This year I wanted to create a Holiday Gift Guide! The items on this list are ones that have caught my eye and are particularly beautiful or that I feel are an especially good value. Presented here in no particular order, some of my favorite holiday value sets for 2018. I will add more items (always at the top of the list) as I see things I fall in love with!
Last updated: 12/12/18 1:36 pm PST
Unicorn Gift Idea! Purchase a unicorn themed cosmetic bag ($12-$24) and fill it with a Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Try Me Kit ($16; three samplers available with five colors each). If you are feeling generous you could also top it off with a limited edition Too Faced Unicorn Tears Bronzer ($30)! They also have several non-beauty unicorn items that you could combine with this to make a great gift!
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set (a $104 value for $45). In this pretty five piece set that is exclusive to Nordstrom you get a cute silver cosmetic pouch plus four curated Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Skin Tight (pink beige), Rowdy (nude beige), Mayhem (mauve), and Trashed (orchid).
Elemis Travel Favorites ($90). This set is an excellent value and is a wonderful introduction to this amazing skincare brand, perfect for the newcomer or a trove of travel sizes for the already initiated. This set includes a pretty travel bag filled with seven travel sized treasures for face and body. One of the items included is my holy grail moisturizer, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (you get a full ounce), which by itself is an $89 value!
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Calming Treat Gift Set ($29.50). Rituals has become one of my favorite body care brands and this set is a wonderful introduction to one of their most popular lines. The Ritual of Dao is a nice, clean scent (they say it is White Lotus but this is not a floral fragrance at all) and this beautifully gift boxed set includes travel sizes of Foaming Shower Gel, Body Scrub, Body Cream, and Shower Oil.
Space NK Best of Space NK Trending Now (a $174 value for $79). This set is an amazing value and it has a little bit of everything: A travel size dry shampoo mist from R+Co (no aerosol or powder left in your hair here!), a full size mascara from Rodial, a full size moisturizer from Sunday Riley, a travel size hair/scalp scrub from Christophe Robin, and a full size cheek/lip/eye color Multistick in a neutral rose tone from Ilia.
OPI Nutcracker Nail Lacquer Duo Pack (a $25+ value for just $17.95). What a nice little gift! This three piece set includes a glittery cosmetic bag plus two full size lacquers in Tinker, Thinker, Winker (a metallic, glittery silver) and Ginger’s Revenge (a gorgeous holiday red). The polishes alone are normally $12.50 each so this little set is a great deal!
Tea Forte Loose Tea Starter Set ($29.50). Ok so I know this one is not a beauty product but I think this is a wonderful gift! Tea Forte Kati mugs are insulated, so your tea stays hot longer (I have two of these and they are my favorites). And this little set comes with a mug plus a stainless steel tea infuser and five teas to try (two servings each of five delicious winter blends).
Prescriptives Night Time Glow Team (a $148 value for $90). This holiday value set includes a full size of my very favorite winter nighttime moisturizer, Super Line Preventor Overnight Radiance Cream, plus you also get a travel size serum and eye serum in a cute rose gold bag!
Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Fragrance + Lipstick Gift Set (an $82 value for $63; but just reduced to $31.50!): This four piece gift boxed set includes travel sprays in exclusive packaging in both Saint and Sinner fragrances, plus two exclusive to this set full size Studded Kiss Creme Lipsticks in shades Saint (peachy rose) and Sinner (midnight plum).
REN Skincare JOY Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Travel Sized Gift Set ($28). This little set is a great introduction to my favorite body care line, the Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium products from REN Skincare. This set includes minis of the body wash, body lotion, and bath oil, all in a lovely giftable box. If you already love the line or are feeling more generous, the EXCITE Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Luxury Body Gift Set is also available, this three piece set is a $95 value for just $70 and it includes full sizes of Atlantic Kelp & Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil, Anti-Fatigue Body Wash, and Body Scrub.
Paul & Joe Beaute Limited Edition Lip Treatment Balm ($18 each). How adorable is this kitty lip balm! They released two limited edition Lip Balms this year, the floral design is Mulled Wine scent and the Cat design is German Sweet Bread scent. I’ve linked to b-glowing where they also have a GWP (free Paul & Joe mini tote plus mirror when you spend $40 on Paul & Joe).
L’Occitane Castelbajac Hand Cream Wardrobe (a $79.40 value for $49.86 plus $3 for shipping). This QVC exclusive value set features eight hand creams in three separately boxed sets that you can keep or give as gifts! There is a full size (5.2 oz) Shea Hand Cream; and three 1 oz hand creams in a gift tin (in scents Almond Delicious, Shea, and Shea Rose); and four gift boxed 0.3 oz mini hand creams (in scents Almond Delicious, Shea, Shea Whipped Tea, and Shea Rose). The best part (aside from their legendary winter-busting Shea hand cream formula) is that they are all packaged in this year’s delightful Castelbajac Paris holiday packaging, it is so very pretty!
Odacite Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum + Wish Bracelet (a $68 value for $48). Find this set in their Holiday Shop! This little gift includes a full size of their Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum (a $44 value) plus a sweet Aventurine Wish Bracelet! I found this set when searching for a solution to my new nemesis, vertical lip lines, and I love that you get a pretty gemstone bracelet along with the full size serum!
Best of K-Beauty Mini Set from Soko Glam (a $63 value for $32). This eleven piece set includes a cute holo bag plus ten minis of this year’s Soko Glam 2018 Best of K-Beauty Awards winners, many in sizes that aren’t available anywhere but this set!
Nest Fragrances Neiman Marcus Exclusive Votive Candle Gift Set ($74). This beautifully gift boxed set is only available at Neiman Marcus and it includes five votive candles each in their own lovely glass holder in perfect scents for the season: Holiday, Birchwood Pine, Hearth, Sugar Cookie, and NEW Sparkling Cassis.
Agraria Lime & Orange Petite Essence & Candle Exclusive Gift Set ($75). This set includes a Petite Essence diffuser and a 3.4 oz candle in their Lime & Orange Blossom scent, which they describe as “Night-Blooming Sampaguita, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Amber Woods, Smoky Patchouli, and Oak Moss” and comes in the prettiest keepsake box (and I love that this candle even comes with a lid).
Dr. Dennis Gross Dew Holiday Right Limited Edition Set (a $123 value for $60). This is the first thing that went on my Christmas wish list. This set includes a full size Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel (which I have sampled before and absolutely love; I am so excited to get a full size with this set), 14 single use treatments of Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel (one of my favorite peels), 1 oz Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, and 0.5 oz Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion. This set is a great value and includes two products I know I already love and two new products to try!
Tarte Cosmetics Fierce and Flirty Eye Set (a $42 value for $29). I admit I’m including this one because I absolutely adore the gold kitty bag. But this set also includes a full size Maneater Liquid Eyeliner and a travel size Maneater Voluptuous Mascara!
Biossance The Rose Ritual Set (a $112 value for $49). Just reduced again! This lovely duo includes a full size Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, which sounds perfect for the colder winter months, and a rose quartz face roller.
I can’t think of a more luxurious scented gift than a new fragrance from Bond No 9. Their distinctive and beautiful bottles make lovely gifts that look dreamy sitting on your vanity, and they have a scent to please just about anyone. If you’re not sure which is your favorite, the Bon-Bon Box lets you try 18 individually wrapped scents for $270; or the Luxe Coffret Trio contains beautiful bottles of the scents Chinatown, Madison Avenue, and The Scent of Peace for $350; or for the super deluxe gift, the Signature Perfume Bejeweled ($1,000) comes in of the most exquisite bottles I’ve ever seen! They have so many stunning gifts on their site, these are just the three that really caught my eye.
Decorte Limited Edition Holiday Coffret (a $120 value for $70). Sometimes even to this day, for me, it’s all about the bag. And look at the amazing bag included in this set! In this fun set you get not only the bag but this set also includes four full size products in limited edition holiday shades: Lip Gloss, Lasting Gel Eyeliner, Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color, and a truly gorgeous All-Over Powder Blush.
Estee Lauder Small Wonders Set ($45). I adore that this year’s set includes not only five mini fragrances in cute little bottles (you get Beautiful, Pleasures, Modern Muse, White Linen, and Youth-Dew) but also a beautiful mirrored tray to display them on!
Philosophy Hot Cocoa Hygge Mug ($18). This mug is so cute (and it’s just as cute in real life, I already bought this set, too)! In this Ulta Beauty exclusive gift boxed set you get the red mug with the festive design plus an 8 oz bottle of Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath!