Holiday shopping is no easy task. We’re not talking about shopping for yourself — that one can be pretty fun to do — but when it comes to getting gifts for someone else, there is a lot that needs to be considered. Whether it be a family member, friend or coworker, you have to keep in mind the things they may or may not like, as well as a price point you feel comfortable spending. We may strive to get that perfect gift, but in the end it’s really the thought that matters. And hey, even if someone doesn’t like what you get them, they can always regift it until it finds its proper home.
However it is that you determine what to purchase someone, keep in mind that the holidays are for enjoying the company of those you care about the most and having incredible experiences. To help make holiday shopping a little easier, we’ve put together the Top 5 holiday beauty gift sets under $50 for anyone on your list from the fragrance lover to the lip junkie, bearded man-friend to that person who you can never figure out.
5.) Elizabeth and James’ A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection, $48
Purchasing fragrance for someone can be a hit or miss opportunity. Things will always smell different on one person than they would on another simply because everyone’s body chemistry is different. Your best bet for purchasing fragrance this holiday season is by picking up a coffret or multiset like the A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection by Elizabeth and James. The company, owned by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, is named after their siblings (Elizabeth and James) and focuses on the idea that we can encompass both feminine and masculine qualities. From their fashion line to their fragrance line, everything under this moniker plays on this concept.
This collection features four deluxe dabbers, including the duo’s first perfumes: Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. The two were created to be worn separately, as Nirvana Black encompasses a masculine, bold scent filled with sandalwood and vanilla, while Nirvana White encompasses a feminine, floral scent with peony and musk. However, the two can be worn together to create a truly unique scent.
The set also includes the brand’s newest additions to the Nirvana fragrance line: Nirvana Bourbon, made with a blend of oakwood and tuberose, and Nirvana Rose, made with a floral blend of geranium and vetiver. At .22 ounces each — more than half the size of their .38 ounce rollerballs — this collection is the perfect set for any woman.
4.) Smashbox’s Drawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Highlighting Palette Set, $39
For that makeup junkie in your life, or even for someone who is just getting started with makeup, the Drawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Highlighting Palette Set by Smashbox is an incredible steal. This set features two full sized eyeshadow palettes, including the Ablaze Palette with hot desert-inspired shadows, as well as the limited edition Sultry Palette with universally flattering neutral and burgundy shadows. Both palettes feature the company’s highly pigmented formula and travel-friendly purse-size packaging with playful sketches on the cover from editorial illustrator, Ana Strumpft. The set also includes a travel-size Pearl Spotlight highlight palette, which was originally launched as a collaboration with beauty YouTuber, Casey Holmes.
Considering the price of each eyeshadow palette would typically be $29, this set is one of the best that Smashbox has ever released. We highly suggest jumping on purchasing this set instead of waiting last minute to pick it up and risk it selling out. You’ll hate yourself if you don’t!
3.) Jack Black’s Unbeatable Beard, $39
Shopping for men can be just as challenging as shopping for women. When it comes to finding a gift that will be of best use to them, you have to be considerate of the things you already know about them, like if they enjoy wearing fragrance or if they care more about grooming. If it’s the latter and you have a bearded fella in your life, we would have to suggest the Unbeatable Beard set by Jack Black (no relation to the actor).
The set includes four incredible items that any bearded guy will love, like Beard Wash, which acts as a facial cleanser and hair conditioner in one, and Beard Oil to hydrate the skin (thanks to certified organic natural oils, vitamin E and marula oil), which typically gets flaky and itchy this time of year. The kit also includes Beard Lube — a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and skin treatment in one — as well as a Beard Wax to tame and condition the hair, providing the man in your life with all his bearded necessities.
For those guys who prefer to keep a close shave, we also suggest The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Starter Kit by The Art of Shaving for $30.
2.) Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet Set, $45
Sometimes we like to splurge, whether it be for ourselves or for someone we love and appreciate. After all the hard work you do, why not pick up something you wouldn’t typically gravitate towards simply because of its high-end name and potential price. Thankfully, the holidays are filled with incredible sets that are friendly on your wallet, including the Liquid Lip Velvet Set by Burberry. For the lip junkies in your life, this set is stunning in every way. From its sleek semi-frosted packaging to the limited edition silver caps embossed in Burberry’s signature logo, this set features four hero shades of the company’s matte cream color.
The four shades included are universally flattering and provide a light, cushion-soft feeling. Although matte, these liquid lips never fully dry down, resulting in a product that is non-drying and sure to be your new favorite!
1.) Kiehl’s Disney x Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Collection, $35
Shopping for someone who is not interested in fragrance or beauty can be difficult, because you still want to get them something that they are going to enjoy! Enter Disney x Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Collection by Kiehl’s. Featuring a tin can with an adorable Mickey Mouse all prepped for gift giving this holiday season, the collection is all about keeping your skin hydrated through the cold winter months. With a Creme De Corps body polish, oil-to-foam body cleanser, and cult-favorite moisturizer, this set is ideal for anyone at any age. Your skin will love you once you give it a serious hydration boost with these items! We all need to take care of our body and hygiene, so with the help of this collection, anyone can incorporate some of these items into their routine.
If you love this collection and want to introduce someone to more items from the brand, we also suggest checking out the Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials for $29. If you are looking for gifts that you can purchase and split up to give to multiple people, we also recommend Disney x Kiehl’s Lip Balm Trio for $22, Disney x Kiehl’s Hand Cream Trio for $35, and Disney x Kiehl’s Mix and Mask Mini’s for $49.
What holiday beauty sets do you have your eye on this year? Let us know in the comments below!