These Ulta Gifts Are Crowd-Pleasers — & All Under $20

Whether you're celebrating the season with your closest friends — or the ones who you've loosely kept in touch with over Facebook since high school — at some point this season, you're likely going to need to give a last-minute holiday gift. And while you could always go the stereotypical scented candle route, we find the biggest crowd-pleasers to be beauty products. Best part? You can often find ones that look expensive, but will actually cost you less than a movie ticket.

Ahead, check out a few of the best under-$15 Ulta buys that our editors are keeping in their bags this year. In the event Susan from work shoves a tiny wrapped present in your direction, you'll be ready with a gift that she (and pretty much anyone else) will really love.

The range of pretty neutrals in this palette are great for a makeup novice — but hard-core beauty fans will know and appreciate the YouTube street cred.
Ulta Ulta Melisa Michelle Makeup Palette, $20.00 Buy
A modern Caboodle that comes stocked with everything you need — from eyeshadows (so many eyeshadows) to highlighters, lipsticks, liners, and even a mirror to apply it all.
Ulta Ulta Be Gorgeous 76 Piece Collection, $24.99 $19.98, Buy
You don't even have to wrap this mascara (which, by the way, is an editor favorite).
Maybelline Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Holiday Ornament, $8.99 Buy
These shimmery eyeshadows feel way more rich and luxurious than their price tag suggests. Gift the entire set to a lucky friend, or pop them out and use them as stocking stuffers for your whole crew.
Essence Essence The Velvets Eyeshadow Holiday Kit, $9.99 Buy
The only thing better than these richly pigmented lip liners is the gorgeous box they come in. We'd use that as a clutch, TBH.
Ulta Ulta Lip Liner Love, $14.00 Buy
These lipsticks are great for your party-hopping friends; they pack a punch, but the teeny-tiny pill shape fits into even the smallest clutches.
Winky Lux Online Only Mini Lip Pill Kit, $16.00 Buy
Life's too short to not spend every morning clamping your lashes with a blinged-out curler.
Tarte Tarte Lash Delights Eye Essentials, $20.00 Buy
Your younger cousins will flip for the Gigi Hadid connection; everyone else will love it for the true, universally-flattering red.
Maybelline Maybelline Gigi Hadid West Coast Glow Lipstick and Lip Liner Kit, $16.98 Buy
A mascara for every single need; gift them to your most indecisive friend or split them up, tie a piece of ribbon around them, and pass them out as party favors.
COVERGIRL CoverGirl Mix, Match, Play Mascara Kit, $18.98 Buy
If you're not sure what kind of makeup your coworkers prefer to wear on the weekends, just gift them something that will help them apply it — whatever it is.
Real Techniques Real Techniques All About That Glow Strobing Set, $19.98 Buy
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