Beauty gifts to spoil your friends and family (or self) with this Christmas
Why buy any other kind?!
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / November 03 2021
Apparently there’s no such thing as a bad question... Negotiable; ever been asked if you want fries with that? Yes, we want fries; don’t make us say it!
Well, we’d go as far as to say there’s really no such thing as a bad beauty gift. Even a $1 bath bomb from the local corner store would make our day, TBH.
But while yes, it’s hard to go wrong in the highly gift-worthy department of all things beauty, we would still argue that there is such thing as a great beauty gift – and that’s just what we’re here to help you find.
The magic of gifting after all is finding something special for one of your nearest and dearest that they may not normally treat themselves to – think designer fragrances, luxurious hand creams and obnoxious amounts of sheet masks.
Luckily, though, because the beauty biz is well aware that our budgets aren’t as endless as our wish lists, its elves are kind enough to whip up wallet-friendly gift packs loaded with some of our favourite products…
So, if you’re after a truly terrific beauty pressie (yes, we’ve upped the ante while you were reading those last few lines) for someone you love (who, also yes, can also be yourself), you’ve come to the perfect place…
Giorgio Armani Armani Miniature Female Gift Set
One mini fragrance is just about enough to earn 'best gift of the year' status with any beauty buff, so treat 'em to this incredibly affordable four pack (including two of Armani's iconic Si scents, plus two other standouts from the brand) and you'll have the category completely locked up.
$85 at Myer
Drunk Elephant Hair + Body Trunk 2.0
Has haircare ever looked so damn fun before?! No, it certainly has not. This cleverly named 'trunk' from Drunk Elephant houses seven hero products (spanning from a scalp scrub to a body lotion) in a neon caddy any recipient (yourself included) will be displaying long after the holidays are over.
$192 at MECCA
Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Set
Not sure which makeup look to lock in as your Chrissy/NYE go-to this year? Dior has done the work for you, settling on a classic yet cool 'big doll lashes and statement red lips' pairing (aided of course by this stellar mascara and lippy duo).
$58 at Myer
Glow Recipe Glowy Skin Destiny
If you're keen to gift someone the opportunity to sample one of the greatest (and most Insta-worthy) skin care brands on the market, this Glow Recipe trio is the obvious pressie choice. With the brand's skin-smoothing blueberry cleanser, de-puffing avocado eye cream and hydrating banana moistuirser in the mix, it's as fruity as it is festive.
$34 at MECCA
Diptyque Baies Carousel Candle
Is this technically a gift pack? No. Do we care? No. Because how on earth were we supposed to leave it out?! Diptyque's cult-status Chrissy candles are spectacular every year, sure, but this gilded gold carousel offering (in the brand's beloved 'Baies' blackcurrant and rose scent) may be our favourite yet.
$166 at MECCA
Tonymoly 7 Days of Summer Firming
You know what Christmas falls smack bang in the middle of? You guessed it; summer. Or as we affectionately call it, the season of glow/being hungover and needing help in the form of a sheet mask. Well, this bargain-status seven pack has options boosted by everything from collagen to coconut to leave you (or your loved ones) luminous.
$29.95 at Myer
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour, 8 Hours, 4 Ways Set
Consider this confirmation that packs can be practical and pretty. Not only is the ruby red pouch it comes with worthy of a spot in your accessories closet, but the moisturiser, oil, hand cream and lip balm offerings inside will all be must-haves through the festive season and beyond.
$58 at Myer
MECCA MAX Party Flex Eyeshadow Palette
Don't scold us for including a non-gift pack just yet; this party season-centric palette includes 25 shades, so technically it is a set. In addition to being the most gorgeous thing we've ever seen, it's also incredibly versatile, with velvety mattes, sultry shimmers and soiree-worthy glitters in shades from scarlet to flamingo.
$40 at MECCA
Viktor & Rolf BonBon EDP 50ml Gift Set Holiday 21
Most of us deal with the dreaded 'my signature scent doesn't fit into my holiday party-sized purse' dilemma come Christmas, and boy, is it a doozy. Enter this perfume pack, featuring both a full-size and handbag-friendly mini of this tantalising tangerine and caramel fragrance.
$180 at Myer
Sephora Collection Holiday Vibes Shower Cream Capsules Set
'Shower creams' may seem like a somewhat random gift choice, but we promise you, when they're packaged this festively and fragranced this beautifully (scents include cotton flower, cherry blossom and mango plus more summery-smelling delights), they're a real winner.
$22 at Sephora
MOR Bumbling Beetles Hand Care Collection
It doesn't come much more classic in the beauty gifting department than a set of hand creams, and you'll be hard-pressed to find one chicer than this; there are four sweet scents bound to delight the lucky recipient's senses and palms.
$32.95 at Myer
Benefit Winter Glammin'
It might not be winter here in Aus, but sweater-like packaging aside, this combo is perfect for summer makeup. Forget what you thought about packs only including minis, too; the bronzer, primer, mascara and brow pencil are all full-sized.
$99 at Myer
Huda Beauty Kiss Mini Silk Balm Duo
If you can't embrace sparkle during silly season when can you?! Whether you want to pick up this gleaming gloss pack pre-Christmas for any shimmer-worthy shindigs, or gift it to someone just in time for New Year's is up to you.
$29 at Sephora
Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials Kit
Healthy hair is obviously in all year round, but with this Olaplex shampoo, conditioner, oil and treatment quartet, the mane of whoever is fortunate enough to find their name on the gift tag will be shining like the damn Christmas lights...
$105 at Sephora