Though gift-buying and gift-giving are most commonly associated with the holidays, in reality, gifts are something we buy throughout the year for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. Unfortunately, gift guides tend to only really crop up once a year during the aforementioned holiday season (and usually, they’re focused on holiday-specific events, like Black Friday or Cyber Monday). Outside of that, you’re typically left to your own devices.
We’re here to change that. Here, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite skincare gift ideas for women that you can buy all year round. Whether you’re looking for the best gifts for Mother’s Day or are simply interested in finding a small present to give your closest friend as a "just because," we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover our best gift ideas for every woman in your life.
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For The New Mom
New mothers get inundated with gifts, but more often than not, all those goodies are for the baby (which is understandable—baby clothes are pretty hard to resist). Next time you’re invited to a baby shower, we recommend getting a little something for the mom-to-be too. Beauty gifts, in particular, are great for expectant moms, as they serve as a little reminder to practice self-care while they’re navigating their newfound role as a mother.
Treat the new mom (or mom-to-be) in your life with useful yet indulgent body care buys, like Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser. This refreshing body wash effectively cleanses away dirt and oil (or baby spit-up) while leaving the skin primed for moisture. It’s available in four fragrances (grapefruit, coriander, lavender, and a men’s pour homme scent) and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
We recommend pairing it with a coordinating scented body lotion, like Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion. Like the cleanser, this lightweight lotion is available in lavender, coriander, and grapefruit scents and is suitable for all skin types. The hydrating formula is made with gentle skin-friendly ingredients, including aloe vera and oatmeal, and absorbs easily to leave skin feeling smoother and more hydrated.
To knock your gift out of the park, add one more body care favorite to the mix to make a DIY shower set. Try a body scrub, like Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish. This indulgent formula, which also contains sweet almond oil and shea butter, exfoliates without drying out the skin. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and can be used daily for skin that feels (almost) as soft as her newborn’s.
For The Minimalist
While jewelry and accessories can make great gifts for some, they’re not for everyone. If your intended giftee is more on the low-maintenance side, we recommend instead seeking out simple yet effective skincare products, like our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream. This iconic moisturizer, which is formulated with olive-derived squalane and glacial glycoprotein, absorbs into the skin easily for lightweight yet long-lasting hydration. It’s suitable for all skin types and clinically-demonstrated to leave the skin looking softer and smoother with regular use.* Its simplicity and proven efficacy make it one of the best gifts to give to a woman who wants healthy-looking skin but doesn’t want to follow a 10-step routine to achieve it.
*Results based on a four-week clinical test.
Round out your minimalist gift with a nourishing lip balm, like Butterstick Lip Treatment. This luxurious, buttery balm contains fairly traded coconut oil and instantly melts onto the lips, providing continuous hydration for up to 12 hours. It’s untinted—ideal for women who prefer to go bare-faced—and helps keep lips soft, smooth, and well-moisturized.
For The Workaholic
We all have that one friend who’s always on-the-go, working around-the-clock to take her career to the next level. Remind her to unwind once in a while with an effective skincare gift she can use in the (little) downtime she has. She’ll love Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, an easy-to-apply sheet mask infused with coconut fruit and a blend of cold-pressed Amazonian oils. The two-piece gel mask refreshes the skin with fast-absorbing hydration to leave her looking more radiant within just 10 minutes. It’s suitable for all skin types and ultra-portable so that she can use it anywhere—even on the road to her next big meeting.
Also among our favorite gift ideas for go-getter women are serums, like Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. This potent serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C instantly boosts the skin’s radiance. With consistent use, it also helps firm the skin and diminish the appearance of some signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.
For The Homebody
There are perhaps no better gifts for women who enjoy snuggling up at home than skincare products. For the woman who’d choose a cozy night in over a wild night out, buy Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil. This ultra-luxurious face oil, formulated with olive-derived squalane, evening primrose oil, and relaxing lavender essential oil, works while she sleeps to help replenish her skin. It helps firm the skin and boost radiance within just one night, while continued use helps promote a smoother, more youthful appearance. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used nightly to refine and moisturize her skin.
For The Skincare Enthusiast
It can be challenging to think of exciting skincare gift ideas for the woman who’s obsessed with beauty—especially if it seems like she already has everything. But there’s always something new to try when it comes to skincare.
Treat your skincare-obsessed friend to a face mask with an offbeat or interesting ingredient, like Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask. This buttery-yellow face mask, infused with turmeric, cranberry seeds, and kaolin clay, brightens and energizes dull, tired-looking skin. It also helps exfoliate the skin, boosting softness and promoting a more radiant appearance. This gentle yet efficient mask is suitable for all skin types and can be used up to three times per week for rosy, healthy-looking skin.
For Any Woman You Love
If your giftee doesn’t fall into any of the above categories, don’t stress—we still have one more beauty gift idea that suits any woman (and any occasion): Hydro-Plumping Hydrating Serum. This effective daily serum, made with our unique epidermal hydration filler, helps encourage skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, a key molecule involved with both skin hydration and skin aging. It also helps boost elasticity, leaving skin looking smoother and firmer over time. It’s suitable for all skin types, dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested for safety, and can be used morning and night for smoother, visibly plumper skin.
For an extra-special gift, wrap the serum up in a goody bag stuffed with other Kiehl’s favorites and spend the night doing pampering facials together. Because ultimately, the best gift isn’t anything you can buy: It’s getting to spend quality time with the people you love.