The best beauty Christmas gifts for under $100
Got a hard budget and no idea? Too easy
By Carli Alman
Editor / December 09 2019
Buying Christmas gifts is a tough gig. Trying to find presents that fit in with your budget is even harder. So, we did the dirty work for you and have gathered together the best beauty Christmas gifts for under $100. Keep in mind a lot of these guys are limited edition sets, so you’ll want to get in ASAP. Also, we won’t blame you if you get one for mum/sis/bestie and one for you, too – they’re that good!
Aceology Glitter Globe Facial Massager, $64
Perfect for the friend who loves a thorough skin care routine and has had a stressful year. The Aceology Glitter Globe Facial Massager helps relieve tension, stimulate circulation and soothe skin when used cold. Plus, the glitter gives it a nice festive twist.
Alpha-H Fan Favourites Kit, $75
A set of staples any skin junkie would appreciate – whether they’ve tried the brand or not (trust us, the hype is real). In the Fan Favourites Kit, you’ll find minis of Alpha-H’s most-loved products, including the cult exfoliant, Liquid Gold.
BECCA Be a Light Palette, $78
Show us a woman who doesn’t want flawless glowy skin. The BECCA Be a Light Palette is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser with the four powders formulated to help blur, define and illuminate.
Benefit Brow Superstars! Set, $98
We all have a brow-obsessed friend, and if you’ve given yourself $100 to splash out on her, the Benefit Brow Superstars! Set is THE gift to give. It comes with six full-size products in varying textures to give a multitude of filled, defined, sculped and shaped results.
Biossance Top Shelfies Skin Essential Set, $91
Clean and sustainable beauty brand Biossance is one of the latest international brands to hit shelves here, so if your friend likes being ahead of the beauty curve, she’ll love the Top Shelfies Skin Essential Set. Each of the products contain skin-loving squalane (one of skin care’s most up-and-coming ingredients!).
Bobbi Brown Soft Smolder Long-Wear Eye Kit, $70
Bobbi Brown always nails Christmas gifting – especially in the eye makeup department. And the Soft Smolder Long-Wear Eye Kit is no different – with three neutral shades of the Cream Shadow Sticks and a travel mascara, it’s probably the easiest gift you could buy.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Glow Kit, $62
Give the gift of glowing skin this season, with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Glow Kit. The adorable kit includes the iconic Wonderglow primer and best-selling Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, so radiance is guaranteed.
Clinique More Than Moisture, $75
Possibly one of the greatest, most useful gifts you can give – especially given how dehydrated skin can get over an Australian summer! The Clinique More Than Moisture set contains four thirst-quenching products, but we reckon the Face Spray will be the real MVP.
Davines Oi Trio Gift Set, $85.90
Summer can be hair’s worst enemy, so if you’ve got a loved one who spends a lot of time outdoors and in the water, they’ll love you for gifting them the Davines Oi Trio Gift Set. Featuring three products with hero ingredient roucou oil, they can live a summer with silky soft and weightless hair.
Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm Renourish & Correct Gift Pack, $64.95
When you can’t afford to send your loved one for a facial, the Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm Renourish & Correct Gift Pack is probably your next best option. A mix of glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids in the Corrective Skin Peel work to exfoliate, unclog pores and smooth skin, while the moisturiser deeply conditions and nourishs skin.
Drunk Elephant The Midi Committee™ Kit, $73
If your mate is a fan of Drunk Elephant products, she’ll love you for a lifetime after receiving The Midi Commiteee™ Kit. And if she’s never even laid eyes on the brand, well, she’ll be forever in your debt for introducing her to the brand via this exceptional bunch of minis.
Ecoya Mini Diffuser Gift Set, $59.95
Absolutely no one would ever stick their nose up at having a lovely smelling home, and with the Ecoya Mini Diffuser Gift Set, you’re giving your giftee the benefit of three beautiful scents to put in their home (our top pick? French Pear).
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Retinol 3 Piece Set, $80
Consider the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Retinol 3 Piece Set the Christmas gift for mum that’ll solidify your favourite child status. Featuring Elizabeth Arden’s cult ceramide capsules, its brand-spanking new retinol capsules and a mini eye cream, the only downside is she’ll expect you to keep topping her up.
endota Body Relax Trio, $85
We all know someone who needs a self-care summer (Sunday is just simply not enough), and the beautiful scents and formulations in the endota Body Relax Trio are exactly what’ll help them relax and reset over the Christmas break.
Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse - Mini Gloss Bomb Collection, $74
Five shiny, lip-nourishing universal shades and a cute tin that can be repurposed? Yeah, we think whoever you decide to gift the Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse - Mini Gloss Bomb Collection to will be a very happy camper indeed. Maybe not your dad, though.
Fresh Evergreen Routine Skincare Gift Set, $99
If you’re a slave to your skin care routine but just can’t get your sister to hop on the bandwagon, this can’t-stuff-up regimen is the perfect gift for her. The Fresh Evergreen Routine Skincare Gift Set will get any skin care novice into the swing of things (and no doubt graduating to adding a serum in no time at all).
Glasshouse Night Before Christmas Dancing Sugar Plums, $99.95
What’s better than when Glasshouse releases its limited edition Christmas scent, Night Before Christmas Dancing Sugar Plums? When it’s a whopping 760g that’s double the fun of the regular size. Plus, the packing is divine. A must-give to the candle lover in your clan.
Goldwell Kerasilk Color, $71.90
Consider this the perfect gift for your loved one who spends big and often on colouring their hair. When the elements (especially the summer sun and ocean swims) cause that colour to fade faster than you can sink an Aperol Spritz, they’ll be incredibly grateful for the shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo that comes in the Goldwell Kerasilk Color kit.
Gro-To Little Squirts, $92
The new mum in your group will love receiving the Gro-To Little Squirts pack, not only because her little one will have some cute-as products and an even cuter zippy pouch, but your friend will get a nice little treat in the form of a sheet mask, too. Everyone wins!
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in 503 Teresina Ruby, $57
Every girl should have a good red lipstick, and the combination of the luxe packaging, BEAUTIFUL formula and gorgeous colour and finish of the Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in 503 Teresina Ruby makes it the perfect choice.
HOURGLASS Ambient™ Lighting Blush Quad – Ghost, $89
Have you seen a more beautiful blush palette? The compact Ambient™ Lighting Blush Quad – Ghost is perfect for the girl who loves a glow with an added pop of colour and can’t help but touch-up on the go.
IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Eye-Opening Superpowers Gift Set, $53
The lash-enhancing Superhero Mascara would be an excellent gift on its own, but throw in a mini Brow Power eyebrow pencil and a luscious travel-size eye cream (AKA the IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Eye-Opening Superpowers Gift Set), and you’ve got yourself one impressive present.
Jurlique Signature Rose Duo, $56
Why pick between gifting Jurlique’s iconic Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Hand Cream when you can do both? The Jurlique Signature Rose Duo gives any rose lover the best of both worlds – and in pretty generous sizes, too!
KEVIN.MURPHY Everything Blonde Trio Pack, $83.90
Give your blonde bestie the shimmer, shine and radiance her hair deserves this Christmas with the KEVIN.MURPHY Everything Blonde Trio Pack. Our favourite in the pack? The Shimmer.Me Blonde spritz!
KORA Organics Glowing Gua Sha Collection, $95
Besides the fact that this is just a beautiful-looking gift to give, the combination of the Noni Glow Face Oil and the rose quartz gua sha tool in the KORA Organics Glowing Gua Sha Collection pretty much guarantees your loved one glowing, lifted and de-puffed skin. Just like Miranda Kerr.
L’Occitane Hand Collection, $69
There are few hand creams more iconic than the L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream, so to gift someone that PLUS five other delectably scented and equally nourishing creams is a pretty solid idea. The L’Occitante Hand Collection is one you could literally give to anyone – from your grandma to your kid’s teacher.
la beach™ The Power Couple, $75
The only safe tan is one that comes from a bottle, making la beach™ The Power Couple, the ideal gift for any friend or loved one who loves a bronze glow. Besides the fact that it comes with a tanning foam and water mist, the formulas are pretty top notch – cruelty-free, natural, organic, vegan and fragrance-free.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hydration Gift Set 3 Piece, $89.99
Every girl (and guy!) should have some hyaluronic acid in their skin care routine for a hydrated, plump and healthy complexion, so the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hydration Gift Set is one gift you know won’t be re-gifted.
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Golden Face Illuminator Trio, $80
Know a highlighter fanatic? Great, because the Laura Mercier Paint with Light Golden Face Illuminator Trio has three of the very best highlighting shades (with epic colour pay-off, too) that we’ve ever seen.
MAC Starry Eyed Kit in Neutral, $99
Ooft, how CUTE are these little individual eyeshadow pots? But that’s not even the best thing about the MAC Starry Eyed Kit. Besides pigmented, shimmering shades, you’ll get a mascara, liquid liner and an adorable makeup bag.
Mecca Cosmetica The Great Protectors, $60
Sunscreen may seem like a super unsexy Christmas gift, but trust us when we say the duo in the Mecca Cosmetica The Great Protectors set is definitely worth gifting. With the iconic (and makeup-friendly!) To Save Face SPF 50+ Superscreen and a matching sunscreen for body, sun safety never felt (or looked) so good.
Murad All Star Vibes Set, $80
Consider the Murad All Star Vibes Set the go-to gift for your relative who’s been complaining about how tired and dull their skin is. Featuring four travel-sized products (which feature some excellent ingredients like retinol and chemical exfoliants), it’s the starter kit they didn’t know they needed.
NARS Hustle Cheek Palette, $64
Gorgeous to look at, even more gorgeous when put to use. The NARS Hustle Cheek Palette features three glorious shades of colour – two blushes and one highlighter – that your recipient will be dying to use.
Sephora Makeup Superstars Set, $60
The Sephora Makeup Superstars Set could very well be the best value-for-money present you could ever get. With nine minis of Sephora’s top-selling products, it’s a guaranteed hit for the friend who doesn’t even know where to begin with her makeup kit, or the avid traveller who doesn’t know how to be a makeup minimalist.
Slip™ Good Day Hair Set, $90
Everyone knows a girl with perfectly styled hair, and if you’re stuck on what to get her, the Slip™ Good Day Hair Set is it. With an assortment of hair accessories (think headband and different sized scrunchies) in cute colours made from top-notch silk, she can continue to leave you envious of her locks.
Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Eyeshadow Palette, $75
Does anything say Christmas more than the smell of fresh gingerbread? Thankfully the Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Eyeshadow Palette combines the heavenly scent with some of the best festive shades we’ve seen in a long time (including some fabulous glitter finishes). A no-brainer for when you’re really stuck on a present for your beauty-obsessed pal!
Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.
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