When it comes to stocking stuffers for Christmas, it can be hard to find fun yet inexpensive gifts for your loved ones that are nicer than a boring pair of socks! For the beauty lover, there are many affordable skincare, makeup, nail, and bath & body gifts that your recipient will be sure to love.
Today I’ve compiled a list of beauty products, tools, and treatments that are exactly that: a treat! From eyeshadow, nail polish, and makeup brushes to lip balm, hand cream, and sheet masks, you find a great selection of fun and cheap beauty products that make the perfect holiday gift.
Here are some affordable stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty lover:
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I don’t know how e.l.f. does it! Their prices are so low for the quality drugstore makeup (and skincare) products that they sell. e.l.f. Cosmetics Bite-Size Eye Shadow Palette is a perfect example. For only $3.00 each, you can choose from 8 different palettes that include 4 different shades in each palette.
The formulas are highly pigmented, are easy to blend and super creamy. These palettes are small so they are perfect to throw in your purse or travel bag and use on the go. Plus the palettes are easy to mix together for a unique eye look.
- Cream & Sugar (shimmery and matte neutrals) – SHOWN ABOVE
- Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin, browns, and golds)
- Rose Water (I have this one and love it!) shimmery pinks and browns
- Berry Bad (deep rose and berries)
- Hot Jalapeño (gold and greens)
- Açai You (periwinkle and purples)
- Truffles (deep plum and browns)
- Carnival Candy (electric blue and neutral browns)
Gift the entire trio or split them up! NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice, Please! Butter Gloss Trio contains three of NYX’s best-selling ultra-glossy Butter Gloss lip glosses. The glosses are a range of coral and pink shades. They are highly pigmented and non-sticky and have a deliciously sweet scent. Cruelty-free and PETA certified.
The shades in this trio are:
- Crème Brulee
- Angel Food Cake
Clinique Beauty Bauble Set includes Clinique’s best-selling cleansing balm and high-impact mascara. As a bonus, it comes in a cute giftable ornament box.
This limited-edition set includes:
- High Impact Mascara in Black (0.14 oz)
- Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (0.5 oz)
The cult-favorite Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm makes quick work of makeup, dirt, oil, and other impurities while rinsing away cleanly without leaving any residue.
High Impact Mascara provides volume and length with lash definition and rich color. This mascara is 100% fragrance-free, ophthalmologist and allergy-tested, and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Burt’s Bees Kissable Color Gift Set contains three lip shades that can be applied over your favorite lip color or on bare lips for a hint of color. The 100% natural lip tints are formulated with shea butter, vitamin E and antioxidant-rich fruit oils, and a refreshing hit of peppermint.
Burt’s Bees signature holiday gift box makes gift giving easy. Give the entire box or split them for multiple stocking stuffer gifts. The trio is available in two different 3-pack collections, Warm or Cool. Each set of 3 is sold separately.
The Cool Collection includes:
- Watermelon Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
- Apricot Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
- GrapefruitLip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
The Warm Collection includes:
- Peony Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
- Fig Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
- Rhubarb Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz)
This next collection is one of my favorite new drugstore products! e.l.f. offers some of the best drugstore makeup primers, and e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Primer Trio includes three primers, each with a different finish.
The primers are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. These putty primers create a perfect canvas on your skin that preps it for makeup application. Poreless Putty Primer, the original putty primer from e.l.f., is often considered a dupe for the cult-favorite Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Face Primer. For more on my experience with these two primers, check out this post on Tatcha vs e.l.f..
All three primers can even be used at the same time to complete your makeup look. Apply Poreless Putty Primer around the nose and cheeks. Luminous Putty Primer can be applied along the top of your cheekbones. Apply Matte Putty Primer on your t-zone to keep your complexion shine-free.
This trio includes mini sizes of each of the following primers:
- Poreless Putty Primer: The original putty primer from e.l.f. that creates a poreless, flawless finish and smoothed complexion. (0.14 oz)
- Matte Putty Primer: This primer is formulated to provide a shine-free matte complexion. (0.14 oz)
- Luminous Putty Primer: This primer formulated to provide a radiant, glowing complexion. (0.14 oz)
For a self-care indulgence, try a Tony Moly sheet mask (or as Tony Moly calls them: mask sheets). A universal option is Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet. It’s a 3-layer pulp sheet mask formulated with aloe extract plus an enriched water-based essence. It’s a perfect way to soothe and hydrate the skin while allowing your recipient to take some time for themselves.
Essie Holiday Best Sellers 3 Piece Nail Color Mini Kit is the perfect holiday beauty treat with its 3 mini nail polishes in shades that are perfect for the festive holiday season. Go neutral with winter-inspired Marshmallow or be a little more dramatic with Gadget Free or Bahama Mama.
The kit is packaged in the holiday box which can easily be slipped into a stocking or broken up into individual nail polish gifts for more than one recipient. This kit includes:
- Bahama Mama (0.17 oz) – Warm deep plum
- Gadget Free (0.17 oz) – gunmetal gray metallic
- Marshmallow (0.17 oz) – white
Another stocking stuffer from e.l.f. Cosmetics! This lip duo from e.l.f., e.l.f. Cosmetics Speak For Your e.l.f. Kit, contains a matte lipstick and shiny lip gloss. Liquid Matte Lipstick is enriched with Vitamin E to nourish the lips. Prismatic Lip Gloss is also enriched with vitamin E, is non-sticky, and adds a hint of shimmer and high shine. Both products are100% vegan and cruelty-free.
This duo includes:
- Prismatic Lip Gloss in Rose Quartz
- Liquid Matte Lipstick in Praline
Wear each lip shade alone or apply the lip gloss on top of the matte lipstick for high dimension and shine.
L’Occitane Hand Cream Classics contains three luxurious 1 oz mini hand creams in their most popular varieties. Purchasing the trio is a $7 savings compared to purchasing the products individually.
This trio contains:
- Almond Delicious Hands: Lightweight and enriched with Almond milk and Almond oil. (1.0 oz)
- Shea Butter Hand Cream: Enriched with 20% organic Shea Butter, Honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil. (1.0 oz)
- Lavender Hand Cream: Light-textured, enriched with shea butter plus a soothing lavender scent. (1.0 oz)
L’Occitane makes some of my favorite hand creams. I adore the scent of Almond Delicious Hands and nothing can beat the rich nourishing Shea Butter Hand Cream.
Jack Black Ultamint Lip Duo is the perfect lip balm for both men and women. This duo was created especially for Ulta by the men’s brand Jack Black. These best-selling lip balms are formulated with broad-spectrum sun protection with SPF 25 and protect the lips from windburn and extreme temperatures.
This duo includes:
- Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Natural Mint & Shea Butter (0.25 oz)
- Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Pineapple Mint (0.25 oz)
Both lip balms contain antioxidants like green tea and vitamin E to protect and soothe lips plus shea butter and avocado oil provide moisture and condition the lips.
Pre de Provence Artisanal French Bar Soaps were some of the best-selling soaps at my bath & body shop years ago. These French soaps are enriched with shea butter, produce a rich and creamy lather and they LAST! They last longer than some handmade soaps due to the fact that they are triple-milled to create smooth, hard and uniform bars.
These soaps come in a nice variety of scents that are not too strong but just right. A few of the best-selling scents from my shop were Linden, Honey Almond, Milk, and Lavender, to name a few.
Real Techniques Flawless Base Set includes four brushes for a flawless base. The Detailer Brush works on concealing imperfections. The Buffing Brush is used to apply foundation and loose or pressed powder. The Contour Brush is perfect for highlighting and contouring above and below the cheekbones. The Square Foundation Brush has densely packed bristles to apply liquid foundation.
As a bonus, a brush cup is included to keep your brushes organized on your countertop.
This stocking stuffer may not be the most glamorous, but it’s the best makeup brush cleaner that I’ve tried. I’ve purchased Eco Tools Makeup Brush Cleaner many times, as it makes quick work of makeup on brushes, applicators, and sponges without leaving any oily build up on your tools.
Simply pour some brush cleaner in your palm and then swirl the makeup brush or sponge in the liquid. Work up a lather and then run under warm water to rinse. Once the water is running clear, squeeze out the excess water, reshape the tool and then lay flat to dry.
It works much better than plain soap or liquid soap and is so much gentler on your brushes. It’s inexpensive and gets the job done! Paraben-, phthalate-, cruelty- & petroleum-free.
Real Techniques Eye Shade + Blend Duo Pack contains a base shadow brush and a crease brush that have super plush synthetic bristles that are easy to clean weekly for best performance. (The brush cleaner above works quickly and easily on Real Techniques brushes and sponges.)
This duo includes:
- Base Shadow Brush
- Deluxe Crease Brush
The lightweight Base Shadow Brush is ideal has tapered bristles and is ideal for all over the lid and builds color easily.
The Deluxe Crease Brush is oversized and goof-proof, making blending in the crease of your eyelid effortless.
This nail whitening pencil whitens the inside of your nail tips. It can be used on dry or damp nails and will give your nails a brighter and cleaner look.
The pencil works particularly well with French manicures since the goal for this type of manicure is white tips. The cap of the pencil is designed to be used as a cuticle pusher which will complete your nail look.
Primal Elements Handmade Glycerin Soaps are so much fun. Take, for instance, the cute soap filled with high heel shoes above. The bar is called Imelda, after the infamous First Lady of the Philippines known for her outrageous shoe collection.
Primal Elements also has Christmas specific bars, as well as bars for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and other holidays. They are generously sized and lather well. Kids love them too!
As I discussed in my post on Physicians Formula Organic Wear makeup, Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Treatment is my new favorite drugstore lip treatment. It contains organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, and antioxidant vitamin E for hydrating and protecting your lips.
My lips feel buttery smooth and soft after application and well protected during these cold winter months. It’s the closest drugstore alternative that I’ve found for my longtime favorite yet pricey Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (but without the SPF).
I raved about 95 and Sunny Crystal Glass Nail Files in my post on the best-selling products from my bath and body boutique. These Czech Republic-produced tempered glass nail files are the best I’ve ever used. I sold them at my store and recently purchased this set of three on Amazon.
I wanted to be sure that the nail files that I link to here are the same as the ones that I previously sold in my store, so I purchased some. They, in fact, are the same nail files that I sold and they are such a great deal on Amazon!
Included in the set is a larger pedicure file (7.5″), a medium nail file (5.5″) and small nail file (3.5″).
They literally never wear out and are easy to wash. They also reduce nail chipping and splitting that you often get from cheap emory boards. Each nail file comes with a protective sheath. Love!
The Original MakeUp Eraser has such a cool concept. Erase all your makeup with just water? It’s true! Millions of hairlike fibers that stand up when wet work together to suction makeup, dirt, and oil out of every pore.
The polyester blend is super soft and designed for sensitive skin. These cloths are different from typical cotton washcloths that are woven in a loop or pile and are much gentler on the skin.
You use the short fiber side of the eraser in circular motions to remove makeup with water only and the long fiber side of the cloth for gentle exfoliation. The eraser should be washed 1-2 times per week and be sure to machine wash before the first use to activate the fibers.
This facial ice roller is on my list! This exact roller has been recommended by multiple beauty bloggers and has fantastic reviews. This face roller can soothe, and calm the skin and reduce redness. The roller can even be used to ease migraine and headache pain!
You can store the roller (separated from the handle) in the freezer or you can cool it in the freezer quickly in 10-15 minutes. I think this would be heaven on a hot summer day or really anytime that your skin is inflamed and needs soothing. The perfect spa treatment at home!
Rosebud Salve was one of the first products that I purchased for my bath & body shop. It is produced by a family-owned company in Maryland. It is a cult-favorite product with not only friends, family, and past customers, but you’ll also read about it as a celebrity favorite in beauty and women’s magazines.
It’s so moisturizing and soothing, perfect for chapped dry lips during this time of the year. It’s not sticky at all and has many other uses. Use it over lipstick for a glossy dewy lip. It can also be used to tame unruly eyebrows or for diaper rash!
The holiday-inspired Maybelline Winter Wonderglam Mini Eye Kit contains three mini Maybelline eye products. This limited-edition set includes:
- Total Temptation Mascara – Very Black (0.15 oz)
- Lash Sensational Mascara – Very Black (0.15 oz)
- Master Precise All Day Liner – Black (0.02 oz)
The mascaras will add length and volume without clumping. Total Temptation Mascara has soft bristles while Lash Sensational Mascara has a fanning brush for the full fan effect. The eyeliner is ideal for creating a winged look without the smudging. It will create sharply defined lines with intense black color for up to 12 hours of wear.
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Real Techniques Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges (Set of 4) are mini versions of their best-selling beauty blending sponges.
They are designed so that the round sides will work on large areas of the face, the tip will cover blemishes, and the flat edge will contour the eyes and nose.
While the sponges work on your whole face, they work particularly well around the eyes and can apply and blend concealer into creases and corners quite well. They also stand up to multiple washings. (I use Eco Tools Makeup Brush Cleaner as I mentioned above.)
The things we do for beauty. Like putting snail slime on our faces! Yes, Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Gold Eye Gel Patches contain snail slime. But it is a commonly used ingredient in K-Beauty products, as snail slime contains skin-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and collagen and can even help to reduce redness and irritation.
These eye gel patches contain not only snail slime, but also 24k gold and five peptides. Wear them for 15 to 20 minutes to increase hydration and to protect the skin barrier. They can also help under-eye circles and bags by brightening and de-puffing the delicate skin around the eyes.
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For a fun, glam look, this Handmade False Eyelashes Set contains 50 pairs of false eyelashes plus professional false eyelashes extension remover clip tweezers. Made of thin fibers, there are five different styles of lashes in this set.
The lashes can be customized by cutting and curling them. For application, scissors, tweezers, mascara, and lash glue will be required. Once applied, they will make the eyes look bigger and brighter.
Finals Thoughts on Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Lover
I hope this list will help you add some fun beauty products to the stockings of your loved ones. Shopping for gifts can be time-consuming not to mention expensive, but these affordable beauty inspired stocking stuffers are easy to order online and are sure to please the beauty lover.
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Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!