Gluten-free beauty gifts that won’t break the bank

This holiday season, consider gifting a friend or loved one (or yourself) something beauty-full. And luckily, buying them a glam gift doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are ten great beauty-related gift ideas—all of which are gluten-free and under $40 each!

Bite Beauty Mix & Mingle. Got a friend whose lipstick shade changes by the day? Then she’ll love these dual-ended lipsticks. They’re smaller sizes of Bite Beauty’s creamy, highly pigmented lipsticks, and 2 shades come in each Mix and Mingle. They make a great stocking stuffer or gift topper, too. $14, Sephora. (Read more about Bite Beauty’s Mix & Mingle lipsticks here.)

Ulta Luxe Ultra-Rich Hand & Nail Cream in Coconut + Almond Milk. Do you like snickerdoodles? If so, this is the hand cream for you. Just a little dollop of this rich hand cream will leave your hands feeling heavenly and your mouth watering for cookies. This hand cream really helps to keep your skin from cracking and getting too dried out. The tube may look small, but remember that a little goes a long way—this product is actually a great value. $11.50, Ulta.

Primal Pit Paste’s Vanilla Peppermint body whip. This fluffy moisturizer, made with natural ingredients you can recognize and pronounce, is a joy to use. It’s been the only product that’s been able to fix the dry skin I get on my calves and elbows—not only does it moisturize well, but it helps stop all that dreadful itching that comes from having dry skin! The scent is light and lovely (minty, but not overpowering), and the body whip itself is so soothing. If you’re having issues with itchy, dry skin, pick this up ASAP! $17.95, Primal Pit Paste.

Verb haircare Style with Verb Set. This little set of entirely gluten-free haircare products is amazing. I’ve sung its praises before, but if it can work magic on my extremely fine hair, just imagine what it can do to yours! The set includes deluxe sample sizes of hydrating shampoo and conditioner, plus full-sizes of their dry shampoo (seriously phenomenal), sea salt spray, and leave-in mist. It comes ready for gifting in its own stylish pouch. $36, Sephora.

Tarte Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss. A personalized, customized lip gloss shade for under 20 bucks? Yes, it’s true! Like its name indicates, this Skintuitive lip gloss understands what shade it should be on your lips. It turns mine a lovely berry shade. Bonus: The gloss is smooth, not sticky. $19, Sephora.

Ulta Romance Shimmer Sugar Scrub in Endless Passion. It’s a dreary time of year for us East Coasters. But here’s a trick I use to cope: when the weather starts getting wild, I take a trip to the tropics—in my shower. I stock my bathroom with scrumptious-scented products that remind me of spring and summer. This sugar scrub smells like a delicious tropical drink—if it’s possible for something to actually smell juicy, this does. It’s coconut and guava-scented, and if you close your eyes you might be able to trick yourself into thinking you’re in the tropics. Better yet, it’s filled with shimmery sparkle—if you use it in the bathtub, it’ll make the water glittery, but won’t linger on you too long. $14.50, Ulta.

Boscia Black Charcoal Pore Perfection Set. Need to find a gift for that friend who has everything? Well, I bet she doesn’t have this highly useful set of pore-cleansing products that utilize the detoxifying properties of charcoal. The charcoal cleanser (yes, it really is black as coal!) helps get your face squeaky-clean, and the charcoal blotting linens can be slipped into even the tiniest clutch to help skin feel and look fresh when you’re on the go. $10, Sephora.

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Anti-Static Translucent Dry Conditioning Finishing Spray. ‘Tis the season for static. Luckily, this new product from Alterna will be your static-fighting savior. Not only has it made my hair more manageable and less staticky, it also has good hold without weighing hair down. This is a must-have for winter! $18,

Farmaesthetics Dear Gardener Gift Set. Don’t let Old Man Winter get the best of your skin this season. Even though this isn’t exactly gardening season, the Dear Gardener gift set from Farmaesthetics is a fantastic product for winter. The products, which contain no gluten ingredients, include the Hand to Heel Softening Salve (a calendula-based balm that soothes dry, cracked, or chapped skin); a Cool Aloe Mist that’s ideal to use if you’ve been outside on a chilly, windy day; and a Rain, Grain, and Poppyseed soap (the grain is cornmeal!) that is made with melted snow and smells lightly floral. $34,

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette. This palette is super-fun. It pairs some neutral eyeshadows with some really colorful ones (think bright aqua, sparkly purple, and bubblegum pink) so you can create a variety of looks, from going to the office or going out on the town. Plus, it comes with a glamour guide to help you achieve an alluring look. $36, Sephora.

Bonus tips to help you save money on these gorgeous gluten-free gifts:


Disclaimer: A few of the products mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. Under no circumstances has this affected the integrity of the article. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.


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