Just because stocking stuffers have an old-school appeal doesn't mean they have to be filled with traditional gifts. As a matter of fact, some of the most innovative beauty products come in small sizes — just the right size, even, to stick in that white-trimmed red boot. And this year, with brands like Milk and Henne Organics infusing refined ingredients into their tiny fixers, there's so much to choose from.
When shopping for stocking stuffers, consider the brands or natural ingredients your loved one already uses. Does shea butter pack the right amount of moisture for their skin? Look for products with pure shea. Is mint a must-have for exfoliation? Shop products that list mint as an active ingredient. And most importantly, check out our list, which has shea, mint and more.
If you shopped our phone cases, check out these beauty stocking stuffers we rounded up.
itCosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7: $48
Evenly apply foundation or hit small areas of the face with this duo brush made from plastic surgeon-approved microfibers. This cruelty-free soft brush is great for someone with sensitive skin.
EOS Hand Lotion: $2.49
A good purse arsenal has hand lotion year-round. Grab this small, moisture-packed option from EOS for your friend's purse, backpack or back pocket.
Fresh Sugar Lip Power Couple: $30
Get them lips right for mistletoe season and beyond with this power lip combo that reduces fine lines and soothes. Packaged like an ornament, it's already made for the season.
e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette: $10
Transition from nude to gold eyeshadow options with this versatile palette from e.l.f. For multiple techniques — such as a natural smoky eye, highlighting and/or blending — this is a worthy buy.
Make Up For Ever Prolight Fusion: $48
This luminizer should last its recipient all year, because it packs a punch with little application. Created for overall bronzing or strobing, both available shades of this luminizer pick up light in the most naturally glam way.
Henne Organics The Lip Collection Gift Set: $59
This set contains two high-end lip balms made of coconut and avocado oil, as well as one exfoliator made of beeswax and rose oil. Aside from its expensive ingredients, its sleek black casing gives an extra touch of luxury.
Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil: $38
Like carrying sunshine in your pocket, this Milk moisturizing stick can be used for face or body to give a natural sun-kissed glow. Easy to apply with a rollerball, its ingredients include grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, mandarin orange peel and lemon peel.
MAC Shadescents Lipstick in Ruby Woo: $17
When Ruby Woo made its debut for MAC in 2013 via Rihanna, it was a hot commodity, not because of the celebrity backing it, but its ability to complement every skin tone. The lipstick shade is back for the holiday season, and we highly suggest grabbing it before it's gone.
Skinfix Inc Eczema Soothing Body Cream: $19.99
For the loved one with eczema, or just dry or sensitive skin, SKinfix's dermatologist-approved lotion is a great gift. The lotion has oatmeal proteins, shea butter and Moringa oil for max hydration.
JinSoon Pearl Collection: $42
This chic nail polish set from NYC-based nail artist Jin Soon Choi comes in "Akoya," "Nocturne" and "Baroque" shades. Five-free with UV filter protection, each pearl-inspired color has a bit of shimmer.
Dr. Jart+ Masking All The Way: $46
For the friend who enjoys laying around the house with a refreshing facial mask, this is a great stocking stuffer. Included are seven masks for common skin issues like redness, dehydration and pore minimization.
This month, Mic Essentials brings you handpicked deals, reviews, recommendations and gift ideas. For more ideas, see our lists for Phone Cases, Bags, Under $100 and Boots. If you buy something through a link on this page, Mic may earn a small commission.