The number-one most important aspect of exchanging gifts, according to psychologists? To show that you really know the person well, and you really care about them (though you don’t need a therapist to tell you that). Number 2? Make sure the gift is actually usable for the recipient. A Yale study says that gift receivers prefer to receive more practical gifts (though the givers often tend to choose what they perceive as more desirable or glamorous).
The perfect compromise: Skin care and makeup gifts. Rarely do you find a luxury that is also practical and results-oriented. Giving someone a gift of skincare or makeup, in line with their needs and lifestyle, not only tells them that you’ve spent time thinking about them and seeking out something special just for them, but each time they use it—which will be daily (or even more)—they’ll think of you. In other words, skincare won’t get tucked away in a drawer and forgotten.
Of course, skincare is not one-size-fits-all. That’s actually one of the things that makes it so special to receive—you know it was picked out just for you. And while that may be tricky, or far too time-consuming, we’ve done all of the research for you by curating the nicest list to cover your favorite people. Best of all, it’s as easy as picking up a gift card (but so much more meaningful).
Giftee: The man in your life
You may be thinking, “but my [husband, father, son, boyfriend, cousin] isn’t into skincare,” but that’s actually the perfect reason to gift him with some. Since he’s not buying it for himself, this is a great opportunity for him to discover something he doesn’t even know he needs (or loves). And it will certainly stand out in a sea of sweaters, colognes, electronics, and tool kits.
How to choose the right skincare gift
Men’s skin is thicker than ours (yes, we mean literally) which often makes it oiler. Besides that difference in texture, think about what a man’s face experiences daily: shaving tops the list, which means irritation and sensitivity. So taking care of their skin really does often take products especially formulated to take those differences into account. Enter Perricone’s CBx for Men line.
“After carefully vetting a variety of active ingredients, we chose to use phytocannabinoids, non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from the cannabis sativa plant, as the key ingredient in the CBx for Men collection,” said Perricone MD’s Chief Innovative Officer, Chris Caires.
“Phytocannabinoids are known to help stressed, oil-prone skin feel soothed, healthy and refreshed, making them an ideal ingredient for men’s skincare. Aside from skincare, phytocannabinoids have also been used to address a variety of conditions such as chronic pain and sleeplessness as well as skin conditions such as acne.”
The line includes CBx for Men Super Clean Face Wash, a gentle foaming face wash that removes impurities and excess oil without over-drying the skin and helps smooth skin for a more comfortable shave.
Giftee: Makeup-obsessed best friend
We all have that friend who wishes she had her very own glam squad on call 24/7. And chances are good that she already looks like said glam squad is on her payroll.
How to choose the right gift
Here’s the great irony of the makeup aficionado: The one thing she appreciates more than anything is a product that’s so brilliant it makes her skin look naturally perfect instead of looking like she’s wearing makeup. The solution: The Perricone No Makeup Line. Created to enhance skin and features instead of masking them, this revolutionary makeup line not only provides the coverage, but it also helps fight the visible signs of aging. It’s formulated to combat sun damage, and restore the appearance of skin’s elasticity—just like Perricone skincare. The result is true anti-aging makeup that treats skin as it visually perfects it.
The line includes:
What do you get for the woman who has done so much for you...your whole life? You give her something that will pamper her, for a change.
How to choose the right gift
Your mom easily tops the list of people who deserve to be pampered every. single day. Giving her of one Perricone MD’s most luxurious products says all of that, plus that you are personally a Perriconista who loves and uses this line and wants to share it with her. Here are some of our highest-rated favorites from our most popular collections:
Cold Plasma Plus Advanced Serum Concentrate (1 fl oz / 30 mL) This serum concentrate dramatically improves loss of radiance, uneven texture, uneven skin tone, discoloration, redness, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.
Cold Plasma Plus Fragile Skin Therapy (6 fl oz / 177 mL: This multi-tasking treatment dramatically promotes the most visible signes of stronger, more resilient skin on the arms, shins and other fragile areas prone to damage or bruising.
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Deep Crease Serum (1 fl oz / 30 mL): This serum has a silky, luxurious texture that smooths even the most stubborn, deep-set lines, wrinkles and creases, including marionette lines, frown and smile lines.
She’s constantly jumping time zones and climates, and logs long hours in moisture-sapping plane air that’s guaranteed to parch her skin. By the end of the year, chances are good that she’s not the only one who’s burnt out from all of her work travels.
How to choose the right gift
Her skin may have the dullness and dryness associated with mega frequent flier miles. Thankfully, there are a lot of great options for her, and her new skincare gift will give her the warm and fuzzies even more than a travel blanket.
Some great options to consider:
High Potency Classics Hyaluronic Moisturizer is packed with this powerhouse ingredient, making it the perfect plane companion.
Ultra Holiday Travel Essentials Set: This set includes all of the Essential Travel Set, plus Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy, for your body skin which also gets dry while traveling, and Cold Plasma Plus Advanced Serum Concentrate, a .25. fl oz multitasking serum that can replace multiple products in one swipe, tackling nine visible signs of aging: lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, discoloration, dullness, redness, enlarged pores, and loss of firmness. Starting 12/9, get a FREE Ultra Holiday Travel Essentials skincare set with purchase of $150 ($239 value)
The Delicate Skin Regimen. We know what you’re thinking: she doesn’t have delicate skin. Maybe not, but all of the traveling has likely made it so. Even otherwise healthy skin becomes sensitive and irritable when exposed to low humidity (like circulated plane air) and different climates. Formulated with olive polyphenols, this set blends the antioxidants derived from the olive fruit and olive leaf to deeply nourish even the most sensitive skin while delivering visible anti-aging results. The set includes:
- Gentle Cleanser (8 fl oz / 237 mL: An ultra-gentle gel face wash for dry and delicate skin that gently removes makeup, and excess oil for refreshed, hydrated-looking skin.
- Nourishing Moisturizer (2 fl oz / 59 mL: A velvety-rich, deeply-comforting and nourishing face moisturizer for dry skin to visibly firm and soften wrinkles.
- Firming Eye Cream (0.5 fl oz / 15 mL): A deeply-nourishing, firming eye cream that visibly firms, smooths and brightens dry or delicate skin.
Now, which skincare gift is on your wish list?