I come from a pretty large family: three siblings, three aunts, one uncle, a host of cousins. And that's just my immediate branch — on my mom's side. While I love them dearly, my pockets are significantly lighter once the holidays are finished. Gifting every person on my long, winding list can be expensive, especially while I'm shopping for myself, too. (Hey! I deserve it!) That's why I'm excited about 2019's best beauty gifts under $20. Some are from higher-end brands, like Peter Thomas Roth and L'Occitane, so it's not like I'm skimping out on quality — which is truly the best of both worlds.
My fancy-schmancy colleagues are also on the same kick, too. Three team members shouted out The Ordinary's The Daily Set as an ultimate stocking stuffer for their skincare-loving friends and family members. And Mario Badescu's The Multi-Taskers Set is one that Angela Melero, our Deputy Editor, wouldn't mind keeping for herself as the facial spray is the perfect midday refresher. As for me? The women in my family love all things hair — I get it honest! — so sets from brands like Briogeo and Carol's Daughter will definitely be under the tree.
Ahead, see more affordable beauty gifts to grab. Your loved ones and your wallet will thank you.
"This set exists outside of the holidays, too." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"Featuring all the best-sellers from the cult-favorite brand, this Mario Badescu set makes for a great stocking stuffer!" — Melero
"I'm giving the gift of self-care this year with these five potent masks." — Melero
"Becca's Champagne Pop is my all-time favorite highlighter, so this set is calling my name. Included is everything I need for a glowy look: the First Light Priming Filter, Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, and Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder." — Kelsey Stewart, Editorial Assistant
"A giftable duo that includes one of my favorite moisturizing ingredients — shea butter!" — Stewart
"My Aunt Lisa is always asking for Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair range — it's ultra-hydrating, which is a necessity for those with natural hair." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"A spa day in a box! I'd get this set of luxe skincare minis for my friends who are always traveling for business." — Underwood
"This affordable set of volumizing hair products proves that big curls don't have to come with a big price tag." — Underwood
"KISS lashes are among the best of the best. And because they're so affordable, you don't feel *too* bad if one happens to, say, get blown off during a snow squall. Not that I'm speaking from experience, or anything." — Underwood