30.11.2020
By Phoebe McDowell

THE BEAUTY GIFT GUIDE IS HERE

Spoil yourself, or someone else, just promise to go wild – or at least as wild as the year we've just endured
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Presents! Gift sets! Christmas and beauty really do bring out the best in each other. There aren’t many items in the beauty world that don't suffice as a present. A toothbrush, for example. Wow! Less exciting would be a packet of support rings for your climbers, or sisal twine for your dahlias. But fancily bottled mouthwash and floss? Go ahead.

It would be easier for me to tell you about the beauty bits that don’t seduce me. I go wild for gift sets. Genius, I think, as if I would never have thought to put a body wash and lotion with a matching fragrance together myself. Mini mascaras in cardboard houses that look like gingerbread? Sign. Me. Up. Nail polishes so small they border on impractical, but hang so sweetly on the tree? I’m there.

This year, beauty has taken on new meaning. It’s helped us feign normalcy when everything else has gone to shit – feral brows and ear-skimming roots. In temporarily relieving us of our anxieties, face masks have vied for therapist status, daring us to dream, if only of more radiant skin. Fragrance has transported us some place else. From Amersham to Amalfi in one fell spritz. Cool, eh? 

And yes, there’s a lot of choice when it comes to beauty. Too much, perhaps. But unlike trundling through the search return of ‘gadgets for walkers’, it’s rarely agonising. That said, because we appreciate the fact that you're busy, we've rounded up some of the best stuff. (And while we go weak at the knees for the behemoth brands, may we suggest you peruse our small and sustainable gift guides, too?)

1/25

Chanel N°5 The Body Lotion

£48

2/25

Suzanne Kaufmann Essential Bath Oil For The Senses

£134

3/25

Bobbi Brown Luxe Gilded Highlighter

£36.50

4/25

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Mini Mist Bauble

£12

5/25

Oribe Dry Styling Christmas Collection Gift Set

£66.50

6/25

Drunk Elephant Who's Your Caddy Hair and Body Trunk 1.0 by Drunk Elephant

£114

7/25

Aromatherapy Associates Moments to Treasure

£225

8/25

Valentino Voce Viva Eau de Parfum

£55

9/25

Charlotte Tilbury Bejeweled Eyes to Hypnotise

£60

10/25

DIOR Rouge Dior Golden Nights Refillable Lipstick Set

£138

11/25

Byredo Limited Edition Hand Creams

£30

12/25

Isle of Paradise All The Way Glow

£20

13/25

Aesop The Lore Collector Body Set

£77

14/25

Elemis Pro Collagen Day Night Star Duo

£125

15/25

Westman Atelier Le Box Holiday Edition

£149

16/25

Ren The Gift of Glow

£15

17/25

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Christmas candle

£88

18/25

Augustinus Bader The Tandem (the Rich Cream 50ml + Body Cream 170ml)

£298

19/25

Murad Love at First Bright

£75

20/25

Ouai Melrose Place Kit

£38

GROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

21/23

BVLGARI Le Gemme Erea Eau de Parfum

£255

22/25

Maison Christian Dior Luxury Collection Coffret

£636

23/25

Aurelia The Ultimate Experience Gift Set

£100

24/25

NARS Afterglow Delight Lip Balm Makeup Gift Set

£32

25/25

Dr David Jack Skin Mapping System

£333

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