Finding the right presents for the ones you love can prove challenging, so we’ve helped you out! We have a bunch of gift guides tailored to a range of interests and budgets. Check out all our holiday fashion and beauty gift guides here.

Beauty is such a huge industry – both at home and abroad, and due to the appearance of new and exciting indie brands, amazing homegrown giants AND the influx of global beauty brands into the African beauty space – it means we have  far more choice when it comes to beauty and the beauty addicts in your life have probably become increasingly more sophisticated in their choices.  

To put it succinctly: unimaginative, basic beauty picks won’t cut it. Thankfully, we have some universal crowd-pleasers in this beauty gift guide with options for both your minimalist BFF’s and pigment fanatic besties. Pampering the ones you love with luxurious formulas, sophisticated packaging, and giving the gift of a #NewYearGlowUp sounds good no? Read on to see some of our favourite picks.


Whether a Rockette- inspired cut crease or bold, shimmery holiday  shadow is the makeup look of choice, this holiday palette has every shade you need to make it happen. Not only are the rich, super – pigmented colors on par with their luxury counterparts, they go on without any adhesive – all you need is the palette! Neat eh?


Wonder what it would look like to walk around with your favourite Snap or Instagram filter IRL? Well, this radiance oil will help you come pretty close.

It gently moisturisies without leaving your skin feeling oily and greasy. A combination of botanical oils including scar-healing Vitamin E,  Grapeseed and Hazelnut oil gently detoxifies and soothes the skin, leaving your complexion exactly as the products suggest: glowing.


For the nail-obsessed, consider all future #ManiMondays sorted. The massive 40+ colour range features the everyday classics (from bright to pale pink and berry red), plus seasonal statement colors like pale blues and deep greens. These conditioning polishes are a huge game changer. The top-secret formula is infused with hydrating materials that keep your nails conditioned and manicures chip-free. A regular paint job LITERALLY looks like a gel mani. We’re sold!

TAOS  HIGHLIGHTER SET #TAOSGlow Strobe Pot & Glow Drop

This is one of BeautyRevNG’s most-popular highlighting products, including the Strobe Pot and Glow Drop, are both formulated with illuminizing pigments that give you a glowy skin-finish and ensure your complexion is camera-ready.


The key to chic hair is all in the products. Luckily, natural hair guru Majiri Otobo knows a thing or two about getting your hair to the best version of itself. The full range set from her KUI TeaTree and Cinnamon hair range includes one of the best leave-in conditioning sprays we have EVER smelt, combined with a great shampoo, texturising hair cream and nourishing conditioner.



The new Tara Matte range comes in over 10 ultra-flattering hues. The metallic lip-stay range is not only transfer resistant but has a creamy, smooth finish  – with enough shades to go from everyday neutrals that brighten to rich, bold reds to sexify your pout for night. Just about every kind of lip-lover and makeup aficionado will find at least one favorite from this line.


Two words: glycolic acid. Yup, when it comes to smoother, breakout-free skin that looks healthy without makeup, this one of the best beauty gifts you can give. Your glow up will NOT be complete without it. Youtopia Beauty carries it. You can #treatyoself or your BFF. Dealer’s choice.

Want even more holiday gifting ideas? Check out our gift guides.

What are you getting your beauty-obsessed BFFs and what did you think of this beauty gift guide? Let us know in the comments below!

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