Every year around the holidays, there's a phenomenon that is apparently impossible for me to avoid. I'll be getting ready to head out to an annual gathering with friends, when suddenly it dawns on me that I'm about to show up empty handed for the gift exchange. Cue an instant panic, before I collect myself and realize a quick trip to my local Target is the answer (and a budget-friendly one, at that). In an attempt to avoid the frantic shopping spree this year, I've already scanned the beauty gifts under $15 at Target — and no surprise, they're as good as usual and ready for giving during gift exchanges, stuffing into stockings, and setting under the tree.
Chances are you've found yourself in a similar situation at one point or another (it can't only be me), or at the very least have struggled to find affordable presents that'll still produce smiles from your beauty-loving friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else on your gifting list. So, you likewise probably already know that Target is a surefire place to find the perfect gifts under a certain price. The only problem? Narrowing down from the overwhelming list of options.
Look out for fan-favorite buys from beloved brands like Bliss, Burt's Bees, and essie that are sure to please — like this Spa Squad Mask Kit of four skin-soothing masks, just $9.99, Burt's Bee's Honey Pot Gift Set, $14.99, or this festive four-polish set of minis from essie, $12.99. There's even a Scrunchie Style Set from Scunci, $9.99, which offers up eight of the on-trend hair accessories to suit any mood. Thanks to the recognizable names and crowd-fave buys, the sets will be instant hits as soon as they're unwrapped, and seem like more of a splurge than they'll actually cost you.
Or, go for multi-brand bundles pre-assembled by Target (big thanks to the big-box retailer for doing the hard work for us). The Happy Hair Day Kit, $12.99, comes with dry shampoos, hair oils, and texture sprays from popular drugstore hair care lines like Batiste, TRESemme, and Dove, in travel sizes your friends can take on the go. And the Glow Inside Out Kit, $14.99, groups together deluxe sample sizes of skin care favorites like Weleda Skin Food, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, and even a mini jade roller.
Before you find yourself in a holiday present pinch, stock up on affordable beauty gifts from Target that just about anyone would love, below.