Last updated: 25th October 2017

It can be challenging to find the perfect gift to get for a loved one or an acquaintance. To spare yourself the hours browsing through the shelves, take a leaf out of our gift guide and consider items that are actually not entirely essential yet are luxurious and a joy to have. Personal care, cosmetics or beauty products certainly fall under this category.

Giving a luxury beauty gift is, in essence, giving them the magic of either beautiful skin, healthy hair and an overall different kind of allure. Of luxury beauty items, you can be essentially gifting someone an enhanced confidence and a moment of sheer indulgence and pampering.

In this guide, we list our top luxury gifts for 2017 and provide a comprehensive review of each.

Makeup Gifts

Without a doubt, makeup is definitely on our luxury beauty list. Makeup items always make a great present on account of their promises of gorgeous looks and increased self-confidence. What they can do transcends the tangible, physical aspect – often, they can have the power to make a person feel good inside and out.

What specific items are in the makeup category? There are plenty— saying there is only one makeup for every feature and part of the face would be a huge understatement.

The eyes for one, already involve a whole set of makeup especially if one is going for the full eye makeup look: a pair of perfectly shaped eyebrows, thicker eyelashes, and beautiful, defined eyes. To achieve all these, you will have to use makeup tools and apply the right amount of eyebrow makeup, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, and highlighter.

Choosing which eye makeup will make the perfect gift depends on what you think your recipient mostly need or what you think will look good on them. Eyebrow makeup products such as eyebrow pencil, eyebrow tint, eyebrow gel or wax, and eyebrow powder all work to either fill in the gaps between eyebrow hairs, define their shape, or color them, making the brows look fuller.

Another makeup product that will make a great luxury beauty gift is the eyeliner, which is used to define the eye itself. When applied on the thin portion of the eyelid right above the eye, liquid eyeliner can make the eye seem elongated, while a pencil eyeliner, which is commonly used to trace the line below the eye, can give it a smoky or heavy look, or simply conceal signs of a dark circle.

Mascara, on the other hand, is used on the lashes to make them thicker, fuller, and more beautiful. Products of this kind vary according to many considerations, but one known existing distinction among mascaras is that there are only either waterproof or non-waterproof mascaras. One of the newest, most popular mascara choices for the year is the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara, a non-waterproof mascara.

Some people do avoid the hassle of putting on and removing mascara. False eyelashes can really come in handy in this case!

Eyeshadows also make a great eye makeup gift. A full eye makeup look would not be complete if eyeshadow were missing. Since eyeshadow can be applied on the biggest portion of skin in the eye area, which is the eyelid, most people just cannot afford to leave a significant amount of skin bare and unadorned. In fact, it’s even common to blend various eyeshadow colors together to achieve a more sophisticated effect.

Besides eye makeup, makeup routines also involve the use of lip products because what is a makeup look without the classic lipstick?

Lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, lip liners, and lip stains all work to moisturize and bring color to the lips. You can find these in varying shades, ‘flavors’, and effects in any beauty shop. Additionally, in the wake of constant innovation and the rise of new beauty trends season after season, products like lip plumpers are a thing now too!

Speaking of trends, the use of highlighters, among other face makeup products, has become in vogue again. Giving a stunning glow to the overall makeup look, it is definitely a sought-after product for any makeup lover. Yet closely similar items like a primer for moisturizing, foundation for setting a uniform color to the face, concealer for covering of acne and blemishes, and oil control creams for freshening the face, remain essential. Blushes and highlight just will not look complete without them.

If you feel like spending more or giving more than one or two items as a gift, you can always go for a makeup set. Some sets even include nailcare items such as nail polish and tools. A great example is the on-the-go Bare Minerals Holiday Countdown to Gorgeous, which can be bought for college students, moms or high school students. Featuring 24 various makeup products, its travel size makes it a handy set for travelling or touching up makeup on the go.

Skincare Gifts

Having healthy skin with a spotless, smooth, and glowing appearance has always been attractive and may even reflect how one takes care of their body. Consider that reason enough to make skincare products a serious choice when shopping for the perfect luxury beauty gift.

Skincare is suitable for all ages, which is why relevant items are a go-to pick as gifts. There are various skin care products for all parts of the body, whether it’s for the legs, hands, body or even feet – you won’t have any problems finding a specific skincare item for a particular purpose.

One of the hottest skincare products this year is the Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face and Eye Area. This is perfect for people who have started seeing wrinkles on their skin because the ingredients in the product are said to help a person’s skin retain its youthful appearance.

A similar item is the La Roche-Posay Active C10 Dermatological Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Vitamin C Serum, which can boost collagen production, making the skin look softer. It also helps to fight free radicals and helps to tighten skin, giving it a plumper and more youthful appearance.

When purchasing skin care products, you’d want to look at the ingredients included.

Many of such products can constitute natural ingredients like egg, lemon, cucumber, coconut oil, honey, and shea butter, among numerous others. Few examples of skin problems that they help remedy are stretch marks, acne, sunburn, and fungal skin infections.

When it comes to shopping for someone who is pregnant or nursing, you’d want to pay even closer attention to the products you purchase. Look out for products that state that they are safe for pregnancy. Products with added pregnancy-related benefits such as stretch mark removal is often an added bonus.

Just like with makeup products, skincare products often come in convenient gift sets too. Besides the supermarket promos you usually see during your regular grocery shopping times, there are brands that actually include all their beauty and skincare products in one total package. You can easily find sets that include the whole range of a certain brand’s body lotion, face cream, moisturizer and cleanser or even a day or night cream. These sets are usually well priced and might even come in a bonus gift bag.

Fragrance Gifts

Arguably, out of our five senses, our sense of smell is the strongest next to sight. We learn to associate certain scents with memories that make us happy or evoke feelings of nostalgia. Perfumes and colognes will hence make nice gifts. In fact, fragrance products as gifts have never gone out of fashion.

There are plenty of fragrance products in the market for kids, men, and women. They are sold in different forms - some can be sprayed, some dabbed, others for personal use and several designed for homes. In any case, fragrance products are essential, for they bring about a kind of energy in the similar sense much like when music brings images to life.

How do you successfully pick the right perfume or cologne for someone? Smell, like sight, taste, and hearing, is subjective. What if what smells nice to you does not smell as nice to the recipient of your fragrance gift? Although that is a valid concern, you can avoid the trouble altogether and stick to safe choices by going for what is on trend at the moment or best-selling. If you are on a budget, however, you can always just ask for other people’s opinion, or trust your judgment after finding sample fragrance sets and testing them out for yourself.

For your convenience, most luxury perfumes are categorized as Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Cologne, all of which are distinct according to the concentration of their essences. The more concentrated a fragrance is, the longer the scent will last throughout the day. Out of the three, perfume is the most heavily concentrated fragrance, followed by Eau de Toilette.

Body sprays, on the other hand, usually have less concentration, while drugstore colognes almost do not have any oil in their concentration.

 

Popular brands for women include Bvlgari, Burberry, Giorgio, Elizabeth Arden, and Chanel. For teenage girls, Juicy Couture perfumes are a hit, and Princess by Vera Wang is one of the hottest for teens. Meanwhile, Kenneth Cole, Versace, Giorgio and Polo are most men’s favorites.

You can also find cologne gift sets for both men and women that will have anywhere from 6 to 12 different types of sample colognes in it. These are perfect for a loved one who has yet to develop their favorite scent and wants to try out different ones.

Hair Care Gifts

Whether one has long or super short hair, there should be no excuse for lack of hair care. The hair is often touted as a person’s crowning glory, and the reality for many people is that beautiful hair does indeed contribute to one’s overall attractive appearance.

That is why many people go to great lengths just to care for their hair. Gifting haircare products is a brilliant idea then because you can be sure that they will be put to good, regular use.

There are wide varieties of hair care products to choose from on the market. There are, first of all, shampoos, which differ in terms of ingredients and intended effects. One of the most sought-after brands is the Baebody Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo since it is a treatment made to repair damaged hair, an actual hair problem many people struggle with. It also acts as a volumizer and a moisturizer. Unlike many other combo shampoos, this one can be conveniently used by people who have thick hair, curly hair, or even hair that has gone through salon treatments.

Another popular daily hair product is the shampoo and conditioner. It is true for women, especially, that a bath or a shower cannot be over until some conditioner has been applied, giving rise to healthy, silky, smooth hair. While shampoo may give nutrition to the hair, it does not guarantee long-lasting oil and moisture, as the conditioner does.

Several other items include speciality hair and scalp products, and hair color for men and women. Shampoos for hair loss are an example of speciality hair products. Since receding hairline and actual hair loss are unfortunate realities for many people, haircare brands have all been coming out with their own hair loss shampoos.

Although technically not in the haircare category, hair accessories will also make perfect presents. Hair extensions, wigs, hair straighteners or flat irons, clips, and hair ties or headbands are just a few of what you might want to get as your next gift. After all, such accessories can truly add beauty to the hair, and therefore, to a person’s overall appearance.

Tools and Brush Gifts

Personal grooming means having the right tools to do the job of making a person look their best. The brushes that come with some of the cosmetic sets that you can buy is often of low quality. Although people might rationalize and say that the brush is an added bonus and not the main star of the cosmetic set, it is still better to purchase proper makeup brushes to apply makeup well.

Unsurprisingly, most luxury beauty brands do not even include brushes or applicators in their products because they assume that their buyers (users) must already have a separate professional set already on hand. Since most people do not necessarily have separate brush sets, gifting one is then a good idea.

One of the best makeup brush sets you can buy is the #1 PRO Makeup Brush Set with Gorgeous Designer Case. Aside from the selection of brushes, your recipient will have a new stuff container to add to their collection of racks and holders. Makeup owners and users often have that pressing concern of where to keep extra makeup items.

In your search for a toolset, ensure that the set contains a lip brush, a foundation brush, an eyeshadow brush, a power and blush brush combo, and an angled liner brush. You can find these items separately, but you will definitely be better off expense-wise getting them as a comprehensive full set.

If you want to add a bonus perk to the brushes as a gift, you can also buy some brush cleaning solution products that come in a package. A vanity makeup mirror or organizer bags are other useful beauty tools that will be much appreciated. Similarly, nail care tools such as a nail cutter, a cuticle nipper, a cuticle pusher, a nail file, and a nail brush will make great gift ideas for both men and women, and even kids.

Another option is gel dryers, which are also known as curing lamps. These tools have become popular ever since gel polishes entered the market. What they do is that they heat gel to a certain temperature. When the gel is heated, it is considered cured and the color then lasts longer. By doing it this way, the person can keep the polish on for weeks and have it still look good rather than it just lasting for a few days. Who else besides celebrities actually change their nail polish in a span of days? Manicure, pedicure, and nail polish application can cost a little over one’s budget, and so having a means to prolong the color and perfect shape of the polish is a welcome idea.

The best-selling lamp of this kind is the SUNUV SUN9C 24W LED UV Nail Dryer Curing Lamp if you ever have a loved one or acquaintance obsessed with perfectly polished nails.

In your search for a toolset, ensure that the set contains a lip brush, a foundation brush, an eyeshadow brush, a power and blush brush combo, and an angled liner brush. You can find these items separately, but you will definitely be better off expense-wise getting them as a comprehensive full set.

If you want to add a bonus perk to the brushes as a gift, you can also buy some brush cleaning solution products that come in a package. A vanity makeup mirror or organizer bags are other useful beauty tools that will be much appreciated. Similarly, nail care tools such as a nail cutter, a cuticle nipper, a cuticle pusher, a nail file, and a nail brush will make great gift ideas for both men and women, and even kids.

Another option is gel dryers, which are also known as curing lamps. These tools have become popular ever since gel polishes entered the market. What they do is that they heat gel to a certain temperature. When the gel is heated, it is considered cured and the color then lasts longer. By doing it this way, the person can keep the polish on for weeks and have it still look good rather than it just lasting for a few days. Who else besides celebrities actually change their nail polish in a span of days? Manicure, pedicure, and nail polish application can cost a little over one’s budget, and so having a means to prolong the color and perfect shape of the polish is a welcome idea.

The best-selling lamp of this kind is the SUNUV SUN9C 24W LED UV Nail Dryer Curing Lamp if you ever have a loved one or acquaintance obsessed with perfectly polished nails.

Men’s Grooming Gifts

A man’s grooming routine is different from a woman’s. But that does not mean that they do not need a beauty routine just as much as a woman does. A man needs just as many beauty products and that is why grooming gifts make such good gifts for the men in your life.

Skincare is as important to men as it is to women, albeit it is not talked about as much. Due to testosterone, however, a man’s skin can often need a little more care than a woman’s does. For this reason, there is a line of men’s grooming products that can really make perfect presents. One of these is exfoliating products.

A man can be more prone to breaking out, especially if he is regularly in the gym, working up a sweat often. You might want to buy them soaps or masks because these products have exfoliating functions, helping them to keep the skin smooth and clean.

It is important that a man keeps his skin hydrated, and some soaps are just too harsh and can dry the skin out. That is why moisturizing washes are something else that men might need and use. You can find a variety of these in different brands including ones that are scented or unscented, and ones according to different skin types.

Hair gel and hair care products are also must-haves for men, alongside manicure kits for nail care. But one product that is not only new but is at the top of many men’s wishlist is the Proraso After Shave Lotion. This product mainly moisturizes the skin, but it also calms inflammation that can often happen after shaving.

Another hot item in the market for men is the Philosophy the Microdelivery for Men Face and Body Scrub. This is popular because it does a lot in one product; it takes care of dead skin cells and also removes dry skin. As a result, men are left with smoother skin that is softer to the touch. Additionally, it not only helps with skin tone and conditioning, it can also help prevent from growing, ingrown hairs that often occur due to shaving.

If you want to play it safe though, go for the usual gift-worthy grooming products for men - styling gels and waxes. If there is one thing men are obsessed with just as equally as women are, it has got to be their hair.

Summary

Thinking of a gift to get someone on their special day or during the holidays should not be too difficult. Personal care and beauty products are always the perfect picks! A wide selection of such products are available in the market, and having a specific purchase in mind beforehand would make the process much easier for you.

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