8 Cheap Holiday Beauty Gifts That Only Look Expensive
It's not even mid-December, and personally speaking, my bank account is already empty. (How does this happen every year?!) From new holiday party outfits to irresistible Black Friday deals, there are just so many opportunities for the holiday season to drain our bank accounts. So when it comes time to buy gifts for our friends and family, we find ourselves strapped for cash. Let's just say the phrase "cheap holidays" is a complete oxymoron.
Finding affordable beauty gifts can be particularly tricky if you're buying for someone who's obsessed with makeup and skincare—as in, someone who can smell a cheap beauty gift from a mile away. If that's the type of person you're shopping for, you've come to the right place. We Byrdie editors put our heads together to come up with a list of 8 gift ideas that are all super affordable but look five times the price. Keep scrolling for 8 luxurious beauty gifts you can get for $29 or less!
Pacifica French Lilac Solid Perfume ($12)
$12 for a truly lovely perfume? Miraculously, it exists in the form of these solid fragrance tins by the vegan and cruelty-free brand Pacific. The product comes in a variety of fresh, floral, and spicy scents, but the ultra-feminine French lilac scent is a Byrdie favourite.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% ($12)
Quick, before your giftee finds out about this shockingly affordable skincare brand, trick them into thinking you spent $80 on one of its serums, which range in price from $5 to $18. The crazy part is that these serums actually work. What allows the brand to price its products so low is that each bottle contains only one or two active ingredients (like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, or retinol). Throw together a little trio of serums, and you'll earn your reputation as the best gift-giver in town. (Check out the brand's full line of serums here.)
Milk Makeup x Urban Outfitters Holiday Set ($35)
All it takes is $35 for the makeup lover in your life to explode with happiness. This adorable gift set from beloved all-natural brand Milk comes with a mini highlighter, mascara, and berry lip crayon—three essential ingredients to the perfect holiday makeup look.
French Girl Organics Sea Soak: Rose/Ylang ($24)
If any of us at the office received this jar of bath salts as a gift, we would be extremely pleased. French Girl Organics nails its simple, ultra-chic packaging, and this product, in particular, would seriously up the aesthetic of any bathroom. Plus, the product itself has a hypnotic rosy-but-not-too-rosy scent, which is guaranteed to put your giftee into a deep state of relaxation.
Caolion Pore Restoring Sheet Mask ($10)
Give the gift of ultra-hydrated skin for less than the cost of a chai latte. In our experience, sheet masks are the beauty gift that always goes over well, and this gentle, moisturising pick works for even the most sensitive skin types. Pick one up for every friend and family member you have, and you'll still come in under budget.
bh Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend Brush Set ($26)
Your eyes are not deceiving you—this glamorous collection of 10 face and eye brushes is on sale for $26. Easily worth five times the price, it includes buffing brushes, contour brushes, blending brushes, and everything in between. Tie a red ribbon around them, and you have yourself a truly winning gift.
Flores Lane 07. Upper West Side ($29)
Candles are always a great go-to gift, but goodness, can they be expensive. ($150 for something that's going to melt away??) Flores Lane's handpoured candles look as luxe as the pricier brands—each scent is themed after a different neighborhood in New York or Los Angeles; it's adorable. But they're all priced at a reasonable $29 (though your giftee never has to know).