Christmas gift ideas for the beauty lover in your life
With Christmas fast approaching, what better time to treat your beauty-loving friend or family member to a gift they’ll truly love? Luckily, the options for beauty junkies are absolutely endless, but that in itself can make choosing the right present difficult.
That's why we’ve rounded up the best Christmas beauty gifts for all kinds of budgets, to take some of the stress away from shopping.
Whether it’s a skincare essential, a cult makeup product, or the latest hair styling tool, you’ll find something for all kinds of beauty lovers in our gift guide - including yourself.
This Sand & Skin mask uses gentle Australian pink clay to draw out toxins, impurities, and other nasties from the skin. It also tightens the pores and brightens the complexion. The cherry on top? It’s also cruelty-free, so it’s a great pick for animal and beauty lovers.
Reviewers have loved this $61 mask for its easy application, vitamin-packed formula, and suitability for more sensitive skin types - so much so that it has a 4.4 star rating on our site.
As a gift, it can help rejuvenate your loved one’s face, so that they can feel good about the skin they’re in - even if they miss a facial appointment.
Fancy the idea of skincare in your sleep? The Peppy Co. All-in-One Sleeping Mask is an overnight mask that when applied, lets you awaken to softer, smoother skin. Those who don’t like the idea of a sleeping mask can also use it as a regular wash off mask - 10 to 30 minutes of the product on your face usually does the trick.
It’s packed with Aussie botanicals to revive fatigued skin, and at $49, it probably won't take too big a hit on your wallet. Rated 4.7 stars on ProductReview.com.au, skincare enthusiasts on our site have said that the mask glides on evenly and provides hydration that lasts.
From left to right: Anti-Acne Moisturiser; Face Mask for Imperfection Prone, Oily Skin; Salicylic Acid Serum for Acne-Prone Skin.
A French beauty staple loved by drugstore and high-end shoppers alike, the La Roche Posay Effaclar Range has a variety of moisturisers, serums, and cleansers to choose from.
The formula is most suited to those with oily and acne-prone skin, with ingredients like salicylic acid to clear out excess sebum in pores and glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.
Products in the range cost between $27.95 to $59.95. You could even get your loved one a few items in the collection for a skincare set, so they can achieve that iconic “je ne sais quoi” look.
If your favourite beauty lover gets regular facials, then the Universal Glows Microdermabrasion Kit was probably designed with them in mind.
Bringing a salon treatment to the comfort of your home, it only takes the user 5 minutes to use one of the product’s 4 suction modes to exfoliate dead skin away. This helps unclog pores, smoothen the face, and stimulate blood flow for a brighter complexion.
It’s been praised by reviewers for its ability to get rid of blackheads and make skin softer and clearer, and at the moment it’s on sale for $99.95 (reduced from $199.95).
When it comes to mascara, drugstore brands have really held their own against their luxury counterparts. This is definitely the case with Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara, which has 10 layers of bristles which fan out lashes and lengthen them - and it’s available in a waterproof formula too.
Often retailing somewhere between $21 and $28, it’s a budget-friendly beauty buy that rivals mascaras at a much higher price point. It has a 4.4 star ProductReview.com.au rating, with users loving how well it holds a curl.
A cult favourite, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder can be used as both a finishing powder over your foundation, or as a highlighter. The versatility means you don’t have to stress too much about choosing between the 6 different shades on offer; each shade has a unique finish that creates anything from a luminescent glow to a sun-kissed look.
Reviewers have loved the natural, satin sheen it leaves on their skin, and have said it doesn’t make it look like you’ve caked your makeup on.
You can buy the powder for $68 full size, or get the mini version for $34 - compact and cute.
This SAS hair straightener has been a ProductReview.com.au Award Winner for the past 5 years in a row - and that’s no easy feat. Rated 4.7 stars, reviewers with all hair types have said that their hair has stayed straight the whole day after using it.
It has titanium ceramic-coated plates that get your hair nice and sleek in just a few passes, which means less damage to your hair. The straightening iron will set you back $189.95 for a regular size or $199.95 for a wide plate version, but you can often nab these on sale.
With a 4.8 star rating and as one of the most highly-rated beauty products on our site, the georgiemane 10 Minute Hair Mask will likely be a well-received gift by anyone who likes to take care of their strands.
It contains natural ingredients that nourish dry and damaged hair while also encouraging thicker and fuller hair growth, and can be just the TLC your loved one’s hair craves. The mask costs $59.99, but you may be able to score it on sale from time to time.
With ceramic bristles infused with keratin and argan oil, this hair straightening brush is designed to create a sleek style while also leaving your hair healthy and shiny. You can also adjust the heat settings between 150 and 230°C, letting you choose what works best with your hair type.
At $79.95, it’s a decent entry-level straightening brush for those who want fuss-free styling. If you’re interested in seeing more of these styling brushes, you can also read our write-up on hair styler brushes for every hair type and budget.
What if they already have something on this list?
If your loved one is on top of all the latest product launches and beauty trends, then there’s always the chance that they may already have the gift you’ve got in mind for them.
That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid getting them a beauty gift altogether. Instead of getting them a physical present, you could buy them a voucher or gift card to a salon, so that they can get anything from a facial or a wax to a mani pedi - some salons even offer piercing services.
You can read through reviews of the best beauty salons and laser clinics to help you decide what’ll be right for your favourite beauty lover.