15 Amazing Skincare Gifts For Your Friend Who Loves The Skin They’re In

Including Meghan Markle's favorite cleanser!


Got a friend who's super into glowing, like, all the time? Lucky for them, skincare continued to advance and evolve in 2018, with tons of new product releases and plenty of love for old classics. No matter the skin ailment, there's something out there to make or keep your skin bright, hydrated, and nourished. Here, the best of the best skincare gift sets for you to place under the tree. We wish you a glowing Christmas, and a hydrated New Year.

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1 Mask Mania
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Peter Thomas Roth Sephora

This is the best gift for the friend who literally loves face masks. Featuring six—count 'em, six—of Peter Thomas Roth's bestselling masks, this kit can solve whatever skincare ailment afflicting you today. Our two favorites: the 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask, which is infused with, yes, gold as an anti-aging agent, and the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer, which uses multiple exfoliating treatments to revitalize and rejuvenate skin.

2 The Fan Favorite
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Drunk Elephant Sephora

If you want to reveal bright, shining, youthful looking skin, buy this set immediately. This best-for-beginners set includes a facial mask, cleanser, oil, serum, and lip balm. Everything in this grouping is worth raving about, but our fave of all of them is the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ , a AHA/BHA mask that improves skin tone and texture to reveal youthful looking skin. 

3 This Crystal Roller + Oil Set
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BeautyBio Sephora

Face rollers were the hottest beauty trend of 2018, and while the jury's still out on their effectiveness, they sure are fun to play with...and they do have some impact on the skin. Plus, they're just so pretty: Everything in this kit is rose quartz-infused, starting with the Radiance Brightening Omega + Rosehip Seed Facial Oil. If you're kinda woo-woo, this is the set for you.

4 Bum Bum Carnaval Extravaganza
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Sol de Janeiro Sephora

Want to feel like you're on a tropical vacation, even when you're trapped in the cold winter snow? Reach for the super-thick Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, which tightens and smoothes the look of skin via Guarana extract and coconut oil, among other things. The body mist is perfect for those who want the scent of the body wash and hand cream—that would be pistachio and salted caramel—to linger a little longer, too. 

5 Bestsellers Set
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Tatcha Sephora

Meghan Markle is a huge fan of this luxury Japanese skincare brand's cleanser, and now you can be too! This collection is intended to be used as a "ritual,"  as in, each product individually and together serves a purpose, for a relaxing and mindful skin experience. Start with the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, which would be followed up with the Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (the duchess' favorite!), a water-activated exfoliant using rice bran and pearl to polish skin like a gem (and is gently enough for daily use). 

6 For Your Mom Friends
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The Honest Company Nordstrom

This absolutely darling gift safe made up of nursery essentials from the company founded by Jessica Alba is a great option for that friend who's trying to keep it all eco-friendly for her kids. Everything in this box is hypoallergenic and biodegradable—from diapers to body wash, wipes to healing balm.

7 Miss Popular
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Sunday Riley Nordstrom

This kit contains Sunday Riley's greatest hits: Tidal Enzyme Brightening Water Cream, Ceramic Slip Cleanser, C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and the legendary Good Genes Treatment, which uses high-potency, purified-grade lactic acid to exfoliate skin and reveal smoother and younger looking skin.

8 A Winter Rose Collection
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Mario Badescu Nordstrom

If you've got a friend who just can't help but stop and smell the roses, then you're done shopping for her gift now. Every piece in this collection is infused with roses in some way: Rose Hips Nourishing Oil brings moisturizes; Rose Hips Mask helps to restore a healthy glow to dull and dehydrated skin; Witch Hazel and Rosewater Toner helps to promote clarity and radiance; and the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater can be used at any time, anywhere, to give skin a dewy glow.

9 You Get A Cream! You Get A Cream!
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Caudalíe Nordstrom

A trio means your friend can have a hand cream in their purse, at their desk, and next to their bed. Pumped full of moisturizing active ingredients like organic fair trade shea butter, these creams will leave her skin soft and nourished, perfect for showing off all of the holiday glitz on her hands and wrists. 

10 Sheet Mask Galore
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StarSkin Nordstrom

Sheet masking is a great way to calm down after a busy day, and this one's got all kinds of different styles for whatever she's in need of that day: three face masks, an eye mask, and a lip mask. For the multitasker in your life, this is the quickest and easiest way to achieve bright, radiant, and hydrated skin. 

11 This Scrub-tastic Scrub Set

The pure sugar cane crystals in this scrub work to slough off dead skin cells, revealing youthful-looking skin. Keep one, give the rest away, or hoard them all for yourself—whatever you want. With scents like Sugar Lavender Sugar Scrub and Sugar Coconut Sugar Scrub, there's a little something here for everyone.

12 Chapped Lips, Be Gone
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Jack Black Nordstrom

It's good friendship to share, so buy one of these lip balms and give the other to your bestie. She'll be grateful since the Intense Therapy balm is unlike any other, in that instead of sitting on the surface of your lips, it uses skin conditioners like petrolatum and antioxidants that soak into the lips, preventing dryness and chapping.

13 Body Besties
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Kiehl's Since 1851 Nordstrom

These two (adorably packaged) products work together to make skin smooth and hydrated. First there's the Grapefruit Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, which exfoliates without drying. Follow that with the Creme de Corps Grapefruit Whipped Body Cream, which uses shea butter, squalane, and jojoba oil to replenishing skin's hydration.

14 The Best Deal
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First Aid Beauty Sephora

The value on his gift set is next level: Five products that would normally cost you more than $100 can be had for half that price. Great skin for less money? We're there. First Aid Beauty is great for sensitive skin, and all the products are fragrance free. The Ultra Repair Cream is a rich, whipped cream that will keep you hydrated from end to end, and promises to provide "immediate relief and long-lasting protection for dry, distressed skin—even eczema." Apparently, clinical tests have proven that it will increase hydration by 169 percent immediately after use. 

15 This One Comes With a Bag!
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Glow Recipe Sephora

Three skin-perfecting products all in an adorable see-through tote? I'm TOTEs there. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) Glow Recipe's Watermelon Jelly Tote set is perfect for the girl on the go. With a soothing Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, the ultra-hydrating Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, and the facial-in-a-jar Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, your skin will have the same pretty sheen as the tote it comes in.

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