Holiday

Gifts for the beauty-obsessed person on your list, starting at $5

Definitely a one-for-them, one-for-you, kind of list.

Definitely a one-for-them, one-for-you, kind of list

If you're not the person to layer skin serum onto toner each morning, you may feel lost as to what to gift that beauty-obsessed person on your list. This guide is here to help! From decadent body creams to festive eyeshadow palettes, here are some budget-friendly stocking stuffers that any beauty-lover will be thrilled to receive. Whether your budget is $50 and under or $15 and under, check out the list of fabulous little prezzies by price.

$50 and under

Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs are the crème de la crème of lipgloss: they're long-lasting, not sticky and come in an array of shades that complement numerous skin tones. This special edition set clocks in at just under $50 (a full size gloss costs $25) and features four shades, which is great for someone looking to build their lip gloss wardrobe. 

Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set Holo'Daze Edition, $48, Sephora

This watermelon duo by IG-famous brand Glow Recipe will brighten any skincare lover's day (while leaving their skin looking dewy, hydrated and refreshed, of course!). It includes the Watermelon face mist in full size, as well as a sample size of its popular sleeping mask, and is valued at $57. 

Glow Recipe Glow Together With Watermelon, $45, Sephora

Briogeo's Merry Multi-Masking Kit features three of the brand's popular hair masks, all of which are packed with nourishing ingredients and suitable for colour- and chemically-treated and relaxed strands. (This kit, valued at $84, gives you a savings of 41 per cent.)

Merry Multi-Masking Kit, $48.95, Briogeo

Canadian brand Céla is known for its super luxe body creams and scrubs, but they aren't cheap — the Seed to Skin body scrub on its own will put you out a hot $42. The Spa Essentials Discovery Kit, on the other hand, is $35 and includes mini sizes of the scrub and other best-selling products. 

Spa Essentials Discovery Kit, $35, Céla

YouTube beauty vloggers swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes. This limited edition mini version includes an ample amount of shades to create versatile eye looks for the festive season and beyond; the formula is also highly-pigmented, which means this palette can last a while. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam II Mini Eye Shadow Palette, $38, Sephora

Considering the full-sized tube of Lancôme's Monsieur Big mascara (praised for its volumizing abilities) costs $33, this set is a steal — it includes a travel-sized tube which runs for $17 on its own. 

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara Set, $33, Sephora

This beautiful cotton-wax headwrap by Canadian and Black-owned brand Kwesiya is an easy protective piece for those with natural hair. It's also great for wrapping hair while deep-conditioning, especially if doing it on-the-go.  

Ewa Scarf Headwrap, $33, Kwesiya

$30 and under

Orgasm blush by Nars has been around for decades and is a cult-classic for good reason: it's a universally flattering shade. This mini compact features the bestselling hue alongside a complementary highlighter; both are highly pigmented and this is a good deal for a duo.

Nars Mini Orgasm Double Duo, $28, The Bay

Yes, $20 for a brush to lay edges is on the pricier side, but this tool by Baby Tress is a multi-tasker: you can use the natural boar bristle brush to shape, the comb for smoothing and the pointed end for finishing touches on those baby hairs. 

Baby Tress Edge Styler, $19.99, Cloré Beauty Supply

For those who love Weleda's intensely moisturizing Skin Food range, one can never have enough. This value set, featuring the whipped body butter and lip balm is under $30, and will be a welcome gift this winter. 

Weleda Let It Glow Luxurious Moisture Kit, $28.98, Well.ca

Lush bath bombs are a go-to holiday gift, which you can buy individually for up to $9 per piece. But the 'Oh Christmas Tree' set features six mini-size bath bombs (which is definitely enough for a standard tub) for under $30. 

Lush Oh Christmas Tree Gift Set, $28.95, Lush

Lano's 101 Ointment is a great dupe for the original Agave Lip Mask by Bite Beauty, which was reformulated without lanolin earlier this year, much to the dismay of those in the know. This ingredient, the star of Lano's product range, helps keep the skin hydrated and is a multitasker: it does wonders on chapped lips, cracked heels, windburned cheeks, dry cuticles and can even be paired with makeup for a dewy finish. 

Lano The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, $23, Sephora

$15 and under

Do not sleep on Quo Beauty's underrated lineup of offerings—this set of five lipgloss crackers can be gifted in its entirety or broken up, which makes each gloss $3 a pop. 

Quo Beauty Cosmetic Crackers, $15, Shoppers Drug Mart

OPI's latest holiday collection has some gorgeous shades, and a bottle of their famous polish is normally $13. This holiday set which features 4 colours in mini sizes is almost the same price. 

OPI Nail Lacquer Shine Bright Mini 4-Pack, $13.95, Beyond Polish

Lips are often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. This pack of Softlips sticks offers SPF 20 protection and comes with a bonus balm, so they can keep one on their desk, bedside and bag.

Softlips Slims Hydrating Lip Balm Peppermint, $4.97, Walmart

Wet n Wild's eyeshadows are fantastic subs for some of the higher-end palettes out there (just ask beauty vloggers). This palette, which features 10 highly-pigmented neutral shades, is less than $15. 

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette, $13, Walmart

Famously known for its Beauty Elixir mist (a fave among makeup artists and beauty editors), Caudalie also has a solid lineup of luxe hand creams perfect for winter. This duo, valued at over $25, can be scored for less than $15. 

Regular Winter Duo, $14, Caudalie

Serums can be quite costly. Then there's the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum by The Ordinary — super-popular with the online beauty community and skincare-obsessed fans — which is less than $7 and helps lock in moisture for hydrated skin. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80, Deciem


D'Loraine Miranda is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Follow her on Instagram @dlorainem.

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