From skin care to hair tools, these are the last-minute, editor-approved gifts that will save you just in time for the holidays.

By Susan Brickell
December 20, 2019
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Every year you swear that you're not going to wait until the very last minute to hunt down the perfect holiday gifts or stocking stuffers for your loved ones, and, yet, here you are in a cold sweat scrolling through Amazon for present ideas that will arrive in the nick of time. Hey, it happens. (Related: 12 Beauty Advent Calendars That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts for Anyone On Your List)

If you're still searching for something special for the beauty buff in your life, SHAPE editors have rounded up their favorite skin-care products and most-wished-for hair tools that they'd love to find hiding in their stockings or under the tree this holiday season.

(Shop our other favorite wellness items, too: What Shape Editors Have On Their Holiday Wish Lists)

Tula Probiotic Skin Care Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

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“If I were to update my Facebook relationship status, it would read: in a very committed relationship with Tula's Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm. As someone who wears little, if any, makeup but also looks perpetually exhausted, I'm obsessed with how a quick swipe of this cooling balm instantly hydrates and brightens around my eyes so I not only look more energized and awake, but I feel that way too.”—Elizabeth Bacharach, associate editor

BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Cure

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“I couldn't be more obsessed with this BioSilk hair serum. I've been using it for the last six years, working a dime-sized amount into my wet hair after every shower, and it makes my locks incredibly soft and smooth. The best part: Your hair will smell like you just stepped out of the salon.”—Megan Falk, editorial assistant

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant

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"This Dr. Brant exfoliator makes me feel instantly clean after a day filled with NYC-born free radicals and sticky sweat still lingering from my morning workout. Plus, it helps my serums and lotions sink in deeper to do their hard work, so it feels like both a luxury bonus to my day and a necessary precursor to the rest of my routine."—Alyssa Sparacino, deputy editor

Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer

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“I love wearing my curly hair totally natural—and that usually means letting it air dry after I shower in the morning. In the winter, it sucks to head outside into the cold air with a sopping wet head. (Sometimes my hair legit freezes.) I've tried using my regular blow dryer, but it blasts my curls apart and creates a bunch of frizz. I'd love to get this diffuser so I can fluff my hair with a little bit of warm air before I rush out of the house.” —Lauren Mazzo, web editor

Drunk Elephant The Littles 3.0 Kit

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“Drunk Elephant is such a hot beauty brand right now that I'm eager to try everything in its line-up. Instead of purchasing a bunch of full-size items, this 8-piece set lets me explore a variety of products, from the best-selling No. 9 Jelly Cleanser to a vitamin c-infused eye cream. The best part: Everything in this beauty set is fragrance-free and uses clean ingredients, so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive of skin. Plus, I can toss it in my gym bag for a post-workout refresh. Hey Santa, I’ll take three!” —Braelyn Wood, health & wellness e-commerce writer

MZ Skin Hydra-Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask, 5-Pack

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"If there's ever a time to indulge in a pricey face mask, the end of the year is the time to do it—and there's a good chance you've already seen this golden face mask floating around on your Insta. This celeb-loved mask by MZ Skin has been worn by tons of A-listers, including Camila Cabello, Gwyneth Paltrow, Selma Blair, Cara Delevingne, Gal Gardot, and Serena Williams. Developed by Dr. Maryam Zamani, it's said to plump, smooth, and firm skin and reduce hyperpigmentation, thanks to a potent tonic of gold nanoparticles, niacinamide, vitamin C and collagen. Since I'm over the NYE party days, I'm looking forward to ringing in 2020 with a glass of red and a face of gold.”—Marietta Alessi, senior social media manager

Alnorm Long Satin Bonnet Sleep Cap

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"I have naturally curly hair, but I’ve spent pretty much my entire life putting a straightener to it (or throwing it into a ponytail on lazy days). I just recently started embracing my natural curls, and I’ve been going all-in on styling products, a diffuser, the works—I love it. The next product I really want to try is this satin bonnet sleep cap so I can wake up with the same bouncy, defined curls I go to bed with, without restarting the entire styling process in the morning. I'm fully prepared for the likelihood of my boyfriend laughing at me if/when I start wearing this to sleep every night. But the consistent curls will be well worth it, IMO."—Allie Strickler, news editor

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

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“This 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream has become one of my favorite Amazon skin-care finds of the year. I was in the market for an affordable-yet-effective eye cream that could quickly de-puff my eyes before work every morning, and when I stumbled upon this vegan option, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Not only does the combination of caffeine and green tea in the creamy formula de-puff my eyelids, minimize my dark circles, and brighten my tired eyes, but it also smells AMAZING. Like the name would suggest, it actually does smell like a mix of freshly-brewed coffee beans and baked goods. It makes my day each morning when I dab it on. I ran out of my most recent tube, so it’s definitely on my wishlist this year.” —Chelsey Hamilton, e-commerce editor

Pronexa Hairgenics Lavish Lash Eyelash Growth Enhancer and Brow Serum

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"I'm not a huge makeup wearer, however, I do like to primp my brows and swipe on a coat of mascara most days just to frame my face. But having lighter colored lashes and short, stubby brows from over-plucking in high school (still bitter about it) means neither are as dramatic or noticeable as I'd like. This hypoallergenic formula promises to deliver serious length and thickness for both eyelashes and eyebrows in as little as 60 days. And with more than 18,000 Amazon reviews (and some pretty incredible before and after photos), I might be buying one or two for myself on top of adding them to my sisters' stockings this year." —Susan Brickell, senior editor

ZitSticka Killa Kit

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“Best word to describe these pimple patches? Magic. Unlike other spot treatment stickers (although I’m also a fan of peach slices Ace Spot Dots, Buy It, 30 for $13,, Zitsticka patches have micro-darts that deliver acne-fighting ingredients beneath the skin’s surface to stop those deep, painful pustules in their tracks. They. really. work. I repeat: like magic.” —Elizabeth Bacharach, associate editor


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