Christmas gift shopping is something of a double edged sword. Festive and magical, Christmas is a time for giving. But it’s also a time for packed out shops, screaming children (and bank balances) and mass confusion around which gift to purchase and for whom.
Many of us have a known beauty lover in our lives, which should make gift shopping for them, at least, slightly easier. However, as more and more beauty gift sets hit the shelves every Christmas, the impossible choice between them can make you feel more like pulling your hair out than pulling on a Santa hat.
Here, we will provide you with our top picks for beauty gift ideas for the whole family so Mum isn’t stuck with a box of Roses and Dad a can of Lynx and a loofah.
Santa’s Grotto from Lush (£38)
Lush’s special edition Santa’s Grotto bath and beauty gift set is packed with seven goodies that are sure to impress any stressed out, busy bees in your life. The themed set celebrates the spirit of Christmas while the bath treats are sure to keep the recipient smiling into the new year.
The gift set includes three themed bath bombs, two themed reusable bubble bars, and a cosy bath oil. All of these items are presented in a reusable tin that depicts Santa Clause relaxing at bath time. Lush is a brand known for its luxury, and that does come at a cost, but the set is relatively well priced given what’s included.
For lovers of a home spa treatment, the vegan-friendly Santa’s Grotto set is a great choice.
Luminova Sleep Goodnight from Boots (£16)
The Luminova Sleep Goodnight gift set includes a body massager, indulgent body butter, and a sleep easy mist while it is presented nicely too. It’s designed to help relax the individual and ease them into a good night’s sleep, which makes it perfect for any recipient that leads a busy life of struggles to sleep.
Hints of jasmine and sweet orange provide a truly immersive sleeping experience, and those pleasant tones will be appreciated by the recipient’s partner (if they have one) too. The gift of a better night’s sleep can only have a positive impact, especially at this price.
The set is also included in the classic 3 or 2 Mix and Match Boots deal. Perfect.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Beauty Set (£44)
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream beauty set isn’t the cheapest set on the market, but it offers £71’s worth of products, meaning you’ll gain exceptional value for money. Better still, the various beauty products are presented in a beautiful red cosmetics bag that can be used for many years to come – providing a regular reminder of your love.
Included in the set is the original 50ml Eight Hour Cream as well as the range’s lip protector stick, daily defence, intensive moisturising hand treatment, and all-over miracle oil. The hydrating and nourishing skincare products are a particular hit with older users.
Whether a fan of Elizabeth Arden products or not, this set will go down a treat.
Jimmy Choo Fever Eau de Parfum Gift Set (£79)
There are plenty of cheaper alternatives on the perfume gift set market, but you can’t put a price on the smile that will hit her face when she opens the dream fragrance. Actually, you can, it’s £79, and it’s the Jimmy Choo Fever Eau de Parfum git set.
The iconic pink and purple box will fill her with excitement. The set includes the large 100ml bottle as well as a body lotion and travel rollerball. The bottle itself is sure to sit on her beauty cabinet or dresser table with pride, while 100ml is sure to last several months. The playful and luxurious scent will provide happiness and self-confidence day after day.
From late teens through to women in their 50s, the Jimmy Choo set is a stunning choice.
Kat Von D Lolita Por Vida Eye Shadow Palette (£45)
For the woman that loves clubbing or hitting the town, the Kat Von D Lolita Por Vida eye shadow palette offers 18 different shades ranging across matte, shimmer, foil and glitter finishes to transform her eyes to look dazzling in virtually any situation.
With several natural tones, it’s an equally suitable set for those that enjoy a more subtle look. All of the products are cruelty free while the ‘shade and light’ brush offers easy and accurate applications. The palette itself is fairly robust, allowing the user to keep all 18 eye shadows together in a practical and safe manner, which is ideal if they travel.
For 18 premium quality eye shadows, it’s hard to argue against the price.
Philosophy Pure Grace Eau de Toilette Gift Set (£45)
The Pure Grace brand is heralded for its cruelty free production while the simply clean hints are ideal for the older woman in your life as well as those that work with the public and require a subtle solution. The 60ml eau de toilette bottle is complemented by a body wash and a lotion, making it the perfect set for Christmas 2019.
While the bottle itself isn’t particularly exciting, the packaging is interesting and sure to evoke positive reactions. Crucially, this is a very safe option when you’re not 100% sure what type of fragrance that the recipient prefers – or if this is a perfume that they are known to choose regularly.
For a gift that they can continue to use on a daily basis, this is an ideal option.
The Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set From Selfridges (£29)
The bombshell and ritzy Contour and Strobe lip set inspired by Huda Beauty includes a full-size lip contour liner, a mini liquid matte lipstick and a mini lip strobe. This is a perfect gift for any age (although it’s most popular with teens and young adults) with everything needed to gain desirable lips, making it a very desirable gift set too.
Lips can be shaped, filled, and beautified with the set while also adding volume. Kissable lips are wanted by all women, and this is the perfect set to help your loved one achieve it. As such, it’s a particularly great option for your partner.
At £29, it’s a quality gift that won’t break the bank either.
Zoeva Rose Golden Vol.3 Brush Set (£80)
If you’re not entirely sure what the loved one in your life wants from lipliners, eye shadows, or other makeup choices, any gift you buy runs the risk of sitting on the shelf unused. Opting for a premium set of luxury makeup appliance brushes may be a far smarter option, and the Zoevea rose golden gift set is a brilliant option.
The eight-piece set features a defined buffer, luxe face focus, and concealer buffer among others while all boast the stylish rose gold appearances and premium quality cruelty free brush materials. The limited edition collection is a great solution for this festive season.
Upgrading a relatives makeup brush collection has never looked better.
As cliche as it sounds, Christmas is not just about gifts, it is about food, joy, generosity and spending time with your near and dear ones. This list is a great example of some of the fantastic gifts that are available this Christmas for family and friends. Remember to always look for re-usable or more sustainable options and don’t just be swept away by big brand names – not only is supporting grassroots companies a great idea anyway, but they are often brilliant quality for half the money. Most importantly, have fun giving and receiving gifts, laughing lots and eating more food than your PT thinks you should this Christmas.