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. The area we suggest you hone in on is, of course, skincare. 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 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 skincare gifts. It all comes down to matching the right skincare gift sets to the right person. Here, we’re breaking down who to gift what. Before gearing up to check off your holiday list this year, consult our guide to find the best beauty gifts 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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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. Power-Packed Essentials includes the vitamin C-rich Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum to help firm and brighten her skin, plus Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream to help hydrate while visibly evening her skin tone and boosting radiance. But the real star of this set is our Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide. It contains 0.1% pure retinol and is clinically-demonstrated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and other signs of skin aging with minimal irritation, making it a must-have for any skin type.*
*Results based on expert grading in a clinical test showing improvement after 12 weeks of use.
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, a skincare gift set designed to help address the visible signs of aging. The three-piece set comes with Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser (to keep his skin clean and fresh-feeling) and Age Defender Cream Moisturizer (to help hydrate and firm his freshly-cleaned visage). Lastly, he’ll get Age Defender Eye Repair, an anti-aging men’s eye cream that helps target crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles for brighter-looking eyes.
If you ask us, there’s no better way to say “thank you for throwing this party” than with a 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, Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask to help restore moisture when her skin’s feeling dry, 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.
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. They’ll love being able to open a new gift every day, as well as the calendar’s whimsical design (created by artist Marylou Foure) 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.
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 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 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.
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 a couple of cult-classic products that suit all skin types. Ultra Hydrators fits the bill. It comes with deluxe samples 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.
Nourishing Hand Care Trio
Teachers sacrifice a lot (of patience, sanity, free time, etc.) to do what they do. Say thanks to your favorite educator with Nourishing 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.
Kiss Me With Kiehl’s
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: Kiss Me With Kiehl’s. The crowd-pleasing beauty gift includes a trio of our iconic Lip Balm #1 in three different finishes: unscented, festive cranberry, and refreshing mint. Plus, the full-sized gift set rings in at just $25—perfect for gift swaps with a spending limit.
Brighten Up & Glow
Upgrade her shelfie game with one of our best beauty gift ideas: Brighten Up & Glow, a luxe skincare set featuring four must-haves for glowing skin. This set stars the iconic (and crowd-pleasing) Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, as well as two vitamin C-packed essentials: Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector and Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum. The dark spot corrector helps visibly reduce discolorations and brighten the skin, while the lightweight eye serum hydrates and smooths the delicate under-eye area, leaving it looking fresher and brighter.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate 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 Midnight Recovery Concentrate Duo. This indulgent set features two full-sized bottles of the luxurious Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil, which helps hydrate and firm your skin while you sleep for a more radiant, youthful appearance by morning. At just $115, you’ll save 26% on this perfect pair—leaving you with a little more cash in your pocket to partake in the season’s fun festivities.