Whether you’re shopping for a makeup artist in the making, a total skin care junkie or even a beauty novice, we spoke with makeup, skin, hair and nail experts to find the best beauty gift sets this holiday season. From cult-favorite hair tools to makeup they’ll want to wear everyday, you can’t go wrong with these expert-approved picks.
Plus, gift sets have some of the best bang for your buck, so you can shower your loved one with a whole new arsenal of beauty products to play with. So while you’re searching for gifts for her, gifts for him or anyone else on your list, check out these 41 beauty gift sets we’re excited to see unwrapped this year.
"For your makeup-obsessed friend, any set of makeup from Pat McGrath Labs would be a lavish and colorful treat they’d use weekly at least," says celebrity makeup artist William Scott
. "My favorite kit from the brand is the Mthrshp Mega Divine Face Palette Duo because it comes with 18 stunning eye shadows and four blushes, and each have perfect pigmentation which make them easy to play with."
Celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney loves this beauty set from Dior because "the shades are perfect for everyday wear on any skin tone." Including two full-size products — the beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow balm and plumping Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Serum (which each retail for $38) — plus a mini Miss Dior fragrance and mini Dreamskin Care & Perfect, it has great value for under $90.
Want to gift the key to Adele's killer eyeliner? Celebrity makeup artist and KVD Beauty global veritas artistry ambassador Anthony Nguyen
, who works with the star and other singing sensations such as Madonna and Rita Ora, says this customizable duo (you can pick the shades for each product) makes a perfect holiday stocking stuffer
. "I love the pigment-packed long-wear eyeliner and shadow kit," he says. "You can choose your own shade of eyeliner that will last through any holiday party, plus glam it up with the dazzling sparkle from the easy-to-use Dazzle Eyeshadow Stick!" Or for only $4 more, you can pick up a trio from Ulta that includes the Dazzle Eyeshadow Stick, fan-favorite waterproof Tattoo Liner and a mini KVD Mascara.
This lovely set from veteran makeup artist Gucci Westman's line features three full-size products perfect for a rosy glow. It includes the Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, Lit Up Highlight Stick and Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm all in the pretty Petal shade. Whether creating a no-makeup makeup look or more of the clean girl aesthetic, this set has the essentials.
“The Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Kit is THE gift I’m giving all my girlfriends!" shares celebrity makeup artist Sofia Tilbury
. "It’s the perfect stocking filler and something I’d love to receive myself! Pillow Talk is so easy to gift because it literally suits everyone. Those dreamy nude-pink hues instantly perfect your pout and amplify your natural beauty, so they’re perfect for festive looks and a year-round pretty, pink pout! We’ve used Pillow Talk on everyone from Lizzo to Jennifer Aniston and Blake Lively. I even used a Pillow Talk lip to create Britney Spears’ mesmerizing bridal beauty look!”
"This is the perfect makeup brush set to give as a gift to any makeup or beauty lover," Henney says of her collaboration with Trademark Beauty. "The set has 12 brushes and can be used to complete a full face of makeup." The purple collection makes a cute addition to a vanity or can easily be brought on the go with the matching clear travel bag.
We recently tested the viral Grandelash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum
and loved the results after just six weeks. This gift set packs in a $126 value with a full size of the beloved lash-growing serum, plus mini sizes of the brand's Brow Enhancing Serum, Intense Thickening Mascara, Hydrating Lip Plumper and Plumping Lip Mask to level up your whole beauty routine.
Two experts we consulted recommended this set of highlighters from Charlotte Tilbury, so you know it'll be a hit when unwrapping presents. Hannah Metz, founder of Hannah Elisabeth Beauty
, says to "Think of these as your secret weapon this winter for flawless, glowing skin that looks natural and radiant. You can use the highlighter wand to apply shimmer to the high points of your face and then use the blush wand on the apples of your cheeks to give natural-looking color to the face." Emmy-winning makeup artist Gabbi Pascua
also loves how multi-use
the wands are: "Use as highlighters or mix into favorite foundations or cream [blush]. [They] can also be used on eyelids!"
Fans of the minimalist makeup brand and anyone who loves an uncomplicated beauty routine will appreciate the special set Merit has put together for the holidays. The gift box includes all-new shades of the Signature Lip lipstick and editor-favorite Brow 1980 pomade
, exclusive mini size of the Great Skin Instant Glow Serum, plus the Day Glow highlighting balm and a mini Clean Lash Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara — a $108 value for less than $80.
"The Ultimate Trio is one of my favorite sets for the holidays because it contains three of our most iconic, must-have products that are perfect for year-round use," says Eddie Duyos
, pro artist and international educator for Make Up For Ever. "This set includes our Ultra HD Loose Finishing Powder, which is like having a filter in jar that blurs away imperfections with just a little powder and the stroke of a brush. Another staple included is the Aqua Resist Color Pencil in the shade 01 Graphite, which is a super black, creamy waterproof pencil that stays on all day until the moment you decide to take it off. And lastly, our Rouge Artist Lipstick in #164 Sassy Rhubarb is the perfect neutral shade of pink that can be worn by just about anyone!"
What's a holiday party look without a red lip? This two-piece kit features two full-size essentials for the perfect red pout: the Be Legendary Line & Prime Pencil in True Red and the Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse. With a $46 value and a sale price that brings it under $15, this is an amazing holiday deal. And just in case red isn't your thing, the kit comes in a neutral version, too.
Dr. Chris Tomassian, board-certified dermatologist and founder of the The Dermatology Collective
, loves that this set comes with a complete skin care regimen. "With the colder months comes dry skin. This set is packed with hydrating products like the Ultra Facial Cleanser and moisturizer," he says. "It also contains a gentle micro dose retinol that I commonly recommend to those with dry or sensitive skin. You also get the hydrating Avocado Eye Cream as well as an exfoliating Milk-Peel Toner with [lipo-hydroxy acid] and a clay mask to help clear out your pores and improve texture."
“Everyone knows that hyaluronic acid
means an instant boost of hydration, which is especially important in winter months, so Charlotte’s Hyaluronic Magic Skin Set is the perfect gift for skin care lovers," Tilbury says. "It features my ultimate skin care heroes for glowing, hydrated, plumper looking skin — Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir and award-winning Magic Cream moisturizer. I never do makeup without them! Not only do I use these on all my celebrity clients to prep the skin for glowing makeup, from Salma Hayek and Lily James to Bella Hadid, but they also make great luxury gifts for everyone from mothers to brothers, best friends and grandparents for that instant skin confidence. Plus, you get a Magic Cream refill pod too!” And if you're looking to spend a little less, you can grab mini sizes of the Magic Serum and Magic Cream in the Healthy Glow Power Duo
This affordable set has all the makings of a great beauty gift: a restorative turmeric face mask, refreshing face mist, nourishing face oil, plus a wooden facial massager and a cute pouch to carry it all. Perfect for an at-home spa day!
$46 at Ren
This bath and body duo will make your loved one smell like Hollywood's leading men — according to celebrity makeup artist and groomer Lucy Halperin
, who works with stars like Ryan Gosling, Miles Teller and Steve Carell. Her clients can't get enough of Ren's Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash and Body Cream. "All my clients love this as it’s so refreshing and invigorating," Halperin says. "It truly smells fantastic!"
This decadent gift is filled with dermatologist-approved luxury skin care that promises to lift and firm. "La Prairie has truly delivered in this absolutely gorgeous gift fusing luxury with wellness," says Dr. Marnie Nussbaum
, a board-certified New York-based dermatologist. "It is the perfect way to start the new year with their iconic Skin Caviar Collection, which enhances one's skin with the gravity-defying Liquid Lift, the signature Luxe Cream, the soothing Essence-in-Lotion as well as my two favorite Skin Caviar eye products."
Halperin recommends this travel-friendly skin care set for the jetsetting man (or woman). It features TSA-sized essentials like face wash, moisturizer and sunscreen, plus two sets of refreshing eye masks. "I love an eye mask," Halperin says. "These work quickly and there’s just the right amount of moisture on the mask to fit firmly around the eyes."
These fun ornaments make great stocking stuffers or can even hang on the tree. They're filled with three bestselling bath and shower gels: Fiery Pink Pepper, Re-charge Black Pepper and Delicious Rhubarb.
This curated skin care set includes a cleanser, serum and moisturizer, plus a dopp kit, for a skinimalist routine. Alder NY is an independent queer and woman-owned brand, making it a great option for those looking to support small businesses this holiday season.
Nordstrom's holiday edit is full of amazing finds, including this exclusive gift set that lets you grab travel sizes of La Mer's notoriously luxe skin care for under $200. Pascua thinks La Mer makes for a great gift as it's "elevated and great as a luxury skin care option for mom, grandma or your favorite bougie auntie."
Dr. Tiffany Libby
, Reserveage's board-certified dermatologist, recommends this skin care bundle that will treat a number of anti-aging hot spots. "The Reserveage Beauty Skin Care Bundle is hands down one of my favorite holiday skincare gift sets — you get the entire line at an affordable price, and each product is packed with their proprietary micro-encapsulated copper peptide technology that supports collagen production and delivers hydration to achieve soft, smooth and firm skin on the face, eyes, neck, hands and feet," she shares.
Tatcha is a top-recommended brand that makeup artists love. Henney loves this introductory skin care kit, which features some of its most beloved products like the Dewy Skin Cream. "It has everything you need to start a new skin care routine," the makeup artist says. "Tatcha products are loved by myself and so many of my clients. The products work and the packaging is gorgeous!" Meanwhile, Pascua has the Tatcha Luxury Obento
set ($404) on her list, which includes full-size products for the four-step ritual, plus two serums. "Beautiful packaging and the integrity within the elegance and feel of the products makes it the perfect gift for anyone," she says.
Farmacy's award-winning Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm gets a makeover for the holidays with three limited-edition flavors in travel-friendly sizes: Pear Punch, Tangerine Twist and Blueberry Burst. It's an expert- and editor-favorite makeup remover
that you can never have too much of on hand.
Perfumer Christine Hassan thinks any fragrance lover will appreciate this trio of Tory Burch's new Electric Sky perfume. With notes of cactus flower, lavender and palo santo, "This woody aromatic bursts with a mineral freshness that contrasts with a sensual woody and musky back note," Hassan says, adding, "The different sizes allow for easy use for any occasion."
Narciso Rodriguez's sexy musk For Her fragrance has been a favorite for years, so this travel set is great for fans of the original or to discover it anew. "Narciso Rodriguez's For Her, Pure Musc and Fleur Musc is the story of an evolution — perfect for the wearer who likes the original, a fleury, musky chypre with notes of amber, but wants a new twist," explains executive perfumer Olivier Gillotin. "In Pure Musc, the musky essence has been amplified, and has become more complex and nuanced. In Fleur Musc, there is a continuation of the progression of the original, with not only more modernity, but an extension and richness of the floral. These three fragrances are an exquisite complement to each other."
Housed in a stunning limited-edition holiday box, this gorgeous fragrance and beauty set includes travel sizes of the editor-favorite Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
and J'adore Eau de Parfum, as well as the Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum and Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 Velvet Finish.
“When I created this fragrance, my goal was to capture the essence of glamor — but glamor in a modern and young, fun way, and that is exactly what this evokes for me," says Firmenich principal perfumer Frank Voelkl. "The MCM Ultra gift set is great for anyone looking for a bold and vibrant new fragrance.”
One of the best fragrances for women, this seductive scent features notes of black coffee, white flowers and vanilla. This limited edition gift set has an amazing value, as the one-ounce bottle of perfume and travel spray retail for $83 and $30, respectively — so you save $28 when buying the set.
Bleu de Chanel is loved by wives, moms, girlfriends and sisters — and the gentlemen they gift it to. The woody scent has a bright citrus accord that blends with ambery cedar notes, tonka bean, and sandalwood. This special set includes a full-size bottle of Bleu de Chanel ($132 retail value) and a travel-sized twist-up spray. See more of our favorite colognes here
Malin + Goetz makes some of our favorite unisex fragrances
, and this compact discovery set includes six favorites. With Bergamot, Cannabis, Dark Rum, Leather, Strawberry and Vetiver, the lineup has enough variety to match any mood or occasion.
Who doesn't want to smell like a hero? Burberry's fragrance boasts a woody fresh scent with bergamot, cedarwood and base notes of black pepper and juniper. This limited-edition set will ensure that your loved one always smells great with a full size bottle of the Eau de Toilette, a travel-size spray and a deodorant stick.
The tech guy on your list will appreciate the Discovery Kit from newly launched Aeir. Created by two Tesla alumni, Aeir’s sustainable, unisex fragrances are crafted from bioengineered scent molecules and capture unique profiles like Wet Stone, Suede, Virgin Olive and Grand Rose. The Discovery Kit allows you to test them all and comes with an aluminum travel spray case created with NASA-developed advanced coating technology.
We think the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is worth every penny
. The sleek hair dryer is a versatile styling tool thanks to its fast-drying capabilities and set of five clever attachments. Great for all hair types and skill levels, the expert-, editor- and fan-favorite hair dryer is now available in a limited edition Vinca Blue and rosé colorway that comes with a matching storage case.
Hair stylist and groomer Cynthia Alvarez
loves this set that features three full-size products for under $50. "The gift of healthy hair is always a hit!" she says. "This trio helps damaged and fragile hair become three times stronger after the first use with three times less breakage."
Hair health starts with the scalp, and this two-piece kit works to give you stronger, healthier hair from the root. Start your hair care routine with the HoliRoots Pre-wash Hair Treatment Oil to nourish, and follow with the SahaScalp Amla Soothing Serum after the shower to calm.
This set will give you the softest hair thanks to the No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment and No. 3 Hair Perfector. We tried the No. 3 Hair Perfector
and couldn't believe how smooth and strong it made our locks feel after just one use. The kit also includes mini sizes of the Bond Maintenance shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks cleansed and hydrated on the daily.
This set (with a value of $149) is packed with products that will care for your strands from root to end. From a cleansing rinse and conditioner to air-dry cream and gentle styling products, celebrity hair stylist and R+Co Collective member Ashley Streicher says this is a great hair care set for anyone on your list. "I love that it’s a scalp and hair set, and it includes some favorite R+Co products that people may be unfamiliar with that really pack a punch," Streicher says.
Nail polish lovers will appreciate this kit, loved by professional nail artist Betina Goldstein
, that gives long-lasting manicures at home. "This system is revolutionary," Goldstein raves. "It goes on like gel and removes like regular polish. This is perfect for people on the go who don’t have time or patience to wait for polish to dry, but hate the process of gel remover. Easy enough for at home use or bring it with you to the salon."
This festive set includes a trio of nail polishes that look great on their own or with each other. Featuring a terracotta pink, metallic copper and a pink glitter, the ultra-shiny polishes make for a sweet stocking stuffer.
Le Mini Macaron's polishes and easy-to-use mini LED lamp let you achieve a gel manicure at home or on the go. The kit has everything you need for your mani, including your choice of nail color with the coordinating LED lamp, plus a cuticle stick, mini nail file and gel remover wraps. It's a great entry-level set for those looking to upgrade their at-home manis.