Seasonal beauty gifts are tried and true choices to cover everyone on your gift list. It's the perfect time of year for either a sparkling, festive addition to their makeup bag or to up the self-care element of their skincare routine. Here, we've collated some of the loveliest choices you can have waiting under the tree this Christmas.

Golden-hued anything adds to the sense of celebration

Set up a skincare newbie in style with this efficacious Fan Favourites set from Alpha-H. For a friend more at the afficianado end of the beauty game, Elizabeth Arden’s powerful ceramide capsules will ensure skin is party-ready (or post-party-quenched). Speaking of parties, this pretty pack of Nude by Nature glosses is wearable enough for work, while still being special enough for later evening festivities. Ecoya offers an affordable but indulgent gift option with a trio of their hand cream favourites in eye-catching gold packaging. If you’re looking to show some-body – maybe even your own – some love, we can’t think of a better option than dressing it in sparkle, with a luxe glimmering body gel or oil from Chanel or La Mer. And if you’re really feeling ready to spoil, the latest offering from Aerin Lauder’s niche collection of perfumes, based on a Sicilian lemon grove, will do the trick, and is just the thing for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas Day.

Thoughtful self care options that give good glow

The Beauty Chef’s Glow Inner Beauty Powder is Australian-made and a worldwide sensation. This holiday edit of their must have products is a great introduction to beauty from the inside out. Another beloved Aussie brand, Aesop, similarly offers a kit of favourites designed to introduce your recipient to their line – The Chronicler contains an exfoliating paste, cleansing mask and face oil, so all of the skin’s bases are covered, no matter its needs. A pampered-in-peach gift option would be to pair two options from Mecca Cosmetica’s own hydrating line – here, we’ve selected the moisturiser and eye cream – with Ettitude’s Bamboo Lycoell eye mask, an eco-conscious and vegan alternative to the ubiquitous silk versions, and just as comfy. Or set someone up for the perfect night in – picture the subtly-scented Cocolux candle gently lighting the room, Lush shampoo bars and body butter at the ready to lather  and slather (with no plastic in sight), while Dr. Roebucks’ do-it-all Tama Healing Mask works its magic – the Kaolin clay will draw out impurities, while the sustainably-sourced honey is soothing inflammation.

Getting ready for a night out to remember

First step for party prep – set the scene. Choose a gift that ups the drama with the intoxicating note of oud encased in heavy black glass, and let them either scent the boudoir with AYU’s Rose & Oudh candle, or opt for personal fragrance with Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense in Oud & Bergamot. Then it’s on to skin and hair prep, to ensure a great foundation for what’s to come. The queen bee in your life (there’s always one, isn’t there?) can add some sumptuous elements to her everyday routine to ensure she is always ready with a moment’s notice, with Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Day and Night Cream, Comb’s Manuka Honey Hair Oil and Lepaar’s Velvet Sole’s Lip + Face Balm. If your gift recipient might be in need of a quicker fix, dabbing on a few drops of Kiehl’s classic Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a surefire way to gleaming skin. Makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Primer will help ensure the silken look lasts. And the party-ready finishing touches? A pop of luxe limited edition highlighter from Marc Jacobs or Chanel, the latter of whose 2019 festive collection is inspired by the buttons and brocade worn by Coco herself, and a spritz of Tom Ford’s sexy, warm Santal Blush, which evokes just the right mood for hot summer nights. Now pass the champagne.

Story by Zoe Briggs. Styling by Kristin Rawson and photography by Camilla Quiddington

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