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13 Beauty Gifts Our Editors Are Giving This Year

It’s November, which means scrolling through curated gift guides is as habitual as reaching for a sugar cookie when 3 p.m. hits. To switch things up from the highly-specific lists that break down the best gifts from Target or what to get your dad based on his star sign — both of which are pretty damn clutch — we’ve decided to make it more personal. Because everyone knows that the best gifts come from the heart.

Ahead, we’re breaking down the full list of beauty-related gifts our R29 editors are actually wrapping in ribbon and giving our loved ones this year. Warning: If you’re a mom, little sister, or SO of our team, stop here or you might ruin the surprise. Everyone else, go ahead and scroll through for our picks and you just might find that elusive gift you were looking for.

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“Of all the various hydrating products that have entered his orbit via me — and, because we share a 900-sq.-ft. apartment, there have been many — my boyfriend prefers First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream above all. He goes through the 6 oz tubs at an alarming rate… but then again, I have personally witnessed him scoop out a handful, slather it over his face and neck, then his arms and hands, then his eczema-prone ankles in a single motion, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. He’ll get a lot of use out of the full-size jar in this set, and he dabbles in a serum from time to time, so I imagine this one will enter his rotation, too. I’m sure he won’t mind that I intend on taking the cleanser, mask, and peel pads for myself.” —Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer

First Aid Beauty Skin Summit, $48, available at Sephora

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“This lip gloss treasure chest is going straight to my sister, who — like me — has recently come to re-embrace the glossy, vinyl lip look in all its ’90s glory. Between the pearly light pinks and vampy dark plums, there’s a shade in the mix for any occasion from the casual brunch to the glitzy night out. Not to mention, a minty, moisturizing gloss is way more fun than regular old lip balm when warding off winter’s chapped lips. You can thank me later, sis!” — Jennifer Mulrow, Fashion & Beauty Writer

Beautycounter Mini Lip Gloss Vault, $89, available at Beautycounter

“I have created a monster out of my mother by spoiling her with beauty gifts — now she just cuts to the chase every time I see her by asking if I “have anything Tom Ford” for her. The answer is generally no, but for the vague, non-denominational holidays my family celebrates every year, she’ll be getting something from the king of luxury. Specifically, this fancy trio of Boys lipsticks, in three mom-approved shades of soft rose and mauve.” — Krause

Tom Ford Beauty Boys Soft Lipstick Trio, $98, available at Nordstrom

“The beauty of this gift is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving: I could gift any of the nine soaps individually, or I could gift the entire box to someone who is bound to keep a few for themselves and then gift the rest away, even if they say they’re going to keep them all. For my own sake, I’ll be taking the first approach and pass the shea butter-infused soaps out like (sexy, artfully illustrated) candy at the next holiday gathering.” — Krause

Claus Porto Mini Soaps Gift Box, 9 x 50g, $70, available at Net-A-Porter

“If money were no object, I’d give one of these pillows to everyone I know. But money is an object, so I’ll have to be discerning about who deserves to sleep on the most luxe mulberry silk, which not only keeps hair and skin safe from the usual pillowcase wreckage but also absorbs light — kind of like sleeping on a sleep mask. It’s also just wildly comfortable, and doesn’t get all hot throughout the night the way some other silk pillowcases do.” — Krause

Discover Night NIGHT Pillow™, $150, available at Discover Night

“My holiday isn’t started until I light up one of my Nest holiday candles. This year, the new scent is the Sparkling Cassis, which is the perfect blend of cranberry and Champagne. I’m gifting these minis to my friends who travel often. The tiny votives are easily thrown into a suitcase to freshen up a foreign hotel room.” — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director

NEST Fragrances Petite Candle Trio Set, $64, available at Nordstrom

“As I approach 30, sleep is becoming more and more important. I already own the This Works Oil Diffuser, and it’s made such a difference in my sleep routine (along with my favorite sleep tea from WelleCo). Now, I can lay down for a full 7.5 hours, even if I’m anxious about a big meeting or coming off hours scrolling through Instagram. I want to gift that same peace of mind to my younger sister this season, and this set is packed with five lavender-scented products and a sleep mask.” — Cruel

This Works the big sleep (6 piece), $100, available at DermStore

“I’m not good at committing to gadgets and gizmos in my beauty routine (isn’t using 10 products time-consuming enough?). But if Viola Davis is using this machine every night — and she told me once that she does — then I need to get me, my mom, and my grandma one.” — Cruel

NuFACE Gold Trinity® Complete Skin Toning Collection, $325, available at Sephora

“Each of my best friends has a signature lip color. One loves purples, another goes for red, a few like nudes, and me, I’m all about vampy brown. For me, lipstick minis are the best part of the holiday season because I’ve never finished a full tube of lipstick in my life and I can split up a set like this so that every one of my girlfriends is satisfied.” — Cruel

Stila With Flying Colors Mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $39, available at Sephora

“It wasn’t until my baby sister went off to college this past September that I realized she’s not a baby anymore. She’s no into makeup, but she often calls me complaining about her skin, asking which cheap moisturizer she should buy on Amazon. We deal with similar skin issues because of genetics — uncomfortably dry in the winter, with pesky hormonal breakouts along the jawline — and since everything in this four-piece Tatcha set works for me, I know she’ll love working these shiny polished bottles into her routine for her second semester.” — Megan Decker, Beauty Editorial Assistant

Tatcha The Starter Ritual SetUltra-Hydrating for Dry Skin, $59, available at Tatcha

“Hair accessories make the best holiday gifts. No one buys them for themselves — because they’re so seasonal — so unwrapping a soft velvet bow scrunchie is always met with squeals of excitement. These ones are Jennifer Behr -level chic — but at a fraction of the price — so I’m gifting one to my four best friends. The hardest part is picking who gets which color. ” — Decker

Chloe + Isabel Velvet Bow Scrunchie, $30, available at Chloe + Isabel

“Skin care can be tricky to give — especially if you’re gifting to someone who may take your generous clay mask as a sign that they have oily skin. That’s why I stick with products that don’t just work for every skin type, but come in beautiful packaging that can double as bathroom decor. This kit from Herbivore ticks all the boxes. It comes with three products, the brand’s Rosewater Hibiscus Facial Spray, Pink Cloud Moisturizer, and Prism Toner. The trio will gently slough away dull skin and hydrate.” — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater Hydration Trio, $59, available at Sephora

“As a beauty writer, my friends love to ask me for BeautyBlenders all year long, as if I’m a makeup sponge dispenser. That’s why this year I decided to get my bestest of friends this set that doesn’t just give two of what they’re always asking for, but also serves as an adorable reminder of our friendship. And on top of that, the heart-shaped packaging doubles as a storage with a perforated back that allows for the sponges to get air and dry properly.” — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

Beautyblender beautyblender BBF, $40, available at Sephora

“My roommate and I are going our separate ways as our lease comes to an end this holiday season, so I want to get her a gift that serves as both a housewarming and Christmas gift. What’s a better present than a holiday set of masks that she can store in her bathroom cabinet? In my time living with her, I observed that she was a huge fan of Peter Thomas Roth masks, so I knew this set would be perfect to keep her stocked up in her new place. And when I go over to catch up, we can have mask and wine night.” — Diaz

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Ulta Beauty

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