Popular opinion might have it that it’s a feat to buy for the fairer sex, but we men aren’t always easily impressed either. Barbecue utensils set? Nah, more of a Deliveroo man, myself. Bottle of vintage Veuve? Sorry, mine’s an IPA, mate.
Thankfully, there’s grooming – a realm in which it’s pretty difficult to put a step wrong (unless, of course, you buy us a couple’s mani-pedi session. Never buy us a couple’s mani-pedi session). The great thing about giving a grooming product is that you’re essentially giving a guy the gift of looking good – and what man doesn’t want that?
Question is, with so many choices on offer, which gifts come out on top? To save you time and sanity, we’ve selected some of our favourites to give this festive season.
For Gadget Enthusiasts
Technology has revolutionised male grooming, making looking good simpler than ever. And any man who appreciates his grooming tools (that’ll be pretty much all of us, then) will rate the special cooling technology in Braun’s CoolTec shaver, which – literally – takes the heat out of shaving, making it a smart choice for guys with sensitive skin.
Philips’ Sonicare Airfloss Pro is the perfect gift for men who hate flossing (again, all of us) while Clinique For Men’s Sonic System Cleansing Brush takes washing your face to a whole new level thanks to its antimicrobial bristles, which are both great at cleaning pores and removing razor-clogging dead skin cells.
For The Metrobachelor
He’s single, keeps his pad as neat as his nether regions, and isn’t altogether unlike Don Jon’s Jon Martello. The metrobachelor is a master when it comes to orchestrating a seduction – so what better way to help the hunt than equip him with the right tools?
Yankee Candle’s Barbershop Hair Tonic is one of an array of new candles aimed specifically at men, and ideal for setting the mood with its mix of fresh eucalyptus, soothing lavender and the sweet intensity of amber.
A metrobachelor will also appreciate a spicy oriental fragrance like Viktor & Rolf’s bestselling Spicebomb, and what better gift for the modern manscaper than the latest Philips Bodygroom Series 1000, which has been designed to deliver smooth results even on the most sensitive of man bits? Coming in under £20 it’s a figurative snip, too.
For Your Best Mate’s Beard
No, not his hired girlfriend, but his facial fuzz, which, despite claims to the contrary, is still very much a thing.
If you’re looking for a gift for a bearded bloke, how about Wahl’s Blitz 3-in-1 Lithium Beard Trimmer, with its 12 guide combs, foil shaver head and detail trimmer, or the new Kent Beard Brush, ideal for taming even the most unruly beards?
Fine Fettle’s Pine And Dandy Beard Conditioner, meanwhile, is an ideal stocking filler for fellas who want their face furniture to smell as nice as it feels.
For Luxury Lovers
Buying for someone more Roman Abramovich than Martin Lewis? Few grooming brands do luxury quite as well as Czech & Speake, whose 24-carat gold-plated Gold Manicure Set is the last word in bathroom cabinet extravagance. Or how about Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection Set? Featuring six of the designer’s superb eau de parfum fragrances in an elegant gift box, its recipient will have a go-to scent for every occasion that arises.
If you’re feeling especially generous, why not consider a two-hour, £450 Floris Fragrance Customisation session so they can design their very own scent? The result is a one-of-a-kind gift that will remind them of you every time they wear it.
For Your Architect Uncle
Are they obsessive about angles? Go cuckoo for some beautifully clean lines? Then a meticulously designed grooming gift may well be the way to go.
Bolin Webb’s sleek and sexy R1-S Razor & Stand Gift Set is sure to please even the most discerning of aesthetes, while Dunhill’s ICON fragrance is bound to impress with its beautiful engine-turned, cylindrical bottle featuring a design that’s been a hallmark of Dunhill accessories since 1924. And few electric shavers come close to the sleek simplicity of the red and blue Philips SensoTouch Series 7000 shaver.
For Demanding Dads
If you’re after a great-looking grooming gift for a demanding dad, Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only Intense Grooming Box (featuring a 100ml eau de toilette and an aftershave balm) is a pretty safe bet, as is Lab Series’ High Performance Duo, which features two of Lab Series’ bestsellers: Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment and Multi Action Face Wash.
And few fathers would turn their nose up at Aesop’s covetable London Travel Kit – an eight-piece set of travel-sized skincare products presented in a handy black carry case.
Not only do all three of these sets look the biz but – better still – because they’re all boxed, they’re a cinch to wrap, too.
For Kid Brothers
For younger guys still nicking their necks trying to get to grips with grooming, there’s no better starter kit than the BaByliss 10-in-1 Grooming System For Men, which features a range of attachments to keep hair in check, whether it be on the head, chin or situated somewhere further south.
Also good for younger guys is the latest Bond fragrance, 007 Seven: a warm and spicy scent with vanilla, leather and musk and easily the best of the Bond scents so far.
Finally, ensure the force is with them this festive season with a Marks & Spencer’s Stormtrooper Bath Foam.
For The ‘Nose’
Fragrance might be one of the most popular Christmas grooming gifts but it’s no cakewalk buying for someone whose scent collection is bigger than Selfridges’.
If that’s the case, look at lesser-known boutique fragrances that offer individuality and exclusivity that you won’t find on the high street, like Mr. Vetivert by award-winning perfumer designer Azzi Glasser (created, she says, for the alpha male), Lalique’s sensual and woody Encre Noire À L’Extrême or the leathery, ‘narcotic’ intensity of ODIN New York’s No. 12 Lacha.
Looking (and smelling) good is a serious business. But not always. A.P.C. Post-Poo Drops – the fruits of a fun collaboration between the French fashion label and Aesop – is the perfect tonic for devoted Brussels sprouts fans, while The Library of Fragrance’s oddly sexy Dirt cologne, which smells of soil, should prompt a grin from the great unwashed.
And let’s not forget R-Swash Gentleman’s Shower Gel, which is (allegedly) inspired by 19th century soap manufacturer Robert Swash and is, if nothing else, a name that’s fun to say.
Will you be adding these grooming gifts to your wish list? Or are there other items you’d suggest instead?
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