Here at the Strat, we’re still in heavy gifting mode: Sometimes, not any stocking stuffer will please the beauty obsessive in your life, so here we went deep on the best beauty gifts under $30 at Amazon that you can order now as a last-minute gift. Depending on their level of obsessiveness, we have millennial-pink bath salts (a crowd-pleaser) to cult-favorite Korean beauty products we love — plus even a derma roller for the hard-core Redditors on your list.
Lucas Papaw Ointment
Tata Harper Be True Treatment
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Ask a beauty writer and she might tell you that out of the many, many samples that cross her path, the one thing she’ll consistently keep is dry shampoo (so this one’s great for the beauty fanatic who already has everything). It’s a French cult-favorite that’s especially beloved by beauty editors and people who refuse to wash their hair every day.
Mountain Ocean Ski Trip Moisturizer
Writer Molly Young says of this coconut-scented lotion: “I buy it in bulk and store it in my refrigerator, where its presence assures me of continued corporal smoothness.” It’s ideal for the person who won’t balk at the idea of smelling a bit sugary sweet, and has been looking for a little something extra for their ashy skin.
Avène Thermal Water
For people with exceptionally dry skin, here’s a French pharmacy staple that delivers a quick, hydrating skin-pick-me-up.
Cosrx Snail Mucin 96 Essence
While some of Cosrx’s best-selling acne- and blackhead-reducing liquids might feel too pointed to give someone as a gift, their snail-mucin essence, which Rio Viera-Newton described as a dupe for the pricier SK-II essence feels like a positive affirmation, as if to say, “Go forth and be blessed with glowy skin.”
Glass Nail File Set
A crystal glass nail file that’s much better for your nails than your average emery board — it comes in a sleek case that looks much more expensive than it actually is.
Esarora Ice Roller
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
For the Merlot enthusiast in your life who can always get down with a good face peel, this wine-scented one will be life-changing.
Canmake Cheek Cream
Collectible Japanese cheek tints that Jenna Lyons loves, ones that make easy stocking stuffers. (Note: This may arrive after Christmas if you don’t choose expedited shipping.)
Paul & Joe Pearl Lipstick Refill
A shimmery cat-shaped lipstick for the feline enthusiast in your life.
Paul & Joe Lipstick Case
Plus an adorable cat-printed lipstick case to go with it.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Clay Mask
For mask enthusiasts, a delightful carbonated Korean-beauty face mask to add to their top shelf, which will bubble up on their skin (and make a great selfie).
Devacurl Microfiber Towel
One of the best and softest hair towels out there: The microfiber cloth sops up hair moisture with less friction involved, so your hair doesn’t frizz.
Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat
A handy cleaning mat to help keep your makeup brushes from going icky.
The Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Masks
One of Rio Viera-Newton’s favorite brands for sheet masks, which already comes in pretty, giftable packaging. This mask set’s packed with hyaluronic acid for extra hydration, but they also sell a nice rose-scented set and another enriched with squalane.
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water
A travel-size bottle of micellar water for a Francophile or frequent flier who hates washing their face.
Halova Toiletry Bag
And a very handy travel bag: It’s waterproof, aggressively organized with sections for all of your brushes and products, and easy to stow away in a suitcase.
TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk
TonyMoly’s squee-worthy packaging makes all of its products a good gift, but its hand creams are especially kawaii, whether you’re more a banana fan or a tomato person (they also happen to make a great pill box).
Herbivore Botanicals Dead Sea Bath Salts
Millennial-pink bath salts, for the person who loves to luxuriate in the tub.
French Girl Organics Vegan Rose Lip Polish
But don’t stop there — here’s an exfoliating vegan rose lip scrub to go with it.
Fancii 10x Magnifying Lighted Mirror
No pore or baby hair will go unnoticed with this 10x magnification lighted mirror that has crazy-good reviews.
Shiseido Facial Razor, Three-Pack
The Japanese razors that Cut beauty director Kathleen Hou uses to get rid of her facial hair that also work on eyebrows — they’re much more precise than your average Schick razor and colorful enough to make a playful stocking stuffer. (These may arrive after Christmas if you don’t select expedited shipping.)
Gold Snail Hydrogel Patches
It will go to work on brightening persistent raccoon eyes (it’s a Strat favorite that both Alexis Swerdloff and Rio Viera-Newton have taken to), but it will also look like an exceptionally indulgent gift when they crack open the lid.
Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Blotting Papers
A very cute set of blotting papers that comes in a mini-compact with a mirror, for someone who always complains about their shiny skin.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray Duo
A crowd-pleasing Mario Badescu twin set that will help keep your giftee’s skin refreshed all year round.
Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle
Compact Tangle Teezer
A palm-size, raved-about hair brush that’s ideal for traveling — stick it in even the smallest of bags and Dopp kits.
Kao Lavender Steam Mask
Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste
Koi Beauty Titanium Dermaroller
For the avid redditor who’s been reading up on derma-rolling. (This one isn’t set to arrive before Christmas, but here’s another that will.)
La Roche-Posay Essentials
Instead of choosing just one of La Roche-Posay’s cult-favorite French pharmacy products, here’s a whole set that includes a micellar water, a 60 SPF+ sunscreen for very pale people, and an all-purpose skin balm.
My Konjac Facial Sponge
An activated-charcoal sponge from Japan for someone with sensitive skin. It very gently exfoliates skin, while the activated charcoal naturally fights bacteria and removes excess oil.
Laneige Renewal Water Sleeping Mask
A very coveted overnight mask from Laneige to use when you’re in for the long haul, like a long transatlantic flight, that will have you waking up with impossibly dewy skin.
Soho Beauty Case
This writer has noticed beauty editor friends receiving lots of caboodles in mailers this year, so here’s a nice compact beauty case that’s not too expensive (and also not as kitschy as the ones from the ’90s).
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