Gifts for Tattoo Lovers: 6 of Our Favorites

What are you getting your tattoo-loving friends this year? Gifting season is coming up, and maybe you want to know the deets for future birthdays or thank-you gifts to your favorite artist.

You might think your tattoo-loving friend knows what’s what, but chances are they don’t have everything they’d love to have to care for their tattoos. Besides forking over the cash for a new tattoo, there are other (not so expensive) ways to feed your tattoo lover's addiction — or at least help them take care of their current collection.

Here at Mad Rabbit, we know tattoo lovers — it’s kind of our whole thing. So what would tattoo lovers love to receive?

We’ve asked around here in the office and our favorite test subjects, and here are some of the most common responses we heard back.

1. A Numbing Cream, so They Can Get More Tattoos

The best gift you can get your tattoo-loving receiver (if it’s not a tattoo itself) is the ability to get more and better tattoos. Numbing cream is essential for tattoo lovers.

Numbing cream numbs the area being tattooed and gives the tattooee some relief from the usual pain of tattooing. It’s especially helpful when you’re getting a tattoo that will take a while or is in an extra painful spot.

Mad Rabbit’s Numbing Cream uses 5 percent Lidocaine and some other ingredients to soothe pain and make the process a little smoother. When you use our numbing cream before your appointment, you’ll notice a reduction in discomfort during your session and a dulling of the typical needle pain you feel.

Those characteristics are a huge plus for both the tattooee and the tattoo artist. A tattoo lover's dream.

2. Help Them Out With a Healing Ointment

Keep tattoos healing with an antibacterial healing ointment that will support the healthy recovery of your tattooed skin and chill out your healing time.

Get your tattoo lover the gift of superior healing. We’ve all used generic ointments on a healing tattoo, but the truth is that there is better stuff out there.

Most are made with petroleum and can potentially suffocate your healing tattoo. That thing needs air to heal, and petroleum isn’t particularly breathable.

Mad Rabbit’s Soothing Gel doesn’t just help protect your wounded skin from the elements; it also hydrates, heals, and soothes. We formulate with aloe vera, glycerin, chamomile extract, argan oil, vitamin C, sweet almond oil, and collagen to strengthen your natural healing process and soothe irritated skin.

Our Soothing Gel is a lightweight healer throughout the process and can be used on other skin irritations, like cuts and scrapes.

3. Tattoo Balm for a Longer Life

Help your tattoo lover brighten up their body art with a specialized balm. The best thing you can do for your tattoos is to keep your skin looking as young and vibrant as possible. Healthier skin makes for better-looking tattoos.

Mad Rabbit’s Tattoo Balm isn’t greasy or oily like other tattoo balms. We combine fatty acids with antioxidant-rich butters and lightweight oils to soothe irritated skin and support healthy skin. Our balm is super hydrating without suffocating.

Some of the super ingredients in our balm include:

  • Shea butter
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Beeswax
  • Calendula oil

We make our balm in three scents: Vanilla Coconut, Cucumber, and Frankincense and Lavender. Get those tattoos bright and shiny and smell good while you do it.

Our Tattoo Balm also comes in a stick format for easy application and on-the-go vibes. Just remember to clean off the tip every time you use it to avoid cross-contamination.

4. Sunscreen That’ll Fend Off Fading

What’s the number one long-term fear of tattoo lovers? Fading! The best way to protect from early onset fading is by using sunscreen.

The sun is your tattoo's enemy, unfortunately. It speeds up aging and fading in your skin and tattoos.

So get an SPF on those bad boys. You can start using sunscreen after about two weeks post-tattoo session. Make sure your tattoo looks closed up for the most part.

If it’s still feeling irritated or inflamed — don’t use sunscreen on it just yet. Keep it out of the sun and make sure it’s healing appropriately.

If your tattoo is all healed up, you should definitely get on the sunscreen game. You should be applying sunscreen anytime your tattoo is susceptible to sun exposure from two weeks to the end of your life.

Mad Rabbits SPF 30 Tattoo Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum SPF that will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and moisturizing botanicals for your skin to suck up while it shields you from the rays.

Zinc Oxide protects your skin from UV rays. At the same time, sunflower seed oil, argan oil, aloe vera, cucumber extract, carrot extract, chamomile extract, rosehip seed oil, cocoa seed butter, vitamin C, and other goodies keep your skin nourished and further protected from the elements.

5. Body Wash That’s Actually Good

Like we always say, healthy skin means happier tattoos. Let's get the hygiene game on lock.

A lot of people underestimate the power of a good body wash. We settle for chemically formulated soap bars, or 3-in-1 body wash gels. Enough is enough.

If you’re wondering why your skin feels dry and tight after your shower or not quite clean enough, it’s because you aren’t using a good body wash. Get yourself and your friends in on the game with a thoughtfully created body wash.

Mad Rabbit’s Daily Body Wash is great for tattoo lovers and everyone else! It’s true; our body wash is formulated to make your skin happy, tattoos or not.

We made a body wash that does the number one job it should do; cleanse the skin. It does a little number two and number three as well — it moisturizes the skin and supports new growth.

Glycerin and panthenol increase your skin's hydration and lock in natural moisture to prevent that tight-skin feeling. Plant oils and collagen help brighten the look of your skin and support new skin production.

6. Body Lotion for Healthier, More Tattooable Skin

The last step; seal the deal. Okay, we know that usually, a good-smelling present leaves the best impression but what if we told you a fragrance-free tattoo lotion would leave an even better one?

Leave the scent decisions to your friend, or settle for a candle. A fragrance-free, sensitive skin-safe tattoo lotion will definitely bring a knowing smile to your friend's face.

Mad Rabbit’s Daily Tattoo Lotion is a universal moisturizer for lightweight hydration that doesn’t leave the skin greasy or overt with floral smells. It’s made to help lock in moisture and support the healthiest skin possible.

So what’s inside the bottle?

  • Vitamin A
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut palm
  • Aloe vera
  • Sesame oil
  • Chamomile Extract
  • Glycerin

This lotion helps skin appear firmer, smoother, and hydrated. Get a little TSA-friendly tester of our Daily Lotion for flights and fleeting quick-apply moments.


If a tattoo lover is who you're buying for, Mad Rabbit’s got the gifting covered. We’re a one-stop shop for anything and everything your inked-up buddy needs.

Whether it’s the holiday season, a birthday, or trying to get your tattoo’s price knocked down with your favorite artist, we have some solid ideas. In case you’re a skimmer, here’s the breakdown of what every tattoo lover needs for a lifetime of tattoos:

Numbing Cream for better tattoo sessions and a quick start on the path to a healthy and healed tattoo.

Soothing Gel to keep that fresh tattoo wound safe from germy invaders and calm that terribly itchy portion of the healing process.

Tattoo Balm will keep old tattoos looking new and keep new tattoos from looking old. Plus, it’ll make your friend smell nice.

SPF 30 Tattoo Sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (UVA and UVB, baby!) so your tattoo lover doesn’t fry up in the sun and prematurely fade out their tattoos.

Body Wash because you care about your friends' skin, tattooed or not, and you don’t want them using that 3-in-1 from the drugstore.

Body Lotion so you can take credit for how good your friends' skin looks, and they are indebted to you forever.

Cards and cookies are always a nice gift, but unless you’ve got an NYT-worthy recipe, you won’t be gaining any bragging rights — and that’s what the season is all about, right?

So get on the right side of gifting history with truly incredible and brag-worthy gifts. These gifts certainly do keep giving.


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Fragrance-Free Environment | U.S. Access Board

Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun | FDA

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