Celebrating a birthday calls for confetti cake with sugary frosting, pretty streamers, and a card to tell the other person just how much they mean to you. Birthday gifts can also go a long way, especially if it’s an item you know your giftee will love and will get lots of use from. Whether someone’s celebrating a 30th birthday or you’re buying a birthday gift for your daughter, brother, colleague, husband, or mom, high quality skincare and makeup gifts are an obvious pick.
To help you check off this to-do, we’ve put together a quick guide on birthday gift ideas for her and him that’ll make your giftee feel loved on their special day. Prepare to earn some brownie points.
Birthday Gift Ideas for Teens
Looking for the perfect gift for a budding makeup enthusiast? Now’s a good time to set them up with makeup basics and skincare products that’ll help keep their complexion clear and glowing. These cute birthday gifts for teens have you covered.
High-Quality Makeup Brush Set
A painter without brushes can’t work their craft, nor can a beauty lover without a set of high quality makeup brushes. The IT’s Your Heavenly Luxe Skin-Loving 5-Piece Makeup Brush Set comes with five essential brushes and a luxe makeup case featuring a cute heart design. Better yet, it comes with a savings of over $100.
Juicy Lip Gloss That Nourishes, Too
A sheer wash of color is sometimes all you need. Pillow Lips Solid Serum Lip Gloss comes in eight pretty colors that deliver instant shine and 48 hours of hydration.
A Serum That Visibly Banishes Breakouts
Pimples are a fact of teenage life, but there are products that can help. Formulated with 2% salicylic acid, Bye Bye Breakout Salicylic Acid Acne Serum is clinically tested to reduce the appearance of acne in just three days* and the dermatologist-tested formula is suitable for even sensitive skin.
21st Birthday Gift Ideas
Your giftee’s 21st birthday is a big deal. It represents a lot more freedom and a big step into adulthood. Instead of going the liquor route, gift them some makeup goodies they’ll reach for on the regular and a cooling eye cream that’ll disguise last night’s birthday bash.
Barely-There Foundation That Makes Skin Glow
Meet the 90% skincare CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics: CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40. Not only does it offer buildable medium coverage and promise a glowy finish, but the formula also nourishes skin with a blend of 2% niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract.
Internet-Famous Eyeshadow Stick
The Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick has gone viral on more than one occasion—and for good reason. It glides across lids easily, is buildable, stays put all day, and comes in 12 gorgeous shades.
An Eye-Soothing Treat
The Bye Bye Baggage gift set will help your giftee fake a good night's sleep while also offering a little moment of self-care. The duo includes Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream to visibly brighten dark circles and soothe puffy eyes, as well as the 2-in-1 Heavenly Skin Tap & Smooth Eye Cream Brush #706. Bonus points: The brush features a handcrafted aventurine stone that lends a nice cooling effect.
Birthday Gift for Your Boss & Co-Workers
Of course your boss or office bestie deserves a birthday gift! That person's there for you in a work crisis, always game for office laments, and is your career cheerleader. Set them up with some skincare and makeup goodies they can keep desk-side for touch-ups and self-care moments.
A Midday Pick-Me-Up Spray
A little spritz of Your Skin But Better Setting Spray + Hydrating Mist is the perfect way to add a little pep during a workday slump. The formula hydrates and soothes with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and aloe vera. Plus, this mighty spray provides up to 16 hours of makeup wear so your giftee’s makeup still looks good as you both slide into happy hour.
Blotting Powder for Gorgeous Skin on High Stakes Days
Sweating it out during a big presentation or when on deadline is to be expected, but your favorite coworker doesn’t have to let their nerves shine through. Bye Bye Pores Pressed Setting Powder blots away shininess while also creating a real-time filter photo effect.
A Versatile Eye Cream That Doubles as Cuticle Moisturizer
With the heater or AC running at full speed in the office, it’s no wonder you end up feeling dried out before that 5pm clock out. Confidence in an Eye Cream Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream is a multitasking product your giftee can use on their cuticles. It even moonlights as a cheek highlighter and brow smoother.
New Mom Birthday Gifts
Moms do the most, so it’s only fair to absolutely spoil them on their birthday. That said, don’t hold back when thinking about birthday gift ideas for her this year. We’ve got you covered with some no-fail options that’ll make her feel cherished.
Luxurious Night Cream That’ll Help Her Sleep
Scented with relaxing lavender, Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream works the midnight shift to improve 5 common signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dullness, and skin laxity. Pair it with a night to herself or, if you’re really feeling ambitious, a staycation at a local hotel and encourage her to order room service.
Gift Set That’ll Help Her Look Bright-Eyed
Speaking of good sleep, sometimes catching enough Zzz’s just doesn’t happen. Enter: a trio of makeup heroes that’ll fake a bright-eyed appearance and hide the fact that her human alarm clock went off very early. IT’s Your Eye-Awakening Trio! includes the #1 best-selling** Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer and Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush #2 to set it into place, as well as Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe.
A Time-Saving Gentle Makeup Remover
She’s got a lot on her plate, so give her the gift of time with a gentle makeup remover that melts away the day in less than a minute (seriously). Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup while hydrating and visibly brightening her complexion.
Birthday Gifts for a Friend
Whether you’re shopping for unique birthday gifts for a newish friend or seeking a gift for a bosom bestie you’ve had for ages, you can’t really go wrong with makeup or skincare. Deliver any of the following along with their birthday gift card and there’s zero doubt you’ll impress.
A VIP Face Cream
Treat your bestie like a queen with a luxurious face cream that’s formulated with top-tier ingredients that give major glow. Secret Sauce Anti-Aging Moisturizer has a silky gel-cream texture that’ll feel indulgent every time they slather, plus it features ferment concentrate to hydrate and minimize signs of aging. Radiance-boosting Drops of Light Technology™ is the cherry on top.
IT Cosmetics joined forces with Drybar to create Lash Blowout Mascara, which features a wand inspired by the major lift you get from barrel hair brushes during a blowout. The formula delivers 19x your lash volume and is infused with biotin to promote stronger, healthier-looking lashes. Combine this gift with a Drybar blowout on you and you’ll lock down that bestie status for life.
A Top-Selling CC Cream People Swear By
Available in 22 shades, CC+ Cream Full-Coverage Foundation with SPF 50+ has remained a coveted staple in makeup bags across the country for its skin-loving formula and full-coverage but natural finish. It’s available in 22 shades ranging from fair to deep, each with SPF 50+ to help protect skin from the sun.
Last-Minute Birthday Gift Ideas for Her & Him
We’ve all been there sweating it out in the final countdown trying to come up with the perfect birthday gift idea for her or him. The good news is that IT Cosmetics products are sold all across the country at retailers such as JCPenney, Ulta, and Sephora, which means you can pick them out same-day. (Find your closest store here.). And if you’re a late shopper, a gift card is a no-brainer. You can buy an IT Cosmetics e-gift card between $25 to $200, which they can cash in online.
A Mascara Bundle That Lets Them Find Their Fave
No time to inquire about what type of mascara your giftee usually swipes on? Give the gift of choice with the Mascara ClosIT Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara Gift Set. It comes with a trio of full size, biotin-infused mascaras that each lend their own benefits. They’ll have fun trying all three and picking their favorite.
The #1 Anti-Aging Cream in America
When in doubt, a good birthday gift is one that countless others already rave about. Confidence in a Cream Anti-Aging Hydrating Moisturizer has earned happy accolades along with the award of #1 anti-aging cream in America****. The newly renovated formula contains higher concentrations of skin-loving ingredients such as niacinamide to visibly brighten, squalane to moisturize, and a peptide-lipid complex that visibly minimizes signs of aging.
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*Visible improvement began at Day 3 and improved throughout 8-week clinical study.
**#1 concealer formula for IT Cosmetics brand in the US.
***Source: The NPD Group/US Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January- December 2022.
****Source: The NPD Group/U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Face Cream with Anti-Aging Benefit, Skincare Product Unit Sales, January-December 2022.