Buying gifts for men at Christmas time can be the biggest bane of my life. The men generally buy what they want throughout the year so that leaves very little for me to pick up for them to put under the tree. The one thing however I do find they rarely treat themselves too is nice beauty gifts. I think the word beauty generally puts them off a little and if I'm honest, a lot of them generally don't know where to even start. That's where I come in at Christmas as I always pick up my favourite grooming products at this time of year (with a few other bits thrown in for good measure) as I know they wouldn't treat themselves to it - and I know they blooming love it too.
When it comes to skincare, whether the men in your life know what they're doing and already have a stash or are at quite the other end of the spectrum and need a place to start then picking them up a thing or two is a great option. If you're on a budget then I'd recommend having a look at Nivea Men. They have some great options but if this is what you're going to go for I'd recommend keeping it simple and sticking to the Nivea Men Creme, £5 and the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm, £5.29. Again if you're under a budget, Bulldog Skincare for Men is great. Again, I'd recommend keeping it simple and either pick up one of their gift sets as the packaging is lovely or stick to the Bulldog Face Wash, £4.50 Bulldog Face Scrub, £5 and the Bulldog Original Moisturiser, £6. They are so great for the price and look and feel far more expensive.
If you've looking for something a little more luxurious then I've got a few incredible brands for you to choose from. Liz Earle are generally my go-to and I always pick up the men in my life their Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for Men, £15.50 and if the men in your life haven;t tried it then you need to get them one, but if they have then I've got a few other brands I'd recommend giving a go too.
The Clarins for Men range is incredible. From their male friendly packaging to the quality of the products, I just know (and my boyfriend wholly agrees) that anyone would be lucky to find this under the tree. They have an great extensive range, but if you're not sure what they like (or if they're not sure what they like!) then I'd recommend keeping it simple again with the Clarins Men Exfoliating Cleanser, £21.50, the Clarins Men Active Face Wash Foaming Gel, £19.50 and the Clarins Men Moisture Balm, £29.
Neville is a really great option too. I fell in love with the brand when I saw their barbers in the Barber and Parlour in Shoreditch and the branding on their skincare is absolutely on point too. I recommend picking up the Neville Rescue Scrub, £22 and the Neville Face Reviver, £25.
My last individual product recommendations of this sort come from Origins. Again another skincare brand I swear by personally and their products that work for men also don't disappoint. With this in mind, I'd recommend picking up the Origins Blade Runner Energising Shave Cream, £15 and the Origins Charcoal Body Wash, £19.
Onto my favourite skincare gift sets and another of my favourite brands and the Cowshed Bullocks Grooming Gift Set, £35. The beautifully packaged set includes a body wash, face scrub and moisturiser. I adore cowshed products, they are super luxurious and the range for men are no different.
Aesop is another one of my all time favourite skincare brands and I could reel off for days my favourite products but one thing I've noticed too is that men absolutely adore them too. Whether they've tried them before or eye up the packaging, Men always seem to be drawn to it. They really know how to do Christmas gift sets well and I really recommend picking up the Aesop The Intrepid Gent set, £65 if your budget suits. It really has the wow factor when you open it and the products are so beautiful. This gift set includes their fabulous face cleanser, Moroccan neroli post shave balm and the coriander seed body cleanser all in their iconic packaging.
If you don't want to hit just skincare, or body care etc. there are some sets that hit a few and I really recommend them. My favourites this year are the Jack Wills Boxer & Toiletries Gift Set, £20 as it comes with super useful products - boxers, body spray and body was - everybody uses them and the packaging is great and the Crabtree & Evelyn Morrocan Myrrh Traveller Gift Set, £24 also. This gift set is so beautiful. The packaging makes it feel so special and the tin gift set includes a mini hair & body wash, mini cologne, mini shave cream and mini after shave balm - and it smells incredible!
Fragrance for men is something I always pick up this time of year for gifting as again I think its one of those things you kind of feel reluctant to pick up yourself but adore having it so perfect for Christmas. My picks this year are the Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him! EDP, £40, YSL L'Homme EDT, £40 (you can also get matching body wash and after shave balm if you really want to treat them), the Dunhill London Icon Elite, £77 and the Azzaro Wanted Gift Set, £49. They all smell incredible and feel super luxurious. If you do however have a bit of a bigger budget and want to pick up a fragrance that really is luxurious, then I'd really recommend the Yves Saint Laurent Le Vestaire Des Perfumes Tuxedo, £195. This is a unisex fragrance, but for me it's a little more on the masculine side but the quality of the fragrance itself is what blows me away - it lasts all day long and the packaging is so luxurious too.
If you didn't want to get a beauty gift, then I'd recommend either going down the food or tech options. Crabtree & Evelyn do some really beautiful foodie gifts and I usually end up picking up some of their shortbread for someone, this year their beautiful Crabtree & Evelyn Star Shortbread Biscuits, £8 as they taste incredible and come in the most beautiful packaging. Tech wise - I'd really recommend what I picked up my boyfriend this year for his birthday as I absolutely fell in love with it. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 in black, £119. I adore instant cameras and this one looks so cool. Really recommend it!
If I don't speak to you beforehand guys, have the best Christmas!