The 16 Best Beauty Buys to Gift This Year

When it comes to holiday shopping this year, consider beauty to be that one-size-fits-all gift idea that keeps on giving. Of course, with so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming to select the perfect potion or gloss to give to the women in your life. Enter W‘s beauty gift guide for 2018, which has rounded up the best, editor-tested and approved gifts for this holiday season. With everything from a must-have and brand new overnight moisturizer to plenty of special occasion makeup items to last you well beyond the festive holiday party circuit, we’ve got you covered for everyone on your list, whether they’re a product junkie or minimalist at heart. Here, a look at the 16 best beauty buys to gift this season.

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Renew your skin as you sleep with GlamGlow’s brand new Good in Bed Passionfruit Skin Softening Cream, which contains skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid that will give anyone a refreshed glow.

Buy now: GlamGlow Good in Bed Passionfruit Skin Softening Cream, $54,

Glo Science

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth for the holidays (or ever)? Thanks to this handy device, you can help give the gift of a better smile to anyone on your list.

Buy now: GLO Brilliant™ Teeth Whitening Device, $199,


There’s nothing quite as festive as a shiny red nail for the holidays, and you can’t do much better than this limited edition shade from Chanel.

Buy now: Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Opulence, $28,


What’s the point of an ultra-luxe beauty routine if you don’t have an ultra-luxe mirror to do it in? Enter simplehuman’s sensor lighted vanity mirror, which stimulates natural sunlight to make sure you get the perfect makeup look every time.

Buy now: simplehuman Sensor Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror Pro Wide View, $399.99,

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Sure, normal advent calendars filled with chocolate are great, but how about one that’s full of celebrity-beloved skincare guru Dr. Barbara Sturm’s best-selling products? Consider this a gift that keeps on giving well after the countdown is over.

Buy now: Dr. Barbara Sturm 2018 Advent Calendar, $600,


We all have that friend who is addicted to doing facemasks, so this year gift her the holy grail of masks with Dr.Jart+’s pack of top-selling masks that covers everything from peeling to exfoliation, and more.

Buy now: Dr.Jart+ Maskapalooza! Every Mask, Every Concern, $139,


A fragrance can be tough to buy for someone else, but when a bottle looks this good, anyone will want to display it on their vanity. And it smells as good as it looks, with a rich scent made with natural tuberose and jasmine.

Buy now: Gucci Bloom Deluxe Edition, $140,

Marc Jacobs

No need to stress about a perfect New Years Eve outfit when you have a high-shine gold lip gloss. This limited edition shade comes with an alluring hint of pink.

Buy now: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Shine A Light , $28,

Urban Decay

Make sure your bestie’s makeup stays put all night long with the best makeup setting spray on the market. And if you’re feeling a little naughty, feel free to keep the extra one for yourself.

Buy now: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Duo, $39,


2018 may just have been the year of the highlighter, so give the gift of glowing skin as we head into the new year with this limited-edition gold hue from Dior.

Buy now: Dior Rouge Blush Midnight Wish, $45,


For the girl looking for perfect waves, give the gift of ease and perfect tousled curls with the Beachwaver wand, which delivers the ultimate curl with a flick of a button.

Buy now: Beachwaver S1-Dual Voltage, $129,

Pat McGrath Labs

Need a gift for your mom? Look no further than a festive lipstick from Pat McGrath, widely considered to be the mother of the fashion industry (just ask Hailey Bieber, or Karen Elson, or Amber Valetta, or…).

Buy now: Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance™ Lipstick in Rebel Red, $38,

Kristen Ess

Have a friend dying to try something new for 2019? Try Kristen Ess’s non-committal rose gold spray, which delivers just the right dose of color (and washes out when she gets bored).

Buy now: Kristin Ess Temporary Rose Gold Tint + Celestial Bobby Pins, $14,

Kat Von D

For that friend who is still really into Fall Out Boy: a set of Kat Von D’s best-selling black eyeliners in a variety of formulas and application techniques.

Buy now: Kat Von D Trooper Black Eyeliner Obsession, $88,


Winter months can be harsh on even the most moisture-obsessed’s skin, particularly on the lips. A lip mask is the treat they didn’t know they needed.

Buy now: Tatcha Kissing Lips Blushing Duo, $68,

Drunk Elephant

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a fan of cult favorite beauty line Drunk Elephant, and this set comes with all of the brand’s biggest hits.

Buy now: Drunk Elephant The Big Reveal Kit, $88,