Beauty gifts can be tricky. We all have our favourites, and moving into unfamiliar territory can be fraught. So picking gifts for a friend is a bit of a gamble.

It doesn’t have to be this way – if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s five beauty gift ideas from Mecca that are clever enough to satisfy even the most stuck in their ways friend.

Pack of miniature essentials - $65
Nearly everyone is planning to take advantage of eased travel restrictions this Christmas, so ensure your beauty bestie has everything they could possibly need – in handy travel-size form. From primer and bronzer to lip oil and brow gel, this Mecca Max 12-pack of cult items has everything they could need. Throw them in a carry-on luggage for a touch up mid-flight, or pack it in an overnight bag for Christmas celebrations with the relatives. It’s also a great size to fit into a clutch for New Year’s Eve.

Fragrance consultation - 45 mins, $75 (redeemable)
When it comes to fragrance, most people tend toward purchasing popular brand names as gifts – but scent is an intimate and incredibly personal thing. The wrong choice can be really wrong. Instead of picking up a bottle fresh off the latest marketing trend, gift your loved one with the opportunity to discover their own signature with a Mecca Fragrance Consultation. Over 45 minutes, an expert can run through a selection of different scents based on their personal preferences, to uncover a sure fire future favourite.

Makeup lesson - 90 mins, $150 (redeemable)
After 18 months in lockdown, we’ve all likely forgotten a few of those essential self-care skills – so why not treat someone special with a personalised makeup lesson? No matter how advanced the beauty devotee in your life, it’s always good to brush up on those makeup application skills – and perhaps even learn a new trick or two. In consultation with an expert, your giftee will be taken through a bespoke makeup look, including a step-by-step guide to recreating it at home.

Naturopathic virtual consultation - 30 mins, $80
Not everyone is based near a shopping hub – that’s why the emergence of premium virtual beauty consultations over the past two years has been a game changer for anyone based remotely, or just hoping to avoid busy shopping centres during the holiday period. Gift a special someone with [a Covid-safe online consultation with qualified naturopathic expert Anthia Koullouros, so they can ring in a healthy new year in 2022. From skincare to digestion, stress or anxiety, Anthia can help them to discover the best natural ways to up their wellness factor.

A gift card - $25+
Still stumped? If your picky pal is too hard to nail down, a gift card can let them head in the right direction will deliver exactly what they’re looking for from a huge range of premium products and bespoke beauty services. Choose between a classic physical gift card or an e-Gift Card.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Mecca