Beauty products are some of the top Mother’s Day gifts, and we can certainly see why. They’re the perfect blend of practical and indulgent. Everyone needs skincare products (we all have skin), but it’s also not so sensible that it’s akin to receiving a vacuum as a present. The right products not only care for your skin but can also be used to help Mom relax and feel more confident. And if your shopping list for this holiday is a little lengthy, you can rest assured that Mother’s Day beauty gifts are suitable for everyone from your own mom, to your in-law, to the mother of your children.
It’s also never too early to start planning and picking out the perfect presents. In fact, crossing this one thing off your to-do list can be a serious stress reliever. Get your shopping for Mother’s Day 2022 done in advance (Mom will be so impressed by your lack of procrastination) with the help of our gift guide. Keep reading for our breakdown of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas for Mom.
Best-Selling Beauty Gifts for Mom
The best Mother’s Day gifts help the moms in your life see themselves the way you see them: strong and beautiful. Help Mom find her confidence with the assistance of our best-selling skincare products, which we consider to be our secret(s) to getting healthy-looking skin.
Whether she lives in the tropics or cools her heels in a chillier locale, moisture is a must. She can give her skin the hydration it deserves with our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane. Made with olive-derived squalane and glycerin, this best-selling formula absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting hydration for balanced, healthy-looking skin (pro tip: snag the jumbo jar for a Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving).
Moms love multi-taskers, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil fits the bill—it does all the work while you sleep. The moisturizing nighttime oil replenishes skin overnight for a more radiant, younger look in the morning. If Mom considers dark circles and crow’s feet a top skin concern, Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum has our vote. The formula with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid helps visibly reduce dark circles for brighter, fresher-looking eyes over time.
New & Noteworthy Buys
For the woman who already has an extensive skincare collection, spoil her with something new. Right now, we’re loving Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane. The luxurious balm-to-oil formula provides intensive hydration and helps replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. She can use it three times per week as an overnight treatment or as needed for a quick pick-me-up when her skin feels dry or tight (it even doubles as a hydrating cleansing balm).
Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide
Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide is another worthwhile addition to a well-stocked shelfie. This potent facial serum with pure retinol promotes gentle skin surface turnover to reveal a more refined appearance. It helps smooth wrinkles, visibly reduces enlarged pores, and firms the skin, all with minimal dryness or redness. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types (even first-time retinol users). To complete the gift, pair the retinol serum with Super Multi-Corrective Eye Zone Treatment, which helps target the visible signs of aging in four key areas around the eyes (the under-eye area, lids, outer corners, and brow bone).
Gift Sets & Value-Sized Products
Pre-packaged sets make for an easy—but no less well-received—Mother’s Day gift. If tackling the visible signs of aging is on her to-do list, surprise her with our Age-Defying Skincare Gift Set. The two-piece set boasts our aforementioned retinol serum, as well as a full-sized jar of Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck, which helps smooth and firm for a more youthful appearance over time. Plus, the duo clocks in at just $88, saving you cash to put toward a Mother’s Day brunch (or a gift for yourself).
Alternatively, help her achieve smooth, glowy skin with Powerful-Strength Skincare Gift Set. The must-have set contains full-sized bottles of Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum and Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum. These vitamin C-packed favorites help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and unevenness to reveal a more even, radiant appearance over time.
And if she’s the kind of woman that likes to stick to the classics, treat her to a one-liter bottle of our cult-classic Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter. A Kiehl’s customer favorite since the 1980s, this rich yet non-greasy body lotion makes for a wonderfully indulgent Mother’s Day present.
Sustainable Mother’s Day Presents
Her presence makes the world a better place, and fittingly, she’s also actively trying to make changes and help save the planet. One such switch that earth-loving moms can make is relying on sustainable skincare products. Luckily for you (and her), we have plenty of those available at Kiehl’s.
One of our favorite sustainable picks is Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, which we mentioned earlier. Not only is it made with sustainable ingredients, but it comes packaged in a jar made of 30% post-consumer recycled plastic. Make it a gift by pairing it with a 50mL bottle of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector. The dye-free formula is made with activated vitamin C and buffered salicylic acid and, like many of our other products, is housed in recyclable packaging.
Don’t forget to get something for her eye area, too: We’re particularly fond of Avocado Eye Cream—and we’re willing to bet she’ll be a fan as well. The rich formula with responsibly-sourced shea butter and avocado oil provides all-day hydration and helps smooth the delicate under-eye area. It’s made without synthetic dyes, fragrances, silicones, or mineral oil and comes sustainably housed in a recyclable jar. Plus, the creamy formula doubles as an under-eye makeup primer to help streamline her routine (and minimize the amount of single-use plastic it includes).
You don’t have to take Mom for a day at the spa to help her relax. We prefer a Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving. Treat her to a care package filled with indulgent self-care products, and she can make at-home self-care days a regular occurrence. Stock a gift bag with self-care essentials, starting with Rare Earth Deep Pore-Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask. The formula with fairly-traded Amazonian white clay helps purify pores and refine the skin. Avocado Eye Cream, which can be used as a targeted under-eye mask, also provides mom with the opportunity to take a little time for herself.
Finish her Mother’s Day gift bag with our Body Care Gift Set, which contains Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (a must for pampering dry, over-worked hands), and the classic fragrance-free Lip Balm #1.
New Mom Must-Haves
Pamper new moms, or even mothers-to-be, with products they can use on both their skin and their babies. While we don’t suggest getting a gift that’s solely for the baby (it’s not a good Mother’s day gift if it’s not for her), something that multitasks like this just might make her life a little bit easier. Create a bundle with Gentle Hair & Body Wash and Nurturing Baby Cream For Face & Body, which are both gentle enough for mom and baby.
If she’s a new mom, that means she’s probably bathing her little one often—and frequent bathtime can lead to dry hands. To help her soothe her skin, add Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to the gift. The rich hand cream with shea butter and avocado oil conditions dry hands while forming a glove-like protective barrier to help protect them from excess moisture loss.
Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter
Finally, round out your Mother’s Day care package with our Daily Hydrating Skincare Gift Set and a one-liter bottle of Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter for showing her skin TLC after the baby goes to bed.
Kiehl’s Tip: If you don’t live close by, you can have your gifts delivered directly to her house—simply select the “gift” option at checkout to get your goodies gift-wrapped and delivered to her door for Mother’s Day.