2017 Holiday Gift Guide – The Best Beauty Gifts of The Season
The holidays will soon be here and if the thought of buying presents for your family and friends leaves you with overwhelming anxiety, we totally get you.
If you’re not sure what to buy, skincare gifts are always a good bet. Skincare products are consumable, don’t clutter up the house, and most importantly, are self-caring. With this guide, you can buy holiday gifts for your mom, significant other, friends, basically everyone on your list without leaving the house and putting on pants. Maybe get something nice for yourself too, while you’re at it.
Gifts for moms/mother-in-law (Anti-aging skin)
Wondering what to get for your mom or mother-in-law who seems to already have everything? How about this Korean beauty gift set from Missha that has the best selling products from their anti-aging skincare line. Whether she is a skincare connoisseur or a no-frills sunscreen-and-moisturizer person, she’ll appreciate this thoughtful Christmas gift. Here’s what in the set:
- 1 Full size First Treatment Essence
- 1 Full size Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule (a comparable and much more affordable dupe for Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum)
- 2 miniature versions of the essence and ampoule
A potent enzyme peel from AmorePacific–one of the more high-end Korean skin care brands. This enzyme peel is in powder form and is water-activated to remove dead surface skin cells. The formulation contains papaya enzymes (which has natural brightening/whitening properties) and is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. It gently exfoliates dull skin to encourage cellular turnover and evens out skin tone. Being non-abrasive, it is perfect for all skin types, even the most delicate. Your mom, sister, or aunt will love this one.
Formulated with ceramides, this moisturizer is the balm to dehydrated, dry skin, including aging skin. It contains time-release moisture technology that is good for up to 26 hours, and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with plumper, smoother skin. Another reason why it’s our favorite: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream is a gentle moisturizer that does not contain irritating or harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrance or color, denatured alcohol, triethanolamine, sulfate-based surfactants, triclosan, mineral oil, propylene glycol, or DEA.
Gifts for friends (All skin types)
Face masks make great stocking stuffers. They are super low maintenance (i.e. can be done while watching TV or reading or just napping) and leave your skin feeling pampered as if you’ve gone to a spa. This mask is enriched with pearl extracts and other ingredients like niacinamide, adenosine, and grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) to brighten the skin. If any of your female friends is having trouble with pigmentation or dark spots, get them this.
This serum is a perfect addition to a winter skincare routine. White Truffle Oil not only sounds absolutely luxurious, it actually works to repair damaged skin, improve dull texture, and fight signs of aging. Formulated with a special microfluidic dispersion technology, the serum absorbs quickly into your skin so it’ll feel like you have nothing on. Nice.
A great gift for your skincare-savvy friend who loves natural beauty products. Made with real rose petals, this cleansing water doubles as a makeup remover and toner. It removes makeup in one clean sweep–foundation, sunscreen, and even mascara–without stripping the skin of natural oils. No need to stop and smell the roses, because you’ll always smell like roses with this toner.
Most drugstore toners are astringents and strip your skin of the moisture it needs, causing the skin to be dehydrated. With a pH of 5, it restores your skin’s natural pH balance and moisturizes the skin with amino acids while gently removing impurities. This toner comes in a huge bottle so it’s actually very affordable for its size. Protip: gift this to your boyfriend or husband if he has been complaining about dry skin. Chances are, whatever astringent toner or aftershave he’s using is causing the problem. Give him this and watch the magic happen.
Gifts for teenagers (acne, troubled skin)
Be the hero sibling (or aunt/mom) by giving your teenager this gift set that takes care of the whiteheads/blackheads they’ve been struggling with. (You can read our review here). The set includes:
- 1 set of Blackhead & Whitehead Removal Mask (10 Sheets)
- 1 set of Contraction & Calming Mask (10 Sheets)
- 1 Pore Beauty Essence
- 1 stainless steel Comedo Blackhead Remover
Sheet masks aren’t just for moisturizing or brightening. They can help with acne too! These Dr. Jart+ masks soothe redness, calm inflamed skin, and prevent future breakouts. The masks contain glutathione–which evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, as well as acne-busting ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide.
Vitamin C serum is consistently a top pick for treating pigmentation, whether caused by acne or sun damage. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a concentrated vitamin C serum (5% ascorbic acid) that will soothe the redness and pigmentation caused by acne. The Midnight Calming Blue Cream contains guaiazulene, which is extracted from chamomile, is excellent for calming inflammation and breakouts.