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The Top Grooming Gifts For Christmas 2018

The lotions and potions any man would be happy to find under the tree, from Le Labo, La Mer, Claus Porto and more

Regular readers will know that we’ve spent the past few weeks giving you the lowdown on the best gifts to get your loved ones. So far, we’ve covered homewareluxury watches and presents that are exclusive to us. This week, we’re turning our attention to grooming. Who wouldn’t want the gift of looking good and smelling great? And remember, a diligent grooming routine is for life, not just for Christmas.


Czech & Speake

Witty repartee may be enough to get by at the pub, but shaking hands with potential employers with grubby paws, regardless of the strength of your CV (or Bumble profile), won’t reflect kindly on an application. The good news is that well-maintained nails can be achieved without regular salon visits or high-tech tools, with a helping hand from the experts at Czech & Speake. This leather manicure set contains everything needed to cut, clip and file nails into shape. Give it to guys with a penchant for DIY and throw in a moisture-rich hand cream from Haeckels for good measure. 

Or try these

  • Bamford Grooming Department Stainless Steel and Carbon Fibre Manicure Set

  • Pankhurst London Leather-Bound Manicure Set


Marram Co Shaving Set

Nearly 70 per cent of men say they hate shaving, but we suspect that statistic may plummet now that Marram Co has set up shop. Barely a year old, the Dublin-based brand is committed to elevating his morning chore into something resembling a joy. This handsome chrome shaving set includes a badger brush (imperative for working up a decent lather), bowl and razor compatible with Gillette blades. Feeling extra generous? Add in one of the label’s shaving creams. Each formula in the range is designed for a different situation, from the big night out to the hazy morning after. Just the thing if you’ve accepted multiple party invitations. 

Or try these

  • Baxter of California Three-Piece Shaving Set

  • D R Harris Arlington Shaving Kit


Claus Porto Soap On A Rope

Soap on a rope, we hope, needs no introduction. It’s simply soap. On a rope. It’s no-nonsense, no-fuss stuff, and therefore the perfect stocking filler for the type of guy who likes to keep his grooming routine straightforward and streamlined. We’ve picked this one from Claus Porto, a Portuguese brand with more than 130 years of saponification experience, because, unlike cheaper alternatives, the nourishing walnut and vegetable oil formula won’t irritate dry skin. It also smells great. This is a tricky point to prove through your laptop or phone screen, but rest assured, the spicy-citrussy aroma is fresh and zesty enough to perk the recipient right up on bleary-eyed Boxing Day. 

Or try these

  • TOM FORD BEAUTY Oud Wood Bar Soap, 150g

  • Sisley - Paris Eau de Campagne Bar Soap, 100g


Crème De La Mer

There are moisturisers and then there’s Crème De La Mer, an elixir so natural its fabled founder, elusive astrophysicist Mr Max Huber (according to reporting on The Cut), used to turn up to appointments and eat it to prove its purity. (Please don’t try this at home.) The secret ingredient is a nutrient-rich “miracle broth”, a fermented formula that contains sea kelp, some vitamins and all manner of other skincare lovelies. Rumour has it that while the stuff is bubbling away in the laboratory (the process takes more than three months), the mixture is played a continuous recording of grumbling sound waves that purportedly infuse the emulsion with energy. Yes, that all smacks a little of pseudoscience, but astonishingly, the mixture was less active when they turned off the music. As for the results, well, they speak for themselves. In fact, it might just be too good to give away.

Or try these

  • Le Labo Body Cream - 250ml

  • Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, 500ml


Le Labo Santal 33

Fragrances are personal statements, which makes buying them for someone else a daunting task. Peek inside a man’s grooming cabinet and you’ll all most certainly find fragrances that, unbeloved by their recipients, have been consigned to a lifetime of collecting dust. The trick is to buy a good all-rounder, a scent for every man. Le Labo’s cult classic Santal 33 will save you sniffing around, if you will. It evokes the smoky scent of an open fire with aromatically deep notes of cardamom, sandalwood and papyrus. Balanced with sweeter accords of iris and velvet, it makes for a perfect and versatile fragrance. 

Or try these

  • Byredo Oud Immortel Eau de Parfum - Patchouli, Papyrus, 50ml

  • Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense, 100ml


SH2 Deep Clean Shampoo & CD2 Moisturizing Conditioner Set

You might think great hair is all about the right styling product, but great hair begins in the shower. A nourishing shampoo and conditioner are imperative in maintaining healthy locks, and for the best among them look no further than Patricks. The brand’s SH2 Deep Clean Shampoo & CD2 Moisturizing Conditioner set is formulated with its trademark Patricks Recovery Compound, created to minimise hair loss and enhance volume. At 60ml each, these are perfect for stocking fillers, too.

Or try these

  • SACHAJUAN Thickening Shampoo, 250ml

  • Hanz De Fuko Natural Shampoo, 237ml