Here’s everything us editors are buying our loved ones this year, from bath soaks to air fryers and everything in-between.
“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! Susanne Kaufmann also has the most luxe Bath Oil Trio ($43) that’s perfection for anyone who needs a small moment of self-care. I’m not totally in the business of giving out supplements as stocking stuffers, but I did just try the Healist Calm Chews ($30) and they work wonders. I know plenty of people in my life who could use a bottle.”
—Liz Ritter, executive editor
“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
“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.
I also cannot live without the JUARA Skin Care Candlenut Body Polish ($38) in my life. It sloughs away dead skin cells and leaves me feeling smooth and supple everywhere thanks to the candlenut, rice bran and avocado oils that nourish the body. Influenced by ancient herbal Indonesian tradition, this Body Ritual Set ($171)—which includes the Candlenut Polish, Shower Gel and Body Crème, and the Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm and Karatini Body Oil—is the perfect gift to give my loved ones the most amazing self-care indulgence.
When it comes to pampering my friends, redness, dullness and dryness are big winter headaches we always complain about. This Dr. Jart+ Bestseller Kit ($42) featuring the cult-classic Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment ($52) will give the gift of beautiful, glowy skin to all my besties over 30. With a hydrating mask, cleanser and the ultra-nourishing Cermamidin Cream ($48), I know their skin will be thanking me for the rest of winter.”
—Tatiana Bido, features editor
“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.
Fragrance can often be a hard gift to give, but a fit-for-anyone scent is Maison Louis Marie No. 04 Bois de Balincourt Diffuser ($88). Not only does it look gorgeous on a coffee or bedside table, but it fills the room with the fresh scent of vetiver and sandalwood. Another essential this year is The Laundress X Le Labo Santal Detergent ($45), which infuses your clothing with the cult-classic Santal 33 scent without the mega price of the perfume bottle. You can’t go wrong with a fragranced body lotion either—the one I’ve been using post-shower is the limited-edition Molton Brown Jubilant Pine & Patchouli Body Lotion ($44). If you could encapsulate the scent of Christmas into something physical, this would be it.
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
“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 gives them a peek 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.
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. Lastly, everyone deserves the gift of a good blowout. It’s challenging to achieve salon-level blowout results at home, but Trademark Beauty’s Easy Blo ($49) delivers. It’s so easy to use, and I know that any of my friends would be thrilled to receive it.
Although this is kind of an intimate gift, True Botanicals Body Love Bum Scrub ($42) is perfect for friends that rock cheeky bathing suit bottoms or just simply love having smooth skin. Keeping this in your shower enhances the whole experience, it feels great going on your skin and it smells like dessert. With a slew of naturally exfoliating ingredients, anyone with a bum will love this gift.”
—Allie Hogan, staff writer
“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.
I also can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a luxe upgrade to their shower staples. Playa’s Body Wash and Body Serum Set ($48) transports you to an island vacation. For the man in your life, Jack Black’s Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser ($50) will be his new favorite indulgence.”
—Danielle Fontana Dooley, senior digital editor
“Nette candles can do no wrong, the entire brand is perfection. If you want to gift a candle, the Nette X Tata Harper Into The Forest Candle ($78) smells of a forest, instills a calming presence and recharges the mind and soul—something we can all use during the Holidays. Give the gift of intentioned moments of self-care to everyday routines. Kate McLeod Hydrating Facial and Body Stones ($38) are not only a new convention in hydrating, but also very functional and sustainable!
I love the Cadence Capsules ($14). For travel of course, but also to keep in my work bag, purse and for my daughter’s sleepovers. Not only are they available in a range of colors and symbols, but they are also functional and never leak. A thoughtful gift for anyone that packs a bag.
Gift a spa experience in a daily shower. The Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash ($18) makes washing an enjoyable and lovely experience from the shower gel product and design. The towel collection takes it to the next level, Making it a perfect gifting opportunity.
—Sarah Eggenberger, senior editor-at-large
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