10 Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas (All Under $30!)

SO much better than socks and lottery tickets.
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SO much better than socks and lottery tickets.
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Oh look! It's December 22nd and I'm writing about beauty stocking stuffers. It was December 22nd when I wrote about them last year, too. It's just what I do. (Go on and have a look at last year's post after you read this one if you still need more ideas.)

Anyway, clearly this post is designed for female recipients... unless less your guy has a thing for sequined shower caps and tinted lip balms. Non? Then yes, socks and lottery tickets are ENTIRELY appropriate, as well as the prodz I talked about in my ode to Harvey Specter yesterday. Otherwise, I promise you'll surprise and delight any of the women in your life with these beauty editor-approved picks. Or, you know, drop hints for the person that's stuffing your stocking. (Eeks! Did that sound dirty?)

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm ($4.99 each)

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So this is the newest launch from Maybelline New York; one that we've only been hearing about for ages since it was all over the New York Fashion Week shows. Anyone remember Dr. Pepper lip balm that had just a hint of a red tint? Well, the shade I tried (Cherry Me) is exactly like that. Except more moisturizing than I remember. Yay! Fab product, fab price.

Sephora Nail Bling ($8)

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Nail art (or as I say, "nart") is still going strong... and if you haven't heard, nail stickers are the easy way to cheat. Even though I cringe at the use of the word "bling"—didn't that die in, like, 2004?—I'll forgive Sephora because these metallic patterns are quite nice. Not to mention a heck of a lot cheaper than springing for a fancy mani.

Kevin Murphy Color Bug Coloured Hair Shadow ($20 each)

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I worship Kevin Murphy, and how cool is he for coming out with little pods of instant, wash-out hair colour? It's the fastest way to get with the rainbow tips trend that's gonna continue to be big right into next spring. You just swipe it on and lock it in with a styling product and some hairspray. Even I could do this one because I wouldn't have to change my hard-earned strawberry blonde to get the look.

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G ($30)

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Because I am five years old, I squealed when I saw this. Not.Cute.Enough. It is a fragrance that is also a Christmas tree ornament that is also a Santa that is also a doll. I don't think I need to write anything else here.

I Love... Cosmetics Coconut & Cream Body Butter ($7.99)

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I'm somewhat obsessed with coconut-scented body products, especially in the winter because it helps get you through. This new line may be a little too close in the font department to Philosophy... but the body butter is solid stuff. (Meaning good—not, like, hard.) It's creamy but light and the smell is beyond. Price is great too!

eos Holiday Lip Balm Set ($9.99)

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Have you tried these lip balms yet? I've already professed my love, and my friend J. has them as one of her top 8 products of 2011. Get the set, because one is just not enough.

Upper Canada Soap Shower Queen Shower Cap ($12)

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Now that most of us have embraced dry shampoo, we all need shower caps to go with. Right? There is something about an obnoxious sequined one that I kind of love.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($22)

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A good hand cream is hard to find. TOO hard, really. This one is a bit of a splurge but I swear you won't be sorry. (The folks at Makeup Alley agree, BTW.) It kind of reminds me of the Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, but without the medicinal smell.

Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Holiday Shimmer Lotion ($20)

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I know, I know. WTF. I wrote about shimmer body products twice in one week. Craziness! But again, I have to reiterate that the shimmer here is barely detectable. The main thing is that it smells soooo good. Musk, sandalwood, vanilla and white peony are the notes—so it's pretty sophisticated for a body lotion (and would be great to layer with a fragrance if the notes matched). Plus, you can always dream that using it will help you look more like these ladies.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Change Purse ($9.99)

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Okay, so this pic is of the kit they're selling in South Africa (they're getting ripped off and paying $14.99 instead of our $9.99). It looks almost the same here, except you get three lip balms (not a balm, shine and gloss). And how cute is that change purse? Adorbs, Burt.

Tell me:

Are stockings a holiday tradition at your house?
What are you hoping Santa puts in yours?
Have you tried any of these prodz yet?