Generally speaking, women are easy to shop for on Valentine’s Day (especially if said woman is a fan of the whole flowers and chocolates thing). Of course, plenty of men adore truffles and roses, but we’d argue that the vast majority of guys haven’t the slightest interest — which leaves their suitors and significant others in a difficult predicament. If you’re in this predicament, fear not. We’ve compiled a smorgasbord of grooming goodies that are sure to make any man giddy.
Maison Margiela’s® REPLICA™ At the Barber Scented Candle ($62) is sure to delight anyone (including a man who didn’t realize he loved candles). Inspired by an old-school barber shop, notes of lavender, tonka, and musk leave a finish as clean as a freshly-shaved face.
For the traveling man, give the gift of skipping cheap hotel shampoo. The (Malin+Goetz)® Essential Kit ($32) contains TSA-approved hair and body cleansers and moisturizer in a spectrum of zingy scents, including grapefruit, peppermint, and cilantro.
The Christophe Robin® Cleansing Thickening Paste ($53) is like a face mask for the scalp. Not only does the clay-like shampoo absorb oil (no more greasy hair), but it also contains algae to nourish and stimulate the skin and hair follicles.For the man who has yet to try a sheet mask, consider slipping him the Barber Pro™ Post Shave Cooling Mask Duo ($17). While the name is lighthearted, the skincare ingredients in the cooling mask are serious: think witch hazel, tea tree, and collagen.
For an unconventional gift, consider the Aesop® Post-Poo Drops ($29). Not only are they sure to get a chuckle from your recipient, but they look surprisingly chic, too (a decorative bonus if you happen to live together). A few drops of the elixir leaves the WC smelling like citrus, thanks to tangerine and mandarin peel extracts. Put the "man" in manicure with the Zwilling® Pour Homme set ($173). Ideal for nail biters, cuticle gnawers, or anyone with excess nose hair, this leather-encased tool kit transforms clipping and trimming into a stylish activity.
The Tom Ford® Beard Comb ($37) is perhaps the chicest way to tame unruly facial hair, period. In addition to its stylishness, the teeth are designed to be gentle on beards and mustaches.
The fan-favorite Gucci® Guilty™ Pour Homme ($119) underwent an exterior makeover for 2019. While the bottle is slightly snazzier, the fragrance itself remains intact. A mix of neroli, patchouli, and pepper is sure to entice him — and anyone in his vicinity.
Anyone who says soap is too mundane to be giftable clearly hasn’t seen the Oars + Alps® Moisturizing Alps Bar ($12). The aesthetically-inclined slab contains shea butter to soften skin, while witch hazel and tea tree work to fight body blemishes (and smell phenomenally crisp all the while).
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