Diving into the world of beauty can certainly feel daunting—but it doesn’t have to. Fortunately, there are plenty of versatile makeup gift sets, complete with tried-and-true fan-favorite products, that are sure to delight any budding beauty maven.
With the holidays fast approaching (and forecasters predicting pandemic-induced shipping delays and supply issues), now is the perfect time to get on your makeup gift list for your mom, sister, or friend (or yourself!). Luckily, some of the buzziest and most beloved cosmetic companies have already launched incredible holiday offerings, including value-packed gift sets across a range of price points. The best part? Many top-rated makeup gift sets and stocking stuffers are filled with seasonal, festive-inspired essentials and one-of-a-kind packaging. (Liquid eyeshadows wrapped inside an ornament? I’ll take 12, please and thanks.)
Below, you’ll find 29 SELF-loved, editor-approved holiday beauty staples and delightful makeup gifts that are perfect for beginners and minimalists alike. Expect plenty of versatile picks (buildable blushes, multipurpose eye pencils, and lip kits), festive must-haves (think: shimmery shadows and makeup brushes with candy cane-inspired handles), and timeless beauty buys (I’m looking at you, NARS Orgasm blush).
Intrigued? Keep reading for the best makeup gift sets and wallet-friendly stocking stuffers for your friend who gets easily overwhelmed by the beauty aisle—and, hey, we won’t tell if you end up buying some for yourself.
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