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These Chic Nail Sets Will Win Every Holiday Gift Swap

Megan Decker

Try to name a more foolproof present to gift your sister-in-law or Secret Santa at work (someone you know, but not all that well) than a mani-pedi. Everyone likes a little post-holiday TLC, but instead of taking the easy route — a gift card to a local nail salon that they'll drain in a single appointment — give the gift of glossy, polished fingernails for all of 2020.

A curated nail polish set — filled with a rainbow of shiny glass bottles — is one of the most underrated holiday gifts. Since it doesn't depend on skin tone or hair type, anyone on your list who loves beauty will squeal when they open it. Plus, she'll think of you every time she looks down at her shiny fingernails running over her keyboard.

Ahead, we're sharing the most adorable nail polish gift sets on the market this season to help you cross off a few names on your holiday shopping list.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Paintbox Power Couple in Like Future + Like Spark


The only thing better than gifting your NYC-based best friend a gift card to Paintbox salon? Wrap up the brand's sparkliest polish duo to gift a silver or gold glitter manicure anytime.

Paintbox Power Couple Like Future + Like Spark, $, available at Paintbox

MZ Wallace x Tenoverten Non-Toxic Nail Care Kit


For your friend who's into all-natural beauty products and her nails, this Tenoverten gift set is the perfect present. It comes with cuticle oil, non-acetone polish remover (which won a 2019 Beauty Innovator Award), a strengthening base coat, and a pink MZ Wallace pouch.

Tenoverten MZ Wallace x tenoverten Non-Toxic Nail Care Kit, $, available at Tenoverten

Nails Inc. Joyful Nail Polish Duo


You'll find a pair of the most holiday-perfect polish colors in this box: a velvet red and sparkly top coat.

Nails Inc. Joyful Nail Polish Duo, $, available at Sephora

Essie Target Exclusive Holiday Collection Mini Kit


For $12.99, you get a mix of four bestselling Essie shades (two matte and two metallic): Blanc, Berry Naughty, Gadget Free, and Penny Talk. Considering that a single bottle sells for $9 on its own, it's a knockout deal.

Essie Essie Target Exclusive Holiday Collection Mini Kit, $, available at Target

Olive & June The Treat Yourself Box


Olive & June's Treat Yourself kit lives up to its name. Every polish from the trendy L.A. brand's chic winter collection is included, plus the innovative Poppy hand stabilizer, cuticle serum, polish remover, a nail file, and an a highly-Instagrammable unboxing moment.

Olive & June The Treat Yourself Box, $, available at Olive & June

Mazz Hanna x Orly Stress Relief Kit


This crystal-infused kit is about more than just pretty polish, it's the de-stress gift of a deep breath, relaxation, and a DIY manicure to boot.

Orly Mazz Hanna x ORLY Stress Relief Kit, $, available at Orly

Smith & Cult Holiday Nailed Lacquer Trio


A single bottle of the gold-capped Smith & Cult polish makes a great stocking stuffer. But a gift set of three — mauve pink, glitter gold, and rusted orange — plus a zip-up makeup bag is an elevated gift for a polish enthusiast.

Smith & Cult Holiday Nailed Lacquer Trio, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad


If your friend always wears polish in the same color family, try gifting the Zoya holiday collection. You'll find nine different color combo options on the brand's site — our favorite being the Merry & Bright kit, which is filled with poppy reds and magenta polishes.

Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad, $, available at Zoya

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