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Every year my holiday shopping giftee list grows — and I’m so glad for it! Few things give me more pleasure than buying gifts for others. This year my list includes family (including a recent addition in my 10-month-old niece!), tons of friends and lots of gift swaps. With so many gifts to buy over the years I feel I’ve become really good at staying on-budget and finding presents people will actually enjoy receiving.
Today in my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, I’m talking about the best Sephora gift sets. Sephora is an amazing place to shop around the holidays! Not only can I try most of their makeup and beauty products to see what I like for myself, they also work with brands to come up with unique gift sets that are sure to delight. Sephora has widened its product range in the last couple of years to incorporate hair care and its own product line. No matter who I’m gifting for Sephora has something perfect for them in its gift sets!
For example, I have several friends who are moms to young children. Many of them lament not having as much time for personal care. This is especially true for mamas of babies under 2 years old. I also have friends with slightly older children I can ask for gifting advice.
Without fail, when I ask moms of older kids what they wish they would have been gifted as the mom of an under 2-year-old, almost all of them say: quick beauty! The best Sephora gift sets for these moms are beauty items that can be enjoyed during naps or other short periods. One of my mom friends is getting the Holy Sheet Mask Self-Care Set pictured above. Look at all those masks!! It will probably last her half a year. When she does have time to do a little self-care ritual, these masks will be right there waiting.
For my mom friends with slightly older kids, I’m giving them the best Sephora gift sets that they can luxuriate in a little longer. I adore Herbivore for example and its Self Love Body Ritual Kit is a perfect gift! A nice long shower and some time after to complete the ritual with these items will leave anyone feeling super refreshed, mom or not! I’m picking up multiples of this set to gift to some of my girlfriends (and one guy friend!) that I know will appreciate the skincare and aromatherapy.
Another brand I absolutely adore is Amika. I’ve had an Amika travel flatiron forever. I use it almost every day! It’s seriously over 10 years old and still going strong! Their hairsprays have also become my go-to; they pack a lot of punch in a lightweight and pleasantly fragrant package. So of course my list of best Sephora gift sets has Amika!
The Polished Perfection Set above is ideal for ladies who want to combat frizz! The straightening brush is the talk of NYC beauty influencers right now. I was able to try it for myself at an Amika event and it is a hair miracle as far as I’m concerned. The brush alone would make a great gift but the included sprays put this gift pack at a level above.
For your frequent flyer friends I recommend the Mighty Mini Jet Set Kit and/or the Not-So-Basics Travel Set. A friend of mine hasn’t found the right dry shampoo yet so this is among the best Sephora gift sets for her! And for my ultimate hair care friends I’m thinking this set while this set will be great for one of my gift exchanges.
If you want to know the best hair care tool ever, it’s the Dyson Airwrap. Without fail even people who cannot do their own hair well (ahem, me when I’m trying to tame my natural curls into something pleasantly curly!) love this thing. It’s on my Hanukkah/Christmas list this year. If you’re feeling generous there’s a set that comes with a lovely storage case, or get all the tools and let your giftee choose how to store it.
The best Sephora gift sets have so many amazing hair care options! Here are some of my favorites.
Skincare is more difficult to gift. It’s such a particular thing and you don’t want to gift something your giftee won’t use! So I recommend only gifting the best Sephora gift sets for skincare to people whom you know well. They also make amazing presents for gift exchanges in white elephant or Yankee Swap style. You know, the swaps where one person opens a present and successive people can swap whatever gift they unwrapped for someone else’s gift. I find my gift contributions to these swaps are often fought over. 😉
When it comes to skincare I usually turn to Kiehl’s. Their packaging is beautiful and their presents work oh so well. I’m obsessed with their Midnight Recovery Concentrate (also in mini size) so pretty much any gift set including it is on my gifting shopping list! The best Sephora gift sets have this mighty product in them, like the Brights Delights set. This set also features a mini version of Kiehl’s excellent Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask. Then there’s the Midnight Must-Haves which I’m targeting for a friend who is a bartender. She says it’s tough to keep her skin hydrated after a few nights in a row working. This is clearly one of the best Sephora gift sets for her!
Kiehl’s has a great selection for men too. A couple of years ago I gifted a close friend the Men’s Skincare Starter Kit. This friend works in sales and I knew that his dry, flaky skin would be an obstacle on any in-person sales call. He gave me the side-eye and I just said, “Trust me on this one.” A year later he looks 10 years younger and had a record year at work. Of course he’s a highly skilled salesman but hey, as they say, shoes make the man. Or in this case, excellent skin makes the man!
Two final Kiehl’s products I want to highlight. First, if you have friends who are passionate about causes, then I highly suggest gifting them the Collection for a Cause. 100% of the net profits of this collection (up to $100k) go to Feeding America. Last year I bagged 10 meals at a charity event for this collaboration and I think it’s such a great cause. Secondly, if you’re looking for one great item to gift someone that will change their skincare life, it has to be the Cactus Flower Hydrating Mist. Last year, this product saved me from the torment of my apartment’s radiators. For anyone struggling with dry face in the Winter, this is a lifesaver. It may not be in any of the best Sephora gift sets but it makes a great gift all on its own.
Finally, sometimes I want to go a little luxe with my gifts. And again the best Sephora gift sets come through for me! I’ll let you in on a secret. Whenever there’s someone I need to impress with my gift, I’ll always go for the Hermès collection at Sephora. The name alone sounds super expensive but the gift sets are highly affordable! I’ve never gotten anything less than an approving smile when I gift these.
My favorite Hermès set to gift and receive is the Garden Collection Coffret Set pictured above. These lightly floral scents are the perfect way to combat a dull, grey Winter. Likewise, the Jardin Mini Set will remind anyone of strolling through a beautiful Asian garden. And for fans of more classic scents, the best Sephora gift sets comes down to the Deluxe Replica Coffret Set. The bottles in these collections are so beautiful they’ll be fun to display even when they’re empty!
The best Sephora gift sets hit all the right notes with anyone you need a gift for! Shop them all or shop my picks below. And if you want even more gift ideas check out more posts from my 2019 Holiday Guide.