25 best beauty gift ideas for Christmas 2021

From token gifts to splurges for someone special, these beauty gift ideas cover all bases and budgets

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With hundreds of beauty gift ideas out there to choose from, our expert beauty team have narrowed down the ones that are really worth your hard-earned cash and the presents that they'll be buying themselves this season.

Discover beauty gifts for every budget, whether you're shopping for a skincare connoisseur or a complete novice who is keen to experiment with some new Christmas makeup looks this year. 

Beauty gift ideas are so much more than Christmas makeup gift sets though. From sets proven to deliver healthy hair to holiday collections that provide excellent value for money and brilliant beauty advent calendars, there's a gift for everyone’s interests and budgets. 

Whatever you choose to add to your shopping basket this year, just make sure to purchase early. Supply chain issues and delivery delays means it will pay to plan ahead this holiday season and get your gifts well in advance. 

The best beauty gift ideas for Christmas 2021

Jo Malone London Essentials Collection

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1. Jo Malone London Essentials Collection

Specifications
RRP: $134/£93
Reasons to buy
+Includes bestselling scents+Contains English Pear & Freesia Candle, Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash, Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne 

Oozing luxury, this beautiful gift set contains some of Jo Malone London's most coveted products contained in a beautiful box. The English Pear and Freesia candle is one of the best Jo Malone fragrances and has taken the crown as the brand's most popular scent.

Gift it to someone who needs a little indulgence this festive season and watch the look of glee on their face as they unwrap. Is it really Christmas without a gorgeous Jo Malone candle burning in the background?

Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials

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2. Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials

Specifications
RRP : $60/£60
Reasons to buy
+Complete haircare routine+Ideal for travel+Suitable for all hair types

If you know someone who's obsessed with hair care, they're going to love this seasonal offering from celebrity-favourite brand Olaplex. The cult status brand has achieved rave reviews for its replenishing and restoring products, becoming synonymous with fixing all hair types suffering from damage. 

It's the perfect gift for someone wanting to try the brand if they haven't already and a great option for a steadfast fan!

Diptyque Biscuit Scented Candle

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3. Diptyque Biscuit Scented Candle

Specifications
RRP: $78/£60
Reasons to buy
+50+ hours burn time+Natural wax+Beautiful keepsake jar

The best Diptyque candles might be pricey but once you've experienced the utterly delicious scent of this year's biscuit inspired one, you'll quickly forget about the cost. 

This mouthwatering fragrance is just like freshly baked cookies and fills the room with a scent that seems good enough to eat. The only hardship you'll face will be giving it away to someone else. 

Murad Revitalize Set

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4. Murad Revitalize Set

Specifications
RRP: $124.20/£90
Reasons to buy
+Worth £156 +Contains Renewing Cleansing Cream, Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum Deluxe Size, Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream 

For the skincare savvy, this 4 piece gift set is a must. Delivering powerful anti-ageing ingredients that target fine lines and wrinkles, it nourishes the skin barrier and promotes youthful skin. 

It's perfect for anyone wanting to look a little more revitalized as the name suggests!

Revitalash fan favourite lash collection

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5. Revitalash Fan Favourite Lash Collection

Specifications
RRP: $148/£110
Reasons to buy
+Clinically tested+Includes Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, mini Double-Ended Volume Set, mini two-sided Hi-Def Brow Gel

Give the gift of incredible lashes and brows. This gift set features some of Revitalash's best selling products and makes a great present for someone after naturally long lashes. 

It's pricey but the incredible formulations at Revitalash are second to none. We guarantee your loved one will be pleased with this come Christmas morning!

Estee Lauder Fragrance Treasures Gift Set

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6. Estée Lauder Fragrance Treasures Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $35/£38
Reasons to buy
+Range of best-selling scents+Contains Beautiful Eau de Parfum Purse Spray 4.7ml, Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum Purse Spray 4ml, Pleasures Eau de Parfum Purse Spray 4ml, Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum Purse Spray 4ml+Great for layering scents

Fragrance is a classic gift for Christmas but if you're not clued up on your loved one's favourite scent, it can be a minefield of delicious smelling options. 

When you're in this conundrum, one of the safest bets to go for is a gift set with a few different miniatures. This one houses some of Estée Lauder's bestselling scents from summer staple, Bronze Goddess to classic eau de parfum, Beautiful. 

Liz Earle Rose & Ginger Home Away Collection

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7. Liz Earle Rose & Ginger Home Away Collection

Specifications
RRP: $79.60/£71
Reasons to buy
+Limited edition+Contains Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Rose & Ginger, Rose & Ginger Botanical Hand & Body Cleansing Bar, Rose & Ginger Hand Cream,150ml, Rose & Ginger Hand Cream 50ml, 2 Pure Cotton Cloths, Sisal Soap Saver 

Cleanse and Polish is one of the best Liz Earle products and a staple in most beauty editor's bathroom cabinets. The limited-edition versions of this classic cleanser are always a Christmas hit too!

Not only does this gift set come with a full-size version of one of the all time best cleansers, but it also comes with 2 hand creams (one full size for home and one mini to pop in your handbag), a super nourishing cleansing bar for the body, two cleansing cloths, and an exfoliating soap saver. 

Suitable for all skin types and stored in a decorative tin, it's a great gift for any die-hard Liz Earle fans. 

The White Company Seychelles Bath & Body Gift Set

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8. The White Company Seychelles Bath & Body Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $41/£28
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous scent+Contains bath and shower gel, moisturising body lotion

If you're unsure what your giftee might like, choose something classic and simple like this bath and body set from The White Company. In their top-selling fragrance, Seychelles, this duo will please even the fussiest of receivers. 

With notes of coconut, bergamot and orange, it'll transport you to an exotic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There's a reason why it's one of the bestselling home scents from The White Company. Plus, you. might even be able to bag a bargain on it during the White Company Black Friday sale in November. 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Special Edition Gift Set in Prussian Blue/Rich Copper

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9. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Special Edition Gift Set (Prussian Blue/Rich Copper)

Specifications
RRP: $429/£299.99
Reasons to buy
+Limited edition colour+Includes gentle air attachment, flyaway attachment, styling concentrator, diffuser and a wide-tooth comb

If you want sleek and stylish haircare that will give you the best 'do of your life, head to Dyson. They always come out on top in the best hairdryer leagues and for good reason. We predict their limited edition navy and gold version of the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is going to be top of quite a few Christmas lists. 

It is expensive but you're paying for a rigorously tested piece of tech here, that won't damage hair or cause breakage. Engineered by the best and in a sleek new colorway, your loved one won't be disappointed. Plus, you might be able to pick one up for less  if there are good Black Friday Dyson hairdryer deals this year.

Caroline Hirons Skincare The New Edit

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10. Caroline Hirons Skincare The New Edit

Specifications
RRP: $29.99/£20
Reasons to buy
+Brand new, revised version of the original book+Skincare advice from an expert

If there's a skincare fiend amongst your friends and family, this book is sure to knock their sheet mask off. From skincare expert Caroline Hirons comes this revised edit of her top-selling book, Skincare, which houses every piece of knowledge she's acquired over years of treating clients. 

It makes the perfect present for someone that has all the skincare and you're not sure what else to buy! Alternatively, we reckon it also makes a great Christmas gift for teenagers that are keen to get their skin under control!

Buy the original edit now, or preorder the updated version from 11th November. 

Drowsy DEEP SLEEP COLLECTION gift damask rose

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11. Drowsy Deep Sleep Collection in Damask Rose

Specifications
RRP: $84.95/£84.50
Reasons to buy
+Contains luxury silk sleep mask, silk carry pouch, SOS deep sleep pillow spray+Gives back to charity

If you know someone that feels a little fraught around Christmas, give them the gift of a good night's sleep with this lovely set from Drowsy. 

With their cult status silk eye mask among some of the best silk hair wraps and accessories on the market, plus a silk carry pouch and pillow spray, this set is bound to make even the most stressed of minds find balance, calm and encourage them to nod off. 

A practical and luxurious present that makes a great Christmas gift for your mother-in-law.

Charlotte Tilbury CHARLOTTE'S MAGIC MINI BRUSH SET

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12. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Mini Brush Set

Specifications
RRP: $65/£45
Reasons to buy
+Travel friendly +Limited edition ruby clutch bag+Contains mini powder brush, mini eye blender brush, mini eye smudger brush, mini eye/lip precision brush

All the best makeup brushes needed to create a beautiful makeup looks, this limited edition mini brush set comes with its own clutch bag to keep them in. 

Beauty lovers will adore Charlotte Tilbury's brushes as they're so incredibly soft, plush and easy to keep clean. Perfect for someone always on the go, this little set is great for packing away and taking on trips. Keep an eye on the Charlotte Tilbury Black Friday deals this year too, you might be able to nab a bargain. 

Clarins Double Serum Collection Gift Set

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13. Clarins Double Serum Collection Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $134/£78
Reasons to buy
+Worth over $134/£98+Contains double Serum 50ml, beauty flash balm 15ml, natural lip perfector in 01 Rose Shimer 5ml, zipped case

Clarins Double Serum is a beauty industry favourite for firming the skin and reducing signs of ageing and this set, presented in a reusable zip-up bag, won't disappoint any skincare fanatic. 

You also get more bang for your buck as the set is actually worth over $134/£98 - a real saving if you know someone that loves the brand!

kiehls advent calendar 2021

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14. Kiehl's Holiday Limited Edition Advent Calendar

Specifications
RRP: $99/£99
Reasons to buy
+24 doors+A mixture of skin, hair, and body treats+Great for sharing

Gift your loved one this beauty calendar from Kiehl's and you'll certainly be in the good books. Full of skin and haircare treats, including the iconic Ultra Facial Cream and Crème de Corps as well as new heroes Retinol Daily Micro-Dose and Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum, it's the perfect pamper present. 

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Festive Bath Bubbles Bauble

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15. Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Festive Bath Bubbles Bauble

Specifications
RRP: $6.39/£6
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Decorative bauble packaging

Self-care is a necessity and there's nothing quite like jumping in a deep warm bath to relax and unwind. 

It's the thought that counts this Christmas and your loved one will relish the opportunity to take time for themselves with this bauble containing one of the best bubble bath options for those on a budget. It's affordable, beautiful and your recipient is bound to be delighted. 

Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Hand Gift Set

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16. Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Hand Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $75/£50
Reasons to buy
+Worth £52+Beautiful gift box+Contains liquid hand wash, hand lotion, hand cream

Luxury hand soap is one of the great pleasures in life and it's an easy way to spruce up a downstairs loo. We think this luxury set makes a great Christmas gift for mom if she's got hardworking hands.

The fruity-floral fragrance smells divine and makes washing your hands an absolute pleasure. 

This Is Silk Powder Blue Silk Pillowcase

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17. This Is Silk Powder Blue Silk Pillowcase

Specifications
RRP: £47.99 (UK only)
Reasons to buy
+100% silk+Reduces frizz+Prevents wrinkles

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase screams luxury and it doesn't just feel amazing, it also has a number of beauty benefits. 

The best silk pillowcases are always 100% silk, don't absorb moisture from the hair (so you're left with more hydrated locks) and cause your hair much less friction than a cotton pillowcase. Plus, they can enhance the natural shine of your locks! What's not to love?

T3 Whirl Trio Convertible Styling Wand

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18. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

Specifications
RRP: $325/£260
Reasons to buy
+Interchangeable hair styler+Tourmaline® and ceramic technology+Keeps hair smooth

Create three different types of curl with this interchangeable hair wand from T3. It's one of the best curling irons for those who don't want to limit themselves to just one curl style. Featuring a smooth-as-silk barrel that won't damage your hair and heating up to a staggering 410ºC, it makes a great present for someone with hair longer than shoulder length. 

The Body Shop Slather and Glow Face Mask Gift

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19. The Body Shop Slather and Glow Face Mask Gift

Specifications
RRP: $18/£18
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for all skin types+Contains Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 15ml, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask 15ml, Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask 15ml, Headband

This mini mask trio is great for recreating the spa experience at home - it even comes with a spa headband for the full effect. 

Featuring three of their bestselling face masks aimed at purifying, polishing and awakening the skin, it makes a great gift or stocking filler for someone who might need a pamper session.

Drunk Elephant Face Value Skin Kit

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20. Drunk Elephant Face Value Skin Kit - The A.M Routine

Specifications
RRP: $88/£74
Reasons to buy
+Complete AM skincare routine+Contains C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, Protini Polypeptide Cream, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum and C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Great skin is always in and this complete morning skincare routine is the perfect antidote to dehydrated, lacklustre skin. 

With five of Drunk Elephant's cult status products, it's essentially the gift of glowing skin. We bet that any recipient would be chuffed to open this on Christmas Day. 

Fable Green Velvet Makeup Pouch

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21. Fable Green Velvet Makeup Pouch

Specifications
RRP: $24/£15
Reasons to buy
+Great for overnight stays+Luxury velvet design

Plush green velvet makes this makeup bag feel exuberantly luxe. We would like one in every colour!

Are you struggling to find Christmas gifts for your wife? Look no further. Decorated with the gold Fable Bee emblem, we're sure any beauty aficionado would squeal with glee at the thought of unwrapping this on Christmas Day. 

Sculpted By Aimee Connolly Personalised Everyday Essentials Brush Kit

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22. Sculpted By Aimee Connolly Personalised Everyday Essentials Brush Kit

Specifications
RRP: $70.95/£52
Reasons to buy
+Personalised makeup brush pouch+Rose gold double ended brushes

We love personalized gifts and this makeup pouch, including 5 fab makeup brushes, makes the perfect present for someone who can't get enough beauty in their life. 

Create every makeup look imaginable with these tools and watch as the super-soft bristles blend away harsh lines, effortlessly!  

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Universe

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23. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Universe

Specifications
RRP: $80/£79
Reasons to buy
+Blush, bronzer and highlighter in one +Blendable formulas+Luxe packaging

If you know someone who adores glowy makeup, this face palette is bound to impress. 

Featuring 4 limited-edition shades of blush, bronzer and highlighter in one handy palette, it's perfect for creating that celestial glow on the skin. Hourglass are known for their soft, creamy powders and we think this makes a gorgeous gift. 

OPI Celebration Collection Mini Nail Lacquer 4 Piece Box

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24. OPI Celebration Collection Mini Nail Lacquer 4 Piece Box

Specifications
RRP: $17/£16.70
Reasons to buy
+Long lasting, chip-resistant formulas+Contains miniature shades - Big Bow Energy, Snow Day in LA, Turn Bright After Sunset, My Color Wheel is Spinning.

If you know a nail obsessive that loves creating Christmas nail designs, they'll love this miniature 4 piece set of OPI nail polishes.Featuring chip-resistant formulas that stay perfect for longer, it makes a great Christmas gift for her if you're looking for stocking fillers that won't break the bank. 

La Mer The Radiant Hydration Collection

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25. La Mer The Radiant Hydration Collection

Specifications
RRP: $385/£330
Reasons to buy
+Best-selling products+Worth £410+Contains The Moisturising Soft Cream 30ml, The Treatment Lotion 100ml, The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum 30ml, green pouch

This pricey but luxurious skincare set should be reserved for someone special in your life. Featuring some of La Mer's top products and a roomy cosmetics bag that's perfect for storing all your makeup, it's a seasonal skincare gift set at its best. 

Skin can become dry in the winter, with constant central heating and icy winds from outside so, gift this to someone (or keep for yourself!) who feels their skin needs a little bit of TLC. They'll adore it.