Whether you’re gifting a beauty newb or beauty addict, these presents are guaranteed to impress. From K-beauty favourites and travel friendly exfoliants to golden brushes and the prettiest perfumes, there’s something for everyone. So skip the generic scented lotions and hand soaps, and opt for something a little more useful this year. These gifts are so good, you’ll probably want to keep one for yourself.
Beauty stocking stuffers that don’t suck
Love your lipsUsually, it's what's under the gift wrap that counts. In this case, the wrapping paper is your lipstick and the gift is a nourished, exfoliated and hydrated looking mouth.
BITE Agave Kisses Set, $24 at Sephora.Bite
K-beauty winIf you haven't gotten aboard the Korean beauty train (or are already a fan), then this gift set is the perfect intro. Featuring the best of the best K-beauty products (Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin Toner, Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray and Missha Water Full Clear Cream ), you'll be poreless in no time.
The Essentials Value Set, $62 at Sokoglam. Sokoglam
The power of charcoalCharcoal is all the rage in skincare (and health food) at the moment. This Beautycounter set includes a soap made from Japanese ubame oak and gently washes away impurities without harsh surfactants, while the mask absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores without drying the skin.
Daily Detox Charcoal Set, $64 at Beautycounter. Beautycounter, Shutterstock
But we kick 'em to the curb...Mick isn't the only Jagger in town. MAC has released a collection with designer daughter Jade, inspired by rock and roll jewellery. "My love of gold and precious metals, jewel-like tones all come through in the collaboration," Jagger tells Allure. Perfect for looking gorgeous for the holidays and all through the new year.
MAC x Jade Jagger collection, starting from $30 at select MAC counters. Mac
Crack me openStrapped for cash but insist on gifting your besties a little something to show them you care? Buy this set of adorable Christmas crackers from QUO — each one contains a sweet little lipgloss. Best of all, it's only $15 for 6. That's only $2.50 a pop. Toss in a hand written note and you're golden.
QUO Cosmetic Crackers (set of 6), $15 in store at Shoppers Drug Mart. QUO, Shutterstock
Shine bright like a diamondWe're suckers for CND Vinylux, especially since they're always coming up with innovative, season appropriate colours that last and last. This Glacial Illusion collection is no exception.
CND nailpolish, $11.95 each at NailPolishCanada. CND, Shutterstock
An ornament with a purposeDecleor made an ultra luxe lip balm and it comes in the cutest little ornament, ready to hang straight on the tree. Try to resist opening it before Christmas.
DECLEOR Holiday Kit Lip Balm, $23 at The Bay.Decleor, Shutterstock
The perfume that never sleepsHow perfect would this lovely little box of perfume look on a vanity? Le Tiffany Eau de Parfum is housed in the New York City skyline, in iconic Tiffany Blue.
Le Tiffany Eau de Parfum Skyline, $150 at The Bay. Tiffany & Co
Two-tone blushingThis gorgeous two-tone blush perfectly sculpts the cheeks, with a touch of shimmer for that light-infused healthy glow.
Lise Watier Glam Celebration Duo Blush, $38 at Lise Watier. Instagram/@stopdrop_andmakeup
Travel-friendly exfoliantWant an easy way to exfoliate? This scrub (made of seven natural ingredients) mixes easily with your favourite cleanser to create an exfoliant perfect for you. Sans liquid, this handy little container is also perfect for travel.
Yves Rocher Scrub to Mix, $9 at Yves Rocher. Yves Rocher
Hungarian healing thermal watersTop selling luxury brand Omorovicza is a cult favourite for a reason — made with healing Hungarian spa waters, the products transform dull, tired skin into radiant-looking, glowing skin. This discovery kit contains five must-haves and is a perfect intro to the brand.
Omorovicza Discover Kit, $122 at Omorovicza. Omorovicza
Lipstick that lastsLong lasting lipstick doesn't have to break the bank. High-intensity kiss-proof colour with a shade for everyone at under 7 bucks a pop.
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, $7 at Walmart. Rimmel
Brushes to goCan't go wrong with a cute travel brush set encased in a handy dandy travel canister. Throw it in your bag and your travel face is sorted. Did we mention it's gold?
QUO Ready Set Travel Brush Set, $17 in store at Shoppers Drug Mart. QUO, Shutterstock
Dream babe hairEveryone's hair could use a little TLC sometimes, and what better way than with the conditioning power of coconut? This conditioning shampoo and treatment set repairs dry and damaged hair, controls frizz and promotes shine, protects hair from heat styling and prevents hair colour fading with UVA&UVB filters. It smells delicious too.
Revlon Professional Uniq One Holiday Coconut Duo, $29 at Chatters or in store at Trade Secrets.Revlon, Shutterstock
Pampering from head to toeWinter weather during the holidays doesn't mean a break from heels. Chances are, those strappy stilettos will make plenty of appearances at many a holiday party. Amopé Pedi Perfect, made with finely ground diamond crystals, buffs away dead skin, leaving you with the softest feet in town.
Amopé Pedicure Gift Set, $50 at Walmart.Amopé, Shutterstock