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She’s the lady that gave you life and deserves the world come Christmas — we’re talking about your darling mum, of course. It’s in our nature to want to spoil our mums when a big holiday or event rolls around, seeing as she’s the reason we’re on this earth! But, finding the perfect gifts for mum can often be difficult.
Whether she’s big into skincare, loves her heated tools or is a total makeup maven, beauty is a surefire way to keep your fave lady happy. The same goes for all of the other important women in your life, including nan, your auntie, step-mum or even sister.
If you’re feeling a little stumped, and just can’t seem to lock down the perfect gifts for mum, keep on reading to find out our recommendations, broken down into price ranges suited to every gift-giver’s budget. We promise that on Christmas Day, mum will be absolutely ecstatic to unwrap your thoughtful choices.
Gift sets are definitely the way to go if you want to give mum a taste of all her favourite brand has to offer. With a huge range of packs in our Gift Sets section, there’s something for every wonderful woman in your life, no matter her beauty must-haves. Keep reading to find out the best sets when it comes to gifts for mum.
$ – Introduce your mum to the wonders of the double cleanse with this value set from Dermalogica. The Dermalogica Double Cleanse Duo won’t set you back more than a meal out, but is sure to deliver some sweet skincare benefits mum will absolutely adore over the crazy Christmas season. Featuring the new PreCleanse Balm and the cult-fave Special Cleansing Gel, this set plays on Dermalogica’s research into cleansing with two varied formulas to increase skin clarity and health. Impurities simply melt away with these two in your routine.
$$ – Encourage luminous, healthy skin with the asap Brightening Serum Pack. A Christmas exclusive, this set features three bestselling items. Use the Super B Complex to battle ageing signs and pigmentation and lock in hydration. The Super C Serum is a hard-working environmental protector that fends off free radical damage, as well as brightening and clarifying the skin. Finally, the coveted DNA Renewal Treatment is a revolutionary anti-ager that has to be tried to fully comprehend — we promise, mum’s gonna love it.
$$$ – If gorgeous hair is your mum’s ‘thing’, you won’t be able to go past the Cloud Nine The Original Iron Set Gift Box. It features fan-fave styler, the Cloud Nine Original Iron, but with a twist — it’s received a stunning, festive makeover. Touches of gold and marble make it a go-to luxury gift. This award-winning iron has six temperature controls and ceramic and ionic plates designed to optimise heat delivery without causing damage to the hair. Mum will love being able to straighten, wave or curl her tresses with total ease.
Keep mum’s complexion looking clear, taut and youthful this Christmas season by giving the gift of quality skincare. She’s bound to appreciate a unique luxury item suited to her skin type, especially if she’s wary about splurging on herself — it’s up to you to do it for her! Keep reading to find out the perfect skincare gifts for mum.
$ – Want to spoil mum’s skin without actually spending your whole paycheck? We’ve got you. The Alpha-H The Petite Collection comes in at under $50, but features three amazing formulas with rave reviews. Use the coveted Liquid Gold Rose to exfoliate away dead skin and reveal a brighter complexion. Cleanse away impurities with the Balancing Cleanser, and then protect skin against the day ahead with the Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+. Mum will love being able to try these hit products in mini versions before deciding to purchase the full sizes.
$$ – The Foreo Luna Play is an ideal, pocket-sized way to give mum’s skin a shake up. An effective cleansing and exfoliating device, the Luna Play takes all of the guesswork out of maintaining skin health. Up to 99.5% of oil, dirt, makeup and impurities are lifted away when using this device. T-Sonic vibrations also help to buff dead skin cells and increase blood flow, making it ideal for mature and dry skins. This baby has 100 uses in it, giving mum ample time to reap the benefits.
$$$ – If money is no object this festive season, go all out with the Medik8 r-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream. Unlike many gimmicky products that sell for hundreds of dollars, this luxury serum-slash-moisturiser has a slew of accolades to its name (explaining the $300 price tag). Enriched with time-turning retinol, it has a huge range of benefits, which include smoothing wrinkles, improving elasticity, evening out pigmentation and perfecting skin texture. When mum says ‘I want something special’, we envision this is what she means.
There’s nothing more exciting (at least, in my opinion) than tearing open some new makeup items on Christmas Day. If your mama agrees with me, then you’re in luck — we’ve come up with the perfect presents for the dedicated beauty addict, no matter your price range. Shopping for gifts for mum has never looked more beautiful!
$ – For a beautiful glow to the skin, we can’t go past a good illuminating blush. The BECCA Blushed with Light Palette is your answer to rosy radiance, as it features three universal blush shades with luminous particles that will liven up the skin. Apply your favourite shade to the apples with a blush brush, or take a smaller brush and layer them over one another, focusing the most luminous shade closest to the top of the cheekbones. Bloggers, celebrities and regular makeup lovers alike all adore BECCA, so we’re sure mum will too!
$$ – Help mum step up her mineral makeup game with the INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit. Featuring seven minis and a full sized brush, this is a great way to test out INIKA’s beloved formulas without the commitment. Start off by priming the skin, then applying the Liquid Mineral Foundation and Concealer. This kit also comes equipped with a blush, bronzer and setting powder so mum can achieve that sunkissed look. Mineral products are perfect for mature skins, as they won’t settle into fine lines and wear beautifully throughout the day.
$$$ – Quality beauty tools make application smooth and easy, so having these in your makeup arsenal is extremely important. If mum’s brush collection is a little sparse, the Sigma Ultimate Copper Eye Brush Set is sure to fill it out (seriously, she’ll never need another eye brush again). This set is jam packed with 13 must-have brushes that all make creating stunning eye looks a little easier. From eyeliner brushes to shaders, blenders and more, you’ll be begging mum for a sneaky lend practically seconds after she’s unwrapped it.
Perhaps mum’s all about maintaining her lush locks — well, why not help her on her journey this Christmas? We’ve rounded up three stellar haircare picks that’ll give her the movie-star tresses she’s always desired. Here are some haircare gifts for mum that are sure to be total hits.
$ – If your mum colours her hair, or is a regular heated tools aficionado, chances are she experiences damage here and there. When you’re constantly creating breakage in the hair shaft, a nourishing hair mask is a must-have in your weekly routine. Enter the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, a deeply conditioning rinse-out treatment you can use once weekly to restore the hair’s broken bonds. We promise mum’s locks will feel soft, smooth and healthier than ever after just one use.
$$ – A hair paste might seem like a weird concept, but it’s all the rage for a reason. The Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste With Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is a unique hair refresher that gives thin or lacklustre locks a boost. It deeply cleanses the hair, removing oil and buildup from the scalp, leaving your hair feeling soft and fresh. Mum will feel as if she’s just stepped out of a Parisian salon after using this paste-to-foam formula. It’s the ultimate ‘treat yourself’ item for those pamper days.
$$$ – Beloved by celebs, including supermodel Heidi Klum, the Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle and Nylon Brush is a luxe haircare find with a serious reputation. If spoiling mum is your game this Christmas, we can’t go past this product, which should last the rest of her lifetime. A combination of boar and nylon bristles help stimulate the scalp, improving blood flow and creating a range of benefits. Dandruff and flakiness are eliminated, hair feels softer and looks shinier. Who would’ve thought a brush could do all that?!
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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