Picking out the perfect holiday present for everyone you know is no small feat. One way to simplify your search is to focus on a single category of gifts. This eliminates harried shopping trips where you’re running in and out of practically every store in the mall to locate gifts for multiple people. And there’s one area in particular that we suggest you hone in on: skincare gift sets. While we’re (obviously) huge skincare fans, that’s not the only reason we believe the best presents are beauty gifts. Beauty products make for practical gifts that are both exciting to receive and get used—they’re among the rare presents that, as they say, “keep on giving.”
From your skincare-obsessed friend to the low-maintenance man in your life, everyone can use a well-curated skincare gift box. It all comes down to matching the right set to the right person. Here, we’re breaking down who to gift what in our 2022 skincare gift guide. Before gearing up to check off your holiday list this year, consult this guide to find the best Kiehl’s gift sets for family, friends, and all the special people in your life. Bonus: You can pick up everything here online and skip that mall trip altogether if you prefer—because the only thing more rewarding than holiday shopping is getting it all done quickly
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For a Loving Mom
Day to Night Wrinkle Reducing Duo
She could be a new mom or have a whole horde of grandkids; either way, motherhood is hard work. Thank her for always being there with a collection of anti-aging favorites that will make her feel pampered and loved. Day to Night Wrinkle Reducing Duo includes full-sized versions of two Kiehl’s favorites: Our vitamin C-rich Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum for daytime and Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide for night. The former will help firm and visibly brighten her skin, while the latter diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visible anti-aging results with minimal dryness, redness, or peeling.
If you really want to go all out, snag her Hydrating Winter Wonders. This six-piece skincare gift set boasts everything she needs to care for her skin, including full-sized versions of our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane; our creamy, shea butter-infused Avocado Eye Cream; Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide; the award-winning Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask, and a sized-to-try bottle of our skin-refining Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner. It’s basically an entire skincare routine in gift box form—and priced under $100, it’s one of our best skincare gifts to treat mom with this holiday season.
For a Do-It-All Dad
Men's Ultimate Age Fighters
Dad is always fixing things around the house and hard at work in the yard, but now’s the perfect time to remind him to care for himself. Help him focus on himself with Men's Ultimate Age Fighters, an anti-aging gift set designed explicitly for men’s skin. The three-piece set comes with Ultra Facial Cleanser (to help him keep his skin clean and balanced) and Age Defender Cream Moisturizer (to help hydrate, firm, and smooth his freshly-cleaned visage). Lastly, he’ll get Age Defender Eye Repair, an anti-aging men’s eye cream that helps target the appearance of crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles for brighter-looking eyes.
For a Crowd-Pleasing Hostess
If you ask us, there’s no better way to say “thank you for throwing this party” than with a beauty product gift that your hostess can pamper herself with. Enter: Merry Masking. This festive skincare set includes sized-to-try versions of three Kiehl’s face masks. She’ll get the award-winning Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask to help detox her skin post-party, Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask to hydrate, soothe, and refresh, and Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask to give her skin a boost of brightness. Best of all, the three-piece gift rings in at just $40—so even if you have multiple fêtes on your calendar, you can stock up without breaking the bank.
For Your Beautiful Best Friend
Brighten Up & Glow
She’s your partner in crime for all of the holiday’s best parties. Help her skin recover from those late nights with Brighten Up & Glow, a three-piece gift set designed to help boost radiance. First, she’ll get our classic Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector, which helps diminish the appearance of dark spots for more refined, even-looking skin. Alongside that, she’ll get Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum, which contains vitamin C and hyaluronic acid and helps reduce dark circles and puffiness for brighter-looking eyes. Rounding out the set is Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, which provides up to 24-hour hydration for soft, healthy-looking skin.
For a Beauty Lover
Kiss Me With Kiehl’s
Everyone knows the only thing better than getting one present is receiving several presents. That’s what your favorite teen 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 24th. We don’t want to completely spoil the surprise (it is, after all, half the fun), but we can tell you that the calendar includes a mix of longtime Kiehl’s customer favorites and newer drops for their skin, hair, and body. It’s among the best skincare presents you can give to an up-and-coming skincare devotee.
If you ask us, you can never have too much lip balm. Pamper beauty aficionados with Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, a trio featuring our iconic Lip Balm #1. This Kiehl’s favorite since the 1960s is our top-selling remedy for dry, chapped lips. The set includes three full-sized balms: a sweet Cranberry scent, refreshing Mint, and the classic fragrance-free variety. Each can be worn alone or layered under your giftee’s favorite lipstick for an added dose of hydration.
For a Busy Boyfriend
Men’s Energizing Essentials
You can upgrade his skincare routine without introducing him to a complicated line-up of products. He’ll appreciate Men’s Energizing Essentials, a curated set of Kiehl’s best grooming must-haves for men. It has everything he needs to streamline his routine, including Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash to revive his skin (and prep it for a comfortable shave) and Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men to help give his skin the hydration it needs. For the skin below his neck, he’ll also get “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap, a gently exfoliating bar soap that’ll leave his skin feeling thoroughly clean. Gift it to him as-is, or pair it with Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Duo, an eye cream gift set that stars two full-sized jars of our cult-classic Avocado Eye Cream, which smooths and hydrates the under-eye area for fresher-looking eyes.
For a Younger Sibling
Cleanse & Soothe Calendula Duo
As an older sibling, it’s your job to provide guidance. Point little brother or sister in the right direction regarding their skincare routine by starting them off with Cleanse & Soothe Calendula Duo. The two-piece set includes a full-sized bottle of Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, which gently removes dirt and oil without stripping or over-drying their skin. They’ll also get a full-sized bottle of our iconic Calendula Alcohol-Free Herbal-Extract Toner—a Kiehl’s favorite for more than 60 years. The gentle formula helps cleanse away impurities while working to visibly reduce redness, oiliness, and the appearance of pores for a more balanced appearance over time. Both of the products in this pairing are suitable for oily and blemish-prone skin, making it an ideal pick for those still in the throes of adolescence.
To complete your gift, we suggest nabbing Ultra Facial Cream Duo as well—after all, everyone needs to moisturize. The set includes two jars of Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane—one full-sized, one 50mL for travel—to help hydrate, smooth, and soften their skin for a healthier appearance.
For Your Secret Santa
Secret Santas can be tricky to shop for, especially if you don’t know your charge very well. Skip the guesswork and pick up a gift anyone can find a use for: Head-to-Toe Hydrators. It comes with travel-friendly versions of four Kiehl’s classics for their face and body, including Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane for long-lasting hydration, Avocado Eye Cream for a bright and smooth under-eye area, and the iconic Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter for luxurious, non-greasy moisture. Lastly, they’ll also get a deluxe sample of Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to help nourish and protect their hands throughout the holiday season.
For Your Niece or Nephew
Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Duo
Few things say “self-care” as well as a pampering facial. Give your favorite niece or nephew an opportunity to pamper themselves with Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Duo. The crowd-pleasing set comes with a full-sized jar of our iconic Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask, which contains fairly-traded Amazonian white clay and helps diminish blackheads and clogged pores. They’ll also get a miniature version of the same mask in this gift set—perfect for travel, sleepovers, or re-gifting to a friend (hey, we don’t judge).
For a Special Teacher
Hydrating Hand Care Trio
Teachers sacrifice a lot (patience, sanity, free time, etc.) to do what they do. Say thanks to your favorite educator with Hydrating Hand Care Trio. The giftable set features three hand creams, including Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and two scented Richly Hydrating Hand Cream formulas. Teach can keep one at home, one in the classroom, and one in the car to help keep their hands soft and nurtured, no matter how many times they wash their hands throughout the day.
Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Duo
You’ve found the best beauty gifts for just about everyone in your life, but don’t forget one of the most important people—you. After you’ve thought of others, be kind to yourself, too. If you ask us, there’s no better treat to splurge on than our Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Duo. This indulgent set features two full-sized bottles of Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, a serum made with a precise daily dose of pure retinol to help smooth and firm the skin. It’s gentle and suitable for all skin types, including retinol newbies—but if you’re a more experienced retinol user, you can always treat yourself to Retinol Fast-Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum. The effective formula boasts our highest percentage of retinol at 0.3% and quickly delivers visible anti-aging results for youthful-looking skin.