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The Best Holiday Gifts for Men: 17 Things He Will Actually Use


The Best Holiday Gifts for Men: 17 Things He Will Actually Use

Gifts for men can be challenging, but Kiehl’s is coming to your rescue.

Whether it’s your dad, brother, or boyfriend, shopping for holiday and Christmas gifts for men can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be complicated: At Kiehl’s, we firmly believe you can always find a winning present in a classic grooming essential, skincare, or body care buy. The man you’re shopping for could be new to skincare or have a fully-stocked bathroom shelf; either way, Kiehl’s has some of the best grooming products for guys, with nourishing ingredients and proven formulas that drive results. Over nearly 170 years, we’ve managed to build a pretty solid understanding of what men need from their skincare. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for men for you to buy this holiday season. Consider the most difficult part of your holiday shopping complete.


For Your Boyfriend

If you have a special guy in your life, treat him to head-to-toe pampering by snagging him our Men’s Groom-On-the-Go set ($40, $59 value), which features three generous deluxe-size versions of our favorite men’s grooming products. For his face, he’ll get the best-selling Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment. These two men’s skincare essentials are made with energizing caffeine and hydrating vitamin E that work in tandem to promote brighter, smoother, and more awake-looking facial skin. This gift set also includes “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap, an award-winning oatmeal and bran exfoliating body soap. He’ll have all of his grooming needs covered, making this easily one of our best Christmas gifts for men.

For Your Husband

For a gift you can both benefit from, we recommend Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask ($38). Formulated with fairly-traded Amazonian white clay and bentonite clay, the mask helps cleanse and detoxify it. After gifting it, you can suggest a cute couple’s masking session. Bestowing the person you kiss with a tube of Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm isn’t a bad idea either. This men’s lip balm moisturizes for softer, smoother lips.

Kiehl’s Tip: If gift wrapping is the one part of holiday gifting you haven’t quite mastered, we have a hack: Let the Kiehl’s team do it for you. You can customize gifts in-store and have them wrapped, as well as have the gift wrapped and shipped for free. Find your local Kiehl’s store here.

For Your Dad, Uncle, or Grandfather

He might be your superhero, but dads are human, too—and that means he’s aging just like the rest of us. Help him look as young on the outside as he feels on the inside with the Men’s Ultimate Age Fighters ($65, $89 value), a collection of anti-aging skincare essentials explicitly formulated for men’s skin. This set includes generous deluxe sizes of the best-selling exfoliating cleanser, cream moisturizer, and eye cream from our Age Defender line. With regular use, this powerful trio can help strengthen the skin barrier and keep his skin looking youthful, healthy, and strong.

You also can’t go wrong with elevating his shower routine—after all, everyone needs to bathe. Snag him our Body Refill Duo [link] ($52, $110 value), featuring a 250ML Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser, plus a 1L refill, so he doesn’t have to worry about running out anytime soon. The refreshing, foaming body wash gently yet effectively cleanses while also helping skin maintain moisture.

If Dad was the one to teach you to shave, Ultimate Shave Collection ($57, $78 value) also makes for a cute (not to mention practical) gift. This virtual bundle stars Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle and Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief, plus Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment to ensure his whole shaving routine is covered.

For Your Teenage Son or Nephew

Help the young men in your life start caring for their skin—you don’t want to find out they’re cleansing their face with body wash or forgoing moisturizer altogether. Hydration Starter Kit ($22, $34 value) is perfect for beginners as it stars a classic face wash and moisturizer. Ultra Facial Cleanser gently yet effectively cleanses without stripping skin while Ultra Facial Cream provides it with instant and lasting hydration.

For Your Brother

If he likes to keep things simple, he’ll appreciate Ultra Hydrators ($30, $58 value). This fuss-free set features deluxe sizes of the essentials he needs to take care of his skin. Within the set, he’ll find the classic Ultra Facial Cream, Avocado Eye Cream, Creme de Corps body lotion, and Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. It’s everything he needs to keep his skin soft and healthy from nose to toes.

Here’s another option: Whether he’s working, going to school, or on a different adventure, chances are he could use a bit of a pick-me-up. Help him out with the Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash ($10-$59) and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment ($28-$42). The invigorating duo will help wake up his tired skin and make sure he’s ready to tackle the day ahead.

Gifts that will help him smell his best are great, too. Wrap up Original Musk Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser ($20) with “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap ($15), making sure to top with a bow. The body wash is infused with Kiehl’s signature Original Musk fragrance; use it to leave skin feeling soft, cleansed, and smelling amazing. As for our bar soap, it has an invigorating aroma that’s perfect for waking him up in the morning.

For Your Best Guy Friend

Unless he’s a skincare aficionado, your best guy friend may not be aware of the skincare benefits of using alpha-hydroxy acids like phytic acid. Surprise him with Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser ($15-$28), which is formulated with phytic acid plus Moroccan lava clay. It effectively cleanses to thoroughly remove excess dirt and oil and can also double as a clay mask. To complete your gift, give him Age Defender Eye Repair ($34) and Age Defender Cream Moisturizer ($40) as well. These help men address visible signs of aging like crow’s feet and elasticity.

You can also give your guy friend the gift of great-looking facial hair with Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub ($28) and Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil ($30). He’ll use the scrub to soften tough facial hair and the oil to tame and smooth it.

For Your Co-Worker

The casual work buddy you don’t know particularly well can be one of the hardest giftees to cross off your shopping list. But we know just the thing: Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($16-$29). It’s an especially useful holiday gift for the man who works with his hands. The ultra-hydrating salve for active hands will help repair and soften even the roughest skin. It contains rich avocado seed oil and energizing eucalyptus for a luxurious feel with an uplifting, herbaceous scent. We’re also offering a Hand Cream Duo [link] bundle ($25, $32 value) with two 75ML tubes of the same salve.

Taking his hand care to the next level is also an option. The three portable products found in our Nourishing Hand Care Trio [link] ($35, $48) are perfect for keeping on his desk and reapplying between meetings. The set includes our hand salve, plus 75ML sizes of Richly Hydrated Scented Hand Cream in the lavender and grapefruit scents.

For a More Personalized Gift

If you’re looking for a more personal gift, go the à la carte route and curate a custom shave kit especially for him. This gift for men works well for any guy on your holiday shopping list and feels extra special since you’ve customized something just for him. We recommend including the Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle ($10-$25) and Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief ($24). They’ll work both for guys who prefer a clean shave and men that keep a full (but well-groomed) beard. Together, the combo will help him obtain a close, comfortable shave and reduce skin irritation. Add in a few extra haircare, body care, or skincare buys (like a jar of our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream) to complete the unique set, and arrange them all in a sleek toiletry bag that suits his style to create a gift he’ll love almost as much as he loves you.

Next: If it’s the women in your life that you’re struggling to shop for, turn to our guide on The Best Holiday Gifts For Every Woman You Know.

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