Sometimes the best gifts for women come in small packages. Beauty stocking stuffers are proof of that. For a beauty lover, the perfect start to Christmas morning is finding a new lipstick, a mini skincare set or a pretty eye shadow palette in your stocking. After all, plenty of the best holiday beauty gifts, from makeup gift sets to hair care gift sets, can fit inside a stocking. “The holiday season is when brands create limited-edition mini and travel-size versions of their best-sellers that are not available at any other time of the year,” says Tracy Kline, Bluemercury’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing. “Finding a gift that will actually be enjoyed and can actually fit into a stocking can be challenging, which is why including a limited-edition version of their go-to beauty products is always a hit!”
Don’t make the mistake of treating stocking stuffers as a throwaway small beauty gift—there’s so much potential to give great hair products or makeup presents. “The perfect beauty stocking stuffer is something practical, but also exciting,” says Melinda Solares, Sephora Beauty Director. “Many stuffers of stockings tend to select small and sometimes random gifts that do not always serve a purpose or that will never actually be used. You know, those items that end up in the back of your junk drawer each year? This becomes expensive and wasteful. I am here to drop some tips and tricks on finding the perfect micro-gifts that are not only guaranteed to make you the most popular stocking stuffer but also to save you some bucks and even gift yourself a little along the way!”
To really make your beauty stocking stuffers pop, consider a few of this season’s holiday trends. “The gift of wellness is on the top of everyone’s list this holiday season,” Kline says. “From calming chamomile-infused bath oils that promote tranquil sleep to DIY at-home skincare tools, consumers are looking to share the gift of relaxation with their family and friends.”
However, trends come and go, and Solares says there’s one thing that’s a hit year after year. “As a Sephora Beauty Director, leading up to the holidays, I meet with brand founders, Sephora merchandising teams, and product developers to get the exclusive download on all things holiday,” she says. “I have been discussing the holidays as early as July for six years now and there is one trend that never gets old—value! But this year in particular, I am blown away with the number of options for smaller beauty gifts that are packed full of value. No longer are stocking stuffers the runner up to full-sized gifts; even one mini set can really do it all!”
Ultimately, the best stocking stuffers are all about embracing the holiday spirit. “For holiday 2021, Bluemercury is reminding clients that, after a previous season spent in lockdown, now is the time,” Kline says. “The time to gather with loved ones and toast friends, old and new. The time to put on your holiday best and kick up your heels. The time to reflect on a year well-lived and welcome what’s to come. We hope everyone has a joyful—and safe—holiday season.”
Spread holiday cheer with these best beauty stocking stuffer gifts.
1. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Selena’s Faves 4-Piece Mini Set
“Aside from a little foundation and brow gel, this mini set creates an entire makeup look, perfect for the holidays,” Solares says. “That is what I love most about it—you can try out a whole new makeup look, complete with a bold lip, for just $30! I’ll certainly be buying two of these and hanging onto one for my travel makeup kit for that reason! Also, the holidays are about giving and so is Rare Beauty. The brand’s Rare Impact Fund has a goal of raising $100M over the next 10 years to help give people access to mental health services. Each purchase made contributes to this cause. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving.”
2. 111Skin The JetSetter
“This limited-edition trio of 111 Skin’s iconic eye masks in a keepsake wallet makes the ultimate stocking stuffer, white elephant gift, or a gift to yourself after a busy holiday season,” Kline says. It includes the Sub Zero De-puffing Eye Mask, Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, and Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask to pamper peepers. The set of some of the best under-eye masks comes tucked into a case in the brand’s signature rose gold color, which they can keep reusing long after the holiday season.
3. Sephora Favorites Bestsellers Perfume Discovery Set
“Hi, my name is Melinda, and I am the most indecisive shopper ever,” Solares says. “Can you relate? Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sets are one of my favorite ways to avoid having to make a decision. With this smaller sized, $25 dollar version of our fragrance sampler set, the stocking recipient gets to make their own decision! They can test out seven different scents, choose their favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store or online to redeem for a travel size of their favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.”
4. Lune+Aster Revive in Five Rescue Mask Set
“The limited-edition set of Lune+Aster’s best-selling masks delivers results you can see and feel fast,” Kline says. “Perfect for an at-home spa night, long-haul flights, or anytime your skin needs a pick-me-up! You can gift one to each family member and keep one for yourself.”
5. Sephora Collection Holy Sheet!
“Holy Sheet is right!” Solares says. “This set comes with 20 sheet masks or face wipes, each item pricing out at less than $3, which makes this one of my stocking stuffer go-to’s. Remember when I mentioned gifting yourself a little along the way? Well, this is your self-care moment. I will select a few of my favorite sheet masks to keep for my own gift wrapping and masking moment and then break up the rest of the set into stocking stuffers for my friends and family. It is truly a win-win!
6. Diptyque Flocon Candle Votive Limited Edition
As always, this Diptyque candle smells as good as it looks. “Who wouldn’t want a Diptyque votive in their stocking?” Kline says. “This gorgeous votive is designed with real gold, while the fragrance features notes of white musk mixed with accents of mimosa to form the perfect scent that embodies the winter season.”
7. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!Repair Rituals Hair Care Kit
“One of the top hair concerns searched for and commented on is damage,” Solares says. “No matter what your hair type, it is likely that you have experienced some sort of damage whether it is from the cold winter months or from going bleach blonde against your stylist’s advice. Come on, we all know someone who’s done it! This set contains the Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask and Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil, fortified with ceramides and a clinically tested technology that restores moisture, strengthens hair, and seals the cuticle. This definitely is not a stocking stuffer that will get tossed into the back of a junk drawer!”
8. Odacité Holiday Mon Ami Facial Accupressure Beauty Tool
“Designed to promote facial muscle relaxation and melt away facial tensions, this limited-edition tool is a gift of relaxation,” Kline says. The dual-ended massager will leave skin looking younger and feeling blissed out. Those are two things everyone could use for the holidays!
9. Beekman 1802 Milky Minis 3-Piece Cleanse & Treat Set
Truly the G.O.A.T., Beekman 1802 is all about their hero ingredient, goat milk, since it’s super nurturing, rich in probiotics, replenishes the microbiome, and safe for even the most sensitive skin. That explains the adorable Gingham Goat Ears Headband, a truly unique beauty gift that’s perfect for keeping your hair back when you use this duo of products. Between the Mini Milk Foam Calming Bubble Mask and the Mini Milk Wash Exfoliating Jelly Cleanse, skin will be holiday party ready.
10. Fresh Day & Night Cleanse & Moisturize Gift Set
A winner for pretty packaging, this kit features a trio of Fresh’s bestsellers. The Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash gently washes away dirt, oil and makeup without stripping skin. The Lotus Face Cream delivers daytime moisture, while the Lotus Dream Cream nourishes skin overnight while you snooze. Each works on all skin types, making it one of the best beauty stocking stuffers.
11. Beautyblender Single Scoop Blend & Store Beautyblender
We all scream for ice cream—and they’ll scream for this adorable limited-edition Beautyblender and stand that’s the ideal makeup present. The ubiquitous tool is the best for blending making to a flawless, natural finish. The beloved makeup sponge comes in a new raspberry hue and can rest on its cone-shaped throne, making it a statement piece for your vanity.
12. Aromatherapy Associates Moment of Sleep Duo
A good night of beauty sleep is a gift that keeps on giving, making this one of the best beauty stocking stuffers. This duo will help you fall asleep faster with the power of aromatherapy. Wind down with a bath with their Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil and right before bedtime, spritz the Sleep Mist onto your pillow or blanket and the potent blend of eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender oil will send you straight to slumber.
13. Bobbi Brown Sheer Indulgence Extra Lip Tint Set
Pamper her pucker with this limited-edition set that will leave her lips perfectly smooth. It comes with a trio of full-size Extra Lip Tints—in Bare Pink, Bare Raspberry, and Bare Punch — which deliver the comfort of a balm with the tint of your favorite lipstick. A blend of six oils nurtures skin. There’s also a Lip Exfoliator Accessory to removed chapped skin and keep lips soft through the winter.
14. Molton Brown Fruity & Floral Christmas Cracker
They’ll have just as much fun opening this classic Christmas Cracker as they will using the fruity and floral Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gels. Inside is the Flora Luminare Bath & Shower Gel, Jasmine & Sun Rose Bath & Shower Gel, Heavenly Gingerlily Bath & Shower Gel, and the Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel. Bonus: The packaging is made with 100% tree-free paper, so it’s a gift you can feel good about.
15. Kiehl’s Merry Masking
At-home spa nights will be much merrier with this delightfully packaged trio of Kiehl’s face masks. The Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque spotlights Amazonian white clay to suck out pore-clogging bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells. Avocado oil takes the spotlight in the Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask to hydrate and soften skin. To get glowing, opt for turmeric, found in the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask.
16. Tula The Ultimate Holiday Glow 3-Piece Best Sellers Kit
Essentially a greatest hits collection from Tula, this kit has everything need for gorgeous skin. The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser lives up to its name by removing dirt, oil, makeup, and impurities without stripping skin. Instantly look wide awake with the Rose Glow Eye Balm that can even be used over makeup for a pick-me-up during the day. The 24-7 Moisture Day & Night Cream plumps up your complexion and revives tired skin every time you slather it on.
17. Jack Black The Balm Squad
Even the most grooming product-resistant guy needs lip balm, especially in the harsh winter months. He’ll be set for the season with this squad featuring the new NightMode Lip Treatment that defines beauty sleep. It also includes three Intense Therapy Lip Balms SPF 25: Limited-edition flavors Lavender, Mango & Mandarin, and best-selling Natural Mint & Shea Butter.
18. Mario Badescu Winter Glow Essentials
Christmas tins aren’t just for cookies — they’re also for skincare! And this one is coming up roses with everything needed for the winter months. A face mist is always a welcome refresh, especially when it’s the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. The tin also includes the Rose Hand Cream with vitamin E, Rose Lip Balm, and Rose Body Soap.
19. Nails.INC Sweet Nail Candy-Inspired Scented Nail Polish Quad
Peppermint-scented nail polish is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially when they’re in holiday party-ready hues. The long wear formula is easy to apply, thanks to the patented wide, hugging brush. This nail polish gift set by Nails.INC comes with four shades: Sugar House Lane (pale pink), Treat Street (neon pink), Noel Street (festive red), and Peppermint Place (dark red).
20. Versed Calm, Clear, and Holiday Cheer Skin De-Stressing Gift Set
Sure, the holidays are the merriest time of year, but they’re also the most stressful, and that can take a toll on skin. This triple threat will calm stressed out skin. It includes the Just Breathe Clarifying Serum Mini to decongest pores, keep oil under control, and battle breakouts. One Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is sold every two minutes, since it soothes inflammation while hydrating. Top it all off with the Facial Acupressure Wand to relieve facial tension and puffiness.
21. NARS Unwrapped Audacious Lipstick
What a beauty bauble! One of the bed red lipsticks from NARS gets a holiday makeover in limited-edition metallic silver packaging, but with the same award-winning formula. The luxe lipstick glides right on in a single stroke in coveted shade Mona. The bold hue won’t bleed or budge, yet is deeply hydrating.
22. Wander Beauty Tasting Flight Mascara Kit
Known for their lash loving mascaras, Wander Beauty is offering all three in a fun flight. It includes a deluxe mini of their newly launched Upgraded Lashes, which is a mascara and lash serum in one. There’s also a full-size Mile High Club to lengthen and define lashes and a deluxe mini of volumizing and curling Unlashed.
23. Pat McGrath Labs Mini Red Fantasy Lip Set Trio
Any makeup maven knows that Pat McGrath Labs is one of the most coveted makeup brands out there, making this one of the best beauty stocking stuffers. The brand’s signature packaging with red sequins is holiday ready. Each set comes with three products to land the perfect red lip: The MatteTrance Lipstick in shade Elson 3, the LUST: Gloss in shade Aliengelic, and the PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil in shade Bloodlust.
24. Laura Geller Beauty Gel Eyeliner Set
An eyeliner wardrobe is the gift they never knew they always wanted. The limited-edition set comes with five full-size gel eyeliners in neutral shades, including brown, gray, and black. The incredibly versatile eyeliners won’t budge all day and they can be blended for a smokey eye or used as a razor-sharp line. The smooth tip means they won’t skip or slip when drawing them on.
25. Dashing Diva Jewel Crush GLOSS Ultra Shine Gel Effects
An instant DIY holiday mani has never been easier. Dashing Diva’s nail stickers take out all the guesswork and are a cinch to apply. The chip-resistant gel strips last up to 14 days and won’t damage nails.
26. Lanolips 101 Ointment Limited-Edition Holiday Bauble
The perfect power couple, this limited-edition bauble has Lano’s best-selling 101 Ointment that can be applied to practically any dry spot — we’re talking lips, cuticles, elbows — to instantly hydrate sans any sticky residue. The new Bronze Gold Lip & Cheek Tint leaves the perfect wash of color behind, mimicking a natural tan. Both feature lanolin, a deeply hydrating oil naturally found in sheep’s wool that act like the skin’s own oils to heal and moisturize.
27. Moon Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen
Everyone loves a twofer, especially on Christmas morning in their stocking. Kendall Jenner’s Teeth Whitening Pen not only provides a brighter smile, but it also freshens breath. Thanks to its yummy vanilla mint flavor, it’s something you’ll be reaching for time and time again. The blend of lavender oil, strawberry fruit extract and honeysuckle fruit extract work together to improve the health and appearance of your smile.
28. Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 925 Antique
You don’t always need a whole palette to create beautiful eye makeup looks — just a single perfect eye shadow. And this long-wear shadow by Chanel is just the one. Created exclusively for the Holiday 2020 Collection–Les Chaînes d’Or de Chanel and embossed with a chic chain design, the subtle gold shadow has metallic flecks and swipes right onto skin. It’s equally striking when worn solo or layered with other shadows, since it blends like a dream.
29. Sara Happ The Dream Slip Overnight Lip Mask
Any skin-care junkie knows masks aren’t just for your face — they’re also for your lips. This one is made specifically to pamper your pucker, earning a status as one of the best beauty stocking stuffers. Designed to be left on overnight, the combination of jojoba, macadamia and sweet almond oils, as well as konjac root, replenishes, repairs and soothes lips while you sleep. Hyaluronic acid works to soften the skin, giving you a plumper pout by morning. The delicious chamomile, honey and vanilla flavor makes it hard to resist licking your lips.
30. Nudestix Sunset Nudes 3-Piece Set
Give the gift of complexion perfection inside a stocking this year with Nudestix’s Sunset Nudes 3-Piece Set. The trio is all you need to look blushed, bronzed and glowing. They all come tucked into a signature Nudestix tin, making it great for on the go. The set includes Nudies Matte Blush All-Over Face Color in Sunset Strip for sun-kissed color that will help you fake a beach vacation, Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Sunrise Star for glittery, golden lids, and Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Babe for a touch of color and a lot of shine.