Not long ago, holiday shopping involved overcrowded stores, fighting over limited inventories, schlepping bags in and out of the car (or Ubers), and jammed subway cars. But if you ask us, one of the few upsides to the past year-and-a-half has been online shopping, which lets us buy everything we need from the comfort of our own homes — including holiday gifts. (That being said, if you’re able to, tip your delivery personnel well.) Our biggest tip, though? Shop early. The pandemic has led to unprecedented supply chain, fulfillment, and shipping delays for brands across the board, so don’t risk your usual last-minute shopping stints and having your presents delivered after Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. Plan ahead and thank us later.
Luckily, whether you like it or not, Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping is very reliable — so you can easily swipe through your entire shopping list without even changing out of your PJs. In addition to all of the great (and practical) gadgets, appliances, and essentials available on Amazon, but there are plenty of wow-inducing beauty gifts worth adding to your cart as well. We know that sorting through such a massive retailer and deciphering what’s legit and potentially sketchy in the seemingly bottomless abyss of options can be overwhelming, but that’s where we come in.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the best beauty gifts at Amazon that fit every self-care, hairstyling, and makeup-experimenting mood. So go forth and gift shop with ease.
If your friend is a dedicated exfoliator, have we got the perfect lineup of gifts for them. Innisfree‘s Green Holidays Set comes with a full-size Pore Clearing Clay Mask 2X, Pore Cleaning Toner 2X, and Intensive Hydrating Cream to keep pores clear and uncongested in the short and long run, and kick up the hydration a notch. Everything comes packaged in a toteable gift box designed by artist Steven Harrington.
Your friends will love the St Tropez x Ashley Graham Ultimate Glow Kit — and we’re totally not biased at all, even if this set won a 2021 Best of Beauty Award. Not at all. As someone who doesn’t consider herself a tanning expert in the least, Allure contributing editor Marci Robin was incredibly impressed by the results, which she attributes to the “tinted, easily spreadable, and blendable format” paired with a “truly difference-making mitt.” Make sure to properly exfoliate beforehand for the smoothest possible application.
Give them the perfect opportunity to trial Sunday Riley‘s most popular products via the Superstars Kit, which includes the High-Dose Retinoid Serum, C.E.O Serum, Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, and Auto Correct Eye Cream. The potent quartet is filled with powerhouse ingredients like vitamin C, lactic acid (a type of alpha hydroxy acid or AHA), and retinol ester to support brightening, exfoliation, and less visible fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.
Dewy skin is always in and Tatcha‘s Dewy Skin Favorites to Go Set will make it even easier for them to maintain their glass-like skin while on the go. Minis of The Serum Stick, Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, and The Liquid Silk Canvas boost and prolong makeup application (whether worn underneath or over) and lend a healthy glow and blurred effect to the skin.
Consider Tonymoly‘s Super Food Mask Bowl as the equivalent of a tasty Sweetgreen bowl — but for a glowing complexion. This six-piece set is drenched in moisture-boosting ingredients like cactus, honey, green tea, aloe, peach, and coconut — providing tired, dull-looking skin with the perfect, micro-dose of pampering.