Would it be hyperbolic to say that the holidays are the most fleeting time of the year? It feels like as soon as you've decked your halls, trimmed your tree, and strung up all the lights, it's just about time to take it all down 'til next year. Ideally, though, the gifts you give (and, hopefully, receive) will have appeal and application long after the last of the holiday decor has been packed away. And as far as presents go for the beauty lovers in your life, these Sephora gifts under $25 certainly fit the bill.
Whether it's a brand or product you already know your friend loves (hello, Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day line) or a staple in your skin care collection you know they'll instantly fall for, gifting beauty buys that are everyday essentials is a foolproof way to your loved ones' hearts for the holidays — they'll appreciate receiving something they can actually use, instead of a seasonal item that'll sit on their shelf untouched for the next several months.
Thankfully, Sephora's selection of under-$25 gifts this year is jam-packed with presents that are not only festive but functional for all the makeup, skin care, and hair care obsessives you're shopping for.
Snag indulgent yet affordable gifts from cult-loved brands, like Christophe Robin's Perfect Hair Duo, $23, which includes its purifying sea salt scrub and restorative prickly pear seed oil mask in travel-friendly sizes, and Caudalie's Hand and Nail Cream Trio, on sale for $14, which will keep loves ones' skin in top condition well into the New Year. Add BECCA's on-the-go Prime, Set & Glow kit too, $15, to keep friends looking glowy and fresh anywhere.
Tried and true skin care essentials from The Ordinary and Mario Badescu are sure to put a smile on their faces — and keep their shelves stocked far beyond the holiday season. The Ordinary's The Daily Set, $19, includes its beloved Squalane Cleanser plus a hydrating serum and moisturizer (welcome products for dry winter skin), and Mario Badescu's The Icons: Drying Lotion & Rose Facial Spray Duo, $19, brings staples every shelf should have.
Surprise your best friends, work wives, and beauty-loving family members with gifts they'll actually keep in their rotation by shopping these useful Sephora buys, below.
Friends who are already obsessed with Becca's glow-getting products will loves this essentials kit, which comes with minis of the brand's Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed, Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, and First Light Priming Filter. They're ideal for on-the-go beauty.
Keeping hands and nails from drying out during the winter can feel like a chore — but this luxe cream trio makes the process feel a bit more indulgent. It won't set you back much, either, because it's currently on sale for only $14.
For a gift your friends will actually use every day, go for this set from The Ordinary. It comes with the brand's cult-loved Squalane Cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, and a rich moisturizer.
While the Drying Lotion is a crowd-fave essential to have on hand for out-of-the-blue breakouts, Mario Badescu's Rose Facial Spray is a daily indulgence your loved ones (and their skin) are sure to enjoy.
Living Proof's PhD Dry Shampoo is one of those products that fans cannot live without. Give the obsessive in your life the gift of a dry shampoo restock, with this duo of a full and travel size bottle.
There's not much worse during the winter than dry, chapped, painful lips. Help your loved ones keep that problem at bay with this three-piece lip treatment set, made with soothing humectant, agave. Plus, it's currently on sale for only $7.
Two of fresh's cult-loved products in one pretty package? Yes, please. This set comes with the brand's bestselling Soy Face Cleanser and Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, for soft, refined skin and a conditioned pout.
This eight-shade travel sized palettes packs a seriously versatile punch — seriously, what wearable, everyday look couldn't you create? Plus, the brand's talc-free formula will be friendly to your friend's skin.
Ringing in right at $25, this Murad duo includes two crowd-favorites from the effective skin care brand. The Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum brightens skin in as little as one week, and the Essential-C™ Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ protects and hydrates skin with antioxidants and SPF.
This luxurious duo from high-end hair brand Christophe Robin features a detoxifying scalp scrub to rid strands of buildup, and a restorative mask with natural oils for soft, strengthened strands.
Between this nude lip and cheek gel color, matte red lip and cheek crayon, and rosy high-shine lip gloss, what more could your friends need for on-the-go pout perfecters?
NARS' Orgasm blush and coordinating Afterglow Lip Balm are iconic for a reason: They're ideal for daily wear, and give an almost impossibly natural, glowy effect. Your beauty obsessed loved ones will thank you for slipping this essential duo into their stockings.