A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Skin-Care Gifts You Can Give This Year
Everyone has that one friend who's so particular about skin care, they may as well be Kevin McCallister picking out dental products — only their version of the "Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?" question tends to happen at Sephora, Ulta, or Amazon.
Rather than leaving them to fend for themselves this holiday season like poor Kev's parents do in "Home Alone," though, why not give them a beauty gift that lives up to the highest of skin-care standards . . . without any of the guesswork? From fancy face-mask sets to skin-care gadgets galore, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to the only skin-care gifts worth giving. Don't worry, we made sure to cover every price point, including splurge-worthy products from brands like Peter Thomas Roth and Tatcha and drugstore steals from Target. We even found a few that have gone viral on TikTok.
With the holiday season mere months away, find the perfect skin-care gifts for your loved ones that will be thoughtful and practical presents they'll appreciate. Happy shopping.
Best Skin-Care Gift For a Beauty-Tool Beginner
If you know someone just now dipping their toe into the world of skin care, start small with your skin-care gift. This Sacheu Gua Sha Starter Kit includes a metal gua sha tool that stays cool and is easy to glide across the face and pressure points. The included facial oil is loaded with lipids that provide the ideal slip for the gua sha while giving skin a healthy glow.
Best Skin-Care Gift For a Busy Friend
If you know someone who always has a coffee in hand and somewhere to be, give them the gift of self-care in the form of these luxe golden eye patches from Peter Thomas Roth. These are infused with 24-karat gold and colloidal gold to help deliver a lifted, refreshed look. They also have caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen to help diminish puffiness.
Best Skin-Care Gift From Tatcha
You can't go wrong with this bestsellers kit from Tatcha. The brand is known for its effective yet gentle Japanese-inspired formulations, utilizing ingredients like green tea, red algae, and rice bran. This set comes with the calming cleansing oil, a rice-based cleanser, a resurfacing cleanser, a refreshing toning essence, a hydrating cream, and a lightweight moisturizer. It's perfect for those with sensitive skin as well. You can read our guide to the best Tatcha products here.
Best Skin-Care Gift For Barbie Fans
Shopping for the Barbie fan in your life? Get them something cute and pink like this Barbie-inspired Watermelon Glow Hydration Kit from Glow Recipe. The set comes with mini sizes of the brand's bestselling and viral-favorite Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops and the hydrating Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer. Together, the products will deliver a glowing complexion while infusing the skin with moisture without feeling heavy.
Best Skin-Care Gift For Skin Cyclers
Cosrx Skin Cycling Routine ($41, originally $50)
If the skin-care enthusiast in your life is a firm believer in skin cycling, they'll appreciate this Cosrx Skin Cycling Routine set. It comes with the brand's bestselling and editor-backed Snail Mucin 96% Essence and a gentle retinol oil that will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, resurface the skin, and provide a glowing radiance. The essence is deeply hydrating and will help relieve the skin of dryness and repair its moisture barrier.
Best Hydrating Skin-Care Gift
Know someone always complaining about dry skin? Gift them a skin-care routine with extra hydration with the Laneige Besties Skincare Discovery Set. It comes with the editor-favorite Lip Sleeping Mask, hyaluronic-acid-based serum, moisture, and cleanser, ideal for those with drier skin types, and a thick sleeping mask. It's gentle enough for all skin types to use, especially those who lean sensitive.
Best Skin-Care Gift For a Facial at Home
If your giftee loves to treat themself to facials, the BeautyBio Instant Resurfacing & Clarifying Pore Detox Treatment Set can help them do it in the comfort of their home. It contains the Hydro-Infusion Deep Pore Cleansing + Blue LED Clarifying Tool, which clears out any gunk in pores while infusing the skin with hydration. This weekly treatment is great for those who have an oilier skin type or are acne prone. It comes with three infusion tips, a cleanser, a moisturizer, and two sizes of the GloFacial concentrate. To learn more about the device, check out our review of the BeautyBio Instant Resurfacing & Clarifying Pore Tool here.
Best Ice-Roller Skin-Care Gift
Whether they are prone to facial tension or enjoy a pamper session, The Hot Mess Ice Roller is a versatile tool they'll use in their beauty routine. They can pull it out of the fridge for a moment of cooling relief, and it also helps depuff the face. It's an editor-favorite beauty tool with a ton of clever uses. Plus, the hot-pink color is perfect for those Barbiecore vibes. Read our in-depth review of the Hot Mess Ice Roller.
Best Skin-Care Gift For People With Sensitive Skin
If you're shopping for someone with sensitive skin, you can count on First Aid Beauty. The brand is known for its sensitive-skin-friendly formulations that are effective yet gentle. The set comes with everything they need for a brighter, smoother complexion, including a cleanser, a hydrating moisturizer, and exfoliating pads. It also comes with two mini body-care products that are formulated to help diminish keratosis pilaris, body acne, and overall roughness.
Best Skin-Care Gift For the Tech Savvy
Therabody TheraFace Pro Set ($399)
Why not give a gift that marries the best in beauty tech with a little pampering? This Therabody TheraFace Pro Set is a comprehensive, six-in-one facial device that features both microcurrent and rejuvenating light therapy. It also comes with three percussive facial attachments for a customized relaxing massage, as well as microcurrent, LED, and cleaning ring attachments. The best part? They can combine and switch between treatments, too, like incorporating a facial massage with an LED treatment. With this, they won't need any other tool. It's an editor-favorite pick as well; read our in-depth review of the Therabody TheraFace Pro Set.
Best LED Face Mask Skin-Care Gift
Aside from the fact that the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx Spectralite FaceWare Pro will make the user look like a sci-fi movie character (a perk for any Star Wars fans out there!), the underside of the mask contains a total of 100 red LED lights, which help reduce the signs of aging, and 62 blue LED lights, which help kill the bacteria that can lead to breakouts. It's like gifting a professional facial treatment.
Our editor says the gadget is a worthy investment due to its FDA stamp of approval and how the mask fits on the face. "It perfectly conforms to your forehead, cheeks, and chin, and is secured with an adjustable strap behind the head so you can use it just as easily laying down as you can while walking around the house," she says. Read her in-depth review of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro to learn more.
Best Skin-Care Gift For Masking
As they say, variety is the spice of life, and anyone who applies this motto to their skin-care routine will especially appreciate the Peter Thomas Roth Multi-Masker 4-Piece Mask Kit. It comes with every kind of facial treatment you could want, including the Cucumber Gel Mask to soothe redness, Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Mask to hydrate, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask to brighten, and 24K Gold Mask to make anyone feel really f*cking fancy.
Best Antiaging Skin-Care Gift
The Nuface Mini+ Petite Facial Toning Device is a microcurrent tool they can use to target puffiness and lines to visibly tone their face. With consistent use, they'll notice a lifted appearance and firmer skin. It comes with a hydrating gel primer and a creamy primer that will help the device glide along their skin. They can use it up to five times a week to begin with, then two to three times per week for maintenance. Check out the in-depth review of the NuFace Facial Toning Device to see it in action.
Best Skin-Care Gift For DIYers
Skin Camp Mask Kit ($10)
For the person who loves concocting skin elixirs from whatever they can find in their kitchen cabinet, the Skin Camp Mask Kit brings that same exact energy. It comes with a mixing bowl, spatula, brush, and three measuring cups, so all they'll need are their skin-care ingredients of choice, and voila — a perfect DIY spa night.
Best Skin-Care Gift For Glow Recipe Fans
Shopping for someone who can't get enough Glow Recipe in their life? You have to get them the Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit. It contains mini versions of the brand's five bestselling products, and they're all winners. Whether they want hydration or exfoliation, this kit has everything they'll need for their skin-care concerns. It's travel size as well, so they can always have their favorites wherever they go. Find out more about the best Glow Recipe products here.
Most Innovative Skin-Care Gift
Droplette Micro-Infuser ($199)
Skin care is getting smarter and smarter, and if you've got a friend who geeks out over the latest tech in the space, look no further than the Droplette Micro-Infuser. It's a NASA-backed, physics-powered device that breaks down actives into a micro mist, which is then delivered into the skin via a high-velocity aerosol. All they have to do is pop in a capsule — they can choose whether they want retinol, glycolic acid, or collagen — and wave it over their face. All they'll be missing is a time machine.
One of our editors put it to the test and says, "my face really did seem to look plumper and brighter immediately after my first use, and I've continued to see similar results every time I've used the collagen capsules." You can read more about her experience in our Droplette Micro-Infuser review.