Beauty makes a great gift, but the category’s very personal — some people hate red lipstick, or might be sensitive to a certain ingredient. But you don’t necessarily need to know your loved one’s skin type to choose the perfect beauty gifts. Are they interested in a certain type of art? Do they seem curious about what the hell snail slime does? Are they really snobby about their bathroom’s aesthetic? If so, you can find a beauty gift set for them.
During this time of year, tons of brands release gift sets of popular products or products that work really well together. The items included are often cheaper to buy as a collective package than if you bought each one individually, plus they come in incredible packaging. Sets are also a great way to try a brand without a full-size commitment, since many of them are made up of sizes that are bigger than a sample but smaller than the regular.
Here are 17 beauty sets, all under $100, for every weirdo in your life.
For your friend with a MoMA membership
Nars x Man Ray Triangle Blush/Lipstick Set ($24): This set, packed in a hard-to-wrap pyramid box adorned with Man Ray iconography, features a mini blush and lipstick. (There are several color combinations available.)
For the person who loves watching award show red carpets
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Icons Collection ($75): Charlotte Tilbury has done makeup for pretty much every A-lister in Hollywood. This set includes mini sizes of her proprietary Magic Cream, a primer/luminizer hybrid, mascara, and pinky lipstick and lip liner.
For the person who’s sick of listening to you blather about K-beauty
Soko Glam Illuminate Gift Set ($89): This perfect K-beauty starter set includes a sheet mask, essence, sleeping pack, and eye cream. Your recipient will soon be evangelizing about K-beauty to all their friends. [Ed note: This is available starting December 1st.]
For the person who loves no-makeup makeup
Laura Mercier The Iconics ($95): Laura Mercier — queen of subtle, perfect makeup — is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a brand. This cute chest of drawers includes 12 of her best-sellers, like setting powder and foundation primer.
For the person who can’t figure out skincare
Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo ($85): Good Genes, an acid, and Luna Night Oil, a retinol in an oil base, provide the foundation of glowing skin. It’s a simple two-step routine from one of the hottest indie beauty brands out there.
For the person who still uses her mom’s Clinique products when she goes home
For the person who needs to quit reading the news before bed
For the person who complains about their combination skin
For the person who’s never heard of Santal 33
Le Labo Discovery Set ($80): Your recipient can try every single scent in Le Labo’s collection, a favorite of fashion people. (Especially, yes, Santal 33.) The indie brand was recently acquired by Estée Lauder, so get in the know now before even more people start wearing it.
For the soap snob who also likes cute, small things
Claus Porto Guest Soap Box ($22): Looks like a box of cookies and smells like heaven. The plus here: You can try seven different chic scents without having to store a bunch of huge bars of soap in your bathroom.
For the minimalist
Aesop Concord Gift Kit ($70): Aesop’s gift sets are swathed in this pleasing geometric pattern. This one includes a Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, and Moisture Facial Hydrosol, which is a moisturizing spritz.
For literally anyone because it’s Diptyque, for god’s sake
For the person who likes quirky colors
Julep 12-Piece Mini Nail Set ($19.99): Your magpie friend will adore this set of 12 shimmery, jewel-like nail polish shades.
For people who love both Kiehl’s and Disney (probably more common than you think)
Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials ($29): Weird collab? Nah, this makes so, so much sense. This set contains minis of the brand’s favorites, like the Ultra Facial Cleanser, Cremede Corps, Lip Balm #1, Hand Salve, and Facial Cream.
For the teens
For people who love both form and function
Tatcha Skincare for Makeup Lovers Obento Box ($59): This set is both beautifully packaged and great for you skin. It includes a mist, minis of the amazing Water Cream and Violet-C Radiance Mask, as well as a gold-flecked lip balm.
For the person who secretly loves Instagram beauty gurus
Tarte Limited Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Set ($59): Catch your cousin checking Patrick Starr’s Instagram account? This set from the IG-favorite brand Tarte has everything you need for full Insta-glam (Facetune not included).
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