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The Beauty Department
Shops the Gift Guide

Chanel sled, check. Mirrored tree house in Sweden, check. But beyond the ridiculous but awesome, there are few presents that delight both giftee and gifter as easily as beauty products: They don’t need to fit, they feel personal but delight many, and they’re that perfect combination of tantalizing and practical. Here, our editors’ picks for the best-of-the-best clean beauty presents.

  1. The Easiest Everyone-Pleasing No-Brainers

  2. Perhaps the most foolproof gift this season comes in a box speckled with pale-pink stars, guaranteed to delight everyone from sisters to coworkers: The new lip balm trio—you get the OG bestselling super nourishing goop lip balm, plus two new sheer, beautifully tinted versions of it, all full size. It’s fantastic as a set, but we should note that breaking it up makes for three easy stocking stuffers or Secret Santa presents.

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean
    Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
    goop, $42
  3. Beyond balm, however, is The Moisturizer That Everyone Loves. Packed with powerful hydrators and nourishing antioxidants, Glow Lotion works no matter what your giftee’s skin type. It moisturizes, brightens, and smooths skin right away and over time, and the results—dewier, fresher, glowier skin—are noticeable.

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion goop, $58/$52 with subscription
Jean Godfrey-June

Jean Godfrey-June

executive beauty director


    Coolest shaving cream

    WHY IT RULES: Whether the person in question is an SO or a crush, fancy shaving cream delights anyone who shaves. And that person encounters the shaving cream—and thinks of you—typically in the mornings, while they’re sleepy and dreamy (a fine state to be thought of in). This one could not look more fantastic on the side of the sink; it also smells faintly of sandalwood, clary sage, and coriander seed, all in there to help calm skin. It has aloe to hydrate and willow bark to soften hair and lightly exfoliate. The gel fluffs up into a creamy whip on your skin, lifting each hair for beautiful glide and a close, comfortable shave. It works for even razor-burn-prone skin, and it’s as great for legs as it is for faces.

    Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel: Sandalwood, Sage
    Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel: Sandalwood, Sage goop, $34

    Obsessed-over skin set

    WHY IT RULES: This is the beauty department version of ridiculous but awesome right here. If your giftee is at all into clean beauty, they’ll want this set. You get the brand’s cult-status serum (beloved by the dry-skinned, youth-obsessed, and breakout-prone in equal measure), plus the complementary face essence (it’s water-based, while the serum is oil-based, so the two deliver their many botanical extracts along different pathways in the skin), both in a chic brown box. It’s simple, and if your skin is anything like mine, it will change your skin.

    Vintner’s Daughter The Travel Set
    Vintner’s Daughter The Travel Set goop, $160

    Best skin balm

    WHY IT RULES: This thick, melts-right-in cerulean balm will make anyone’s skin feel better. Whether it’s your mom with dry skin, a snowboarding pal with a tendency toward windburn, a breakout-prone college student, or your best friend who just loves a delicious skin pick-me-up, whomever you give it to is going to treasure it. (A little goes a long way, so they don’t need to hoard it; the little jar lasts forever.) It smells so good and feels like absolute heaven on your skin, and the giftee will think of it—and you—every time they need a little moment of luxury and comfort.

    de Mamiel Skin Recovery Blend
    de Mamiel Skin Recovery Blend goop, $160

    Pourable candle

    WHY IT RULES: This candle is that intuitive sort of object that soothes stress simply by sitting on a nightstand. It’s got the best lavender-infused scent that wafts gently over when you least expect it—I have inhaled about 60 billion versions of lavender at this point in my career, and this one is gorgeous and sophisticated at once. The scent reminds a person to put the phone (or worse and, guilty as charged, laptop) down. Light it and the scent blooms subtly and beautifully, and the candle melts almost instantly into a perfect-temperature massage oil. I pour a little in my hands (it’s never too hot) and massage my feet right before lights-out. It’s a very just-for-you sort of gift, guaranteed to delight self-care pros and delinquents alike.

    NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive Skin Treatment Candle
    NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive Skin Treatment Candle goop, $46

    Hair-fabulizing hair ties

    WHY IT RULES: Everyone with hair past their ears wants more hair ties. They’re forever lost (or pilfered), and they’re always needed. Gift them in luxe, pale-green silk in a pack of three, and the hair-past-their-ears of any gender will exalt. The silk prevents the dents that a typical hair tie leaves in your hair and sidesteps all the usual snags and pulls and breaks, and the elastic miraculously holds a ponytail even through a long run or a Tracy Anderson class. I want a jar of maybe fifty or so, just so I’ll never run out.

    Crown Affair The Scrunchie No. 001
    Crown Affair The Scrunchie No. 001 goop, $15
Megan O’Neill, senior beauty editor

Megan O’Neill

senior beauty editor


    Marble dry brush

    WHY IT RULES: This dry brush looks almost too artful to use, but when you smooth the sisal-fiber bristles over your body, you want to melt right into the floor. If you have a friend, lover, family member, work wife, or anyone who clocks long hours hunched at a computer and appreciates a thing of beauty—the marble is stunning and feels weighty and substantial in your hand—this gorgeous body brush is unbeatable. Pair it with one of goop Beauty’s deeply soothing, incredible-smelling bath soaks, if you want your giftee to lose their mind with happiness. (I gave it along with the Phys. Ed. soak to my friend Lauren, who ran the New York City Marathon, and she couldn’t have hugged me any harder.)

    Gilded Body Marble Body Brush
    Gilded Body Marble Body Brush goop, $88
  2. goop Beauty Phys. Ed. Recovery Bath Soak
    goop Beauty Phys. Ed. Recovery Bath Soak goop, $35

    Gigantic shampoo and conditioner

    WHY IT RULES: The best shampoo and conditioner combination on earth—works on all hair textures and loaded with frizz-smoothing, nourishing plant oils responsibly sourced from the Amazon to leave hair unreal-shiny and beyond silky—now comes in jumbo (fourteen-ounce) pump bottles. The scent, a blend of mango and passionfruit, is so gorgeous that I’m always tempted to use the lathering shampoo as a moisturizing body wash. I love the softly defined texture these products give my curls; my wavy-haired husband loves that they don’t leave his hair puffy and “mushroom-top-like” (his description), and my sixty-nine-year-old mom, with her natural kinky texture, waits to wash her hair at my house, where she knows the pump bottles sit majestically in my shower.

    Rahua Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner Lush Pumps
    Rahua Hydration Shampoo &
    Conditioner Lush Pumps
    goop, $99

    Most luxurious body oil

    WHY IT RULES: I spend all year coaxing my skin to look the way it does in summer—supple with moisture, plumped—and this total-indulgence body oil is the key. Any friend obsessed with Augustinus Bader’s cult hit The Rich Cream is bound to fall in love with it, too. (Dr. Bader, a German biomedical scientist and professor, makes every product to support skin in taking care of itself, addressing fine lines and wrinkles.) Grape-seed and sunflower seed oils, squalane, and an ingredient complex called TFC8—amino acids, vitamins, and more skin-boosters—leave skin radiant, soft, and able to withstand winter chill. It’s brilliant for at-home massages and especially fantastic right out of the shower when skin drinks it up.

    Augustinus Bader The Body Oil
    Augustinus Bader The Body Oil goop, $95
Brianna Peters, associate beauty editor

Brianna Peters

associate beauty editor


    Chicest set of lashes

    WHY IT RULES: False lashes don’t sound like something chic and cool—until you see these from style guru Jenna Lyons. And by “see” I mean see both what they look like applied and what they look like in this sleek, unlacquered brass box, which comes with three sets of the brand’s bestselling lashes (my favorite is the Troi because it’s a cat-eye shape that elongates my lashes) and an ingenious applicator tool. You keep them all in the sophisticated, vaguely steampunk-y box, which needs no wrapping. For friends who’ve never tried lashes before, it’s a fun (and easy) new adventure; for pros, the lashes are simply the best there is. I’m absolutely getting a kit for myself, too!

    LoveSeen The Lovefest
    LoveSeen The Lovefest goop, $120

    Foolproof face wake-up

    WHY IT RULES: For anyone who might end up with puffy, bloated skin brought on by travel stress, late nights, or too many spritzy, sparkly cocktails during the holidays, this combination—a twenty-four-karat-gold-plated vibrating T-bar plus soothing, prebiotic eye masks—is magic. Made with hyaluronic acid and camelina oil, the sheet masks supercharge skin with cooling moisture and nutrients while the roller works to depuff, smooth, and firm. I’m going to gift myself this in advance of the holidays, but my best friend, sister, and mom will love it, too.

    Jillian Dempsey The Sculpt and Smooth Duo
    Jillian Dempsey The Sculpt and Smooth Duo goop, $245

    Most-wanted hair serum

    WHY IT RULES: Since I started using this serum, all of my friends keep asking me what I’ve been doing with my hair, and I can’t wait to surprise them with a bottle of their own. It’s truly one of my favorite products on earth, and what makes it an amazing gift is that it works on every type of hair. It’s so nourishing and softening, and it gives me infinite good hair days regardless of whether I’m air-drying or giving myself a bouncy blowout. Who on your list doesn’t want shinier, smoother, healthier-looking hair? (P.S. If someone wants to get me a subscription, I would love you forever!)

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum goop, $48/$44 with subscription
Erica Ndlovu, junior associate beauty editor

Erica Ndlovu

junior associate beauty editor


    Prettiest lip and lashes set

    WHY IT RULES: The stocking stuffer to end all stocking stuffers—your makeup truly transforms once you coat your lashes in makeup artist Gucci Westman’s inky-black, luscious mascara and smooth on the ultranourishing gloss in Garçonne (a pale, universally flattering mauve) for subtle color that looks great day or night. I’m definitely getting these for my best girlfriends, not to mention my mom.

    Westman Atelier Clean Start Beauty Essentials
    Westman Atelier Clean Start Beauty Essentials goop, $82

    Scalp gua sha

    WHY IT RULES: I (and I think at least half the population) get really stressed around the holidays. For me, doing this scalp detox in between washes leaves me feeling fresh and calm—and the gua sha comb just feels incredible and releases tension as I massage my head with it. So for my stress-case compatriots, this is the best gift.

    Act + Acre Scalp Gua Sha System
    Act + Acre Scalp Gua Sha System goop, $70

    Supremely relaxing eye mask

    WHY IT RULES: What I love about this mask is that it truly does force you to chill—no scrolling through Instagram or binging Netflix, just some well-deserved stillness. Because my eyes are so tired after a long day of work (even with my blue-light-filtering glasses), I look forward to five minutes with this mask every night to soothe not just my eyes but my body and soul as well. The rose quartz is so pretty (and it’s said to encourage peace and tranquility). It’s a present that’s brilliant for just about anyone with a computer or a phone (i.e., everyone).

    WTHN Rose Quartz Eye Mask
    WTHN Rose Quartz Eye Mask goop, $75
Camila Michaels, assistant beauty editor

Camila Michaels

assistant beauty editor


    Facial gua sha
    (with great instructions)

    WHY IT RULES: I love the idea of face shaping. I’d seen influencers do it all over Instagram and TikTok but still felt I needed proper instructions, and since there are many techniques out there, I wasn’t clear on which tools to use. Then I found this set, which comes with three tools, all made of calming amethyst. It comes with a gua sha facial-lifting tool, a double-sided facial roller, and a mini facial roller. I smooth on face oil, follow the easy instructions (with pictures!), and massage, contour, and sculpt my face. The practice is said to help support blood circulation, reduce puffiness, and relieve tension. It’s also just fun. I can’t wait to give it to my friends and especially my aunts. It comes in a lovely pale-purple box that you won’t need to wrap—just adding a bow will be the perfect touch.

    Mount Lai The Amethyst Trio Calming Facial Set
    Mount Lai The Amethyst Trio Calming Facial Set goop, $86

    At-home facial in a
    (gorgeous green) box

    WHY IT RULES: I try to make my nighttime routine feel like a pamper sesh—plush towels, moisturizing masks, fresh scents—and this lavish, four-step exfoliating facial is the key. Neatly packed in Tata Harper’s signature bright-green box (which doesn’t need wrapping), this is the best gift for anyone who loves a luxe spa feeling (and softer, smoother, brighter skin pretty much right away). You get the Regenerating Cleanser, the Resurfacing Mask, an ultrasoft beauty brush, and a plush towelette; all work harmoniously together, and the ritual just feels incredible. I know I want one, but I’m also going to be getting it for my closest friends.

    Tata Harper Glow Facial Kit
    Tata Harper Glow Facial Kit goop, $115

    Vibrating body brush

    WHY IT RULES: Most people, including myself, love the feeling of a thorough exfoliation. But some, including myself, are easily dehydrated by body scrubs and brushes. This in-shower vibrating body brush from Nion Beauty deep-cleanses and exfoliates without leaving my skin dry and rough. Using a technology called kinetic cleansing vibration, the brush cleanses the skin’s surface at three different speeds to leave skin smooth, soft, and renewed. The brush reaches every part of the body, and it’s gentle enough to use every day of the week, so it’s a great present for just about anyone, from your boyfriend to your parents.

    Nion Beauty Opus Body
    Nion Beauty Opus Body goop, $159