$50 AND UNDER
A Skincare Starter Pack
The struggle with maskne is very real, which is why The Ordinary’s blemish-fighting set – complete with the brand’s iconic niacinamide and zinc serum, a hydrating squalane cleanser, a hyaluronic-acid-loaded moisturizer and salicylic acid-packed mask – is the thing we all need this holiday season. The Ordinary Balance Set ($29, available October 18)
A Drugstore Superhero
Teens and adults alike applaud Pixi for its affordable yet high-quality skincare and makeup offerings, so you really can’t go wrong sticking one of these crowdpleasers under the tree. Pixi Holiday Collection ($20-$48)
A Skincare Stocking-Stuffer
Tick every gift off your list with Dermalogica’s 2020 Holiday Kits ($21-$156, available October 1). The collection includes a range of five skin-saving kits and a slew of individually-packaged full and travel-sized products, complete with limited-edition packaging inspired by Makerie Studio paper artist Julie Wilkinson.
A Cutomizable Craft
Why buy a candle when you can give an experience? This made-in-Toronto soy-wax-based candle kit makes for a rewarding at-home activity. Choose between sandalwood & patchouli, sweet pea & neroli, oak moss & eucalyptus or a deep woods scent and pass along 20 hours of made-it-myself candlelight. Make This Universe DIY Candle Kit ($24)
A Deeply Hydrating Duo
Give the gift of glow with this beauty-director-approved all-over moisturizing balm and its lighter counterpart. Weleda Let it Glow Skin Food Duo ($20, available November 1) includes the Original Ultra Rich Cream (30 ml) and Light Nourishing Cream (30 mL) to banish dryness from face to feet.
A French Girl Staple
Bring the French pharmacy home with this skincare starter pack from Avène. These sensitive-skin-safe picks rely on mineral water sourced directly from Avène, France to replenish and restore the skin barrier. Avène Essentials Holiday Kit ($45, available October 11)
A Gloss For Every Purse and Pocket
Beauty lovers will agree: you can never have too many lip products – especially if they’re backed by Rihanna. Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set Holo’Daze Edition ($48)
A Plumping Gloss For Every Occasion
The ideal set for the friend that craves glossy, bee-stung lips without the filler. Buxom The Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set ($49, available October 23)
A Sustainably-Packaged Hair Set
Available in-salon, the L’Oréal Professionnel Nutrifier Gift Set ($53) – made with 100% post-consumer recycled materials – delivers nourishment to hair without silicones (less buildup!) and includes more formula per kit than in previous years at a lower price.
A Sleek Brush Set
Perfect for the makeup-obsessed, this portable 10-piece brush set has everything you need to blend your look to a flawless finish. Quo Beauty Must Have Brush Set ($55)
A Hydrating Kit For Men
Know a man who wants to upgrade his skincare routine but doesn’t know where to begin? This holiday introduce him to French Canadian brand IDC Dermo’s Men’s Gift Set All-in-One ($55). It contains a firming serum and a hydrating serum to keep fine lines at bay and add an extra dose of moisture as we enter the drier winter months.
A Skin-Soothing Trio
Get acquainted with Glow Recipe’s most-loved products with the Glow Recipe Glowing Skin Trio ($56). It contains an antioxidant-based gel cleanser, a retinol eye mask and a banana-scented face cream to deliver dewy skin in a pinch.
An Instant Brightener
Nothing refreshes tired skin quite like a spritz of Caudalie’s signature Beauty Elixir. Complete with a full-sized bottle of the iconic mist and a travel sized foaming cleanser and glycolic mask, this triad is sure to instantly pep up your loved one’s complexion. Caudalie The Beauty Elixir Essentials ($59)
A Time-Saving Styling Tool
Blowouts are a breeze with this budget-friendly hot air brush – now available in a festive red shade – that promises to cut your styling time in half. Revlon Salon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($65, available mid-October)
A Delightfully Scented Body Set
For those who adore gourmand scents, L’Occitane Almond Collection ($84, available October 21st) is sure to please. This 5-piece set showcases top picks from L’Occitane’s almond range and will transform skin into silk. Plus, from October 21st to December 25th, L’Occitane will donate a dollar to One Tree Planted for every purchase of their bestselling collections.
A Crystal-Inspired Palette
The latest edition of Charlotte Tilbury’s annual holiday palette drop, Bejewelled Eyes to Hypnotise Instant Eye Palette ($95) features twelve new shadow shades inspired by glittering gemstones and contain botanical oils for the smoothest application possible. They’re also colour-blocked to create four distinct and universally-flattering looks.
A Pretty Palette
No eyeshadow lover will turn away this sleek gilded palette, filled with ten unique shadows in matte, iridescent and satin finishes. Guerlain The Golden Bee Palette ($97)
A Hair-Strengthening Triad
Designed to repair hair that’s prone to breakage, the Kérastase Paris Genesis Collection ($107, available November 1) contains a shampoo, conditioner and heat protector spray to clarify the scalp while fortifying strands to encourage healthy-looking, resilient hair. Gift one, keep one.
An Impossibly Chic Makeup Collection
Is it really the holidays if you’re not decked out in sparkles? Dior’s 2020 Golden Nights Collection offers an array of satiny shadows, glitter-flecked nail polishes and snowflake-stamped lipsticks to satisfy the seasonal urge to adorn oneself in all that glimmers.
An Evening Routine In a Box
Know someone addicted to makeup wipes? Save them from themselves with this nighttime skincare kit that will make a pre-slumber self-care ritual irresistible. Drunk Elephant Glowy The Night Kit ($128)
A Complexion Resetter
Fine, we may not be visiting the thermal bathhouses of Budapest this year, but this collection of mineral-rich cleansers and hydrators from luxury Hungarian brand Omorovicza is bliss in a box. Omorovicza Winter Discovery Set ($139)
An Elasticity-Boosting Trio
For the friend who doesn’t go a day without a collagen-packed smoothie, the Algenist Collagen Dreams Kit ($139) delivers an instant hit of visibly plumped up-skin with its vegan collagen and microalgae-infused hero products for the hands and face.
A Luxe Hair Set
Gift someone perfect hair with the Oribe Collector’s Set ($350), which contains travel sizes of Oribe’s latest launches and cult favourite styling products (*ahem* Dry Texturizing Spray). The brand collaborated with Native American Visual Artist Rowan Harrison of Two Tribes Pottery to design the exterior packaging of the holiday sets, which were produced at a zero-waste, zero-emission facility.
A K-Beauty Keeper
Splash out with this lavish duo from K-Beauty brand Amorepacific. Valued at over $300, this essence-and-lotion set makes an extravagant stocking-stuffer for someone who’s definitely earned their spot on the nice list. Amorepacific Unleash Your Inner Clarity ($275, available October 1)
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