Well, Aren’t You Thoughtful!—Best Gift Ideas Under $20
Small gifts can still make a big impact—or combine a couple for a real wallop of joy. Our staffers can’t get enough of Mox Botanicals Pomegranate & Fig Lip Butter ($16), a delicious smelling artisanal balm that features natural hydrators like shea butter and jojoba oil and comes in a sleek black glass container. For a deceivingly posh yet affordable gift, we always reach for Caldrea’s Hand Soaps ($10.50). The beautifully designed bottles dress up any sink, and the non-drying formulas leave hands silky soft with a potent mix of aloe vera, olive oil, and essential oils. When we’re in the mood for fun, though, there’s nothing better than Feeling Smitten’s Holiday Bath Bombs ($17). The cupcake-shaped indulgences turn a plain old bath into a whimsical retreat.
Really, You Shouldn’t Have!—Best Gift Ideas Under $60
Scents are often overlooked as gift ideas since they’re so personal—it can be hard to guess what someone will like. But universally flattering fragrances, like Harvey Prince’s Eau Flirt ($55), can work for anyone. This bright, unforgettable mixture of pumpkin, lavender, freesia, and musky amber creates a sweet yet seductive blend. For giftees who appreciate a pedigree, wow them with Jouer’s Fragrance Cornucopia ($42) a goody box packed with the brand’s jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle scented fragrance, Birchbox’s exclusive fuchsia lip gloss and a cute wish stone. Or opt for a chic set of scented soaps—our favorites for winter are the ultra-moisturizing, organically-sourced Tay Essential Oils bar soaps ($36). The luxe formulas come in delicious scents like orange, pomegranate, and almond.
How Did You Know?!—Best Gift Ideas $75 and Up
Top-tier gifts are usually reserved for those you truly adore—or those you truly want to impress. We love Chantecaille’s Le Must Have Set ($98) for ultrasophisticates. The collection features the cult brand’s best-selling Faux Cils Mascara, their creamy Lucky Brilliant Gloss, and a gentle rose eye makeup remover—making it perfect for even the fussiest giftee. For hair connoisseurs, you can’t go wrong with Amika’s ceramic styler ($125)—the 1.25” barrel creates perfect loose tousled waves as easily as it straightens and smoothes unwieldy strands. Plus, it comes in a saucy peacock design that sets it apart from your run-of-the-mill styling tools.