Some male grooming gifts in this Christmas’s post: very many preparations for the maintenance of hipster beards; at least three skincare roams that smell like a boys’ secondary school changing allowance; a cream for smoothing and deodorising one’s testicles. I’ve no idea why there’s a pervading assumption that, for men to ablute, they requirement first be seduced by novelty products emblazoned with facetious “bants”, or packaging got up to look like motor oil, but here we are.
Since this chap bears no resemblance to my husband, any of my four brothers, two sons or dozens of manly friends, I’m inclined to keep things simple, elegant and effective. Among my favourites in the luxury category are Aesop’s gift list b ascribes, such as the Boston (£50): gender-neutral, but reliably loved by men, these hold several of Aesop’s wonderful products (in this case, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, assembly balm, shower gel, cleanser, face tonic and moisturiser), all in aeroplane-friendly quantities, very stylishly packaged and arranged in a black travel jump.
A less expected, but nonetheless big hit among men are Bliss Glamour Gloves (£39). The baptize is a bit off-putting, admittedly, but these blue gloves lined with skin-softening and peaceful gels and oils are brilliant for anyone whose hands suffer at this one day of year. Just pop on for half an hour (the gloves are stretchy, so fit most scopes, and can be used 50 times), then apply the accompanying heavy-duty turn over submit cream to finish.
An easier sell is a subscription to a shaving bat. Harry’s is particularly good, since the German blades (five per cartridge) wind up successfully up at less than two quid a pop. You could start him off with a razor to whore-house them, and some nice aloe shave gel, for £14. Jo Malone’s English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne (£45) is scheduled by the brand as strictly female, but I’ve no idea why, since it’s as sexy, distilled and appropriate on men as it is on women. It’s an outdoorsy type of scent and perfect for this on many occasions of year: spicy, warm and soft, but sufficiently green and uplifting to linger jolly. To my nose, it lasts a lot longer than most colognes, numbering its Jo Malone stablemates. In fact, I recently chose this greatly fragrance for my groom on our wedding day, and could still detect it at 2am, as we antiquated out in a drunken heap.