Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor-approved ideas—for under $10 each!

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You know, I am the first to admit that I have expensive tastes. Ironically so—because even though editors’ salaries might be described (as Nadine Jolie infamously quipped) as janitorial, I’ve been spoiled by working in an industry where you’re getting product deliveries from the likes of Chanel and Hermès on the regular.

It’s weird.

But you know what? Even though you might not think $10 goes very far, I have to admit that it kind of does. In pulling together this post (which I initially wasn’t going to limit to the under-$10 thing), I was shocked at how many of my favourite things are actually quite cheap. And I’m not talking about the crappy travel-size shampoo bins at Shoppers Drug Mart, savvy?

So. If you need to stuff a stocking this week—or participate in that cruel ritual known as the Secret Santa—may I suggest one of these items? Because your giftee(s) will actually USE and LIKE them. Trust.

You might want to buy doubles…

IDEA #1: A REALLY GOOD LIP BALM

1. Korres Lip Butter ($10)

korres lip balm Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

A beauty editor fave. Almost-natural and with a pretty pink tint. I can’t imagine someone not loving this. At Sephora.

2. Smith’s Rosebud Salve—in a tube ($8)

Rosebud Salve in a Tube Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Hey hey—did you know? This puppy (which I mentioned last year) now comes in a tube. A tube! SO much better than the pot, yes? I’ve spotted these at Anthropologie.

3. Pure + Simple Silver Belles Organic Lip Balm Set ($9)

Pure+Simple Silver Belles Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Huh? Four lip balms—ORGANIC lip balms, mind you—for $10? Well… if you say so, Pure + Simple. (Runs out of store quickly.)

IDEA #2: PRETTY, KITSCHY, SWEET-SMELLING THINGS FOR THE BATH

4. Cougar Soap ($7.99)

Cougar Soap Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

For the right recipient, this is ACE. (They also sell “Better Than a Boyfriend.”) Find out where to buy here.

5. Miso Pretty Soap ($8)

Miso Pretty Soap Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to do a magazine story on Asian-inspired beauty and call it “Miso Pretty.” Isn’t that, like, the best headline evah? (Okay, maybe it’s just me.) Either way, I want this. Find out where to buy here.

6. Lush Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb ($6)

Lush Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb 300x201 Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

I’m not usually a bath bomb kind of girl (I like my hippie Dr. Hauschka oils), but this one is supposed to lure insomniacs to sleep with its cocktail of lavender sprigs, lavender oil and lavender absolute. At Lush.

IDEA #3: FACE STUFF TO SUIT ANY SKIN TYPE

7. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($9.99)

Yes to Carrots Facial Towelettes Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

I’ve been using these super-gentle (and 98.7 percent natural) face wipes almost exclusively the past couple of weeks (long story but I got effed by the Oil Cleansing Method and I’m trying not to cause any further irritation to this “thing” I’ve got goin’ on). One word: LIKE. At Shoppers.

8. Montagne Jeunesse Masks ($2 each)

Montagne Jeunesse mask Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Don’t these make you want to don your PJs and invite your girlfriends over for an old-fashioned sleepover? Cheap and fun. At Walmart, Zellers and drugstores.

IDEA #4: ACTUALLY USEFUL HAIR THINGS

9. Goody Spin Pin ($6)

Goody Spin Pin Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Everyone with hair that is long enough to put into a ponytail needs this twisty doodad—really, they do. It is life-changing if the art of putting your hair into a French twist or bun has so far eluded you. I suggest: buy two packages, keep one. At drugstores.

10. Batiste “On the Go Size” Dry Shampoo ($4.99)

batiste dry shampoo Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

It might not be my absolute favourite dry shampoo (it goes on a little bit white, so you have to be careful to apply away from your part)… but who couldn’t make good use of this travel-size version to pop in a purse or gym bag? At independent drugstores.

11. Sephora Collection Pop-Up Travel Brush ($8)

Sephora pop up travel brush Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

So handy and always on my person: it’s a mini mirror compact, but the centre pops out and turns into a brush. At (duh) Sephora.

IDEA #5: PAMPERING PRODZ FOR HANDS AND FEET

12. The Body Shop Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream ($7)

The Body Shop Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Honestly, this is a really good hand cream, even if it didn’t also have the bonus that 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity. The travel size is great for purses. At The Body Shop.

13. Bath & Body Works Lavender and Shea-Infused Lounge Socks ($7.50)

Bath and Body Works Socks Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Did you know that sock-makers have discovered a way to infuse them with moisturizing ingredients? Kind of cool, huh? It lasts up to 25 washings, and I can vouch for the fact that these are VERY cozy. (Yeah, I talked them up last year too—what of it?) At Bath & Body Works.

14. Fruits & Passion Arancia Dolce Purifying Hand Wash ($8.50)

Fruits and Passion Arancia Dolce Hand Wash 300x300 Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

BLOWN AWAY that this elegant hand wash, which comes in a glass bottle and looks like something expensive and Italian, is only $8.50. It’s pretty big, too—Moms will love.

IDEA #6: LET THEM CHOOSE

15. Well.ca gift certificate ($10)

Well.ca gift certificate Okay, peoples: It's time to stuff stockings and I've got 15 awesome, beauty editor approved ideas—for under $10 each!

Are you acquainted with the awesomeness that is Well.ca yet? They are kicking some serious beauty butt in terms of their offerings (especially in their natural and organic section). Best of all, shipping is free in Canada with no minimum order.

Want more (maybe just slightly more expensive—i.e. under-$20) ideas? Check out my list of new-ish and excellent drugstore makeup.

Now tell me (if you’ve got time in between shops/bakes/decorating sprees this week):

Can you believe this stuff is so dirt-freakin’-cheap?
Are you ready for Christmas yet?
What’s the worst Secret Santa gift you ever received? (If only they had this list…)

7 Comments

Jane
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 10:43 am

Awesome list! I have 2 stockings to stuff for my daughters and every single thing on this list is a WIN! Thank you for saving my moolah =D

Batiste! The BEST dry shampoo ever. I’ve tried them all and Batiste wins hands down every time. And the Korres Lip Butter is one of my faves too! I have Guava & Jasmine but *need* the Pomegranate. You can use it on your cheeks too!

I saw the Rosebud Salve tubes at American Apparel last week- great packaging. That stuff turns to liquid in warm weather so the tube is a good move. I find it a bit thin for my lips but love it for cuticles!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 12:56 pm

My pleasure! Hope it worked out!

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Meghan
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 5:54 pm

I just printed a list for my DH including where they are in the mall. Thanks for helping out the men in our lives!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 12:57 pm

You are most welcome – hope he was able to track down some of this stuff for you!

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Jenny
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 8:19 pm

i totally love #1!! the color is so pretty! and it lasts long and fades away like its a lip stain! love love love the stocking stuffer ideas michelle!

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skybluesky
Friday, December 24/2010 at 11:16 pm

Looove the Korress lip butter! Do they make it in a tube? It’s so soft, I can’t see it in a tube.

hmm…worst secret santa present…a huge hunk of scented candle. Smelled like wax and a synthetic scent. My friends and I recently had a holiday party and we did the secret Santa thing, but surprisingly, everyone put a lot of thought into their person’s gift, considering some of us don’t hang out unless we’re all in a big group. It kind of reaffirmed my cynical little heart’s faith in mankind, haha.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 12:59 pm

They DO make it in a tube – haven’t seen in Canada yet but should be in the US: http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P277217&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5715

I HATE cheap candles. Call me a snob but I don’t understand the point of filling your house with a headache-inducing and probably toxic scent!

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