Picking up Christmas gifts for loved ones is usually a tricky one, but it’s always helpful if they love beauty and skincare products as Christmas is the time when most brands come out with exclusive gift boxes and special editions. Have a read below and see all the different options from top British and international brands; and make a tea – it’s a long one, that will hopefully inspire you for your Christmas shopping! I’ve had my eye on some of these from the July press previews, I promise, they are good!
£250 and under
Diptyque Candle set, £155, here
If you like candles, you will most probably be a fan of the annual Christmas scents by Diptyque. The limited edition set contains all three scents for the perfect holiday gift. The illustrations for the full-size candles are created by Pierre Marie this season, with folklore vibes, for all three scents; pine (green), almond (red) and amber (blue).
ghd Platinum+ Hair Straighteners, £175, here
The new ghd (which in case you didn’t know stands for ‘good hair days’) straighteners in a cool blue metallic hue, is the best gift for your hair-obsessed friend. Part of the platinum+ range, this is the most innovative hair technology as it constantly adapts the temperature according to your hair type, to ensure healthier hair and perfect results every time.
£150 and under
Cire Trudon Odeurs d’Égypte candle set, £125 here
This triple medium-sized candle set by Cire Trudon is the perfect gift from you to you (or to someone else if you’re feeling generous)! The scents would work perfectly all year round and same goes for the beautiful candle jars, but this is in fact part of their Christmas collection. Inspired by ancient Egypt, the cream candle is Philæ (the Nile River), with vetiver, pepper and cedar, the green is Gizeh (the Pyramids), with cedar, patchouli and wood and the orange candle is all about Amon (the mysterious god), with rose, tonka bean and sandalwood. This collection celebrates the power of Egypt and its rituals and myths, complete with handcrafted boxes, ancient acronyms and hieroglyphics.
Omorovicza Brilliantly Brightening set, £150, here
This set is comprised of two minis and two full size products and worth over £200 and if you’re familiar with the brand, you will know the amazing quality and the luxuriousness of the Omorovicza products. This is a full routine including the radiance mask, acid treatment, illuminating moisturiser and facial polisher.
Slip travel pillow and mask set, £110, here
This will make the perfect travel companion by Slip, you might even be tempted to keep it for yourself! The brand is known for their high quality mulberry silk pillow cases and eye masks, and this set contains a mini pillow and eye mask that will ease flying and travelling in general. Their Slipsilk fabric has been developed over 10 years, so the high quality is guaranteed!
Tata Harper Limited Edition Resurfacing Mask, £109, here
The cult resurfacing mask by green beauty brand Tata Harper, has come out in a limited edition super-sized version. Get your hands on the 109ml mask, complete with a matching application brush, in a green gift box. This mask is perfect for a glowy complexion, with the BHA’s included, like the pomegranate enzymes that will gently exfoliate, and the beetroot extract that will moisturise.
SydCuff hair cuff and clip, £100, here
Hair clips may be in fashion at the moment, but this is a very special clip created by hair stylist Syd Hayes. This will create a chic hair look, that’s very versatile and will instantly make you look put-together. Available in gold, rose gold, black and silver as well as diamond encrusted versions, and this is a great gift for all the girls in your life. And the new leather cuff (in gold, rose gold, marble or black) can be used to make a ponytail more special, and comes on its own (£60) or as a set with the SydPin (£100).
£100 and under
Omorovicza Miracle Facial Set, £85, here
For a more budget-friendly alternative by the Hungarian skincare brand Omorovicza, opt for this set of three products, two of which are full size. Mix the night cream, hydrating and plumping facial oil, and the lovely face mist (a must try from the brand) for the perfect supplement to your routine.
Cire Trudon Nazareth Candle, £78, here
A luxurious candle that will look perfect in any house, this rose gold edition is part of the Christmas offering by Cire Trudon. A mix perfect for the festive season (and why not the rest of the year), it’s a warm mix of vanilla, cardamom, clove, orange and cinnamon.
Emma Hardie Ultimate Collection kit, £65, here
A collection of mini and full-size products with the best-selling selection by British skincare brand Emma Hardie, is the perfect gift for skincare lovers. Part of this kit is a small pot of rosehip exfoliating seeds that can be added to your cleansing balm to gently exfoliate, as and when you wish. The set aims to cleanse, purify, hydrate and prepare your skin morning and night. It’s a great way to get familiar with the brand too!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4, £69, here
The very popular 6 shade palette from Hourglass is a best seller every Christmas and this year won’t be any different. It’s the ultimate palette for travelling as it contains a bronzer (a new shade), a coral blush (new shade), a lilac blush and their three classic illuminating powders.
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Palette, £60, here
This limited edition eye palette from Charlotte Tilbury combines the perfect day to night looks in a mix of 12 shades. The buttery and creamy shadows range from pink to nude and burgundy that can be mixed for natural and smoky-eyed looks.
Rituals the Perfume Genie, £99, here
This innovative scent diffuser by Rituals, is a different gift for your friends and family that they will have and treasure for years to come. The Perfume Genie is connected to an app on your phone, through which you can control the intensity of the perfume and turned it on remotely from your phone. It’s chic and elegant in gold, and a full charge lasts for 21 hours.
Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk Kit, £82 here
With the arrival of Drunk Elephant this side of the pond, this will make a perfect gift for anyone interested in trying this natural brand out. It’s a set of some of the most loved products of the brand, perfect as a night time routine; including the jelly cleanser, Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturiser, and TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. It also contains a fun, quirky game where you look out for six common ‘suspicious’ ingredients, which are the basic ingredients this clean brand was formulated without.
Chantecaille Moonlit Perle Glow Powder, £100, here
To celebrate not only Christmas but also the 20thanniversary of the Parisian makeup and skincare brand, Chantecaille has come out with a limited edition glow powder. The pearl-encrusted case is just as beautiful as the product, which will illuminate and hydrate too thanks to the addition of cottonseed oil.
Veuve Cliquot Brut Personalisation Tin, £56.99, here
Christmas couldn’t be complete without a bottle of bubbles and what better way to gift the ultimate champagne brut by Veuve Cliquot than in a personalised box? Add a city’s name, a country, a name anything you want really on the yellow and black tin – as long as it’s 14 characters long!
Oskia Deluxe Travel Collection, £55, here
Natural and vegan British brand Oskia, has a different approach to Christmas with its red and pink combination. This bag of five minis is a great double gift, as they will not only enjoy the products but the bag too – and you can help the environment by not having excess packaging! Their cult Renaissance cleanser is of course in this kit, as well as the exfoliating balm, mask, Super 16 serum and day cream.
Jo Malone’s (CBE) love with the real pine tree scent around the home in Christmas has inspired this Christmas candle, in its luxurious silver case. Connected to her warmest family memories at home during the festive period, this scent will help you create these memories. If for some reason you’d like to stay away from candles, the Christmas cracker with the paintbrush fragrance is an excellent choice. Easy to throw in your bag, and use when on the go or travelling the paintbrush is an innovative way in the fragrance world, and a great gift.
£50 and under
BYBI Bundle, from £29, here
BYBI, this new eco-friendly brand should on your radar – they will be everywhere soon! The BYOB – build your own bundle – is an amazing gift idea for Christmas for your loved ones (or yourself!), choose the bag of your choice (small hold 3 products, large from 3 to 9) and add the products of your choice. Ready-made gift sets can often disappoint as a gift choice, but in this case you choose exactly what you include! The brand’s hero product is the BYBI Balm – a multi-purpose hydrating balm to use on chapped lips, as a highlight even as brow gel! Not to mention the zip pouch the products will come in, is made from recycled paper and lined with cotton – there’s no excuse not to be friendly to the environment with excessive Christmas packaging.
Eve Lom Simply Radiant Gift Set, £49, here
Eve Lom is known for their iconic cleanser, which is the key in this Christmas set created to offer a radiant and glowy skin. As well as the cleanser there are three minis of the facial oil, face mist and radiance lift cream, all worth over £85. This set aims to hydrate, firm and give a beautiful glow to the skin.
Kevyn Aucoin NUDEPOP Pro Eyeshadow Palette, £46, here
The master makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin that set up the basis of modern makeup was known for his innovative creations. His namesake makeip brand couldn’t do anything different of course, and this palette is great for Christmas, parties and all-year round, as the combinations are endless. The 12 creamy shadows are all you need to create the day-to-night looks, and can be used wet or dry. Top tip; metallics are even more sparkling when used wet, spray your brush beforehand and have all the glitter and fun!
Chantecaille Face Brush, £36, here
Another pick from Chantecaille is this super soft face brush, that’s also completely cruelty-free with its ombré synthetic bristles. It’s a full sized brush but with a shorter handle, which makes it perfect for travel can be used for foundation, bronzer, highlighter and everything in between.
Slip Scrunchies, £39,here
As previously mentioned silk – especially the special mulberry silk of Slip – is the best thing for your hair, and their latest launch takes us back to the 90’s scrunchies, in a luxurious version. These silk scrunchies (pack of three; beige, baby pink and black) won’t damage your locks no matter the hairstyle.
£20 and under
Great Hair Days: and How to Have Them book, £20, here
A book is always a classic gift, and how about one written for beauty lovers, with the prettiest images you will immediately want to recreate yourself? The book written by hair stylist and entrepreneur Luke Hersheson will become the new favourite, to read, flick through and keep as a beautiful coffee table book.
Liberty Beauty Christmas Crackers, from £12, here
Christmas and beauty wouldn’t be complete without a Liberty London option. The three crackers (in Liberty print packaging of course) cover makeup (the Lee Manor cracker), skincare (the Peacock Parade cracker) and fragrance (the Buchanen cracker), to suit every person in your life.
Have you made your Christmas purchases yet for your friends, family and of course – yourself?