Best Father's day grooming gifts
Give your dad the gift of grooming on 17 June
We’ve trawled the gift box sets, the free wash bags and the luxury men’s beauty market to find the perfect grooming gift for Father’s Day. Whether it’s a simple body wash, deodorant and aftershave set, a luxurious washbag with all the latest grooming goodies, or a new fragrance, we’ve found something for every dad.
ESPA Men’s Skincare Experience: £30, www.espaskincare.com
For the dad who travels abroad, this full skincare set contains handy travel-sized bottles small enough to go in his hand luggage. Invigorating Face Wash, Dual-Action Shavemud, Postshave Rescue and The Hydrator should get his skin looking squeaky clean and hydrated in no time. And it comes in a beautiful dark sage-grey hard case, which is perfect for storing watches, jewellery and cufflinks in afterwards.
Alchemy Earl Grey Beard Remedy: £30 for 30ml, www.alchemyoils.co.uk
I don’t think we’ve seen this many bearded dads since the 1970s, but thanks to the rise of the beard oil, this time around the beard is more groomed. Earl Grey may sound like a peculiar blend for an oil, fortunately it doesn’t smell like a cup of tea, but it does take the fruity top notes from Earl Grey using bergamot essential oil to give it a zesty citrus hit. Bergamot acts as a natural serum to tame frizzy coarse beard hair, it also has anti-bacterial properties that make it good for skin prone to breakouts, and is a known anti-depressant so can lift and refresh the spirit. All rather impressive for a seemingly simple beard oil.
Green People Men’s Gym Bag Heroes: £39.95, www.greenpeople.co.uk
For the dad who likes his grooming products natural and organic, Green People should be your first port of call for gifts. A sleek, dark charcoal washbag houses three full-size products (150ml each and a standard size deodorant), which these days is rare in a washbag gift set purchase. Itch Away Shampoo relieves flaking and irritation – it’s basically a chemical-free Head & Shoulders. Detox Shower Gel is SLS-free, but vitamin packed. And Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant has no pore-clogging aluminium and the antiseptic thyme, rosemary, natural minerals and prebiotics keep odour at bay. And if you’re wondering, it really does work - some natural deodorants can definitely leave you with a more ‘natural’ scent than you might like!
This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray: £26 for 75ml, www.thisworks.com
For the stressed dad who struggles to fall asleep, or who wakes throughout the night, this miracle in a bottle is just the ticket. Pressure at work and home, working late into the evening and eating late can all wreak havoc with sleeping patterns, but this potent blend of lavender, vetivert and camomile aims to restore normal sleep patterns. It’s an easy to use, simple spritz on the bed linen and so effective I was testing in my office and the drowsiness was almost immediate! Re-tested (more sensibly!) at night and the results were as dramatic. It also doesn’t suffer from the unhelpful side effects of many sleep products - you don’t wake up feeling groggy in the morning.
Babyliss for Men 10 in 1 Titanium Groomer: £24.99, www.boots.com
Every man loves a gadget, and in grooming it’s no different. This incredible value for money. professional grade face and body groomer is perfect for all his hairy needs. The titanium blades are long lasting and precise, he can style, trim and shave facial hair, do some safe and gentle trimming of body hair and easily remove hair from unwanted places like ears and nose. So instead of several gadgets taking up valuable bathroom space, this does it all in one hit.
Elemis The Luxury Travel Collection: £45, www.elemis.com
A bold, modern, geometric print (from fashion brand Lily and Lionel) for this luxury travel collection is a welcome departure from all the dark grey and black washbags men usually have to choose from. Elemis have gone all out with the contents too. Good sizes of a cooling shave gel, invigorating minty body wash, a refreshing gel for tired muscles, moisturiser and a deep cleansing facial wash.
The Organic Pharmacy Deep Cleansing Face Wash: £32 for 75ml, www.theorganicpharmacy.com
Most dads aren’t as meticulous about their skincare as their other halves, but a good facial wash to keep his skin squeaky clean is a must. This one may look eye-wateringly expensive, for what he will say is essentially the same as using soap and a flannel, but don’t be put off by his grumblings. This will transform his complexion, removing dirt, impurities and pollution. If he’s prone to breakouts or blocked pores, it’s a great decongestant too.
Perricone MD Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit: £63, www.perriconemd.co.uk
Intensely hydrating, but also luxuriously lightweight, this is the perfect skincare starter kit for the man who doesn’t do skincare. The Cloud Cream and Booster Serum are deliciously light – men often complain they don’t like the feeling of heavy skincare that leaves them looking or feeling greasy. And the De-puffing Eye Gel is perfect for tired morning eyes that need a perk-me-up. Dull and dehydrated skin will look energised after this trio have got to work on his complexion.
SCRUBD Essentials Anti-Ageing Range Gift Box: £65, www.scrubd.com
It’s not often a gift set comes with a really beautiful, subtley-labelled wash bag. But at SCRUBD, they’ve managed it. A soft charcoal grey with dark leather straps, and roomy enough for full size bottles of grooming products. This one comes with a full-size anti-ageing moisturiser and eye gel. Both are packed with marine collagen and vitamins A, C and E to target the first visible signs of ageing like dark patches, puffiness under eyes and fine lines.
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Men’s Collection in Amber & Sandalwood: £11.52, www.amazon.co.uk
As always, Baylis & Harding have come up with a whole collection of interesting, beautifully designed and easy-on-the-purse gift sets for Father’s Day. This one has 3 full size bottles – 200ml each - of shower gel, hair and body wash and aftershave balm. The scent is distinctly masculine with zesty top notes of bergamot and mandarin bended with musk, sandalwood and amber for a woody warmth.
Floris Fragrance Travel Collection: £50, www.qvcuk.com
Established in 1730, Floris in London’s Jermyn Street, certainly knows how to do men’s fragrances with flair and panache. But they don’t come cheap, so this travel collection containing 4 of their most iconic scents is a good taster of the brand. Cefiro is zesty and sparkling with top notes of lemon, lime, bergamot and mandarin. Santal is warm and fruity with lemon, green grass and black pepper. No 89 (named after their address in Jermyn Street) makes floral notes masculine blending lavender, neroli, geranium and ylang ylang. While Elite gives a fruity hit of grapefruit, juniper berry and lemon. They all settle into a gorgeous base of musks and cedarwood - a rich, manly scent for the discerning dad.
For the bearded dad, Alchemy Beard Remedy is your best buy, natural and organic fans should try Green People Gym Bag Heroes, stressed out dads will love This Works Pillow Spray, while the Babyliss Titanium Groomer is for the gadget guru. But it’s the Espa Skincare Experience that gets the top spot for its results-driven travel sized products, and the case that can be used as a jewellery or cufflink box later.
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