The Ultimate Try-Before-You-Buy: Mini Gift Sets

Photo: ©Lumina / StocksyGifting season can be a bit stressful to say the least. If you aren’t a mind reader, coming up with the perfect present every time is exhausting. Enter: mini gift sets, aka packages that feature mini/travel-sized products by our favorite beauty brands! Whether you’re shopping for your mom, sister, BFF, coworker, or even yourself, you can’t go wrong with minis. They serve as the perfect trial kits that can help the recipient discover their new favorite beauty brand or supply them with compact, travel-ready versions of what they already use and love. Not to mention, gift sets featuring mini sizes tend to be easier on your wallet compared to the full-size versions. A win-win. While the options are endless, here are our top tiny-but-mighty skincare, makeup, hair care, fragrance, and wellness gift sets that are sure to surprise and delight this season—take your pick.


Farmacy: The Mighties Set, $45

Glow all out with this four-piece set of mini beauty superheroes that use powerful antioxidants and high-performance active ingredients to promote nourished, glowing skin.

Dr Barbara Sturm: The Winter Kit, $265

This 7-step, high-performance kit is formulated to intensely hydrate, nourish and protect the skin during the cold, harsh winter months and comes in a travel-friendly lined cotton bag, making it the perfect gift.

Sunday Riley: Superstars Kit Vol. 1, $130

Get three highly effective Sunday Riley treatment serums and one cult-favorite eye cream. This kit of bestsellers includes lactic acid to exfoliate, retinoid serum to reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles and vitamin C to brighten dark spots.


Charlotte Tilbury: Pillow Talk Lip Secrets, $45

A dreamy lip set in Charlotte’s iconic nude-pink shade that flatters all skin tones. With four lip essentials, the must-have set lets you dial up your lip look from a perfect matte mouth to a sparkling, three-dimensional lip.

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Soft Glam II Mini Palette, $29

An essential collection of warm and cool tone neutral shades in a compact, travel size perfect for on the go. Get your hands on the perfect combination of matte, satin, and metallic finishes that are fully pigmented and easy to blend to create endless looks from natural to night out.

Stila Cosmetics: Kitten Bliss Eye Lip Set, $32

This carefully-curated trio includes essentials for the lips and eyes in Stila’s universally-flattering, shimmering nude Kitten shade. Stila’s high-performance formulas deliver smooth, rich and multi-dimensional color to instantly take your look to cloud nine.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Travel Size, $24

A travel size of the universal finishing powder that recreates the most exquisitely flattering light. The cult-favorite ambient powder captures, filters, and diffuses surrounding light with groundbreaking photoluminescent technology to soften and refine your complexion.


Briogeo: Scalp Revival Scalp Soothing Travel Kit, $25

We all know healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, and this kit includes everything you need to help soothe scalp discomforts and hydrate on the go.

Bumble and bumble.: Hairdresser’s Oil Trial Kit, $16

This trio of travel-sized Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil cult faves is specially curated to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle, and protect hair.


Jo Malone London: Cologne Collection, $115 | Cologne Intense Collection, $160

Get the best of Jo Malone London with a limited-edition set of five signature scents to wear solo or paired together. Choose between the original or Intense collection—the fragrance possibilities are endless.


Moon Juice Full Moon Sachets 12 Pack, $35

Edible wellbeing. This 12-pack features custom blends of adaptogenic super herbs and super mushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to nourish body, beauty, and consciousness from the inside out. Perfect to travel with in your daily tote or on an airplane.

Golde: Superfood Latte Sampler, $22

Try three flavors of superfood lattes to glow, debloat, and energize. Add the travel-friendly sachets in water, milk, coffee, or smoothies—hot or cold.

Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler Pack Original, $10 | Holiday Beauty Sampler Pack, $10

Give the gift that keeps on giving health and beauty benefits. Feel the glow with 4 stick packs of hydrolyzed collagen to help promote strong hair, skin, nails and joints.

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