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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

Yes, you can spend less than $50 and still impress this holiday season.

There’s a whole load of people out there who slot perfectly into this semi-budget category. Friends, a good work colleague, cousins… it’s an ideal budget to set yourself, and if you shop correctly, you won’t ever need to spend a cent over.

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Here’s a few ideas and inspirations to get you started:

Bundle Up

When playing with this budget, you can cleverly bundle up a power couple, or power trio, of products to make a lovely set. This lets the person receviving get more than just one key item, and what better way to introduce someone to a new brand than to give a perfect pairing/terrific trio?

Look at premium and luxury haircare and skincare brands here, and you’ll be surprised how many of them bundle up items before Christmas, which means you benefit from a saving too. Our favorites are Caudalies Instant Foaming Cleanser Duo, Grow Gorgeous Shampoo and Conditioners, and the Philip Kingsley Body and Volume Jet Set. Because what good is one, without it’s compatible other?

Present with Palettes

Nothing looks more glamorous and special than a wrapped up cosmetic palette. We promise you – the sheer joy spread across your best friend/sister/Moms face when they open it will be a picture of pure delight!. It helps that there are so many premium ones out there that don’t cost the Earth. In fact, one of the best-selling ones worldwide is the Anastasia Beauty Express Kit, which gives everything you need for groomed, graciously beautiful brows in seconds. The items in the kit are the best quality, and come in a range of personal shades, costing just $34.

Others to look out for include sets from Laura Geller and bareMinerals, who expertly pair up the most gorgeous shades and textures in attractive casings.

Exclusive Sets

Christmas is a perfect opportunity to seek out all the exclusive sets and limited edition items you can’t usually get your hands on, and they usually sit just under the $50 mark. Look for the ones that pair together a key hero item, along with some additional goodies from the same brand which make a ‘wow’ gift. For example, gifting an orginial Beautyblender along with the cleanser makes the gift 100 times more thoughtful.

A set of complimenting lip colors which all sit within the person you are gifting’s favorite colors – or brand – is also a winner. At Christmas, you’ll find best-sellers or new shades get introduced with other products to create more personalized gifts, such as the Stila Liquid Lipstick Collection.

Out of the Box

Think you can’t go ‘out-of-the-box’ with gifts under this budget? Think again. There are so many quirky, unique gifts that sit under the beauty category that will be tremendously appreciated. For one – look at beautifying products which don’t lie within the moisturizer, bodycare, make-up categories. Caudalie have launched into a range of organic herbal teas for example, which are full of radiance and complexion enhancing properties.

Then there are the gifts that no one would guess would sit under that budget, like the CHI Air Compact Ceramic Mini Flat Iron. This handy ceramic technology produces negative ions, which reduce static electricity and frizz. It’s also small enough for on the go, yet powerful enough to smooth and tame frizz like any full size iron!

The ‘can’t-believe-it’s-under-$50’ gifts

Trust us – they exist! You can find a range of gift sets from some of the most prestigious beauty brands for under $50, and no one would ever guess. Unless they looked up the sets on SkinStore, of course.

Some of our favorites include the Beautyblender Pro.On.The.Go Kit, which contains the ultimate items for creating a flawless make-up base, along with cleansing. It looks super professional, and a real premium treat to open. And not forgetting the bareMinerals Get Started Complexion Set. This carefully put together bundle is the best starter kit for anyone interesting in trying out mineral makeup, without jumping feet first and buying full size products.

Hero Items

Us ladies love nothing more than tearing open that shiny wrapping paper and revealing a must-have hero beauty product. There’s a certain sense of satisfaction around receiving an item we would never have purchased ourselves. And not because we don’t want it, but we just haven’t let ourselves treat ourselves fully.

Think about those most talked about beauty trends: clay based cleansers, collagen infused lip plumpers, or liquid bronzers.


For more gift inspiration, check out the dedicated Holiday Gift Guide at – tonnes of gift ideas for all price budgets!

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