I know we all wish we had unlimited funds to spend on friends and loved ones, but that’s not realistic. What is realistic are these amazing gift ideas I found that all come in under $50. Granted most (OK all) are for women, but let’s face it, women are more fun to shop for. Besides, the holidays mean beauty gift sets and we LOVE to give and receive them! Take full advantage of holiday gift sets since they are usually a brand’s best deals of the year.
I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, but especially when the product inside rocks! Burberry Beauty Cat Lashes Mascara will give her lashes eye-opening volume and a fanned-out look. It’s also Paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free.
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Here is one of those gifts that give back! This limited-edition set by Kiehl’s Since 1851, features artwork by FAILE, a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. It contains three 2.5oz hand salves formulated for the driest, most active hands. 100% of net profits from the sale of this product benefits Feeding America®, up to $100,000. Each dollar helps provide 11 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. This is a great gift to buy and then break up and use as stocking stuffers too!
I don’t know about you but I love my hot drinks very hot and my cold drinks to be very cold. So these thermal Contigo mugs are perfect for both and are designed for travel with an AutoSeal lid that closes on its own between sips to prevent spills. The double-wall vacuum-insulated body keeps favorite drinks hot for up to five hours or cold for up to 12 hours. The best part is that it’s a set!
Everybody loves Marc Jacobs lipstick! This limited-edition five-piece Le Marc Lip Crème lipstick collection contains bestselling nudes, reds, and a plum and arrive zipped in a gorgeous hot pink Marc Jacobs case with a silky black tassel.
5. Travelon Hanging Valet Toiletry Kit, $36.56
This bag is ideal for your friend who travels a lot. Everything stays perfectly contained when zipped closed, yet this sturdy kit holds and organizes an amazing amount of toiletries for easier travel. I love how you can unzip and hang the bag with it’s hidden hook and it has three wipeable interior compartments when the bag is hanging open. Then there are two side pockets for items that are easy to access when something is needed quickly, even if the bag is zipped closed.
Who isn’t a fan of Moroccanoil hair products? Give her the gift of beautiful hair. This 3-piece set contains Moisture Repair Shampoo, Moisture Repair Conditioner and Smoothing Lotion (an all-in-one blow-dry lotion).
7. FragranceLock, $30
FragranceLock finishing spray will give her fragrance longer lasting staying power. If you are like me you only apply your perfume in the morning and by mid-afternoon you can no longer smell it. Simply apply a spritz of this over your pulse points after your fragrance has dried. It works by leaving a breathable mesh on the skin decelerating fragrance’s natural evaporation cycle making fragrance last longer. It also won an Allure Breakthrough Beauty Award so you know it works!
Since this is a set I suggest breaking it up and giving to 2 friends! It shows that you love and care about them. Each HALO Shine 3000 portable charger, has a built-in flashlight. This dual-function device fits easily into a purse or pocket so she can be prepared to juice up her smartphone and be safe in dimly lit areas or during power outage.
9. Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, $39
I’m fairly certain these were in my gift guide last year too, but they only come out for the holidays and I love them. These tiny, little lipsticks are sublime and can be hung from a Christmas tree! Each of the the 3 lipsticks feature 3D glow pigments to create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller. They are enriched with Lipstick Tree extract (Charlotte’s secret ingredient) and orchid extract to protect and soothe for a cashmere finish. Colors are; Amazing Grace (vintage tea rose), Red Carpet Red (a true ruby red) and Very Victoria (a taupe nude).
10. elevé Cheek & Lip Rosé (Tint), $30
I recently discovered this green beauty brand. Their products are made of pure minerals and infused with natural botanicals. They are also formulated with antioxidants, peptides and active anti-aging ingredients to stimulate collagen production, improve elasticity and work as an extension of skincare. elevé Cheek & Lip Rosé is my current obsession. It glides on flawlessly leaving a beautiful flush of color and a youthful, healthy glow! It’s infused with Mango Butter and Camelia Oil to help regenerate, protect and replenish the skin. The sheer tint is smooth, easy to blend and can be layered to build color.
11. Not Vodka Bullet Bottle, $32
This is for the friend with a sense of humor. If she decides to put vodka in it, who are we to judge? It keeps waters (or cocktails) cold for 30 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. It’s non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free.
12. Travalo Milano Easy Fill Perfume Spray, $28.79
This is carry on travel size container will hold her favorite fragrance for all roads traveled.
13. Kopari Coconut Holiday Kit, $38
I truly believe coconut oil is the answer for pretty much everything. This Kopari Coconut kit is full of multitaskers to help keep her skin soothed and glowing. The Sheer Oil is a lightweight texture that helps to moisturize, remove makeup, and is great for the ends of hair. The Body Glow helps to illuminate skin with a beautiful glow. The Moisturizing Balm is a one-stop shop for super-dry skin. The Melt is an allover skin-moisturizing, deep hair-conditioning, belly-balming, baby skin-soothing, beauty-in-a-bottle for the whole body.
14. Ann Taylor Winter Geranium Silk Little Scarf, $39.50
One of fall’s must-have accessories is a small scarf tied around the neck. I love the fall floral print of this 25″ x 25″ silk scarf that can be tied a multitude of ways.
15. MAC Nutcracker Gift Set, $49.95
The holidays would not be complete without a MAC beauty set. This one provides that coveted nude glow she wants for the holidays season. Inside this adorable bag she will find a full-size Mineralize Lipstick in Pure Pout (cool beige), a full-size Mineralize Lipglass in Happiness (frosted nude) and a travel-size Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow (neutral tan with silver sheen).
Want to spend even less? Check out our Under $25 Holiday Gift Guide.