NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2019

Naturally, when you’re finding a thoughtful gift for that beauty junkie friend of yours, beauty and skincare options seem like a definite go-to. But with the abundance of brands and products to choose from, finding the perfect gift can be a lot harder than it looks — whether it’s for your gal who’s a skincare expert, your best friend who’s a total makeup novice, or somewhere in between. Whatever the case is, we’re here to take the anxiety out of gifting. From limited edition festive holiday collections to brands with a cult-like following that don’t fizzle out like fad — here, we’ve rounded up our top picks for the beauty and skincare obsessives, that we’re eyeing under the Christmas tree this year.

We’ll be updating this page as our gift guides come along — so bookmark this and keep hitting refresh daily!


As the name suggests, Cult Beauty is all about cult brands and beauty products that you’ve been lusting after since you’ve laid eyes on them. Think — brands like Drunk Elephant, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay, and the list goes on… Here, we’ve rounded up a list of your favourite cult brands that you’ve been resisting to splurge on that you might just want to reconsider adding to your wishlist this Christmas. 

See our gift recommendations for these sworn-by brands here.


Let’s face it. When it comes to gifts for our loved ones or a special holiday treat for yourself, nothing quite compares to receiving a pretty wrapped box (or bag) which comes packed with jolly goodness that seeks to give your skin some much-needed pampering.

Here’s our list of irresistible skincare sets to namedrop when someone asks, “What do you want for Christmas?”

See our gift recommendations for the ultimate skincare junkie here.


Need some help picking the crème de la crème from the myriad of perfume sets and limited edition goodies out there? Nothing beats the standard gift of a winning holiday fragrance box set — and these smell nice. Ahead, a roundup of fragrance gift sets to give your loved ones this holiday — from cult beauty brands to luxury house classics — that looks as good as it smells.

See our gift recommendations for the best smelling gifts here.


Every year just before Christmas, makeup brands will launch their “blockbuster” sets, which tend to be massive eyeshadow palettes and other limited edition festive palettes that makeup everything we would want in our beauty box. Most of all, they make jaw-dropping gifts or even spontaneous indulgence for that beauty obsessive friend of yours. For the ultimate guide to all your must-have limited edition sets you need to get your hands on stat, read on.

See our gift recommendations for the ultimate beauty collector here.


Although we all love to travel, we are often faced with the daunting challenge to pack light especially when it comes to our beauty products. This holiday season, start prepping for your next trip overseas with this selection of travel sets which you can ask for as gifts, or gift them yourself!

See our gift recommendations for the beauty backpacker here.


Brands like Kylie Cosmetics, Colourpop, Glossier and Milk (just to name a few) have made its rounds on the Internet with trendy and cult products that many online have sworn to live by. Having made a name for itself, it’s clear that any, or all, of these brands have made their way to your wishlist this Christmas too — agree? Whether you’re looking to cop that limited edition set that you’ve been eyeing on or finding a gift for your main squeeze, ahead, we’ve listed out festive sets from some of the most coveted beauty brands around the world.

See our gift recommendations for these cult favourite overseas brands here.


See something you like? Better stock up now before it runs out because these limited edition pieces aren’t coming back. Except on Carousell. Used. Or at a higher price.

See our gift recommendations for all the limited edition sets here.


For us, nothing says the festive season quite like a superstar glitter makeup product; you know, those working overtime to keep the spotlight on your cheekbones and lips. Gucci, Chantecaille, Hourglass, and Milani are clearly onto something… and if you’re looking to be lit from within and on the outside too, these glow-getters just about do it. Let’s just say we’re coping these “gifts” for ourselves too.

See our gift recommendations for all that glitters and gold here.


Anxiety? We feel ya. Whether it’s work stress, social media’s impossible standards and the strange phenomenon of imposter syndrome, or just a tough day in general, you’ve gotta learn how to relax. Thankfully, the beauty market’s rife with all these indulgent goodies. It could be a calming candle to soothe your soul, a pillow spray so you’ll drift off to sleep, body creams to slather on, or face masks that pamper your skin with all kinds of good ingredients. If you know someone who deserves these, it’s time to give the gift of restfulness.

See our gift recommendations for the person who needs some quality me-time here.


Whether it’s a small gift for a colleague at your annual office Christmas party or an extra little something in addition to a big surprise — every gift counts no matter the size. So, if you’re looking to have some back-up gifts at hand just in case you missed someone on your list, here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to include when you go Christmas shopping!

See our gift recommendations for the best beauty stocking stuffers here.


With the holiday season in full swing, it’s only apt that we’d start decorating our Christmas trees with our favourite baubles and ornaments of sorts — but if you have yet to, then it’s about time you should. To make decorating a little more interesting, consider these beauty ornaments for the holidays. Whether it’s a mini skincare, makeup or bath product, there’s a bountiful range of beauty products that will fit your pick when you’re fussing over your last minute Christmas gift shopping. (Not to mention, you’ll also be able to get your hands on the latest drops or what more an easy “failproof” beauty gift that your friend will cherish for all eternity!)

So what’re you waiting for? It’s time to deck the halls — and your Christmas tree — this holiday, with these perfect for-the-season hanging ornaments.

See our gift recommendations for the best beauty baubles and ornaments you can get your hands this holiday here.