Beauty Gifts

7 Beauty Gifts We Want for Ourselves

Presents are delightful, whether you’re getting them or giving them. And a fail-safe present, no matter whom you’re buying for (including your own self), involves self-care. The ideal item is one a person might hesitate to splurge on for themselves, something that carves out a restorative moment of indulgence as it’s being used and also happens to look great. The beauty of most beauty- and self-care-related presents is how they feel particular and personal, even if you buy them in multiples and give them to everyone you know. And this year, since most of what we’re giving can’t be given in person, that personal quality is even more essential.

Our very favorite presents to give—and, please, get—this year are foolproof, from a fantastic bath (or four) to a set of the freshest, most beautiful flower waters to spritz anywhere: pulse points, sheets, even cocktails.

Three Gorgeous Fragrance Waters

These subtle, ethereal fragrances from groundbreaking fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour are a modern version of the ancient Persian tradition of flower waters. Each of the gorgeous, single-note perfumes is made with just two ingredients: fresh flowers harvested the moment they bloom, and water. The scents—rose, jasmine, and orange blossom—are simple, clean, and so pretty. Spritz the pure, airy essences everywhere: pulse points, all over your body, on your sheets, and especially in your hair, where the scent is surprisingly long-lasting.

Best Lip Balm Ever (in Three Shades)

The number of goop staffers who won’t go anywhere without their Balmyard lip and cheek tint is kind of incredible at this point—and the luxury of having all three shades at your fingertips is a fantastic gift. The sexy, just-bitten lip and cheek color comes in three flattering-on-everyone shades; all three are buildable from a sheer flush to a deep stain and perfect for days, nights, work, brunch, weddings, you name it. Made with deeply nourishing coconut oil and cocoa butter, the balms are also super moisturizing.

Baby-Soft Skin in a Jar

This rich, luxurious body cream is high-performance skin care and a beautiful ritual for your body in one. The cream melts in to repair dry skin, leaving it more moisturized for seventy-two hours, so it looks and feels silky-soft, smooth, firm, and toned.* Made with three ultranourishing butters (bacuri, cupuaçu, and shea) and enriched with clinically tested nutrient-rich botanical extracts (caviar lime, jojoba, and mulberry leaf), this is a one-step ultrahydrating miracle for beautiful, healthy-looking skin from head to toe—and the subtle, citrusy scent is just so good.

Seriously Stunning Lashes

The fat red tube and the lush curved brush make this a surprising and delightful present. Made with powerful ingredients typically found in clean hair care—like castor oil and provitamin B5—this inky-black mascara conditions and moisturizes so each swipe doubles as a treatment for glossy, healthy, feathery-soft lashes. The ergonomic curved brush evenly coats and curls each individual lash to give your eyes a wide-awake, super defined, natural-looking finish.

The Glowing-Skin Starter Pack

This skin care set comes with three incredible ways to get glowing skin right now—a whipped exfoliating scrub, a swipe-on overnight glow peel, and packets of citrusy goodness to drink in the morning. Your giftee will love you, first as they get to sample all the fun stuff and then, especially, after all the compliments they get on their gorgeous skin.

The Famous Candle
(That Smells Incredible)

A fitting follow-up to that candle—you know the one—this one is made with tart grapefruit, neroli, and ripe cassis berries blended with gunpowder tea and Turkish rose absolutes for a scent that’s sexy, surprising, and wildly addictive.

goop Baths (Four of Them)

A moment of respite, revivification, coming back to yourself, and detoxifying both physically and emotionally is a moment that improves just about every person’s life across the board. A single beautifully packaged goop bath gives you the opportunity for three such transformative moments; a stockpile of them is pretty much the ultimate self-care luxury.

*Based on an eight-week third-party consumer-perception and clinical study conducted on thirty-three women ages thirty-five to sixty-five.