Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Sets To Give And Get This Holiday Season

We’ve had arguments with people who say that beauty gifts are boring and impersonal. This can be true if you just buy some random fragrance set in a tacky basket at your corner drugstore on Christmas Eve. If, however, you put a bit of thought into it, you can get some gorgeous, thoughtful things. This year there is an absolute flood of gift sets available at all price points (though we decided not to include a $1,600 fragrance basket we found). So we’ve pulled the best scent, color, and spa sets, with an eye towards originality. They’re guaranteed to get you a kiss under the mistletoe, or at the very least, a delighted squeal. Happy Cyber Monday!
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We’ve had arguments with people who say that beauty gifts are boring and impersonal. This can be true if you just buy some random fragrance set in a tacky basket at your corner drugstore on Christmas Eve. If, however, you put a bit of thought into it, you can get some gorgeous, thoughtful things. This year there is an absolute flood of gift sets available at all price points (though we decided not to include a $1,600 fragrance basket we found). So we’ve pulled the best scent, color, and spa sets, with an eye towards originality. They’re guaranteed to get you a kiss under the mistletoe, or at the very least, a delighted squeal. Happy Cyber Monday!
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We’ve had arguments with people who say that beauty gifts are boring and impersonal. This can be true if you just buy some random

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Tom Ford Black Orchid Lip & Nail Set, $140. The divine

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Sonia Kashuk "Facing Stardom” Face Palette, $19.99. Most palettes have too many wacky and garish colors that you’ll never use.

This one is full of perfect neutrals with a little sparkle for good measure. Sonia's makeup is great, and for the price, it's downright amazing.

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Caudalie My Vinotherapie Spa Escape, $34. Containes Nourishing body lotion, Vinopure purifying mask, Cabernet scrub, Fleur de Vigne shower gel, Fleur de Vigne votive candle, hand and nail cream.

Toss in a bottle of French red wine and a shoulder rub and she’ll think she’s actually at the Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza. (OK, maybe not quite).

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Nails Inc. For Bendel: Girl In London Nail Polish Set, $38. Colors: Lowndes Square, Duke of Wellington Place, Queensgate Mews, Palace Garden Terrace. And one of the bottles is bedazzled. A Brit-themed gift is very apropos this year in light of the

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Dior Travel Brush Kit, $60. Four travel-sized brushes in a red patent case in the famous

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Chanel Fragrance Wardrobe, $110. Chic, chic Chanel. Five little scents: No 5, Coco Mademoiselle, Coco, No19, Allure.

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Sarah Chapman Pro Facial Collection, $100. UK facialist extraordinaire Sarah Chapman has an incredible line of skin care. Comes with Overnight Facial Elixir, Ultimate Cleanse, Professional Cleansing Mitts. While skincare isn't a traditional holiday gift, be nontraditional. Everyone wants good skin.

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Sephora Give Me Some Lip: Lip Gloss Sampler, $40. Includes travel sizes of Smashbox, Too Faced, Sephora Collection, tarte, Cover FX, LORAC, Buxom Lips. Sephora has some seriously serious gift sets this year. So hard to choose which one to profile. Check out the Lash Stash mascara sampler, too.

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Jo Malone The Candle Collection, $85. Possibly a stretch for the “beauty” category, but scents can soothe and relax you.

And when you’re relaxed you don’t frown, and when you don’t frown...no wrinkles. Scents include Sweet Lime & Cedar, Grapefruit, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Pomegranate Noir and White Jasmine & Mint. Bloomingdales.com