Last-Minute Gifts, Beauty Edition

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It is down-to-the-wire time for gift giving. Easy, chic, adorable, super indulgent, and undeniably practical, here are the ten most-wanted presents on our list, from the affordable to–of course–the ridiculous but awesome. (Note: This is the last day for ground shipping; for next-day air, you’ve got seven days left.)


Best Stocking Stuffer

The bestselling lip balm can now be bought with two limited-edition, universally flattering tinted versions of the original super nourishing, ultracushy formula. Give (or get) the whole set or break it up for three easy presents in one, all at a very gentle price.

goop BeautyGOOPGENES Clean
Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
goop, $42



Everybody Wants Hand Cream

It’s supremely cushioning, protecting, and moisturizing. It comes in a chic tube that goes anywhere, smells faintly of citrus, and firms skin and smooths wrinkles over time. And at $25, it’s an affordable way to indulge someone (including yourself).

goop BeautyGOOPGENES Nourishing
Hand Cream
goop, $25/$23 with subscription



Ridiculous but (Really) Awesome

This is the ultimate way to wake up your face in ten minutes or less–the lifting, firming effects last all night or all day, and they are significant (and kind of miraculous). You get cooling, serum-soaked gel eye masks and a twenty-four-karat gold-plated vibrating T-bar roller that lifts and sculpts like magic.

Jillian DempseyThe Sculpt + Smooth Duogoop, $245



The Easiest
(Most Powerful) Skin-Care Habit

No matter what your giftee’s skin type, this one-month supply of 15% overnight peel pads (you swipe one on before bed once a week) is guaranteed to improve the look of their skin. The peel delivers fresher, smoother, remarkably glowier skin by morning, and over time, the glow (and the softness, and the porelessness) just keeps going.

goop BeautyGOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid
Overnight Glow Peel – 4-Pack
goop, $45



The Box of Hair Delights

This exquisite pistachio-colored, doesn’t-need-wrapping box is packed with the best fast-drying, frizz-discouraging hair towel; an extremely luxe version of the classic tortiseshell boar-bristle brush; an equally luxe, detangling wide-tooth comb; silkifying hair serum; and a jade-green, three-minute hourglass.

Crown AffairThe Setgoop, $220



Coolest Shaving Cream on Earth

If a person shaves, they want shaving cream, in which case there is no better gift than this sleek tube of citrus-and-evergreen-scented shaving cream. Not only will your giftee think of you every morning when dreamy and semiclothed, but their skin will also look and feel fantastic: Willow bark and oat protein help calm, birch sap reduces redness, and aloe and sunflower oils soothe and hydrate (so it’s good for even the most irritable, razor-burn-prone skin).

Grown AlchemistShaving Gel: Sandalwood, Sagegoop, $34



The Combination Everyone Wants to Try

“Should I get the Vintner’s?” is one of the most common questions we get in the beauty department, and indeed, if there’s a clean beauty holy grail, it’s the Vintner’s Daughter serum, an oil-meets-treatment that delivers noticeable results to skin types from super dry to breakout-prone. For even more profound results, use it with the brand’s Active Treatment Essence, a potent blend of probiotics, microalgae, hyaluronic acid, apple cider vinegar, and more than thirty active botanicals.

Vintner’s DaughterThe Travel Setgoop, $160



Coziest Scent Set Ever

Gorgeously boxed and stocked with a fresh, peppery perfume from Heretic–there are exquisite black tea, cardamom, ginger, and cashmere musk notes–and a rich, complex chai tea from August Tea, this makes such a beautiful present.

HereticDirty Chai Setgoop, $75



The Bath Soak Everyone Hoards

If you’ve got this bath soak in your bathroom cabinet, you are armed against whatever nastiness might come your way this winter. When we feel something coming on, we turn up the water as warm as we can stand it, pour a third of the soak in, and steep for twenty minutes. With mustard powder, magnesium, Epsom salts, and eucalyptus, there is just nothing like it if you’re even the least bit under the weather.

goop BeautyNurse! Under the Weather Bath Soakgoop, $35



Bonanza of Beauty Minis

Who doesn’t love minis (and sets of minis)? Travelers are of course obsessed, but so are gym-goers and, most especially, the beauty-curious. Been dying to try ultraluxe essentials from the runaway-favorite Furtuna Skin but want to make sure it’s right for your skin before investing? What about the G.Tox scalp scrub that keeps selling out? The new cult Augustinus Bader cream? A glowy makeup routine from makeup artist Gucci Westman? Hair miracles from Rahua or the famous face masks from Tata Harper and Tammy Fender? They’re all here–and there are lots, lots more.


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