5 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Beauty Lover on a Budget

It might be something that we all hate to admit, but Christmas is expensive. After buying all the food, decorations and other festive necessities, you’ve got to go out and shop for gifts – bye bye, stable bank account! Of course, there are those people in your life that you couldn’t spend enough on (take mum, for instance – don’t you just want to spoil her?) but sometimes breaking the bank for acquaintances or Secret Santa presents just isn’t possible.

We scoured the makeup world for some of the best inexpensive beauty gifts you can give out this Christmas. Whether it’s just a token for a distant relative or something for your close friends in lieu of spending tons of money, check out our guide below.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Beauty Lover on a Budget

1. A luscious lippy

Nothing quite says ‘sealed with a kiss’ than a lipstick for your nearest and dearest. Pick out a shade you know they’ll love and wear, and you’ve got a foolproof gift for under $20. Shanghai Suzy does stunning, creamy lipsticks that’ll suit every skin tone. The shade ‘Miss Kat 90’s Cappuccino‘ is a fan favourite brown-nude that’s reminiscent of Kylie Jenner’s famous pout.


Shanghai Suzy Lipstick in Miss Kat 90’s Cappuccino, $12.95 at

2. Dramatic lashes

Lashes have been a big trend this past year as more and more lash companies crop up with amazing products on offer! If you’re looking for a glam gift to pop in that Secret Santa pool or maybe to round out holiday gift bags, Ardell Lashes have a stunning range and a reputation for being long-wearing and looking flawless on any eye shape.


Ardell Natural Lashes Demi Wispies, $10.99 at

3. A cute cosmetic bag

Indulge your makeup-obsessed friends by giving them the gift of more storage – now they can shamelessly buy even more products! This vibrant, hot pink and pineapple print cosmetics bag from Lulu & Lipstick is the perfect pouch for storing all of your necessities – it’s bigger than it looks, trust us! The glossy finish means that even if it gets stuck at the bottom of your handbag with the crumbs and discarded receipts, it’ll stay looking good as new!


Lulu & Lipstick Makeup Bag, $24.95 at

4. Relaxing bath products

When Christmas is all over and you’ve finally got time to use all those gorgeous gifts, why not have a little pamper session? Nothing is more relaxing than a bath, where you can just unwind and put your mind at ease. So, what better gift for a friend who needs a little ‘me-time’ than some relaxing and rejuvenating bath salts? These Himalayan and Dead Sea bath salts from Cedar + Stone are infused with lavender and ylang ylang to soothe tired muscles and promote calmness.


Cedar + Stone Bath Salts – Ylang Ylang and Lavender, $15.00 at

5. A scented candle

We know, sometimes candles come across as the gift you buy when you’ve got zero idea what a person would actually like. But rest assured, a gorgeous mini candle from Ecoya or Palm Beach Collection will definitely go down a treat if you pick the perfect scent! A fresh, summery scent like Jacaranda and Plum from Ecoya would be the ideal complement to the sea breeze and radiant sunlight of an Aussie Christmas.


Ecoya Botanicals Mini Botanic Jar Candle – Jacaranda and Plum, $17.05 at

All of these beautiful gifts are under $30, so they definitely won’t break the bank come Christmastime! What are you planning on purchasing for your loved ones this Christmas?

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