Let’s face it: shopping for guys is tough. They can be hard to figure out and sometimes don’t offer up much by way of clues. It’s easy to fall back on cliche dude gifts like neckties and power tools, but we say go for the grooming gold.
Grooming gifts are perfect for any man whether he already has an extensive regimen or he splashes water on his face and calls it a day. To the initiated, grooming items are always welcome; for the novice, they’re a change to subtly upgrade his routine and let him in on a world he might not dive into on his own. That’s why we say 'go for it' and load him up with the best skincare, hair products, and fragrances you can find.
The AEDITION rounded up the very best skincare, hair care, and self care finds to help make this the best groomed holiday for any man in your life.
Gillette Heated Razor Starter Kit File this under: the gift he doesn’t know he wants. What makes barber shaves so good is the hot towels they use to soften facial hair and condition skin throughout the shaving process. This ingenious razor has a heated plate that mimics the experience in your own bathroom (without the added load of laundry). $200, gillette.com
Christophe Robin Detox Gift Set Lots of guys don’t understand how important scalp health is in relation to how their hair looks and how much of it they have. Without a healthy scalp, hair has a harder time growing in its optimal state, which may contribute to hair loss and thinning. This set is the perfect way to help someone start taking care of their scalp. It contains the popular Christophe Robin scalp scrub, which uses sea salt to gently exfoliate the scalp and get rid of both dead skin and product buildup, as well as a protective shampoo and a detangling leave-in. $59, spacenk.com
Theragun Liv Fair warning: this deep muscle massager that works to increase blood flow and boost the body's natural recovery process is highly addictive. Whether he’s got a twice-a-day gym habit or spends the better part of the day sitting in an office chair, the percussive device utilizes rapid, repetitive strokes to fire up muscles, mitigate the effects of daily wear and tear, and release tension all over the body. $249, theragun.com
Byredo Suede Hand Wash Nothing says 'you’ve arrived' like a fancy hand soap and this Byredo version is king. The bottle looks so good that he’ll actually want to keep it on the sink, and the scent is like an expensive cologne. It’s silky, woody, and a little spicy — like no other soap you’ve ever smelled — but doesn’t overpower your body or the room for hours after you wash your hands. It’s the ultimate grooming status symbol. $65, nordstrom.com
Jack Black Grab & Go Traveler Gift Set The best thing about this set is that it comes in a ready-to-go dopp kit packed with (almost) everything you need for a complete grooming routine — all in TSA-friendly sizes. What could be better than taking the guesswork out of packing, which is arguably the worst part of traveling? He can keep this packed and just pop it into his suitcase with barely a thought. $45, bloomingdales.com
Bumble and bumble Summer Style: Make Waves Set Salt spray is a game changing hair styling product. It can give volume and texture without the weight of heavier products like clays or waxes, so it’s ideal for men with fine or thinning hair. This set is perfect for a guy who might need a little refresh to his style. The leave-in conditioner is great for giving texture without dryness, but the real star is the iconic Bumble and bumble salt spray. $25, sephora.com
Bevel Shave System Starter Kit Razor bumps are one of the most common grooming concerns for men, and the Bevel shave system was developed specifically to help prevent them. This set is everything a man needs to overhaul his shaving routine; the centerpiece is Bevel’s single-blade safety razor, which gives a close shave without cutting the hairs too close. The razor itself would be reason enough to make this a standout, but, combined with the full range of products, this kit is a must-give. $89.95, target.com
T3 Cura Hair Dryer Lots of guys don’t understand the importance of blow drying their hair, but even a quick dry will help add volume to their mane and create shape without the weight of product (both of which are especially good news for men with thinning hair). This dryer is high-end but easy to use for a beginner and small enough that it won’t take up lots of room in the bathroom. $155, nordstrom.com
Scotch Porter Ultimate Beard Collection Some guys think that growing a beard will cut down on their grooming time, but if someone in your life actually has a beard, they know that’s not the case. This complete beard care kit is a game changer, not only because the high-quality products contain naturally-derived ingredients, but because nothing is left out. It includes everything you need to clean, style, and protect a beard. It even has a brush and a comb, which lots of other kits don’t include. $110, scotchporter.com
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salt Even if a guy isn’t into baths, he’ll enjoy these CBD-infused bath salts, particularly if he’s an athlete. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD help to soothe sore muscles and improve post-workout recovery. Couple that with the relaxation of a bath and he’s in for something really special — plus, an intro to a whole new routine. $29, spacenk.com
Kiehl’s Nighttime Essentials Skincare Set Let’s face it: most men are lacking in the nighttime skincare department. This set is the perfect opportunity to help him up his game without any legwork. The centerpiece is the iconic Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which helps refresh and revive skin overnight, but is also paired with an eye cream, moisturizer, and firming mask that will all convert him quickly to skincare-obsessed status. $79, kiehls.com
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels These depuffing eye patches are perfect for the party animal and workaholic alike. When you wake up with bags under your eyes from lack of sleep, dehydration, or just plain life, stick these on for 15 minutes and watch as the bags shrink immediately. A pack of 16 like this means he will have plenty on hand for all those mornings after. $58 for 16, dermstore.com
Murdock London Wigsby Full Size Shave Set In the barbering world, British barbers are the rock stars. Murdock London products were developed by barbers so they'll immediately make him feel like he's in a fancy barber shop instead of his own bathroom. The stars of the whole line are the shaving products — like the cream, oil, and balm in this set — which turn even routine shaving into a luxurious experience. $65, nordstrom.com
Parachute Classic Bathrobe There is a reason this 450-GSM (that's 'grams per square meter' for the uninitiated) Turkish cotton robe launched with a 2,000-person waitlist. The unisex design is plush yet absorbent and cozy yet breathable with a shawl collar, two front pockets, and belted waist. $99, parachutehome.com
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne Gift Set Giving cologne to someone can be tricky, which is why this set is particularly great. The classic Aqua di Parma scent is masculine and elegant enough for the traditionalist, while also being fresh and light enough for the modernist. It’s one of the most distinctive colognes out there that is also one of the easiest to wear; it smells just as good with a suit as it does with a pair of jeans. $161, bloomingdales.com
Foreo Issa 2 Toothbrush There's a lot he’ll love about this sonic toothbrush. For starters, the PBT polymer and silicone head channels 11,000 high-intensity pulsations per minute to gently and effectively clean the teeth and gums. Oh, and it lasts 365 days on a single charge. $169, foreo.com
The Art of Shaving Peppermint Shaving Cream 'Tis the season for a festive fragrance, and this sensitive skin-friendly, candy cane-inspired cream delivers a close shave with a holly jolly scent. $30, theareofshaving.com
Diptyque 12 Years of Pine Gift Set This collection of tiny votives (all with a subtly different pine scent!) is perfect for a dude who isn’t a candle guy. The candles are small, which means he can get the benefits of a scented candle without committing to a lot of burn time, and having a Diptyque candle burning in your home is a surefire way to impress anyone. Plus, pine is one of the ultimate man scents, so it something he’ll actually want to burn all year long. $155, diptyqueparis.com
Clarisonic Mia Men Facial Cleansing Skincare Device Men can reap the benefits of daily exfoliation, too, and this at-home cleansing device deeply cleans the complexion while prepping it for a smoother, closer shave. Unlike the women's model, this slate gray wand is programmed with a 60-second Men’s Mode that has two intensities for clarifying, pore tightening, and skin smoothing benefits. $99, clarisonic.com
Le Labo Beard Oil Beard care is a lot like skincare — it’s a necessary step that is all too often forgotten. Le Labo’s plant-based formula tames even the unruliest beards and mustaches thanks to nourishing sunflower, grapeseed, and jojoba oils. Notes of bergamot, lavender, violet, and tonka bean, meanwhile, serve up a warmly refreshing scent. $60, nordstrom.com
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