In theory, finding a beauty gift is easy: Just do a quick search on Amazon or Sephora, and you’re basically scrolling the complete inventory of lipsticks, lotions, and perfumes from the North Pole. But whittling down the zillions of options to find a truly memorable beauty gift under $100 requires a little more research. You might have a friend who's into face masks rather than makeup... or your significant other, who's always stealing your fancy facial moisturizer. Either way, being named the world’s best gift-giver doesn’t have to mean stressing out over the most minute details.
Dozens of your favorite beauty brands — including La Mer, MAC Cosmetics, Tom Ford, Rodin, and Amika — have dressed up their all-time favorite products in limited-edition packaging, offering a special spin on the lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, facial oils, hot tools, and other goods that you reach for all year long. And trust me: the blink-and-miss-it collections are definitely worth celebrating all on their own.
Whether you're the one wrapping it up or tearing it open, these beauty gift ideas are sure to impress... and since many of them are so affordable, it's totally worth doubling (or tripling) up and splurging on yourself. I won't tell. Promise.
The Mini Miracle Set
There’s a reason the greater beauty universe cherishes these beloved formulas to no end. For starters, they are decadent and work wonders leaving skin pampered and glowy post-application. Plus, they feel absolutely luxurious on skin, and look equally as dreamy on your vanity.
Iris Bronze Eye & Lip Set
This eye and lip set will quickly become your go-to for all of 2019 and beyond. The velvety shadows include a mix of twinkling and matte finishes in a range of warm brown hues that can be layered and blended to go from every day classic looks to total glam status. Pair with one of the dusty-rose lip colors to complete the look.
Luxury Face Oil Mini Trio
This trio of beautifying oils includes mini blends of lavender, jasmine and neroli, along with a geranium and orange blossom combination that instantly lifts your mood and dulled complexion. One drop is enough to treat skin to an impressively hydrating all-over application and a noteworthy dewy finish that you can take with you on the go.
Minature Candle Collection
Jo Malone London
The special-edition decorative box lets you know it’s special before you even open it up. Light any one of the five signature candles inside for confirmation.
Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit
This vibrant mini lipstick lineup includes 10 beautifully coordinated bullets ranging from deep burgundy, to soft beige, to hot-hot pink, and a rainbow of show stopping shades in between. They all come tucked in a bright pink metallic box for added festive effect.
Pitera Essence Set
The brands coveted facial treatment essence is $99 all on its own, and just about anyone who tries it can vouch that it’s worth the splurge. Bundle the complexion perfecting blend with a treatment mask and hydrating toner, and this special-edition holiday collection spoils your skin to glowy perfection.
Smooth Criminal Polished Perfection Gift Set
This fully loaded styling set is a lazy girl’s good hair day come true. With a heated straightening brush for instant smoothing, and a lineup of styling essentials including an anti-humidity spray, a hair mask, dry shampoo, style primer, and tousling texture spray, you cover all the bases for simple daily styling.
10 Day Transfrmation Kit
This luxury skincare collection is the skin-clearing detox you'll need after the holiday season. The powerful anti-aging formulas are spiked with the brands patented alguronic acid complex made from nutrient-rich algae, and help you achieve seriously refreshed complexion with brighter, firmer, and more supple-looking skin by 2019.
Ultimate Balm-Shell Kit
When you don’t want to choose between statement lips or conditioned ones, this mega collection of color balms gives you a rainbow of creamy bold pigments to choose from. The buttery texture feels deliciously silky on lips and a shot of peppermint oil provides a soothing burst of coolness.
5 Steps On-The-GO
When life away from home leaves your skin aggravated, this complexion correcting lineup helps to maintain all that clear, conditioned, dewy-ness. The convenient travel set includes three fan favorites — PH+ Enzyme Essence, Vitamin C Cream, and Power Trio Radiance — and two new launches, the KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser and Super Nutrient Elixir, that keep your skin glowing on the go.
Non-Toxic Nail Care Kit
MZ Wallace x tenoverten
This non-toxic nail care set includes just about every nail essential you can think of, including tenoverten's coveted Foundation polish and Shield top coat, all zipped up in an exclusive MZ Wallace quilted cosmetic case. In other words, it’s the world’s most perfect gift for the manicure addict in your life.
Instantly upgrade your skincare regimen with a refreshingly simple lineup that's stocked with all the essentials including a gentle Soy Face Cleanser for washing, a firming Black Tea Cream for conditioning, a hydrating Black Tea Mask for smoothing, along with the brand's coveted Advanced Therapy Sugar Lip Treatment to combat any chap.
Sleep Collective Set
If beauty sleep could be bottled up into a stylish gift set, this trio of dream-worthy essentials would be it. It includes a chamomile-lavender sleep mist that instantly calms any room you spritz it in, a caddy of calming tea bags to help you cozy up, and a silk eye mask to send you straight to Dreamville.
More Grace the Merrier
There's a reason Amazing Grace has been the brand's best-selling fragrance for years now. It's a refreshing, clean scent that combines notes of citrus-y bergamont with warm florals for an inviting and addicting blend. This body wash, body cream, and eau de toilette trio lets you bask in its perfection all day long.
Flight Travel Hair Dryer Gift Set
Good hair tools can be an investment, but this take-anywhere mini blow dryer packs the power of a professional full-size version into a convenient travel size that won’t take up precious carry-on space.
Glow Motion 3- Piece Brightening Set
It’s called the "Ole Glow" for a reason. The brand’s creator knows a thing or two about insanely glowy skin, and this brightening vitamin C-spiked trio is the secret sauce.
10th Anniversary Discovery Kit
Don’t let the mini size fool you: these pretty little votives will perfume an entire room in minutes. The special-edition sampling allows you to experience the brand's 10 best-selling scents including my personal favorites — Bamboo, Linen, and Birchwood Pine.
Defining Eyes Eye Set
As if a box of Chanel anything requires much explanation. The chic branded zip case is wish list-worthy all on its own, and this one comes stocked with a lash lengthening mascara, lash primer, and shadow base to sweeten the deal.
Essential Oil Diffuser
The minimalist ceramic and beech wood design adds an instant elegance to any room you place it in. Switch the ultrasonic diffuser on and it instantly permeates the room with mind-clearing essential oil blends and cool ambient lighting to set the mood.
Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing System
Still curious about all the fuss behind this best-selling facial cleansing brush? The simplified one mode, one button design allows you to experience the pore polishing results for yourself at a fraction of the price.
Naked Cherry Vault
Package the most buzzed-about eyeshadow palette of the year with three matching rouge lipsticks and two creamy eyeliners, and you've got the ultimate beauty lover's wishlist wrapped in a cherry-covered box.
Let There Be Light
These farm-to-face blends are made in small batches on the brand's Vermont homestead with good-for-you natural ingredients that leave your winter-chapped skin pampered, plush, and glowy.
Dry Styling Collection
The second best thing to gifting a lifetime of blowouts is gifting a lineup of all-star stylers that help you maintain that bouncy, glossy finish for days after you leave the salon. This full-size texture spray, mini dry shampoo, and texture spray duo offer exactly that for at home and on-the-go.
The Ritual Of Yalda Gift Set
This sleek keepsake box gives you instant spa vibes before you even open it up. And the red velvet bath bomb, whipped shower foam, silky body cream, and sensual candle nestled inside just drive the point home.
C Me Sparkle Kit
Dr. Dennis Gross
This vitamin C-spiked trio includes the brand's best-selling C serum for instant brightening and firming. Couple that with their signature collagen cream for smoothing and eye cream for de-puffing, and you can instantly erase any signs of a long night.
Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4
The marbled and shimmery highlighters in this limited-edition palette are almost too pretty to touch. Almost. With one swipe of the silky powders over the high points of your face, you're lit with a natural-looking glow.
Purple Starter Ritual Set
The delicate formulas of this elegant lineup were adopted from sacred skincare rituals learned from a geisha in Kyoto, Japan. The ultra-hydrating quartet will transform your daily cleanse into a pampering skincare experience that leaves your skin so dewy.
Jet-A-Porter Beauty Kit
Choosing a favorite product is tough. That's why Net-a-Porter choose 16 favorites and packaged them up in a stylish zip case so you can take the best in skincare, haircare and makeup picks with you anywhere; no man or woman left behind.
Sonic Toothbrush Rose Gold Edition
I know a toothbrush doesnt exactly scream holiday wish list, but one look at the fancified rose gold design and you'll think again. It's quite possibly the prettiest toothbrush in existence, with a powerful sonic vibration and teeth-whitening charcoal bristles that turn the twice daily chore into a pampering ritual.
Paint the Town Set
Masking, but make it art. That's the idea behind this playful set which includes the brand's top-selling metallic firming mask in seven different Instagrammable shades, which you can peel off to reveal an instant lift in your complexion — and your mood.