While the holiday season is supposed to be about spreading joy with family and friends, it can also be stressful. You’re juggling party invites (be it Zoom or IRL soirées), getting work done before time off, and—of course—brainstorming the "perfect" gifts. We get it. We’ve been there. What we can help you with is finding holiday presents that are sure to delight everyone on your list. Even if you’re cutting it down to the wire and need to make decisions on last-minute gifts, these crowd-pleasing skincare and grooming ideas can be your go-to presents in a pinch.
We’ve rounded up everything from an ultra-luxe hand cream set to a giftable lip balm trio and even a skincare gift set that benefits those in need (details on that ahead). So take a deep breath, release the stress, and read on for our recommendations for the best last-minute gifts you can snag at Kiehl’s this year.
Healthy Hands Trio
Between harsh winter air, frequent hand washing, and constant use of hand sanitizer, there’s a good chance everyone’s hands are going to need a little extra TLC this season. Keep them soft and hydrated with Healthy Hands Trio ($35, $48 value). The set features two full-sized tubes of Kiehl’s classic Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream (one in a soothing lavender scent and another in a bright grapefruit fragrance) to keep hands feeling hydrated and soft. Lastly, the set includes the ultra-rich Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to soothe and nourish ultra-dry or cracked hands. Grab a pack and gift it as-is, or split it up into three gifts and give the individual creams to your closest friends as stocking stuffers.
Kiss Me With Kiehl’s
This sweet trio features our iconic Lip Balm #1, a Kiehl’s bestseller since the 1960s. It’s our top-selling remedy for dry, chapped lips, thanks to a formula chock-full of hydrating ingredients such as squalane and rich lanolin. Kiss Me With Kiehl’s ($25, $30 value) includes full-sized tubes of the classic lip-care treatment in three crowd-pleasing scents: Original No.1, sweet Cranberry, and refreshing Mint.
By the way, we know there can be competition to give the best gift at a holiday party, and regardless of the gifting venue, you don’t want it to seem like you picked up your gift at the final second. We thought of that, too. The Kiehl’s holiday sets feature packaging with whimsical limited-edition designs by illustrator Maite Franchi. The beautiful artwork will make your gift stand out and won’t leave anyone guessing you didn’t have it picked out months in advance.
When you’re stuck inside due to the weather, there’s no better way to relax than with a day of self-care. Treat your friends to a little pampering with Merry Masking ($40, $61 value), a trio of our best-selling nature-inspired face masks. This sized-to-try set features the purifying Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, ideal for oily skin, Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask to moisturize dry complexions, and Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask to promote brighter, more radiant skin. Use them individually or multi-mask to conquer all of your complexion concerns at once.
Hydration Starter Kit
Your search for last-minute Holiday gifts for the Kiehl’s newbies in your life, or anyone looking to upgrade their skincare routine, is simplified with the Hydration Starter Kit ($20, $34 value). This two-piece kit features the iconic Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream, both of which are among our longest-standing and best-selling skincare products. This classic duo is suitable for all skin types and works in tandem to provide nourishing hydration while effectively cleansing the skin for a soft, healthy-looking complexion. If you’ve slacked on finding stocking stuffers, thanks to its small size, this set will serve you perfectly in that regard as well.
Facial Favorites For All
For someone a little more on top of their skincare game, we recommend Facial Favorites for All ($49, $72 value). This all-in-one skincare set and routine stars the best-selling Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner and the Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to gently cleanse and refresh the skin. Also featured is Ultra Facial Cream for gentle daily hydration, and a deluxe sample-sized version of Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque for a clear, soft, and radiant-looking complexion.
All profits from sales of this set (up to $100,000) benefit Feeding America, a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger nationwide. Every dollar donated can provide up to 100 meals (which translates to approximately 490 meals for every Facial Favorites For All set sold). For more information, head to Feeding America.
Bonus: Individual Buys
No matter how much planning you do, the reality is, you’re not always going to be prepared over the holidays: Maybe your coworkers decide to do a last-minute gift swap, you receive a late-in-the-game invite to a holiday party and need a hostess gift, or an old friend sends you an unexpected present in the mail. It happens! Keep a few unisex self-care staples on hand, so you’re always ready to return the favor in the event of a gifting emergency.
We recommend crowd-pleasers that address universal skincare needs, such as Ultra Facial Cream, Creme de Corps, or Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. Buy a few and put them in a gift bag in your closet, so if anyone does happen to surprise you with an unexpected present, you can easily (and quickly) return the favor. These unisex products are suitable for all skin types, so no matter who you gift them to, they’ll be a well-received and useful present.
Bonus: E-Gift Card
Gift cards are always among the top last-minute gift ideas for a good reason, and a Kiehl’s e-gift card is an incredibly convenient solution when you’re stuck on what to buy the pickier people on your holiday list or those you don’t know quite as well. After all, there’s no better way to ensure your child’s favorite teacher or your particular brother-in-law loves their present than to let them buy it themselves. An e-gift card can also save your hide when you’re stuck searching for an eleventh-hour Christmas or holiday gift, or can’t afford to ship a hefty present to the loved ones you won’t be able to spend time with in-person this year. It only takes a few seconds to buy (online!), and you can easily send it to the lucky recipient via email. Load one up with whatever amount you choose, send it along, and breathe a sigh of relief: Your last-minute gifting will now complete.