Whether you’re looking for affordable stocking stuffers or luxury showstoppers, beauty gift sets form the basis of basically every pile of Christmas presents in households across the country – and for 2020, there’s more to choose from than ever before. So we thought we’d help you whittle it down.
From online retailers like Cult Beauty, Feelunique and Lookfantastic to high street stores like M&S and Boots, here are the best beauty gift sets we’ve found on the shelves (virtual or otherwise) so far. Trust us when we say that they’re all killer, no filler – even the most particular beauty buff in your life will be impressed with one of these…
Beauty Gift Sets Under £10
Shopping on a budget? These sets are the perfect little luxuries. Some of them do come in at £10 exactly, but should still meet the criteria if you’re doing a gift exchange on a price limit.
What’s inside? A Stress Check roll-on and a Deep Sleep pillow spray to help them switch off and sleep better.
What’s inside? Three mini shower gels in White Lily & Damask Rose, Green Lemon & Orange Blossom and of course, the Signature Sanctuary fragrance. Great as a secret Santa gift or stocking filler.
What’s inside? Honey Lip Balm and intensive Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – two brilliant little defences against the great British weather.
What’s inside? The opportunity to try some of J-beauty’s finest for the ultimate double cleanse, in the form of DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil and Face Wash Powder.
What’s inside? A citrussy Candy Cane Bath Bomb and a lavender-infused Snowman Dreaming Reusable Bubble Bar – i.e. their Christmas Day soak sorted.
Jade Gift Set, £7, Primark stores
What’s inside? A Gua Sha facial sculptor and a rosemary facial oil. Tools are a great idea if you’re not sure which products they like.
What’s inside? A 40ml Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment and 20ml NEW Pure Colour Frizz-Fighting Gloss – the perfect duo for great party season hair, worth £22.50 in total.
For more beauty gift sets around the £10 mark, check out our edit of the best beauty baubles and crackers.
Beauty Gift Sets Under £20
Got a bit more cash to splash? Get thee to Boots, where the 3 for 2 is back with a bang this year – hooray!
What’s inside? One of Liz Earle’s iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleansers, plus a Pure Cotton Cloth, and a Cotton Cloth Hook. There’s a reason this was chosen as one of Boots’ top 12 Christmas gift sets for 2020.
What’s inside? A great first foray in to the cult haircare brand (or top up of the stash for those who already love it) with a mini Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo and Full Dry Volume Blast.
What’s inside? One Cacao Coffee Scrub and One Original Coffee Scrub. You know, the one that sells every 40 seconds worldwide.
What’s inside? A Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover, Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, and a Muslin Cloth. The camomile cleanser is a budget buy often recommended by Caroline Hirons, and praise doesn’t get much higher than that.
What’s inside? On the subject of Hirons-appoved products, this duo from StriVectin is the perfect taster of another of her go-to brands, containing a mini SD Advanced PLUS Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate and Line BlurFector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer.
What’s inside? Mini versions of Benefit big hitters POREfessional, Roller Lash and Gimme Brow+ – a snip at just under £20.
What’s inside? Four bath and shower gels in Jasmine & Sun Rose, Suede Orris Bath & Shower Gel, Orange and Bergamot and Heavenly Gingerlily. It hits the top end of our price point, but it’s worth every penny.
Beauty Gift Sets Under £50
For £50ish you can usually afford a larger gift box or bag – look out for own-brand compilations like Cult Beauty’s brilliant offering, as these include lots of different brands to try.
What’s inside? Everything they could possibly need for clearer, glower skin: a Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask, Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser and Refreshing Eye Cream, Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion. And all for under £35.
What’s inside? A intensively nourishing duo of Caudalie’s Vine Body Butter to deeply repair dry skin and the Hand and Nail Cream for soft, nourished and protected hands.
What’s inside? A full size Ren & Now To Sleep Spray, a Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand Mask, travel size Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, travel size frank body Original Coffee Scrub, travel size Kopari Coconut Deodorant, travel size Molton Brown Suede Orris Bath & Shower Gel, and a travel size Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.
What’s inside? Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel, Glow Tonic, and pHenomenal Gel, a trio that’s exclusive to M&S. Fully paid up members of the Pixi fan club will adore this – it’s worth double its £30 RRP.
What’s inside? The Cowshed Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion, with a natural blend of essential oils and plant extracts. Anyone who’s been to one of the Cowshed spas will recognise this blend before they even unwrap the paper.
What’s inside? An Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner and Lash Alert Mascara. Not only is Eyeko mascara a favourite of many a beauty editor, the liner range is rumoured to be a favourite of Alexa Chung.
What’s inside? Ten Bath & Shower Oils including the award winning Deep Relax & Forest Therapy alongside Revive, De-Stress and Support. Ideal for a giftee in need of urgent stress relief.
What’s inside? Kiehl’s’ Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, Herbal-extract Toner, Ultra Facial Cream and a Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask – all wrapped up in an adorable Limited Edition Holiday design by Maïté Franchi.
What’s inside? A travel-size of Ouai’s fan favourite Melrose Place scent, plus an indulgent body creme to ensure to the fragrance goes even further. This is one for those who appreciate ultra-chic packaging as much as the goods inside.
What’s inside? Three mini M·A·C Lipsticks in Rocket Woman, Boisterous and Burst On The Scene. If a red lip is their go-to look, you’re on to a winner (plus, how fun is that bag?)
What’s inside? Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, Amazing Grace Eau De Toilette and Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion. A percentage of Philosophy profits go to support women’s mental health charities across the world, including here in the UK.
What’s inside? A deluxe travel-size of the new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Creme SPF15, DayWear Eye Cooling Anti-Oxidant Moisture GelCreme and a Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask.
What’s inside? A Cefiro Hand Treatment Cream and Cefiro travel size fragrance. Proof that a fragrance beauty gift set under £50 can be done – and done well.
What’s inside? An Authentic Beauty Concept hair cleanser, hair mask and scented candle to match with scents of frangipani blossom, milky jasmine petals and the sweet sensuality of maple syrup, black sandalwood and pecan nut.
Beauty Gift Sets Under £100
They might be pricier, but the combined value of these beauty gift sets under £100 is usually much higher than what you pay.
What’s inside? A four-piece set from one of the most reliable skincare brands on the block: an Essential-C Cleanser, Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Essential-C Day Moisture 20ml. The total contents is worth £122.
What’s inside? No other set captures the scent of Christmas quite like this Jo Malone box of wonders, containing 5 9ml bottles of cologne in the scents Rose & Magnolia, White Moss & Snowdrop, Colourful Green Almond & Redcurrant, Orange Bitters and Ginger Biscuit.
What’s inside? The No. 4 and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner, the No. 6 Bond Smoother, and No. 3 Hair Perfector. Essentially, it’s a one stop shop for healthier, happier hair.
What’s inside? Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, a full size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, and a Luxury Cleansing Cloth, plus a Soothing Glow candle. Bought individually, this edit would cost more than £100.
What’s inside? Bum Bum Cream (of course!) along with Brazilian Crush Hair + Body Mist, 4-Play Moisturising Shower Cream-Gel and Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter. After all, a tropical holiday in a box has never been more necessary than in 2020.
What’s inside? A full size Protini Polypeptide Cream worth £57 alone, plus trial sizes of the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser, Bamboo Exfoliating Booster and A-Passioni Retinol Cream.
What’s inside? Dermalogica’s biggest beauty hitters: the Daily Microfoliant that sells every 45 seconds, plus Skin Smoothing Cream and Biolumin-C Serum.
What’s inside? A trio of bestsellers that will wow even professional MUAs – The Bella Sofia Luxury Palette, The Feline Flick eyeliner and Full Fat Lashes mascara.
What’s inside? The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Renaissance masks for a little skin TLC. We’re also obsessed with that prismatic packaging.
What’s inside? Spiced Honey Bath Syrup and Jasmine + Ylang Ylang Self-Massage Oil –seasonal self-care in an uber-cool tarot inspired box.
What’s inside? A Vitamin Enriched Face Base, an Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink and a Mini Smokey Eye Mascara. The clear cosmetics bag to store it all in is a nice added touch.
What’s inside? A line-up of L’Occitane Heroes, including an Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand and Foot Creams, Lavender Foaming Bath, Almond Milk Concentrate and a 5ml Herabe par L’Occitane eau de parfum – truly blissful stuff of fans of the brand.
What’s inside? Three beautifully adorned Diptyque candles in woody Moonlit Fir, spicy Floral Majesty Scented and warming Amber Feather. If candles fall under the category of beauty gift sets for you, you won’t find much finer than these.