Let's face it: The holidays are expensive — what with all the splurging on parties, gifts, and (cough) new clothes and makeup. The gift department is undoubtedly the most painful on the wallet, so naturally we started thinking about how we could save a few bucks while still giving killer presents.
We scoured the gift-set offerings this season, and challenged ourselves to see how many presents we could get out of one purchase. (Think: Sets that come stocked with deluxe sample-size or full-size products.) It's not about being cheap, it's about being resourceful and still giving gifts that everyone will love without going broke in the process. Buy a set and split it up, or buy a couple and mix and match to create little personalized bundles for your friends and family.
Curious to see which ones we picked? Check 'em out in the following slides.
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Giving someone the gift of moisture is always a good idea — especially during the year's most skin-stripping months. This set from Burt's Bees allows you to do it on the cheap. For $15, you get three honey-themed products to keep your BFFs' dry, cracked skin at bay.
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These yellow, green, and blue lip balms may look strange in the tube, but they transform into beautiful shades of coral, pink, and plum when smoothed onto lips. We think they'd make adorable stocking stuffers for your makeup-loving friends.
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This gift set isn't just beautiful, it comes with a ton of product. Three separate palettes are just begging to be broken up and given to your best pals. Plus, it even comes with a mini Better Than Sex mascara, which you can tack onto any gift (or better yet, keep for yourself).
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Give a relaxing night in to two people this season by divvying up Laura Mercier's Sweet Temptations Body Collection. The set comes with the brand's bath cream, body butter, eau de toilette, and body wash.
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We all have friends who like beauty, but aren't necessarily into crazy makeup or fancy hair care. That's where fun lip balms like these come in handy. Plus, they come individually packaged in adorable Mickey-themed boxes, making them an easy gift that doesn't require any additional wrapping paper.
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For less than the price of one Naked palette, nab this three-piece set, which contains a highlighting palette and two eyeshadow palettes.
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We know what you're thinking: What are chocolates doing in a beauty gift guide? But look close: These mini bonbons are actually bath fizzes enriched with hydrating shea butter. Individually wrap them in cute boxes to hand out to coworkers, family members, and the like.
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Anit Hora, founder of Brooklyn-based skin-care brand Mullein & Sparrow, knows how to make products that are efficacious and beautiful. Case in point: The brand's plant-infused body oils. This set comes with two full-size products, which can be gifted separately to anyone who loves a good Sunday night pamper session.
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Fans of glitter will adore these sparkly liquid shadows (which won Refinery29's Beauty Innovator Award for best eyeshadow this year). Split 'em up in individual gift bags or keep them all for yourself (we won't tell anyone).
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Body products are some of the easiest last-minute gifts for hosts or co-workers. These from The Body Shop are a good bet because they smell amazing — and who doesn't need a good moisturizer during the coldest months of the year?
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This five-piece dry shampoo sampler can be separated to make five holiday gifts for five of your spin class-obsessed colleagues. Win-win (win-win-win)!
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We'll be completely honest: One of the things we love most about wintertime is baths — and lots of 'em. We love these oils from Aromatherapy Associates because of how silky and aromatic they make our bath water. This chest of 10 oils can be broken up (at about $10 a pop) to give to any friends or family members in need of a relaxing break.
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For your giftees who are into vampier lip looks, Kat Von D's Mini Lipstick Set is definitely the way to go. The set includes eight of the brand's popular liquid lipsticks, which all offer opaque pigment that won't budge for hours. Plus, any one of these lippies would look adorable wrapped in a gift box.
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Divide this four-piece fragrance sampler between you and your girl gang and consider it an olfactory friendship bracelet.
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Whose heart wouldn't skip a beat if they unwrapped a cute, miniature Jo Malone candle this holiday season? This set comes with five incredibly-scented bougies that will make five people very happy.
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Have you noticed that we really love skin treatments? This bundle of hydrating sheet masks is great because each pack comes individually packaged, meaning you can easily gift them. Bonus points for a group selfie wearing 'em!
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These tinted balms are our favorite swipe-and-go products for cold weather. Not only do they effectively hydrate the lips, but the color payoff is out-of-this-world good. The kit comes with six shades, which we suggest you take out of the box and mix and match to create little sampler sets for your friends.
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In preparation for the brisk days ahead, give your friends and family one of L'Occitane's hand creams. We have one stuffed in nearly every pocket and purse — seriously. You can even tie a little ribbon around the base to make it feel more festive.
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Chloé is one of those brands that knows how to create perfect daytime scents. Its namesake fragrance has notes of peony, rose, honey, and cedar wood, which makes for a totally intoxicating blend. This set comes with two fragrances and one body lotion — give one to your BFF., one to your mother, and one to your baby cousin, too.
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The texture of these whipped body butters is enough to brighten anyone's holiday. Since this set comes with three tubs, you can share the wealth with your loved ones.
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