Greeting cards, teddy bears holding hearts, and boxes of chocolate, these are the things so often associated with Valentine’s Day. All good, but really, the sentiment of the 14th is about being loved and showing love to the important people in your life. And we adore that. While expressing your affection and appreciation shouldn’t be reserved for a single day of the year, there’s no downside to treating your loved one to something special mid-February. In lieu of the common Valentine’s Day gifts noted above, we recommend giving the gift of healthy-looking skin. Below, find a Kiehl’s gift guide with six covetable ideas—you can pick something for your significant other, then drop a hint as to which present you’d like to receive.
The Latest From Kiehl’s
For the person who has everything, make sure your gift is on the cutting edge of skincare. Pick out the latest Kiehl’s products, so they can try something new and update their vanity (or keep them for yourself; we’ll totally understand).
Start with Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, a potent retinol serum that delivers visible results with minimal visible redness, dryness, or peeling. It has a whole host of benefits, including helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firm skin, visibly minimize pores, and make skin tone and texture appear more even. It’s also suitable for all skin types, including first-time retinol users.
Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment with Lactic Acid will make an amazing addition to your gift. This toner with ferulic acid, lactic acid, and squalane absorbs quickly to gently remove dull surface skin for visibly smoother, more even and glowing skin. Not only that, it visibly reduces fine lines and helps prevent early signs of aging.
For something classic that still has the allure of being new, giftwrap Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask. This luxe mask has a transformative balm-to-oil formula that’s rich, but breathable and features 10.5% squalane. You can feel good about gifting this, as the packaging is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material. Pair it with another Kiehl’s favorite, Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane, which improves hydration and helps strengthen the skin barrier.
You also can’t go wrong with premade skincare sets. They take all the guesswork out of gifting, and it doesn’t hurt that you actually save money, too. Take our Age Defying Essentials set, for example. It’s $88 but has a value of $129. The set features our aforementioned retinol serum, plus Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream For Face and Neck to cover all your moisturizing needs.
Body Care Favorites
By the time February 14th rolls around, winter is sure to have taken a toll on everyone’s skin. That’s why you can’t go wrong with nourishing body care favorites. And even better than giving body basics as a present, help your favorite person elevate cleansing and transform applying body lotion into an all-out self-care activity. Bundle Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser with Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil and Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter.
First, the cleanser, which is infused with a decadent vanilla and almond scent, will remove dirt and oil and help skin feel supple and moisturized. Oil will come next; our dry body oil with grapeseed oil and squalane nourishes skin with hydration while leaving it residue-free and dry to the touch. The finishing touch is our cult-classic body lotion, beloved for its non-greasy formula that beautifully moisturizes.
You can also snag the Creme de Corps lotion in our Body Care Bundle. In addition to our cult classic lotion, the set ($32, $46 value) stars products to help moisturize oft overlooked spots: your lips and your hands. Any giftee will enjoy nourishing their hands with Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and preventing their lips from getting dry with the tried-and-true Lip Balm #1 (it’s been around, and beloved, since the 1960s).
A Curated Men’s Skincare Routine
If you’re in search of the best gift for men, we’ve got you covered. This Valentine’s Day, skip the presents that get forgotten after a week or two and think practical. Help him build a simple, four-step skincare routine that he’ll actually use. (Bonus: You can restock the products for him on every subsequent holiday, meaning last-minute gifts will no longer be a concern.)
Ensure his routine starts off right with Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, which is formulated with caffeine, invigorating menthol, and antioxidant vitamin E. The cleanser for all skin types revives and awakens skin while preparing it for shaving. Speaking of facial hair, gift him Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, so he can not only exfoliate skin but also soften tough hair for a closer shave.
We also recommend Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic for every men’s skincare routine. The toner with caffeine, vitamin C, and bamboo extract visibly reduces the signs of fatigue while helping to soothe and balance skin. Last but not least, complete the routine with Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men. This Kiehl’s best-seller refuels, re-energizes, and re-invigorates men’s skin for a healthy appearance. Add it and the rest of our men’s products to a toiletry bag to really take your gift up another notch.
In addition to skincare, grooming products that are both efficacious and enjoyable to use are another great gift for guys. Whether he shaves away all his facial hair or only cleans up his neck, you can’t go wrong with Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle. It smooths on superbly and leaves skin primed for a close shave.
To help tame and care for winter facial hair, any husband, boyfriend, or other bearded fellow would be lucky to receive Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil. The lightweight formula with pracaxi oil and an essential oil blend smooths coarse facial hair while nourishing the skin underneath and helping refine its texture. It also absorbs easily and doesn’t leave facial hair with a greasy feel.
For his travel grooming needs, we recommend the Ultimate Shave Collection ($48, $72 value). This four-piece set comes with everything you need for shaving (except your favorite razor). It includes the Facial Fuel cleanser and scrub, White Eagle shaving cream, and our Post-Shave Repair Gel—all in convenient 2.5 fl. oz. sizes.
Lip Treatments and Tints
Romantic dates are a major component of February 14th. As such, it’s only fitting to select Valentine’s Day presents that result in soft, kissable lips. Douse your pout (or your date’s) in Love Oil For Lips, a hydrating lip oil that offers a natural-looking hint of color and plenty of luscious shine. For a real treat, give your partner Buttermask For Lips, an intensively hydrating overnight lip mask. Made with fairly traded coconut oil and wild mango butter, it nourishes for soft, supple lips by morning.
Sometimes, the best gifts are ones that are carefully curated for the giftee. Other times, a gift is perfect simply because it’s something everyone would want. The latter is the case here: Everyone has to wash their hands and combat dryness. That’s why a luxe hand soap and cream make for a great present (you can even combine them with a giftcard for a manicure). Add a bow to Liquid Hand Soap, a gentle cleanser available with coriander and grapefruit fragrances, and Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream, a moisturizing formula with shea butter (choose from coriander, grapefruit, and lavender scents). For anyone in need of an extra dose of nourishment, we also recommend Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, which forms a glove-like protective barrier to help prevent moisture loss.