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


Gifts for Men Who Have Everything

Finding great gifts for men isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Read Kiehl’s 2022 holiday roundup for the best men’s skincare sets to gift this season.

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 men's skincare set, grooming essential, or body care buy. The man you’re shopping for could be new to skincare or have a well-curated men’s skincare routine; either way, Kiehl’s has some of the best skincare gifts for men, with nourishing ingredients and formulas that help drive visible results. Over more than 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 men’s skincare gifts for you to buy this holiday season. Consider the most difficult part of your holiday shopping complete.

For Your Boyfriend

Men’s Energizing Essentials

Treat the special guy in your life to head-to-toe pampering by snagging him Men’s Energizing Essentials ($40, $59 value), which features three generous full-sized versions of our favorite men’s grooming products. For his face, he’ll get Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment. These two men’s skincare staples with energizing caffeine and hydrating vitamin E work in tandem to help promote smoother, more awake-looking skin. This skincare gift for him also includes “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap, an invigorating oatmeal and bran exfoliating body soap. He’ll have all of his grooming needs covered, making this easily one of our best things to buy for men this holiday season.

If he’s a frequent flier, help him keep his skin hydrated at home and on the go with Ultra Facial Cream Duo ($64, $98 value). One of our favorite things to gift men, the two-piece gift set includes a full-sized jar of our iconic Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, plus a travel-friendly 50 oz. jar that he can stash in his bag when he’s on the road (or in the skies).

For Your Husband

Hydrating Winter Wonders

Spoil your loving husband with our Hydrating Winter Wonders gift set ($99, $181 value). This indulgent set includes everything he needs for hydrated, healthy-looking skin, including our classic Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, and Avocado Eye Cream. Also included in the six-piece set is a full-sized bottle of Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, which helps address the visible signs of aging (think: fine lines and wrinkles) to reveal more youthful-looking skin over time. Rounding out the men’s gift set are miniature versions of the award-winning Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask—a must-have for oilier skin types—and Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner to help reveal a smoother, more refined appearance over time.

Bestowing the person you kiss with a tube of Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm isn’t a bad idea either—especially if there’s mistletoe around. This men’s lip balm moisturizes for softer, smoother lips.

For Your Dad, Uncle, or Grandfather

Men's Ultimate Age Fighters

He might be your superhero, but dads (and granddads) 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 Men's Ultimate Age Fighters ($70, $98 value). For starters, the full men’s gift set includes Ultra Facial Cleanser, which helps remove dirt and debris without stripping or over-drying the skin, leaving it clean and soft. He’ll also get full-sized versions of two men’s anti-aging staples from our Age Defender line: Age Defender Cream Moisturizer, which helps firm and smooth men’s thicker, coarser skin, and Age Defender Eye Repair, for addressing the appearance of under-eye wrinkles, dark circles, and crow’s feet.

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 Teenage Son or Nephew

Cleanse & Soothe Calendula Duo

Help the young man (or men) in your life start caring for their skin properly with Cleanse & Soothe Calendula Duo ($52, $78 value). The two-piece set boasts full-sized bottles of Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash and Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner Toner. The former gently removes dirt and excess oil without stripping the skin, while the latter visibly reduces redness, diminishes oiliness, and minimizes the appearance of large pores, leaving the skin calm and balanced. Plus, this non-comedogenic duo is suitable for oily and blemish-prone skin, making it a great pick for teens (though anyone can benefit from the gentle, calendula-infused formulas).

You also can’t go wrong with our Ultimate Man Soap Scrub Trio ($35, $45 value), a men’s body care set featuring three full-sized bars of our classic “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap. The energizing bar soap thoroughly cleanses and helps exfoliate the skin on his face to alleviate roughness.

For Your Brother

Head-to-Toe Hydrators

If he likes to keep things simple, he’ll appreciate Head-to-Toe Hydrators ($30, $59 value). This fuss-free set features deluxe sizes of the essentials he needs to take care of his skin. Within the gift set, he’ll find the classic Ultra Facial Cream, Avocado Eye Cream, Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter, and Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. It’s everything he needs to keep his skin soft and healthy-looking 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 by treating him to Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash ($10-$59) and Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men ($28-$42). The invigorating duo will help wake up his tired skin and make sure he’s ready to tackle the day ahead.

For Your Best Guy Friend

Day to Night Wrinkle Reducing Duo

Unless he’s a skincare aficionado, your best guy friend may not be aware of the skincare benefits of using anti-aging ingredients like retinol or vitamin C. Help him get his feet wet with Day to Night Wrinkle Reducing Duo ($99, $155 value), a skincare set starring full-sized versions of two of Kiehl’s best anti-aging serums. For daytime, he’ll get Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum, which helps smooth, firm, and brighten his skin while diminishing the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines. At night, he can use Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide. The effective yet gentle formula contains a precise daily dose of pure retinol and provides visible anti-aging results with minimal dryness, redness, or peeling, making it a great introduction to a complete anti-aging skincare routine.

If he’s already set on the skincare front, treat him to Amino Acid Hair Care Duo ($85, $123 value) instead. The gift-worthy set contains one-liter bottles of our classic Amino Acid Shampoo and Amino Acid Conditioner, which help cleanse and soften the hair while adding volume and shine for a more manageable, healthy-looking mane. Once he’s finished the bottles, instruct him to snag refills to help cut down on his environmental footprint—each refill pouch uses up to 81% less plastic than the traditional full-sized bottles.

For Your Co-Worker

Hydrating Hand Care Trio

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.

Taking his hand care to the next level is also an option. The three portable products found in our Hydrating Hand Care Trio ($35, $48 value) are perfect for him to keep on his desk and reapply 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

Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle

If you’re looking for something more personal than a pre-made men’s toiletry gift set, go the à la carte route and curate a custom shave kit. 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 (or a multi-purpose pick, like Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Oil) 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.

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