Christmas. It’s arguably the happiest time of year. Here in Oz the weather is hot, the surf is up and everybody’s ability to get anything productive done is seriously thwarted by the presence of frosty tins and shellfish as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately for most, however, December also doubles as one of the hardest times to cater to the gents we love. Whether you’re buying the ultimate bunch of goodies for your beloved husband, trying to up-the-ante in the who-spent-more stakes with your brother or sucking up to the boss, Man of Many has got you covered this year with our exhaustive and well-researched Christmas gift guides. The following is a comprehensive look at the hottest gifts this season for the man who likes to dabble in a little personal grooming. From shaving, moisturising and smelling fantastic to having fresh feet, the following list should put you well on the track to coming up trumps in the gift-giving olympics and keeping you on everybody’s Chrissy card list for another year.
Not a Man Bag – Evo Grooming Kit
While the guys at EVO remain pretty darn adamant that the Future Zen isn’t a man-bag, we reckon it looks like the most stylish man-bag going around and we’re A-OK with that (#bringbackthemanbag). Delivered fully-kitted with grooming essentials; the uberwurst shaving creme and the box o’ bollox texture paste, this is a must-have for the man in your life who likes personal grooming as much as they like being organised.
Aesop Athlete Grooming Kit
Available exclusively from Mr Porter, this is the gym-bag addition for the gentleman who’s outgrown bodysprays but still needs to walk out of the fitness centre looking and feeling oh-so-fresh. The kit includes geranium leaf body cleanser, Aesop’s classic shampoo for scalp and hair and a parsley seed antioxidant hydrator. All wrapped up in a travel kit that’ll handle a blow or two in transit and you’ve got yourself the perfect gift for the quality-conscious gym junkie.
D R Harris 4 Piece Shaving Set
Want to give the gift of a proper old-school shaving set that doesn’t need ongoing fancy replacement blades or a tool kit every time it goes dull? Look no further. The D R Harris shaving set is the perfect addition to the bathroom of any gentleman who likes a bald chin and, unlike other quality old-fashioned shaving sets, it fits Mach 3 razors, so you won’t have to make a special trip to that one-store in town for straight razors ever again.
Braun Series 9 Shaver
If you need to invest in a quality electric shaver this year, then it’s hard to go past the Braun Series 9. Rated as the world’s best shaver when it comes to efficiency and skin comfort, the series 9’s ‘Synchrosonic’ smart technology reads the density of your beard and adapts accordingly.Whether used wet or dry, the Braun Series 9 seeks also out the tricky facial hairs, even when growing opposite directions or flat-laying.
Stick one in the stocking of the man on the go.
Tom Ford Extreme Fragrance
Want to splash out on something seriously sexy for the man who has literally everything and having trouble finding something rare? Here ya go. The foremost doyen of dapper himself Tom Ford is also a dabster at blending some quality smells, and this is one of his finest to date. Boasting a masculine woody base, it also offers wafts of Italian bergamot, black fig, mandarin zest, grapefruit flower and incense, and is a perfect pressie for the man who thinks he already has everything sorted.
Harry’s Truman Shave Set & Shave Cream
If you want to give the gift of champagne-elegance on a beer budget then check out this shaving set from Harry’s. The modern look of the rubber orange handle is as sharp as the razor that clips to the top of it and the whole set together looks terrific, and is the guaranteed perfect addition to the wet-kit of any self-respecting shaver on the go.
Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit
Maybe you know a guy who needs to look after his mug a little more, or maybe you know a guy who does just fine at the whole personal grooming thing, but spends more time on the road than is consistent with a regular beauty-regime. Either way, this skin care kit from Ursa Major is just the thing to whack under the tree for the guy who comprehensively grooms on the go (and it’s TSA approved for carry-on luggage too).
Filson Travel Kit
So you’ve bought a plethora of cool shit for your bro / hubby / dad / son / butcher / footy coach and you’re hoping to win Christmas, but you need to finish the whole kit of with a stylish bag to put it all in? Here’s just the thing from Filson. This bag is big enough to hold everything they need to take their grooming regime abroad, small enough to tuck neatly into their suitcase, and is made out of water repellant fabric so it does just what it’s advertised to do. Sold? We are.
L:A Bruket Rope Soap Foot Scrub
A man’s Christmas stocking isn’t complete without some form of soap-on-a-rope. This foot-scrub bar from L:A Bruket is the thinking man’s rope-adorned-soap, and is made with pumice and peppermint oil, amongst other natural and organic ingredients. It’ll scrub-up and reinvigorate even the most tired of tootsies and is sure to be a hit with the lucky guy who gets one.
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Toothbrush
If he’s been dropping hints about needing an electric toothbrush, then why not go all out and get him the Rolls Royce of chopper-scrubbers. The Sonicare Diamond Clean from Philips is about as schmick as dental hygiene gets, and is hard to go past if you need to look after the fella who likes his molars well-maintained and his canines sparkling.