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, no one should go into debt or sacrifice necessities just to partake.
Luckily, if your shopping list is lined with peeps who squeal at the release of new Fenty Beauty lipstick and spend their Sunday evening 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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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 needs to keep their lipstick canvas soft and hydrated.
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How excited would you be to see these mini Fenty lipsticks on your Christmas tree? It comes with two teeny tubes of Mattemoiselle that are the perfect size to toss into your purse.
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Hand cream is one of those gifts you rarely wish for but always comes in handy. This set comes with three so the lucky recipient can stock their car, desk, and purse.
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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 put on these colors to hit up holiday parties after you open gifts.
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You'll know this gift was a hit when you get on Instagram and see your BFF posting selfies with this cat ear headband on #SelfCareSunday.
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Pick up this Mario Badescu set for the skincare snob in your life. We promise they'll spritz their face with this rose water every change they get.
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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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This gold hair clip and mini dry shampoo set make lazy hair days way easier.
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Why purchase one nail polish when you can get a kit with ten? The best part? It'll only set you back $10 — a serious bargain if you ask us.
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This mini Marc Jacobs Daisy set is proof that affordable can still be luxe. It comes with two iterations of the popular scent that'll upgrade any beauty vanity.

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