I love the holidays for many reasons but mostly because I love all the great gift sets that all my favorite cosmetic companies debut. My current obsession is the MAC Holiday Brush Set "Sweep Me Off My Feet" which comes with 5 essential brushes: a face powder/blush brush, a contour brush, a foundation brush, an eyeliner brush, and an eyeshadow brush. I can't decide what I like more- the gold hardware on the brushes or the fact that the set comes in an amazing plaid bag with a detachable patent leather strap so it can be worn across the body as a purse. The set is only $49.50 which is pretty insane considering that if you bought these brushes separately (and without the sweet bag) you would be spending over $140+.
Don't forget the M.A.C. brush cleanser. This product can help you lengthen the lifetime of your brushes, plus regular cleansing of your brushes will help keep skin clear and blemish-free! (That's a major bonus in my beauty book!)