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Only a few beauty products transcend gender, age, and skin type — and hand creams are a prime example. So if you’re looking for a last-minute gift or beauty stocking stuffer, the best hand cream gift sets are a winning choice no matter who you’re shopping for. With all the hand-washing, gift-wrapping, cooking, and cleaning (not to mention the dry, cold weather), this time of year is particularly hard on our hands. That’s all the more reason to choose a gorgeous hand cream gift set to pop in a stocking or slip under the tree this year.
You can find luxury hand cream gift sets for all the people on your gift list. Pair it with a nail polish gift set for your friend who’ll be DIY-ing her manicure with wintery nail colors this month. Luxury hand cream sets are an amazing gift for mom (or gift for any woman in your life). And if you’re looking for a present for your girlfriend, she’ll love a fresh hand cream, too — consider purchasing one that smells like a great perfume and she’ll use it all year long. Hand cream sets that come with matching soap are a no-brainer to gift hostesses this holiday season, especially when included other spa gifts for rest and relaxation.
What to Look For in the Best Hand Cream Gift Sets
The best hand creams combine hydrating ingredients with light fragrance for a sensorial feel. With a gift set, anyone can test new fragrances and formulas without committing to a full-size product.
- Ingredients: Look for proven moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, shea butter, and ceramides. These emollient ingredients help to hydrate dry patches on your hands and cuticles. For a thicker texture and long-lasting moisture, opt for creams that include oils. These create a barrier on your skin that’ll protect your hands from withering away in the wind and cold.
- Fragrance: Hand creams are a great way to test out new fragrances (if the smell isn’t up your alley, you can simply rinse it off). Many hand cream gift sets include multiple scent options, making it easy to find a new favorite.
- Size: You can shop hand cream sets in a range of sizes, so it all comes down to personal preference. Many feature a collection of travel-sized lotions that are easy to stow in your bag or on your desk. You can also shop full-size sets with soap and lotion that are perfect for the powder room or by the kitchen sink.
Top Hand Cream Gift Sets of 2022
- Best Overall: Molton Brown Hand Care Gift Set
- Best Budget-Friendly Hand Cream Gift Set: Tocca Wonders Crema Veloce Hand Cream Collection
- Best Fragrance Range: L’Occitane 10 Days of Hand Cream Holiday Set
- Best For Hands and Nails: Caudalie Vinotherapist Body Moisturizing Duo Set
- Best Hand Soap and Hand Cream Set: Nest New York Bamboo Liquid Soap & Hand Lotion Set
- Best Hydrating Hand Cream Gift Set: Kiehl’s Hydrating Hand Care Trio
- Best Splurge Hand Cream Gift Set: Aesop Resurrection Duet
- Best Repairing Hand Cream Gift Set: Laura Mercier Party of Three Hand Cream Set
- Best Travel Hand Cream Gift Set: Diptyque The Art of Hand Care Travel Set
- Best Hand Cream Gift Set for Teens: Burt’s Bees Hand Cream Trio
- Best Lightly Scented Hand Cream Gift Set: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Hand Cream
- Best Hand Cream Gift Set for Men: Twentynine Palms Moonlight Mesa Duo
Molton Brown Hand Care Gift Set
Molton Brown gift sets sell out all the time during the holidays. So consider yourself lucky to grab the brand’s Hand Care Gift Set. The creams come in three popular fragrances: Fiery Pink Pepper, Orange and Bergamot, and Delicious Rhubarb and Rose. And each one packs ingredients like shea butter and glycerin. The eco-minded will appreciate that the box is made of recycled materials.
Tocca Wonders Crema Veloce Hand Cream Collection
Best Budget-Friendly Hand Cream Gift Set
Created by Italian fragrance brand Tocca, it’s no surprise that each cream in this collection smells divine. They can choose from a fresh, spicy, and floral scent to suit their mood, all while treating their hands to ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and aloe. And the earthy green packaging doesn’t need an ounce of wrapping paper.
L’Occitane 10 Days of Hand Cream Holiday Set
Best Fragrance Range
With L’Occitane’s 10 Days of Hand Cream Holiday Set, they’ll have a salve on standby all year long. The $125 value kit contains the brand’s bestselling shea butter hand cream, plus nine other options in scents that feature notes like neroli, lavender, almond, and rose. Each one softens your hands with shea butter and almond oil.
Caudalie Vinotherapist Body Moisturizing Duo Set
Best for Hands and Nails
Caudalie’s Vinotherapist line is beloved by beauty editors and dermatologists alike. With this duo set, you can treat your hands and limbs: You’ll get a sample of the brand’s bestselling body lotion, plus a hand cream that soothes dry hands and cracked cuticles. The formulas are intensely hydrating and luxuriously thick, thanks to grape seed oil, shea butter, and antioxidant polyphenols.
Editor’s testing and review notes: “I go through a tub of Caudalie’s Vinotherapist Replenishing Body Butter every few months — it hydrates my skin for a solid 24 hours, no matter how dry I am,” says senior beauty and lifestyle commerce editor Claire Sullivan. “So when I got my hands on the Vinotherapist hand and nail cream, I had high expectations. I’m happy to report that the hand cream is just as amazing as the body butter; it packs the same moisturizing powers and subtle nutty scent.”
Nest New York Bamboo Liquid Soap & Hand Lotion Set
Best Hand Soap and Hand Cream Set
Nest New York’s luxury candles are iconic, and the brand’s Liquid Soap & Hand Lotion Sets lets you wear some of their most popular fragrances. The Bamboo scent is an evergreen winner — the verdant formulas smell like a garden, with notes of white flower and citrus. The set comes with a metallic tray to keep the pair tidy wherever you set them.
Editor’s testing and review: “I love this scent from Nest New York; it smells clean and refreshing in an earthy (not squeaky clean or chemical) way,” says Sullivan. “The non-drying soap and lightweight hand cream keep my hands happy all year.”
Kiehl’s Hydrating Hand Care Trio
Best Hydrating Hand Cream Gift Set
Great for guys and girls alike, any cream from Kiehl’s Hydrating Hand Care Trio will revive tired hands with just a dollop. The Ultimate Strength Hand Salve will be on heavy rotation during brisk winter days, and the lavender- and grapefruit-scented creams will give them non-greasy hydration during milder months.
Aesop Resurrection Duet
Best Splurge Hand Cream Gift Set
If you’ve tried Aesop’s hand soap, you know it makes washing your hands feel like a trip to the spa: You’ll get an herbal, woodsy fragrance and soft (not stripped) hands. The Resurrection Duet pairs the hand wash with an equally luxurious hand cream that features the same scent. They’ll want to moisturize their hands on the hour just to keep the scent lingering on their fingertips — the set makes a great wellness gift.
Editor’s testing and review notes: “The only thing better than Aesop’s hand soap is this duo of soap and lotion,” says Sullivan. “The bottles look gorgeous by the sink, and contain enough product to last you months on end. They’re a worthy investment in my book.”
Laura Mercier Party of Three Hand Cream Set
Best Repairing Hand Cream Gift Set
With ingredients like jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and oat protein to hydrate hands and repair a damaged skin barrier, the Laura Mercier Party of Three Hand Cream Set heals and softens the driest skin. The intensely scented creams come in three warming fragrances like amber vanilla, almond coconut, and sweet crème brûlée.
Diptyque The Art of Hand Care Travel Set
Best Travel Hand Cream Gift Set
With chic packaging and refined French fragrances, any Diptyque product is practically a collectable. The Art of Hand Care Travel Set will take their hand care to the next level wherever they go — the set includes a gentle hand wash, the brand’s bestselling lightweight hand lotion, and a rinse-free hand wash. The frequent traveler in your life will feel special every time they use it.
Burt’s Bees Hand Cream Trio
Best Hand Cream Gift Set for Teens
The budget-friendly Burt’s Bees Hand Cream Trio is great for the teens in your life. They’ll love the fun scents, which include lavender and honey, wild rose and berry, and watermelon mint. The nearly 100% naturally-derived formulas contain gentle ingredients like shea butter and pumpkin seed oil that are safe for sensitive skin.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Hand Cream
Best Lightly Scented Hand Cream Gift Set
Jo Malone’s fragrances are friendly for layering; this Peony & Blush Suede Hand Cream won’t compete with her favorite eau. The subtle fragrance is fresh and floral, but that’s not the only selling point. The formula has ingredients like softening apricot kernel oil, clary sage extract, and vitamin E. And the signature cream-colored box and black ribbon makes it gifting-ready.
Twentynine Palms Moonlight Mesa Duo
Best Hand Cream Gift Set for Men
If you’ve been itching to test something from Jared Leto’s desert-inspired unisex line Twentynine Palms, start here. The Moonlight Mesa Duo includes a foaming gel cleanser that doesn’t strip your hands, and a rich hand cream that’s loaded with dryness-banishing ingredients like evening primrose oil, coconut oil, and castor seed oil. The cream is thick enough to rehydrate the driest cuticles.
Editor’s testing and review notes: “I approach celebrity beauty lines with a skeptic’s eye, but Twentynine Palms won me over as soon as I tested the hand cream,” says Sullivan. “The texture is buttery and rich, but the fragrance is what I love the most — it’s floral and earthy with a hint of smokiness that feels cozy on cold days.”
Meet the Author
Claire Sullivan is the Senior Beauty and Lifestyle Commerce Editor for WWD and Footwear News. She has five years of experience covering the beauty industry, and she’s tested loads of hand creams on her always-dry hands. To find the best hand cream gift sets, she tested multiple products, combed through reviews, and found the best deals from established and emerging brands to gift everyone on your list.