The best Christmas gifts you can get for under $25
Because we’re not made of money, geez
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 06 2019
Let’s get real. While there’s no better feeling than showering your loved ones with their dream gifts, most of us can’t even afford to top-up our transport card on a good day – so it’s not always feasible to splash out big. The good news is that you can still spoil your near and dear while sticking to a budget. And thanks to some of our fave beauty brands, it’s now easier than ever to snap up some cute gift sets without breaking the bank/eating cans of tuna for the rest of the Christmas holidays.
From cute skin care-filled baubles to the perfect mini-sized makeup kits, here are all the best Christmas beauty gifts for under $25.
Nude by Nature Daylight Complexion Kit Bauble, $19.95
Flawless skin, this way! Perfect for your sister or BFF, Nude by Nature Daylight Complexion Kit Bauble includes mini versions of the brand’s bestsellers: Airbrush Mineral Primer, Mineral Cover (BTW one of these sells every 100 seconds), and the Mini Kabuki Brush. Not only are the mini products super cute, but they’re ideal for chucking in their insanely small (but oh-so-on-trend) handbag.
Floral Street The Discovery Set, $23
Um, take our money! We think anyone would be stoked to receive this mini scent wardrobe from Floral Street. Featuring all eight of Floral Street’s whimsical fragrances (because our taste in scent changes as often as our shoes), Floral Street The Discovery Set contains: Wonderland Peony, Neon Rose, Wild Vanilla Orchid, Iris Goddess, Chypre Sublime, Black Lotus, Ylang Ylang Express and London Poppy.
Dermalogica Be Bright Ornament, $23
Know a skin care fanatic? Give them skin that shines bright like a diamond with Dermalogica’s Be Bright Ornament. It features the best-selling Daily Microfoliant Mini, a rice-based powder that works to brighten and smooth skin, with cut-out wings design by street artist Kelsey Montague. Fancy.
Innisfree Green Holidays Collection Perfumed Hand Cream Set, $20
Innisfree never lets us down on adorable packaging, and this Christmas is no exception - just look at the Green Holidays Collection Perfumed Hand Cream Set! So. Darn. Pretty. It’s made up of three fresh, floral scents: Small Wedding Bouquet, Yuja Tea and Pink Coral. We think any gran/mum/woman in your life would lose it over this.
OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Collection, $19.99
If your BFF is a bit of a jet-setter, they’ll go nuts for this OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Collection gift set, which contains a mini Nourishing + Coconut Milk Shampoo, Conditioner and Anti-Breakage Serum. The scent is divine and will have them feeling like they’re on a tropical island, frolicking in clear waters. Yep – we can definitely get around that.
Fenty Beauty Lil Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Liquid Lipstick (Limited Edition), $25
A non-drying, long-wearing, highly pigmented lip formula is just what everyone’s makeup kit needs this holiday season. It sounds like the makeup equivalent of a unicorn, but Fenty Beauty’s Lil Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Liquid Lipstick seriously delivers on the all levels. Plus, it’ll only set you back $25. Sold.
ECOYA Christmas Monty Candle in Fresh Pine, $19.95
A candle is always an excellent gifting choice and this one *literally* smells like Christmas morning, so it’s perfect to create the festive mood. With notes of fresh pine needles and hints of citrus and rosewood, ECOYA Christmas Monty Candle in Fresh Pine is the perfect addition to any home.
Natio Bounce Foundation Sponges, $12.95
Anyone who wears makeup will appreciate getting some new beauty sponges, like these ones from Natio. There are three of them in the Natio Bounce Foundation Sponges set, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. The gift of flawless makeup? Pretty good if you ask us.
Revolution Wild Animal Courage Palette Integrity, $23
Revolution Wild Animal Courage Palette Integrity is a bold, vibrant palette that absolutely screams ‘party season’. With a collection of 18 matte and shimmer shades, it’s super versatile and allows them to create just about any look: whether it’s something pared-back, a sultry smoky eye, or a bold pop of colour.
Rimmel I Woke Up Like This Look Gift Set, $25
Whether you’re shopping for a makeup expert or beginner, the Rimmel I Woke Up Like This Look Gift Set is a fail-safe option. It contains everything you’d ever need for that perfectly healthy, sun-kissed glow: Scandal'Eyes Reloaded Mascara in Black, Insta Strobing Highlighter in Bronze Glow, Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Stable Brown, Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder and 60 Seconds Nail Polish in #812 Dip In Gold. And it’s all for a seriously cool $25. How good is that?
Sally Hansen Xmas Cracker, $16
Fact: You can never go wrong with gifting nail polish. Especially when it’s Sally Hansen and it’s packaged in a bright orange Christmas cracker. This little gem features three flattering full-sized nail polishes (Insta-Dri Nail Colour Go for Gold, Insta-Dri Nail Colour Buff and Tumble and Double Duty Base & Top Coat) that will suit just about any skin tone.
Palm Beach Balsam & Fir Mini Diffuser, $18.95
With top notes of citrus, bergamot and nutmeg, the Palm Beach Balsam & Fir Mini Diffuser will go down an absolute treat. It’s pretty much the perfect gift for anyone, but let’s be straight up with each other – you’re probably going to want to keep it for yourself.
Hask Peach Lemonade Hydrating Gift Set, $24.99
Give the gift of good hair this Christmas with Hask Peach Lemonade Hydrating Gift Set. Featuring a Hydrating Shampoo, a Hydrating Conditioner and a 5-in-1 Conditioning Spray, it’ll bring even the driest of hair back to life and leave it smelling like a blend of juicy peach and luscious lemon. YUM.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT Wand, $9.95
Fragrances are without a doubt one of the best gifts to give (and receive!) at Christmas. But when you aren’t able to splurge on a full-sized bottle, a rollerball is where it’s all at. And you can’t beat Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT Wand – it’s a classic, elegant fragrance that’ll leave your friend or family member smelling incredible thanks to notes of ylang ylang, red rose and jasmine.
Essano Mini Me Gift Set 5 Piece, $24.99
Essano Mini Me Gift Set 5 Piece is another goodie for family members and friends who are keen travellers. This adorable pink pack contains mini versions of Essano’s best-selling products, including Argan Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Argan Oil Nourishing Conditioner, Nourishing Hand Crème, Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water and Regenerating Facial Moisturiser. Just don’t be jealous when they end up with better skin than you!
Lanolips Coconutter Cracker Exclusive, $19.95
Say hello to Lano’s ultimate holiday scented duo, housed within Lanolips Coconutter Cracker Exclusive: Coconutter 101 Ointment and Coconutter Hand Cream Intense. Made with lanolin, coconut oil and vitamin E, the 101 Ointment cures dry lips, cuticles and dry skin – it’s a total cult beauty buy. The Coconutter Hand Cream Intense also provides skin with a hit of moisture, making hands silky smooth (but not greasy). It’s the perfect gift for mum.
Too Faced Sex Hangover, $20
We don’t know about you, but we’d be pretty happy to unwrap the Too Faced Sex Hangover gift pack. It includes two of Too Faced’s most popular products: Better Than Sex Mascara (won’t smudge or clump) and Hangover Primer (gives you nice, hydrated skin). Someone’s makeup kit is about to get a serious upgrade!
Mecca Max Eye Shadow Quad, $12
If you’re stuck for a Secret Santa idea, consider it sorted with Mecca Max Eye Shadow Quad. Perfect for on-the-go, each palette offers an endless array of eye looks – from soft and subtle, to shimmery and show-stopping.
L'Occitane En Provence Almond Bauble, $25
What’s a Christmas gift guide without L’Occitane?! The brand has done it again with another amazing collection of lust-worthy festive gifts, including the delightful limited edition L'Occitane En Provence Almond Bauble. It contains the much-loved Almond Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil and Almond Milk Concentrate and will be a welcome (and incredibly adorable) decoration on any Christmas tree.
If you’re looking for more Christmas goodies, check out some of the best advent calendars for all beauty addicts out there!
Which of these beauty gift ideas do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comment section below.
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.