We’re all about buying high-end beauty products for ourselves and for the people on our gifting lists. But let’s be honest: we can’t afford to buy a Diptyque fragrance or a Chanel lipstick for all the people we love. And we don’t always have the time to shop for that perfect gift for everybody, either. In fact, it’s pretty much an established fact that at least once during the holiday season, we’ll be scrambling to find a gift for someone just a few hours before heading to a party.
Fortunately, there are products that are easy to find when you’re short on time or funds or both. You can get great beauty gifts for everybody on your list just by heading to your corner drugstore. (In fact, you can get great makeup at the drugstore even under normal circumstances, no holiday rush necessary.) Read on to check out our picks for some of the best beauty gifts you can get at the drugstore this holiday season.
1. Aveeno Holiday Gift Pack
Aveeno has been recommended by dermatologists for decades, so the brand’s signature body wash and moisturizing lotion are a great gift for anyone on your list who likes to keep things classic. This Aveeno Holiday Gift Pack, available at your local Walgreens, features the Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, the Daily Moisturizing Lotion, plus a shower puff. The brand’s signature formulas with natural colloidal oatmeal leave skin soft and smooth — perfect for winter.
2. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Lip balm is one of those beauty products you can never have too many of, particularly during the coldest months of the year. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms are a perennial favorite thanks to their moisturizing ability and sheer color. They’re made with shea butter and botanical waxes, and each shade is softly tinted for just a hint of color. These lips balms are perfect for days when you don’t want to bother with a high-maintenance lipstick.
3. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie
The holidays are a great time to gift your friends some beauty products to pamper themselves. If you know someone with textured or dry hair, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie is a great gift. This moisture-balancing treatment smells incredible (which we all know is key when picking out products for an at-home spa day). Plus, it’s packed with nourishing ingredients that deeply condition hair and bring out natural shine.
4. Essie Nail Color
Nail polish is a great gift when you can’t spend a lot of money on someone but still want to give them something that shows that you appreciate their style. Essie’s Nail Color is a drugstore standby you can find on almost everybody’s vanity, even if that vanity is also covered in high-end skin care products and makeup. You can get one bottle for a cute, small gift, or spend a little bit more to curate a mini collection of your friend’s favorite colors.
5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Primer with Sunscreen
Though many people don’t think about sunscreen except for when going to the beach, it’s basically guaranteed you know at least a couple of people who wear sunscreen every single day. Treat one of those people to La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen and you’ll definitely get on their nice list.
6. Olay Pro-X Advanced Facial Cleansing System
For the true skin care junkie, beauty tools like facial brushes are a great holiday gift. But you don’t have to plan ahead (and watch your wallet take a hit) with a pricy Sephora order. Swing by your local CVS for the Olay Pro-X Advanced Facial Cleansing System brush, which features two speeds to both clean and exfoliate. The set even comes with a small bottle of cleanser to get started.
7. Shea Moisture Pure Coconut Oil
Unfortunately, everybody’s hair gets dry in the winter. And sometimes, there’s no better solution than a the simplest one. Treat straight-haired and curly-haired friends alike to Shea Moisture’s Pure Coconut Oil and they’ll definitely be thanking you. It hydrates and softens even the driest hair (and skin). It can be used on the face, hair, and body without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.
8. Soap & Glory Flake Away
Everybody likes a good body scrub in the winter, when we all end up with dry, flaky skin despite our best efforts to stay moisturized. Treat somebody on your list to Soap & Glory’s Flake Away body polish, which features sea salt and shea butter to make skin smooth again. It’s a practical gift that also feels luxe, especially since it also incorporates grapeseed oil, almond oil, sugar, and peach seed powder.
9. Wet n Wild Holiday Beauty Book
Sometimes, a big palette of fun colors is the perfect gift for the makeup addict in your life. Wet n Wild’s Holiday 2016 Beauty Book features an eye-popping 78 shades of eye shadow. The shades included range from neutrals to brights, and there’s a dual-ended brush, plus two eyeliner brushes, which means the friend or family member you gift this to will get to go wild with experimenting.
10. Yves Saint Laurent Opium
Did you know that you could swing by your local CVS to pick up a high-end fragrance for somebody you really love? We didn’t, but we’re definitely not complaining, especially since YSL classic Opium is apparently on CVS’s shelves. With a blend of rose, carnation, sandalwood, pepper, lily of the valley, and clove, this is a great winter fragrance for one very lucky friend.