As you mature, you've likely learned that one of the biggest joys during the holiday season is in giving, not receiving. Seeing the smiling, happy faces of the ones you love after they've opened up something fantastic from you is enough to keep your heart warm and fuzzy through the end of winter — that is, until you take a look at your bank account, which sustained a brutal hit. A foolproof way to avoid the financial drama? Shopping the countless luxe beauty gifts under $25 that'll still make all the important people on your list feel spoiled, from your clean beauty-obsessed BFF to your niece who just discovered the joy of sheet masks.
Anyone who has ever walked into a Sephora, Ulta, or any other beauty retailer knows how easy it is to rack up a major bill. Whether stocking up on essentials or searching for some new launches, it's hard to stick to any kind of budget with so many buys to snag your attention.
Maybe that's what makes receiving beauty gifts for the holiday such a treat — oftentimes you'll open up something you already had an eye on, so you know you'll get maximum use out of it (and the gift giver saved you some dollars to boot). And when it's something luxe that looks even more expensive than it was? Now that's a win-win all around.
Luckily, there's no shortage of $25-and-under beauty buys for giving and receiving.
Sephora's got a whole gift section dedicated to the price point, with steals from luxe brands like Pat McGrath Lab's LUST: Mini MatteTrance™ Lipstick Trio, $25, and clean beauty fan-fave Caudalie's Hand and Nail Cream Trio, $18. Snag the limited-edition Mint Chocolate Chip Lip Sleeping Mask, $20, for fans of Laneige, and a Dr. Jart+ Mini Must-Haves Experiment Kit, $25, for skin care enthusiasts.
Luxury beauty retailers like Net-a-Porter and Bluemercury even have affordable-but-luxe buys, like OUAI's Three Ouai Kit, $25 at Net-a-Porter, and a gift set of the cult-loved M-61 PowerGlow® & Go! Five-Treatment peels, $16 at Bluemercury. Clinique fans will love gift sets like the Clinique Kisses five-lipstick set, $25, and the Happy Treats trio, $22.50, and Oribe devotees are deserving of the Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set, $25.
Masking enthusiasts are easy to please this season, with major sets from TONYMOLY like this On The Glow Three-Mask Set, $15, Alder New York's Exfoliating Mud Face Mask Trio, $16, and The Beauty Spy's 5-pack G9 Skin Rose Hydrogel Lip Patches, $20 at HSN.
Start checking all the beauty obsessives off your list by shopping some of the best affordably luxe buys from around the web, below.