Deck The Halls With 2020's Best Baubles & Bon Bons

These festive delights yield far prettier options than paper hats and novelty toys


Year after year, beauty brands bring out dainty baubles and Christmas crackers containing miniature beauty products to treat a loved one (or yourself) come Christmas Day.

These merry makers offer a more affordable option than luxury beauty advent calendars, and make for ideal stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts.


Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker, $93.

This luxurious bon bon is filled with three minis in Jo Malone London’s most-loved scents. Enjoy a 9ml Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body & Hand Wash and Wild Bluebell Body Crème. Use each one on its own or layer them together for a truly sensual experience. Slip one of these into a loved one’s stocking for a sweet surprise come Christmas morning.

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Biologi Beauty Editor Favourite Bon Bon, $47.

New for 2020 is Biologi’s four Christmas-themed bon bons, filled with minis from its range of single ingredient skincare. Viva loves the Beauty Editor Favourite Bon Bon, which contains two mini Bqk Serums, one for morning and the other for evening.

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Pure Fiji Tropical Christmas Cracker, $22.

Discover four tropical treats from Pure Fiji’s body care range inside this gilt cracker. Untie each end to reveal a hydrating body lotion, nourishing body butter, refreshing body mist and lip balm in minis. Select from any of Pure Fiji’s signature scents, including Coconut Lime Blossom, Guava, Mango, Coconut, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Starfruit or White Gingerlily.

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Endota Hydration Heroes Bon Bon, $35.

Give skin a much-needed drink with two of Endota’s best-selling hydrators – the Deep Hydration Face Moisturiser and Intense Moisture Mask. The duo can be found inside Endota’s limited-edition bon bon, which features a blush, gold and navy design created by artist Deborah Yadda.

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Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula Cracker, $24.

Mecca Cosmetica’s signature sunscreen has garnered fans young and old (including members of the Viva team) and for good reason – it couples the skin-loving benefits of a luxury face cream with UV protection. Not only does it sit beautifully under makeup, but it helps combat UVA and UVB rays, free radicals and dehydration. This year, the multi-tasker comes housed in a pretty orange and pink cracker that is sure to stand out when spotted under the Christmas tree.

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Ecoya Tea Light Gift Set, $20.

Okay, we’re bending the rules a little with this one, but this painterly tube was too impactful to not include. Ecoya’s Tea Light Gift Set comes in three festive fragrances – Fresh Pine, Sakura and Lagoon – each one inspired by Christmas traditions across Australasia. While the iconic Fresh Pine scent is in its ninth year of production, it’s Lagoon that’s captured our attention (and senses) for its Polynesian-inspired fragrance of sweet coconut palm, sea salt, frangipani, exotic green fruits and creamy vanilla.

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Linden Leaves Pink Grapefruit & Pepper Bon Bon, $16.

Level up your Christmas table by placing one of these scented delights at each place setting instead of crackers of the traditional kind. Linden Leaves’ range of bon bons are available in one of three fragrances, including Pink Grapefruit & Pepper, an uplifting scent with a hint of warming sandalwood. Inside, you’ll discover a nourishing mini hand cream and Love Again Body Oil.

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Nars Instant Orgasm Mini Blush and Balm Cracker, $42.

It’s the shade that’s become synonymous with Nars since its inception – largely in part for its risqué name, but also for its wearability. Discover two Nars products in the iconic Orgasm shade in this gilded cracker, a mini Blush and After Glow Lip Balm. The silky textured powder blush offers a hint of peachy pink warmth to the apples of cheeks, and is easily buildable, while the hydrating lip balm delivers sheer colour and shine to lips.

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Floral Street Electric Rhubarb Eau De Parfum Holiday Cracker, $49.

It may come as no surprise that the perfume contained within this cracker is a floral one. Packaging aside, Electric Rhubarb boasts a bouquet of white florals and powdery sandalwood, punctuated by notes of English rhubarb and fresh, salty sea air. The 10ml eau de parfum is an excellent way to trial a fragrance before you commit to a full-sized version.

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Ashley & Co Twice As Merry, $25.

This painterly bauble is worth purchasing for the packaging alone – it features a hand painted watercolour design created by Spanish illustrator Blanca Deblas. The artist was commissioned via Instagram to create three bespoke designs to house Ashley & Co.’s Christmas collection, each one representing the native flora of New Zealand using abstract floral shapes. Inside, you’ll find Ashley & Co.’s most popular lip duo – Lip Punch and Tint Me Lip Punch – which help to protect lips against the harsh summer sun using arnica and a blend of essential oils.

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Clarins Perfect 4D Look, $54.

Containing three of the brand’s best-sellers is Clarins’ Perfect 4D Look bauble, which sees its Mascara Wonder Perfect 4D packaged up with the Instant Eye Makeup Remover and Natural Lip Perfector in one sizable tree ornament. The iconic mascara has proved a popular pick for its ability to lengthen, define, volumise and curl lashes, thanks to the unique precision brush and rose wax formula.

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M.A.C Baubleburst Ornament, $16.

Beauty buffs will obsess over M.A.C’s 2020 Holiday offering, which includes three Baubleburst Ornaments. Take your pick of Mini M.A.C Lipsticks, which includes two mini-sized versions of Ruby Woo (a matte blue-red) and Velvet Teddy (a deep-toned beige with a matte finish); In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara or Prep + Prime Fix+ setting spray (pictured).

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Malin + Goetz In Good Hands, $39.

You’d be delighted to spot this bauble by Malin + Goetz hanging from your tree. The set contains 10ml versions of the brand’s shine-giving Lip Moisturiser and Almond Hand Treatment, a non-greasy hand cream that restores moisture. Ideal for toting to the beach and back again, these travel-sized minis are handy to keep close by whenever lips and hands are in need of a dose of hydration.

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