Confession: I’m terrible at making wish lists. Maybe it’s because I genuinely feel bad about asking for gifts or maybe it’s because most of the things I buy are impulsive, but usually for the holidays I just tell friends to buy me a drink and my parents to send a check. But this year, at the behest of people begging me to give a straight answer, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about what would honestly bring me joy to unwrap—and in return, what my friends and family would love getting.
As a beauty editor, the latter is luckily so much easier. The answer for me is giving beauty products. It doesn’t matter if its the latest Huda palette for my eye makeup–obsessed friend, a great-smelling candle for my 22-year-old cousin who just got her first apartment, or a new shaving set for my boyfriend who refuses to use moisturizer, beauty gifts are always appreciated. And with a little digging, it’s not hard to find something that feels both surprising and personal. So if you’re also in need of ideas, I’ve compiled a list of the best beauty gifts you can’t go wrong with this year—even if they’re just to steal for yourself.
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