21 Beauty Gift Ideas for Sisters and Friends

For all your beautiful BFFs.
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For all your beautiful BFFs.
Girlfriend gift guide

There are so many girl gifts out there in beauty-land right now, I can barely contain my excitement. Here are my top 21 picks (I know, I couldn't even narrow these down!) of pretty presents for the ladies in your life, whether they're your friends, sisters, cousins, aunts or colleagues. You'll probably want some of these for yourself, too!

1. Buxom Serial Kisser Collection of 5 Mini Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Serial Kisser set

The cutest baby lipsticks you ever did see, packaged in a red velvet faux diary (see the locket?). They go on sheer, with some light plumping action, and are a great size for when you need stuff to fit into a clutch.

2. Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio

Can't go wrong with this one—the set includes Fresh's super-popular tinted lip balms in Petal, Honey and the newbie Cherry shade (my personal favourite).

3. Deepa Gurnani Crystal Wave Headband

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Wave Headband

Did you know Shopbop has a fab selection of hair accessories? This handcrafted crystal headband by Deepa Gurnani adds a luxe hippie touch (think: Nicole Richie) without breaking the bank.

4. Diptyque Orange Chai Candle

Diptyque Orange Chai Candle

Nobody would unhappy receiving a Diptyque candle. Nobody. For holiday, they've come out with this yummy Orange Chai scent, as well as Indian Incense and Pine Bark.

5. Deborah Lippmann Best of Both Worlds Rock Pop Mini Duet

Deborah Lippmann Best of Both Worlds Rock Pop Mini Duet

Nobody does glitter better than Deborah Lippmann, so if you've got a glitter-lover in your life, this mini nail polish duo with matching makeup bag is perf.

6. SunaharA Malibu Thin Ear Cuff

SunaharA Malibu Thin Ear Cuff

How many celebs have we gazed at this year in red carpet pics who were wearing one of these simple ear cuffs? They're a little edgy, but not too much, and the price is seriously awesome.

7. Anna Sui Beauty Box

Anna Sui Beauty Box

Yep, still in love with this printed "beauty box", which is a great price and holds anything from makeup to cotton pads to jewellery.

8. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel

If you're gonna gift someone a lipstick, make it one that's really special. Like the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Showstopper—a classic holiday red that also comes in a red case.

9. Tarte Pure Delights 8-Piece LipSurgence Lip Set

Tarte Pure Delights

I don't know anyone who's tried the Tarte LipSurgences and hasn't fallen head over heels. Obviously, coveting this well-priced eight-piece set HARD. It comes with four regular tints and four mattes.

10. Sephora Collection Au Revoir Izak Mini Brush Set

Sephora Collection Au Revoir Izak Mini Brush Set

Fashion illustrator Izak Zenou lent his touch to this mini makeup brush set and wrist pouch—just too adorable.

11. Philosophy Giving Grace

Philosophy Giving Grace

Giving Grace is a limited-edition, wintry version of Philosophy's famously clean Amazing Grace fragrance (notes include mandarin, jasmine and musk). With each purchase, they'll also make a donation to multiple charities—so it's a gift that gives back.

12. Andrea Garland Lip Balm Handbag Necklace

Andrea Garland Lip Balm Handbag Necklace

Lip balm in a gold vintage-looking locket that you can wear around your neck? Excellent idea, Andrea Garland.

13. Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye

Leave it to Stila to come up with this neutral eyeshadow palette in totally giftable and girly packaging. You can also get this in a cheek version and two lip palettes—vibrant and neutral.

14. This Works Dream On

This Works Dream On

Gift this award-winning aromatherapy bath oil to someone who needs to de-stress (hint, hint).

15. Cath Kidston Manicure Set

Cath Kidston Manicure Set

Freaking out over this five-piece manicure set housed in a hard case adorned inside and out with one of British designer Cath Kidston's signature vintage floral prints.

16. Paul & Joe Creamy Facial Foam & Cat Makeup Bag

Paul & Joe ASOS Exclusive Creamy Facial Cleansing Foam & Cat Makeup Bag

Fellow crazy cat ladies will totally understand this Paul & Joe cat-print makeup bag (the starring attraction) which comes with their Creamy Facial Foam cleanser.

17. MAC Stroke of Midnight Violet Eye Kit

MAC Stroke of Midnight Violet Eye Kit

Valued at more than $100, this kit comes with MAC's In Extreme Dimension Lash mascara in black, Fluidline in Blacktrack (a solid flat black), Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet (frosted purple silver) and a double-ended 209 Eyeliner/239 Eye Shader brush. Plus you get the graphic black and white makeup bag with gold piping. Sweet deal!

18. Make Up For Ever Extravagant Glamour Set

Make Up For Ever Extravagant Glamour Set

Got a glamorous friend? She'll get three full-size Make Up For Ever products in here (and who doesn't love Make Up For Ever?): Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge, Aqua Eyes in Matte Black and Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black.

19. Lipstick Queen The Pretty Pair Lipstick Duo

Lipstick Queen The Pretty Pair Lipstick Duo

Any lipstick-loving friend will appreciate something from Poppy King, founder of the Lipstick Queen line. You get Saint Pinky Nude (a flattering natural pink) and Medieval (a sheer hint of red) in this set. I've got the latter shade and it's one of the best in my collection.

20. Bite Beauty Best Bite Set

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set

If Bite Beauty's lipsticks are any indication—high pigment, super-creamy formulas made with food-grade ingredients—then these matte mini lip pencils will be out of this world.

21. Mary Green Good Morning/Good Night Sleep Mask

Mary Green Good Morning Good Night Sleep Mask

Every girl needs her beauty sleep. This silk eye mask (one side says Good Morning; the other, Good Night) blocks out the light for optimal snoozing.

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