We’re all spending more time at home this year than we normally would, and we’re likely to do the same into (and throughout) the holidays. While that means this holiday season is probably going to look different than it has in years past, staying home doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the festivity and cheer (after all, there are always Zoom gatherings!). It does, however, mean that without flitting from party to party, you’re likely to have a bit more time for self-care than you normally would—and as we see it, there’s no better way to spend that extra time than using it to upgrade your skincare routine and help your loved ones do the same.
At Kiehl’s, we have plenty of skincare gifts and beauty gifts to go around this holiday season, from grooming kits for men to face mask sets you can share with your best friend while lounging on the couch (and watching your favorite seasonal movie for the 100th time). Below, see our holiday gift guide complete with the best beauty gifts to show your loved ones how much you care.
For a Loving Mom: Power-Packed Essentials
Whether she’s a new mom or has a whole horde of grandkids, motherhood is hard work. Thank her for always being there with a collection of anti-aging favorites that will make her feel totally pampered and loved. Power-Packed Essentials features the vitamin C-rich Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and Powerful Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum to help brighten her complexion and under-eyes for a healthy-looking, youthful glow. This limited-edition holiday set also contains Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream, which features phytomimetic vitamin A and hyaluronic acid to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth skin’s texture.
KCR Tip: The Kiehl’s holiday gift sets are one of the best ways to save money during a season that can put a strain on your budget. Every set is an amazing value, including The Power-Packed Essentials. This skincare gift features three anti-aging products and a travel bag for $99 and has a value of $148.
For a Do-It-All Dad: Kiehl’s Ultimate Age Fighters
Dad is always fixing things around the house and hard at work in the yard, but the holidays are the perfect time to remind him to rest. Help dad take a break and focus on himself with Men’s Ultimate Age Fighters, a skincare gift set designed specifically to nourish and refresh his complexion. The three-piece kit features formulas from our caffeine-infused Age Defender line to help him achieve a more youthful appearance. It includes best-sellers: Age Defender Dual Action Exfoliating Cleanser, Age Defender Cream Moisturizer, and Age Defender Eye Repair.
For a Hardworking BFF: Merry Masking
Treat your best friend to everything she’ll need for a pampering night-in with Merry Masking, a trio of our best-selling nature-inspired face masks. Each mask targets a different complexion concern: For dry skin, there’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask, which contains avocado oil for deep, soothing moisture. If she struggles with acne or stubborn blackheads, she’ll love Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, which features Amazonian white clay to absorb excess oil and clear clogged pores. Finally, if dullness is her main concern, our top-rated Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask can help boost brightness for a healthy-looking glow.
For a Younger Sibling: Kiehl’s Advent Calendar
Any kid knows that the only thing better than getting one present is receiving several presents. That’s what your younger sibling will get with Kiehl’s Advent Calendar, an interactive calendar that counts down to the holidays with one miniature beauty treat per day from December 1st to the 23rd. They’ll love being able to open a new gift every day, as well as the calendar’s whimsical design (created by artist Maite Franchi) and the environmentally-friendly packaging made of 100% recycled materials. It’s one of our favorite beauty gift ideas for treating those you love most.
KCR Tip: This year, Maite Franchi designed the packaging not only for the advent calendar but also for all of our skincare gift sets. Each one’s beautiful artwork makes it a present that will stand out under the tree—and have you wishing you could keep them all for yourself.
For a Boyfriend Who Keeps It Simple: Men’s Groom-On-The-Go
You can upgrade his skincare routine without introducing him to a complicated line-up of products. He’ll appreciate Men’s Groom-On-the-Go, a curated Dopp kit filled with Kiehl’s best skincare gifts for men, because it has everything he needs to streamline the steps in his routine. This limited-edition kit contains deluxe samples of Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment, "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap, and Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle.
For a Skincare-Savvy Girlfriend: Brighten Up & Glow
Upgrade her shelfie game with Brighten Up & Glow, a luxe skincare set boasting four effective complexion-clearing treatments. This collection of holiday gifts stars Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, a restorative daily serum with vitamin C that targets hyperpigmentation to promote a more radiant and even-toned complexion. The stylish gift bag also features Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream, plus Avocado Eye Cream to help diminish dark circles and brighten the under-eye area.
For a Secret Santa: Kiss Me With Kiehl’s
Gift swaps can be challenging to shop for because you don’t always know who will be taking your present home. Opt for a crowd-pleaser, such as Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, a collection of three lip balms that have been Kiehl’s favorites for nearly 60 years. The squalane-rich formulas in this pack—one cranberry-flavored, another scented with mint, and the last in our original unscented Lip Balm #1 — provide long-lasting hydration to help your giftee stave off chapped lips during winter.
KCR Tip: Each of the three lip balms in this set is individually packaged, which means you can get strategic with your gifting. Give the full set or gift two and treat yourself to one.
For a Close Colleague: Ultra Hydrators
Show your colleague how much you appreciate them with our Ultra Hydrators holiday gift bag. This pampering gender-neutral skincare gift set stars moisturizing essentials for the face and body and is suitable for all skin types. The Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is formulated with squalane, and Ultra Facial Cream work together to keep the complexion clean and well-hydrated, while Creme de Corps and Ultimate Strength Hand Salve provide soothing moisture for the rest of their body.
For a Special Teacher: Facial Favorites For All
Teachers sacrifice a lot (of patience, sanity, free time, etc.) to do what they do. Say thanks to your favorite educator with Facial Favorites for All, a collection of best-selling facial treatments from our Rare Earth and Calendula collections. All proceeds from this gift set (up to $100,000) will be donated to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization with a nationwide network of food banks and a commitment to supplying meals to those facing hunger on a daily basis. Each dollar donated can provide up to 10 meals, which translates into approximately 490 meals for every individual Facial Favorites For All set sold.
KCR Tip: Kiehl’s is continuing this philanthropic tradition for the 12th consecutive year, and this is what we’ve learned: For someone who dedicates their life to helping others, there’s no better gift to receive.
For a Crowd-Pleasing Hostess Gift: Healthy Hands Trio
Whether you’re attending a family get-together or participating in a blowout Zoom bash with your friends, it’s always good manners to give the hostess a gift. We recommend Healthy Hands Trio, a three-pack of our best-selling hand creams designed to soothe and soften parched skin. The trio features two of our classic hand creams (one with a sunny grapefruit fragrance and the other scented with lavender essential oil), plus Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, an ultra-rich treatment with avocado oil for extremely dry, cracked digits.
For Health Care and Essential Workers: Ultra Facial Cream Duo
Say "thank you" to the hardest worker you know by giving them Ultra Facial Cream Duo. This crowd-pleasing offering features one deluxe bottle of the classic Ultra Facial Cream and a complimentary travel-sized version, so they can keep their skin hydrated and healthy at home and on the job. This iconic cream (fun fact: it’s Kiehl’s #1 best-selling moisturizer) features olive-derived squalane and glacial glycoprotein to provide lightweight hydration for up to 24 hours.
For Yourself: Midnight Recovery Concentrate Duo
No holiday shopping would be complete without buying yourself a few Christmas gifts, and if you ask us, there’s no better treat to splurge on than our Midnight Recovery Concentrate Duo. This two-pack features a full-sized pair of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a luxurious facial oil that works with your circadian rhythm to repair and replenish your skin while you snooze. The formula, which contains lavender and evening primrose oil, even promotes relaxation to help you achieve a night of more restful sleep. And sleep, well—that’s one thing we could all use more of.