Birthdays happen every year, but the excitement never wanes. Completing another trip around the sun is cause for celebration each and every time—and with birthday celebrations, of course, come birthday gifts. But (as is the case with any annual gift-giving event), it can be challenging to think of gift ideas for the loved ones in your life year after year. Luckily for you, we’re here to help.
Ahead, we’ve put together a birthday gift guide to help you find the best skincare, body care, and haircare gifts you can snag at Kiehl’s. Whether it’s for your mom, your best friend, or even yourself, we have what you need to make their birthday memorable. Get ready to shop and read on for 21 of the best birthday gifts to buy in 2022.
For Your Mom:
Anti-Aging Skincare Favorites
Mom may be another year older, but that doesn’t mean her skin has to look it. Help her keep her skin looking as youthful as she feels with Kiehl’s best anti-aging skincare products. First up in her birthday gift bag is a Kiehl’s classic: Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. Formulated with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this effective water-free serum boosts radiance while helping to smooth and firm the skin’s appearance. It’s dermatologist-tested and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Pair it with an anti-aging moisturizer, like Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck, to help complete her routine. The daily moisturizer helps address the most visible signs of aging on her face and neck, and it absorbs quickly with a pleasant, lightweight feel.
To really pamper mom, add Retinol Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Serum with Ceramides and Peptide to her gift. This potent yet non-irritating facial serum helps encourage gentle skin surface turnover for a more youthful, refined appearance. Over time, it’s clinically-demonstrated to visibly reduce wrinkles and help firm the skin.* Plus, it produces visible anti-aging results with minimal dryness, redness, or peeling—even for first-time retinol users.
*Results based on expert grading in a clinical test for subjects showing improvement after 12 weeks of use.
For Your Dad:
Dads can be tough to shop for—it’s why so many of us often fall back on the same old gifts (like ties) year after year. For his next birthday, give him something he’ll actually use. We recommend assembling a DIY shave kit featuring his favorite shaving products, starting with Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle. The refreshing shaving cream with menthol and camphor helps prime his skin for a close, ultra-smooth shave. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be applied directly to dry skin (no water needed). For his post-shave needs, grab a bottle of Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief, which contains aloe vera and lipo-hydroxy acid. The gentle gel formula helps hydrate and soothe his skin after shaving for a sting-free finish. It also nourishes the skin, leaving it more resilient over time. Plus, the mild gel provides gentle exfoliation to help improve the appearance of razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
If DIY isn’t your thing, gift him a pre-assembled shaving set, like our Ultimate Shave Collection Gift Set. In addition to the aforementioned shaving cream and aftershave gel, the four-piece collection contains our Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, to help prep his skin for his grooming routine, and Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men, to refuel and moisturize it afterward.
For Your Sister:
Must-Have Face Masks
Whether she’s older or younger, your sister will always be an important part of your life. Show her you care by treating her to some of our favorite face masks (bonus if you spend her birthday doing an at-home spa night together).
All skin types can benefit from the nourishing (and addictively creamy) Avocado Face Mask. The mild yet intensively hydrating formula contains both avocado oil and extract. It helps hydrate and seals in moisture, leaving the skin softer within just 15 minutes. She can use it three times per week (or whenever she needs a little “me time”) to help replenish and nourish her skin.
If she has oilier skin, go with Rare Earth Deep Pore-Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask. It’s made with fairly-traded Amazonian white clay and helps draw out impurities to detoxify the skin. The mask immediately reduces the appearance of clogged pores and leaves the skin clearer-looking and more refined with consistent use.*
*Results based on expert grading in a 2-week clinical test on 54 subjects.
For an ultra-indulgent birthday gift, surprise her with Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane. Unlike traditional face masks, which are meant to be rinsed off after a short period of time, this unique overnight mask works while she sleeps to help hydrate and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The luxurious balm-to-oil formula provides long-lasting hydration when used as an overnight mask, but it can also be applied like a traditional face mask and wiped off after 15 minutes for a quick boost of moisture. The versatile formula even works beautifully as a gentle cleansing balm.
For Your Brother:
Men’s Routine Essentials
Help your brother get his skincare routine started by treating him to Kiehl’s best men’s skincare products. First, nab a bottle of Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, which contains caffeine and menthol. The foaming gel formula helps remove dirt and debris without over-drying the skin, leaving it feeling fresh. It’s suitable for all skin types, so it’s a great way for him to start his routine, no matter his age (or skin concerns). To help him exfoliate (a must before shaving), pair the cleanser with Facial Fuel Scrub. In addition to caffeine and menthol, this efficient facial scrub contains crushed apricot kernels as a physical exfoliant. The customer-favorite formula helps slough away dead skin and other debris, leaving the skin smoother and well-prepared for a close, comfortable shave. We recommend using it around three times per week, though he can use it more or less frequently depending on his skin’s needs.
Lastly, help him restore moisture to his skin with Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men. The non-greasy moisturizer with vitamin C and glycerin provides antioxidant protection while helping to hydrate and soften his skin. Additionally, it contains an aftershave solution to help protect skin from shaving-related irritation. Tell him to use the moisturizer morning and night for fresh, healthy-looking skin.
For Your Best Friend:
Pampering Body Care
Your best friend has always had your back—their birthday is a perfect occasion to show them how much you appreciate it. There are lots of ways to do that (dinner, for example, is a perennial favorite), but we recommend going the extra mile by spoiling them with a few of their favorite body care products. Start with Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter. The iconic moisturizer (a Kiehl’s classic for more than 40 years) contains a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, and squalane. It absorbs quickly, providing non-greasy hydration for silky soft, smooth skin. Grab the one-liter bottle plus a refill pouch (it uses 81% less plastic than traditional packaging) to help ensure they will be well-stocked for months to come.
If they’re a sucker for self-care, they’ll love Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil. The sprayable body oil, which boasts squalane and grapeseed oil, mists lightly onto the skin and absorbs easily with a residue-free finish. The ultra-luxurious oil helps soften the skin, while the vanilla-and-almond scented formula leaves it gorgeously fragranced.
Want to cover all the bases with a single gift? Pick up our Body Care Gift Set. The three-piece bundle contains a 125mL bottle of the aforementioned Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter, as well as a full-sized tube of the cult-classic Lip Balm #1. The trio is completed with Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a rich and indulgent hand cream that helps moisturize and protect dry, cracked hands.
For Your Favorite Colleague:
Buying co-workers birthday presents can be tricky, especially if you don’t know them outside of work. So we recommend sticking with the classics: Crowd-pleasing products that anyone can use. One such favorite is the aforementioned Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. Made with avocado, shea butter, and sesame seed oil, the thick yet non-greasy formula soothes and conditions dry hands while forming a glove-like protective barrier to help prevent moisture loss. It’s suitable for all skin types (especially dry skin) and is fragrance-free, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll like the scent.
If they already have hand cream on their desk, spoil them with the Daily Hydrating Skincare Gift Set instead. The birthday-worthy duo contains full-sized jars of Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane and Avocado Eye Cream. The former is our #1 best-selling moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types. It provides immediate and long-lasting hydration to help reveal smoother, healthier-looking skin over time. The latter is a hydrating eye cream that helps de-puff and brighten the under-eye area to refresh the appearance of tired-looking eyes (bonus: it can even double as an under-eye makeup primer).
Still unsure? Let them pick a gift for themselves by treating them to an e-gift card. You can load it up with any amount between $25 and $250 and have it delivered directly to their email—no wrapping paper or bows needed.
New at Kiehl’s
No list of the best birthday gifts would be complete without a few options for yourself—it’s basically self-care. Check out Kiehl’s newest offerings to find your perfect birthday (or anytime) gift. Right now, we’re loving Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Zone Treatment, an anti-aging eye cream made with collagen and bilberry extract. It targets signs of aging in four key areas around the eye (specifically, the lids, outer corners, under-eye, and brow bone) to help reveal a firmer, more lifted-looking eye area.*
*Based on an 8-week consumer study with 93 panelists.
Alternatively (or additionally, we’re not judging), give your scalp some TLC with Amino Acid Scalp Scrub Detox Treatment. It contains salicylic acid and sea salt and helps exfoliate the scalp to remove oil, product buildup, and environmental pollutants. We recommend using it once per week in place of shampoo for a clean, fresh-feeling scalp. Make it a set by snagging Amino Acid Moisture-Restoring Dry Scalp Treatment to go with it. The nourishing formula moisturizes the scalp without weighing the hair down and helps protect against the harsh effects of stressors like heat and hard water. It’s suitable for all hair (and scalp) types and can be used weekly or as needed for a comfortable, hydrated-feeling scalp.