With the holidays coming up, giving beauty gifts to the men in your life is a win-win situation.
Think of it this way—THEY get to use stuff that's way more fancy than their usual drugstore products (or perhaps instead of stealing yours!). And YOU get to be around a super-clean, nice-smelling, well-groomed guy.
From skincare to shaving kits, here are this year's best grooming gift ideas for men.
The Best Grooming Gifts for Men
Memo Paris Irish Leather Eau de Parfum
Memo Paris Irish Leather Eau de Parfum is my top men's fragrance pick—a masculine blend of woody, green and leather notes. It's a splurge, but all the scents from this line are incredibly unique, subtle and classy (not to mention beautifully packaged!).
Harry’s Winston Shaving Set
Harry's Winston Shaving Set is from a start-up brand that's being called "the Warby Parker of shaving." As such, this five-piece kit—consisting of shave cream, a razor handle, a razor stand, three blades, and a travel cover—is great value for an affordable price.
Malin+Goetz Saving Face
Malin+Goetz Saving Face is a trio of full-sized facial skincare products. There's a sulfate-free foaming gel cleanser, a hydrating and detoxifying mask, and a moisturizer for all skin types. Bonus: You can use these, too!
Foreo Luna 2 for Men
Foreo Luna 2 for Men is the men's version of my all-time favourite cleansing brush (which I use virtually every day!). The difference is in the bristles, which are designed for deep-cleansing their thicker skin. It also helps them get a closer shave, prevents razor burn and makes razors last longer!
Jack Black Lip Balm Trio
Jack Black Lip Balm Trio is a set of three lip balms (which just might be the brand's most beloved product). The flavours include mint, pineapple mint, and a plain shea butter-vitamin E blend. All of them give SPF 25 protection as they hydrate with cocoa butter, lanolin and beeswax.
Merkur Classic 2-Piece Double Edge Safety Razor
Merkur Classic 2-Piece Double Edge Safety Razor is recommended by barbers as the best way to get a close shave while minimizing irritation and ingrown hairs. This sturdy, German-made razor uses a single blade, and has a short handle for easy maneuvering.
Baxter of California Clay Pommade & Shampoo Duo
Baxter of California Clay Pommade & Shampoo Duo has all he needs to keep his hair clean and held into place. This two-piece set is comprised of a daily shampoo and a clay- and wax-based styling pommade. The latter will add texture and has a natural-looking matte finish.
Frye Logan Leather Travel Kit
Frye Logan Leather Travel Kit is a zippered travel case from the 150-year-old American heritage brand famous for its leather boots. The same rustic spirit is in this distressed leather pouch, perfect for toting around his essentials.
Abbott NYC Exploration Set
Abbott NYC Exploration Set is a collection of eight unisex scents made with clean ingredients. All are inspired by different nature destinations, from Cape Cod to the Mojave desert.
Clinique For Men Daily Age Repair
Clinique For Men Daily Age Repair is a trio of anti-aging products for men of all skin types. He'll start with the charcoal-based face wash to draw out dirt and excess oil, followed by the rich shaving cream to prevent nicks and razor burn. To finish, there's a skin-strengthening moisturizer with squalane and shea butter.
Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Brush
Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Brush is a hair brush that he'll have forever. Designed for short hair with a normal to coarse texture, it is made from the highest quality boar and nylon bristles. That means it's non-damaging to the hair and scalp, and will help to stimulate hair follicles while distributing natural oils.
The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit
The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit will upgrade any shaving routine. He gets four full-sized products: a pre-shave oil, a shaving cream, a shaving brush and an after-shave balm. It comes in a sandalwood scent as well as unscented.
Jaxon Lane Bro Mask
Jaxon Lane Bro Mask is a set of four hydrogel sheet masks designed especially for men. That means they're infused with a higher concentration of active ingredients (like niacinamide), since men have thicker and oilier skin. They're also bigger in size, and come in two pieces to accommodate beards.
Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit takes beard care to the next level. This three-piece kit features a softening beard shampoo, a boar-bristle brush, and a styling cream to hold hair in place and tame flyaways.
Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit
Kiehl's Men's Starter Kit gives him a four-product face and body routine from one of the most sought-after apothecary brands. There's a face scrub, shaving cream, moisturizer, and exfoliating body soap.
Baby Foot for Men
Baby Foot for Men is an intensive chemical peel for his feet. You're no doubt familiar with the original version (which I reviewed here). This one produces the same dramatic results on dead skin and calluses, but comes with larger booties that fit up to a men's size 14.
PMD Personal Microderm Man
PMD Personal Microderm Man gives him exfoliation results that similar to professional microdermabrasion treatments, but from the comfort of home. Used weekly, the device will remove dead skin cells to improve texture, acne and fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Men
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Men is a luxurious face cream made just for him. It's packed with hydrating and calming ingredients, including macadamia oil, squalane and vitamin E. He can even use it in place of eye cream.
Zwilling Twinox Mountain 3-Piece Grooming Set
Zwilling Twinox Mountain 3-Piece Grooming Set is a set of premium-quality manicure tools for his nails. He's getting three precision stainless steel instruments—nail clippers, facial hair scissors and a nail file—and they're all housed in an elegant leather case.
Beautycounter Counterman Carry-On
Beautycounter Counterman Carry-On is a set of four travel-ready products for the face, hair and body. It includes a shampoo, body wash, exfoliating cleanser and oil-free moisturizer, all made with non-toxic ingredients.
Supersmile Zina45 Sonic Pulse Toothbrush
Supersmile Zina45 Sonic Pulse Toothbrush is the next best thing to a professional dental cleaning. This sonic-powered toothbrush features both a patented brush head and a polishing head, plus four different settings for customized tooth and gum cleaning.
EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 is a must-have sunscreen lotion for any man concerned about sun damage, skin aging and skin cancer. Unlike most SPFs on the market, it offers high UVA and UVB protection thanks to its 25 percent zinc oxide. And unlike other mineral sunscreens, it is totally transparent on all skin tones.
Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver
Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver is the fastest, easiest way to get a close shave. As a foil razor, it's able to get much closer than other types of electric razors, and can be used either wet or dry.
The Inkey List The Pore Wonders Set
The Inkey List The Pore Wonders Set banishes blemishes and blackheads with four targeted products. There's a BHA treatment for cleaning pores, a niacinamide serum for reducing oil production, a squalane oil for hydration, and a retinol for long-term skin smoothing.
Red Light Man Infrared Light Device
Red Light Man Infrared Light Device emits a powerful beam of infrared light, a safe and highly penetrative type of red light with multiple benefits. It can be used all over the body to treat everything from hair loss to signs of aging to post-workout soreness. Read more about red light therapy in my tutorial here!
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