Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, which makes coming up with new Father’s Day ideas each year quite challenging. This year, though, you’re in luck. We’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for the man in your life—whether it’s your father, your significant other, or even the best dog dad you know. Ahead, you’ll find the ultimate 2021 Father’s Day gift ideas, complete with the best skincare and body care presents for everyone from the outdoorsy man to the happy homebody (and all the great guys in between).
At Kiehl’s, we’re making gifting easier than ever this year. If you don’t want to wait for shipping, you can buy your goodies online and pick them up at your local Kiehl’s store (we’re even offering curbside pickup for safe shopping). Plus, you’ll enjoy special offers the entire month of June, so you can shop and save on the best Father’s Day presents for Dad. Read on for your official Kiehl’s 2021 Father’s Day gift guide.
How to find the perfect gift
A good gift doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes, things are popular for a reason. That’s certainly the case for our best-selling men’s products, which happen to make for great presents. Give Dad a bundle of Kiehl’s classics, starting with Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, a caffeine- and menthol-infused gel face wash for all skin types, and the coordinating toner, Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic For Men. Pair them with Facial Fuel Energizing Facial Scrub, which helps buff away dead skin cells and soften tough facial hair for even, fresh-looking skin, and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment to help lock in moisture and keep his skin looking (and feeling) its very best.
If Dad has his basics covered but could stand to show his skin more TLC, fill a gift box with Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, which has a cleansing and detoxifying formula, Ultra Facial Cream for lasting hydration, and Creme de Corps so he can moisturize his body too. Last but not least, gift him Avocado Eye Cream; it defends the eye area against digital fatigue caused by blue light, making it perfect for the papa who’s always on his tablet.
If your sibling has the skincare gifts covered, you can be in charge of upgrading Dad’s entire grooming routine. Stock his shower with the multi-tasking Grooming Solutions Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner and a body care essential, Grooming Solutions Exfoliating Body Soap. You can also help elevate his post-shower strand-styling with Grooming Solutions Texturizing Clay, which helps shape, texturize, and define hair, and Grooming Solutions Clean Hold Styling Gel, a gel that firmly holds any style in place. For optimum sculpting and spiking, he’ll also need Stylist Series Creative Cream Wax.
Don’t forget to include something to help care for his much-loved beard. Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil has an essential oil-infused formula that tames and smoothes coarse facial hair while also nourishing the skin underneath.
Speaking of facial hair, products with the opposite purpose—removing facial hair, rather than caring for it—are perfectly giftable as well. Any gift that includes Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief will ensure Dad feels thankful to you every time he applies it post-removal and gets a smooth shave without irritation. Before shaving, he can use Facial Fuel Energizing Facial Scrub to prep his skin and hair. For a completely themed gift, add a shaving cream or lotion to his present too. Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle (a brushless formula with menthol and camphor) or Blue Eagle (a fragrance-free option for sensitive skin) are our recommendations for shaving cream, while Close Shavers Squadron™ Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion is our favorite lightweight gel-lotion.
What dad doesn’t love a deal? He’ll be proud you spent your money wisely if you present him with value-sized products. You can give him large sizes of powerful formulas (at a great price), like a jumbo 5.9 ounce jar of Ultra Facial Cream and a liter bottle of Grooming Solutions Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner, that will likely last him until the next big gifting occasion, at which time you can help him restock.
Other gifts that deliver on both the price and product size front include Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, Body Fuel Wash, and Amino Acid Shampoo, which cover all his cleansing needs. There’s also something for his overworked and frequently washed hands, an extra-large Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to help protect and repair the appearance of severely dry hands caused by manual labor, neglect, and exposure to harsh elements.
Value Size Products
Help the man in your life who’s always hitting the gym recharge with Kiehl’s body care favorites, like Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap. This invigorating men’s bar soap contains oatmeal and pumice and helps exfoliate while imparting the skin with a clean, fresh aroma. Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant is also a must for when he works up a sweat; it defends against odor and perspiration, providing long-lasting protection. It’s a must-have in any men’s grooming routine and a perennial favorite in our lineup of dad-worthy Father’s Day gifts.
Loving sports and spending plenty of time outdoors tend to go together. Make sure Dad is all set with sun protection in the form of Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+, a facial sunscreen that protects against UV damage and pollution, and Activated Sun Protector™ Water-Light Lotion For Face & Body, a lightweight, water-resistant face and body formula.
For the guy who likes to work with his hands, be sure to add the aforementioned Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to your cart. This ultra-rich hand cream forms a glove-like barrier to help defend dry hands against moisture loss. Pair it with Clean Strength Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer for a dynamic hand care pairing.
There’s one last spot to care for: his lips. He may not buy lip balm for himself, but that’s what makes it a great Father’s Day gift! Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm is our favorite. It’s uniquely-formulated for men with shea butter and squalane and helps soften and smooth his lips.
For The Sporty Dad
If you’re stuck on Father’s Day gift ideas, try a premade set—we have several available this Father’s Day. They’re travel-friendly, and even better, buying pre-bundled presents for Dad will earn you some serious savings (the more to put toward next year’s gift, perhaps).
Give the dad who’s always on the road (or in the air) the Cleanse & Hydrate Kit ($25; $34 value) to help simplify his packing routine. This pairing contains a deluxe-sized Ultra Facial Cleanser to keep his skin feeling clean and soft, plus Ultra Facial Cream to restore hydration for healthy-looking skin, no matter how many drying flights he takes. Pair this skin-friendly set with our Ultimate Shave Collection ($48; $72 value), a four-piece kit featuring Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash to clean and re-energize his skin before a busy day. Inside the kit, you’ll also find Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, which he can smooth on to help achieve a closer, more comfortable shave, plus Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief to help keep his skin soft and bump-free. The men’s gift set also stars Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men to revitalize the appearance of dull-looking skin.
If he’s a Kiehl’s newbie, show him the ropes with Facial Fuel For Men ($55; $65 value), a three-step men’s skincare routine. The deluxe kit boasts a 75mL container of Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, a 100mL Facial Fuel Energizing Facial Scrub, and a 125mL Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment. You can also lend him a helping hand in the form of Hand Care Essential Duo ($32; $41 value), which features Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Clean Strength Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer.
For the man who takes his skincare seriously, try the crown jewel of Father’s Day gifts: Deep Pore Cleansing Kit ($56; $82 value). Inside this gift set, he’ll find two Kiehl’s classics—Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Cleanser—plus our award-winning Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask. The set’s packaging is fully recyclable and made out of 100% post-consumer recycled, FSC-certified paper—a definite win for a guy concerned about sustainability. With a Father’s Day gift this good, you’re setting the bar high for next year (but don’t worry—we’ll be here with new gifts for Dad in 2022).
You can also get creative and create your own gift sets that Dad can take with him when he travels. To cover all the bases with your gift, bundle together these head-to-toe cleansing formulas: Body Fuel Wash, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, and Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash. You can also curate a simple anti-aging skincare routine, starting with Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser, which serves as an effective cleanser and clay face mask. Complement it with Age Defender Cream Moisturizer, a formula with caffeine and lipo-hydroxy acid that helps visibly reduce signs of aging, and Age Defender Eye Repair, which helps diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles.
For The On-the-Go Dad
This year, skip splurging on yet another fancy tie. The best gifts for Dad are those that he’ll actually use. Help him keep his skin healthy-looking with multi-purpose products that are perfect for busy dads who need to streamline their routines. Start with Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser, a two-in-one product he can use morning and night to clean and refresh his skin. Pair it with our other men’s must-haves, like Age Defender Power Serum, which contains adenosine and cypress extract and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Age Defender Cream Moisturizer, Age Defender Eye Repair, and Body Fuel Wash are also great options.
Round out Dad’s gift basket with something everyone needs: SPF. Facial Fuel Energizing Men's Moisturizer with SPF 20 with chestnut extract and vitamin C is a prime pick; it refuels, revitalizes, and re-energizes men’s skin while also protecting against UVA and UVB rays.
For The Workaholic Dad
Help him take pride in his appearance with products that will have him looking (and smelling) his best. Let’s start with scent. Load your gift bag up with Original Musk Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser, a gentle body cleanser that leaves skin fragranced, and Musk Eau de Toilette Spray, which has a soft scent that offers a fresh burst of citrus and dries down to a warm, musk aroma.
For his hair, you can keep it simple. It’s all about using Grooming Solutions Shampoo + Conditioner to care for his strands and Grooming Solutions Clean Hold Styling Gel to perfect his daily hairstyle. Don’t forget to give him a couple of skin and body gifts, too. Grooming Solutions Exfoliating Body Soap will be a welcome addition to his shower routine, while Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil is the perfect way to finish every day. It’s a facial oil that replenishes skin at night, when it’s most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. Formulated with lavender essential oil and evening primrose oil, it boosts essential moisture, visibly reduces fine lines, and helps smooth skin’s appearance.
For The Dapper Dad
New & Limited
To treat Dad to the latest and greatest from Kiehl’s, there are three exciting new products you can introduce him to. We’ve already told you about our new hand sanitizer, Clean Strength Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer, but there’s more newness where that came from. Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner is a recent release that gently exfoliates without causing discomfort. The formula with lipo-hydroxy acid, 23% emollients, and almond milk helps restore the skin’s moisture levels for a hydrated, comfortable feel. Ferulic Brew Rejuvenating Facial Essence is also new and worth gifting. It’s an essence with lactic acid and squalane that helps boost radiance, refine skin texture, and minimize the appearance of fine lines.
While we’re on the topic of launches, in honor of our 170th anniversary, we’ve re-launched (and re-imagined) old favorites from the Kiehl’s archive. If Dad is a longtime Kiehl’s fan, surprise him with picks from this limited-edition collection, like a Heritage Essence Oil. These unique fragrant oils, first formulated in the 1920s, are available in three crowd-pleasing unisex fragrances. Wake him up with Fortune-Seeking Essence Oil, which boasts a blend of bright citrus oils for a fresh, lively aroma. For the man who loves the great outdoors, try Jinx-Removing Essence Oil, a woodsy blend with notes of cedarwood and patchouli. Lastly, for your little one’s father, try Love-Luring Essence Oil, which tantalizes the senses with romantic notes of jasmine, rose, and geranium.
Pair the Essence Oil with Heritage Glycerin Soap, a simple yet luxurious body cleansing bar soap for all skin types. It’s available in an unscented version (so as not to clash with his new fragrance oil) and a fresh herbal scent for those days when he needs something extra to invigorate his senses. To round out the gift, add Heritage Rosewater Toner to the mix. This hydrating toner—inspired by our original rosewater toners that were popular in the ‘60s—is infused with whole, handpicked Turkish rose petals. It’s perfect for balancing his skin after cleansing and helps refresh and hydrate for a smooth, soft feel. Tell him to keep the limited-edition heritage bottle once the toner inside is all used up—it’s perfect for an environmentally-conscious DIY project.
Of course, that’s not all we’re rolling out for our anniversary: 170 years is a big occasion, after all. We’re also releasing some of our favorites in special-edition packaging to commemorate the occasion. Available in the commemorative collection are several Kiehl’s classics, including Avocado Eye Cream to hydrate and de-puff the under-eye area, and Ultra Facial Cream, for lightweight yet long-lasting hydration for all skin types.
To really treat him, pick up the whole commemorative collection. It also features a special-edition Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner (a Kiehl’s favorite for more than 60 years) and Midnight Recovery Concentrate to help visibly refine and moisturize his skin while he sleeps.