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16 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Help Holiday Stress


16 Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Will Save You During The Holidays

Last-minute holiday gifts don’t have to be a major stressor. Here at Kiehl’s, discover 16 last-minute gift ideas sure to please everyone on your list.

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, 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’ve cut it down to the wire and need to make decisions on last-minute gifts, we’re sharing crowd-pleasing holiday gifts that can be your go-to presents in a pinch.

We’ve rounded up everything from ultra-luxe hand creams to all-in-one skincare sets for women and men. So take a deep breath, release the stress, and read on to discover 16 last-minute gift ideas for all of the people in your life.

Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

Last-minute gifting doesn’t have to break the bank. Below, find some of the best gifts under $50 to snag at Kiehl’s this season.

Hydration Starter Kit

($22, value $34)

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. This two-piece kit features the iconic Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, both of which are among our longest-standing and best-selling skincare products. The cleanser helps remove dirt, oil, and other debris without over-drying the skin, while the moisturizer provides up to 24-hour hydration for soft, healthy-looking skin.

Kiss Me With Kiehl’s

($25, value $30)

This sweet trio features our iconic Lip Balm #1, a Kiehl’s favorite since the 1960s. It’s our top-selling remedy for dry, chapped lips because of its formula chock-full of hydrating ingredients, such as squalane and rich lanolin. Kiss Me With Kiehl’s includes full-sized balms in two crowd-pleasing scents, sweet Cranberry and refreshing Mint, as well as the classic fragrance-free variety. Gift it to a friend or coworker, or snag it as a great last-minute stocking stuffer for a special someone.

Head-To-Toe Hydrators

($30, value $59)

Cold winter air doesn’t stand a chance against Head-To-Toe Hydrators. The four-piece gift set stars a deluxe-sized version of our Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane and a travel-friendly bottle of Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter, an iconic formula beloved by Kiehl’s customers for more than 40 years. The seasonal set also includes a jar of Avocado Eye Cream, which helps brighten and de-puff the under-eye area as it hydrates, as well as a deluxe version of our Ultimate Strength Hand Salve for soothing and nourishing dry, chapped hands.

Hydrating Hand Care Trio

($35, value $48)

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift that you can give anyone on your list—from your work bestie to your always-on-time babysitter—allow us to introduce you to Hydrating Hand Care Trio. The three-piece gift set boasts a travel-friendly tube of our classic Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, plus two tubes of our pampering vitamin E-infused Richly Hydrating Hand Cream (one with a grapefruit scent, the other, lavender). All of the moisturizing formulas are suitable for all skin types and can be used as often as needed for soft, touchable hands.

Men's Energizing Essentials

($40, value $59)

Finding last-minute gifts for men can be challenging, especially if the guy in question isn’t vocal about what he wants. This year, instead of the standard ties and mugs, treat him to Men’s Energizing Essentials. The three-piece men’s gift set includes everything he needs for healthy-looking skin from head to toe, including our classic Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men (both of which are loaded with invigorating ingredients like caffeine and menthol). He’ll also get a full-sized “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap, a bar soap that exfoliates as it cleans for smoother, softer skin.

Merry Masking

($40, value $60)

Being stuck inside due to winter weather provides the perfect opportunity for a day of self-care. Treat your friends to a little pampering with Merry Masking, a trio of our best-selling face masks. This sized-to-try set features the purifying Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask, ideal for oily skin, Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask to refresh and hydrate, and Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask to help bring forth a brighter, more even appearance. Your giftee can use the three masks individually or multi-mask to conquer all of their skin concerns at once.

Last-Minute Gifts Under $100

If you want to treat your loved one to something a bit more indulgent, we’ve got you covered on that front, too. Here, find some of our favorite holiday gift sets under $100.

Midnight Must-Haves

($65, value $94)

There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep, but in reality, catching a solid eight hours isn’t always possible. What you can do is help your loved one make the most of the shut-eye they do get with Midnight Must-Haves. The giftable duo stars a full-sized bottle of our classic Midnight Recovery Concentrate Moisturizing Face Oil, a luxurious face oil made with squalane, evening primrose oil, and lavender essential oil. Also included in the set is a deluxe jar of Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Botanical Night Cream, a cloud-light facial moisturizer designed for nighttime use. Together, these two face care favorites help restore the skin to reveal a more supple, radiant appearance come morning.

Men’s Ultimate Age Fighters

($70, value $98)

Help the guys in your life get the most out of their skincare routines with Men’s Ultimate Age Fighters, a facial care gift set designed explicitly for men’s skin. Included in this three-piece set is our classic Ultra Facial Cleanser, as well as full-sized jars of Age Defender Cream Moisturizer and Age Defender Eye Repair. The former gently exfoliates while helping to visibly lift and firm the skin, while the latter instantly brightens the eye area and helps diminish the appearance of dark circles, crow’s feet, and under-eye wrinkles.

Amino Acid Hair Care Duo

($85, value $123)

Give the gift of straight-from-the-salon hair every day with the Amino Acid Hair Care Duo, which contains a one-liter pair of our Amino Acid Shampoo and Amino Acid Conditioner. This classic duo stars amino acids to help strengthen brittle hair, plus coconut oil to nourish and soften dry, damaged strands. Get it for that friend who is always trying something new with their mane, so they can start the new year with sleek and shiny strands. (Bonus: The one-liter bottles are refillable!)

Ultimate Anti-Aging Essentials

($96, value $143)

Help your loved one target the visible signs of aging with Ultimate Anti-Aging Essentials, a trio of our best products for fending off fine lines, wrinkles, and other age-related skin concerns. You’ll get full-sized versions of our Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, which contains pure retinol and is suitable for all skin types, and Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream For Face and Neck, which moisturizes and helps smooth and firm the skin. Also included is a sized-to-try tube of Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Eye Cream, which helps brighten, lift, and de-puff the eye area for a more youthful appearance.

Day-to-Night Wrinkle-Reducing Duo

($99, value $155)

Score two Kiehl’s favorites for under $100 with Day-to-Night Wrinkle-Reducing Duo, which features full-sized bottles of Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum and Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide. Instruct your giftee to use the potent, water-free vitamin C serum in the daytime to help boost radiance and firm their skin. Then, at night, they can use the retinol serum to help encourage gentle skin surface turnover for a smoother, more youthful appearance over time. Trust us when we say this anti-aging gift set is so good, you may want to buy an extra to keep for yourself.

Hydrating Winter Wonders

($99, value $181)

You can buy skincare gifts a la carte—or, you can scoop up Hydrating Winter Wonders, which includes everything your loved one needs for a complete and effective skincare routine. Alongside Kiehl’s staples Ultra Facial Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, this six-piece (!) gift set boasts a full-sized bottle of Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, a deluxe bottle of Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner, a full-sized Avocado Eye Cream, and a tub of the award-winning Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask. And to top it all off, it clocks in at under $100, making this gift set one of our best holiday deals.

Brighten Up & Glow

($99, value $167)

Brighter-looking skin is within reach with this potent radiance-boosting set, which stars Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector. Our efficacious brightening serum features activated C (a stabilized form of vitamin C), buffered salicylic acid, and peony extract to help visibly even skin tone and boost radiance. The set also includes a 15mL bottle of yet another vitamin C favorite, the Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum, to help reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Top it all off with the included Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane and enjoy your newfound glow.

Splurge-Worthy Gift Ideas

The price of a gift isn’t indicative of how great a gift it is, but sometimes, it’s fun to splurge on your loved ones. Here, find some of our favorite ideas for a gift that’ll knock it out of the park.

Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Duo

($130, value $178)

Retinol newbies and experienced retinol users alike will be delighted to receive the Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Duo this holiday season. The luxe set includes two full-sized bottles of our effective Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, which is clinically-demonstrated to firm the skin and visibly reduce wrinkles with minimal dryness, redness, or peeling. In addition to its wrinkle-fighting benefits, this creamy serum helps even skin tone and texture, giving way to a more youthful appearance over time.* Wrap it up with your best wrapping paper and rest assured that your gift is sure to be a hit, no matter who you’re giving it to.

*Results based on expert grading in a clinical test for subjects showing improvement after 12 weeks of use.

Kiehl’s e-Gift Card


Gift cards are always among the top last-second gift ideas for a good reason: They’re convenient. 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. A Kiehl’s e-gift card can also save your hide when you’re stuck searching for an eleventh-hour Christmas or holiday gift. It only takes a few seconds to buy, 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 is now, mercifully, complete.

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