Pretty Presents: This Season's Best Beauty Gifts

'Tis the season of eleventh hour mall meltdowns and "what should I get my mother-in-law?" anxiety. Thankfully, the best beauty brands have introduced gifts sure to make holiday shopping a zillion times easier. Check out our roundup of beauty gifts for everyone from your favorite product-junkie-vegan to your label-loving little sister.
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Perfect for your favorite party girl, MAC Cosmetics Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Naughty Noir Eye Bag ($36) comes with everything you need to create a drop dead gorgeous smoky eye, including Shimmertime Pigment, Blacktrack Fluidline, Zoomblack Zoom Lash, and an Eye Liner Brush. Plus, the little pewter case is to die for.

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Perfect for the glamour girl in your life, Frederic Fekkai Golden-Shimmer Gelee Mist ($20) adds instant glitz to a holiday party ensemble. Just spritz onto dry hair for flexible hold and a twinkly sheen.

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Your mom or best girlfriend will adore whipping out this Tory Burch Logo Cosmetics Case Small ($55). The glamorous vinyl case comes in pop art brights like fuschia, eggplant, and orange.

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Every budding makeup artist needs to own a fabulous brush kit. Surprise her (or him) with Sephora’s Complete Starter Brush Kit ($45). It includes 10 of the beauty emporium’s most popular brushes in a cute traveling case.

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Gift your favorite little one with an elegant body care set. We love Noodle & Boo Essential Baby Care Set ($15), which comes with a lotion, shampoo, and body wash, all paraben-free and formulated for sensitive baby skin.

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Instead of splurging on fancy manicure gift certificates, gift your nail-obsessed friend with Dashing Diva Design Nails On the Go Kit ($8). These pre-glued, press-on nails come in four eternally trendy shades, including gold matte, gold metallic, silver metallic and red metallic.

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Lancome Juicy Tubes Gloss Set ($39.50), a rainbow-bright collection of eight bestselling shades, is the quintessential gift for a lipgloss addict.

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Archipelago Botanicals Holiday Signature Soy Candle ($19.90) is a perfect gift for your boss—it’s unisex, chic, and deceptively expensive-looking. Score.

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Couture Couture by Juicy Couture Solid Perfume Charm Bracelet ($55) will set your label-loving little sister’s world on fire.

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Your pooch loves you even when you’re PMS’ing—reward him with Kiehls Cuddly Coat Grooming Shampoo ($16), a chic cleanser that’ll make Fido feel (and smell) amazing.

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Need a gift for a hair girl? She’ll love both straightening and curling her locks with this limited edition 24K Red Holiday CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron ($110).

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Upgrade your man’s shave game with Anthony Logistics for Men A Clean Start Kit ($40), a perfectly-edited collection of smooth skin products for men, including Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, After Shave Balm and Lip Balm.

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Your beauty-loving, vegan sister-in-law needs Lush Vegan Christmas Present ($26.95) in her life. The already-wrapped (love this) present is chock full of Lush’s signature all-natural goodies, including bath bubbles, two fizzy bath bombs and a marzipan-scented “Snowcake” soap.

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Anyone can bring wine to a party. This season, be original and gift your hostess with an exquisitely wrapped Fresh Petit Soap in Fig Apricot ($12).

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Gift your favorite girly-girl/tech geek with the Stila Makeup Player ($70), which features a docking station and speaker system. Listen to music while you get ready, or download beauty tutorials from the StilaBeauty Tube—simply dock them into the Makeup Player, listen to the instructions, and create the hottest looks of the season.