12 Christmas beauty gifts for every budget

12 best beauty gifts 2020
Isabel Dexter,-Beauty Editor

From lavish beauty buys to purse-friendly stocking fillers, here’s our list for Santa

There’s nothing like a well-chosen beauty purchase under the tree to delight your nearest and dearest – whether it’s a covetable classic or a niche gem that's definitely going to become their new favourite. Plus who can resist a little self-gifting when it comes to a beautiful new lipstick or your favourite serum? 

From delightful stocking fillers to gifts suitable for everyone from grandma to a baby nephew, we have it covered.

The super-cool hand cream

With its clean graphic typeface and the aluminium tubes which have become Aesop’s signature, this beautifully scented botanical blend will appeal to fashion-forward nieces and traditionalist neighbours alike.

The pretty gift soap

Designed in England in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society, this vegan-friendly, cruelty-free soap is scented with a fresh, floral fragrance. Think rosebuds, peony, jasmine and hints of mandarin on a soft amber base. Extracts of Evening Primrose Oil will keep hands moisturised too.

The nourishing body oil

For anyone on your gift list with dry or sensitive skin, this rich yet easily absorbed body oil is heaven-sent. It's perfect for newborns, new mothers, teenagers with skin concerns, husbands who like scent-free skincare, older relatives suffering from dry skin or frankly just about anyone who loves to pamper their skin without the fuss of too much fragrance.

The luxe lip gloss

This clear, moisturising lip balm from MAC will be loved by everyone on your Christmas list. Slick onto bare lips for a naturally plumped-up effect or layer over a favourite lip colour to add shine. The crystal-effect, high-shine is straight off this season’s catwalks.


The ultra-rich body balm

Winter calls for replenishing body balms and rich moisturising formulations. Give the gift of self-care with this deeply restorative skin hero whose sumptuous balm texture transforms into a rich oil releasing an aromatic blend of ylang ylang, sandalwood and vetiver to ground body and mind.

The superfood face oil

Loved by Beauty Editors and skincare aficionados, Sunday Riley is one of the new breed of science-meets-botanicals brands with multi-tasking credentials. Juno face oil will give you an instant glow by rehydrating and restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It’s nurturing for even the most sensitive skin. 

The easy-as-pie eye pencils

This gorgeous gift set contains four mini eyeshadow sticks in covetable, pigment-rich shades from metallic moonlight to magnetic pink. Crease and transfer-resistant, they are extremely easy to wear and even easier to apply. Ideal for all ages and skin tones.

The illuminating blush

Winter skin calls for a flush of colour and this elegant blush will add instant radiance to any skin tone. With a satin finish, it's easy to blend and apply to give a natural, translucent glow.

The beauty insider’s lipstick

When Hermès launched its beauty line earlier this year, starting with 24 lipsticks in chic bullets, the beauty world sat back in awe. These easy-to-wear, hydrating, matte lipsticks have a velvety, second-skin effect that make them super comfortable to wear. Highly concentrated pigments combine with an extremely precise shape for a near-perfect application, with no need for a separate lip liner. One swipe and you’ll never turn back.

The overnight miracle worker

Looking for a proper treat to give you that beauty-sleep magic? Estée Lauder’s iconic complex has been reformulated to give skin extra bounce, vitality and pillow-soft plumpness. Add it to your wishlist immediately.

The scented candle

Who doesn’t love a scented candle? Jo Malone’s White Moss & Snowdrop captures the magic of winter in a jar, and comes decadently presented in the brand’s classic black-trimmed gift box. Warning: you might not want to give it away!

The modern iconic fragrance

For those who love sweet, sensual and intoxicating fragrances, Tom Ford's Private Blend Bitter Peach may be the ultimate Christmas gift. Full-flavoured and undeniably erotic, it has top notes of peach, Sicilian blood orange and cardamom, alongside mid notes of jasmine and cognac, and a base of sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean and Indonesian patchouli. It’s ready to transport you away to far off lands…

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