We may be biased but beauty tools — especially those that elevate our skincare routine — are our favorite gifts to give. Not only because they can be practical, but also because many beauty devices and hot tools are gifts our loved ones might not buy for themselves, making it all the more special to treat them with.
“When it comes to gifting all things beauty for the holidays, focusing on the recipient’s personality is imperative,” says esthetician Gabrielle Lawrence. “Dialing in what someone may like or may not like, as well as considering what may be fitting to their lifestyle will not only help you decipher through the social arsenal of beauty products that we have available for purchase at our fingertips but also ensure you choose the most suitable and appropriate gift during this festive season,” she adds.
According to makeup artist Jessie Maranda, the lifestyle component is ultra-important because you want to “take into consideration the recipient’s daily routine and amount of time they have.” For those who are on the busier side or are always on the go, she recommends keeping it simple with something they can easily incorporate into their daily life. As for someone who might have more time to invest in their beauty routine (or is just really excited about technology advancements) something a little more high-tech and indulgent is a great option.
Meet the Experts
Gabrielle Lawrence is an esthetician and owner of Los Angeles-based skincare salon, 'ili essentials.
Jessie Maranda is a makeup artist with over 15 years of experience in commercial, film, and television.
Whether you’re shopping for your friend who can’t be bothered with hairstyling and needs a fuss-free (and fast) way to get ready in the morning or your skincare-obsessed sibling who has an appreciation for high-tech features like red light therapy and infrared heat, we’ve got all of your gift-giving covered with our guide to the best beauty tool gifts.
The Best Beauty Tools for the Holiday Season
Whether their hair is chopped in a short bob cut or ultra-long, a tool like the Jumbo High Tide Deep Hair Waver from Amika can give the perfect beachy waves. This hot tool features three 1.25-inch barrels designed to crimp hair in a natural-looking way that mimics that same glorious texture as post-braided hair. Unlike other hair crimping tools, this beach waver doesn’t crease the hair and instead creates seamless waves that are frizz-free and effortless.
HigherDOSE Red Light Face Mask
For the skincare-obsessed, this HigherDOSE Red Light Face Mask takes at-home facials to a whole new level. Inspired by biohacking technology, the facial device is designed with infrared heat and red light therapy to target premature signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin, as well as promote cellular renewal — one of infrared heat’s superpowers — and collagen production for a glowing complexion. In addition to its technology, the beauty of this device is it has three head straps and eye holes, so it doesn’t put you out of commission. You can use it while you work, meditate, watch TV, or even do a quick yoga flow, thanks to its hands-free design.
Dyson Special Edition Airwrap Multi-Styler
Our haircare routine is forever changed with the Dyson Airwrap. This beauty tool is designed for the ultimate salon-worthy blowout at home. With little hair styling expertise required, you can achieve voluminous curls, waves, or a ‘90s-worthy blowout in half the styling time (and effort) as a typical blow dryer. Plus, it comes wrapped up in a beautiful case with a travel pouch, adding to the presentation.
Wildling Empress & Aura Stone Duo
If you’re looking for a beauty gift that doubles as self-care, the Wildling Empress & Aura Stone Duo is a great choice. This duo features the brand’s coveted facial and body gua sha stones, which are specifically designed to lift, tone, and de-puff the complexion while promoting a relaxing self-care moment. The gua sha stones are beautiful and luxurious enough to gift on their own, but they also make for a great addition to a beauty gift basket or paired with a luxurious facial oil, such as the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil.
Faceé Ice Globes
As one of the most popular TikTok beauty trends, skin icing is more than just a way to awaken the complexion; it provides amazing benefits like oxygenation, toning, and a reduction of redness. Our favorite way to ice our face is with these Ice Globes from Faceé. They’re easy to use — just stick them in the fridge or a bowl of ice for 20 minutes and then glide them in uplifting motions along your complexion for a cooling and rejuvenating at-home facial.
A humidifier might not seem like the most glamorous beauty gift to give, but Canopy Humidifier totally changes that. Designed for functional use — such as alleviating cold and flu symptoms — as well as skincare purposes, this humidifier can run for up to 36 hours, has sensors that maintain optimal moisture output, and can cover up to 500 square feet. On top of that, it comes with the option to add aromatic essential oils (which you can subscribe to so you never run out) and has dishwasher-safe parts for easy maintenance.
Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron
Gone are the days when a straightener would completely flatten your strands and leave you volume-less, not voluminous. We adore our Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron because it is powerful enough to straighten the hair while also providing enough volume to mimic a blowout (even on fine hair types). The straightener comes in three different sizes — depending on your hair length and styling needs — and is designed to style hair in a fraction of the time, which is perfect for the person who likes a fuss-free haircare moment (or your friend who is always rushing out the door).
Mounia Scalp Massager
Give the gift of a good scalp cleanse with the Mounia Scalp Massager. Designed to take shampoos to the next level by lifting away dirt, debris, and product buildup, this small but mighty beauty device is effective enough to deep clean the hair in one shampoo (no rinse and repeats, here!). We love it because, in addition to being highly functional and helping us get a better clean, it also exfoliates and stimulates the blood flow on the scalp, which can impact healthy hair growth, and result in shinier strands.
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