Beauty Gifts on a Budget

It’s official: we’ve all had our turkey and our cranberry sauce, trees are going up in living rooms, wreathes on doors, and you can’t turn on the TV without seeing commercials advertising the hottest gifts of the season. Yes, the holidays are upon us, and that means holiday shopping. Whatever your winter holiday may be, chances are you need to pick up at least a few gifts for some people on your list. If you love beauty, chances are you have friends who love beauty, too, and you’d love to get them some beauty-related gifts. But not all gifts are created equal, and even if you are on a budget (which, let’s face it, many of us are during the holidays), you can still nab some great presents for all the other beauty junkies on your list.

It may seem easy to just stroll down the Christmas Shoppe or Gift aisle at your local department store and pick up an incredibly inexpensive little train case stocked with a myriad of rainbow colored eye shadows and palettes of gloss. You know the ones I’m talking about: they only cost a few bucks and seem like a great bargain, right? But they’re not always the best quality products, and they are impersonal and generic as far as gift-giving goes. They don’t really show that you’re in tune to your friends’ personalities or interests, and of course, we know that you are. 😉 Don’t settle for some pre-fabbed solution to gift giving. Scroll down for some better ideas. 🙂

For Your On the Go Gal Pal

If you have a friend who is constantly on the go, busy with lots of different projects, super involved, or a frequent traveler, palettes are a great way to go.  e.l.f. cosmetics offers a great option with their Studio On the Go Palettes. Each one comes with a stunning ten eyeshadows, two lip glosses, and one blush, all in a different color scheme ranging from beachy neutrals to dramatic blacks and grays. Getting them is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3. First you choose your case…either a one palette case or a three palette case. Then you choose your palettes. A single compact with one color palette is just an amazing $6, and you get the assurance of a good quality e.l.f. product. If you want to go for more than just one, the three piece compact with three color palettes gives your on the go friend tons of options and only costs you $14. A wise investment and a present your friend will be very excited about when she tears off that snowman-print paper.

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For Your Friend with a Sweet Tooth

We all have at least one friend with a weakness for cookies, cupcakes, and candy. And who can blame them? If you know someone who has a perpetual sugar craving, satisfy their sweet tooth without the calories and with the flavors of the beloved Girl Scout cookies with the Lip Smackers Girl Scout Cookie Collection. Not only is this a throwback due to the classic, ever present, and always yummy Lip Smackers, but it puts a new twist on an old fave by combining two things almost everyone loves: lip gloss and cookies. Can you think of anything better?

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For Your Favorite Manicure-nista

The holidays give you a chance to put together something really personalized to your friend’s tastes, and if you have a friend who loves doing her nails, that’s the perfect opportunity to flex your creativity and pick up a little collection of awesome goodies for her. Start by purchasing a small, cute make up bag in a color or pattern your friend would like. They don’t cost much and you can find a lot of different options at your local drugstores, Target, or Walmart. Next, have fun filling the bag with things like nail clippers, nail files, cuticle cream, hand lotion, orange sticks, and a few shades of polish you think your friend would like. Be creative–look for pretty or unique nail files, scented lotions, and colors suited to your friend’s personality. This is a unique gift and your friend will know you definitely put thought into it! Check out the images and links below for some ideas:


Animal Print Bag: $5.99

Tutti Frutti Bag: $5.99


Earth Therapeutics Four Sided Filing Block: $3.00

CoverGirl Three Way Buffer with Case: $3.99

Jeweled Nail File Set: $4.00


Sally Hansen Apricot Cuticle Cream (amazing!): $4.82

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Hand Cream (another amazing product): $4.49

Nail Color:

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel (shown here in Bonsai): $4.99

Sinful Colors Nail Color: $1.99

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (shown here in Pedal to the Medal): $5.99

All in all, once you are done having fun perusing all the affordable options and putting them together in whatever pretty makeup bag you’ve chosen, you’ll be just as excited for your friend to unwrap this gift as they will be!

For the Glamor Girl

Don’t get me wrong, not all pre-assembled make up kits are bad. Definitely not. If the make up is good quality make up from a reliable brand name, some pre-assembled kits can be the perfect sampling of every product you need to make a certain make up look. And if you have a friend who’s a definitely glamor girl and loves getting done up for a night out, Hard Candy has a kit which would make a perfect gift for her. The Hard Candy Bad Girl Next Door Make Up Kit comes equipped with eye primer, two smoky shades of shadow, black liner, Ginormous Lash volumizer, and lash tinsel…everything your favorite glam girl needs to Ke$ha it up for her next night out. And the best part? You can nab one for just $8.00 at your local Wal-Mart.

Hard Candy Bad Girl Next Door Make Up Kit: $8.00

Hopefully you’ve gotten a few ideas for some more personalized but still budget friendly beauty gifts for this holiday season. There are tons of options, though, so keep your eyes peeled for a part two. 😉


2 responses to “Beauty Gifts on a Budget

  1. I love gift guides like this! I put together one last week, too, and it was so much fun putting it together. BTW, those nail colors are gorgeous!

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