I’ve compiled the best holiday gift ideas for the everyday minimalist. Whether you have a friend that lives by the “less is more” mantra or perhaps they just like fewer, better things. Consider these gifts upgrades to everyday lifestyle choices. Whether you’re on the hunt for holiday gifts for the special women in your life or perhaps you just want to treat yourself—I’ve put together 12 holiday gift ideas for the everyday minimalist. From sustainable beauty to luxury basics, here’s a curated collection of items that are versatile, easy to use and elevate everyday.
Merit La Fête Édition
My love for Merit is unconditional. It’s the epitome of minimalist makeup. The brand released a limited edition set of essentials for the holiday party season at a very reasonable price. The set includes Signature Lip Lightweight Lipstick in a new shade, Aperitif; Brow 1980 Volumizing Pomade in Neutral; a deluxe mini of Great Skin Glow Serum; a mini Clean Lash Mascara in black; and Day Glow Highlight Balm in Bounce.
Necessaire The Body Ritual
The Body Ritual is a $45 set that includes a body exfoliator, body wash, body serum (fragrance-free), and lotion (fragrance-free). This set is ideal for someone who wants a simple, consistent body routine that is sensitive skin friendly but will still keep skin nourished and clean.
Dior Apricot Cuticle Cream
Have a friend or relative with a penchant for luxury beauty? This Dior Cuticle Cream is equal parts luxurious and effective – and will definitely keep dryness at bay through the winter months.
T3 Blow Dry Brush
This is a must-have for any hair novice. Long gone are the days of using a traditional blow dryer and round brush. The reviews for this online are largely positive and many people rave about how versatile it is with the round/flat brush options. The dryer is stylish and sleek and doesn’t have a steep learning curve (looking at you, Dyson). It’s also under $200 – definitely a splurge for someone special.
Rothy’s Mini Handbag
Aside from my obsession with beauty products, you could say I also have a penchant for Rothy’s. The brand is known for sustainable shoes but they also make really cute handbags! The handbags are machine washable and made from recycled plastic bottles. The Moonlight Tweed Mini is stunning in person. The cream and black tweed with metallic gold looks so chic – like Chanel vibes, but for less!
Here’s a functional stocking stuffer idea for $12. An eco-friendly silicone scalp massager helps support healthy scalp and hair. I’ve been using it for a year now and didn’t experience any issues with it pulling my hair. Plus, who doesn’t love a quick scalp massage?!
Parachute Cotton Robe
This is for the homebody: the person who prefers to lounge, take hot baths and enjoys plush and snug comfort. This is a 100% Turkish cotton bathrobe that is soft, light and luxurious.
Glossier Eye Stars Kit
Who doesn’t love a good limited edition set? Especially when it includes a brand new shade. The set includes Lash Slick mascara and Lidstar in Aurora, a rosy red shade with blue and green pearl tones. The cute tin packaging is perfect for keeping small knick-knacks or more Glossier products.
Subtl Beauty Stack
This is a great holiday gift idea for the friend who rarely wears makeup and craves simplicity when it comes to their makeup routine. You can build a stack that includes all the essentials for on-the-go touchups or, choose from the selection of curated stacks and exclusive holiday sets (like the Intro Set stack). They are small but mighty gifts! Get 10% off your purchase with my promo code KARA10!
Mini Candle Sampler Set
I purchased this Sephora Favorites candle set for myself last year and I’m so glad it’s back again this year because it’s a great value set. It comes with five sample-size candles in a variety of scents. Perfectly giftable, the person can redeem the full-size version of their choice at any Sephora store or online.
The best online jewelry brand for those that prefer delicate, quality gold and gold vermeil jewelry. The Bold Pearl Huggies is an affordable under $80 option for a niece, cousin or close friend. A sleek 18k gold huggie hoop with a set of freshwater pearls. I have an in-depth review of the jewelry brand here.
Grande Cosmetics Ready, Set, Jet Set*
I’ve tried several lash enhancing serums (both expensive and cheap ones) and I decided to come back to GrandeLASH-MD because nothing comes close to the results I get from the serum. The set includes mini sizes of GrandeBROW, GrandeDRAMA Thickening Mascara with Castor Oil, GrandeLIPS Clear Lip Plumper, GrandePOUT travel-size lip mask, and full-size lash serum (lasts 3 months!). Available at Ulta, this is a great five-piece value set (over 45% savings) to gift or add to your own holiday wish list.
*denotes gifted product for editorial review.
What a great list! Is it bad if i’m already thinking about holiday shopping?
Thanks! Not at all. I love the holiday season and fall is right around the corner!
Love the Lumee case and that sleep mask set (the color is fab too). I need both in my life!
Absolutely love all of these gift ideas! I know if he so happy to get any one of those presents, great list
The lumee phone case looks so cool! im thinking about buying one too!
The next thing on my list to get is Naked palettes. I really want the Naked HEAT palette! And that selfie case would really make my eye shadow pop!
I’ve heard so many good things about the Naked Heat palette. I have the Petite Heat palette and it’s great!
GREAT gift ideas, I will definitely be ordering a few of these by the time the holidays roll around! I think my favorite is the iPhone case, it looks like so much fun to play around with.
I love that the Lumee case has lights on the front facing part too. I always get annoyed that the light on a cell phone is only on one side.
All of these look like fantastic gifts! I know my sister would love the Lumee case, the light looks so handy for selfies.
I love this list of gifts. My family has been asking me what I want for my birthday and I just couldn’t figure it out. Now anything on this list would make me happy. Especially the Lumee case!!
Great post- I always love your beauty picks and how they are always different price points! That MJ lip trio is so pretty! Love following you! Happy Holidays! xo
To find the Dyson Airwrap or even better, the airdrier under the tree would be an absolute dream! But tbh every single one of these gift ideas would make me happy. Loving your picks! x
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Yes, it would be a dream come true! Thanks so much for the kind feedback.
Such a beautiful gift guide! I like especially the mirror and the Dyson airwrap styler. Thank you for sharing ❤️
Thank you for the kind feedback! The mirror is beautiful and one can only wish for the Dyson airwrap under the tree!
Thanks for reading! xx
Great gift ideas!