Here’s everything us editors are buying our loved ones this year, from the best Advent calendars to the chicest smelling fragrances and everything in-between.
“This is truly the year of really luxe advent calendars, and no one does it as high-end as Valmont’s limited-edition take. The Holidays in Neverland Advent Calendar ($380) is next-level and literally feels like you’re giving someone skin-care gold. Yves Rocher Advent Calendar ($69) also has a gorgeously decorated purple-sparkly moonlight-themed number that’s in a box you’ll keep forever. I just met the wonderful Kate McLeod for dinner last week and she has something coming up that I will be buying for myself and my friends and family (spoiler alert: there’s really nothing else out there like it), but I’m sworn to secrecy on what it is…in the meantime, her Breathe Stone ($45) just launched at Sephora and it’s the perfectly thoughtful gift for anyone in your life who needs to recoup and reset.”
—Liz Ritter, executive editor
“I keep one of these Skinny Slip Scrunchies on my wrist at all times, and this gift set ($25) comes in the cutest packaging—you don’t even need to wrap it. I’m also a sucker for a good claw clip—they’re trending big right now—and the matte ones from The Hair Edit ($8) are the perfect stocking stuffer. Another fun hair gift is this unique Flex Gentle Brush from British M ($21) that is super gentle on the scalp, great for detangling, and its design allows for more air to pass through while you are blow-drying for faster styling.
In the makeup department, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Gift Set ($49) never disappoints. It’s one of the best everyday lip colors on so many skin tones. I’m also the biggest fan of tubing mascara, and I’ve converted many of my friends to this one from Thrive Causemetics ($25). Tubing mascara cuts the makeup remover step out of your routine, and it doesn’t flake or smudge all day.
Lastly, I’m crushing hard on Burt’s Bees’ new collab with Cleo Wade, which is exclusively at Target. If you don’t know Cleo, she’s an incredibly inspirational author and poet—I’ve gifted her book Heart Talk to many friends—and this lip balm set ($12; pair it with the book for the ultimate gift) is a must-have. Also, it comes with a QR code to register for 30 days of affirmations from Cleo via email.”
—Brittany Burhop Fallon, director of beauty
“Next year—fingers crossed—my loved ones will be traveling, jettsetting and mingling much more than in the last few years. For my sister who always asks what I’m wearing when I walk in the room, the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum Travel Set ($325) is my go-to choice. To give the gift of perfect lips, lashes and brows on the go, the Grande Cosmetics Ready, Set, Jet set ($69) really has it all. For that alone time on the plane, I’m sharing one of my favorite reads, Katie Sturino’s Body Talk ($25)—part self help book and part workbook, it’s the body positive missive I want every woman in my life to read. The super luxe, sustainable French beauty brand Les Filles en Rouje’s Total Look Pouch ($112) is an elegant travel companion that contains everything you need for that effortlessly chic Parisian vibe.”
—Tatiana Bido, aesthetic content manager
“I’m all about scents this season. I really just want to wrap all my loved ones in gorgeous, comforting smells to give them a cozy winter. Diptyque’s new Limited Edition Holiday Scents ($144 for 3) are enchanting, used together or scattered throughout the home. Earlier this year, Kate McLeod’s Body Stone ($45) changed my life. I’ve always disliked using traditional lotion, so I’m notoriously terrible at moisturizing my body. However, since I’ve tried the Body Stone, I’m hooked. I’ve been telling everyone about it, and since it’s the holiday season, I will now be gifting everyone one so they can see the magic for themselves. It’s a moisturizing and mindfulness moment all in one, and your skin glistens after. On the makeup front, I want to gift everyone the ease and natural beauty that comes with Westman Atelier Petal Edition ($134). The set comes with Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal, a new shade of Lit Up Highlight Stick in Petal and Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm in, you guessed it, Petal. It’s perfect for a quick flush of color or buildable for something more intense.”
—Allie Hogan, staff writer
“Different personalities and interests are part of what make my loved ones so special to me. For the beauty queen, there’s nothing more luxurious than a Pat McGrath palette ($82) or brand-new set of makeup brushes. It doesn’t get much more chic than Westman Atelier’s Brush Collection ($575). For my TikTok-obsessed friends, always sold-out Rhode products like the Peptide Glazing Fluid ($29) will be a hit. And for the homebodies like me, you can’t go wrong with a warm NETTE candle ($82) or Eberjey PJ Set ($138)—both the ultimate in cozy elegance.”
—Danielle Fontana Dooley, associate director, digital content
“For me, there’s nothing better than coming home on a chilly winter night and lighting a delicious smelling candle, so giving the gift of a fresh fragrance is always my go-to. I love the Emily Maude Twelve Days of Christmas Candle Gift Set ($120), because the candles are so divine and the fact that it’s an advent calendar gives that added note of festivity.
On a more practical note, I’m a firm believer that you can never go wrong with a new pair of socks, especially in the winter, so any of Bombas’ gift sets—like the Women’s Snowflake Calf Sock 4-Pack ($70)—are always a solid bet. We all know the holidays can be stressful, so I also love to give the gift of self-care and relaxation with something like Schwanen Garten’s Holiday Facial Set ($87). Good smells, comfy socks and a facial, how could you go wrong?”
—Isabelle Buneo, editorial intern
“The perfect gift for your friends is SIDIA Hand Care Duo + Braless Candle ($115). The candle burns beautifully and pairs well with pajamas. Light it up. Take it off.
Buying a hand treatment may not be on top of your budget items, but somehow it feels like such a luxury to treat your hands with efficacious products. Our hands give so much, it’s time to treat them. The Slip Poolside Queen Zippered Pillowcase ($89) is also a win for those that would like to reduce bedhead and face creases. I love the combination of design and functionality—it looks as amazing on your bed as it feels to your face. I’ll also be gifting the Thyme Frasier Fir Candles ($34) and the Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment kit ($62) as they’re both make amazing gifts that will last a long time.”
—Sarah Eggenberger, senior editor-at-large
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