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Yes, skincare can be a basic necessity, but it can also make a great gift. After all, who wouldn’t want to get that fancy face cream or luxe body butter that they normally wouldn’t buy for themselves? Plus, it’s practical, too—you have to moisturize, people.
Ahead, the best gifts that will please every skincare lover on your list, from your Sephora-obsessed sister to your face mask-loving friend.
Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
Byrdie HQ is collectively obsessed with this chemical peel and its results. It helps clear clogged pores and brightens the skin like no other, thanks to a hard-hitting blend of fruit AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes. It also smells, quite literally, like homemade raspberry jam. In other words, this peel is worth every last penny.
Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser
Facial fanatics will appreciate this tool, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to deeply decongest pores, clearing out blackheads, whiteheads, and other gunk and grime. It also does double duty by improving the penetration of any active ingredient in the products you’re using.
Best of Dermstore Problem Solution: Brightening Regimen
If glowing skin is on your holiday wish list, this carefully curated set (by a dermatologist, no less) from Dermstore is a one-way ticket. It features skin-friendly favorites from Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Lancer, and more—a $200 value you can snag for just $75.
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
We have yet to meet someone who hasn’t used this brand’s cult-classic face cream and gotten hooked, and this body variant is equally as addictive. It boasts the same proprietary technology that helps your cells repair and regenerate, and may slightly improve the look of stretch marks and body blemishes—all while delivering the perfect amount of moisture, of course.
Augustinus Bader The Serum
We mentioned the face cream, but Augustinus Bader's latest addition is already poised to give that fan-favorite a run for its money. It features the brand's same TFC8 technology, just in a lighter, fast-absorbing texture. It also works for pretty much all skin types.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Effective yet gentle, this peel is a favorite amongst beauty editors and skincare enthusiasts. This at-home version of the doctor's uber-popular peels comes in two steps and only takes a few minutes.
Korres Essentials Discovery Kit
Okay, so maybe you can’t give someone a trip to Greece, but here’s a nice consolation prize. The complete set comes with five of the brand’s top skincare essentials—a cleanser, serum, gel cream, elixir, and a sleeping mask—all taking a cue from the country’s best ingredients.
Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum
The beauty world went nuts when Rihanna launched her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty—and even more so when she expanded into the skincare space. The streamlined range features just three products, including this toner-serum hybrid that minimizes the look of pores and tamps down sheen, but also hydrates with its gel texture.
Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge
Sure, this might be intended for beverages, but as any skincare lover will tell you, it’s also the perfect place for stashing eye creams and face masks to keep them extra cold and refreshing.
Dermy Doc Box Subscription
There are plenty of beauty subscription boxes out there, but we appreciate that A) this is all skincare and B) more importantly, it includes products that are vetted and chosen by a dermatologist. The box comes four times per year and contains different items every time, but it’s always over a $100 value.
Opulus Beauty Labs The Starter System Regimen 1
It’s not every day that beauty editors see something entirely new, but when this device came across our desks we were quite literally floored. Essentially, it lets you blend up a retinol cream to order on the spot, ensuring both maximum efficacy and minimum irritation. Fun fact: It was also created by the same scientist who created the Clarisonic, so you know it’s got to be good.
Skin Proud Frozen Over
Any skincare aficionado has probably put an eye cream or moisturizer in the fridge before, but this super unique formula is meant to go in the freezer. You can use it room-temp as a hydrating gel cream, but if you freeze it, it takes on a slushy, sorbet-like consistency that feels incredible on sensitive or inflamed skin.
Versed Calm, Clear, and Holiday Cheer Gift Set
Versed is one of our favorite affordable skincare lines; this gift set comes with a clarifying serum, moisturizing gel cream, and an acupressure wand to help relieve facial tension and puffiness. FYI, the gel cream is the brand’s best-seller—one is sold every two minutes.
TriPollar Stop Vx
Pricey, yes, but if your giftee is always after the latest and greatest at-home skin device, this is well worth it. Before it was sold in the US, it was the number one skincare device in China; more than one million have been sold in Asia. It’s an FDA-cleared radiofrequency tool that delivers RF energy into the dermal layer of the skin.
Drunk Elephant The Littles Night Out
Here’s everything you need for a complete bedtime skincare routine. Think mini sizes of Drunk Elephant’s jelly cleanser, glycolic night serum, hydrating serum, and polypeptide cream, all housed in a yellow carrying case that’s sleepover-ready.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic
Alexa, play "Watermelon Sugar." In all seriousness, this trio harnesses the power of antioxidant-rich watermelon in some of the brand’s cult-favorite products. It comes with a face mask, a radiance-enhancing serum, and a toner, all of which have the prettiest pink hue.
Dr. Jart+ 10 Mask Must-Haves
No matter your complexion concern, this set comes with a face mask for that. The K-beauty brand is known for its amazing masks, and here you get 10 different kinds: a mix of sheet masks and unique rubber masks that target everything from dryness to wrinkles.
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
True story: humidifiers don’t have to be huge and bulky. This itty-bitty guy doesn’t take up a ton of space but still is perfect to use overnight to help ward off dry skin (especially in the dead of winter).
111Skin The Jetsetter
You can never have too many eye masks, particularly when they’re these high-end ones. This trio features three different variants that come in a zip-top keepsake wallet that’s available in three different colors.
Dr. Lancer Pro Polish Microdermabrasion Device
This derm-developed skincare line is well-known for its efficacious products, which is why we were so excited to see that they were now launching a tool. It’s inspired by the same technology and equipment that the celeb dermatologist uses at his clinic, with diamond tips that can be used to exfoliate both face and body, as well as three suction settings for a customized treatment.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar 2021
We look forward to Kiehl’s holiday offerings every year—not only because of the fun packaging and sets but also because the brand collaborates with Feeding America to help give back to those in need. This year’s advent calendar has a month’s supply of your fave Kiehl’s goodies and comes in packaging that is made with zero plastic and completely recycled paper.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set
Beauty editors and consumers rave about this moisturizer, which, in a word, really is magical. You won’t have to worry about running out, either—it comes with a pre-filled capsule that you simply pop into the jar once you use up the original amount.
Uviña Skin The Isabel Peppermint Facial Cleansing Bar
Looking to support a small, Latinx-founded brand this season? This is the one. In particular, we love this natural facial bar that helps to cool and soothe the skin and is made with ethically- and sustainably sourced palm oil.
Nécessaire The Hand Cream
We’re big fans of this brand’s body offerings, and its latest—this luscious hand cream—is equally as pleasing. It’s packed with peptides, vitamins, and fatty acids, all in a fragrance-free and fast-absorbing formula. (It even has a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association.)
LastObject LastRound Reusable Cotton Round
A gift that will also do good for the environment? We’re all for that. Enter this newbie, an entirely reusable cotton round that’s made from 70% wood fiber and 30% organic cotton (both sustainably sourced). Unlike many other ones on the market that feel more like cloth, this has the same feel of a traditional, single-use pad—but can be washed and reused over and over for removing makeup and/or applying toners or serums. Just one of these replaces 1000 single-use cotton pads, drastically minimizing waste.
Peachy Gift Card
This New York City-based skincare spot is all about wrinkle prevention and treatment. Along with Botox injections, they also offer customized consults to help you find the perfect prescription retinoid. And don’t worry, your recipient doesn’t have to be in NYC; these gift cards can also be used for virtual consults and spent on product.
Naturopathica Amethyst Peace Mask
Your crystal-loving friend will love this mask. It’s infused with actual amethyst, as well as other soothing ingredients that make it ideal for anyone with a stressed-out complexion.
Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve
This do-it-all skin saver has the same hydrating benefits as the best-selling OG Lano ointment, but with added manuka honey and vitamin E to further up its moisturizing prowess. Dab it on dry patches on your face, body, lips, or cuticles to lock in hydration for up to 48 hours.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Duo
This best-selling serum is ideal for all skin types and all types of skin aging. There are no fancy bells and whistles here—just a set of two at a nicely discounted price, which is great for anyone who is serious about their skincare (or who you know loves this serum).
Beekman 1802 Silver Bells Stackable Bodycare Set
It’s hard to decide what we like most about this three-tiered gift. Is it the fact that it is so pretty it doesn’t require any wrapping? Or is it the fact that it comes with seven of the brand’s best-selling (and cruelty-free) goat milk-infused body formulas, ranging from bar soap to body cream? Happily, there’s no need to decide.
Resorè Face Towel
It’s not necessarily fun to think about the fact that you wipe a germy towel all over your freshly washed face, but it happens. Enter this standard washcloth alternative. It works for all skin types and is made with eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial fibers.
Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil
Seventeen natural oils are blended in this do-it-all formula, which can be used, quite literally, from head to toe. Not only does it work beautifully on the face, neck, and décolleté, it’s choice for use elsewhere on the body, and is an excellent dry hair treatment as well. And in true Oribe fashion, it also smells amazing, lightly citrusy and lemony.
Murad Custom Skin Clinic
Skincare lovers will appreciate this completely customized option. How it works: take a quick quiz about your complexion concerns, then receive a special serum tailored just for you (it even has your name on it!) in the mail.