21 Small-But-Mighty Beauty Products That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Christmas

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You might have already knocked some of the big-ticket items off of your holiday shopping list, but even if you've only mentally hit "click to buy," consider adding some stocking stuffers to your cart, too. These products may seem like an afterthought in the grand scheme of things, but we're here to tell you (and show you) just how thoughtful, practical, and giftable these small wonders can be. 

Plenty of well-known brands like Kopari, Bobbi Brown, and Malin + Goetz have perfectly sized minis that make for a nice beauty bonus when opening presents. We fully recognize that your attention may be laser-focused on the "it" items of the season or figuring out exactly what to buy for that person in your life who seems to have everything, but scroll down to see our selection of stocking stuffers that, in all honesty, may get more use beyond the holidays than some of the other highly coveted gifts.  

Skin Care

FaceTory Best of Seven Facial Masks Collection

Kopari Travel Size Sugar Cookie Coconut Melt

Gifting skin care can be a bit tricky, particularly if you're unfamiliar with the recipient's skin type and concerns, but there's no going wrong with FaceTory's Best of Seven Facial Mask Collection. There's a sheet mask to tackle just about every issue, like a ceramide-packed option for anyone experiencing dryness, or a vitamin C variety for those who need help diminishing dullness. 

With its moisturizing, deliciously scented, unrefined coconut oil, Kopari's Sugar Cookie Coconut Melt is a sweet addition to any stocking. The travel-size pot of this multitasking moisturizer was made even sweeter with this limited-edition vanilla-scented version that'll remind them of fresh-baked goods. 


Knesko Gemstone Face Roller

Alder New York The Cleansing Facial Brush

Electric beauty devices may have all the bells and whistles, but don't sleep on the efficacy of a good ol' mechanical tool. Knesko makes this Gemstone Face Roller, which harnesses the grounding and negativity-absorbing energy of obsidian. Tell the recipient to use the larger side to do a lymphatic drainage facial massage and then the small end for depuffing the delicate eye area. And with 1.25 million nylon bristles held together by an ergonomic handle, the Alder New York The Cleansing Facial Brush will also help get rid of every ounce of makeup and any other gunk from the day. 


Invisibobble Slim Trio Cracker

Terra Ties Biodegradable Hair Ties

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask

Crabtree & Evelyn Green Printed Knot Headband

Hair ties seem to disappear like socks in the dryer, so slip a fresh pack into a few stockings as replacements. The Invisibobble Slim Trio Cracker comes with nine bands in a mix of shimmery pink, silver, and clear, and they'll gently hold hair back without getting tangled. 

A more traditional option is the Terra Ties Biodegradable Hair Ties. These are plastic-free and easily break down in landfills once you toss. Without the plastic or metal like traditional ties have, they also won't yank at your hair, so they're less damaging for both strands and Mother Nature. 

Slip a few of the Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask packs into a stocking or two. No matter what their hair type or texture, shea butter in the deep conditioner will help restore brittle and damaged hair. 

When video meetings call for "camera on," the giftee of this Crabtree & Evelyn Green Printed Knot Headband will be so glad you gave them a colorful cotton accessory for a quick hair fix. 


R + Co Palm Reader Hand Sanitizer

Green Goo Hand Goo

Malin + Goetz In Good Hands Duo

There's likely no other year when gifting hand sanitizer would make someone happy and you a holiday hero, but 2020 has been full of surprises. R+Co's Palm Reader Hand Sanitizer isn't your classic, medicinal-looking variety, but it's just as potent. With 69 percent ethyl alcohol, it kills germs, while aloe leaf juice and glycerin keep hands from drying out as you cleanse.

After months of scrubbing and sanitizing, hands have been through a lot. If you know someone who is experiencing hand eczema (or just severe dryness), slip a tin of Green Good Hand Goo into their stocking. Moisturizing and soothing comfrey and plantain root extract help heal chapped skin, while St. John's Wort acts as an antibacterial agent. 

Malin + Goetz's In Good Hands Duo covers two of winter's biggest skin woes — dry hands and chapped lips — in one tiny kit. The fatty-acid-enriched lip balm heals any stickiness, and the Almond Hand Treatment has vitamin B5 and honey to calm inflammation and heal cracked skin.


Danessa Myricks Illuminating Veil Mini Trio Set

Rituel de Fille The Alchemist Aurum Highlighter Intensifier

Kari Gran The Pink Ladies

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes Long-Wear Eye Kit

Beautyblender Base Station

Even though there isn't a lot of facial real estate to dress up these days, thanks to face masks, putting on makeup can help restore a mental semblance of normalcy. The Danessa Myricks Illuminating Veil Mini Trio Set is a glistening pack of liquid highlighters that'll add a vibrant shimmer to a range of skin tones. Or for the person who wants to level up on the shine, Rituel de Fille's The Alchemist Aurum Highlighter Intensifier will give an out-of-this-world glow. The golden cream adds a dewy and even more iridescent finish when dabbed on top of another highlighter. 

Lips may be covered when outdoors, but Kari Gran's The Pink Ladies is a balm-meets-lipstick duo that will have lips feeling hydrated and pretty — even if no one can see them. There's a blend of moisturizing oils, including castor seed and olive oils, that soothe dryness. Each balm has a subtle pink tint that ever-so-slightly enhances the natural color of lips. 

Eyes are getting all the love these days, so Bobbi Brown's Smokey Eyes Long-Wear Eye Kit should get plenty of use. The trio includes two shimmery but neutral eye shadow sticks and a miniature mascara. 

The Beautyblender Base Station is a three-piece set that comes with the original blending sponge, a mini cleansing mat, and a cleanser to clear all of the leftovers from your holiday Zoom party looks out of the sponge. 


Huda Beauty Kayali Miniature Discovery Set

Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Farmacy Roll-On Convenience Kit

Scent is not only therapeutic, but when it comes in a quad of four minis like Huda Beauty's Kayali Minature Discovery Set, it offers the opportunity to find a new favorite. There's a Musk, Vanilla, Citrus, and an Elixir blend with notes of red apple, jasmine, and patchouli. Break up the kit and gift to different people who you think prefer a particular scent, or give the whole set to one person and let them decide. 

The Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Farmacy Roll-On Convenience Kit is the ideal work-from-home companion. The five-piece set of rollerball bottles looks to essential oil blends — including peppermint and grapeseed oils — to help soothe physical and mental ailments like stress or an upset stomach.  "Aromatherapy can be beneficial in the management of certain symptoms such as anxiety, pain, nausea, and insomnia," Megan E. Voss, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and director of integrative therapy, pediatric blood and marrow transplant at the school’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, previously told Allure


Kiss Room Service Impress Press-On Nails

ORLY Mini Gel Lamp

Press-on nails are just the kind of beauty throwback we can get behind, and Kiss does it so well. The brand's Room Service Impress Press-On Nails are a neutral pink set with the option to add a crystal-accented nail. Best of all, it has a peel-and-stick back, so there's no messy glue required, and they seriously don't budge for at least a week. 

For the more advanced at-home manicurist, Orly's Mini Gel Lamp will make the polish-and-set process a breeze. Add the festive Perfect Pair Lacquer + Gels in Untouchable Decadence to get them started. 

Selfie Must-Haves 

Polaroid Hi·Print 2×3 Pocket Photo Printer

Skullcandy Stash Mini Portable Battery Pack

Once you've assisted family and friends with getting their beauty looks together, give them something to remember the moment by. The Polaroid Hi-Print 2×3 Pocket Photo Printer is a Bluetooth-enabled mini device that lets them print pics on the spot. With up to 20 hours of power available, the Skullcandy Stash Mini Portable Battery Pack will ensure that all devices are fully juiced and there are no dead phone mishaps on Christmas morning. 

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