Nothing creeps up on my bank statement quicker than a handful of holiday purchases. More often than not, I get a little too excited because my list is short, so I think it’s okay to spend more than I normally would on loved ones. Of course, that leads to me buying a little something for myself too. Before you know it, I’m sacrificing a dinner out with friends for ramen at home so I can replenish my bank account before New Year’s Eve. In moments like these, beauty gifts under $20 are my saving grace because the quality isn’t sacrificed for a smaller price tag.
It’s also an unexpectedly great time to invest in the cult favorites someone has been dying to try without having to buy the full-size version. This way, if they end up not liking it, less product is going to waste. It’s a win-win for both the giver and receiver. Beyond that are those straight-forward hair, skin and makeup sets that rarely get two thumbs down because they’re also essentials most of us need, like body wash, makeup brushes, and face masks for a spa night in. So if you’re looking to tighten your budget without downgrading the quality of your gift-giving, here are some beauty finds you’ll definitely be impressed by.
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Tarte Shape Tape Star Squad
Tarte has dozens of cute sets with best-selling products at a crazy-good value. This one, with the cult-fave Shape Tape Concealer and Glow Wand, is one of our faves. The travel sizes are perfect for holiday trips or touch-ups right from your purse. If you want to spend a few more bucks, add on the Keep Balm & Kiss On Gift Set for a full-size lip oil, gloss and mask.
Beauty Bakerie Blending Egg Beauty Sponges
Beauty Bakerie has some of the cutest packaging in the beauty game and unsurprisingly, the products themselves are top-notch, too. This box of blending sponges is so adorable, it doesn’t even need to be wrapped.
I Dew Care Mini Scoops Wash-Off Mask Set
All three of these deliciously scented face masks are packed with ingredients to tackle some of your most common skincare goals: a brighter complexion, more hydrated skin, and calming post-breakout relief.
Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set
With all the extra hand-washing and sanitizing we did this year, pretty much everyone in your life needs to give their skin some love. This pre-wrapped gift set includes almond milk hand cream, shea butter hand repair cream and lemon butter cuticle cream, plus a pair of cotton gloves.
Joy & Glee Razor Holiday Shave Care Gift Set
Razors, especially those that market to women, can get seriously expensive. Save your bestie some money by gifting her this cute — and helpful! — set with a pink razor, two cartridges, a shower hold and shave gel.
Olaplex Intense Repair Travel Size Set
Sure, it makes a great gift for a dye-obsessed friend, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep this hair-repairing set for yourself. You get travel-sizes of No.0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment and No.3 Hair Perfector.
Love Beauty and Planet Everyday Gift Set
This affordable beauty brand is a favorite for its naturally derived ingredients that deliver major moisture to the skin, hair and body. Here, you get sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion for less than $30.
Buxom Dolly Reins Supreme Lip Set
Buxom’s cult-favorite mauve shade now comes in this limited-edition gift set with travel-sizes of shimmery plumping lip gloss and creamy lipstick.
Kristin Ess Satin Skinnies
These skinny scrunchies aren’t just chic. The satin texture is more gentle on your hair and provides way less tension than typical hair ties.
GLOV Travel Set Makeup Remover and MagnetCleanser
You know makeup removing wipes aren’t the best for your skin — or the environment. This set makes it easy to take off even waterproof mascara.
Dermalogica Double Cleanse Set
Have a skin care-lover in your life? This cleansing set is sure to be a hit, with its travel sizes of PreCleanse and Special Cleansing Gel.
Frank Body Perky Sculpting Body Hydrator Lotion
This body lotion kit has such cute packaging, you really just have to pop a bow on it. The formula is packed with caffeine, acai, shea Butter and longan seed extract for ultra-soft skin. Oh, and it comes in a cute reusable mug.
Floral Street Light Fragrance Discovery Set
It can be tough to buy a fragrance for someone. Smell is so personal! That’s why this five-piece trial set of vegan, sustainable fragrances is such a good idea.
Ulta Beauty Little Black Liner Haul Kit
Six full-size eyeliners for less than $20? There are a ton of people in your life who would appreciate this set that has every day essentials like a classic felt-tip liner and a special occasion glitter option.
Nudestix Holiday Mini Glow Highlighter & Eye Color Set
Get your glow on for the holidays with this limited-edition set featuring travel sizes of Nudies Glow All-Over Highlight and Magnetic Luminous Eye Color.
L’Occitane Holiday Ornament Gift Set
Not only is this three-piece set packaged for you, it’s tied up in a holiday-ready ornament. There’s no one that wouldn’t love three shea butter-infused L’Occitane faves.
Deciniee Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set
Get your mom into the face massage trend with this pretty two-piece roller and gua sha set.
ChapStick 12 Days of ChapStick Holiday Advent Calendar
Get a whopping 12 holiday-scented lip balms in this fun advent calendar.
Bulldog Mens Skincare and Grooming Expert Skincare Set
Get the guy in your life to start using something on his skin that’s a bit better than hand soap. This four-piece set features shave gel, face wash, facial moisturizer and aftershave balm.
Lush Sleepy Gift Set
If you have trouble sleeping, this lavender, tonka, and vanilla-infused lotion will have you in dreamland minutes after your head hits the pillow. And who wouldn’t want that as a gift?
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