Under-$20 Beauty Gifts That Only Look Expensive

The act of gifting during the holidays should be a completely selfless act. But if you can pick out the perfect gift for a loved one and save yourself some cash... then it's a win-win situation, right? Look, we get the desire to shower your family and besties in cute gifts, but the reality is that no one should go into debt or sacrifice necessities just to partake.

Luckily, if your shopping list is lined with people who squeal at the release of new Fenty Beauty lipstick and spend their Sunday evenings masking, then the present possibilities are both affordable and endless. The beauty aisles are officially decked with skin care, hair, and makeup gifts for every budget, but if you aren't ballin' this year, you can still pick up something good. Ahead, we rounded up some of our favorite beauty gifts — all under $20.


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Bite Beauty Agave+ Vegan Mini Scrub & Sleep Lip Duo

Cool weather can take a toll on everyone's lips, so you can't go wrong with picking up this set from Bite. It has everything your friends and family need to keep their lipstick canvas soft and hydrated.
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Sephora Holiday Kisses #Lipstories Lipstick Ornament

How excited would you be to see these mini lipsticks on your Christmas tree? This ornament comes with two teeny tubes of red lipsticks that are the perfect size to toss into toss in your purse before socially-distant holiday festivities.
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Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy Gift Box

Hand cream is one of those gifts you rarely wish for but always comes in handy. This set comes with six so the lucky recipient can stock their car, desk, purse — you name it.
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Violet Voss Fun Sized Mini Eyeshadow Palette

A pigmented eyeshadow palette is always fun to have, but it's even better to unwrap in December. This one is particularly good because you can immediately swipe on the rich berry colors to hit up Zoom holiday parties after you open gifts.
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Mario Badescu Dewy Skin Delights

Pick up this Mario Badescu set for the skin-care snob in your life. We promise they'll spritz their face with this rose water every chance they get.
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Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Thrills Eyes, Brows & Face Mini Holiday Value Set

Being forced to choose between primer, mascara, and brow gel is unfair, so pick up this set with three of Benefit's bestsellers.
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Essie Holiday Nail Color 4 Piece Mini Kit Winter Trend

Why purchase one nail polish when you can get a kit with four? The best part is it'll only set you back $13 — a serious bargain, if you consider the cost of your monthly mani.
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Tocca Florence & Giulietta Mini Replica Duo Set

This mini Tocca set is proof that affordable can still be luxe. It comes with two purse-sized bottles of the popular scents that'll upgrade any beauty vanity.
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Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist Mini

Luminous, dewy skin is something anyone can appreciate. This mini Tatcha bottle makes it possible to carry a spritz of good skin wherever you go.
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Rare Beauty Mini Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick Duo

Whether they're a Selena Gomez stan or not, the makeup lover in your life will appreciate this matte lipstick duo for powder-soft, long-lasting lip color with one swipe.
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Sephora Collection Animal Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

For your friend whose life motto is "one and done," get this Sephora Collection palette. It has eight versatile matte and shimmer eyeshadow pans that can dress up your eyes for parties or work. If you're in a pinch for time, you can also dab some of the shades on your cheekbones to make your skin glow while you're at it.
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Laneige Lip Daydreams Set

Beauty novices and aficionados alike will love unwrapping this Laneige set, which comes with travel-sized versions of its bestselling Lip Sleeping Mask and lip balm.
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Sephora Favorites Mini Mistle Glow Highlight Set

Get this tiny Sephora Favorites ornament, which has everything you need to light up your tree and your cheekbones.
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Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit

Combine a few of these best-selling masking formulas after a night of cocktails with your quarantine pod, and it'll be like nothing ever happened.
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L'Occitane Shea Butter Holiday Ornament

Brisk winter air shows no mercy; therefore, anyone on your list will thank you for this when they're on the go and dry skin attacks.
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E.L.F. Cosmetics Gorgeous Goodies 10 Piece Brush Set

For the budding makeup artist in your life, pick up this set, which includes 10 pro-quality brushes to shade and sculpt every one of their fun holiday looks.
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Bath & Body Works Champagne Toast Gift Set

The only thing better than receiving a fancy bottle of champagne as a gift is getting this set that comes with a bubbly-scented soap, hand sanitizer, and hand cream.
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NatureLab Tokyo Smooth Holiday Gift Set

You may not be able to swing a blowout date with your friends this year, but this travel-sized kit comes close. Inside is NatureLab Tokyo's smoothing shampoo, blowout lotion, hair oil, and scalp scrub, so your friend can land a near-perfect blowout on her own.
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