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The Absolute Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $30

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: When it comes to filling up a stocking, there are few things more appropriate — in size and general delightfulness — than beauty products. Whether you’re loading a stocking for your TikTok-obsessed niece or your partner with dry elbows, look no further. Below, a list of the best skin-care and hair-care stocking stuffers.

I gasped when I saw this set! This adorable quartet of Cosrx’s best sellers is an ideal stocking stuffer for just about any skin-care lover. It includes the brand’s Good Morning Cleanser (great for purifying and balancing pH), AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner (excellent for clarifying the skin), Snail Mucin Essence (one of my all-time favorites for nourishing and repairing the skin), and Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (a lightweight yet effective day or night cream).

Anyone who loves skin-care gadgets will love this gold bar, which is a dead-on dupe for the $200 Jillian Dempsey one. It vibrates and gets into all the little nooks and crannies of your face to massage, lift, and invigorate. Apply it with a good old face oil in the morning to liven up your skin. Also, Tracee Ellis Ross is a fan!

Got a Gen-Z little sister? Perhaps the cultiest, most Instagram-friendly lip balm around is this one from Glossier. It comes in many flavors and tints, so there’ll be one to match your stocking recipient’s preference. My personal favorites are Blackberry (a berry, jammy shade), Coconut (which is clear but smells amazing), and Fig (the newest of the bunch, which has a coral-y tint).

These stainless-steel, freezer-friendly tools are a wonderful way to depuff your under eyes and knock down any kind of inflammation from stubborn breakouts. Be sure to place these on your skin for one minute, then take them off for one minute to be sure you don’t burn your skin with the freezing cold. This is an excellent gift for anyone who has an early wake-up call — these freezing tools won’t just de-puff, they’ll wake you right up! — or anyone who has a little bit of a skin-picking problem, as they’ll relieve the redness from a spot without poking and prodding.

$12

This mask from Jessica Alba’s line, Honest, is an adorable, selfie-appropriate purple-y color that happens to be jam-packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like shea butter (for hydration), vitamin E (for repairing and protecting the skin), and super-fruits (which have antioxidant abilities). Reach for this whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up.

$14

You can’t go wrong with Skin Food! It’s a deeply, deeply moisturizing multipurpose balm that can be used on elbows, hands, cuticles, or really anywhere you’re feeling dry or dehydrated.

This peeling solution from the Ordinary went viral after one TikToker posted a video claiming it had dramatically improved her hormonal breakouts. After the video went up, 52,000 people purchased it! It’s a blend of AHAs and BHAs, so it works to deeply, deeply exfoliate and resurface your complexion. This is a great stocking stuffer for anyone you know who’s a little bit too obsessed with TikTok. It’s strong, though — so be sure to tell them to use this once a week max!

For any French-drugstore obsessive, this neutral, non-fussy moisturizer gives your skin the perfect slip for makeup and is beloved by just about every major makeup artist, from Hung Vanngo to Pat McGrath.

If there’s a skin-care lover in your life who’s always buying and discarding single-use eye masks, do them a favor and introduce them to Dieux, a brand that has created a remarkable and effective reusable eye mask. Just tap on your favorite eye cream, then apply these masks on top; they help create an occlusive barrier that allows your skin to absorb the product better. When you’re done, wash the masks and put them back in their little case for next time. Pro tip: Keep them in your fridge for an extra-cooling and depuffing effect. You’ll be grateful after you’ve had one too many glasses of wine with dinner.

$5

This little leave-in conditioner is great for just about anyone who loves caring for their hair, but it’s especially excellent for adding another boost of moisture to any kind of bleached, dry, or damaged hair when you step out of the shower.

This lip mask from Tatcha is an excellent bedtime treatment after those cold and windy winter days. A blend of omega-rich camellia oil and Japanese peach calms irritation, while rose extract hydrates chapped lips. It’s a little thick for daytime use, but I absolutely love it as an overnight treatment whenever my lips are really dry.

There’s a reason this is one of the most popular products for damaged hair. Olaplex No. 3 is an at-home treatment (not a conditioner) that helps repair protein bonds that are broken during chemical processes like bleaching, dyeing, and relaxing. Apply it to damp hair, leave it on for about ten minutes, then go about your normal shampoo and conditioning routine.

This sea-salt scrub is a shower time twofer — it can be used on your body (as an exfoliator) or on your hair (as a deep cleansing, volumizing scalp scrub). This is excellent for anyone with flat hair, an itchy scalp, or anyone who loves a good scrub in the shower.

Just about anyone could benefit from having this hydrating, pick-me-up mask in their skin-care arsenal this winter. This mask’s cooling, moisturizing, gel-based formula incorporates rose-hip seed oil and aloe leaf juice to hydrate, plump, and smooth dry skin.

This gel-to-foam, non-stripping body wash from Necessaire is a favorite of many beauty lovers, including Fenty Skin’s global ambassador and licensed aesthetician Sean Garrette. It comes in sandalwood, eucalyptus, or fragrance-free — all are an absolute dream.

This mask trio was created to help treat all skin concerns, according to the brand. Big Drip, a sheet mask soaked in a cocktail of hydrating and reparative ingredients such as omega-rich Irish moss, antioxidant-rich marula oil, and calming rosa centifolia; Big Glo, a balancing, radiance-boosting mask that uses vitamin C–rich pomegranate and healing white lily; and Big Chill, a restorative and soothing mask that uses calming aloe vera and anti-inflammatory centella. Big Drip seems ideal for days when skin’s feeling tight from all that dry winter air; Big Glo for when you’ve picked at your skin (don’t!) or stayed up past your bedtime; and Big Chill for when you’re looking red and blotchy after a day of walking around in the cold in a face mask.

These gel “stickers” make a professional-looking at-home manicure incredibly easy. Just apply the sticker onto a clean nail and file away any of the bits that hang over your natural nail. And, unlike most manicure stickers, they don’t peel off immediately the next day.

This New Leaf cleanser from Soko Glam’s brand Good (Skin) Days is a creamy treatment that hydrates while simultaneously giving the skin a deep cleanse. A blend of soothing, healing, and moisturizing ingredients like fermented green tea, spinach, celery, and crushed mugwort diminish irritation and redness. Your skin will feel clean, refreshed, and bouncy, with no tightness whatsoever.

This soothing, moisturizing facial mist is fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, and has received the seal of approval from the National Eczema Association, so it’s suitable for even the most sensitive-skin types. This mist uses a stabilized form of hypochlorous acid, which is naturally found in our white blood cells, and can help defend our skin against (and heal our skin from) environmental stressors and bacteria. The gentle, three-ingredient formula makes it great for liberal application: You can use it at the end of your skin-care routine or whenever you want a moisture boost. This is a great gift for any hypersensitive-skin types who are wary of any stripping or astringent toners — you can assure them this facial spray product won’t trigger irritation.

Photo: Courtesy of Glossier

Somehow, Glossier managed to make a classic bar soap feel new and innovative. This product gently exfoliates the skin with natural cellulose and bamboo powder, while sunflower seed oil locks in moisture. It also smells amazing.

These adorable star-shaped pimple patches suck out oil and puss from your zits (if you wear them to bed, your zits will be flattened considerably by morning) all while being totally adorable. These are a celebrity favorite spot treatment — Hailey Bieber and TikTok star Charlie D’Amelio are fans.

This Vitamin C treatment from Rosen Skincare uses 20 percent ascorbic acid as well as grapefruit and mulberry extracts to help fade hyperpigmentation and add luminosity to your complexion.

Have you noticed that your loved one’s feet have gotten extra dry in quarantine? Well you’re not alone! Apparently, how little we wear our shoes these days is actually creating a build up of dead skin on our feet. But these exfoliating foot treatments will get rid of all that. You’ll shed like a snake for a few days, and then lovely soft feet appear. These are marvelous!

This exfoliating solution uses a few different AHAs (glycolic, lactic, kojic, and azelaic) to dissolve dead skin cells and help tackle those pesky dark marks left behind from breakouts. Use it once or twice a week on areas where you’re oily or tend to break out.

These vegan, cruelty-free sheet masks claim to help soothe “your stressed out skin and soul.” Isn’t that all of us these days? These masks use a cocktail of hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help calm irritation and replenish dry dehydrated skin. Plus, there’s a cute little cat on it! Love!

This highlighter-contour stick duo is a great way to quickly add some luminosity and warmth to your skin. Its formula is so creamy and blendable, you can use your fingers to tap it into your skin. This is a fun gift for a makeup rookies and veterans alike!

This chemical sunscreen uses moisturizing avocado and jojoba, antioxidant-rich carrot juice, and soothing sunflower oil, making it an excellent choice for anyone with a dry or dehydrated skin. Not to mention, it leaves a beautiful glowy finish .

These cheap and cheerful, highly pigmented sparkly eyeshadows add a little twinkle to the eyes this holiday season. This color, “frog” is a lovely frosty pink that I’ve found is a great dupe for the celebrity-beloved Hourglass Scattered Light eyeshadows.

This serum-blush hybrid is a great way to add some flush to your skin before zoom calls, while also getting the added benefits of a moisturizing serum. It’s formulated with vitamin E, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin and gives your cheeks a nice bouncy, fresh appearance.

This silicone-free hair oil is a blend of kakadu plum oil, safflower oil, and capryl capric triglycerides, which work together to deliver hydration and shine to your hair. This is great for anyone with dry or damaged hair.

In my humble opinion, this is one of the very best purple masks on the market — it knocks brassiness out of blonde or highlighted hair in minutes. It’s also extremely hydrating — all bleached hair needs a moisture boost.

These are just about the most luxurious lip balms you can gift someone! This runway-approved balm trio uses vitamin E and shea butter for hydration and leaves behind a soft, bitten tint.

Marc Jacobs Beauty revamped their classics with this adorable cherry-patterned packaging. This lash-plumping mascara is one of their best sellers (Kaia Gerber and Lily Aldridge are fans), now with a super cute upgrade!

This gentle retinol is perfect for the skin-care curious who wants to get into retinoids but is scared of the adjustment period. This retinol was specifically formulated for sensitive skin, so you won’t get that ultra-tight, red, flakiness.

This twinkly, pearlescent highlighter from Selena Gomez’s line Rare Beauty is great for the no-makeup makeup fan. Add a little on your cheekbones or brow bone for a nice glow.

These colorful, kohl pencil liners from Fenty Beauty are highly pigmented, and a great way to add a fun, pop of color to your look (people are only seeing your eyes these days, anyway!)

Beautyblenders are truly one of the best makeup tools to seamlessly blend foundation, tinted moisturizer, and cream blushes and bronzer. They’re usually pretty expensive, but this blue one is on sale at Sephora!

For any Muppets fan, this cream blush palette from U.K. brand Ciaté is a must. Ciaté is known for its dew-inducing, easy-to-blend formulas — and this Miss Piggy palette should be no exception!

This perfect, blue-red, festive liquid lip is known for being flattering on all different skin tones and extremely long-wearing (it can last through meals, and, as Riri says “even when you make out”) Any red lip lover would adore this!

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The Absolute Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $30