It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you’re a beauty enthusiast.
It’s the time when brands pull out all the stops to create specially designed sets or limited editions in beautiful packaging perfect for gifting.
What’s more, the special releases often combine items together and price them in a very appealing manner, meaning the recipient gets to try a number of products.
Even those without an encyclopedic knowledge of the hottest items – from pretty scented body sprays to trending lip masks and bronzing drops – will likely also delight in a beautifully wrapped gift from one of the beauty world’s most well-known and loved brands.
To help with the selection, we’ve pinpointed some of the best deals and effective and sought-after products and tools, from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items.
From change from $20 to the ultimate in luxury, there are eyeshadow palettes to suit every taste and budget. We love Hermès new eye shadow quads in Pierre Hardy-designed metal packaging, but it’s also hard to resist the sumptuous shades in the latest Anastasia Beverley Hills release.
All skin types can benefit from the items in Sothys Organics line up which makes it easy to gift. This set has an exfoliant, moisturiser and mask in a gorgeous gold and white box set.
As far as covetable beauty gifts, the pinnacle might just be one of Dyson’s hair tools. This season the Supersonic hairdryer and Airwrap styling tool come in this unique pastel colourway.
Always be 10 minutes away from radiant, plump and revived skin with this 5 pack of sheet masks loaded with hydrating and brightening key incredients. Perfect for party prep pre-makeup.
Set a calming scene with a chic diffuser and accompanying essential oils from Vitruvi.
The scent of Pure Fiji’s luscious fruity-scented body products is hard to beauty. This delightful cracker has a selection of minis perfect for packing and it looks perfect tucked into the branches of your Christmas tree.
The French beauty house’s limited edition collection is inspired by a touch of the wild side with bold daring hues ideal for party season looks. The highlight has to be the Rouge G double-mirror jewel case that can be reused over and over with different Rouge G lipstick shades.
Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide range captures the expertise of the band in this concise – and great value – line up that aims to smooth, care and ward off the signs of aging.
Hydration or brightening? The choice is yours with Dermalogica’s great value skincare sets that combine the respected brand’s most popular products, this season with fantastic additional skin tools to take your routine to the next level.
Haircare travel sets
The season’s best makeup colours come together in Jane Iredale’s holiday gift sets, including the trio of ultra-hydrating HydroPure Hyaluronic Acid Lip Glosses and the face palette with eyeshadows, blush and finishing powder.
A rich, nourishing and comforting face cream packed with beneficial ceramides to boost skin’s protective barrier, this moisturiser makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves an aesthetically pleasing countertop and beautiful local skincare.
Keep the skin on your hands and body feeling great and your bathroom well stocked with Aesop’s aromatic goodies in this Christmas gift set.
This buttery, soothing lip balm is a long-term fave. At this time of year it comes with a handy key-ring attachment that makes it easy to ensure your lips are never far from nourishment!
Antipodes effective natural skincare makes the most of the power of native botanicals along with other key ingredients to deliver lush and glowing skin.
An affordable little stocking stuffer, makeup lovers will always find a use for soft makeup sponges, here with a handy carry case.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t swoon a little to find something marked ‘Dior’ waiting under the tree. For a little bit of luxe, pieces from the new Fall Look makeup collection, including the new nail polish collection, will make a welcome addition to any beauty routine.
Claw clips are a great way to secure hair up without the damaging pull of tight elastics. We love the shimmering selection from Buttermilk.
These body mists are hot property on social media, making them one of the season’s most wanted gifts. This set offers a selection of the famous scents in mini size.
The pinnacle of luxury, La Prairie delivers Swiss skincare science in ultra sensorial formulations. Platinum Rare is the brand’s most precious and powerful anti-aging formulation and this set contains an eye care ritual to boost and brighten.
Gucci’s bronzer is hard to beat, but then they went and put it in chic, limited-edition packaging and made it all the more covetable.