something that has been on my Christmas Wish List every year for the past 13 years… The YSL Effet Faux Cils mascara is my ultimate favourite and Christmas is the best time to buy it as you can get one in this gorgeous gift set with a mini eyeliner and eye makeup remover for the same price as buying the regular full-size mascara. Winning. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
30. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Trio, £29
Last but not least, Charlotte Tilbury has launched her ultra-cute mini lipstick trio again this year. If you’re a sucker for anything in miniature (like me!) you won’t be able to resist these tiny versions of her bestselling shades Kim K-W, Secret Salma and Carina’s Love.
Watch my video to see some of these in more detail, plus more!