One gift that keeps on giving is a good hair day — trust us on that one. Ask any hair guru and they’ll tell you there’s a range of ways to make that happen, from finding the best shampoo and conditioner combo to a killer styling hair product to a new hair styling tool, like a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer. That’s exactly why a hair gift makes for a perfect holiday beauty present. “A great holiday hair care gift should be considerate and exciting for the recipient,” says Nick Stenson, Senior Vice President, Store & Services Operations, Ulta Beauty. “The best haircare gifts for holiday are those that consider hair type, hair needs and personal style. Variety is the spice of life and it keeps your gifting personalized for everyone you gift, showing your thoughtfulness and consideration for them.”
One of the best things about giving a hair care gift set is that it encourages the recipient to explore something new in their routine, such as venturing out to try different hair care products. Who hasn’t gotten stuck in a hair rut before? “People get really attached to what they use either due to budget constraints or because they don’t know what else works for their hair type—there are so many options out there,” says David Lopez, celebrity hairstylist and Ulta Beauty Pro Team Member. “So, if you are someone who is a beauty professional, very knowledgeable or an enthusiast; or you have someone on your list that wants to try a new product or brand, I think a holiday hair care gift set is great option. Normally a hair care gift set will have larger than sample sizes but not full-size products within so they can really test the product.”
Similar to makeup gifts, the options are practically endless when shopping for a holiday hair care gift. “The wide variety really helps because there’s something for every single person out there,” says Sean Godard, Ulta Beauty Pro Team Member. “Hair gift sets are put together and usually have descriptors on the boxes to help you best navigate which pack is going to be best for the person that you’re buying it for.”
Before you add an option to your cart, there are a few questions to ask yourself about the recipient. “Consider the person you are giving the gift to,” advises Sonya Dove, Ulta Beauty Pro Team Member. “Is their hair naturally curly and thick or fine and thin? Are they someone that styles their hair a lot and likes it to look done or is it someone that prefers a natural wash and go? Their hair and their lifestyle are important factors when giving a hair care gift this holiday season.”
Now that you have all that shopping know-how down, these are the best hair care gift sets and hair gifts to give—and receive—this holiday season.
1. Briogeo Tropical Hair-adise Nourishing Hydration Hair Kit
If she can’t take a tropical vacation, at least her hair can! Banana and coconut do so much more than just smell like a getaway—they also nourish strands with vitamins and nutrients to boost hair health. The trio comes with the Banana + Coconut Soft Wave Texture Spray to create perfectly tousled waves, as well as the Banana + Coconut Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Dyson Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer
For the ultimate luxury hair care gift set, this Dyson Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer can’t be beat. The Dyson Hair Dryer basically has its own fan club and this special holiday edition comes with a Dyson-designed storage case in blue and copper that’s as sleek as you’d expect. It’s the same dryer you know and love, boasting intelligent heat control to boost shine and prevent damage. Carefully designed to work on all hair types, it comes with five different styling attachments.
3. Fekkai Mask and Task Kit
All that constant styling can take a toll on your hair, but this hair care gift set will restore it just in time for holiday party season. A great gift for hair lovers, the duo comes with the Super Strength Treatment Masque, a vegan keratin alternative that revives strands with hydration and seals the cuticle. Then there’s the Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting Crème that amps up shine, fights frizz and delivers mega moisture.
4. Drunk Elephant In The Hair and Now Value Set
A shampoo and conditioner gift set is a slam dunk, especially when it’s by beloved brand Drunk Elephant and comes with a scalp scrub. All they need for a healthy head of hair is the Cocomino Glossing Shampoo, Cocomino Marula Cream Conditioner and the T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub. The power trio tackles dryness, damage, split ends and breakage across all hair types and textures, plus it’s color safe. The box is so pretty that you won’t even need to wrap it.
5. Oribe Gold Lust Collection Gift Set
Go for the gold with Oribe’s gorgeous hair care gift set that comes tucked into a collectible box hand-drawn and water-colored by French interior design atelier, Antoinette Poisson. Oribe’s iconic Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner features their bio-restorative complex to smooth the cuticle, hydrate and repair damage. Then there’s the Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil that promises sleek, shiny strands that are protected from heat styling and frizz.
6. Color Wow Sparkle + Shine Duo for Frizz Free Hair
True to its name, this power couple really will leave hair with sparkle and shine. The Color Security Shampoo doesn’t leave a drop of residue behind to ensure maximum sheen. To add to that sleekness, spray on the Dream Coat Supernatural Spray Anti-Frizz Treatment for humidity-proof silky strands. Hair color is left intact and radiant thanks to chamomilla extract.
7. Pureology Mini Hydrating + Color Protecting Hair Kit
Anyone who colors their hair knows what a serious investment it is—of time and money—so give them the gift of preserving and protecting their hue with this kit from hair color experts Pureology. All of the products are infused with the brand’s patented Antifade Complex, as well as sunflower seed, a UV filter, and vitamin E to boost color and shine. The quad of travel sized products is ideal for on-the-go, since it covers all the bases, including cleansing and conditioning as well as protection from heat and damage, with the Hydrate Shampoo, Hydrate Conditioner, Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-in Spray, and Style and Protect Refresh and Go Dry Shampoo.
8. Gisou Honey Infused Haircare Set
Honey is a natural humectant, so it effortlessly draws in moisture. Translation: Your hair will be hydrated, happy and healthy, with the sheen and manageability to prove it. In this hair care gift set, the Honey Infused Hair Wash gently removes buildup from the scalp and strands, the Honey Infused Conditioner detangles and nourishes, the Honey Infused Hair Oil repairs, and the Honey Infused Hair Mask deeply nourishes.
9. Kérastase Dry Hair Essentials: Day & Night Treatment Set
Show them you have them covered literally day and night with two of Kérastase’s best-selling serums. The Elixir Ultime Oil Serum combines four potent hair oils for hydration, damage control, high shine and frizz-free locks. They can get their beauty sleep with the Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum, an overnight leave-in that detangles and nourishes while they snooze.
10. Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials Gift Set
No brand is quite as synonymous with saving our strands as Olaplex. This limited-edition kit will leave your hair feeling as good as it looks. Essentially an Olaplex greatest hits collection, it includes the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner to moisturize thirsty locks, leaving them shiny. The No.3 Hair Perfector helps reduce and repair breakage and split ends, while the No.7 Bonding Oil protects hair from heat styling up to 450°F/232°C.
11. Bumble and Bumble The Hydration Hair Collection Gift Set
“I love Bumble and Bumble holiday care gift sets,” Lopez says. “I think it’s pretty inclusive in terms of hair textures that can use it. The hair feels like silk after using. This is a great gift if you’re looking for something and you don’t know the person’s hair profile.” Each item in the Hydration Collection is spiked with the brand’s lightweight six-oil blend, including The Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Mask, the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner.
12. Drybar Ready Set Smooth Single Shot Blow Dryer Brush Set
A hair dryer brush was one of the hottest hair tools this year, so this is sure to be a popular present. The set comes with everything needed to get a signature Drybar blowout at home, along with the products to maintain it. In addition to the Single Shot Blow-Dryer Brush, it includes the Liquid Glass Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler, Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist and Detox Dry Shampoo.
13. Better Not Younger Superpower Hair and Scalp Liquid Serum & Comb Set
Who doesn’t want thicker, fuller, longer hair? Designed to give thinning hair a boost, this set includes the Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum and Superpower Massaging Liquid Comb to strengthen and support strands over time. The lightweight leave-in serum contains clinically tested nutrients such as caffeine, centella asiatica, kelp and biotin to boost hair growth and help the scalp. The massaging comb applicator delivers better scalp circulation.
14. Moroccanoil Magic of Hair Repair Gift Set
Argan oil is the signature ingredient for Moroccanoil and it’s no wonder, as the multitasker is chock full of antioxidants and helps moisturize and nourish hair. This limited-edition holiday set is all about repairing and protecting hair with the top sellers from the Moroccanoil Repair Collection. The Moisture Repair Shampoo goes easy on strands while cleansing, the Restorative Hair Mask strengthens damaged hair with keratin proteins, Perfect Defense guards from thermal damage and hot tools up to 450°F/230°C, and Moroccanoil Treatment tames frizz and adds shine.
15. Ghd Platinum+ 1” Styler Holiday Gift Set
From creating pin straight strands to bouncy curls to beachy waves, this versatile, award-winning styler truly does it all. Even better, it has predictive technology to protect the health of your hair, monitoring the heat 250 times per second across the plates by checking the thickness of your hair and your styling speed to adjust the power accordingly. The set comes with a paddle brush and heat-resistant bag.