Glam gifts galore: 20 holiday beauty sets

Credit to Author: Aleesha Harris| Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 19:00:15 +0000

Whether you’re shopping this holiday gifting season for a friend or family member who simply loves a good beauty kit — or is a full-blown YouTube makeup star — here are 20 holiday makeup, fragrance and skincare sets hitting stores this year that are sure to delight.

Bow and ribbon, entirely optional.

Scent gift sets are always a sweet idea, but if you don’t know someone’s preferred olfactory element, well, it can feel like a bit of a sniff in the dark. Skip the stress of picking a perfect scent with this discovery set from the brand AERIN. The limited-edition collection includes five bestselling scents: Ikat Jasmine, Hibiscus Palm, Aegea Blossom, Mediterranean Honeysuckle and Amber Musk.

$150 |

When it comes to scents, few are as iconic as the N°5 elixir. Originally released in 1921, the scent has become synonymous with femininity and luxury. Whether gifting to a longtime N°5 fan, or someone who is new to this mature scent, they’re sure to enjoy this mini twist option that comes “dressed” in a black lacquer and gold case.

$100 | CHANEL Beauty counters;

This tin of lip glosses from the Rihanna-backed brand Fenty Beauty is like a sampler of slick hues. The limited-edition collection comes with five mini Gloss Bomb lip gloss shades, including Pretty Please, Hot Chocolit, Confetti, Cheeky, and the bestselling hue Fu$$Y. The cruelty-free products, which feature lip-smoothing Shea Butter, come in a reusable tin, too.

$56 | Sephora;

Bronzing and glowing is easy this holiday season thanks to this limited-edition iteration of British beauty maven Charlotte Tilbury’s popular Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo. While the pressed-powder products are the same as always, it’s the case they’re contained within that makes this seasonal release so special. The compact features Swarovski crystals on its top for a bold dose of holiday shine.

$95 | Nordstrom;

Good haircare products can be an investment, which makes getting a luxurious lineup of products from the likes of Kérastase a true holiday treat. Available in a few product collections, like the Resistance Extentioniste, which promotes strand strength and helps reduce breakage, these gift sets pretty much guarantee a good hair day come Boxing Day.

$150 | Select salons;

One of the buzziest hair tool releases to happen in a long while, this hair dryer from Dyson is sure to surprise anyone who unwraps it come Christmas morning. Thanks to a powerful V9 digital motor and an ‘intelligent’ processor that regulates temperature so as not to scorch strands, this smart tool smooths and dries hair in a snap.

$499.99 | Hudson’s Bay;

The latest release in the limited-edition L’Elixir des Glaciers Votre Visage collection is a nod to minimalist art. The collectible box is sure to linger on nightstands long after the last dollop of the luxurious face cream it houses has been applied.

$1,200 | Valmont;

The gift receivers on your list likely already have a few good beauty brushes in their makeup kit. But, the same might not be able to be said for skincare brushes like these travel-friendly designs from Quo. The kit features four synthetic-bristled, cruelty-free designs to clean, apply and smooth on skincare products.

$35 | Shoppers Drug Mart;

Give the gift of soothing relaxation with this limited-edition advent calendar from the Canadian brand Saje. The big black box of goodies features nine travel-sized products including a body butter, roll-ons and mists, as well as diffuser blends, an eye mask — and more.

$110 | Saje;

Starting the new year with good skin is easy when gift sets like this Counter+ Skin Care Favorites from the brand Beautycounter exist. The lineup of products includes a Lotus Glow Cleansing Stick, Overnight Resurfacing Peel, No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil  and Charcoal Facial Mask to clean, prep, boost and clarify skin.

$119 |

Speaking of good skincare, give the gift of glowing skin with a sheet-mask kit like this colourful option from Patchology. The set contains eight skin-benefiting masks for eyes and lips that will soothe stressed skin post-holidays.

$29 | Kiss and Makeup;

This powerhouse lineup of skincare products from the fan-favourite brand Tatcha packs a powerful punch of pore-minimizing products boasting ingredients such as Hadasei-3 Complex, to detoxify skin, and Japanese Wld Rose to refine skin’s texture over time.

$96 | Sephora;


Perfect for the natural beauty-loving person on your list, these skincare products from the French brand Caudalie are free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils and animal-derived ingredients. What it does contain is a full-size bottle of the cult-classic Beauty Elixir facial mist, as well as a 50 mL Instant Foaming Cleanser and a 15 mL Instant Detox Mask.

$59 | Sephora;

Whether you opt for this gift set, or one of the many others on offer at The Body Shop this season, you can rest assured that you’re giving a gift that goes beyond just the products purchased. The brand has partnered with Plan International Canada to donate up to $50,000 from the purchase of the holiday collection, to help support leadership programs and opportunities for young girls and teens.

$46 | The Body Shop;

This glam lineup of products from Dior offers the perfect products to master the French beauty look of bold lashes — and an even bolder lip. The gold-boxed set features a Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD mascara as well as a mini Rouge Dior 999 lipstick.

$37 | Holt Renfrew;

A perfect gift for someone who can never have enough lipsticks, this holiday treat includes four super-pigmented colours from the Canadian brand’s popular Amuse Bouche lineup, which feature nine superfood oils to soothe and smooth lips.

$21 |


Shopping for a lucky gentleman on your list? Consider opting for a complete care kit like this offering from the brand Jack Black. The box features five product to cover many men’s grooming and self-care bases.

$66 | Holt Renfrew;

Inspire a host of holiday glam looks with this smoky-eye makeup kit from MAC Cosmetics. In addition to including an adorable makeup bag, the gift set features two eyeshadow shades, a bold, black mascara and a 24-hour waterproof mascara.

$49 | Nordstrom;

Canadian beauty guru Rose-Marie Swift, originally from Vancouver, has a cult following for her makeup artistry skills, and her product line, RMS Beauty. Give the gift of Swift’s celeb-approved glow with this limited-edition Luminizer set, which features three full-size illuminator pots. The set also includes a retractable brightening brush for finger-free application. Hello, holiday glow.

$86 |

A perfect option for a stocking stuffer, this gifting option from Dermalogica doubles as both a pretty tree ornament — and a skin saviour. It features a miniature version of the brand’s popular Daily Microfoliant exfoliant, which features a rice-based powder to gently polish skin.

$21 |