By Sarah Han and AnaMaria Glavan
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The 2022 holiday season is already upon us, so save yourself some stress by getting ahead of the giving game with some of the best Amazon gifts available. Historically, holiday shopping has not been exactly stress-free. Remember the days of Black Friday mad dashes and all of that last-minute running around town to different stores? Whether we wanted to or not, we saw a reprieve over the past two years, which helped many of us reset and hopefully enjoy the season a lot more.
This year, we'd like to maintain the same energy with a way less frazzled shopping experience. We're here to help you get to gifting a lot earlier and, more importantly, we want to be sure that you're snagging exactly what you and your loved ones really want.
Whether it's highly-anticipated tech and gadgets, stylish kitchen items, or Allure Best of Beauty-winning beauty products, the mega e-retailer has quite an expansive offering of items that will check off nearly everything on your list, no matter your budget. And with Amazon Prime, you can get all of your gifts (and household essentials while you're at it) with free two-day shipping. Pretty nice, right?
Get ready to make this holiday season the simplest, easiest, and most fuss-free ever with our favorite gift picks on Amazon. As a sneak peek, they include a small but mighty blow-dryer, magnetic eyelashes, a weighted blanket, and much more. So take a deep breath, pour yourself a mug of hot apple cider, and get to work on your gift list with Amazon. You'll be done before you know it, and even better, you'll never even have to leave the house. Keep scrolling for the best Amazon gift ideas organized by category for your convenience.
And if you don't find what you're looking for on this list, check out Allure's other gift guides packed with stocking stuffers, beauty gift sets, luxe picks, thoughtful gifts with a personalized element, and so much more.
Traditional hair ties are notorious for causing breakage. The solution? Kitsch's supersoft Satin Hair Scrunchies. The high-quality satin material prevents damage, frizz, and annoying dents, plus, they reduce the kind of tugging that leads to hair loss and tension headaches. Folks who sleep with updos should add this to their nighttime routine, stat, because these ties won't pull at random strands or cause discomfort while you snooze.
Perfectly-curled tresses are easily within reach with Chi's Spin N Curl. This clever device sets itself apart from traditional barrels by way of a rotating chamber — simply insert a small section of hair inside, press the arrow button, wait for the sound of four beeps, and voila. Be sure to select the preset temperature that's best suited to your hair type (370 degrees Fahrenheit for fine hair, 390 degrees Fahrenheit for medium hair, and 410 degrees Fahrenheit for coarse hair).
The gift of painless de-knotting? We're tempted to add Tangle Teezer's The Ultimate Detangler to our own Amazon carts for that reason alone. This two-tier system is uniquely designed with 350 flexible teeth; half of the teeth are intentionally longer to remove knots with minimal breakage, while the other half is shorter to smooth and prevent frizz. Plus, this can be used in-shower to streamline treatments by evenly distributing products from root to tip.
Drybar's The Baby Brush Crush is a great gift for the best friend who always seems to have the most extensive to-do list. A straightening iron and paddle brush morphed into one, this vibrant hot tool is ideal for touching up flyaways, adding shape, zhuzhing up bangs, and adding shine, thanks to ionic technology. The compact size makes it easy to throw in a gym bag, work tote, or overstuffed carry-on.
Transport your mind from cubicle to Curaçao with every spritz of Sol de Janeiro's Cheirosa '39 Perfume Mist. This decadent fragrance combines the vacation-esque scents of coconut cream and toasted praline into a formula intended to be sprayed on your body, your clothes, and your hair. It'll be easy to fool your partner (and yourself) into thinking that you actually washed your 'do in lieu of adding another heap of dry shampoo to your scalp.
Hair wavers are growing in popularity due to their ability to create bouncy bends in a lot less time than a traditional curling iron. This triple-barrel Best of Beauty-winning Babe Waves The Hair Waver from Trademark Beauty gives hair medium-sized waves; has a crease-free clamp to hold hair in place as you style, and cool tips at the end of each barrel so that you don't singe your fingers.
For the friend who hasn't given up their beauty rituals while working from home, they'll be delighted to discover that they can dry, volumize, and straighten hair simultaneously with this best-selling Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Brush. Its hybrid dryer-brush design blows hot air out of the center barrel while its ionic bristles smooth and style for the perfect at-home blowout every time.
If "size doesn't matter" were a hair dryer, it would be the T3 Fit. Don't be fooled by its compact shell. The hot tool dishes out a powerful airflow at three speeds, and has two heat setting options to dry different textures of hair with less bulk than its larger counterparts.
Not only is the minimalist packaging a shelfie-ready dream, but what's inside of Monday Haircare's Moisture Shampoo is even better. The sulfate-free formula won't strip hair of nutrients, and coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E ensure that hair stays moisturized. Plus, this jumbo bottle should carry its recipient all the way through winter washdays. Add the conditioner to make it a complete gift bundle.
E.l.f.'s Jet Set Hydration Kit is a TSA-approved set sure to be adored by your wanderlust-driven friends. They'll tear open the box to reveal a hydrating balm, eye cream, daily moisturizer, night cream, and cleanser, all of which are formulated with hydrating ingredients like aloe, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The only thing that's missing: your invitation to their next European getaway.
For a gift that's sweeter than honey itself, we present Farmacy's The Beehive Skincare Set. This kit comes stocked with the Honeymoon Glow, an AHA-fueled facial serum to brighten dull skin, and Dry Skin Be Gone, a honey-fueled moisturizing mask that delivers hydration and glow. A sample of Green Clean Cleansing Balm is also included, which effectively melts away even the most stubborn makeup (we're looking at you, waterproof mascara).
With an entire skin-care routine included in the box, consider Tatcha's The Starter Ritual Set to be an introduction to the brand's most iconic offerings. This value-worthy starter kit includes travel-size bottles of The Camellia Cleansing Oil, The Rice Polish, The Essence (a Best of Beauty winner), The Water Cream (a Readers' Choice winner), and The Silk Peony. Intended for combination to oily complexions, these products are derived from Japanese wild rose to visibly tighten and smooth pores.
Nooni's Facial Cleansing Tool is another TikTok darling that transforms cleansers from a gel, powder, or liquid to a foam consistency, a delightful texture that can help reduce excess oil and brighten up your complexion. The process is simple and fun — they'll simply have to add in a pea-size amount of product, fill with water to the dotted line, and pump the cap up and down. They can even mix and match their favorite cleanser to create their own customized formula.
Monét Beauty Ice Globes make it easy to replicate their favorite cryotherapy facial from the comfort of their own bed. This freezer-safe skin-care tool is a jack-of-all-trades, helping to stimulate circulation, reduce puffiness, and cool irritated skin. Reviewers even swear that these nifty tools also help alleviate sinus headaches.
Hi-tech beauty devices like the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device are a no-brainer for the hardcore beauty lovers in your life. This Best of Beauty-winning tool pulses out microcurrents to help temporarily tighten and smooth skin and the facial muscles beneath. It's an easy step to build into any beauty routine since a session can be done while they watch TV.
First Aid Beauty's FAB Faves to Go Kit is essentially the perfect gift for a skin-care-curious friend who's afraid of their sensitive skin reacting poorly to products. This starter kit has just the right mix for cleansing, brightening, and moisturizing essentials. In the kit are travel sizes of three fan favorites: the Pure Skin Face Cleanser, which features soothing aloe and allantoin, glycolic and lactic acid-laced exfoliating Facial Radiance Pads, and the colloidal oatmeal-enriched Ultra Repair Cream to moisturize dry, flaky skin.
Similar to applying winged liner, faux eyelashes can be a similarly daunting beauty task. That is until magnetic lashes swooped in and made our lives a lot easier. We're partial to Glamnetic's Lashes Vegan Magnetic Eyelashes, which are incredibly easy to put on — just swipe the liquid eyeliner across your lids (it's OK if it's not perfectly straight) and then stick each strip on top. Tiny magnet fibers in the liner formula sync with the lash line to keep the falsies in place. These work so well that we gave it a Best of Beauty Award this year. Plus, the eyelashes come in a range of natural and dramatic styles.
The Maybelline New York Lifter Gloss initially went viral as a dupe for Rihanna's fan-favorite Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, and for good reason — the shade Moon is a dead ringer for Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y. The comfortable-wearing formula contains hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes and smoothes the lip surface and gives your mouth a fuller look. Did we mention it's on sale for only seven bucks during Amazon Prime Day?
The Youthforia BYO Blush Oil has taken over every TikToker's cheeks for its color-changing formula. It may look green in its tube, but once this formula touches your skin, it turns into a subtle shade of bubblegum pink — it's almost like a mood ring, but for your face. Pretty cool, right?
There's plenty to love about EcoTools BioBlender. For starters, it just scored a 2021 Best of Beauty win. The chiseled edge on the sponge is ideal for contouring or working base makeup into hard-to-reach areas of the face like around the nose and under eyes. The brand recommends that after 30 days of use, you clean the sponge, and then toss it in a compost bin. The BioBlender will break down in 180 days or less.
What's better than a gift set? One every month, duh. Luckily, you can subscribe to Allure Beauty Box conveniently on Amazon — and you get a $5 discount on your first month ($18 vs. $23). It's the perfect variety pack of top-name brands valued at $100 or more. What’s not to love?
Marvis' Wonders of the World Discovery Set proves that sometimes the best gifts are also the most practical. This travel-inspired, plaque-fighting trio adds a fun twist to toothpaste by way of unique packaging and fun flavors: Karakum (orange, cardamom, and mint), Royal (Italian lemon, mandarin, rose extract, and mint), and Rambas (pineapple, peach, mango, and mint).
There is nothing greater than the feeling of unwrapping a candle and this Malin + Goetz Scented Candle is top-tier. These luxurious blends are a far cry from the drugstore variety they've been burning, thanks to a natural wax blend with a burn time of up to 60 hours. Our favorite scents include Leather (a woody amber) and Dark Rum (an intense creamy vanilla).
This sleek essential oil Stone Diffuser from Vitruvi features a clean, minimalist design and comes in eight color options to suit any decor scheme. Set the device to a consistent flow for a four-hour run-time, or the intermittent option, which delivers eight hours of misting. The diffuser will automatically shut off when the water runs out.
For active family and friends who fancy themselves intense workouts, give them the gift of recovery à la the Rollga Foam Roller. Its contoured shape gets into the nooks and crannies of the body and massages tense, sore muscles to stimulate blood flow. Since it's compact and lightweight, it can come with them quite literally anywhere.
Skip the bulky headphones and give your music-loving friend or sibling a more lightweight, portable pair of Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones that work well for workouts (they're water- and sweat-resistant) and sedentary workdays. These comfy earbuds provide up to 15 hours of listening time on one charge and the ear hooks ensure a snug, ergonomic fit. Toss in a curated playlist you made just for them, and you've got yourself an outstanding gift. (P.S. If you're looking for a noise-canceling pair, check out the Fit Pro.)
If you can't give your friends and family a physical hug this holiday season, Baloo's Weighted Blanket is the next best option. Available in 12-, 15-, 20-, and 25-pound throws, blankets, and comforters, you've got options galore. They're all quilted with 100 percent cotton that feels snug but still breathable, so their anxiety is quelled and they'll hopefully fall asleep faster and more deeply.
Alaska Bear's Natural Silk Sleep Masks are popular, very affordable options that'll help light sleepers peacefully snooze through the night and early hours of the morning, especially if their room lets in too much light. These mulberry silk masks also come in a bunch of fun colors and prints, including one that says "Sleeping Beauty," to suit a variety of tastes.
It's no secret that our skin and hair rejuvenate while we snooze, so beauty rest is equally as important as the outward things we do for our body. This Hatch Restore Sound Machine will assist in getting a proper night's sleep, thanks to a soothing sound library, meditations, and adjustable light settings that you can use for pre-bed reading or for a gentle wake-up in the morning.
If you have no idea what to get someone this holiday season, we're huge proponents of practical gifts that giftee will actually use so this Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush is never far from the top of our list. Powerful sonic technology gently sweeps away plaque, while a built-in pressure sensor alerts them if they're pressing too hard, to keep teeth and gums safe and happy.
We fully acknowledge that there needs to be more conclusive data on the topic of smartphone-sanitizing devices, but it's promising that studies have shown that "UVC-based sanitization methods are effective in reducing bacterial burden." With that, we present the Phonesoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer, which claims to kill up to 99.99 percent of bacteria after five minutes. For what it's worth, it gives Allure's commerce editor Sarah Han a little peace of mind during these cautious times and she likes that it's big enough to sanitize keys, AirPods, and other little trinkets as well.
Polaroid's Originals I-Type Instant Camera gives them a much-needed iPhone break, allowing them to capture memories the retro way — a.k.a. printing photos that can be pasted on their walls or slapped into a photobook for years to come This state-of-the-art model contains an autofocus and flash feature to ensure they're not snapping any duds, plus, there's a timer intended for group selfies.
Coravin's Pivot Wine Saver is an innovative tool that lets you extract a single glass (or sip, what have you) from the bottle while preserving the quality, freshness, and taste of the remaining wine — in other words, you can easily stretch the lifespan of your bottle up to four weeks. Go ahead and indulge in those fancy, expensive reds, whites, and oranges without worrying about having to consume them in one sitting.
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