News flash: You don’t have to surrender a hefty wad of cash to find a thoughtful present. Here’s a meticulously assembled list of holiday finds for $25 or less—consider it our version of a LearnVest-style crash course in financial planning.
Small gifts can pack a big punch—just consider this timeless gloss. It plumps and softens lips while also delivering plenty of glass-like shine.
Made with aloe vera, black seed oil, and shea butter, this nourishing body wash goes toe to toe with stubborn dry skin. Plus, the aromatic formula is free of parabens and sulfates.
This versatile lip and cheek color will appeal to minimalists and product addicts alike. The high-tech formula has hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic filling spheres and pomegranate sterols and gives skin a creamy flush.
Once the snow flurries hit, eye liner can quickly go from a Miracle on 34th Street to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Give the gift of impeccable cat-eyes with this velvety liner. It glides on easily for a precise look and has a blizzard-proof formula.
‘Tis the season for champagne toasts and sparkly holiday dresses. Add to that list: festive lip color. Manna Kadar’s rich formula is the triple threat: vibrant pigments, smooth, semi-matte finish, and lasting wear.
Deck the halls? Sure! Lashes decked out with layers of goopy mascara? Not so much. This volumizing helper is designed to fatten up lashes without clumping, and—thanks to the slightly drier formula—keeps them curled longer.
Don’t fall victim to H.P.S (Holiday Procrastination Syndrome). Stock up on Ruffian’s long-lasting Crowdsourced Collection, which has three eye-catching shades. It’s an affordable way to gift designer duds.
Since an exotic getaway is out of your budget, bestow the frequent flier on your list the next best thing: a nourishing body wash inspired by Buenos Aires. Fragrant with sweet vanilla and orange blossom, Ayres Midnight Tango Shower Cream leaves skin silky.
For curly-haired ladies, winter is a season of static-y coifs and sadly deflated strands. But there is hope: Miss Jessie’s lightweight styling lotion. It creates perky, touchable curls and tons of shine.
That friend who has a standing mani appointment at her local salon? Color Club®’s charming Girl About Town Collection is about to be her jam. Inspired by hip neighborhoods in some of our favorite cities (think Silverlake in Los Angeles), each of the glossy lacquers is a winner.
Before you hit the panic button and start furiously wrapping last year's fruitcake, we have a better idea: a sure-to-please mascara from London-based brand Eyeko. The water-resistant formula lasts for 12 hours and the sickle-shaped wand creates a sweeping curl.
This fan favorite has top notes of watermelon, passion fruit, and mandarin and a base creamy vanilla and caramel. The rollerball makes it easy for your recipient to take her scent with her anywhere she goes.
With the exception of a mid-January tropical getaway, these perky glosses are the best defense against the winter beauty blues. Thanks to a nourishing infusion of jojoba oil and vitamin E, they also keep chapped lips at bay.
Attention snow bunnies: We’ve found the solution to wind-burned, flaky, and just generally ouch-y lips. This moisturizing salve is packed with healing vitamin E, manuka honey, and essential fruit oils.
Perfect for the merlot aficionado in your life, these stain-zapping wipes rely on baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to brighten up less-than-pearly whites.
The holidays are all about planes, trains, and automobiles. After weeks of hauling around her skincare essentials, anyone would gladly accept WEI’s super compact travel kit. It includes a one packet of TSA-approved cleanser and one packet of color-correcting CC Cream.
With shapely glass vessels and elegant labels, these lovely candles double as room décor. They’re made with hand-poured paraffin wax and cotton wicks, and fills any space with TOCCA’s winning scents: zesty Stella; sparkly Cleopatra; or sultry Havana.
This gift is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows—literally. Benefit’s best-selling High Brow keeps arches looking polished and conceals any stray hairs.
For an unexpected gift, we like Echo Design’s cheery Beach Towel. While it may not feel like the most seasonally appropriate gift, it certainly makes the daily trek from a warm, cozy bed to the shower a lot more fun.
There’s no better time to stock up on velvety body lotions than during the winter months. Packed with shea butter and vitamin E, this fragrance formula absorbs quickly and keeps skin moisturized for hours. There are four dreamy scents, including the blossomy and feminine Kimono Rose.
Just think of all the hair frustrations you can save someone with this chemical-free styling aid, which protects strands during heat styling and leaves them straight and smooth.
No more tattered tote bags. Made of recycled cotton canvas, this sturdy design is great for stashing gym gear, work files, and random lunch leftovers.
If Ahmad Tea is good enough for Buckingham Palace, it’s surely good enough for us. This 40-bag set includes four traditional English blends, plus a stately gold caddy. Remember: pinkies up!
Bigger isn't necessarily better. Case in point: Tweezerman’s Mini Nail Rescue Kit. This set of small but mighty tools addresses any and all nail woes (and just so happens to come in one of our favorite shades).
It’s not easy checking each person off your holiday gift list, which is why we’d like to direct your attention to Birchbox Gift Subscription. While we may be a little—okay a lot—biased, a monthly delivery of surprise and delight sounds pretty darn nice to us.
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Globetrotter and pink lipstick enthusiast, Ally-Marie is an admitted product hoarder and a diehard advocate for heat-free hairstyle.