14 best grooming gifts for him
Give the gift of grooming to the guys in your life this Christmas
From gift sets and wash bags to coffrets and fragrances, we road tested the very best of men’s grooming for Christmas to find the most beautiful, most useful and best value gifts for the men in your life.
Elemis Travel Treasures For Him: £47, Elemis
A luxury feel, black wash bag containing five Elemis best sellers: purifying Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, calming hydrating Skin Soothe Shave Gel, invigorating Sharp Shower Body Wash, nourishing Daily Moisture Boost and muscle reviving Instant Refreshing Gel. A full skincare routine in one travel-friendly set, perfect for his gym bag or weekends away.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Energise Your Senses Men’s Collection: £40, Neal's Yard Remedies
This stylish, taupe, organic cotton wash bag contains a trio of travel-size grooming goodies to energise and invigorate. Purifying Face Wash gets the day off to a zesty start with bergamot, grapefruit and lavender oils blended with fresh green basil and coriander. We found the Invigorating Hair & Body Wash packs a punch in the shower with an energising blend of organic grapefruit, bergamot, bay and eucalyptus. While the Rejuvenating Moisturiser nourishes and softens with organic sweet almond oil, jojoba, shea butter and sunflower seed oils, and bergamot and grapefruit for a sparkling hit. Perfect for the man who likes his grooming with a citrus kick.
Clarins Men Grooming Collection: £40, Clarins
Four of Clarins best-selling skincare heroes are housed in this chic, navy canvas wash bag with side pocket and striking red zip. Detoxifying and purifying Active Face Wash is perfect for complexions prone to shine or breakouts, Invigorating Shampoo & Shower kick starts sluggish mornings, while thirsty city skin will love anti-pollution Super Moisture Balm. Finally, Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum is perfect for boys who burn the candle at both ends.
Aromacure Sports Massage: £17.99, Aromacure
Hand blended by Aromacure founder and aromatherapist, Wendy Hellis, we found this warming oil packed with lavender, ginger, marjarom, rosemary and lemongrass quickly eases tight, sore, tired muscles and stiff aching joints. Whether you’re suffering with an injury or a repeated strain, using this oil for massage eases pain, relieves tension, reduces swelling and encourages blood flow to the area. Perfect for sporty men and anyone with a physically demanding day job.
Creed Original Santal: £155 for 50ml, Creed
Creed produce some of the fragrance world’s most captivating, head turning fragrances and Original Santal is one of them – it’s impossible not to love. Top notes of orange tree absolute, lemon and ginger, dry down into a lasting heart of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and pink pepper. While the base notes produce a woody, musky richness from the cedar, vanilla, musk and sandalwood. A beautiful fragrance and a stunning gift.
The Fuzzy Duck Ginger & Lime Shaving Kit: £13, Tesco
Zesty lime and warming ginger in this shaving cream kick starts tired skin and packs a revitalising punch. The wooden brush gives a traditional barbershop feel to shaving at home. And it’s the perfect price for a Secret Santa or stocking filler gift.
No7 Men Get Fresh Essentials: £20, Boots
A bumper box of 4 full-size grooming goodies and a charcoal grey with orange trim travel towel. The set includes products from the Energising range, with their zesty scent: time saving Hair & Body Wash, soap-free invigorating Face Wash, deep cleaning Face Scrub and a light, refreshing vitamin C-packed moisturiser.
Sacha Juan Body Collection: £57.80, Look Fantastic
This Swedish grooming brand is packed with a cocktail of proteins and mineral extracts taken from two sorts of cold water sea algae. They increase elasticity and add moisture to the inside of the hair and boost the mineral balance with magnesium, calcium, manganese and zinc. The set contains two of their outstanding hair products and two for the body. Normal Hair Shampoo, a gentle cleanser for everyday use leaves hair in great condition and the award-winning Hair Repair, an intensive weekly treatment invigorates damaged locks and restores health back to every strand. The Shiny Citrus Body Wash has a sparkling fresh citrus and jasmine scent, while the Body Lotion boasts anti-ageing and anti-irritant properties and the same zesty floral scent. A great value set, worth £98.
The Body Shop Beard Care Kit: £15, The Body Shop
Bearded boys, this one’s for you! A handy little cardboard tube containing Conditioning Beard Oil with cedar, sage and clove essentials oils for an ultra-nourished beard and softened skin, and Community Trade wooden beard comb and beard scissors to keep it tidy and a stylish. Plus a little pocket square made from 100% recycled sari by the Body Shop’s Community Trade partner Dhaka in Bangladesh.
American Crew Limited Edition Essential Shaving Kit: £34, John Lewis
This soft buttery, faux-leather black wash bag with two handy separate zipped sections contains a full shaving kit including Ultra Gliding Shave Oil, Moisturizing Shave Cream, Revitalizing Toner and All in One Face Balm SPF15. All in full-size bottles too - excellent bang for your buck.
Morris & Co Refined Gentleman Beard Duo: £18, Heathcote Ivory
The beard is here to stay and the grooming industry is going all out to produce beard-related grooming essentials. This duo set includes a gentle Beard Shampoo and a hydrating, non-greasy Beard Balm - there are plenty of beard oils around, but if you want something less greasy and easier to use, a balm is the answer. Packed with hydrating shea butter, conditioning juniper and borage oils, and scented with vetiver, bergamot and amber, this balm is for beards of distinction.
L’Occitane L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Collection: £59, L'Occitane
The cedrat is like a lemon but mainly all pith with very little flesh – it’s still citrus and zesty, but also a little sweeter and more delicate. This range blends the sparkling cedrat hit with cool refreshing mint and spicy woody notes from cedar, musk and amber. A really sexy masculine scent, this set contain Cedrat Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel Body & Hair, After-Shave Gel Cream and a travel size Shower Gel for his gym bag.
Perricone MD CBx for Men Men’s Travel Essentials: £36, Perricone MD
Naturally-derived phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant is a new ingredient for Perricone MD and the basis for the CBx range, which delivers soothing, refreshing, anti-inflammatory benefits to stressed, oil-prone skin. If this sounds like his complexion, then it’s a no-brainer to add this to your gift list. The set includes Super Clean Face Wash, Soothing Post-Shave Treatment and a Lightweight Moisturizer.
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Amber & Sandalwood Large Wash Bag Set: £15, Debenhams
A super-chic, battleship grey felt wash bag, that looks far more expensive than it actually is. The set includes woody musky scented Amber & Sandalwood Shower Gel, Hair & Body Wash, Face Wash and Aftershave Balm. The perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift.
Verdict: Best grooming gifts for him
Fuzzy Duck and The Body Shop are perfect Secret Santa gifts or Stocking Fillers, Aromacure for sporty men, Creed for fragrance lovers, and Clarins or Neal’s Yard for skincare fans. But the Indy Best Buy goes to Elemis for producing a beautiful luxury-look wash bag with five best-selling skincare essentials at a very reasonable price.
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