Rounding up the best of the beauty bunch for Christmas gifts
From luxurious sets to sweet stocking fillers, whatever your budget and whoever it's for, there's a beauty gift to suit this Christmas. Katie Wright selects 2016's top pampering presents
IF THE massive surge in sales of beauty advent calendars has taught us anything, it's that we can't get enough of bath, body and make-up treats, even when they're in miniature form.
As such, a carefully chosen gift from your loved-one's favourite brand is guaranteed to be greeted by a gasp of glee come Christmas Day.
But how to choose from the vast array on offer? We've narrowed down the search to help you pick the perfect pampering present...
BEST FOR TEENS
Younger teens will love Soap & Glory's Pink Pamper set, £18, Boots, which comes with five skincare minis and a fashionable pyramid bag (www.boots.com).
Beauty vlog obsessives will go mad for the Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Tanya Presents' Beauty Box, reduced to £20 from £50, Superdrug, which features a party-perfect edit of the YouTube sensation's make-up (www.superdrug.com).
Real make-up junkies will adore the limited-edition Benefit Gals Just Wanna Have Fun Complete Makeup Kit, £29.50, Boots, the perfect introduction to some of the beloved brand's bestsellers. Worth £42.10, it's excellent value as well (www.boots.com).
BEST FOR MUMS
There are certain beauty brands that really make mums go 'ooh', and this year, three of those ooh-inducers have extra special gift sets on offer.
The L'Occitane Cadeau Magique, £19, Marks & Spencer, is a pretty bow-topped box that contains five gorgeously-scented miniatures, including the ever-popular Shea Butter Hand Cream (www.marksandspencer.com).
Elemis Love Frangipani Skincare Gift Set, £32.50, John Lewis, contains a fragrant full-size shower cream and body cream duo worth £50, that comes in a lovely festive red bag (www.johnlewis.com).
Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Collection, £74, delivers three variations of the spicy floral scent in a beautiful harlequin patterned gift box (www.jomalone.co.uk).
BEST FOR YOUR BFF
After all those evenings spent getting glammed up together, you know the make-up your best mate loves most, and Christmas is the perfect excuse to treat her to an indulgent cosmetics collection.
Mascara mavens will covet the Lancome Hypnose Mascara Wardrobe Christmas Gift Set, £23.50, Boots, a quartet of lash-enhancers to suit every mood (www.boots.com).
Lipstick lovers will adore the Marc Jacobs 'Up All Night' Petite Lip Creme Makeup Gift Set, £34, John Lewis, a line-up of five pint-sized shades in a hot pink tasselled clutch bag (www.johnlewis.com).
And for the girl who's always on trend, the Charlotte Tilbury Film Noir Nights Lipstick & Eyeliner Set, £35, has everything she needs to create this season's deep burgundy lip look (www.charlottetilbury.com).
BEST FOR MEN
Is the Force strong with the man in your life? Then he'll probably have fun pretending the razor in the Gillette ProShield Razor Rogue One Gift Set, £19.99, Superdrug, is actually a lightsaber, bless him (www.superdrug.com).
For something a little more grown-up, the Liz Earle 3 Piece Gentleman's Smooth Shaving Gift, £36, exclusive to QVC, comprises a trio of shave essentials in a manly beige bag (www.qvcuk.com).
To keep your fella smellin' sweet, the generously proportioned L'Occitane L'Homme Cologne Cedrat Collection, £55, includes the spicy eau de toilette and a handful of grooming goodies (www.loccitane.com).
BEST FOR SECRET SANTAS
Finding a decent gift when you're up against a budget of a tenner, fiver or even a pound can be quite the Secret Santa shopping challenge, but there's plenty to fit the bill in the beauty aisles.
Burt's Bees Wild For Bees Gift Set, £8.99, Boots, comes with two lip balms and a hand salve in a sweet beehive jar that doubles as a tea light holder (www.boots.com).
Housed in a tiny golden tub, Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin And Grapefruit Small Bath Set, £4, Asda, is as adorable as it is aromatic (www.asda.com).
And if you're not allowed to spend more than 100 pennies, it doesn't get much cuter than this squidgy Santa Bubble Bath, £1, Superdrug (in store only).
BUY IT NOW
If Lady Danger had a fragrance, what would it be? Now you can find out, because MAC has created a sister scent for the iconic red lipstick, along with five other bestsellers. The Shadescents perfumes bring to life their beloved lippies, which in Lady Danger's case is a rich, cherry-infused juice.
:: MAC Shadescents Lady Danger Eau de Parfum, £35 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)
:: CARA IS BROW-BEATEN
A new survey has revealed the 'perfect' female body parts, and while all the usual celebrity suspects make the list (we all want Blake Lively's gnashers and Sofia Vergara's bounteous bosom, apparently), the most shocking finding is that Cara Delevingne has been knocked off the eyebrow icon top spot, taking only 17 per cent of the vote, behind fellow model Gigi Hadid with 34 per cent. That doesn't mean our desire for bushy brows has diminshed, however. Superdrug reports that sales of eyebrow and lash growth serums have risen by a third in the last month.
STEAL OF THE WEEK
Right on cue for the bleakest month of the year comes a hot new make-up range that will cheer up your face without depressing your bank balance. Heroes of the trend-led Lottie London colour collection include the Mermaid Glow Rainbow Highlighter, £5.95, and the two-piece Slay All Day Lip Kits, £8.95, available at Superdrug in January (www.superdrug.com).