A good gift doesn’t have to be expensive – the K-beauty buys below are proof. Read on to shop our budget-friendly gift guide.
Even if you got the bulk of your holiday shopping done on Black Friday, there are invariably always unexpected things that come up as the season gets underway. Maybe a friend who you weren’t planning on exchanging gifts with has just hinted that they got you something. Or maybe your employer has decided to change that cookie exchange to a Secret Santa exchange. Whatever the situation, you need a quick gift and you need one that’s a crowd-pleaser and isn’t going to put you over your gifting budget.
Enter the nine products below. They all cost $25 or less (some even cost less than $5!) and are guaranteed to please skin care newbies and junkies alike. Get shopping below.
$5 and under:
Sheet masks are always a safe bet when shopping for skin care for someone else. The hydrating Enature Squeeze Green Watery Sheet Mask ($2.50) is a solid choice, especially for those who are even the slightest bit into wellness. It contains trendy and beneficial ingredients like kale and avocado oil and is described as “a green juice for your face”.
Pair the sheet mask with the Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Etti Hair Band ($5), an adorable cat headband that will keep their hair out of their face while they mask and help them amp up their mask selfie game.
Then for anyone that ever gets zits (read: everyone), pimple patches are a total game-changer. The CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are just $5 and come with 24 stickers. Your giftee will thank you for helping them get through the indulgent holiday season with clear skin.
$15 and under:
A lip mask is one of those products that’s really nice to have, but that you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself. That’s why a product like the Klavuu Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Pack ($15), which was a 2018 Soko Glam Best of K-Beauty award winner, makes a great gift. A nice bar of soap also falls into that category. The Klairs Manuka Honey & Choco Body Soap ($10.90) smells like a delicious chocolate treat and has exfoliating, moisturizing, and cleansing powers.
Anyone who loves K-beauty loves products that contain rejuvenating snail mucin. And anyone who is new to the world of K-beauty will think it’s weird at first, and then quickly get on board. The Skinfood Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet Set ($13.30) is super cute and contains five intensely hydrating and reparative snail mucin-infused masks.
$25 and under:
The Missha First Treatment Essence Mist (50ml for $20) is a dupe for the much more expensive SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (75ml for $99), yet feels just as luxurious. Plus, this one comes in mist form so it’s easy to apply on-the-go.
Another great no-fuss product to gift is the Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick ($22), which was created by Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho. It’s packed with cleansing and moisturizing natural oils and flecks of real green tea leaves to gently exfoliate.
Finally, it’s always nice to receive a rich body lotion and the Skinrx MadeCera Body Moisturizer fits the bill. It’s formulated with madecassoside and ceramides – a power duo that soothes irritation and redness and deeply hydrates. It’s sure to be their winter weather savior.