Christmas is coming up fast, which tends to put people into one of two camps. The first are the conscientious shoppers who meticulously plan their loved ones' gifts way before Saint Nick climbs down the chimney. The second camp likes to take risks, lives life on the edge – and ends up having to trawl Oxford Street on 23rd December in a last-ditch attempt to find something suitable.
If you land in camp one, congratulations; you're so very organised. If you're in camp two, however, relax. We've compiled the best products for every beauty junkie in your life. Whether it's the friend who always has perfectly polished nails, the sister who battles dry skin every winter, or the person who just loves an Instagrammable product; we've got something for everyone.
Now you can feel smug and enjoy the festivities without the stress of overheated shops and Christmas songs on a loop. Ahhh. Anyone for mulled wine?
For the one who went to Somerset House's Perfume exhibition multiple times
For those who like heavy, rich scents, Atelier Cologne's Café Tuberosa is divine. With notes of tuberose from India, bergamot from Calabria, and a coffee espresso accord, its fragrance is deep and one spritz lasts all day. For those searching for something a little more feminine, the latest addition to Marc Jacobs' Decadence range is perfect – fruity and floral, but not too sweet. Another earthy scent comes from cult fragrance makers Byredo. Velvet Haze is inspired by the music and movements of the '60s, so expect a heady mix of patchouli, cacao, ambrette and musk.
Café Tuberosa Cologne Absolue, £110, available at
Selfridges Marc Jacobs
Decadence Eau So Decadent Eau de Toilette, £57, available at
Velvet Haze Eau de Parfum, £95, available at
Elizabeth and James' Nirvana Amethyst carries tobacco and honeysuckle for a decadent scent, By Terry's vanilla, tonka bean and patchouli is equally as sumptuous, while The One by Dolce & Gabbana is a spritz of femininity while orange blossom and lily.
Elizabeth and James
Nirvana Amethyst, £69, available at
Delectation Splendide Eau de Parfum, £175, available at
Dolce & Gabbana
The One Eau De Toilette, £67.50, available at
The Fragrance Shop
For the one who battles dehydrated skin every winter
Give the gift of a hydration hit this Christmas. Tackle the plummeting temperature and office central heating with Pestle & Mortar's duo hyaluronic serum and moisturiser, packaged up in in bathroom shelf-worthy bottles. The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid is a cult hit for a reason, and makes for a stellar stocking filler, while Alpha-H's Liquid Gold Luxe rose-enhanced gift set will buff away dead skin, leaving complexions glowing.
Pestle & Mortar
The Hydrating Duo Gift Set, £69, available at
Pestle & Mortar The Ordinary
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90, available at
The Ordinary Alpha-H
Liquid Gold Luxe Collection, £49.95, available at
Prep parched party skin with Skimono's sheet mask, with its formula inspired by Korean beauty trends. Mario Badescu's refreshing facial spray is a permanent feature on our office desk, and looks cute on bathroom shelves to boot. This stocking filler from REN looks just as good hanging on the tree. The rose bath oil brings hydration to dry limbs.
Beauty Face Mask for Advanced Moisturisation, £14.99, available at
Facial Spray, £7, available at
Moroccan Rose Stocking Filler, £10, available at
For the one who values her beauty sleep
For the woman who won't get out of bed for less than £10,000, Slip's 100% silk eye mask is gentle on lashes and brows, and promises some good shut-eye. Tropic's pillow mist is heavenly to spritz on freshly washed sheets, with lavender, rosemary, frankincense and rosewood to send you to sleep. If you're going to get a full eight hours, you might as well give your skin some overnight TLC; Kiehl's' Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a divine blend of primrose oil and squalane that works hard while you rest.
Pure Silk Sleep Mask, £45, available at
Cult Beauty Tropic Skincare
So Sleepy Pillow Mist, £20, available at
Tropic Skincare Kiehl's
Midnight Recovery Concentrate, £44.10, available at
Skin Laundry's smart pillowcase is treated with charged silver ion tech, which reduces harmful bacteria while you sleep. You'll be asleep within minutes with This Works' tranquil lavender and chamomile candle, and Lush's rich Sleepy Body Lotion is perfect post-bath, pre-bedtime.
SleepCycle Clean Skin Pillowcase, £26.00, available at
Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £85, available at
Sleepy Body Lotion, £13.95, available at
For the one who has every eyeshadow palette under the sun
If your friend has their calendar marked for Urban Decay's next eyeshadow drop, gift them some equally versatile and pigmented palettes. Huda's Rose Gold set has all the sparkle to see you through party season, while Zoeva's Queens Guard palette comes with an oxblood makeup bag and a hefty collection of high quality brushes. We love SUQQU's fit-in-your-handbag compact, perfect for mid-evening touch-ups.
Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition, £56, available at
Cult Beauty Zoeva
Queens Guard Collection, £165, available at
Designing Color Eyes Palette, £46, available at
Violet Voss' palette is a punchy box of poster paint shades - perfect for the dance floor. Too Faced's shimmery shades smell a good as they look, and Urban Decay's metallic set is ideal for the '80s trend sweeping fashion and beauty right now.
The Rainbow Palette, £28, available at
Cult Beauty Too Faced
White Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette, £22, available at
Selfridges Urban Decay
Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette, £43, available at
For the one who likes their beauty to be Instagrammable
If your friend is just waiting for Into The Gloss to request their Top Shelf, treat them to some more Instagrammable goodness that'll sit as pretty on their face as in their bathroom. If Glossier's UK shipping wasn't exciting enough, grab some Cloud Paint from the brand's
, open from tomorrow. Lixir is the new kid on the scene and already at the top of every busy-but-beauty-obsessed woman's wish list, while Aesop's luscious gift set looks handsome in even the tiniest rented flat.
Electrogel Cleanser, £25, available at
Lixir Skin Aesop
Affiliation Gift Kit, £95, available at
Cloud Paint, £15, available at
How gorgeous are Briard Kami's soap sheets? Just add water and wash your hands - ideal for on-the-go situations. Shu Uemura's signature Cleansing Oil Shampoo gets the Super Mario treatment and looks cute in any shower, while Marvis' mint toothpaste is replacing our Colgate, stat.
Soap Sheets, £10, available at
Cleansing Oil Shampoo Limited Edition Super Mario, £23.50, available at
Mint Toothpaste, £8, available at
For the one who goes for the glow
Luminescent skin isn't going anywhere fast, with SS18's beauty offering encouraging glowing cheek and brow bones. RMS' Luminizer Quad is our go-to all year round, with four shades matching your skin no matter the weather. Fenty sent social media wild with their Match Stix Shimmer Sticks – this gold number is beautiful on dark skin. NARS' recent homage to Man Ray gave us the prettiest highlighting powder, complete with abstract lips.
Luminizer X Quad, £46, available at
Cult Beauty Fenty Beauty
Match Stix Shimmer Stick in Blonde, £21, available at
Harvey Nichols NARS
Overexposed Glow Highlighter Man Ray Holiday Edition, £28, available at
Rituel De Fille's eye shoot brings an iridescence to eyelids with the subtlest hint of teal, Topshop's Glow Pot has a party season refresh, and Bobbi Brown's Moon Glow will give cheekbones the shimmer and shine NYE calls for.
Rituel De Fille
Celestial Sphere Eye Soot, £30, available at
Limited Edition Glow Pot in Gleam, £10.50, available at
Limited Edition Moon Glow Highlighting Powder, £36, available at
For the one who lights candles to unwind
If your friend's idea of a relaxing evening involves a glass of red, a steaming hot bath, and a few hundred lit candles, three new drops will satisfy their senses. Bella Freud's Starry Nights scent is bursting with rich frankincense, agarwood and tobacco flower, plus looks great as a makeup brush holder once you've burned it to the bottom. Diptyque's holiday candle will get you in the festive spirit, with soul-warming blood orange, smoky wood and cloves. Urban Apothecary's romantic floral notes are the ideal accompaniment to an end-of-a-long-week bath.
Starry Starry Nights, £48, available at
Cult Beauty Diptyque
Dragon Candle, £48, available at
Selfridges Urban Apothecary
Velvet Peony Luxury Candle, £30, available at
With saffron, anis, and ginger, &Other Stories have created the Christmas candle of our dreams. Espa's restorative candle has notes of lavender, palmarosa and geranium for a sweet-smelling bedroom, and indie brand Ohros' cinnamon and orange offering is good enough to eat.
Juste Mythique Scented Candle, £19, available at
All Is Bright Restorative Candle, £15, available at
Cinnamon and Orange Candle, £12, available at
For the one whose New Year's resolution is to go vegetarian
It's never been easier to get hold of quality vegan beauty products, and now your green-loving friend can have the prettiest products in her bag. Sister & Co.'s Body Melt combines cold-pressed raw apricot oil with shea butter for a lightweight moisture hit, while Dr. Bronner's lavender and coconut concoction is a hydrating post-shower staple. Clean Beauty Co.'s Supercharge Serum is perfect for lacklustre winter skin, thanks to its potent blend of squalane, prickly pear, jasmine and watermelon seed oils.
Sister & Co.
Apricot, Lemon & Vanilla Body Melt, £26, available at
Sister & Co. Dr. Bronner's
Organic Lavender Coconut Lotion, £9.49, available at
Dr. Bronner's Clean Beauty Co.
Supercharge Serum, £32, available at
Clean Beauty Co.
We love The Soap Co.'s exfoliating soap pebble, which comes with matching body lotion and cold processed soap bar. Bleach is our stocking-filler go-to for a new season hair switch up, and you can try the best of Liha's line with this cute vegan gift set.
The Soap Co.
Wild Nettle & Sage Body Gift Trio, £39, available at
The Soap Co. Liha
Sample & Gift Set, £25, available at
London Awkward Peach Super Cool Colour, £6, available at
For the self-proclaimed skincare pro
Cult hits for those who know their salicylic acid from their hyaluronic acid, their vitamin C from their vitamin E, their retinols from their retinoids. Emma Hardie's glow-giving set includes her renowned Moringa Cleansing Balm, nourishing Age Support Face Cream, lightweight Brilliance Facial Oil, an essential Protect & Prime SPF 30, plus a face cloth for perfectly prepping makeup. Any skincare fanatic worth their salt will want to get their paws on La Mer, so treat them to one of the most hyped youth-bestowing products out there. 111Skin's edit of classic products repairs, restores and brightens dull skin, with serums, eye gel, day and night creams to turn winter skin around.
Lift & Glow Skin Essentials, £55, available at
Space.NK La Mer
Moisturising Soft Cream, £120, available at
Harvey Nichols 111Skin
The Classic Edit, £190, available at
Sure, it's extravagant, but we love Sisley's millennial pink Ridoki box, with the brand's anti-ageing face and eye creams and Ridoki massage tool. We've been hooked on Omorovicza since first trying the brand - this set contains a mist, cleansing balm, cleansing foam, moisturiser, and mask. If Dr Frances Prenna Jones advises it, we're doing it. Her Three Wise Cleansers set is perfect for any skincare obsessive.
Limited Edition Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Prestige Ridoki Box, £436, available at
Discovery Kit, £59, available at
Dr Frances Prenna Jones
The Three Wise Cleansers, £68, available at
Dr Frances Prenna Jones
For the one who loves their beauty tools
Got a gadget-obsessed pal? Foreo's cleansing and detoxifying LUNA offering is wide-ranging but we love the Play edition as it's perfect for travelling and sleepovers, meaning there's no excuse for not taking off your makeup. Won't leave the house without your 30-minute GHD ritual? DAFNI's Go Straightening Brush is a compact and time-efficient tool for those seeking smooth locks in no time. For those at the opposite end of the tresses spectrum, T3's Interchangeable Styling Wand gives you everything from '70s curls to beachy waves.
Luna Play, £29, available at
Look Fantastic Dafni
Go Straightening Brush, £100, available at
Harvey Nichols T3
Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand, £199, available at
We've waxed lyrical about the benefits of microneedling
, but we may just have to add this rose gold number to our collection. BaByliss' new hair styler is pretty genius - it sucks in sections of hair to either curl or straighten, depending on the side you use. Party hair sorted. Ghd's Air Nocturn hairdryer gives salon-quality blow dries at home, drying it 2x faster than most tools.
Limited Edition Rose Gold Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £249, available at
Smooth & Wave Hair Styler, £130, available at
Air Nocturne Hairdryer, £99, available at
For the one who cherishes bathtime
Whether your friend is stressed or just loves some bubble-filled alone time, these bath treats are perfect. Jo Malone's skin-hydrating Bath Oil will fill the room with amber, lavender and bergamot, while Herbivore Botanicals' Bath Salts infuse the water with minerals to detoxify skin. For something sweet, Laura Mercier's Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet brings warm caramel, sugar and vanilla bean to bathtime.
Jo Malone London
Amber & Lavender Bath Oil, £44, available at
John Lewis Laura Mercier
Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet, £35, available at
Harvey Nichols Herbivore Botanicals
Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts, £22, available at
Feel Unique has loads of great gift sets for stockings, but we love the Bath & Body number, with four products facilitating an at-home paper evening. Cowshed's Bath & Body Oil is divine for those who put as much care into their skin post-bath as the bath itself. Rose geranium and linden blossom help relax. Haeckles bath salts not only ease muscle tension, but look oh so pretty in our bathroom.
Bath & Body
Pamper Set by Feelunique, £15, available at
Moody Cow Balancing Bath & Body Oil, £23, available at
Seaweed Bath Salts, £30, available at
For the one who wants a little of everything
Gift sets are perfect for those on-the-go or wanting to test a new brand before committing. Charlotte Tilbury's given us an edit of her bestselling pieces, from Charlotte's Magic Cream Moisturiser to Lip Cheat Lip Liner. Benefit's collection sets you up for party season with cult They're Real! Mascara and Dandelion Twinkle Blush. There's no introduction needed for MAC's super collection of classic lip shades, including Ruby Woo, Velvet Teddy and Flat Out Fab.
Charlotte's Beauty Icons, £55, available at
City Lights, Party Nights Gift Set, £24.50, available at
Snow Ball Mini Lipsticks – MAC Classics, 12 Minis, £85, available at
Beauty Pie's retinol set is for sensitive skin that regular retinol treatments irritate. Including a serum, moisturiser, eye cream, and hand treatment, it's your one-stop-buy for anti-ageing purposes. We fell for NARS' Powermatte offering when we discovered the durability and shade range. This vault is every beauty lover's dream. Head down to Carnaby Street to create a customised box for your secret santa, choosing anything from their extensive brand range.
Super Retinol Set, £35.75 for members, £275 otherwise, available at
Powermatte Lip Pigment Vault, £195, available at
Build Your Own Birchbox, £15, available at Birchbox Carnaby Street.
For the one who has weekly manicures
Is there a better time of year to go all-out with sparkle and shine? Yves Saint Laurent's red and gold-flecked Dazzling Lights polish is perfect for the friend who has Muji boxes full of nail lacquer. Alternatively, Nails Inc.'s holographic duo bring a more understated shine to New Year's Eve nails. For those who experiment with textures and finishes, Sally Hansen's Chrome Kits give a salon effect at home – with no UV light needed.
Yves Saint Laurent
La Laque Couture Dazzling Lights Edition in 91, £19.50, available at
Selfridges Nails Inc.
Holler-Graphic Trend Effects, £15, available at
Cult Beauty Sally Hansen
Salon Chrome Kit, £17, available at
Deborah Lippman's glitter dolly mixture paint is a sweet addition to any polish collection. Add a subtle glow to your talons with Dolce & Gabbana's fuchsia formula, or get in the festive spirit with essie's brilliant red shade.
Glitter Nail Colour in Across the Universe, £18, available at
Harrods Dolce & Gabbana
Nail Lacquer in Royal Pink, £21, available at
Gel Couture 471 Style Stunner Bright Red Nail Polish, £9.99, available at
For the one who wants to treat their tresses
It's party season, which means morning-after-the-night-before hair will certainly need a little TLC. Ouai's trio offers Rose Hair Oil (which can also be used on the body), Dry Shampoo Foam for partied-out tresses, and a smoothing Finishing Creme. Kevin Murphy's haircare is a treat at any time of year, but this gift set is ideal for those with coloured locks in need of some care – plus, the bottles look cute on our bathroom shelves. Davines' gift set is rich in Amazonian roucou, giving hair a frizz-fighting, just-left-the-salon finish.
Morning After Kit, £19.50, available at
Cult Beauty Kevin Murphy
Anti.Gravity & Staying.Alive Combo, £28.99, available at
Kevin Murphy Davines
Wishing You A Beautiful Experience, £56, available at
We love a good scalp cleanser, and The Body Shop's green tea scrub is the kick start you need on dark mornings. Emulate Kate Moss with Sam McKnight's Cool Girl texturising spritz - it smells divine too. Preserve coloured hair with Aveda's gentle and protective ColourConserve gift set.
The Body Shop
Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub, £15, available at
The Body Shop
Hair By Sam McKnight
Cool Girl Texturising Spray, £25, available at
Vibrant Hair Gift Set, £42.30, available at
For the one who likes their skin as healthy as their body
For the friend who is as conscientious about their skin as their healthy lifestyle, Farmacy's farm-to-face set, packed with delicious natural ingredients, is a four-step routine for glowing skin. Gallinée's Happy Bacteria Set includes a trio of products that work with your skin's natural bacteria, plus a recipe book of healthy and lit-from-within meals. If your health-conscious friend hasn't got their hands on Tata Harper's wonderful products yet, then bestow the gift of this all-natural, restorative Daily Essentials kit.
Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit, £38, available at
Cult Beauty Gallinée
The Happy Bacteria Set, £49.90, available at
Gallinée Tata Harper
Tata's Daily Essentials, £64, available at