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14 Beauty Gifts Editors Are Buying This Year

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Here’s everything us editors are buying our loved ones this year, from bath soaks to air fryers and everything in-between.

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“I swear by any of the Touchland sanitizers ($9) for a quick, very useful gift, any time of the year. For the holidays, this year’s YSL Beauty sets ($98) are incredible for anyone who’s into lipstick—they’re decadently chic and come in a box you’ll keep forever. I was just introduced to the new line, leVerden, last week and had a friend and a family member try to take the Bath Soak ($70) off my hands, so that one is kind of a softball!”

—Liz Ritter, executive editor

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“I’m passionate about home fragrance—either a year-round signature scent or switching it up based on the seasons—so my top picks are in that category this year. One of my earliest holiday gifting memories is at Bath & Body Works back in the ‘90s, when my friends and I would exchange gift sets from the brand. To this day, I still look forward to gifting their candles, especially Fresh Balsam ($16)—it reminds of walking through Christmas tree farms as a kid. Plus, this packaging design—they release new designs every year—is a nod to traditional holiday beauty that I love. 

I’m also a huge fan of everything NEST does—founder Laura Slatkin is a true fragrance connoisseur and also one of the nicest people—and this collaboration with famed photographer Gray Malin is truly a ‘wow’ gift anyone would be excited to receive. One whiff and you’re whisked away to The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, sipping a hot toddy apres-ski style.”

—Brittany Burhop Fallon, beauty director

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“My favorite gift to give on holidays are luxe fragrances because I know they will last throughout the year and I love being the architect of a loved one’s new scent memory. This year, I can’t go wrong with Atelier Cologne’s limited edition holiday gift set ($170), which features the unisex Clémentine California scent and a Bois Montmartre candle. For me, embodying the aroma of a delicate sunny day coupled with the ability to transform my home into a chic Parisian Atelier is truly the best of both worlds.”

—Tatiana Bido, features editor

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“In terms of beauty products, I always love to gift a good eyeshadow palette because anyone can use them. My favorite one at the moment is the limited-edition Haus Labs Love For Sale Shadow Palette ($48). When I say it looks gorgeous on anyone, I mean I’ve applied it to all my friends and it looks flattering every single time.

I’ve also been telling my mom to get an air fryer since I bought my own, and since she refuses to believe its powers, I bought her one—specifically the CHEFMAN Small, Compact Air Fryer ($70)—this year to prove my point. It’s a much healthier alternative to pan frying without slacking on taste!”

—Olivia Wohlner, editorial assistant

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“Body wash and lotion are a surefire hit, since everyone needs these two products. Gifting this rum-scented make it a double. ($42) set from MALIN + GOETZ will help add a little luxury to some otherwise mundane tasks. The Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Lip Gloss ($28) has been the gift that keeps on giving to me for years, so I want to share that with my friends. It plumps your lips, adds an unparalleled shine that looks amazing over any lipstick and it smells amazing. For any skin-care lovers on my list, I’ll want to give them the gift of experiencing Drunk Elephant. This Littles Night Out ($50) set them a peak into the Drunk Elephant world, so they can decide which products they love the most. As an added bonus, the packaging is cute and cheeky. Lastly, I have trust issues with lip balms, but this Image Skincare ORMEDIC Lip Enhancement ($24) made me believe again. It smells delightful and my lips have never been smoother. Although it’s meant for overnight or early morning use, I wear it around all day. It will be the gift everyone cherishes once the cold weather gets to their lips.”

—Allie Hogan, staff writer

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“I love a practical gift, so treating my loved ones items I know they wouldn’t usually purchase for themselves is my go-to strategy. Two never-fail ideas: a slip silk pillowcase ($89–$110) and a quick-drying AQUIS Hair Wrap Towel ($40). Not only will both get used everyday, but she’ll think of you every time she wake up with silkier strands or shave off some serious time from her hair-styling routine.”

—Danielle Fontana Dooley, senior digital editor

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