I'm usually a last-minute holiday shopper (I know, I know), but I've decided to start my gift-searching early to beat the crowds this year. Starting with some awesome Black Friday sales, woo hoo! Plus, I'm looking for MY favorite fragrance on this list, it's perfect for me and I deserve a little something too, don't you think?
For those of you who are stuck in a rut (or feeling lazy or Grinch-like), here's a bit of inspiration to get you to hit the mall. These holiday gift ideas all look like they cost a fortune, but you'll only be spending a few bucks on them -- just make sure you don't end up buying all of them for yourself, which sounds like something I would do.
Keep reading for my five favorite ideas, but click here to see all 30+ of the gifts on the list.
Victoria's Secret Holiday Sets
What it is: Every year Victoria's Secret puts together amazing collections of their most popular perfumes and lotions, and of course throws some new scents and products into the mix. Plus, it's all so sparkly and fun, how could anyone not love it? They have new scents like Very Sexy Now and Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust, plus their new Midnight Glamour makeup collection and holiday shimmer (a must for any cocktail dress-wearing party girl). The makeup kits go for $15 to $25 and the fragrance gift sets start at only $10.
Who would love it: Any girly-girls on your list would love the shimmer and fun and flirty scents, or if you've got a tough-to-buy-for lady you can't go wrong with one of their classic perfumes like Love Spell or Pink.
Where to get it: Victoria's Secret
MAC: A Tartan Tale
What it is: MAC's annual holiday collections are insanely cool, and this year is no exception. The whole office went nuts when samples showed up (click here to see why), and you can bet on a similar reaction when you give them out. It all has a Scottish, plaid tartan theme and you can buy individual products or cool palettes and kits. The Happily Ever After and Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kits are only $22.50.
Who would love it: Your MAC obsessed friends, obviously, but really anyone who loves a good makeup kit will be thrilled.
Where to get it: MAC Cosmetics
Kiehl's Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection
What it is: Kiehl's worked with artist Jeff Koons to design a limited edition bottle for their Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, with their new Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter (yum). You can buy the small size for just $27 -- and 100 percent of the net profits go to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Something to feel good about.
Who would love it: Your lactose-intolerant aunt -- she'll love that it's soy milk and for a good cause.
Where to get it: Kiehl's
First Aid Beauty Essentials Kit
What it is: This kit is only $15, but it looks like you spent way more. It has face cleanser, moisturizer, body wash and lotion, all in sizes small enough to take with you on the plane. Plus all the products have antioxidants and don't have parabens, sulfates, phthalates or synthetic fragrances or dyes.
Who would love it: Your frequent-flyer cousin, now she can stop whining about having to check her bag because of all her toiletries.
Where to get it: Sephora
Crazy Rumors Lip Balms
What it is: Think super-fancy lip balm. They're cruelty-free and vegan and made with 70 percent organic ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil. Plus, there are lots of yummy flavors like their A La Mode, Gumball and Candy Cane collections. You can buy 4-packs of them for the holidays for just $15.
Who would love it: Your tween cousin who's not quite ready for makeup, but will get a kick out of the fun flavors and pretty packaging.
Where to get it: Crazy Rumors
- Still have a ton of people to buy gifts for? Click here to see the rest of the list (you can thank us later).
- Once you finish your holiday shopping, you can finally relax and hit up those parties with these hot party outfit ideas and these gorgeous holiday makeup looks.