all the gifts
worth giving

The only gift guide you need.


They say it’s better to give than to receive. Frankly, we like a bit of both. But we do believe that a gift is exponentially better when it means something—when it makes someone feel more cared for or more beautiful, or when it gives them implicit permission to relax and indulge in an experience that brings them joy. We’re also fairly certain that there isn’t a single person on the planet who doesn’t appreciate a beauty product, especially when it’s been so carefully selected—every item in our gift guide was tried and tested and deemed worthy of the Violet Code by our network of elite industry pros and discerning editors. In other words, we’ve made a list and checked it twice. As for naughty vs. nice? Again, our preference is for a bit of both. Here, our happy-making holiday gifts to give, or to keep for yourself—no judgment.

the bright idea

For the how-the-hell-does-she-do-it mom of two who also runs her own company and still makes it to the gym… or for just about anyone who believes that life should have no dull moments: Westman Atelier Lit-Up Highlighter Stick, which imparts pearly iridescence to cheekbones, lids or lips while also giving collagen production a gentle kick in the pants—all in a luxurious and clean formula.

the skin savior

For the jet-set sister you never see because she’s busy accumulating frequent flyer miles, nothing says I love you like super-hydrating Dr. Sturm Hyaluronic Serum. This will empower her to always disembark looking dewy, regardless of seat number—because the air is just as desiccating in first class as it is in coach.


The ultimate brown-nose-your-boss box? The VIOLET GREY Best Sellers Box. Because you aim to please, and this treasure trove of regimen revolutionizers cannot fail to impress. Inside, behold: hair transforming Virtue The Polish Un-Frizz Cream, beauty-boosting Shore Magic Hydrolized Marine Collagen Protein, blemish-busting Zitsticka Killa Kit, skin-nourishing Royal Fern Phytoactive Anti-Aging Cream, seriously depuffing Erno Laszlo Multi-task Eye Serum Masks, bikini-bod-prepping Costa Brazil Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil, masterfully makeup-removing Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths, pout-enhancing 111Skin Infusion Lip Mask & Plumping Duo Set, luxe Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, lengthening and volumizing Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Classico, elegant rose-and-patchouli-laced spritz Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Eau de Parfum, and the scalp-detoxifying Christophe Robin Perfect Hair Duo.

Wait. Never mind. This is too good. Keep it for yourself.

the k-beauty wonder

For your kids’ Insta-famous babysitter who turns up camera-ready to take them on play-dates: Hanacure, the K-beauty mask phenomenon that makes you look utterly insane while you have it on, but unveils an unbelievably poreless, smooth, firm visage when you wash it off. VIOLET GREY staffers call it a “facelift in a box.” You’ll call it a holiday home-run.

the good vibrations

What’s the next best thing to gifting someone with an actual bar of gold bullion? Giving them the Jillian Dempsey Gold Bar, which will make their face feel one percent-worthy, even if their bank account is nowhere close. Superstar makeup artist Dempsey knows her stuff: this vibrating, circulation-stimulating 24-K sculpting tool depuffs and lifts like nobody’s business.

the dream creams

Kate Bosworth. Victoria Beckham. Dakota Johnson. Render your hard-to-please, name-dropping mother-in-law incapable of complaining with the buzzy Augustinus Bader Set (which includes 15ml of The Cream and 15ml of The Rich Cream). Basically, there isn’t a celebrity not using this stuff, which was created by a German professor using the same stem-cell-boosting science he developed to heal skin in burn clinics.

the smooth operators

For the husband who says he isn’t interested in anything fancier than drug store Old Spice, but then steals all your products. C & The Moon Body Scrub is a super-exfoliating sugar, coconut, and sweet-almond-oil scrub invented by former VIOLET GREY intern Carson Meyer. Paired with multi-vitamin-rich Necessaire Body Lotion, you’ve got a combo guaranteed to leave even the roughest body parts–knees, elbows, those gnarly, gnarly heels and toes—soft as a baby’s bottom.

the brush with greatness

Anyone who appreciates life’s simple luxuries will love an Yves Durif Vented Brush. The ultimate detangling blow-dry booster, this made-in-Italy mane-tamer is one-tool-does-it-all minimalism at its best: It’s heat-resistant, ergonomically easy to maneuver, lightweight, and it nixes hair static in a single sweep. And it’s worthy of any vanity.

the keeper of the flame

For the dinner-party provocateur, or the hostess with the mostest who can make a quiet night in feel like an Oscar Party, there can be no better gift than a Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Candle. The scent: decadent, spicy leather. The message: Yes, it’s a candle—but this one’s a keeper.

the tech upgrade

For your go-go-gadget friend who pre-ordered the iPhone 11 and is probably already waitlisted for the next one, a Dr. Gross LED Mask will satisfy her or his tech-lust while also delivering futuristically sci-fi results without the -fi: demonstrably brighter, bouncier skin in just three minutes a day.

the crowd pleasers

A cornucopia of goodness to keep everyone’s stocking stocked. The only down side to these VIOLET GREY Stocking Stuffers is deciding which lucky recipient gets which covetable treat: Saint Skin, Dr. Devgan Lip Plump, Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye, Maison Louis Marie No 4 Balincourt Perfume Oil, Byredo Mini Candle in Burning Rose, or a VIOLET GREY makeup bag. May we suggest ordering an extra set for yourself?