When it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s always satisfying to spoil family and friends with presents they wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves. Case in point: a beautiful gift set. A bundle of skin, hair or makeup products is a safe-bet buy that anyone would love to find under the tree. Especially when you consider that the downtime post-Christmas and pre-New Year is perfect for pampering and trying out new products. Even better, these sets also work out to be extremely good value. Click through to see our favourites...
1. For The Friend Who Considers Themselves A DIY Facialist
Woo the serious skincare fan in your life this Christmas with Drunk Elephant. The fastest-growing skincare brand in Sephora’s history has finally made the leap across the pond, and the most affordable way to give the brand a go is with this starter kit of seven travel-size hero products. Including the cult Jelly Cleanser, brightening C-Firma Day Serum and the deeply nourishing Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, this gift set has everything you need for a sparkly new skincare routine for 2019.
Drunk Elephant The Littles, £71, available at Cult Beauty More
2. For The Friend Whose Idea Of Self-Care Is Pampering
The phrase 'self-care' may be bandied around everywhere of late but its benefits can’t be underrated. As Aromatherapy Associates points out: "Self-care isn’t a nice to have, it’s a must-have." For the friend or family member wanting to upgrade their self-care regime, this money-saving gift set of De-Stress products is ideal. Harnessing the power of calming essential oils, there’s a bath oil for a zen-inducing soak, a body gel for a moment of massage and a rollerball for frazzled moments on-the-go.
Aromatherapy Associates Self Care Is Your Healthcare , £36, available at Aromatherapy Associates More
3. For The Friend Who's All About That Base
For those wanting glowing skin come New Year’s Eve, this set from famed facialist Eve Lom is just the ticket. Transforming skin from dull to a level of luminous that rivals Christmas light displays, this collection of four travel-size products includes the Original Cleanser, the Radiance Face Oil, Radiance Face Mist and the Radiance Lift Cream – a snip at under £50.
Eve Lom Simply Radiant Gift Set, £47, available at SpaceNK More
4. For The Homebody Friend Who Also Loves Nights Out
The ultimate Christmas gift set, this limited edition Soap & Glory tin contains 12 of the brand’s most-loved products and covers bath, body, skin, hair, fragrance
and makeup. Worth £80, it has everything you need for both a night in and a night out. Highlights include The Scrub of Your Life, a divine-smelling and body-buffing exfoliator, the Bright and Beautiful Radiance Boosting Mask, a glowing skin pick-me-up, and The Thick & Fast Mascara, a going out-out lash enhancer. Soap & Glory Star Gift Bubble Act Christmas Gift Set , £30, available at Boots More
5. For The Friend Who Loves Hitting The Hay
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this set from slumber experts, This Works. Containing everything one needs for a peaceful kip, including their multi award-winning and clinically proven lavender Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, the therapeutic Deep Sleep Bath Soak, and the calming aromatherapy-based Stress Check Breathe Rollerball.
This Works Space To Dream Gift Set, £38, available at SpaceNK More Story continues
6. For The Friend Who Pursues Maximum Moisture
The quiet lull between Christmas and New Year, when you only move from the sofa for another Quality Street, is a great time for baths and body care. Treat someone to this set of iconic Body Shop butters and they’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to keeping their skin soft and hydrated. The biggest decision they’ll have to make is between Almond Milk & Honey, Mango, Strawberry, Shea, and British Rose.
The Body Shop Body Butter Stars of The Forest , £25, available at The Body Shop More
7. For The Friend Who Loves Switching Up Their Hair
Gift someone new hair for the new year with this nourishing gift set from mane masters, Philip Kingsley. Housed in an adorable cracker, this bargain gift contains travel-size versions of their bestselling Elasticizer, a super-conditioning pre-shampoo treatment that adds bounce and shine, and the Daily Damage Defence, a spray to detangle and protect hair against heat damage.
Philip Kingsley Let It Shine Christmas Cracker Gift, £10, available at Philip Kingsley More
8. For The Friend Who Is Pro-Hygge
Inspired by Yalda, an Iranian festival celebrating warmth and light on the darkest day of the year, this gift set has everything you need for a cosy night in, including a bath bomb, shower gel, scented candle and a body cream. Eco-friendly as well, the beautiful keepsake box can be given a second lease of life and used to store photographs, paperwork or makeup.
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