A short list of all the things you should do for your friends: 1. Like all of their Instagram photos, 2. Tell them how much you love them, and 3. Not give them another freaking gift card this holiday (or birthday, or any day ever again).
I mean, sure, you can get them a tiny piece of plastic that has as much sentiment and thought as a gust of air, or you can pick out one of these kickass skin, hair, and makeup gifts, below, that they'll actually get excited to open up. May I suggest the latter option?
Sephora Favorite Summer Hair Saviors, $38
Uh, the picture alone should be enough to sway you, but in case it doesn't, know that this crazy-packed kit contains all of Sephora's best-selling hair products with goodies for every type and texture. I’m talking Marajo’s Cleansing Creme + Deep Treatment Butter, Ouai’s Wave Spray, Living Proof’s No Frizz Humidity Shield, and Drybar’s Prime and Prep Detangler. Yes, this is a dream kit.
Calvin Klein Women, $84
Don’t be put off by the name—this woody floral scent can (and should) by misted on all humans of any gender. The fragrance is so crisp and light, thanks to its notes of orange and eucalyptus, that even perfume haters will find themselves wearing it on the daily. And I know this, because I’m currently wearing it right now.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette, $80
Yeah, this palette is a bit pricey, but anyone who has spent the year trying to survive 2018 with their sanity intact (especially if that someone is a makeup lover) deserves the gift of an other-worldly, lit-from-within glow that makes them think of happier days. The six iridescent shades can be used to contour, highlight, and brighten skin, without looking clown-like or heavy, which makes one less ting to worry about.
Estée Lauder Protect + for Health, Youthful-Looking Skin, $65
Each of these ridiculously effective (and gorgeous) products will turn your face—or, cough, your friend's face—into silky, dewy, hydrated gold. Just wash your skin with the gentle foam cleanser, dab on the soothing gel eye cream, layer on the lightweight moisturizer, and, at night, add in the anti-aging serum for a total at-home spa experience.
Lipstick Queen Best Sellers Trio, $48
Don't be freaked by these crazy-seeming hues—each of the bright shades immediately changes color as soon as you swipe it on, thanks to special heat-reactive pigments in the formula. So that navy blue will actually turn violet on your lips, while the red develops into raspberry, and the green fades to a coral pink.
Tweexy The Wearable Nail Polish Holder, $8
Yes, it looks silly, but trust me—this wearable nail-polish holder is going to revolutionize the life of any DIY-mani enthusiast. It slips between your fingers like a ring and holds every size nail polish, so you can paint your nails anywhere, without fear of spilling on your couch or carpet. Again.
BareMinerals Take Me With You, $39
This trio is pretty much the Holy Grail of skin-based makeup kits. It's filled with BareMinerals' cult-favorite ultra-hydrating and fuller-coverage tinted moisturizer, powdered mineral blush, and an ultra-soft blending brush, so
you your friend can get their face covered (literally) without spending a fortune.