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26 Affordable Beauty Gifts To Ace The Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Whether it’s because you missed out a couple of friends or perhaps you’re just a full-on procrastinator, here’s what you can still get even if you’re on a budget.
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Kiehl’s x Andrew Bannecker Ultra Facial Cream, $49 for 50ml
Heavy-duty yet light-textured, this facial moisturiser absorbs easily into the skin and is suitable for all skin types. Plus, it ensures 24-hour hydration as it draws moisture from the air and prevents transepidermal moisture loss for well-balanced and supple skin all day long. Urban Decay Hex Remedy 24/7 Travel Eye Pencil Set, $48
Any beauty junkie will love this pack of five travel-sized eyeliners from Urban Decay. With a unique formula that enables the eyeliners to glide on smoothly, they are also packed with pigments and lasts through heat and sweat. Plus, with colours like black, gold, purple, bronze and sapphire, it is super versatile and enables anyone to create any look they desire. By Terry Baume de Rose Ornament, $35
Give the gift of soft and smooth lips in this deluxe-sized best-seller from By Terry. It contains Rose Flower Essential Wax, shea butter and vitamin E to deeply nourish chapped lips and cuticles. Shu Uemura x La Maison du Chocolat Creamy Dome Blusher in Rose Petal Macaron, $40
As part of the brand’s festive collection in collaboration with La Maison du Chocolat, this coral-pink blusher has a creamy texture that blends seamlessly into skin and suits almost every skin tone. Plus, who wouldn’t love a blusher that looks (and is named after) a macaron? Lipstick Queen Kiss From A Rose Lipstick Trio, $50
Consisting of three full-sized products including a lip liner, a lipstick and a lip gloss, this kit packs great value with these easy-to-use essentials for an immaculate lip. Fenty Beauty Mini Fairy Bomb Fun-Sized Glittering Pom Pom, $33
Riri’s super coveted Fairy Bomb is now handier, but still packed with glitter. Ultra soft and plush, it makes getting glam the old-school way fun again. La Bruket Hand & Body Wash Bergamot Patchouli, $46
Swedish brand La Bruket prides itself with developing natural products that are able to nourish and protect the skin and hair even in the harsh Scandinavian climate. And this body wash is no exception. On top of its moisturising properties, this invigorating blend also contains bergamot and patchouli essential oils to bring about a calming effect on your mind. Fresh Facial On The Fly, $40
Consisting of travel-friendly sizes of the brand’s iconic hydrating products, including Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Face Mask and Lotus Face Cream, this has all you need to maintain soft and supple skin no matter where you go. MAC Shiny Pretty Things All Stars Kit: Ruby Woo, $33
With mini sizes of MAC’s iconic products through the years, it holds a classic matte red lipstick, a makeup fixing mist and a mascara for on-the-go perfection. Pixi Multi-Masking Medley, $38
Perfect for targeting multiple skin concerns, each of these travel-friendly masks slips into any carry-on kit so you can give yourself a mini facial while onboard to your next dream destination. Crabtree & Evelyn Hip Halves Sharing Biscuits, $59
The perfect gift for food lovers, this contains six tins of Crabtree & Evelyn’s scrumptious biscuits —guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning foodies. The Body Shop Festive Sack Of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights, $28
Packed with body products that feature The Body Shop’s seasonal Peppermint Candy Cane scent, this bag of goodies will definitely put everyone in the Christmas mood. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment in Rose, $28
Formulated with a blend of nourishing botanical oils and butters, this coats lips with fatty acids and antioxidants to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate skin on your lips. It also has SPF 30 and keeps lips smooth for up to 12 hours. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Travel-Size Ornament, $22
One of the brand’s most-loved products in a travel-friendly size, housed as a Christmas ornament? Who could possibly not love it? Fenty Beauty Two Lil Mattemoiselles Plush Matte Lipstick Duo: Chill Owt Edition, $28
What could be better than having two ultra-versatile lipsticks that could slip into any purse? When these two lipsticks are from Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte collection, of course. Featuring two flattering shades, including Griselda (a bold burgundy) and Spanked (a dusty rose), these lipsticks are packaged as a Christmas tree ornament so cute you’ll also want one for yourself. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio, $24
With a creamy texture that glides onto lids without tugging, and a long-lasting formula that stays on all night long, each of the three eyeliner pencils in this holiday kit flatters virtually every skin tone and is great for creating a wide range of looks. Botaneco Organic Chia Seed Oil & Honey Hair Oil, $7.90
Harnessing the conditioning properties of 100 per cent eco-certified organic chia seed oil from Germany and 100 per cent eco-certified organic honey extract form France, this hair oil nourishes damaged and dry ends without weighing hair down. Instantly, hair feels softer and looks shinier. For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask, $16 for a box of three
As its name suggests, this sheet mask takes a three-pronged action to plump dehydrated skin instantly. Soaked in a blend of sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA and sodium lactate, it locks replenishes skin with moisture, locks it in, improves its circulation within skin cells and also strengthens skin’s moisture barrier so that it holds moisture better. Crabtree & Evelyn Groovy Goatmilk, $29
This Christmas ornament packs travel-friendly minis of the brand’s ultra-calming Goatmilk products, including hand cream, shower milk and body lotion to soothe irritation and hydrate even the most sensitive of skin types. Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser Limited Edition 2018, $23
Perfect for combination to oily skin, this gentle foam cleanser infuses skin with organic noni fruit and green tea extracts, sandalwood and aloe vera for a clearer, more well-balanced complexion. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette, $23
With six delectable shades in varying textures from matte to metallic, this handy palette holds six shades that are easy to wear and versatile to go from day to night. Finely milled and pigmented, they blend onto lids easily and stays put for hours on end. Percy & Reed Wonder to Go! Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Shampoo and Conditioner Duo, $24
Suitable for all hair types, this travel-friendly shampoo and conditioner duo nourishes, conditions and repairs your hair while protecting it from the harsh elements and preserving the vibrancy of coloujured hair. Thanks to its blend of aloe vera and pro-Vitamin B5, it leaves hair silky and smooth with a healthy bounce. Sephora Collection Magic In The Nails Nail Polish Set (Limited Edition 2018), $28
Comprising six universally flattering shades including a sheer nude, red, burgundy, coral, grey and blue, each are long-lasting and guaranteed to please anyone who receives this. Mamonde Holiday-Eve Sleeping Duo Skincare Set, $29
This handy kit consists of a lip sleeping mask and a hydrating sleeping mask to intensely pamper the skin, just in time for Christmas. The Lip Sleeping Mask eliminates dead skin cells while wrapping it in a moisture veil while the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask infuses the skin with calendula petals for a soothing and hydrating treat. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (Limited Edition 2018), $30
Everyone can benefit with a few spritzes of this face mist. Now available in this nifty size, it slips into the tiniest of purses and can be used to infuse skin with a dose of soothing hydration anywhere, anytime. A blend of algae extract, hyaluronic acid, green tea and rice extracts to keep skin dewy, plump and protected from the elements. The Body Shop Festive Body Butter Trio, $26
The Body Shop’s Body Butters need no introduction: they are intensely nourishing and leave skin soft and supple. Plus, this set holds three mini-sized Body Butters which boast seasonal scents like Peppermint Candy Cane, Berry Bon Bon and Vanilla Marshmallow — making it the ideal gift this Christmas.