39 thoughtful beauty gift sets that don't feel lazy

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  • Well-curated beauty gift sets are thoughtful gift ideas that can save you time and money.
  • We rounded up 39 of the best beauty gift sets to buy this season for anyone on your list, whether they're loyal to a particular skin-care or hair-care brand or are open to trying out new makeup products.
  • Looking for more gift ideas? Shop 50 gifts under $50, along with all our holiday gift guides here.

Beauty gift sets used to be seen as last-minute grab-bags in case you didn't know what to buy someone on your holiday list. But they're actually so well-curated and packaged that they're one of our go-to gift ideas - and we have 39 of the best ones to buy this season.

We take holiday gifting seriously around here, so don't think that we just rounded up a bunch of pretty gifts sets and called it a day. Not only are all these sets incredibly thoughtful and useful, but they come in ready-to-gift boxes or pouches and are worth more than what you're paying so they're great values all around.

Here are 39 thoughtfully-curated beauty gift sets that they might think you picked out every item yourself.

And if you're still searching for the perfect gift, check out the rest of our gift guides here.

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A makeup brush set that has all the ones they’ll actually use

A makeup brush set that has all the ones they’ll actually use
Tarte Merry Metals Brush Set, $35 (valued at $126), available at Sephora

This set of full-sized makeup brushes has everything they'll need for powder foundation, highlighter, eyeshadow, and more. Even better, the brushes come in festive rose gold that'll stand out in their makeup drawer.

This set contains:

  • Highlighting brush
  • Rounded cheek brush
  • Powder brush
  • Tapered blending brush
  • Flat shader brush

Gemstone-shaped Beautyblenders and cleansers

Gemstone-shaped Beautyblenders and cleansers
beautyblender Dripping in Diamonds Blender Essentials Set, $35 (valued at $56), available at Nordstrom

Beautyblenders can become a colorful breeding ground for germs and bacteria if not cleaned frequently, but luckily, this essential set comes with two beautyblenders and two gemstone-shaped cleaners for squeaky-clean sponges.

This set contains:

  • Two makeup sponges
  • Two gemstone-shaped cleaners

Cult-favorite brow products

Cult-favorite brow products
Benefit Cosmetics Brow Superstars!, $59 (valued at $144), available at Sephora

All the products in this set (which is packaged smartly like a magician's hat) will help transform their brows with six full-sized products.

This set contains:

  • Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • Precisely, My Brow Pencil
  • 24-Hour Brow Setter
  • Gimme Brow+
  • Ka-Brow!
  • Browtones

Ultra-hydrating masks and toners to combat dry skin

Ultra-hydrating masks and toners to combat dry skin
Fresh Holiday Hydration Set, $59 (valued at $87), available at Nordstrom

Combat the drying effects of winter with this set from Fresh. The Rose collection is particularly hydrating and smells divine.

This set contains:

  • Rose Face Mask
  • Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
  • Rose Sugar Lip Treatment
  • Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

A body oil and lip gloss set for an angelic glow

A body oil and lip gloss set for an angelic glow
Patrick Ta Major Glow On The Go, $35 (valued at $44), available at Sephora

If they've ever wanted to recreate Gigi Hadid or Shay Mitchell's glow, Patrick Ta's shimmery body oil and high-shine lip gloss set can help them achieve that ethereal, angelic look.

This set contains:

  • Mini Body Oil in A Dream
  • Mini Lip Shine in She's Expensive

A dry styling set when washing hair isn’t an option

A dry styling set when washing hair isn’t an option
Oribe Dry Styling Collection, $75 (valued at $90), available at DermStore

They probably own five bottles of Oribe's cult-favorite dry texturizing spray, so they'll love adding more to their collection.

This set contains:

  • Full-size Dry Texturizing Spray
  • Travel-size Dry Texturizing Spray
  • Travel-size Thick Dry Finishing Spray

A facial cleansing brush with an antioxidant-rich serum

A facial cleansing brush with an antioxidant-rich serum
Foreo LUNA 3 & Serum Set, $199, available at Macy's

This set comes with two skin-care powerhouses — a full-sized version of Foreo's cleansing brush as well as a bottle of antioxidant-rich serum. They'll especially appreciate this set to prep their skin for the holidays or to give it some extra TLC afterwards.

This set contains:

  • LUNA 3
  • Serum Serum Serum

A skin-care set that fights dry, dull skin

A skin-care set that fights dry, dull skin
Drunk Elephant Precious Cargo Kit, $88 (valued at $132), available at Sephora

Celebrating the holidays always leads to a sub-par complexion — there's too many cocktails and not enough sleep. This set of antioxidant- and vitamin-packed minis from Drunk Elephant can help perk up their complexion.

This set contains:

  • Mini T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask
  • Mini Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
  • Mini Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum
  • Mini Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides
  • Mini Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

A hair-care set for perfect hair every day of the holiday season

A hair-care set for perfect hair every day of the holiday season
Living Proof Full Size Perfect hair Day Shampoo, Conditioner & Dry Shampoo Set, $54 (valued at $78), available at Nordstrom

If they're really particular about their hair-care routine, sometimes a simple gift set filled with what they already use is the way to go. Formulated to enhance volume and shine, Living Proof's Perfect hair Day products are suitable for all types of hair — even color-treated.

This set contains:

  • Perfect hair Day Shampoo
  • Perfect hair Day Conditioner
  • Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo

A makeup set they can break apart and share with you, or keep themselves

A makeup set they can break apart and share with you, or keep themselves
Tarte Cosmetics Gilded Gifts Collector's Set, $45 (valued at $248), available at DermStore

Why have one makeup set when you can have two? This set from Tarte has two of everything so they can keep one set and gift you the other — the holidays are all about sharing, right?

This set contains:

  • 2x Eye & Cheek Palette
  • 2x Eyeshadow Brush
  • 2x Tarteist Remix Lip Gloss in Chilly and Mitten
  • 2x Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Bestselling primers to prep skin for makeup

Bestselling primers to prep skin for makeup
Smashbox Cosmic Celebration Photo Finish Star Power Primer Set, $22 (valued at $45), available at DermStore

If they love the OG Smashbox primer, they'll love trying out two other formulas that help hydrate skin and set makeup.

This set contains:

  • Travel-sized The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer
  • Travel-sized Photo Finish Primer Water
  • Travel-sized Photo Finish Primerizer

A trio of products for eyes and lips from Lady Gaga's makeup line

A trio of products for eyes and lips from Lady Gaga's makeup line
Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga: House of Collections: Eyeshadow, Lip Gloss, Lip Liner, $49, available at Amazon

Lady Gaga's makeup line is filled with pigmented eyeshadows and wearable lipglosses and pencils. You can buy each item separately, or choose from six pre-set kits for a full look.

This set contains:

  • Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder
  • RIP Lip Liner
  • Le Riot Lip Gloss

All the sheet masks they could want

All the sheet masks they could want
Soko Glam Merry & Bright Sheet Mask Set, $35 (valued at $55), available at Soko Glam

There's a mask for every skin-care need — 10 in total. They come in a festive red velvet pouch that you can reuse as a makeup bag.

This set contains:

  • Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Moisture Mask
  • #17vderma PibuWang Mask - REST
  • Klavuu Green Pearlsation Teatree Care Mask
  • Mediheal W.H.P Brightening & Hydrating Charcoal Sheet Mask
  • Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask
  • Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask
  • Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask
  • Cell Fusion C Post Alpha First Cooling Mask
  • Ultru I'm Sorry For My Skin Jelly Mask - Pore Care
  • Manefit Bling Bling Soothing Aqua Collagen Hydrogel Mask

39 thoughtful beauty gift sets that don't feel lazy

39 thoughtful beauty gift sets that don't feel lazy
Mamonde Garden Party Holiday Set, $22, available at Soko Glam

This trio of botanical-powered skin-care products can help unclog pores, hydrate skin, and nourish dry lips. So basically, it's their new winter go-to.

This set contains:

  • Travel-size Pore Clay Mask
  • Travel-size Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask
  • Full-size Lip Sleeping Mask

A cleansing quad for "glass" skin

A cleansing quad for "glass" skin
Banila Co. Skin Starter Set, $24, available at Soko Glam

The first step to getting super-clear "glass" skin is cleansing, and this set has it all — including a travel-ready version of our favorite cleansing solid.

This set contains:

  • Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
  • Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser
  • Dear Hydration Toner
  • Dear Hydration Boosting Cream

A trio of masks for dark spots and fine lines

A trio of masks for dark spots and fine lines
Summer Fridays Merry & Brighter Set, $64 (valued at $90), available at Sephora

They can use this trio of masks solo to address dark spots, uneven skin, or the appearance of fine lines, or use them at once and multi-mask to target specific areas of their face.

This set contains:

  • Full-size Jet Lag Mask
  • Travel-size Overtime Mask
  • Travel-size R + R Mask

Heavy-duty makeup setting sprays

Heavy-duty makeup setting sprays
Urban Decay Heavy Dose All Nighter Setting Spray Duo, $42 (valued at $66), available at Sephora

If they've already used Urban Decay's OG makeup setting spray, they will definitely love the heavy-duty version that helps everything stay in place for up to 16 hours. Each full-size bottle is packaged separately in case they're feeling particularly festive when they open the gift.

This set contains:

  • 2 full-size All Nighter Setting Spray

A mini perfume set they can stash at their desk

A mini perfume set they can stash at their desk
Chloé Eau de Parfum & Nomade Eau de Parfum Mini Set, $29, available at Sephora

These mini perfumes are the perfect size for stashing at their desks or makeup pouches for a floral pick-me-up.

This set contains:

  • 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Chloé Eau de Parfum
  • 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Chloé Nomade Eau de Parfum

A personalized perfume trio

A personalized perfume trio
Scentbird Floral Fragrance Gift Set, $73, available at Scentbird

Or if they'd appreciate a personalized perfume set, try one from Scentbird. It has gift sets for different types of scent families like floral, woodsy, and more, so you can find the perfect kit.

This set contains:

  • 3 x 0.27oz sprays of Jason Wu, Kat Von D, and Fresh perfumes

An all-gold makeup set that's nothing short of radiant

An all-gold makeup set that's nothing short of radiant
Urban Decay Naked Honey Drop Vault, $115 (valued at $144), available at Sephora

This blockbuster set of honey-themed beauty products will literally have them dripping in gold.

This set contains:

  • Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
  • 0.33 oz/ 10 mL Honey Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Honey)
  • 1 oz/ 3 g Lip Plumper (Honey)
  • 0.28 oz/ 8 g Scented Sparkling Body Powder (Honey)
  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Honey-Scented All Nighter Setting Spray (Honey)

Scented hand lotion they'll reach for every five minutes

Scented hand lotion they'll reach for every five minutes
Scentbird Tropical Retreat, $39 (originally $55), available at Scentbird

Treat their hands to scented hand lotions and scrubs that'll whisk them away to a tropical island.

This set contains:

  • 2 x 1.7 oz cream in Yuzu & Ginger and Pineapple & White Amber
  • 5 oz scrub in Mango & Kiwi
  • Reusable pouch

Rose-gold makeup brushes that feel super luxe

Rose-gold makeup brushes that feel super luxe
Artis Elite Rose Gold Brush Set, $98 (valued at $135), available at Nordstrom

These dense brushes will help apply and makeup flawlessly. Bonus points for their gorgeous rose-gold sheen,

This set contains:

  • Elite Oval 7 Brush
  • Mini Palm Brush

A trio of rosy-pink lip products that can be layered

A trio of rosy-pink lip products that can be layered
Yves Saint Laurent Mini Lip Wardrobe Trio, $38 (valued at $56.50), available at Nordstrom

They can wear these rosy-pink glosses, lipsticks, and lip stains solo or layered.

This set contains:

  • 0.03 oz. Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 70 Le Nu
  • 0.06 oz. Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 44 Nude Lavalliere
  • 0.10 oz. Tatouage Couture Liquid Lip Stain in 23 Singular Taupe

Travel-sized perfume for any holiday vacation

Travel-sized perfume for any holiday vacation
Jo Malone London Travel Size Cologne Set, $115, available at Nordstrom

Gift Jo Malone's most popular scents with this set. Each spray is the perfect size for traveling or stashing in their bag for an on-the-go spritz.

This set contains:

  • Travel-size Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne
  • Travel-size English Pear & Freesia Cologne
  • Travel-size Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne
  • Travel-size Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
  • Travel-size Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Shimmery lip glosses

Shimmery lip glosses
Chanel Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss Set, $92, available at Nordstrom

They can wear each shimmery gloss alone or layer the gold on top for extra holiday sparkle.

This set contains:

  • ROUGE COCO GLOSS Moisturizing Glossimer in 119 Bourgeoisie
  • ROUGE COCO GLOSS Moisturizing Glossimer in 722 Noce Moscata
  • ROUGE COCO GLOSS Top Coat in 774 Excitation

Nourishing facial serum and cream

Nourishing facial serum and cream
La Mer Regenerating Mini Miracles Set, $90 (valued at $151), available at Nordstrom

Treat them to a luxurious mini of La Mer's most popular facial serum and cream. The reusable zipper pouch is such a lovely bonus that you might not even want to wrap it.

This set contains:

  • 0.17 oz. The Regenerating Serum
  • 0.5 oz. Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
  • Reusable zipper pouch

Luxurious hand cream and lip balm

Luxurious hand cream and lip balm
La Mer The Multitudes of Moisture Collection, $80, available at La Mer

Or if you think they'd appreciate a heavy-hitting hand cream and lip balm to help ward off winter skin, this set should do the trick.

This set contains:

  • 50ml The Hand Treatment
  • 9g The Lip Balm

Gender-neutral clean skin care

Gender-neutral clean skin care
Alder New York Discovery Gift Set, $65, available at Amazon

If they've been wanting to try a new skin-care routine, this is a great starter kit with everything they'd need for brighter, clearer skin. The entire brand is also gender-neutral.

This set contains:

  • 2 oz. Everyday Face Cleanser
  • 1 oz. Everyday Face Serum
  • 1 oz. Everyday Face Moisturizer
  • Single-use Clarifying, Brightening, and Smoothing Face Masks

A skin-saving duo you might want to keep yourself

A skin-saving duo you might want to keep yourself
Mario Badescu The Perfect Pairing, $12, available at Ulta

This little set is a perfect desk-mate for dry offices. The facial spray includes aloe, cucumber, and green tea to instantly hydrate parched skin and the lip balm leaves behind a demi-matte finish that's great under lipsticks or worn alone. You can read a review of the lip balm here in our lip balm shipping guide.

This set contains:

  • 4.0 oz Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
  • 0.33 oz Lip Balm

Cult-favorite shades for eyes, lips, and face

Cult-favorite shades for eyes, lips, and face
NARS VIP Room NARS Essentials Set, $59 (valued at $129), available at Ulta

This set includes some of NARS' most flattering makeup shades ever created for humankind, including classic red Dragon Girl, peachy-pink Orgasm, and golden-brown Laguna bronzer.

This set contains:

  • Full-size Climax Mascara
  • Full-size Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Full-size Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Mini Orgasm Multiple
  • Mini Orgasm Blush
  • Mini Laguna Bronzing Powder
  • Dual Blade Pencil Sharpener

Exfoliating treatments that reveal smoother skin

Exfoliating treatments that reveal smoother skin
Kate Sommerville Get Up & Glow Kit, $49 (valued at $104), available at Ulta

Give the gift of smooth, glowing skin with this exfoliating duo. The cleanser can be used daily while the Intensive treatment can be used twice a week for a more thorough exfoliation. Check out our full review of the Intensive treatment here.

This set contains:

  • ExfoliKate Cleanser (1.7 oz)
  • ExfoliKate Intensive (2 oz)

Super-shimmery lipgloss and eyeshadow

Super-shimmery lipgloss and eyeshadow
Smith & Cult Glitter Obsessed Duo, $30, available at Ulta

For the unabashed glitter fiend, this duo of gold-flecked liquid eyeshadow and multi-purpose cream will be the only makeup they wear for the rest of the holidays.

This set contains:

  • Full-size Glitterbaby Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow in Gold
  • Full-size Glitter Shot All-Over Glitter Crush in Gold

A soothing and hydrating skin-care set

A soothing and hydrating skin-care set
Tony Moly 4-Piece I'm Lavender Cracker Box Set, $14 (valued at $18), available at Macy's

Help them relax and chill with a set of calming lavender skin-care products. The adorable firecracker packaging means you can skip wrapping it yourself.

This set contains:

  • 2x I'm Lavender Sheet Mask
  • I'm Lavender Lullaby Sleeping Mask
  • I'm Lavender Hand Cream

A facial rolling set complete with different serums

A facial rolling set complete with different serums
Versed Twice As Nice Serum Rolling Gift Set, $16.99, available at Target

If they've never used a facial roller before, this is a great starter set. It includes a white facial roller, two serums that help firm and brighten skin, and a handy how-to manual.

This set contains:

  • Facial roller
  • Stroke of Brilliance Brightening serum
  • On The Rise Firming Serum

A facial toning set for a more lifted look

A facial toning set for a more lifted look
NuFACE Trinity Mini Shimmer All Night Set, $199 (valued at $273), available at Nordstrom

Or if they love facial rolling, introduce them to the next level up — microcurrent facial toning. This limited-edition rose glitter kit can help firm, define, and lift jawlines and cheekbones in 60 days, though I personally saw some results in a few weeks.

This set contains:

  • Mini Trinity Facial Toning Device in Champagne Shimmer
  • 0.5 oz. FIX Line Smoothing Serum
  • 2 oz. Hydrating Leave-On Gel Primer
  • Mirror compact
  • Dust bag

Facial mists that soothe and hydrate

Facial mists that soothe and hydrate
Pacifica Mist-ical Moments Dreamy Face Mists Set, $12, available at Ulta

If they love a good facial mist, they'll definitely appreciate this trio. Each one is vegan, cruelty-free, and refreshing.

This set contains:

  • 2.0 oz Coconut Essence Hydro Mist
  • 2.0 oz Rose Flower Hydro Mist
  • 2.0 oz Pineapple Flower Oil-Free Matte Mist

Mini eyeshadow sticks that are super easy to use

Mini eyeshadow sticks that are super easy to use
Nudestix Mini Nude Metallic Berry Eye 3-Piece Mini Kit, $25, available at Ulta

This trio of mini eyeshadow sticks comes in a pencil case-inspired case with a mirror so on-the-go touchups are a breeze. There are two shimmery shades and one matte shade to create a myriad of eye looks.

This set contains:

  • 0.088 oz Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Praia
  • 0.088 oz Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Rustic Grotto
  • 0.088 oz Magnetic Matte Eye Color Pencil in Maroon'd

A trio of makeup primers and setting sprays

A trio of makeup primers and setting sprays
Milani Online Only Holiday Setting Spray Trio Kit, $14.99, available at Ulta

If they can't choose between a natural or matte look, but know they want their makeup to last hours, this Milani setting spray trio gives them options.

This set contains:

  • 1x Travel-size Make It Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray (Matte finish)
  • 2x Travel-size Make It Last Setting Spray (Natural finish)

Gel nail polish that won't require a UV lamp

Gel nail polish that won't require a UV lamp
Deborah Lippmann Natural Mystics Gift Set, $36, available at Anthropologie

This set contains:

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