Picking out the perfect present for everyone you know is no small feat. One way to simplify your search (or searches throughout the year) 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 none other than skincare. And it’s not just because we’re a skincare brand that we believe the best presents are skincare gifts and other beauty gifts.
Whether your friend whose birthday is around the corner follows a 10-step skincare routine or always forgets to take off their makeup before bed, everyone can use skincare products. They make for practical gifts that are exciting to receive but also actually get used. It all comes down to matching the right skincare gift sets and products to the right person. Here, we’re breaking down who to gift what. Next time you have someone to shop for, consult our gift guide and 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.
For a Loving Mom: Age-Defying Essentials
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 totally pampered and loved. Age-Defying Essentials includes the vitamin C-rich Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum and Powerful Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum to help visibly brighten her visage and under-eyes for a healthy-looking, youthful glow. This skincare gift set also contains Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream, which features phytomimetic vitamin A (a retinol alternative) and hyaluronic acid. It helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth skin’s texture.
Kiehl’s Tip: Our beauty gift sets are one of the best ways to give great gifts without putting a strain on your budget. The aforementioned anti-aging set, for example, costs $99 and is a $148 value—that’s 33% savings for you.
For a Do-It-All Dad: Ultimate Shave Collection
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. Or, maybe he’s overdue for a little beard maintenance. Help him focus on himself with Ultimate Shave Collection, a gift set designed specifically to re-energize his skin and help reduce post-shave irritation. The four-piece kit comes with Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle (to help get the closest shave) and Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief (to help soothe the skin afterward). It also includes two best-selling skincare essentials: Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Energizing Face Moisturizer For Men.
For a Hardworking BFF: Defend and Correct Duo
Sometimes, our best friends need a little push to treat themselves right. As a BFF, you provide this push in the form of dating advice, career chats, and reminders to wear SPF. Your advice may seem like a gift in its own right, but we think your bestie deserves a physical present, too. Treat them to a kit that makes sun protection simple: Defend and Correct Duo. It pairs our much-loved sunscreen, Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+, which offers broad-spectrum sun protection, with Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector to help defend against pollution. The latter is a formula with buffered salicylic acid that helps reduce the appearance of sun-induced dark spots, as well as post-acne marks and other discolorations.
For a Younger Sibling: Cleanse & Hydrate Kit
As an older sibling, it’s your job to provide guidance. Point little brother or sister in the right direction in terms of their skincare routine by starting them off with a couple of cult-classic products that suit all skin types. Cleanse & Hydrate Kit fits the bill. It comes with travel sizes of Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream. Both are formulated with squalane and glycerin (and without parabens or fragrance) and help keep skin balanced. The face wash cleanses without overdrying, while the moisturizer balances even skin’s driest areas with 2.3X more moisture.
For a Boyfriend Who Keeps It Simple: Facial Fuel For Men
You can upgrade his skincare routine without introducing him to a complicated line-up of products. He’ll appreciate Facial Fuel For Men, a curated set of Kiehl’s best skincare gifts for men because it has everything he needs to streamline the steps in his routine. This kit contains deluxe samples of Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment, plus a bottle of the invigorating Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub.
For a Skincare-Savvy Girlfriend: Brightening Bestsellers
Upgrade her shelfie game with one of our best beauty gift ideas: Brightening Bestsellers, a luxe skincare set boasting four must-haves for glowing skin. This collection stars Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Ultra Facial Cream, and two formulas from our Calendula line: Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner and Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. These both contain calendula, of course, as well as glycerin. The toner gently soothes and refreshes skin, while the cleanser deeply cleanses without stripping skin (they’re both great for sensitive skin).
For a Close Colleague: Daily Hydrating Duo
Show your colleague how much you appreciate them with our Daily Hydrating Duo. This pampering gender-neutral skincare gift set stars moisturizing essentials that are suitable for all skin types. It’s another set featuring Ultra Facial Cream—our #1 moisturizer—and it also comes with Avocado Eye Cream. The eye cream offers all-day hydration and helps visibly de-puff. It also helps defend the eye area from digital fatigue caused by blue light, making it an extra pertinent pick for the workmate who’s always at their computer.
For a Special Teacher: Hand Care Essential Duo
Teachers sacrifice a lot (of patience, sanity, free time, etc.) to do what they do. Say thanks to your favorite educator with Hand Care Essential Duo. It features two products that are key for teachers—especially this year: hand sanitizer and hand cream. The sanitizer is Kiehl’s new formula, Clean Strength Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer, which effectively cleanses and leaves dry hands moisturized. Your favorite educator will also get Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a formula that protects and repairs the appearance of extremely dry hands.
For a Crowd-Pleasing Hostess: Youthful Radiance
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 Youthful Radiance, a boxed set of our classic products: Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum and Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil, a nighttime formula with evening primrose oil that helps restore skin’s appearance while you sleep.
For Health Care and Essential Workers: Deep Pore Cleansing Kit
Say "thank you" to the hardest worker you know by giving them our Deep Pore Cleansing Kit. It’s the best skincare gift if they’re experiencing maskne (a.k.a. acne caused by mask-wearing), which has become a common skin concern as of late. This skincare gift set features two favorites we mentioned earlier, Ultra Facial Cream and Cleanser, as well as a deluxe size of Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque. Formulated with Amazonian white clay and aloe, the mask works by cleansing and detoxifying the skin to draw out dirt and impurities that can lead to clogged pores.
For Yourself: Head-to-Toe Hydration
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 Head-to-Toe Hydration set. This bundle features a large refillable size of Creme de Corps (our non-greasy body lotion, beloved since the 1980s), Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, and the previously mentioned Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.