Not sure what to buy the man in your life? Woman & Home's Beauty Editor picks the best gifts this season
Everyone wants a bit of Jo Malone at Christmas, don’t they? This is extra special as it’s the brand’s first ever men’s collection, a collaboration with Savile Row tailors Huntsman and smells every bit as sharp as it looks. My pick of the bunch is Whisky & Cedarwood, because smoky and sexy and moody is exactly how I like a man to smell, but there’s plenty of citrus crispness and heady aromatics elsewhere in the range if that’s more your thing.
If there’s a more 2018 men’s stocking filler I’m yet to see it. One for the hipster in your life, this is made with macadamia and argan oil plus vitamin E to keep that beard soft and supple, moisturise skin and help prevent tattoo fade. In my experience men like to have as few steps as possible in their routine, and this must be the ultimate millennial multitasker.
Men love a sleek bit of kit, and it doesn’t get much sleeker than this gorgeous Swiss-made razor and stand by Bolin Webb. It’s beautiful, for starters, with an elegant show-it-off design right down to the chic little display stand. It feels pleasingly weighty and ergonomic in the hand, comes with a two-year guarantee and fits normal Gillette blades, so you won’t be consigning your other half to a lifetime of specialist replacements.
Whether you’re buying for someone who loves looking after his skin or trying to convince one to start, this little kit from hip Danish brand E-Cooking could be just the thing. The packaging is cool and minimal, the ethical credentials are top notch and the products, from the refreshing gel cleanser to beard & body oil and multipurpose cream, are all extremely useful and not remotely “beauty” in the traditional fluffy sense.
If there’s one area of grooming nearly everyone partakes in, it’s hair. This fun set by Redken is inspired by the hipster craft beer movement and contains a multitasking shampoo and conditioner made with malt extract (very good for hair repairing and scalp circulation – who knew?) plus versatile Moulding Paste for styling.
This to me is a man candle, or if I may, a “mandle”. Of course everyone loves Sisley for absolute luxury, so I won’t be surprised if this ends up on your wish list too, but something about the heady patchouli, sandalwood and bergamot scent plus matte black casing just says ‘kick off those brogues, light your mandle and have a Netflix binge’ to me. The vision of modern masculinity.
If you’re looking to blow the budget on a fabulous fragrance for your other half, they really don’t make ‘em more timeless than Acqua Di Parma Colonia. There’s that iconic yellow tube (customised by contemporary artist Clym Evernden for a limited time only) then the quintessentially Italian scent blending Calabrian bergamot, verbena and a warm woody base to glorious effect. I’m yet to meet a man, young or old, who doesn’t get on with this fragrance and although it comes at an investment price it’s worth noting the bumper-sized 180ml bottle, likely to last for years to come.
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Aside from being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is often the most frazzlingly frantic too, so why not give the gift of a little moment of calm amongst the madness? This set, from Elemis’ gorgeous Life Elixirs collection contains two dinky bottles of essential oil blends to be dropped in a bath or slathered on in the shower as he sees fit. Calm contains lavender and clary sage to soothe, Fortitude blends cedar wood and geranium to bolster. Both smell glorious and not at all girly (which is not to say you won’t want to pinch this for yourself – you will)