It’s getting down to the wire for those of you who still have shopping to do, but don’t worry! We won’t judge. In fact, we’re here to help! Here are 10 great gifts, each under $50. You’re welcome!
Hot Tools Flat Irons
These cuties have 1″ ceramic plates and a patterned casing. But they’re more than just a pretty face in your styling arsenal. They have variable heat up to over 400 degrees, an 8 foot cord, rounded movable plates for easy styling, and a slim cool tip design. Do flips, waves, curls, and straighten with these. Though this is a professional-quality tool, it’s also great as a starter flat iron, or for the casual user. Got a little sister who keeps borrowing your CHI? Get her out of your hair and into her own with one of four adorable patterns – hot dots (pictured), cheetah, zebra, or tiger!
My philosophy for gift giving is that it’s fun to give gifts people wouldn’t normally buy for themselves, but would still enjoy. The Conair Quick Gems tool falls under that category for me. This little do-dad comes with 30 reusable plastic jewels that it quickly and easily attaches to your hair for a dazzling effect. Probably aimed at the younger set, I still think I would have a blast playing with this thing, wouldn’t you?
For the color-treated diva on your shopping list, Pureology Essential Repair ColourMax is the answer. This smart little leave-in conditioner helps seal in color. This is the product with the highest concentration of their famed AntiFade complex. Simply spray into your hair after your shower and comb through to help protect your color from fading. That means more time between trips to the salon. She’ll be thanking you until next Christmas.
Whenever someone tells me they have dry hair, I always tell them they need to try Alterna Caviar. It’s my favorite. It’s definitely not cheap (with a name like caviar!), but this little kit helps you try it for a lower price before you take the plunge on full sized bottles of the stuff. The kit comes with travel size versions of their moisture shampoo and conditioner, hair spray, and overnight hair rescue. Alterna always leaves my hair feeling moisturized, silky soft, and bouncy. I love it, and so will those you’re shopping for. Though you might want to buy one for yourself, too. Go ahead, I won’t tell!
Of course with Hot Tools flat irons on this list, I also have the matching Hot Tools hair dryers! They come in the same fun patterns as the flat irons, so you can mix or match. Each dryer comes with 3 attachments to help you achieve whatever style you’re aiming for. These dryers are cute and functional, as well as a great value.
Olivia Garden offers a huge variety of different hair brushes and combs. These make great stocking stuffers, and would be really fun to add to a gift basket, or include with the hair dryer above or any other hair-related gift. They’re extremely high quality tools, many of which are made from sustainable materials such as bamboo. There are tons to choose from, and they start at just under $5!
Ouidad Ultimate Frizz Fighting Trio
Ouidad calls themselves the curl experts, and they aren’t kidding! They have some of the best products available for curly hair. This gift set includes generous 8.5 oz sizes of 3 of their top selling favorites: Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo, Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner, and Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. All three have an exclusive Humidity Shield Complex to fight frizzies!
Hair feathers are still a hot, hot trend and Sultra has created a simple way to try it out on your own! These reusable, clip-in feather accessories are totally gorgeous! They’re all natural authentic feathers, which means you can style them just like you would your hair with a flat iron or curling iron. Because they clip in, you can wear them as often or not as you like! No need to commit to having them for any length of time.
If there’s a man in your life whose hair could use a little sprucing up, surprise him with some goodies from Redken for men. The Go Clean shampoo and Finish Up conditioner are both solid basics that even the most oblivious of men can appreciate. He’ll love the results, even if he can’t explain why.
When in doubt, heat protection. If a person owns any heat styling tool, they also need a heat protecting product, and Sojourn Thermal Protection one is the best I’ve ever used. You can undo all of the work of your expensive shampoo and conditioner if you heat style without protecting your hair. I try all sorts of shampoos and conditioners and while they are fantastic products, I still have to credit this one with my hair being as healthy as it is despite all I put it through.