Gift Sets For The Season

Make a headstart on your Christmas shopping by snapping up a special beauty gift set

From boutique sampler editions to big-brand value sets, now is the time to hint heavily about what you’re hankering after, with these beauty gift items just a taster of some of the treats in store. With wait lists for the more exclusive items and makeup fans swooping for sets, it pays to be in quick.

Benefit Galifornia Love Holiday Gift Set $54
It’s 50 years since the Summer of Love swept out from San Francisco and, to celebrate, this hometown brand is tripping out its “snow globe” holiday collection tins. This one contains a full-sized Roller Lash and High Brow pencil and a mini Galifornia blush. From Benefit Ponsonby Rd, Smith & Caughey’s and, from December, at Westfield Albany.

Sans The Alchemy of Giving Hand Repair Kit $91
This New Zealand natural brand — described by Vogue as a “minimalist’s dream” — has a series of hair and skin gift sets, each with a ritual card to encourage the recipient to take time out to cleanse, touch and repair. The hand kit’s contents include a full-sized hand repair cream and body exfoliant and a sample-sized wash (not shown). Visit

M.A.C Snow Ball Lip Bag in Nude $100
This lip kit contains a full-sized lipstick, gloss and pencil and is available in party red as well. M.A.C’s holiday collection is a standout this year, with rose gold and shiny silver bags and kits encasing its top products. From M.A.C counters.

Davines Oi Holiday Gift Pack $89
The charming bird-sized hatbox contains botanical hair cleansers to encourage softness, shine and body, including with antioxidant-rich Amazonian roucou oil. A spray-in milk makes casual summer styling a breeze. Stockists ph 0800 239 687.

The Herb Farm Normal Skincare Minis $35
Perfect starter kit for someone wishing to move to New Zealand natural skincare. This normal skin type set is also suitable for those with sensitive skins, plus there are options for men, and dry, ageing and oily/combination types as well. A rose cleanser and face cream are joined by a toning mist and exfoliating powder. Visit

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