You’ve been there before: you know someone well enough to buy them a Christmas present, but not well enough to actually know what to buy them. It’s enough to tear your hair out. So if you have someone like that in your life, who lies on the fringe of friendship—maybe they’re your boss or your best friend’s girlfriend—here are three beauty gifts no one will return, all under $40, cheapskate.
Kiehls – Musk Eau de Toilette Spray, $39
While perfume is the most difficult thing to buy someone you don’t know very well, this bottle is a best-kept secret. I know what you’re saying: "Who wears musk anymore?" But it’s a thoughtful alternative to perfume. Besides, this Kiehls musk has been around since the company’s inception, and it’s unisex to boot.
St. Helena Olive Oil Company – Sacred Bath Kit, $38
Who doesn’t love a good bath? The St. Helena Olive Oil Company is based in Napa Valley where they produce food and beauty products from their own crops. This kit, which includes an organic bath tea, pink Himalayan lavender bath salts, and organic lavender bath milk, gives the gift receiver a luxurious and holistic bathing experience.
MAC – ‘Iced Delights – Rocking’ Nail & Lip Bag, $36
Every girl needs a good red lipstick. It’s a beauty staple. So this holiday, give someone you know MAC’s Nail & Lip Bag. Even if the Kanga Rouge is the wrong shade, there’s still the Golden Blanket Lipgloss and Asiatique Nail Lacquer. And if they don’t like those either, there’s always the snow globe-inspired carrying case.