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Full disclosure: the mere thought of holiday shopping makes me want to hibernate until spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting festive. However, I married into a huge family (8 siblings and their spouses plus 20 nieces and nephews) so picking the perfect gift for each one of them can get time-consuming and expensive. Emphasis on the expensive. So this year I decided to shop for items that I know will not only be exciting, but very useful too. The best holiday skincare checks both of those boxes.
Everyone uses it and everyone needs it. For example, if you have a friend who is always pining for that lit-from-within glow, there’s plenty of vitamin C serums to choose from. And if your sister has fallen victim to a blemish-prone complexion, yep, there are spot treatments galore. And for the brother-in-law that doesn’t even use skincare, well, there’s always masks and hydrators that he might fall in love with after one use (fingers crossed).
So to ease my troubles (and yours), I went on the hunt for this season’s top skincare gifts for everyone on my list. And of course, I threw in a few for myself. Trust me, these finds are so good, you won’t need to request a gift receipt.
Personally, I would get this December Edit kit for the Retinol + Vitamin C moisturizer alone. However, if you’re working with a modest budget, the brand is also running a travel-themed promo from 12/8-12/10: Buy 1 travel size ExfoliKate and get another for free with the promo code GIFTEXF.
Whether you’re looking to slow down signs of aging or prevent them, this black tea collection is one of our go-to’s for blasting fine lines and wrinkles.
This lush Italian skincare brand just launched and its first product, whose name translates to “Gateway to Vitality,” is a dual-action formula that will brighten your complexion and tone down redness, using the botanical powers of ingredients sourced from a one-of-a-kind farm in Sicily.
This luxurious makeup remover, housed in adorable ornament packaging, is packed with all-natural ingredients that will gently and efficiently remove even the toughest waterproof makeup.
If they love a good moisturizer, they’ll surely love this four-piece cleanser set.
Even with hundreds of skincare products stashed in my linen closet, I would love someone to gift me this trio of cult-favorites.
For the mask-lovers, here are six formulas that’ll take #SelfcareSunday to a new level.
A clean beauty option that will not disappoint.
Don’t be fooled by the tiny packaging, these serums are like liquid gold.
For the friend that doesn’t miss a selfie opportunity, GlamGlow created this trio of masks to make masking even more Insta-worthy.
Let’s not forget our body needs lovin’ too. That’s why this body scrub and moisturizer duo is a must.
If you know someone struggling with problem skin, we highly suggest investing in this vault. It’s filled with Sunday Riley’s top-sellers that answer practically every skin condition you could imagine.
Because no one will complain about younger-looking skin.
If you have a friend that’s never tried the Clarisonic, please introduce them with this set. It’s got the face-cleansing tool we all love and a few It Cosmetics skin goodies to try.
Apparently, this trio is a favorite of Kim K’s makeup artist so act fast because we’re expecting this to fly off shelves.
Another brand introductory set that’s great for someone who loves the brand or someone who’s never tried it.
Every year, SK-II kills it with this beautifully decorated bottles of this cult-favorite essence. This colorful edition is our fave.
This set comes with not one, but two serums and a facial massager all for under $20.
Who doesn’t love experimenting with luxury skincare? My point exactly.
A wallet-friendly option with a foot peel and charcoal strips to remove blackheads and excess oil.
For the sister (or cousin) that’s obsessed with wellness shots and potions, this collagen-infused kit is all about starting healthy skin from within.
Another clean beauty option that’s all about that lit-from-within glow.
Jade rollers are still a hot comodity and pairing it with a skin-purifying mask makes it even more inticing.
You can never go wrong with one of the Bath & Body Works seasonal scented lotions.
Prepare to see this insta-famous brand’s holiday offering all over your feed this winter. It’s one of our top picks for the holidays.
Kiss that dry winter skin goodbye with this rich shea-butter giftset.
If you know someone who can’t get enough of hydrating oils? Add this to cart now.
A soap, foot cream, and hand cream all formulated with dead sea mud and other natural moisturizers.
Bye-bye clogged pores. This at-home tool clears out pores and infuses your skincare products deeper into the skin for your healthiest skin yet.
Winter might be the only season where hand cream is giftable and this luxurious pick is an editor fave.
If these products helped Kendall get a clearer complexion, we’ll happily slather these all over our faces.
True story, I’ve never met someone who doesn’t love this exfoliator so it’s a guaranteed win in my book.
If you’re a true beauty junkie, you know and love the holidays for the jumbo-sized editions of our favorite skincare products like this one.
Perfect for holiday travels, these pint-sized skincare goodies will keep your complexion intact on-the-go.
This millennial pink oil wash and body cream duo are almost too cute to use.
You can’t have a solid skincare routine without giving your eyes some TLC. Thankfully this mask and eye patch giftable set takes care of that.
Is there even one person on this planet that doesn’t love coconut oil? Keep thinking, I’ll wait.
On a budget? No problem. This Target mask set will please gift-getters of all ages.
If these skin-healthy finds will ensure only good days, I’m snagging one of these for myself.
Not quite for your face, but this lip and hand duo is on my all-year-round wishlist.
It’s a neon kit is filled with some of the brand’s best-selling products to remix your morning skincare routine…what’s not to love?
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