Our holiday gifting motto this year? In the spirit of Oprah, “You get a beauty set! You get a beauty set! You get a beauty set!” That’s because they’re easy to wrap, cost-effective and often packed with best-selling or buzzy items that are worth a try at a fraction of the cost. We’re talking product bundles so good—from brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, Briogeo and Olive & June—we fully intend on keeping a few for ourselves. Here, the 13 best holiday beauty sets to shop this year.
The 13 Best Holiday Beauty Sets to Gift...or Keep for Yourself
Ideas for all budgets
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The Best Beauty Gift Sets at a Glance
How We Chose the Best Beauty Gift Sets
We searched high and low for the best-selling and top-rated beauty gift sets on the market. We chose products by categories like hair, skincare, nails and makeup, while also including some editor-approved favorites. Whether you're trying to impress the teen in your life or looking for something special for your mom, the beauty gift sets below have been vetted, so you be assured the recipient will be happy.
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Best Stocking Stuffer
Here’s a gift even your too-cool cousin will appreciate: This trio of Kosas’ most popular shades of lipsticks. Even better, each of the lipsticks are compact enough to easily slip into a back pocket or clutch, and they're loaded with nourishing butters and botanical oils to ensure your pout doesn't dry out with extended wear.
Best Haircare Set
You’ve raved about Briogeo’s scalp massager to your sister too many times to count, so it’s about time you got her one of her own. And while you’re at it, you may as well gift her this set, which also contains the brand’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Scalp Mask, Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment and Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo.
Best for Mom
This set features SkinCeuticals’s legendary C E Ferulic treatment, which means it's bound to sell out. Add a bottle of Resveratrol B E and a tub of A.G.E. Interrupter to the mix and you've got the ultimate trifecta for brightening and plumping aging skin.
Best Intro to Clean Beauty
Want to get your bestie on the clean beauty train? Give her this kit. This way, she can sample some of Indie Lee’s best-selling products (the brand focuses on natural, naturally-derived and organic ingredients)—but you don’t have to break the bank buying her a full size of each.
Best for the Mascara Obsessed
Multiple PureWow staffers swear by GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum, so when we saw that this set includes a 4-week trial size tube of the formula, plus the GrandeMASCARA Conditioning Peptide Mascara for 25 dollars, our jaw dropped. Yup, this is definitely a gift you’re going to want to slip into your own stocking.
If you (or someone in your life) has been debating getting an Airwrap, this limited edition version just might be the sign you were waiting for to finally make the investment. Not only is the color-blocked design a joy to look at, it also comes with six versatile attachments to dry, curl or straighten your hair. Whereas most tools on the market rely on higher heat settings to style your strands, Dyson gets the job done using "Coanda airflow" to create a smoother finish without causing as much damage.
Best for the Skincare Obsessed
Have a skincare fanatic on your list? Get her this curated holiday set from Dermstore that includes everything from an exfoliating cleanser to retinol to a peptide-packed face cream. It features $504-worth of products from dermatologist and editor-approved brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, SkinCeuticals and iS Clinical, for just $150. (Handy travel bag included).
For the Manicure Enthusiast
Olive and June
Any nail salon devotee will be over the moon to receive this comprehensive at-home manicure set. With six trending shades that are curated by the nail experts at Olive & June, the festive box comes with everything you'd need to create a pro-level mani— from polish remover to nail clippers and a clean up brush for any mistakes. Bonus: Each winter mani system also comes with a cute gold ribbon ring.
Best for the Germaphobe
One look at this colorful set of sprays and you might not be able to tell that they're hand sanitizers. Rest assured, the formula features 70 percent USP grade ethyl alcohol to kill up to 99 percent of most common germs and bacteria, as well as aloe vera to keep your hands from drying out—even after repeated use. The aromatic scents and pretty packaging will offer a nice upgrade to your hypochondriac pal's sterile-looking (and smelling) squeeze bottle.
For the Friend Who Always Gets Facials
Dr. Dennis Gross
This limited-edition set features a 35-day supply of Dr. Dennis Gross’s iconic Alpha Beta Peel Pads at a fraction of their typical price. And in the spirit of giving, it also comes with a 60-day supply of the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Pads for when you need an extra boost, say, before the New Year's Eve party—or any of the weddings you've already RSVP'd to next year.
Stumped on what to get your makeup-obsessed niece? You can’t go wrong with this custom set, which includes full-sized bestsellers from ILIA like their Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 and a Multi-Stick. As for getting the right shade, you can send a photo to the brand for a personalized recommendation. Prepare to claim your title as the coolest aunt ever.
For the Scent Lover
Sol de Janeiro
Fact: Gift sets are a solid last-minute option because they're often so beautifully packaged they don't require any wrapping. We'd recommend this gorgeous body care set for that person in your life who you're never quite sure what to give. The set (valued at $101) includes the brand's iconic Bum Bum Cream, as well as a shower gel, body scrub, body oil and perfume mist—all in their Cheirosa 62 scent, which is an inviting caramel and pistachio gourmand. As our associate editor Chelsea Candelario shares, "I've been a huge fan of Sol de Janerio's signature scent, so I'm excited to have my entire shower smelling deliciously warm and spicy."