Soft hands, warm heart: the best hand cream gifts

Whether you're seeking a Christmas stocking stuffer, Valentine's Day ideas or a thoughtful thank you gift, a hand moisturiser is ideal. It can be used multiple times a day, so the recipient can think of you while they soften, nourish and soothe their skin. As these creams are also easy to pop in a handbag, set on a desk or leave beside the sink, they're likely to be used frequently. Best of all, there's a formula for every lifestyle, age range and taste. Here's how to select the perfect hand cream as a gift.

The best gift for mum

Choose a lotion especially designed to protect older hands such as the Almond Velvet Hands SPF15. This hand cream contains our Almond Youth Complex, a combination of three active ingredients proven to leave skin feeling smoother while preventing the appearance of fine lines and sunspots. As it's made with Provençal almond extracts, it lends hands a delightful aroma reminiscent of the nut tree's white blossoms swaying under the strong southern French sunshine.

The best gift for frequent flyers

Whether they travel for leisure, business or a combination of the two, frequent flyers will certainly appreciate a hand cream. Skin can become dry due to the air-conditioning on long-haul plane journeys. Our Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel comes in a travel-friendly size that's ideal for popping in carry-on luggage and the gel-like texture transforms into a matte powder finish. A relaxing in-flight hand massage, along with the application of this hand lotion, will help to refresh and moisturise your skin.  It also leaves the uplifting aroma of verbena, orange, geranium and lemon tree.

The best gift for teachers

From marking homework to masterminding craft sessions, teachers use their hands to sculpt young minds. At the end of term, treat your child's teacher to our award-winning Shea Butter Hand Cream. One of our most iconic products, it's crafted from Fair Trade shea butter sourced from the sacred Karite trees of Burkina Faso. It's harvested by local women, generations of whom have used this superb nut butter to protect their skin and hands against the dry winds that blow from the Sahara across the arid plains. Our special recipe soaks straight into skin and can add small moments of self-care to work days.

The best gift for teenagers

As young people begin experimenting with makeup, a beautifully scented hand cream like our Cherry Blossom Petal-Soft Hand Cream could pique their interest in skincare. As well as leaving hands feeling soft thanks to the inclusion of rich shea butter and vitamin E, the moisturiser also infuses the skin with a delicate floral perfume that transports the wearer to the cherry-scattered region of Luberon. This evocative scent could be their very first signature fragrance, instilling a lifelong love of florals.

The best gift for men

If the men in your life frequently work with their hands then a heavy-duty cream like our Shea Intensive Hand Balm  makes the perfect gift. This is a richer version of our iconic Shea Hand Cream, crafted with 25% shea butter. It also contains allantoin, which is naturally hydrating.The thick cream leaves a protective layer on hands and can be used as a masque after particularly intense periods of cooking up meals, tinkering around in the garage or spending time out in the elements such as when skiing or sailing.

The best gift for a new mother

Welcoming a baby into the world is one of the most joyful moments in anyone's life. As well as a gift for the new arrival, treat the mum to our Almond Delicious Hands Cream. Parents with young infants rarely have time to pamper themselves, so having a luxurious lotion to rub into tired skin can offer a small moment of calm in an otherwise action-packed day. The delicate aroma of almond flowers will whisk them away to the rolling hills of Provence, where the almond blossoms infuse the warm breeze with their delicate scent.

The best hand cream gifts for everyone

With all sorts of different textures, scents and effects, at L'Occitane we really do have a nourishing hand cream to suit everyone in your life. You can browse through our best-selling hand moisturisers infused with luxurious ingredients like shea butter, almond and rose online or in store at our Hand Cream Bar. And, if you really want to treat that special someone, our beauty gift sets for him and her contain multiple formulas to leave hands feeling perfectly hydrated.