You may think it’s too early to start thinking about Christmas, but with just two (or even one for some) pay days left until Christmas, you haven’t got long! I tend to start looking at what’s coming out for Christmas in September/October when the previews start to appear online. Then the Boots catalogue hits and I’ve already mentally spent a fortune…
If you’re stuck with buying Christmas gifts for loved ones, then beauty products tend to be a good shout. Instead of buying them any old smellies, I’ve picked out some of the best to save you some trouble! Starting off with the girls, I’m also selecting gifts for guys, teens and Mum too to suit a range of budgets.
Enjoy my Christmas gift guide and find some lovely things for her this year.
You may have read my MAC Holiday 2016 Picks post which went into detail about my top picks from this year’s special edition collection, but it didn’t feature this set, which I didn’t get because I already have two of the products. For people looking for a great gift which offers a lot of value, this is a great set. It features full sizes of an Extra Dimension Eyeshadow (£16), False Lashes Mascara (£19), Pro Longwear Paint Pot (£16) and Technakohl Liner (£14) – in total worth £65, as well as coming with a great wipe-clean bag. It’s a great way to pick up a few MAC products without spending a fortune, and the dark shades are versatile for creating a range of looks.
If you’re looking for an affordable, but good quality skincare set – this one from Pixi doesn’t disappoint. It contains one of the most-talked about products this year, the Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, as well as a mud mask and a cleanser – the perfect trio for a pamper session. The recipient of this gift will love your eye for on-trend products, and her skin will thank you for it too.
Boots is one of the best places to go for Christmas gifts, and their 3for2 offer is great for those with a strict Christmas budget to stick to. Soap and Glory offers some deliciously-smelling goodies at a good price and are great for replenishing the bath time stocks. This set contains all of my favourites – I love the smell of Sugar Crush, their lime-y, mojito-y range which leaves skin feeling really soft. For only £16, it’s a good set, and looks more expensive than it really is. Plus you get another shower poof, and as you’re meant to replace these more regularly than we probably do, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it!
If your loved one likes luxury skincare, or if it’s something they want to try but haven’t got around to it yet, then this an excellent value taster set from Elemis. It features mini versions of some of their most popular products, including the Soothing Apricot Toner and Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil. It’s a great introduction for someone needing to establish a skincare routine, or a good set for someone who travels a lot. It’s a more expensive gift, but is certainly one that offers a lot for the price. Plus, if you register with Look Fantastic, they’ll be sure to send you a discount or two before Christmas, so you could pick this up at an even better price.
This is a gift for someone with a large budget for gifts this Christmas – but boy is it a good one. Big, voluminous curls continue to be a big trend and this is a great way to get them. Combining the benefits of both heated and Velcro rollers, this great set from Cloud Nine provides lasting volume and curl for all hair types (including my limp and lifeless mid-length strands!). This set features 12 rollers in different sizes with the relevant clips, an Amplify Spray, Serum a carry case, and of course, The O Pod. It’s a very simple system – simply put a roller in the pod, wait a few seconds to heat up, then after the beep insert into the hair. The rollers won’t burn your fingers and you can have bouncy, shiny hair in as little as 15 minutes. It’s the sort of thing beauty lovers put on their wish lists, but you can make their day by purchasing this as a Christmas gift.
These are ideal stocking fillers for nail varnish lovers! Ciaté is a really great nail polish brand which offer high quality finishes in on-trend colours. These sets feature two mini versions of their bestsellers, and both shades in the packs are great, rather than having one which is good and the other being a dud! I have full-sized versions of Antique Brooch and Amazing Gracie and I love them both, but I’ll personally be adding Lucky Penny/Rain Check to my own Christmas list.
Eyeshadow palettes offer excellent value for money – offering a range of shades to create different looks. Don’t just buy any palette though, a palette full of super bright shades will sit gathering dust, so something a bit more practical will be appreciated much more. I’ve had 3 out of the 4 main Naked Palettes from Urban Decay and number 2 is definitely the best. Featuring a great mix of matte and shimmer shades perfect for creating professional looking eye looks for day and night, it should be a staple in anyone’s make-up collection, making it a great Christmas beauty gift.
Choosing a perfume can be a nightmare, and for an expensive investment, you want to make sure you’re buying the right one for your loved one. If you’re struggling to narrow it to one, this useful set from Marc Jacobs is a great gift. With three rollerball scents and a stylish carry case to keep them in, these handbag sized fragrances are a great purchase. I’m currently loving Daisy Dream so I would love to have this for Christmas. If it’s a full sized something you’re looking for, make the most of the other gift sets available at the moment which will most likely be the same price or cheaper than an individual bottle, and include some shower gel and body lotion too. My fragrance picks include Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf, La Parfum by Ellie Saab and Gucci Bamboo.
If you’re savvy enough, you can take advantage of Debenhams’ 10% off beauty offers – there’s one on at the moment but there’s likely to be more in the run up to Christmas, including Black Friday if I had to take a guess.
EOS lip balms (Evolution of Smooth if you’re not in the know) are really popular across Instagram at the moment and celebrities can’t get enough of them. They’re fun, flavoursome lip balms that do really work to smooth your lips. They last ages (mine’s nearly two years going strong – probably not healthy though…) and you can get them in a range of flavours. For Christmas there are some great duo sets available whilst the single pots also make good stocking fillers.
In the last couple of years, Benefit has released these excellent blush sets for Christmas. They feature some of their most popular shades in good quantities which solve the ‘I’ve run out of blush’ problem that many people have when they only buy one product at a time. This is a great way to sample what is arguably Benefit’s best product, without paying the £24 per shade you’d usually fork out for. Sugarbomb and Hoola are two of the best, and what’s great about this set is that you also get a mini They’re Real eyeliner and mascara and a Whatt’s Up highlighter. For just £29, you can’t go wrong with this set, and with many offering 10% off at different points in the lead up to Christmas, it offers even more value.
Spectrum Collections brushes are another Instagram wonder product which have been making waves all over the world. These award-winning, super-stylish brushes make an excellent gift for makeup lovers and will brighten up any dressing table. Rose gold and marble are a fabulous combination and these brushes use the colours perfectly. The Sculpt set is ideal for creating supermodel-worthy cheekbones and for highlighting facial features, and as they’re completely vegan and cruelty-free makeup brush, they make a thoughtful gift too! Beauty junkies will be all over these, so they’ll be sure to earn you brownie points this Christmas.
If you sign up to the Spectrum newsletter you’ll also get 10% off your first order – so there’s no excuse for not ordering them this Christmas!
And there you have it! Beauty gifts really are a great present to give to someone special this Christmas whilst also being a great time to pick up some top value sets. Special editions by beauty brands tend to sell out quickly, so make sure you get your shopping done soon.
Up next… it’s time for girls to treat the guys with my Christmas Gift Guide for Him!