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8 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Help Holiday Stress


8 Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Will Save You During the Holidays

Last-minute gifts don’t have to be a major stressor.

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, these crowd-pleasing skincare and grooming ideas can be your go-to presents in a pinch.

We’ve rounded up everything from ultra-luxe hand creams to a giftable lip balm trio. So take a deep breath, release the stress, and read on for our recommendations for the best easy, last-minute gifts you can snag at Kiehl’s this year.


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. This two-piece kit features the iconic and Ultra Facial Cream, both of which are among our longest-standing and best-selling skincare products. This duo is suitable for all skin types and works 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. You can’t beat the price either; the set is only $22 ($34 value).

Speaking of getting a deal, all of our 2021 holiday sets are priced to make your holiday gifting that much easier. Depending on which you purchase, you’ll see a savings of anywhere from 17% to 60%.

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 because of its formula chock-full of hydrating ingredients such as squalane and rich lanolin. Kiss Me With Kiehl’s ($25, $30 value) includes full-sized balms in two crowd-pleasing scents, sweet Cranberry and refreshing Mint, as well as the classic fragrance-free variety.

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 artist Marylou Faure. 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.

Merry Masking

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, $60 value), 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, Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask to moisturize dry complexions, and Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask for brighter, more radiant-looking skin. Use them individually or multi-mask to conquer all of your skin concerns at once.

Classic Kiehl’s Products

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 ($22-$68) and Avocado Eye Cream ($32-$50). 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.

Creme De Corps Mini

Don’t show favoritism toward your friends’ and families’ faces. Give them the gift of hydrated skin from the neck down, too, with the 75ML Creme de Corps Body Lotion ($14). Our formula with cocoa butter and shea butter offers non-greasy hydration and leaves skin feeling smooth and beautifully moisturized. Plus, the perfectly portable bottle will be great for holiday travel.

Hand Care Favorites

Thanks to the harsh winter air, there’s a good chance everyone on your list could stand to show their hands a little extra TLC this season. Keep hands soft and hydrated with Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream ($16), available in three lovely scents: grapefruit, coriander, and lavender. For ultra-dry skin, we also have Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($16-$29), which soothes and nourishes dry, cracked hands. The formula with shea butter and avocado oil forms a “glove-like” protective barrier against moisture loss. Gift the hand cream and the salve together with a pair of fuzzy socks or soft gloves for the ultimate cold weather care package.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate

You can’t exactly wrap up a night of good sleep and top it with a bow, but gifting Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil is the next best thing. Our best-selling face oil replenishes skin at night when it is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. The oil has a lightweight texture that absorbs easily, leaving skin feeling soft, supple, and hydrated.

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. 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 complete.

If you’re still panicking about what to buy for the guy in your life, here are The Best Holiday Gifts for Men: 17 Things He Will Actually Use.

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