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In the hierarchy of Christmas presents, stocking fillers historically sat a notch or two above throwaway cracker tat, but things are changing.
Every family has got its stocking-stuffing traditions (in my house that’s M&S underwear, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange plus a non-chocolate satsuma as a token nod to health) But if you’re never quite sure how to fill the rest of that oversized sock, I’m here to help.
Put down the panic-bought tillside novelty items and treat your nearest and dearest to these genuinely lovely beauty buys instead.
This year my favourite brands have outdone themselves with some brilliant sub-tenner gift ideas, from classy candles to do-it-all hair stylers, chic mini lippies and, well, something all of us could use in our bathrooms during times of festive excess and multigenerational house sharing. You’ll see what I mean.
Read on to discover my top 10 beauty stocking fillers for family members, friends – or even Frank in accounts, who you drew in Secret Santa and have never spoken to in your life.
Beauty stocking fillers your loved ones will adore
Disciple Balancing Mist 30ml, £8
Skin-balancing, mood-calming spritz with geranium floral water and peptides. Chic bottle too.
The Konjac Sponge Company Mini Pore Refiners, £10 each
So cute! Korean-inspired cleansing sponges, embedded with skincare ingredients.
Mini M.A.C Lipsticks, £10 each
21 of MACs bestselling shades including perfect red Lady Danger and mega-selling Velvet Teddy.
Alfa Italia Rose Gold Detangling Brush, £9.95
What did we do before flexible brushes? Cry during detangling probably. These come in a variety of shades to suit all preferences and slip through hair with ease.
Cult Beauty Small Travel Makeup Bag, £10
Form and function here: Roomy enough for a weekend’s worth of beauty products, looks the part, wipes clean in case of makeup smears.
Sanctuary Spa Signature Heart Candle, £4
I’ve got a thing about that classic sanctuary scent – this fills a room nicely and the lid makes it perfect for travel.
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Hershesons Almost Everything Cream, £10
One hair product to rule them all – it styles, primes, de-frizzes and more. My long, fine, straight hair loves it, as does my other half’s short, thick, textured mop.
Poo-Pourri in Secret Santa, £8
A fun, cheeky gift that – lets be honest – we could all make use of. Poo-Pourri has lots of scents but this cinnamon and vanilla blend is suitably festive.
Soaper Duper Zesty Sicilian Lemon Gift Set, £9.99
The perfect bath and body brand – ethical, eco-friendly plus the products smell and feel like they’re five times the price.
Polaar The Genuine Lapland Lip Balm Tube, £9
A little nod to Christmas in Arctic-chic packaging, but also just a lovely berry-packed lip balm.