It can be hard to figure out what to get for everyone on your list—with so many loved ones and so many holiday events to attend, gifting becomes one big chore when it should be a celebration of your loved ones. And, many of us want to make our dollars count by buying from companies and brands that we support.
Luckily for you, our fashion and beauty gift guide is full of ideas from Asian-owned brands that are sure to be a hit with the fashionistas and MUAs in your life. From Parol earrings to a gorgeous highlighting serum designed for BIPOC in mind, here are 10 glam fashion and beauty gift ideas.
1. Sundae School Fleece
Founder: Dae Lim
Hoodies are out, fleeces are in. At least, that’s the fashion forecast, according to my FYP. Wrap your beloved stoner in the snuggly embrace of one of Sundae School’s plushest offerings. Haven’t you spotted the cool kids in your city sporting these vibrant and playful fleeces yet? It’s time for someone you know to blaze the trail in style! — Nathan Sing
$255. Available at sundae.school.
2. Live Tinted Hueglow Illuminizer + Highlighter Serum
Founder: Deepica Mutyala
Few products have been as popular as quickly as Live Tinted’s Hueglow Illuminizer + Highlighter Serum, which is infused with hydrating squalane and micro-shimmers, giving you a juicy, dewy, radiant look. It’s particularly designed with people of colour and hyperpigmentation in mind. — Sadaf Ahsan
$48. Available at Sephora.
3. KayTran Eyewear Dark Tortoise Allison Sunglasses
Founder: Kathy Tran-Riese
These modern cat-eye sunglasses will make any outfit look instantly chic. The best part? They won’t slip down your nose bridge, thanks to KayTran’s low bridge fit design. — Madelyn Chung
$189. Available at kaytran.com.
4. AMAMI Gold Filigree Jewelry Golden Parol Capiz Shell Earrings (via Gelaine Santiago’s Cambio Jewelry)
Founders: Christine Tiu and Danielle Tan
The classic parol meets Filipina bling with these limited-edition Parol earrings. Handcrafted by traditional artisans in the Philippines using iconic materials like South Sea pearls and lightweight capiz shells, they’re perfect for anyone wanting to show their Pinoy pride. — M.C.
$250. Available at shopcambio.co.
5. Ginto Studio Bora Ring
Founder: Sheila Sy
With its unique design inspired by bamboo stalks, Ginto Studio’s 14k gold Bora ring is a versatile piece that adds a touch of elegance to your daily stack. — M.C.
$1260. Available at gintostudio.com.
6. Tower 28 Lip Jelly
Founder: Amy Liu
All the TikTok girlies are going feral for Tower 28—and for good reason. This non-sticky lip oil gives your lips a jelly-like appearance while also soothing them and protecting them against the cold winter chill. — Rebecca Gao
$22. Available at Sephora.
7. Paris Jewellers Asian Heritage Paper Clip Bracelet With Freshwater Pearl
Owners: Chau Lui and Trang Wong
This statement bracelet from Paris Jewellers is the perfect addition to any outfit. Featuring freshwater pearls paired with a paperclip chain in gold vermeil, it represents both modern-day and traditional heirlooms. — M.C.
$149. Available at Paris Jewellers.
8. Roncy Packs
Founder: Le Ching Vuong and family
Created by a mother-daughter trio from Toronto, these fanny packs are made from upcycled leather, so they’re not just a sustainable gift, but a stylish one too. — R.G.
$190. Available at roncypacks.com.
9. Yumi Sakugawa ‘DO NOTHING‘ BEANIE
Founder: Yumi Sakugawa
Wrap up warmth and artistry with Yumi Sakugawa’s embroidered beanie, a blend of eco-friendly materials and whimsical design. — N.S.
$34.44 Available at sunshineshop.la.
10. Fable & Main Pre-Wash Hair Treatment Oil
Founders: Akash and Nikita Mehta
Put an end to your aunties’ endless recommendation of amla oil, and just add Fable & Mane’s pre-wash hair treatment oil to your cabinet. Inspired by an ancient Indian hair secret (that has to do with an infusion of ashwagandha), your friends with the long, shiny hair swear by it, so get into it. — S.A.
$49. Available at Sephora.
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