12 Christmas beauty gifts for every budget

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Cassie Steer,-Beauty Editor

From stocking fillers to big budget buys, here’s what to put on your list this Christmas

’Tis the season of giving, otherwise known as ‘shop until you – quite literally – drop’ month. Seeing the look on loved one’s faces as they open the perfect gift is heartwarmingly gratifying. Seeing the glazed, slightly maniacal expressions of your fellow shoppers as you scrabble desperately to find said gift is not. Luckily we’re here to make things a little more… jolly.

In order to save you wandering aimlessly around the beauty halls or succumbing to RSI from too much scrolling, we’ve done the hard work for you, editing down our favourite beauty buys. From covetable crowdpleasers to niche gems that will look as though you’ve scoured the ends of the earth to discover them. Watch out Santa, we’re raising the bar this year.

The brightening mask, £210

What could be better than the gift of good skin? With its luxurious packaging and velvet precision brush, this two-step treatment from La Mer is pure decadence. But don’t be fooled, the potent skincare ingredients ensure that it really is helping to impart that goodwill glow.

The glamorous make-up set, £165

When it comes to making women look and feel amazing, make-up maven Charlotte Tilbury has her finger firmly on the beauty pulse. This bundle contains everything you need to give you a smouldering rock chick look with ease, from the Luxury Palette – The Rock Chick Eyeshadow, to the K.I.S.S.I.N.G – Nude Kate Lipstick. And to top it off, there’s a complimentary lipstick print make-up bag to boot.

The home fragrance set, £136

We defy anyone to turn their nose up at a gift that comes in Jo Malone packaging and this set from the iconic brand comes artfully dressed as a chic townhouse. From appeasing fashionista friends to melting frosty mother in laws, this veritable treasure trove of Jo Malone classics boasts some serious beauty collateral. Our favourites? The Lime Basil & Mandarin travel candle and Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash.


The iconic fragrance, £100

Tiffany & Co.’s unmistakable blue box is guaranteed to bring joy, especially when adorned with this festive snowy skyline. But as with most things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts and the fragrance within is a beautifully fresh, fruity floral that’s as wearable as the jewellery itself. 

The scented candle, £80

You can never have too many candles, especially when they look as dapper as this brass and marble offering by Tom Dixon. Infused with the scent of rose petals and cinnamon sticks along with the faint whiff of a Chinese herbal market, it’ll whisk you off to Eastern shores while enriching your home. It’s also available in smaller – but equally aesthetically pleasing iterations.

The party palette, £69

Palettes were made for the party season and this winsome firework-inspired cracker from Dior is sure to make Christmas go with a bang. Offering two complete looks to cover every occasion, this is sure to make you dazzle.

The luxury soap, £60

Gone are the days when soap was considered a paltry gift. Case in point, these striking, art deco-inspired beauties by Claus Porto. Each soap has it’s own unique fragrance and personality and is blended with nourishing shea oil harking back to the brand’s illustrious history. Designed to prettify, yet so much more than a pretty face.

The festive shower treats, £35

Bringing chic new meaning to ‘smellies’ this olfactive offering from Molton Brown contains three spirited shower gel-filled baubles, rich with rum, brandy and sparkling champagne notes. Turkey burnt to a crisp? Yuletide cheer turned sour? Just pick your favourite scent, take some ‘me-time’ in the shower and impart some comfort and joy.

The mini make-up set, £17.50

A Gen Z must-have, this cute-as-a-button camper van from Benefit is loaded up with mini gems like Gimme Brow+ brow volumising gel and BADgal BANG! BIGGER BADDER volumising mascara. Perfect for retreating to the bedroom for a ‘mini’ break.

The natural skincare duo, £17

Loved by beauty editors and those in the know, Disciple’s 100% natural brand designed to tackle stressed-out skin, will earn you serious cool-hunter points. Perfect for travelling (especially with the stresses of Christmas breaks), this skin-perfecting pair – Good Skin and Dreamy Skin – is rich in essential fatty acids, bacteria fighting prebiotics and balancing essential oils. Engineering works? What engineering works?

The nail polish, £15

Nail that last little gift for your sister/aunt/mum/friend/anyone who has nails with this talon-ted duo from Nails Inc. Nothing says ‘party’ quite like a red and pink glitter polish while the elegant pearlescent ruby red will see you through the festive season (28 re-runs of Home Alone included) and beyond.

The hand and lip combo, £12

Cowshed's chic little hand and lip hero is the perfect stocking filler. As well as containing the cocoa butter-infused Refresh Hand Cream (a must for this time of year) and Lippy Cow lip balm, it’s rather easy on the eye too.

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