All the lovely parts of the holidays—family and friends, party dresses and wool sweaters, champagne and more champagne—can be forgotten in an instant when you realize you haven’t bought a single gift for your nearest and dearest. This is where the true hero of the holidays comes in, the beauty gift set. Sets make for terrific presents for anyone, from your boyfriend’s teenage sister who hasn’t quite warmed up to you yet, to your mom who’s trying to figure out how to care for her newly color-treated hair, to your jet-setting friend who’s always on a plane. They’re easy to wrap, exciting to open, endlessly useful and almost always more affordable than bundling a variety of items on your own. So take a deep breath and peruse this stress-free guide to our favorite options, and you’ll be back to sipping bubbly in no time.
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For Your Friend Who Really Misses the Beach
Costa Brazil’s vitamin- and antioxidant-rich body oils deliver non-greasy moisture as well as an extraordinarily fine, subtle shimmer: Lua is a pale silver, Sol has a warm golden hue. The perfect pick-me-up for anyone who hasn’t seen the sun in a while.
For Your Friend Who Needs a Purse
We all have that one friend who’s always asking to stash things in your bag during a night out. Luckily for all of us, the up-and-coming beauty brand Merit is including a chic knotted velvet clutch with every order over $40 (we recommend the boxed set of four tinted lip oils) through the rest of December. A perfect two-in-one present.
For Your Bath-Obsessed Aunt
Wonder Valley, one of our favorite natural beauty brands, makes a fabulous bath kit with a Hinoki “bath tea,” a skin-softening soap bar, a soap rest and a cheery little washcloth. Simple, sophisticated and not too serious—a great gift for anyone who loves a good soak.
For Your Sister With Perfect Brows
Whether she prefers to keep her brows feathery and natural or polished and filled-in, this kit contains everything she’ll need for beautiful arches all year long.
For First-Time Moms
Dr. Sturm’s sweet set comes with a face and body cream specially formulated for young, sensitive skin, and a tiny plush bunny.
For the Home-Manicure-Curious
Doing your own nails at home always sounds like a fun idea, but without the right tools and products, it can be a messy, stressful situation that yields less-than-perfect results. Luckily, clean nail care brand TenOverTen has relaunched this season with a sleek leather kit that includes top coat, base coat, their cult favorite cuticle oil, drying drops, a file, a buffer and gentle, effective polish remover wipes.
For Anyone Who Goes a Year Between Haircuts
On a recent set, hairstylist Sam McKnight handed a bottle of his latest product to W Senior Style Editor Allia Alliata di Montereale, and she’s sworn by it ever since. The cheekily-named Happy Endings softens hair, helps smooth split ends and and turns frizzy locks into defined curls.
For Anyone Who Loves a Little Dewiness
Latinx-owned brand Joaquina Botánica makes one of our favorite face mists, which makes for a lovely, refreshing stocking stuffer. It’s the best kind of gift: one they’ll use every day and wonder how they ever lived without it.
For the Friend Who’s Just Getting Into Makeup
This selection from Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty line has everything you need to create a foolproof everyday look: pigmented liquid blush, tinted gloss, highlighter and mascara.
For the Couple Who’s Always Hosting Dinner Parties
Every great host needs a well-appointed powder room. Scented with sweet orange and cedarwood, this Grown Alchemist set smells almost as good as the mulled wine they probably just served you.
For Your Girlfriend With Impeccable Hair
Oribe’s gift set delivers hydrated locks that always smell fresh from the salon. Bonus: it comes packaged in a beautiful keepsake box designed by À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson.
For Your Dr. Bronners-Obsessed Brother
There’s nothing wrong a classic castille soap, but if his shower lineup could use an upgrade, we’re big fans of Necessaire’s nourishing, sensitive-skin friendly line. Their body care essentials gift set includes a scrub, a body wash and a lotion in sophisticated scents like eucalyptus, bergamot and sandalwood.
For Someone on the Hunt for a New Scent
The new year is a nice time to switch up your perfume situation. For anyone who’s getting tired of switching between varying degrees of floral, we’re big fans of Synthetic Jungle, the latest release from Frederic Malle. The scent is bracingly green and modern—we guarantee they’ll have smelled nothing else like it.
For Your Most Patient Friend
Gifts within a gift! Behind the doors of this Pucci-wrapped hat box, 25 perfumed delights await.
For Your Co-Worker Who Always Steals Your Hair Ties
A delightful little ornament contains four scrunchies made with the highest grade mulberry silk, designed to be gentle on hair and avoid creases.
For Your Favorite Health Nut
The smoothie lovers, TikTok recipe makers, and The Class takers in your life will love these healthy raw cacao treats, which are infused with superfood mushroom extracts, probiotics and more.
For Your Always-Manicured Cousin
Emilie Heathe’s polishes aren’t just high-shine and long-wearing; they’re also non-toxic, vegan, 10-free, and come in sleek bottles perfect for displaying on a vanity.
For the Constant Traveler
This reusable zip-up Dopp kit includes nine travel-sized essentials from Aēsop—great for anyone who refuses to use hotel shampoo.
For the No-Makeup-Makeup Expert
Senior Fashion Market Editor Jenna Wojciechowski calls Sania’s Brow Pencil “life-changing.” It’s incredibly easy to use, and will elevate any everyday makeup look with just the right amount of pigment and precision.
For the Cool Teen You Want to Impress
Need to knock it out of the park this year? Go for a cheery, bright pink Monos suitcase packed with ten full-sized products and seven mini products from the clean skincare line Drunk Elephant.
For Your Mom Who Just Started Dyeing Her Hair
Like a medicine cabinet for your hair, Olaplex’s kit of bond-strengthening essentials will nourish and revive color-treated manes—no matter what state they’re in.
For Your Lover Who Makes Life Magical
This chic box contains two iconic scents from Diptyque, Feu de Bois and Ambre, along with a gilded carousel that spins to life with the heat of a burning candle, projecting enchanting shadow and light effects around the room.
For Your Friend Who Enjoys Rituals
Crown Affair’s set includes a comb, brush, scented oil, hair-drying towel and a mini hourglass to help make time for proper brushing technique—everything one needs for smooth, luxurious locks.
For Anyone Who Likes to Mix Things Up
Containing seven different toothpaste flavors ranging from classics like Cinnamon and Mint to unexpected ones like Licorice and Jasmine, this box makes for an incredibly useful, never boring stocking-stuffer.
For The Skincare-Obsessive Who Has Everything
True love can mean gifting someone an entire full-sized skincare routine. The Luxury Edit is a sleek black box housing 111Skins’ entire Intensive Collection, from their incredibly effective eye cream to multiple soothing sheet masks.
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