The 13 Best Nail Polish Gift Sets for Diehard Manicure Fans

Erin Lukas
·5 min read

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I'm just going to come out and say it: a nail polish set is one of the best gifts to give — and receive.

Whether your family is shipping gifts to each other this year or you have a Zoom Secret Santa gift exchange with your office friends, everyone can enjoy (and deserves) a good manicure and pedicure in 2020.

Especially that special someone you know who was a regular at their neighborhood nail salon pre-pandemic.

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From advent calendars with full-size bottles to a kit full of essential tools, this year's nail polish gifts are so good, you'll probably want to keep them for yourself. Better yet: buy a matching set and host a mani date over Zoom.

Ahead, the 13 best nail polish gift sets of 2020.

Best Vegan Nail Polish Advent Calendar: Ciate Mini Mani Month

Ciate's advent calendar is one of the most coveted best nail polish gift sets every year. For the 2020 edition, the cult-favorite brand has included 22 mini Plant Pots, its new polish formula infused with strengthening biotin, nourishing bamboo, and hydrating bakuchiol extracts, in shimmery and glossy finishes. The bonus gift is mini tube of Ciate's Watermelon Lip Oil.

To buy: $65; ciatelondon.com

Best Nail Strips: Color Street Nail Strips

For the person in your life that loves nail art, but is hopeless at doing their nails. These nail strips are easy to use and stay put for days. Mix and match the strips to create a customized design or choose from one of the many solid colors available. We're fans of this neutral beige and zebra print set.

To buy: $13; colorstreet.com

Best Nudes: People of Color In the Nude Bundle

This set of neutral nail polishes it the ultimate gift for anyone who swears by a nude manicure. People of Color has created five neutral nail polishes that serve as true neutral shades for everyone who loves a subtle nail color, including every gorgeous brown skin tone.

To buy: $53; peopleofcolorbeauty.com

Best Nail Art Stickers: Orosa Moonlit Florals Pure Pop Art

A pack of nail art stickers is another option for anyone who has champagne dreams in the nail art department but lacks the coordination to do intricate designs. These floral ones by Orosa are effortless to apply and can be completely customized to create a manicure that's all their own.

To buy: $12; orosoabeauty.com

Best Nail Polish Advent Calendar: essie Christmas Advent Calendar

While most advent calendars come with mini polishes, essie's countdown to Christmas has added eight full-size bottles into the mix — along with a base coat, cuticle oil, polish remover, nail sticker sheet, and two top coats.

To buy: $130; amazon.com

Best Press-On Nail Set: Chillhouse Chill Tips

Let's face it: not all of us have the coordination to do nail art. Luckily, press-on nails exist. This bundle from Chillhouse, an NYC salon known for its hip manicures, has you covered. It comes will three designs inspired by some of 2020's biggest nail art trends including checkerboard, tie dye, and yin-yangs, plus non-toxic glue a buffer, cuticle stick, and file. Each set is reusable and of course, smudge-proof.

To buy: $45; chillhouse.com

Best Cuticle Care: Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Lab

Thanks to all of the excessive hand washing, your cuticles are probably dried out, too. This set includes everything one could possibly need to nourish and repair raggedy and neglected cuticles, like a nourishing cream, oil, remover, and pusher. And hey, since our hands are all in rough shape, your loved one will appreciate the investment you're making in their nail health even more.

To buy: $45; amazon.com

Best Customized Set: sundays studio Self-Care Box Sc.01

Like eyeshadow palettes, some nail polish sets come with shades you just won't use. Luckily, sundays studio has you covered with its Self-Care Box. This year, you can curate your own trio of shades to send to your loved one or, you know, gift yourself for your own winter manicures. The box also comes with a full-size bottle of its moisturizing non-acetone nail polish remover.

To buy: $95; dearsundays.com

Best Dip Powder Set: Revel Dip Powder 4-Color Starter Kit

Dip powder nail fans will love this kit from Revel Nails. It includes four powders, plus all of the accessories you need for a single manicure that will last up to eight weeks. The brand promises you'll get up to 50 manicures out of the set.

To buy: $45; amazon.com

Best Tool Kit: Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure & Pedicure Kit

A manicure can't be completed without the right tools. This starter pack from Sephora includes the essentials for manicures and pedicures, and comes in a travel-friendly striped pouch.

To buy: $20; sephora.com.

Best Gel Manicure Kit: Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit

For gel manicure enthusiasts that haven't been able to upkeep their bi-weekly salon visits during the pandemic, this one is for you. It includes a cordless LED light that also works for pedicures (!!!), plus a file, cuticle stick, acetone wipes, and a nail polish of your choice.

To buy: $35; urbanoutfitters.com

Best Pedicure Kit: Olive & June The Pedi System Bestsellers

Let's get real: giving yourself a pedicure involves way more coordination and body contortion than a mani. Luckily, Olive & June has created the ultimate pedicure kit, complete with a foot rest for optimal positioning. It also comes with seven of the best-selling shades from the LA nail salon's in-house nail polish line.

To buy: $100; oliveandjune.com

Most Festive Set: Nailtopia Roses Are Red Holiday Kit

A glossy red manicure can instantly put you in the holiday spirit. This trio of polishes from Nailtopia, a plant-based brand, includes a cream finish, metallic, and biodegradable glitter. Mix-and-match the shades for a custom festive mani, or simply wear one on its own.

To buy: $15; ulta.com.