The 10 Best Beauty Gift Sets of 2022, Priced $50 or Less • budget FASHIONISTA
The holiday shopping season brings us so many great things, but beauty gift sets must be near the top of the list. For two short months every year, beauty brands combine their most-shopped products into budget-friendly kits that we can gift to others or ourselves.
If you’ve ever wanted to try Saint Jane, Susan Kaufmann, One Ocean Beauty, or another indulgent beauty brand, now’s the time. You can buy a beauty set, split up the content among some stockings — and keep a little something for yourself. It’s an effective shopping strategy, too. After all, if your friends are like you, they’ll love the beauty goods you pick. Everyone wins!
So let’s get into it. Here are 9 delightfully different beauty gift sets priced under $50, plus one big-time indulgence for $120. I think there’ll be a few brands in here that’ll surprise you.
1. Ancient Greek Remedy Skin Care Set
Ancient Greek Remedy makes its products with pure oils and no water, artificial additives, or chemicals. Water is commonly used as a filler in beauty products, which dilutes the cost for the manufacturer and the effectiveness for you.
I have this gift set (thanks to Ancient Greek Remedy for sending it to me) and it is fabulous. The lavender fragrance is oh-so-indulgent and the products are incredibly nourishing. I am really enjoying the body oil and butter cream. They provide welcome relief to my dried-out winter skin, face and body. The oil also doubles as a hair mask.
Another advantage of this brand over others is the price point. The entire set of full-sized products is $50 and the individual products are $15 to 20. So if you or your giftee falls in love with one or more Ancient Greek Remedy formulations, they are replaceable on a budget.
2. Saint Jane Total Duo Minis
Luxury beauty brand Saint Jane leverages the power of florals for beautiful skin. The brand takes a clean, natural approach to anti-aging and skin transformation. As a result, Saint Jane products aren’t the same-old, same-old you find in the drugstore aisles. They’re luxurious, nurturing, and indulgently fragrant — even as they deliver the anti-aging, brightening, calming, or hydration benefits you crave.
As you might expect, Saint Jane products don’t come cheap. The Luxury Lip Cream, as an example, carries a regular price tag of $28.
Still, you can gift a taste of luxury with the brand’s Total Duo Minis for $45. The kit includes the Luxury Beauty Serum and brightening C Drops. Combined, these two products brighten, resurface, nourish, and correct. See more details at saintjane.com.
3. Clean Reserve Discovery Gift Set
This fun set of fragrances is brought to you by Clean Beauty Collective. Clean Beauty Collective creates fragrances from simple, trusted, sustainable ingredients through eco-friendly manufacturing and testing processes.
All products are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. The brand also publishes a list of ingredients it bans — a handy reference for any beauty shopper.
The Reserve Discovery Gift Set includes eight fresh fragrances including customer favorites Radiant Nectar and beach-inpsired Solar Bloom. The price is an easy $24. See more details at cleanbeauty.com.
4. Susanne Kaufmann Bath Trio
Susanne Kaufmann is an all-natural, luxury brand that’s committed to effective, sustainable beauty. The products are plant-based and formulated for safety. Best-sellers include the Eye Rescue Serum for $115 and the Rejuvenating Day Cream for $200.
Next to those price points, a bubble bath trio for $40 seems like a steal, right? The Susanne Kaufmann Bath Trio contains 30 ml each of Mallow Blossom Bath, Mountain Pine Bath, and Bath for The Senses. These are fragrant, soothing, and relaxing bath soaks that turn an ordinary bath into a sensory experience. See more details at beautyhabit.com.
5. One Ocean Beauty Hydrate + Treat Kit
One Ocean Beauty formulates clean, sustainable, and cruelty-free beauty products from ingredients sourced from the ocean. These include algae from around the world, hydrolized marine collagen, and a marine active derived from brown kelp.
Marine microorganisms are remarkably effective at surviving and adapting in the face of UV rays and pollution — One Ocean Beauty harnesses that power in a sustainable way for the benefit of your skin.
The Hydrate + Treat Trial Kit, priced at $30, includes a Replenishing Deep Sea Moisturizer plus a Revitalizing Sea Serum. The moisturizer moisturizes and soothes, while increasing collagen to firm skin and brightening dark spots. The serum also stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production for firmer, more voluminous skin.
That’s a powerful one-two bunch for $30. See more details at oneoceanbeauty.com.
6. True Botanicals Radiance Duo
True Botanicals sources vegan ingredients worldwide to power its beauty and skincare line. The powerhouses of the line-up are high concentrations of plant actives that nurture skin with vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidant power.
Beauty enthusiasts love True Botanicals Chebula Active Serum for its effectiveness. In trials, 100% of users saw softer, smoother skin after seven days. Even better, 97% of users saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after four weeks. Too bad the regular price on the serum is $90. Boo.
Most of True Botanicals gift sets carry price tags over $200. An exception is the Body Love Pure Radiance Duo for $40. The set includes a sugar scrub and body butter. If you or your giftee falls in love with the way you skin feels after tryinig these out, you might start saving up the brand’s pricier anti-aging products.
7. Beautycounter Clean Swipe Hyaluronic Lip Balm Trio
Clean brand Beautycounter bans more than 1,800 ingredients from its formulations — with the goal of producing high-quality skincare that’s also safe for everyone in your home. The brand’s line-up includes skincare for face and body plus makeup, all of which adhere to Beautycounter’s high standards for quality. Popular products include All Bright Brightening Oil for Face ($76) and Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream ($87).
The Clean Swipe Hyaluronic Lip Balm Trio only sets you back $44. The practical gift set includes two tinted lip balms and one clear lip balm. They deliver a rush of moisture for that dewy, just-bitten lip look. You can also use the berry pink and warm beige balms on your cheeks for a translucent flush of color. See more details at beautycounter.com.
8. Odele Smoothing Set
Odele is an award-winning and affordable hair beauty brand that’s woman-owned and operated. The products are made without synthetic fragrances. They’re also color-safe and vegan. NBC News once ranked Odele’s shampoo as one of the seven best drugstore shampoos (although I’ve never seen the brand in my local drugstore.)
The Smoothing Set contains three frizz-fighting products for $32. A bargain, right? You get the Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner, and Air Dry Styler. Buy it for friends who have medium or course hair that’s prone to the frizzies. See details at odelebeauty.com.
Finer-haired fashionistas might prefer Odele’s Volumizing Set.
9. Farmacy Winter Greens Duo
Farmacy is a sustainable beauty brand that only uses conflict-free ingredients. Its products are made with farm-sourced ingredients for clean, cruetly-free skincare that’s Leaping Bunny Certified. Flagship products include Honey Grail, an antioxidant facial oil for $48, and Honeymoon Glow, a night serum for $60.
For a more palatable entry point, try Farmacy’s Winter Greens Duo to unclog, clean, and minimize pores for $30. The set includes an exfoliating toner plus a lightweight, pore-cleaning moisturizer. It’s perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin. As a bonus, Farmacy donates five meals to Feeding America for each pore kit sold. See more details at farmacybeauty.com.
10. Splurge-Worthy: Bowe Bundle
Dr. Whitney Bowe (as a person and a brand) takes an inside-outside approach to skincare. The brand combines the usual topical lotions and serums with elixirs and supplements that nourish and balance the gut microbiome.
You can gift the DWB approach with the Bowe Bundle. It’s a skincare duo that works from the inside and out. The $120 set includes Bowe Glow Cream, a day and night moisturizer, plus Bowe Grow Elixir, a formulation you consume in your favorite beverages.
The drops have no calories or sugar, only vegan plant bionutrients that contribute to glowing skin. In clinical trials, this combo was proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while improving skin texture and evening skin tone. See more details at drwhitneybowebeauty.com.
If you know which beauty sets you want to buy, act fast. Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching!