13 festive gifts every beauty buff will love

These pampering pressies are sure to please, says Katie Wright.

With beauty Advent calendars flying off the shelves this year – some of the most popular ones sold out within days of going on sale – it’s clear that the demand for pampering products is high during the festive season.

But what does the discerning beauty lover want to find under the tree come December 25?

With so many holiday collections to choose from, it can be hard to know, but we’ve helped narrow it down with a selection of cult skincare, make-up, fragrance and body products that will delight on Christmas Day.

From bargain buys to luxury coffrets (that’s industry lingo for gift set, FYI), here’s our pick of this year’s best beauty gifts…

1. Mavala Winter Trio, £11.20, John Lewis

Combining lipstick red and ballet slipper pink with a sparkly silver glitter, this nail polish trio offers a concise edit of everyday and evening options.

2. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble, £12

Not only is this a beautiful ruby red tree decoration, inside you’ll find hand cream, shower gel and shimmering body lotion, all in a delicate cherry blossom scent.

3. Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Pillow Talk Lips, £25

Lovers of Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Pillow Talk will adore this lipstick and liner set, while anyone who’s yet to try the best-selling nude shade will thank you for introducing them to its pout-perfecting powers.

4. Too Faced Gingerbread Shimmer Body Powder, £26, Cult Beauty

Using the fluffy pink puff, liberally apply this soft bronze powder, which is infused with a scrumptious gingerbread scent, to leave your skin with a gorgeous glow.

5. Benefit Sweet Ride Gift Set, £26.50

Bringing together three of Benefit’s best-loved products – a mini Gimme Brow eyebrow gel plus full-size Roller Lash mascara and Dandelion blush – the Sweet Ride set, worth £59, offers great value for money.

6. Bobbi Brown Autumn Avenue Eyeshadow Palette, £28

Make-up mavens will love this five-pan Autumn Avenue palette, which provides everything you need to create a variety of smoky-eye looks, whatever the season.

7. Kitsch Blush Satin Sleep Set, £28.85

There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep… and this satin set will help your slumber on three fronts.

Because satin doesn’t absorb moisture, the pillowcase and eye mask help your skin stay hydrated, the scrunchie prevents split ends and the mask also reduces friction on your lashes.

8. Nars Hustle Cheek Palette, £36

Starring in Nars’ Studio 54-themed festive collection, this trio of warm-toned blushers and highlighting powder will give you chiselled cheeks and a radiant glow, ready for the dance floor.

9. Kiehl’s Limited Edition Design Crème De Corps Whipped, £37

Kiehl’s cult favourite Creme de Corps Whipped body butter gets a festive makeover courtesy of Finnish illustrator Janine Rewell, who has adorned the pot with colourful Christmas decorations.

10. Glamglow Clear Skin Goals Set, £44

Skincare obsessives rave about Glamglow Supermud mask and that’s the star of this great-value set, which also contains serum, moisturiser and a sheet mask, worth a total of £89.

11. Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne, £48 for 30ml

Introduced as part of last year’s Christmas collection, Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne proved so popular that now, it’s back.

Combining zesty sweet mandarin and bitter orange notes with the warmth of amber and sandalwood, it’s a sumptuous festive fragrance.

12. Fenty Trophy Wife Life, £50, Boots (available December 6)

When Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty collection in 2017, the gold-toned Trophy Wife highlighter quickly became a fan favourite.

Now the pop star has expanded the Trophy Wife line-up and this set includes the whole lot – highlighter, gloss, liquid eyeliner and lipstick, all stashed in a glossy black make-up bag.

13. Drunk Elephant Shelf Control Night Kit, £82, Cult Beauty

Housed in a shiny mini bathroom cabinet, this five-piece set from cult America brand Drunk Elephant has everything you need for the perfect pre-bedtime skincare routine, from cleanser and exfoliator to facial oil and eye cream, so you’ll wake up glowing.