Beauty Confidential: Save or splurge? You choose ALL these gifts are beauties

Save or splurge You choose – ALL these gifts are beauties

If you want to spoil someone special this Christmas, these pocket-sized beauty treats make excellent stocking fillers and to help you choose, here is our guide to the best mini marvels, whatever your budget.

Happy Christmas: These beauty gifts are sure to be well-received

Happy Christmas: These beauty gifts are sure to be well-received


Mini Collection, 4.99 (Superdrug)

Presented in a lovely bag, these collections are great value. Choose from scents including Lemons and Limes, Vanilla and Ice Cream and Strawberries and Milkshake. The set includes bubble bath, body butter and shimmer lip gloss.

Woods of Windsor Amber and Myrrh Fine English Soap, 4.99 (

This is a lovely collection of luxury soaps at a great price. As well as Amber and Myrrh, there is Frankincense and Nutmeg, Spiced Vanilla and Sweet Fig and Pomegranate. They come in pretty floral wrappings and last for ages.

Beauty Box, 9.95 monthly (

This is a great idea for an ongoing gift. Simply subscribe to the Beauty Box and every month the recipient will receive a beautifully-wrapped box with five different mini-sized products. They vary each month, so can be skin or bodycare, make-up or haircare. provides a similar service for 10 per month, plus postage and packing, and brands include The Balm, Cosmetics a la Carte and Neom.

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FROM LEFT: Lancme Christmas Crackers, Jurlique Loveable Skin Lavender Essentials, Bulgari Jewel Charms Collection

Essential Colours Pretty Nail Polish Gift Collection, 9.95 (Marks & Spencer)

There are ten very wearable mini nail polishes in this set, with shades ranging from sparkly gold to ruby red and electric blue. A gift that will give you high fashion nails from winter to next summer.

Decleor Pomander, 9.50 (

A unique and pretty way of making your home smell fabulous, this fragrance diffuser is scented with Declor’s signature scent, Escape to Madagascar. Apply scented oil to the ball inside and your home will be instantly inviting.


Tranquility Oil Fragrance, 14.95 (Leading spas and

This cute limited edition roll-on fragrance from the luxury Italian spa brand has base notes of calming vanilla and palmarosa and leaves a subtle but addictive fragrance.

Abahna Mini Guest Soap Set, 15 (

The soaps are individually wrapped and scents include Mandarin and Sicilian Bergamot, Lilac Rose and Geranium, White Grapefruit and May Chang and Frangipani and Orange Blossom.

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FROM LEFT: REN Mini Gift, Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Gift Set

REN Mini Gift, 15 (

This mini set includes four travel-friendly 50ml bottles of body wash and body cream versions of the uplifting Neroli and Grapefuit fragrance and the sexier scented Rose Otto and comes in a beautiful purple gift box.

Origins Go Grapefruit, 20 (

A presentation box contains Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle, Body-Buffing Cleanser and Body Wash in generous sizes. The uplifting scent makes a change from florals.

Lancme Les Miniatures, 21 (nationwide)

Five miniature bottles of Lancme’s best-selling scents in a presentation box. Each bottle is a replica of its full-sized version.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Gift Set, 18 (

Six different hand creams in a gift box that will be used all year. The box includes tubes of their best sellers, Honey and Coriander, La Source, Gardener’s Therapy, Lavender and Summer Hill Hand Therapies.


Jurlique Loveable Skin Lavender Essentials, 29 (SpaceNK)

This simple gift set contains classic lavender hand cream and the celebrities’ favourite Love Balm, a sweet little pink tin of lip balm. It’s a great bargain buy.

ClarinsMen Grooming Favourites, 34 (

Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, so this skincare gift box could save a lot of stress and worry. It contains five favourites from the ClarinsMen range, including Active Face Wash Foaming Gel, After Shave Energizer and Fatigue Fighter.

Bulgari Jewel Charms Collection, from 30 (House of Fraser)

Fora stylish gift, this one’s hard to beat. These palm-sized bottles in seven fragrances are beautifully designed, inspired by the cabochon cut of Bulgari jewellery.

Penhaligon’s Women’s or Men’s Fragrance Collection, 35 (

Thefestive collection from Penhaligon’s comes in striking boxes. There arefive mini fragrance bottles including Lily of the Valley and Gardenia, and men’s include Sartorial and Blenheim Bouquet.

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FROM LEFT: Clarins Vital Light Collection, Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Oil

Carita Gold Fluide de Beaute, 26 (

Fine golden glitter is blended with a delicately scented oil which glides on, leaving skin looking healthy and luminous. It can also be used on the face or hair.

Lancme Christmas Crackers, 38 (Selfridges)

These are Christmas crackers with a difference. Gifts inside include Lancme’s best-sellers, Juicy Tube, Genifique or Hypnose Mascara. Pop these on your tree as a special treat.

Clarins Vital Light Collection, 58 (

This skincare collection contains everything skin needs for a healthy winter glow. Encased in a handy gold beauty bag, it includes Vital Light Day Iluminating Comfort Cream, Illuminating Night Cream and Vital Light Serum.


Bleu de Chanel, 42.50 (

In a classic black bottle, this is a luxurious man’s scent that women will love, too. It’s a woody and citrus mix with ginger, cedar and nutmeg in a warm, comforting scent that will quickly become a favourite.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Oil, 49 (

This collection of nine bath and shower oils contains items from the Relax, De-Stress, Support and Revive ranges. It can be used to suit your mood.

Rodial Rehab Gift Set, 60 (

The ultimate in pampering gift sets, this contains a full-sized Bathing Balm and a luxurious candle. Scented with roasted almond and honey milk, the Balm can be used in the bath or as shower gel.

Jo Malone Cologne Collection, 62 (

The festive season isn’t complete without one of Jo Malone’s signature cream and black boxes. This collection includes Grapefruit, Pomegranate Noir, Wild Bluebell, Red Roses and Vanilla and Anise colognes in 9ml bottles, all in a presentation box.

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Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection, 120 (

This new collection of scents is inspired by the sensual feel of velvet. Choose from Velvet Wood, Velvet Patchouli, Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Desire, Velvet Love and Velvet Sublime.

Nars Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set, 160 (Selfridges)

These beautiful make-up brushes come in a keep-forever wooden bento box with a red lacquer interior.

Crme de la Mer The Hydrating Facial, 180 (Harrods and cremedela

This is a top-of-the-range facial in a box. The six cotton face masks are saturated with Crme de la Mer’s iconic moisturising cream. After an eight-minute application your skin will be plumped and glowing.