The 2018 Nerdie Festive Gifting Guide

Whether this is early for you or whether you’ve already got your gift stash going under your bed (or wherever your super sneaky hiding spot is), we know that when it comes to gifting skincare, the going is not necessarily easy.

This year, we’ve stocked oodles of the best value skincare gift sets on the store so that you can get them shipped to your door alongside your own regime… Or a cheeky little gift set for yourself. We ain’t Santa - we’re not watching!

Here is a selection of Nerd HQ’s favourites and who we think they’re best suited to in your life:

Those who you adore, those who are more difficult to impress and Environ obsessives

Environ Ultimate Gift Skin EssentiA (€199.00)

This set genuinely lives up to the name of the Ultimate Gift. If we found this under the tree, we would sing from the rooftops… After making sure that nobody was stuck in the chimney!

It contains a full-sized Environ Skin EssentiA AVST Moisturiser with a level of your choosing to suit even the amateur vitamin A addicts, a full-sized Environ Skin EssentiA Mild Cleansing Lotion, a full-sized Environ Skin EssentiA Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner which we rate highly due to the lactic acid and brightening niacinamide, a full-sized Environ Tri-Biobotanical Revival masque aka the masque that gives you a brand new face and 2 miniatures, the Focus Care Vita-Complex Super Moisturiser and Focus Care Tri-Peptide Complex Avance Moisturiser.

Basically, it’s a full-sized skincare toolbox full to the brim with vitamin A, vitamin E, peptides and acids.

The best part? You save an absolutely mahoosive €85. Yes, €85. At €199.00, it may not be for your kriskindle but it will certainly go down a treat with mammies, cool daddies, sisters and best friends.

Best for: all skin types, particularly mature skin - please note that sensitive or reactive-skinned hoomans should be wary and take care with the Revival Masque  

Those who are on-trend, hip or like a no-fuss skincare routine

Murad The Ultimate Glow-Tos Holiday Gift Box (€65.00)

Containing Murad’s new Nutrient-Charged Water Gel (full-sized), inspired by those ever-innovative Koreans, this is the set to give to the twenty-somethings, those in college, those who need a bit of a treat and those who you’ll find with their nose to their phone screen at any given moment. It’s an oil-free moisturiser that infuses skin with a burst of moisture as well as niacinamide, vitamin E, barrier-helping ceramides, oodles of peptides, iron, zinc, magnesium and more!

There’s also generous travel-sizes of the crowd-pleasing AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, the new Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil which is like a non-pore-clogging skin smoothie and the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30, the beautiful primer-SPF hybrid of any makeup-lover’s dreams.

Best for: literally all skin types, even the oiliest and most spot-prone due to the non-comedogenic hydrators and the BHA in the cleanser. Once again, the super-sensitive should take caution with the acids in the cleanser!


Those who are male and refuse to use “women’s skincare”

Yon-Ka For Men Gift Set (€69.50)

For us, at the end of the day, skincare is skincare, whether it smells of sandalwood and petrol or lavender and fluffy bunnies. However, Yon-Ka for Men is gentle, non-drying skincare with specific issues in mind such as stubble and shaving.  

Within this kit, you’ll find a Yon-Ka Men’s Nutri Moist, a moisturising environmental-protector jammed with antioxidants, a full-sized Yon-Ka Men’s Foam Gel Cleanser which is non-drying and enriched with brightening and soothing liquorice extract and a Yon-Ka Mini Lotion Spray so that the men in your life can enjoy a big aul’ manly Spritz O’Clock.

Best for: all skin types, particularly for those who like their skincare in firetruck red and lad-pad chrome


Those who know what they like and are sticking to it

IMAGE Age Defying Essentials (€153.00)

The IMAGE Age Defying Essentials is a carefully curated trio of the most-popular IMAGE Skincare products, full-sized, of course, including the IMAGE Ageless Total Facial Cleanser - not to be sneered at with it’s 12% glycolic acid, the IMAGE Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler which features six forms of hyaluronic acid to plump, hydrate and pop out any and all dents and the IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme which is a luxurious cream full of barrier-repairing ceramides and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E.

We usually wouldn’t say much about the accessories that come with our skincare; we’re all about the skingredients after all. This cosmetic bag makes us change our minds. With its marble effect threaded with gold, it screams “I’m a fancy hooman of luxury and leisure”.

You save €35.00 which basically makes the cleanser free - can we get a “wehoo”?!

Best for: normal to dry skin types, mature skin, glow-getters - perhaps to be avoided for those with sensitive skin, as that much glycolic acid may be an issue


Those who you're not sure what they'd like or who want as much help as you get

Nerd Network Membership (€50.00)

Give someone the gift of great skin with a Nerd Network membership so that they can get as much guidance as you do… It also means you’ll have a pal to come to exclusive Nerd Network events with in 2019, so it’s a win-win situation.

To get someone a Nerd Network membership, it’s the usual €50 and you can get it here! Just like you, they will get their initial online consultation and access to all of the super secret nerdie perks. You will receive the e-voucher by email so you can choose to forward, send directly to them or print it out. 


Go forth and get gifting...


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