18 best beauty gifts under £30

Pampering presents don’t need to be super-expensive. Here’s our pick of the mid-range pressies

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From lip balms, bath foam and beauty baubles to candles, oils and palettes, these beauty gifts won't break the bank.

1. Seven Seventeen Hello Calm Moroccan Rose: £14, Seven Seventeen

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The brainchild of two magazine journalists, this brand aims to deliver “mood-boosting candles for burnt out mothers” – the name, Seven Seventeen, comes from the time which the founders’ children are snuggled up in bed, meaning they can relax and light up a candle. Hand-poured in England using natural wax that burns cleanly, the candles are luxurious and affordable, with other scents including fresh linen, lavender, lime basil and mandarin, and wild fig and grape. The company donates £1 from every sale to the PANDAS Foundation, which supports mothers suffering from pre- and post-natal mental illness.   

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2. Mauli Reawaken Hand & Body Wash: £23 for 250ml, Space.NK

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A stunning house gift if you're visiting friends or relatives at Christmas, this bottle looks beautiful by the side of any sink. But it's the uplifting blend of energising lime, grapefruit and blood orange, festive frankincense, warming sandalwood and sensual rose and jasmine that really makes this hand wash extra special. It uses 80 per cent organic ingredients and is free of chemical nasties.

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3. Benefit Blushin' Babe: £29.50, Benefit Cosmetics

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A bumper kit of blushers, this set holds no punches when it comes to brightening up dull winter skin. Five of Benefit’s best-selling blushers – Hoola, Dandelion, Coraliste, Rock and Sugarbomb – combine with a soft-focus highlighter, eyeliner and mascara.

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4. Smith's Rosebud Lip Salve: £22, Amazon  

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The famous lip balm Smith's comes in three different flavours here, all wrapped up in a vintage tin for Christmas. Included is the original rose in mid pink, a fruity strawberry scent in pale pink and fresh mint in brighter, pinky red.

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5. AromaCure Stress Breaker Gift Set: £29.50, AromaCure

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When it comes to stress, Christmas is up there at the top of the list. From travel chaos to the in-laws, most homes don't sail through the festive season without at least a few hiccups. But if you're armed and prepared with this AromaCure gift set under the tree for at least one family member, it might just take the edge off it. Stress Breaker oil can be dabbed onto pulse points, while the Relaxing Bath Foam poured under running water will help you have deeply relaxing soak. Neroli, grapefruit, bergamot and rose otto give this blend a beautiful, uplifting hit.

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6. Models Own Gilt 3-in-1 Eyes, Lips and Face Palette: £19.99, Models Own  

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Rose gold is the shade du jour and this new range from Models Own is simply stunning. Weighty, luxurious and packed with four velvety eye-shadows, two lip shades and a blusher in suits-all neutrals, this is extraordinarily good value for money.

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7. ESPA Moments of Peace: £20, ESPA Skincare

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Give the gift of peace this Christmas with this gift set which combines a soothing body oil and aromatic candle. Each come together to give a romantic, sensual blend of frankincense, myrrh, ylang ylang and sandalwood. 

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8. Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream: £22 for 50ml, John Lewis

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Dry winter hands need some extra TLC in winter. This lightweight, but nourishing blend of vibrant geranium, warming walnut and apricot kernel oil should do the trick of softening and soothing.

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9. This Works Sleep Tight: £12, Boots

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Anyone suffering from insomnia will be hugely grateful for this powerful little trio hanging on their tree. Lavender, camomile and vetivert essential oils make a potent remedy for sleeplessness. The bauble contains three relaxing sprays, two of which are for your pillow, which should help you drift off into the land of nod before you know it.

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10. Oskia Merry & Bright Cracker: £18.50, Oskia

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This illuminating, cleansing gel from Oskia is one of the brand’s best-sellers, and here it comes packaged up in a limited-edition 40ml bottle and cracker. The product itself covers all the bases and more – from deep-cleansing and radiance-boosting, to protecting and firming-up the skin.

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11. Elemental Herbology Radiant Skin Set: £19, Look Fantastic

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This is a brightening, radiance-enhancing duo that wages war on dull, tired winter skin. The facial cleanser keeps the complexion squeaky clean, while the overnight resurfacing cream stimulates cell turnover to reveal glowing skin.

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12. Green & Spring Relaxing Light Bath Oil Christmas Tree Decoration: £12.50, Green & Spring

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Inspired by aromatic kitchen herbs, this relaxing blend of soothing lavender and nurturing comfrey and rosemary will add some peace and calm to your bath time in the frenetic festive season. It comes packaged inside small a Christmas tree-shaped decoration.

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13. Eve Lom Kiss Mix Disco Ball: £16, Look Fantastic

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A pearlised, cooling lip balm, Kiss Mix comes in a gold bauble for the tree this year. Softening and hydrating, it’ll keep lips kissable for any sudden mistletoe moments.

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14. Ole Henriksen All Four Love Mini 3 Little Wonders: £15,30, Escentual

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Give someone special the gift of great skin with this set of skin-transforming, radiance-boosting wonders. It includes a brightening moisture, an invigorating overnight resurfacing gel, a collagen-boosting serum and a creamy foaming cleanser.

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15. Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Balm with Cloth: £15, Feel Unique

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The mini Moringa Balm in this bauble can be used as a cleanser, or as a soothing hydrating mask if left on for longer. Grapeseed and sweet almond oils plump and soften, wild sea fennel and vitamin E balance and purify, essential oils of orange, neroli and mandarin give a zesty kick-start to the skin, while rose and jasmine boost dull, dry mature complexions.

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16. Oliver Bonas Elderflower Fizz Hanging Gem Tin: £12.50, Oliver Bonas

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Here’s another one that you could hang on the tree, instead of wrapping up and stashing underneath it. Inside the confetti-printed tin you’ll find moisturising Shea Lip Balm, as well as pink Elderflower Fizz Marbles for the bath.

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17. Green People Revive Lemongrass & Ginger Body Wash & Lotion: £19.95, Green People

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The pioneering Green People has been at the forefront of the organic beauty revolution long before it went mainstream. If you’re buying for natural beauty fans, or those with sensitive skin, this is your go-to range. The invigorating lemongrass and ginger in these nourishing body products will put a spring in the step this winter. 

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18. Dr Hauschka Perfect Rose Light Skincare Gift Set: £29.50, John Lewis

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Dry, sensitive skin will love this luxurious, three-step skincare regime for a dewy, radiant complexion. Cleansing Milk, Facial Toner and award-winning Rose Day Cream will soon have dull winter skin glowing.

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The Verdict: Beauty gifts under £30

The Model's Own palette is stunning and great value, AromaCure will take the stress out of Christmas, Smith's Rosebud Lipsalve comes in a pretty vintage tin to keep and Mauli Hand & Body Wash is a wonderful house gift. But it's Seven Seventeen that takes the top spot, for its eye-catching contemporary design, beautiful scents and charitable inclination.

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