The holidays are just around the corner and you may be wondering what “the gift” of the year is for the beauty lover in your life. The most important thing to remember before you buy anything is to do no harm. Skin care is a very personal thing and a proper routine has to be well thought out. Be wary of buying prepackaged skin routines (even from luxury brands) unless you know a lot about your recipient’s skin and skin care needs. If you want to gift skin care, think additions instead of routines.

There are a lot of great additions to a skin care routine than don’t get in the way of the basic elements i.e. cleanser, treatment and moisturizer.

Cleansing Tool

A cleansing tool like a brush, mitt or sponge is a great addition to an established skin care routine. There are a wide variety of options on the market and you can find everything from budget friendly picks to devices that any beauty lover would want.

A budget friendly cleansing brush is the Olay ProX Cleansing System. If you’re buying for a natural beauty lover or an asian beauty lover a Konjac Sponge or a set of Konjac Sponges is another good budget friendly pick.

For high end options the Clarisonic Mia2 is definitely a top of the line beauty gift with an oscillating head that removes dirt and oil from skin 6 times better than hands alone. For something a little more cutting edge take a look at the Foreo Luna 2, one of the newest cleansing technologies to hit the market.

Set of Masks

Chances are any beauty lover you know loves a good mask. Winter can be especially damaging to skin and hair so masks make a great holiday gift. There are so many  options to choose from. There are high end masks like the Vivor Gold Silicone Reusable Hydrotherapy Mask. There are also tons of budget friendly masks that are also really effective like the TonyMoly Sheet Mask Set, Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Set, and the Skederm Snail Jelly Face Mask Set. There are also Monday to Sunday Mask Treatment Sets, Lip Masks, Eye Masks, and even holiday themed masks.

Natural Perfume

Perfume can have a lot of noxious chemicals in it. Natural perfumes are great for natural beauty lovers as well as everyone else because they’re non-toxic and healthier than traditional alcohol based perfumes. They also last longer.

You can find a lot of natural perfume options at natural beauty retailers like the Body Shop, Lush, and L’Occitan En Provence.

Some well known options include Pacifica French LilacBarr Co Solid Perfume and Garden Botanika Heart Solid Perfume. For a really glamorous presentation check out the Clinique Aromatics Elixir 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Solid Perfume Necklace.

Fun fact; there’s also solid cologne.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes, or even just a makeup brush, make great gift for a beauty lover. Good brushes can make all the difference in makeup application. Even well loved and well cared for brushes wear out over time so a replacement is never a bad idea.

Makeup brushes come in a wide variety of price points and finishes. Oval brushes are the latest and greatest thing to hit the makeup brush market, along with blending sponges. A budget friendly oval brush pick is this Beauty Kate 5 Piece Oval Brush Set. To get a little more for a little more see the USpicy 10 Piece Oval Brush Set.

If you prefer classic brushes this BeautyWill 32 Piece Makeup Brush Set has really well made brushes for face, lips and eyes. For a higher end classic brush pick check out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Five Piece Travel Brush Collection.

If you’re just looking for a blending sponge, the Original Beauty Blender is a classic.

A Book

Beauty is about much more than products and makeup. Beauty is on the outside and the inside. To nurture your beauty lover’s inner beauty consider getting them a book about improvement, whether that’s improving themselves or the world. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg is a NYT Bestseller with tremendous critical acclaim for good reason.

For healthy home habits The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is Oprah famous and a bold + blush favourite.

Finally, for a broader focus take a look at international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben. There are so many great options out there it’s really just a matter of picking one. For help choosing see goodreads.

Bonus: A Donation In Their Name

If you’re gifting to a beauty lover with a heart of gold a donation made in their name could be better received than another beauty purchase. Beauty is as much about the inside as it is about the outside. A donation is a gift for your beauty lover’s inner beauty.

Gorgeous cover photo credit @inkyco



Cristina is the founder and editor in chief of bold + blush. She's been covering the beauty beat here for almost three years, applying the research skills she picked up in law school to cut through the beauty industry hype and find the products and practices that actually work. Her other interests include wellness, yoga and cooking. When she isn't writing about beauty on bold + blush you can usually find her freelancing as a writer, blogging at, or spending time with her husband and dog at home in Amsterdam. Fun fact: She's usually reading half a dozen books at any given time.

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