The Cardon Essential Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re looking for the perfect present or stocking stuffer for the discerning person on your list, consider gifting personal care products. From the newbie to the expert, here is the essential gift guide for the best hair and skincare for everyone on your list.


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The Cardon Essential Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone could use a little self care. Personal care products are a reliable gift at birthdays and holidays, especially if you’re baffled by what to stuff in someone’s stocking, or if they value gifts with practical use and benefits you can SEE. After all, a few skincare products can run upwards of $50, and that means they’re saving money while also enjoying healthy skin and hair. 

Skincare can be an intimate part of someone’s routine and you may be left guessing. After all, you can’t really go poking around everyone’s bathroom seeing what types of skincare products they like. In comes our HOLIDAY GIFT GENERATOR to the rescue. Just answer some easy questions about who you’re shopping for and in 60 seconds flat you’ll get a personalized gift recommendation just for them! If you know about their skin type—Oily? Dry?—then you also have a solid foundation. You can also take a different approach, and get them products that suit an active lifestyle, a shaving regimen, or a jetsetting habit.

At Cardon, our roster of skincare products covers all of these bases, but we’ve also got a bunch of skincare bundles that suit these different skin types, use levels, and lifestyles. Check our assortment of routines below, and our suggestion for the giftee each suits best.

For the Minimalist: The Cardon Essentials Skincare Set

Contains Purifying Clay Cleanser, SPF + Moisturizer, and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

Whether this is their first attempt at a regimen, or if they have expressed interest in a no-frills routine, then consider the Essentials Skincare set. The most important steps in any regimen are cleansing and hydrating the skin twice daily—once in the morning, and once in the morning. This kit has two moisturizers, one with SPF for daytime use, and one restorative gel moisturizer for nighttime. All the essentials, none of the add ons.

For the 30- something: The Cardon Anti-Aging Skincare Set

Contains Purifying Clay Cleanser, Dark Circle Eye Rescue, SPF + Moisturizer, and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

We think everyone on the upside of 30 should add one more product to the otherwise baseline regimen outlined above: A peptide-powered eye product that helps keep firm and bright the delicate skin around the eyes. So, in addition to our gentle cleanser and two moisturizers, this one has a concentrated eye serum that helps prevent dark circles, puffy under eyes, and crow’s feet.

For an Active Lifestyle: The Cardon Recovery Skincare Set

Contains Purifying Clay Cleanser, Dark Circle Eye Rescue, and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

Selfcare for the workaholic or fitness junkie. People who are constantly on the go—and thus, often over-stressed and under-rested—tend to wear it on their face. Now, don’t tell them that you noticed a duller complexion and dark circles around their eyes, but give them the little nudge they need to spend a little extra time on themselves. That’s what this kit does—it rejuvenates tired skin, and is also terrific at the height of winter, when skin is more susceptible to dryness. (Though we’ve got a separate kit for dry skin, too, so keep reading.)

For the Person with Oily Skin: The Cardon Oily Skin Set 

Contains Purifying Clay Cleanser, Swipe + Soothe Cactus Toner Wipes, and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

People with oily skin need lightweight, oil-free products, as well as something to help balance oil levels while preventing clogged pores. This streamlined routine carefully flushes oil, tames sebum production, prevents clogged pores, gently exfoliates dead cells, and replenishes moisture without suffocating skin. And, if they’re acne prone—and only if they vocalize it—then you can toss in the Cardon Prickly Pimple Patch (9 count) too. But again, only if it’s not going to register as passive aggressive, because pimples can be kind of personal territory…

For the Person with Dry Skin: The Cardon Dry Skin Set

Contains Purifying Clay Cleanser, Dark Circle Eye Rescue, SPF + Moisturizer, 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, and Cactus Soothing Face Mask (4 count)

This one’s a cold weather staple! If your giftee complains of dry skin—or, simply because everyone’s skin gets drier in winter—then consider the Dry Skin Set. Our cleanser is cushioning and doesn’t deplete skin’s natural moisture levels. Our eye serum helps prevent dullness and dark circles, and our pair of moisturizers give the option of doubling up on hydration (with SPF, too). Lastly, a 4-pack of spa-grade sheet masks help provide weekly infusions of hydration for parched skin.

For the Frequent Traveler: The Cardon Jet Set Travel Kit with Dopp Bag

Contains TSA-friendly Purifying Clay Cleanser, Dark Circle Eye Rescue, SPF + Moisturizer, 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, Matte Lip Balm and Dopp Bag

While our lip balm, eye serum, and SPF moisturizer are TSA friendly from the start, this kit also provides the giftee with travel-sized versions of our clay cleanser and gel moisturizer. They can check the larger-sized items from other kits in their luggage, while this kit will keep them refreshed for the entirety of the travel day—or for the person who always packs light and wants weeks’ worth of product to take up minimal space.

For a Shower Upgrade: The Cardon Hair + Body Set 

Contains Strengthening Shampoo, Strengthening Conditioner, and Vital Body Wash

Ditch the lackluster drugstore 5-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, body wash combo—this trio gives the giftee some top-shelf shower upgrades. The shampoo resets the scalp without throwing it out of balance or dehydrating (which in turn prevents flaking and helps promote healthy hair growth); the conditioner further nourishes hair and scalp alike, giving soft and strong strands; the body wash hydrates skin while it cleanses, and even combats body acne. All three shower staples have an invigorating driftwood scent that will have you smelling good all day long. If you want to throw in a bonus product, then make it our gentle clay cleanser, for the full head-to-toe refresh that leaves.

For the Frequent Shaver: The Cardon Shaving Essentials Set

Contains 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, Cactus Foaming Shaving Cream, and Swipe + Soother Cactus Toner Wipes

If your giftee routinely shaves his face, then this set provides him with a trio of products that help prevent irritation and shave bumps. Cushioning shave cream prepares skin and stubble for the razor, while toning wipes help neutralize and temper skin after the shave (and help pores to close up), while cactus-powered gel moisturizer finishes the job with a lightweight post-shave soothe.

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