You can't wrap a glowing complexion as a holiday gift, but skin care products may be the next best thing. Skin care is a universal need and can contribute to your overall health, so skin care items make for thoughtful and practical gifts during the season of giving.

An individual's skin care routine is personal, and for some, it's sacred. You'll want to take into account factors like the recipient's skin type, health concerns, and lifestyle. In this holiday gift guide, you'll find versatile gift ideas for everyone on your list.

The Teen or Young Adult

It's no secret that teens and young adults are more prone to breakouts, but anyone can have acne-prone skin. If a loved one is experiencing the frustrations of acne, the EltaMD Acne Prone Skin Trial Bundle may help clear their complexion.

The bundle includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen—all of which are beneficial for reducing the inflammation, redness, and skin barrier damage associated with acne. This gift set is perfect for those who are new to skin care, seeing as it provides a complete regimen in just four steps.

The Jet-Setter

Everyone knows someone who loves to travel. For the jet-setters in your life, ensuring their gifts are travel-friendly and TSA-approved is a special touch. The EltaMD Skin Recovery System Bundle With UV Clear SPF 46 is offered in TSA-friendly trial sizes that will fit perfectly in their personal item or carry-on.

Air travel can be especially tough on skin, so this bundle is necessary for frequent flyers. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer rates are notably higher among flight attendants given that they're exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help protect against this exposure.

The Athlete

People who spend a lot of time outdoors—athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, sports coaches, construction workers, and so on—are no strangers to the sunshine. They're also no exception to the rule of daily sunscreen application and reapplication as needed.

The best gifts are those that someone wouldn't think of or know to purchase for themselves. While the athlete or outdoorsy type in your life may be more focused on scoring points and improving their performance, they may be racking up a lot of sun exposure in the process.

The EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ and EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 are water-resistant sunscreens that won't rinse off or drip into your eyes due to perspiration. And don't forget the lips: the EltaMD UV Lip Balm SPF 36 is designed to protect a commonly missed area for sunscreen application.

The Beauty Lover

If there's anyone on your list who is sure to appreciate a bag full of skin and sun care goodies, it's the beauty enthusiast.

The EltaMD UV Glow Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 36 is an excellent choice for someone who stocks up on makeup, skin care, and sun protection products, offering the best of all three. It provides the coverage of makeup, the antioxidant and hydration benefits of a moisturizer, and the UV protection of a sunscreen—all while making skin appear glowy and radiant.

The EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum is also a thoughtful choice given that it's not your average serum. It's uniquely formulated with three amino acids shown to help repair skin barrier damage and increase hydration. To really wow your beauty-loving friend, surprise them with the whole EltaMD Skin Recovery System.

Anyone on Your List

Best-sellers are called such for a reason. They're widely loved and suitable for a variety of people. You can't go wrong with the EltaMD Best Sellers Trial Bundle, a skin care gift set complete with a cleanser, moisturizer, and two sunscreens. For the person on your list who has everything, this may be just the right choice. With two full-size sunscreens, this bundle offers a way to wrap up sun protection.

Stocking Stuffers

A holiday gift guide wouldn't be complete without ideas for stocking stuffers. The following deluxe products are perfect for gift swaps at work or with friends and family:

While they're not required to show someone you care, giving gifts during the holiday season is a festive and thoughtful way to spread joy. The gesture of giving a gift may only last for a few moments, but giving the gift of skin care to someone lasts much longer.


  • Lacey Muinos

    Lacey is a Southern California-based freelance writer who combines her passions—fitness, health, and a vegan lifestyle—with her work to help readers feel and be their best. Her work has been featured in Healthline, Livestrong, Verywell Fit, Eat This Not That, KinderBeauty, and more.

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