Don't get us wrong: We love all things holiday, from the pies to the Hallmark specials to the high school reunions at our hometown bars. And of course, the sales are epic. But can we acknowledge that, sometimes, gift sets — with their jazzed-up packaging and limited-edition shades you'd never wear outside of an ugly sweater party — can be a little cheesy?
So what's the workaround if you want to score a deal
and also give a present that doesn't look like an elf puked all over it? Sephora's year-round selection of miniature hidden gems. Most items sold online and in stores are priced under $10 each, so it's easy to load up on several cute stocking stuffers for all your friends that they'll use for months after December.
Ahead, click through for 15 of our top picks ringing in at $10 and under that are available right now — because who feels like waiting for Black Friday to roll around?
This mini mauve lipstick has a smooth, cream-to-matte finish and flatters a wide variety of skin tones.
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor Mini, $10, available at Sephora.
Used alone or under makeup, the gel is ideal for anyone who wants to remove shine fast. It also has a nice cooling effect that soothes winter-ravaged skin.
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel, $10, available at Sephora.
This handy jar contains setting powder that extends the wear of makeup
and leaves behind a soft, luminous finish. CoverFX Illuminating Setting Powder Mini, $10, available at Sephora.
This limited-edition set includes a gentle face cleanser and a non-comedogenic moisturizer — both of which are perfect for those with sensitive skin.
First Aid Beauty Long Live The Clean, $10, available at Sephora.
The next best thing to eating a delicious cookie is smelling like one. Perfect for the person with a serious sweet tooth in your life, this should at least partially satisfy their craving for ice cream.
It's Skin Long Cookie & Body Ice Cream, $10, available at Sephora.
Colored mascara is a trend from the '80s we're happy to have back. Royal blue pairs well with every eye color and gives your makeup look a rock-n-roll edge.
Sephora Collection V for V.O.L.U.M.E. Mascara, $10, available at Sephora.
Rosebud Salve is a classic winter-weather essential. Use it to cure chapped lips, ashy knees, peeling cuticles... the list goes on.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $6, available at Sephora.
For a professional-quality hairstyle without actually visiting the salon, reach for this styling kit. It features a primer that helps keep hair clean longer, as well as Living Proof's infamous Flex Shaping Hairspray.
Living Proof Style Lab Kit, $10, available at Sephora.
Foaming face products were big in 2017. The GlamGlow BubbleSheet, however, isn't like anything we've ever seen. It's an exfoliating sheet mask that, when activated with water, suds up and triggers a tingling sensation to wake up tired skin.
GlamGlow BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, $9, available at Sephora.
Give the gift of healthy, hydrated hair with a deep conditioning mask. This one is packed full of vitamins, argan oil, collagen, and silk to restore moisture in as little as five minutes.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Mini, $9, available at Sephora.
The Invisibobble, a funky hair ring made without metal fasteners, takes the hassle out of tying up your hair. It comes in a variety of colors and easily snaps back into shape — no matter how far apart it's stretched.
Invisibobble I Live In Wonderland Collection, $8, available at Sephora.
Go from satin to matte and back again with Smashbox's Studio To Go Lips kit. It contains two deluxe-sized products — a fiery red cream lipstick and a mattifying lip gel — that make switching up your makeup look a breeze.
Smashbox Studio To Go: Lips, $10, available at Sephora.
For the beauty lover who wants to wake up with glowing skin (so, uh, everyone), give an overnight mask that takes care of dryness without leaving a sticky mess behind on your pillow.
Clinque Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $8, available at Sephora.
These blotting papers sop up excess face oil without messing up makeup — you'll go through them
way faster than you think. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper, $8, available at Sephora.
Formulated with natural rice starch, this dry shampoo cleans and deodorizes hair all while adding instant volume. And who wouldn't love that flower child packaging?
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Ornament, $10, available at Sephora.
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