It’s the packaging that counts

Getting a Christmas gift is hard, and getting a gift that would make her go “wow” (or at least smile) is even harder. Thankfully, these brands have done the heavy-lifting for you and packaged their products in a box that will make anyone feel special the moment they rip open that wrapping paper. Never look down on the power of packaging ever again.

Christmas Cookie House Party Face Palette Set

What is Christmas if not for the smells—of mulled wine, cinnamon, honey baked ham and what have you. This set from Too Faced actually comes scented like gingerbread, so you'll get into the festive mood in no time. Inside you'll find lots of eyeshadow, mascara, a face palette and more. Just be sure not to eat the packaging.

Available at Sephora for $90.

DIY Paper Speaker Kit and Bright Music Notes Scented Candle

For an atmospheric gift, amp it up with Innisfree’s Green Holiday range. Their subtle wood-scented candle comes with an ornament that actually rotates when the candle is lit. To complete the mood, get the DIY speaker and slot your phone in with your favourite holiday playlist set to repeat.

Available at Innisfree for $36 (candle) and $20 (speaker).

Like a Virgin Hair Masque Ornament

Let hair be restored to its virgin state of beauty with this Coco & Eve deep and intense hair masque. Simply unplug the box and let the product unfurl and drop out, so you can get to the good stuff inside. Now, if only other things can be restored to their virgin state too.

Available at Sephora for $28.

Nature’s Calendar

Treat someone (or yourself) to 24 days of surprises with L’occitane’s 2019 advent calendar. It’s designed like a storybook with numbered panels hiding coveted items like their best selling Shea Butter Hand Cream. Follow the story along and find out how to be kinder to our planet at the same time.

Available at L’occitane for $79 with any spend.

Queen of the Camp

Give your brows, face and lashes the royal treatment with this festival-ready holiday set by Benefit Cosmetics. In this reusable campervan tin is a pore minimiser, bronzer, brow setter and volumizing mascara, packed and ready to hit the road with you.

Available at Sephora for $86.

Unmask the Magic Gift Set

Four jars of smoothing and hydrating face masks come packed in a box that looks indulgent and feels hefty—like any good present should be. Anyone on the receiving end of this gift set from fresh will be bound to feel mighty magical, while others can only look on in envy.

Available at Sephora for $120.

V Shaping Facial Lift Collection

Get a trio of products specifically designed to give you a V-shaped face, all packed handily in a Clarins Christmas pouch just for this holiday season. Say goodbye to that round and full face, and hello to definition and contours—in the right places, of course.

Available at Clarins for $122.

Warm Your Soul Handcare Collection

This hand wash and lotion set from Neal’s Yard Remedies nails it with a packaging design that not only looks good, but is practical as well. The caddy it comes in is usable, whether to be tucked into a corner of your sink, or hung from a hook. The products’ mandarin and clove aromas adds a nice festive touch too.

Available at Neal’s Yard Remedies for $62.

Where is the Penguin? Mask Set

Eight different masks and a Sephora holiday penguin hides inside this box. Open it up, then play a game of Where’s Wally (penguin version) before perusing your trove of face, eye, hand, nose, lip, hair and foot masks. You’ll be entertained while giving yourself a full-body pampering.

Available at Sephora for $25.