What to Buy for the Dude on Your Holiday Shopping List
Dewy skin is one trend dudes need not embrace. Instead, gift him a Mattifying Moisturizer ($45). This one, from new London-based brand The Refinery, is packed with frankincense and sandalwood to revitalize and soften skin, while pumpkin seed extract takes care of the mattifying part.
For the guy in your life who isn’t constantly sporting a five o’clock shadow, there’s Harry’s Engraved Winston Set ($40). They’ll engrave the aluminium handle with his initials in just three days; it also comes with three blades and a tube of shaving cream.
When you buy MCMC’s Hunter Candle ($48) for your guy, you’ll probably want to pick one up for yourself. Its notes of tobacco absolute, fir, and vanilla bourbon are intoxicating.
The latest Lauren to launch a scent is Greg, Ralph’s nephew. The designer’s worked with Barneys to create a limited run of 3000 customised bottles of Greg Lauren for Barneys ($195), a rich, unisex scent of vanilla and Tonka beans.
Know a dude with a taste for luxury? Gift him something from Tom Ford’s new men’s grooming collection. We’re partial to the very hydrating, yet totally matte Tom Ford Beauty Lip Balm for Men ($25).
This lightweight, army green bag from Filson ($110) is the perfect way to transport all of the products you’re gifting him.
Mason Pearson is the ultimate in hair tool brands: equal parts heritage, function, and luxury. This tortoiseshell comb ($18) will be the last comb he ever needs.
Guys are just as likely to suffer from dry winter skin, but significantly less likely to do something about it, unless they’re packing Malin & Goetz’s Vitamin b5 Hand Treatment ($20). There’s shea butter and honey in there too, for extra hydration.
We’ve waded through the sea of girly, floral-scented, fancy-wrapped bar soaps for you. Buy him this sampler from Baxter of California ($42). There’s one bar each of Flora and Cassis, Lime and Pomegranate, and Bergamot and Pear—all full of aloe, vitamins a and e, seaweed, and strip of hydrating glycerin.
Everyone’s making makeup for men these days (OK, not everyone, but where Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford go, everyone follows). If you know a guy who’s self conscious about under-eye circles of the occasional blemish, stick Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen ($39) into his stocking.
Grant’s slightly tropical-smelling pomade ($17) lends shine and hold to hair, but he’ll still be able to run his fingers through it—a winning combination. Bonus? The retro tin will look great in his medicine cabinet.
If your guy’s totally clueless, help him out in one fell swoop with Aesop’s Grooming Kit ($150) made exclusively for Mr. Porter. He’ll get Face Cleanser, Hyrdrating Cream, Shaving Serum, a Spray-On Moisturizer, and Lip Balm in one very handy dopp kit.