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The best beauty gifts for Christmas, recommended by a beauty editor

best beauty gifts for Christmas 2023
best beauty gifts for Christmas 2023

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At Christmas, it’s far better to give something your recipient can use and enjoy all year, rather than leave sitting in a box untouched. The best beauty gifts fit that description to a tee. Whether it’s make-up, skincare, hair-care, a winter fragrance or a gift set, the best beauty gifts for Christmas are guaranteed to be used and enjoyed.

But which to buy? Telegraph’s beauty editor at large Annabel Jones has the inside scoop on this year’s hottest beauty buys. You can read her 2023 gift guide further down. But if you’d like to know which beauty gifts appear most frequently on wish lists, we’ve compiled a guide to those, too. Here’s a quick look at the top five:


Most desired beauty gifts of 2023

1. Elemis The Jetsetters Edit

£65, Elemis

Best beauty gift overall

We like: it comes with a smart travel bag

Elemis The Jetsetters Edit best beauty gifts 2023
Elemis: with everything you need for a weekend away

A well priced Elemis gift set with all the bestsellers in carry-on friendly sizes, plus a green and pink patterned travel bag. Perfect for a frequent traveller or someone wanting to dip their toe into the luxury brand.

£65

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2. Molton Brown Merry Berries & Mimosa Festive Bauble

Currently £13.50, Sephora

Best value beauty gift for Christmas

We like: it’s the perfect stocking filler

Molton Brown Merry Berries & Mimosa Festive Bauble best beauty gifts for Christmas 2023
Molton Brown: contains bath and shower gel

Great for a stocking filler, table present or secret Santa gift, this Molton Brown bauble is filled with a festive smelling body wash. It’s also available in mandarin and spice, pink pepper, black pepper or elderflower on Sephora.

£13.50

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3. Clarins Double Serum Collection

£87, Clarins

Best Clarins gift set

We like: featuring tried and true classics

Clarins Double Serum Collection best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
Clarins: a bestselling anti-ageing combo

For mature skin, a Clarins gift set including three anti-ageing bestsellers: a Double Serum (50ml), Beauty Flash Balm (15ml) and Lip Comfort Oil (1.4ml). Plus a seasonal gift pouch printed with Clarins’ initial.

£87

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4. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Set

£43, Charlotte Tilbury

Best Charlotte Tilbury gift set

We like: you can create a whole make-up look with this one set

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Set best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
Charlotte Tilbury: a shade to suit everyone

Charlotte Tilbury herself describes Pillow Talk as “everyone’s perfect shade”, making it the perfect universal beauty gift. This gift set includes a lipstick, lip liner, collagen lip gloss and highlighter-blush.

£43

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5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Skincare Set

£89, Estee Lauder

Best Estee Lauder gift set

We like: the mixture of travel and full-sizes

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Skincare Set best beauty gifts for christmas
Estee Lauder: designed to improve skin firmness

A four step night-time routine to cleanse, repair, revitalise and brighten, this cost-effective Estee Lauder set is gentle enough for sensitive skin but still effective - a favourite in any beauty editor’s arsenal. It includes a full-size of the cult Advanced Night Repair Serum.

£89

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Telegraph Beauty Editor at Large Annabel Jones’ beauty picks for 2023

1. G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush

£22, Net-a-porter

Best beauty tool gift for Christmas

We like: the ergonomic handle

G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush best christmas beauty gift
Goop: biodegradable bristles made from cacti

Annabel says: “Ergonomically shaped to get to those hard to reach areas, this is without a doubt the best dry body brush we’ve tried. Perfect for the person in your life who knows her way around the organic aisle.”

£22

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2. L’Oreal Rosy Ritual Gift Set

£19.99, Amazon

Best drugstore Christmas beauty gift

We like: the addition of the satin sleep mask

L’Oreal Rosy Ritual Gift Set best beauty gift for Christmas
L'Oreal: with a peony scent

Annabel says: “A day and night cream duo that’s been specifically formulated to give midlife skin a radiant glow. If it’s good enough for Helen Mirren…”

£19.99

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3. The Day & Night CBD Drops Set

Currently £66, OTO Wellbeing

Best CBD beauty gift for Christmas

We like: it’s a natural solution to good sleep

The Day & Night CBD Drops Set best beauty gifts for christmas
OTO Wellbeing: infused with vitamins and natural oils and extracts

Annabel says: “For the sleep-deprived, these high-quality CBD Power Drops for day and Sleep Drops for night are a godsend for new mums and dads or anyone going through the meno-slash-mano-pause.”

£66

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4. The Rhode Kit

£92, Rhode Skin

Best Christmas beauty gift for teens

We like: every product is unscented for sensitive skin

The Rhode Kit best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
Rhode Skin: glazing milk, peptide glazing fluid, barrier restore cream and peptide lip treatment

Annabel says: “You’ll be in your teen’s good books if you wrap up this unscented (a non-negotiable for Gen-Z) foursome of ‘glazing’ products in her stocking.”

£92

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5. Larry King The Social Edit

£130, Harvey Nichols

Best haircare beauty gift for Christmas

We like: it’s perfect for party season

Larry King The Social Edit best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
Larry King: includes five products

Annabel says: “For healthy hair that smells of fresh spring garden air, this edit of King’s stunning refillable glass bottles of shampoo and conditioner, with the iconic Flyway Kit and Volumising Hair Mist, will make the house-proud smile.”

£130

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6. No 7 Future Renew Collection 4 Piece Set

£45, Boots

Best skincare gift for Christmas

We like: the vast savings

No 7 Future Renew Collection 4 Piece Set best beauty gifts for her 2023
No 7: two serums and day and night creams

Annabel says: “Mum will thank you for snapping up the skincare sensation of the year - and she needn’t know you saved £41 on the full set.”

£45

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7. Le Gloss Set Holiday Essentials

£88, MERIT

Best make-up Christmas gift

We like: it includes exclusive products you can’t buy elsewhere on the website

Le Gloss Set Holiday Essentials best beauty gifts for Christmas
Merit: for the eyes, lips and skin

Annabel says: “Five cleanly formulated essentials for looking perennially put together, including our beauty team’s favourite mascara, Clean Lash Lengthening Tubing Mascara in Perfect Black.”

£88

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8. Jones Road The Mini Brush Kit

£57, Jones Road Beauty

Best brushes make-up set

We like: the limited edition travel bag

The Mini Brush Kit best beauty gifts 2023
Jones Road Beauty: set of four travel brushes

Annabel says: “Made in Italy and cruelty free, makeup aficionados and beginners alike will be thankful for these professional-grade brushes that fit in any handbag.”

£57

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9. Treasure Tin in Cherub

£39, Space NK

Best Christmas beauty gift for a friend

We like: the beautiful keepsake tin can be re-used for trinkets

Vieve Treasure Tin in Cherub best beauty gifts for Christmas
Vieve: a lip gloss and blush

Annabel says: “A keepsake tin with the iconic Lip Dew and Sunset Blush duo, this is the perfect friendship gift.”

£39

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10. Prada Monochrome Soft Matte Lipstick in Quartz

£37, Harrods

Best lipstick Christmas gift

We like: you can buy a refill for cheaper, when needed

Prada Monochrome Soft Matte Lipstick in Quartz best beauty gift for christmas 2023
Prada: doubles as a blush

Annabel says: “From the exquisite refillable packaging to the ultra flattering shades and engraved bullet, it’s hard to imagine anything more chic for the price.”

£37

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11. Pink Daily Pill Box Water Bottle

£13.95, Victoria Health

Best wellness gift for Christmas 

We like: it’s so handy for travel

Pink Daily Pill Box Water Bottle best beauty gift for christmas
Victoria Health: dishwasher proof

Annabel says: “This Barbie-pink water bottle with built-in pill box is actually big enough to discreetly house your beauty supplements so you never forget.”

£13.95

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12. Discovery Set of Eau de parfum 3X5ML

£50, Selfridges

Best fragrance gift for Christmas

We like: the chance to try travel sizes before committing to a full-size

Discovery Set of Eau de parfum 3X5ML best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
Le Labo: the brand's best selling fragrances

Annabel says: “Give the gift of cool with this discovery set of Le Labo classics: Another 13, Santal 33 and The Noir 29.”

£50

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13. Marshmallow Sponge Set of Four

£24.95, Sephora

Best beauty blender gift

We like: they double in size when dampened

Marshmallow Sponge Set of Four best beauty gifts for christmas 2023
COCO COSMETICS: save money by buying the pack

Annabel says: “The softest makeup sponges on the planet, these make the perfect stocking filler for makeup lovers.”

£24.95

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