Best Holiday Gifts for People That You Don’t Know Too Well

November 22, 2021

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The magic of the holiday season hinges on giving more than you receive—and that warm, fuzzy feeling that you get afterwards isn’t so bad either. However, gifting isn’t all sugarplums and candy canes. It can get tough, especially when shopping for people that you don’t know very well.

From co-workers to your significant other’s family, chances are you’ll be wrapping presents for some semi-acquaintances this season. Oh, and let’s not forget about finding gifts for a Secret Santa and that random person that unexpectedly sent you something and now you feel obligated to gift something back.

Whatever the case, here’s an affordable lineup of presents under $50 that are sure to impress the people you barely know—and maybe even spark a new friendship.

Oribe Fragrance Experience Set, $18

If you’re looking to wow, give this gift and earn the title of chicest gift giver. Each gender-neutral scent transports wearers to dreamy destinations from the French Riviera to the Valley of Flowers in India. Plus, Oribe partnered with a universally-recognized glassmaker to create recyclable bottles inspired by post-modernist art and architecture.


BY TERRY Jewel Fantasy Baume de Rose Duo Set, $39

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little sparkle, and BY TERRY’s Jewel Fantasy Baume de Rose Duo Set delivers. The timeless pair features the iconic Baume de Rose Hand Cream and velvety-rich Mini to Go Baume de Rose for glossy, eye-catching lips. Both intensely nourishing products are presented in festive, holographic packaging, making it the perfect gift—no wrapping necessary.


Kitsch Satin Sleep Set in Black, $36

A fun gift for that diligent co-worker that needs to catch up on some z’s. Complete with a silky pillowcase, eye mask, and scrunchie, Kitsch’s sleek Satin Sleep Set promotes a luxurious, deep slumber that’s gentle on skin and hair.


Natasha Denona Baby Glam Ornament, $19

This limited edition bauble holds a mini-version of Natasha Denona’s best-selling eye shadow. The buttery-smooth, hydrating formula delivers maximum color payoff and wears beautifully on any skin tone and type. Plus, it doubles as a festive tree ornament, and who wouldn’t want to hang up this holiday must-have?


Caudalie Hand Cream Trio Gift Set, $15

With hand washing at all-time highs during flu season/COVID-19, the skin on your phalanges is taking a major hit. This year, give everyone you know the gift of soft hands with Caudalie’s Hand Cream Trio powered by reparative organic shea butter and antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols.


RCMA Makeup Illuminating Sticks Set, $36

Give a gift that shines long after the holiday season ends. RCMA’s illuminating sticks are safe for use on the face, eyes, and lips, and come in rich, dewy shades like Champagne, Rose, and Bourbon. The lucky gift recipient can take them anywhere they want for an instant, radiant glow.


Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler Pack, $9.99

This holiday collagen sampler from Vital Proteins works for anyone who appreciates strong joints, skin, hair, and nails…so basically everyone. The pack comes with 4 sticks that offer health and beauty benefits in delicious flavors. At only $9.99 per pack, these are great to stock up on so you always have gifts on hand.


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