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The 56 Best Skincare Gifts of 2023

Best skincare gifts

Are you giving skincare products as a gift? Whether you’re treating someone to a pricier product they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, like a high-tech anti-aging tool, or introducing them to that TikTok find everyone’s talking about, we’re here for it. You can also gift unique discovery sets so people can sample a brand they may not otherwise be familiar with. We also think some standalone products are so fab that they make perfect presents in their own right because some luxe body creams are that good.

We have skincare gifts for every price point, and better yet. We even took some top-rated picks for a spin, noting what our product testers thought about them.

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Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

Hailey Bieber pretty much single-handedly started the “glazed donut skin” trend that’s now all over the internet, and this product makes it easy to achieve exactly that (even if you haven’t been blessed with Bieber’s genetics). The hybrid serum-gel can be used under moisturizer, over makeup, or straight up on its own, delivering niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to leave skin looking insanely dewy and plump. FYI, it sells out fast, so make sure to grab it while you can.

Price at time of publish: $29

What Our Experts Say

“The Glazing Fluid is a novel formulation. It allows for a deep layer of hydration while remaining light on your skin and mixes well with makeup, allowing it to be a truly versatile essential.”—Dhaval Bhanusali, MD FAAD, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil

The choice for anyone who loves skincare and working out, this multipurpose oil is one of the standouts from Alo’s (yes, as in the athleisure brand) recent foray into the beauty space.  we gave it 4.9 stars thanks to a lightweight yet still very hydrating texture that works beautifully on both face and body and absorbs lightning fast. The formula is also clean, loaded with natural ingredients such as turmeric and aloe.

Price at time of publish: $48

“After using this product for two weeks, I can genuinely say that this is one of the best face and body oils I’ve tried in a while. My skin has responded well to the formula, and despite the slight scent, I have yet to face any irritation.”—Melony Forcier, Product Tester

Mutha Up All Night Eye Cream

Editors have long been fans of pretty much any and every product MUTHA launches, so it’s no surprise that this eye cream is equally as beloved. The luxurious and highly effective formula offers long-term hydration and anti-aging benefits but also gives you a quick fix, thanks to caffeine and pearl powder, to help minimize the look of dark circles pretty much instantly.

Price at time of publish: $90

“While no topical product can ever actually fill in a depression, twice daily application over a weekend made my eye’s surrounding skin so bright and hydrated that the hollows don’t faze me.”—Amanda Ross, Product Tester

Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

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.

Price at time of publish: $89

“This product is not cheap. But, in my opinion, it’s worth the price tag in spades. It’s one of the only formulas I’ve used for years and seen visible results every single time. That, and it lasts for months.”—Hallie Gould

Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

Nothing against those old-school pore clearing strips we all loved and used, but this is such a gentler (and more high-tech) way to keep pores clog-free. Instead, this tool 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. Facial fanatics are sure to appreciate both aspects.

Price at time of publish: $99

“In addition to visibly pulling buildup out of my pores, the duality of the product is the one-two punch I need for clean, dewy skin; after just one use, I was hooked.”—Lindsey Metrus, Director of Commerce, People & Entertainment Weekly

Solawave Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy

As a general rule of thumb, techy skincare tools tend to skew toward the (often very) expensive side. Here’s one exception to the rule: a compact, super easy-to-use handheld device that’s a favorite of actress Sydney Sweeney. It delivers not only red LED light but also microcurrent and warming massage all in one. Spa lovers, this one’s got your name on it.

Price at time of publish: $149

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 good. 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. It’s pricey, for sure, but this is a gift, after all.

Price at time of publish: $100

“Upon first application, the cream sank in immediately, and I could tell my parched skin was instantly being engulfed in moisture. A few hours later, I felt my skin, and it was noticeably softer. From my neck down, my skin looks and feels firmer and plumper. The rough, dry patches on my knees, elbows, and ankles are smoother than ever. The cream delivers an intense level of hydration that I haven’t experienced with other body moisturizers. I didn’t even need to reapply it every day because its moisturizing effects are long-lasting.”—Olivia Hancock

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
Supreme Seed Purification Mask

A must for the masking enthusiast, this gentle yet potent treatment leaves the skin visibly smoother, brighter, and glowier. Infused with nourishing and soothing antioxidants and plant extracts, it works to replenish stressed skin while drawing out dirt and impurities to decongest and refine pores. Bonus points for the chic, minimalistic packaging.

Price at time of publish: $60

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

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. It’s also a fun and different gift option for the product junkie who may be particular about the types of things they put on their skin. And sure, having a fridge dedicated to skincare may be a little bit extra, but that’s part of the reason why we love this so much.

Price at time of publish: $40

Opulus Beauty Labs The Retinol+ Ramp Up Starter System

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. Once you buy the little blending device, you can then also purchase other formulas to whip up, choosing from an array of different masks that address a variety of complexion concerns. Fun fact: It was also created by the same scientist who created the Clarisonic, so you know it’s got to be good.

Price at time of publish: $395


Give the gift of skin so smooth it feels like butter. This kit contains both bestselling products from the Topicals’ Like Butter line: the Like Butter Hydrating Mist and the Like Butter Hydrating Mask. The mist is a unique spray-on skin-soother that’s brimming with botanicals, leaving the skin oh-so-hydrated and smooth, while the supremely nourishing mask works to restore dry, flaky skin and fortify its natural moisture barrier.

Price at time of publish: $64

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set

Beauty editors and consumers rave about this moisturizer, which, in a word, really is magical. (Credit a formula that combines skincare heavy-hitters such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, and a peptide complex.) 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. It’s also a good choice for all skin types, making it a universally foolproof gift.

Price at time of publish: $160

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

We’re big fans of this brand’s body offerings, and 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.) It’s admittedly expensive for a hand cream, but that’s part of its gift-worthy appeal.

Price at time of publish: $20

 LastRound® Reusable Cotton Rounds by LastObject

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 percent wood fiber and 30 percent 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 or applying toners or serums. Just one of these replaces 1000 single-use cotton pads, drastically minimizing waste.

Price at time of publish: $16


Everyone loves a good body scrub, and this one from Skin Butter will leave your skin feeling oh-so-smooth. Made from sugar and a blend of plant butters and oils, it claims to help buff away dead skin as it boosts cell renewal and elasticity. It’s available in a number of delicious scents, but we’re big fans of the ginger-lemon version, an invigorating way to start your morning.

Price at time of publish: $28

Resore 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—since it’s not rough or scratchy, like traditional washcloths—and is made with eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial fibers.

Price at time of publish: $35

Drunk Elephant The Littles 6.0

Here’s everything you need for a complete a.m. and p.m. skincare routine. The set comes complete with the brand’s jelly cleanser, antioxidant-rich vitamin C serum, sunscreen, glycolic night serum, beloved marula oil, and polypeptide cream, all in travel-friendly sizes. Everything is housed in a super cute yellow carrying case, which also happens to eliminate the need for wrapping paper.

Price at time of publish: $74

EleVen by Venus Williams Skin Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50

She may be a tennis legend, but we’d like to give Venus Williams equal props for her beauty skills. This lotion is so hydrating, so silky, and absorbs so beautifully that it’s easy to forget it’s actually sunscreen—we totally did. But indeed, it packs your daily dose of SPF 50 (which is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes). It may sound strange to give someone sunscreen, but this is truly luxurious enough to be a gift.

Price at time of publish: $38

The Ordinary the Skinmalist Set

We has sung the praises of this unique skincare brand time and time again, thanks to its ability to utilize efficacious amounts of well-studied ingredients in simple formulas. (And for the fact that the products all ring in at extremely wallet-friendly price points.) This offers an easy way to play with three of their most well-known SKUs: A hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, caffeine-based eye serum, and pure rosehip seed oil, the latter of which is an especially big hit.

Price at time of publish: $22

Remix Re:Wand Face Tool

Jade rollers are a dime a dozen these days. So are gua sha tools. But we have yet to see anything quite like this face tool, specially designed to offer the best of both of those worlds. The unique, whale-like shape makes it easy to use as you would with either of those tools, allowing you to address a variety of issues. (To that point, you can even go the extra mile and purchase a customized video tutorial from the tool’s creator Giselle Wasfie, DACM.) It’s made from crocodile jasper, which is known for its tranquil energy and makes this look more like a work of art than a skincare tool.

Price at time of publish: $80

Tatcha The Starter Ritual Set

The stunning packaging of this set is definitely part of what makes it so gift-worthy, but the products inside deserve equal attention. It comes with mini sizes of five of the brand’s most beloved products: camellia cleansing oil, exfoliating rice polish, the serum-like essence, dewy skin cream, and peony eye cream. It’s a nice way to try a little bit of everything from some of the best this top skincare brand has to offer, and, again, won’t require that you wrestle with wrapping paper.

Price at time of publish: $74

Pholk Beauty Hibiscus Night Oil

Great for those who like to keep their routine squeaky clean, this oil features just four ingredients: hempseed oil, hibiscus oil, infused peony oil, and blue tansy essential oil. The combination makes for a formula that’s great for all skin types, is non-greasy and non-pore-clogging, and, best of all, helps to even out skin tone and fade unwanted hyperpigmentation. And how pretty is the bottle?

Price at time of publish: $27


This device is a great example of how high-tech skincare tools have gotten these days. It’s a scaled-down version of the O.G. NuFace when it comes to size (great for traveling or for those who have limited real estate in their bathroom or vanity) but has all kinds of cool features. The microcurrent device syncs to the new NuFace App, which helps you tailor the various settings to achieve exactly what your skin needs. (There are tightening, lifting, and toning modes, each of which works at different levels in the skin.) It’s an ideal gift for those who are all about trying the latest and greatest in-office treatments.

Price at time of publish: $245


A true standout in the affordable skincare space, Versed is one of our favorites for offering clean, effective formulas housed in cool packaging—at a jaw-droppingly affordable price point. This discovery kit is a great way to try out a little bit of everything and features five of their bestsellers, including a cleansing balm, two different serums, a brightening toner, and a lightweight gel moisturizer.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro

This may just look like a very expensive way to channel your inner Power Ranger, but this high-tech mask really is worth the splurge. It relies on two types of LED light—red, known to help combat inflammation and potentially even help stimulate collagen production, and blue, which kills acne-causing bacteria. You can use the lights separately, though there’s also a setting that combines both. It works in just three minutes, and, unlike giving someone a bottle of lotion or serum, this is the gift that keeps on giving—they’ll just need to charge it occasionally.

Price at time of publish: $435

Soap & Glory Peepers & Pout Eye & Lip Mask Set

If you’re looking for an affordable gift that’s still sure to please, check out this drugstore find. It features two Korean-made hydrating lip masks and two sets of brightening under-eye gel patches. (You could even split them up as individual stocking stuffers).

Price at time of publish: $10

54 Thrones African Beauty Butter Mini Gift Set

Oprah previously named this set one of her favorite things, and hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us. All joking aside, we get her motivation. As the name suggests, African shea butter is the star of the show in this deeply moisturizing formula, a choice for quenching extremely parched skin (especially on the hands and body). There are five scents of the butter in this set, all naturally derived and featuring sophisticated combos such as Kenyan Hibiscus and Moroccan Rose, Egyptian Lavender, and Moroccan Mint.

Price at time of publish: $29

LAWLESS Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask

Perfect as a stocking stuffer or when you need a little bit of a smaller-ticket gift, this lip mask is basically like a lip balm on serious steroids. Shea butter and hyaluronic acid impart tons of moisture, and as the name suggests, it also makes your pout look noticeably fuller when you wake up, thanks to the addition of a plumping ingredient known as Maxi-Lip. But no, it doesn’t burn or sting, just feels cushiony and delightful.

Price at time of publish: $21

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Collection

For those with ever-changing moods (and skin temperaments), consider this set of four skincare veils of mist (which, FYI, also work great on hair). There are rejuvenating, reenergizing, balancing, and refreshing formulas available, all of which are perfect to grab any time your complexion needs a quick pick-me-up.

Price at time of publish: $20

Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum

It took 15 years to develop this formula, so you know there has to be something exciting going on. Indeed, it utilizes a unique type of Adaptive Phytocompound Tea technology that essentially helps skin function better on its own, all while also relying on tried-and-true ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. The result? A serum that helps skin appear smoother, plumper, and glowier. And despite all those benefits, it still looks pretty and high-end rather than super medicinal, making it very gift-appropriate.

Price at time of publish: $80

Canopy x Laneige Bedtime Besties Aroma Kit

Canopy and Laneige team up to bring the latest in overnight hydration with this Canopy humidifier that comes with three new aroma oils, and a sample of the Laneige Sleeping Mask. Designed to target dry and dull skin, this special bundle helps promote a supple and dewy complexion.

Price at time of publish: $125

La Mer The Glowing Renewal Collection Set

In this cute pouch lives four mini La Mer products that are the perfect entryway into testing the luxury brand (or traveling with it). Unwrap travel-friendly sizes of the Treatment Lotion, Regenerating Serum, Renewal Oil, and Moisture Cream, all made for your most velvety, luxurious skin.

Price at time of publish: $95

Dr. Jart+ Healthy Glow Kit

If redness and dryness are your skincare gripes, this kit has all the solutions. It comes with three full-size products, including the cult-favorite Cicapair Color Correcting treatment, Ceramidin Cream, and Dermask Vital Hydra Solution, an incredible value. Layer all three on for nourished, radiant skin.

Price at time of publish: $65

Sephora Collection Wishing You Face Mask Magic

This affordable kit comes with six sheet masks that make stashing for yourself or sharing with your friends super easy. The best part? Each mask is super effective and targets various concerns, from dryness to brightening.

Price at time of publish: $25

Shani Darden Ultimate Glow Kit

For the friend who appreciates the finer things in life, gift this Shani Darden set that comes with the famous esthetician’s editor-favorite Retinol Reform, exfoliating serum, and eye cream. All are perfect for adding to your rotation for non-stop glowing skin days.

Price at time of publish: $88

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Editors swear by the NuFace because it delivers on its promise of sculpting and snatching your skin. In this kit, you’ll find a mini (and pink!) version of the award-winning micro-current device and all the fixings for a snatched, hydrated complexion.

Price at time of publish: $209

Live Tinted Guard & Glow Essential Skin Set

Live Tinted’s Guard and Glow kit will make you look like you just left a tropical vacation, even in the dead of winter. Inside you’ll find one packet of Rays Copper Eye Mask to soothe tired eyes. You’ll also get a full-size tube of the brand’s Hueglow to illuminate your complexion and its bestselling Hueguard SPF to keep it all protected.

Price at time of publish: $42

Mario Badescu Mini Mist Collection

Why settle for one Mario Badescu best-selling face mist when you can sample all five for dewy skin. Toss one in each of your beauty bags or split them amongst the people on your stocking stuffers list.

Price at time of publish: $12

Sunday Riley Good Genes Power Couple Mini Kit

A skincare power couple indeed, this kit with two Sunday Riley best-sellers packed with lactic acid and retinol, respectively to brighten your skin with every use.

Price at time of publish: $28

First Aid Beauty Studio FAB Kit

Consider this a skincare party kit you don’t want to miss. A great value, it comes with two full-sized products: First Aid’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser and the Ultra Repair Cream. The kit also includes deluxe sample sizes of other First Aid faves (like the KP body scrub) for smooth skin from head to toe.

Price at time of publish: $59

Supergoop! Glow Duo

Supergoop! Glow Screen is an editor’s favorite for its illuminating, glowy finish that protects the skin. This year, wrap up this kit which has a full-size of the award-winning sunscreen and an accompanying glow-enhancing stick.

Price at time of publish: $41

Kopari Glowing Vanilla Vacation Set

We’re long past summer, but this value set has everything you need to keep the vacation vibes alive year-round, including a hydrating body wash and moisturizer. Both have a delicious vanilla, coconutty scent that’ll make your skin feel extra soft.

Price at time of publish: $29

Laneige Midnight Minis Lip Sleeping Mask Set

The cult-favorite Laneige Sleeping Mask comes in five yummy flavors that you’ll honestly have a hard time sharing with others. Bonus: It also includes a mini brush for easy application.

Price at time of publish: $19

Glow Recipe Hey You, You’re Glowing Watermelon Set

For your friend always curious about buzzy TikTok products, get them this Glow Recipe set that has two full-sized bottles of bestsellers from its Watermelon Glow collection.

Price at time of publish: $49

Kiehl’s Merry Masking Christmas Set

If you’re into experimenting with multimasking this mask set is a great place to start. It has three options for cooling, clarifying, and gently exfoliating.

Price at time of publish: $40

Charlotte Tilbury Recovery Skin Set

Grab this skincare set—complete with Charlotte Tilbury’s Maic Serum, Crystal Elixir and Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum to refresh your skin when needs to be perked up—before TikTok does.

Price at time of publish: $94

Buttah Skin Supreme Customizable Skin Kit

Buttah Skin’s customizable kit gives you the option pick between its three moisturizers to tailor the set to your needs. It also includes the brand’s cleanser, vitamin C serum, and rosewater toner.

Price at time of publish: $76

Grown Alchemist Save Our Skin Kit

This Grown Alchemist set is so chic, we’ll be purchasing one for ourselves for plump, hydrated skin and lips.

Price at time of publish: $39

BeautyStat Universal Essentials Kit

BeautyStat’s Universal C Skin Refiner is beloved by beauty experts everywhere for good reason: It brightens, refines, and protects your skin at once. Try the hype for yourself in this trial-sized kit that makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the skincare lover in your life.

Price at time of publish: $29

OLEHENRIKSEN Seeking Self-Care Skincare Favorites Set

This limited-edition trio includes a high-potency toner, skin-strengthening moisturizer, and visibly brightening eye cream. The set includes full-size products all formulated to help moisturize dry, winter skin and comes in fun, festive packaging to make gift-giving easy and ready-to-do.

Price at time of publish: $56


You’ve seen this facial on social as it’s famous for making wearers look like zombies during the treatment. What you might not know is this bestseller has tons of clinical backing that support its ability to tighten, brighten, and lift. The set contains the proprietary Octolift® Ampoule and Octolift® Solution, plus the Nano Emulsion to maximize the results, which are really, really amazing.

Price at time of publish: $110

TheraFace Pro

This is a total splurge for the skincare enthusiast, but it is completely worth it because you’re gifting a multi-purpose device to replace spa visits. From the bestselling massage gun brand, this device offers professional grade care. Find eight different treatments including deep pore cleansing, microcurrent and LED light therapy, as well as facial massage to ease jaw tension, headaches, plus help drain fluids from your face, leaving you contoured and taut. It also has clinical backing so results have science behind them.

Price at time of publish: $399

Grace & Stella Under-eye Mask

Anyone who loves skincare as much as we knows the importance of a good eye mask that’s specifically designed to target the delicate skin around the eye area (which happens to show fine lines and wrinkles faster than other parts of our skin because of its cellular composition1). This brand makes one of the best eye masks out there—and is an Amazon bestseller. PSA for last minute shoppers: you can snag this overnight if you have Prime, and one box comes with 48 pairs, so it’s truly a gift that will be appreciated.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer

If you aren’t using a steamer in your routine, you may not be getting the deepest pore cleanse. But, this gift really comes in handy for those prone to picking, which we all know is one of the most tempting but ultimately harmful skin habits you can pick up. Break it fast—or help someone you love ditch this habit— by adding a steamer to help loosen gunk sans picking. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Price at time of publish: $149

Eye cream set

This gift set is all about eyes, offering four different kinds of creams and serums to target things like puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles, plus dryness. It’s a must for the skincare enthusiast and comes in a festive gift box.

Price at time of publish: $64

Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier

If moist, cushiony skin is the goal, consider this sleek and tech-savvy portable humidifier your cheat sheet. It has a built-in filter, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it clean—just wipe out after every use. Plus, it generates power from a USB charge, and when fully charged, lasts up to eight hours, providing a continual stream of cool mist. We love it for its portability but also its design aesthetic which is so chic you can leave it on your vanity or end table without it messing with your decor.

Price at time of publish: $60


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