With this selection, the more indulgent, the better

Beauty gifts can sometimes have a tendency to superfluity – the bumper bottle of bubble bath for instance, when all you have in your tiny flat is a shower. But choosing smellies for someone doesn't have to mean going wild in the aisles for the BOGOF deals at your nearest high-street chemist.

The main rule to remember is: the more indulgent, the better, and knowing one trait, interest or like of the person receiving your bounty is bound to make you look thoughtful and interested in them – which is often just as important as the actual gift.

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£29.95, OPI, johnlewis.com

With shades ranging from wintry berries and reds to sweet pinks and festive silver, this set of 10 miniatures is bound to contain a few new favourites.

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Top-to-toe treats gift set

£29, Elemis, timetospa.co.uk

This lovely set includes some of this spa brand's bestsellers and is the perfect starter kit for that friend who never seems to make enough me-time.

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Fun size flirts

£29.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk

If one shoulder is always weighed down by the contents of her make-up bag, or she's a mini-break fan battling the draconian hand-baggage rules, this lilliputian set is a great fit.

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Precious miniatures

£65, shayandblue.com

Swaying someone from their signature scent isn't easy, but these miniatures from this boutique perfumers, with delicious Sicilian Lime and Salt Caramel, will tempt even the faithful.

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Sleeping beauty collection

£39, andreagarland.co.uk

The post-Christmas period should be all about hibernating, but some live wires need a bit of help indulging in their beauty sleep – this is a gentle nudge without implying they look tired.

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Feline fanatics would do well to add the new Shupette collection to their wish list, as the products feature sweet illustrations of Karl Lagerfeld's pampered puss Choupette. From £17.50, shuuemura.co.uk

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