Keep his look fresh this holiday season and gift the guy in your life the self-care he deserves
Women aren’t the only ones who enjoy being spoiled, so why not think about pampering the men on your list this holiday season. Though he'll likely appreciate a cozy new sweater or handy sports gear, he might also value a luxurious grooming treatment, like a facial or massage. Perhaps they’ll get a chuckle (and hydrated skin) from a silly face mask you’ve tucked into their Christmas stocking. Or, even better, imagine a couple’s spa experience.
To inspire your gift giving this season, we’ve rounded up a selection of grooming gifts to indulge your favourite guy(s)...
1. Bright-eyed and bushy bearded
GroomMontreal-based Groom was created by a trio of friends who couldn’t find the products they’d been searching for to maintain their beards and skin. Over the last five years the company has grown to offer a full range of paraben-free and natural-oil-based products. This limited-edition deluxe beard kit is full of cleansing and conditioning treatments—conifer, tobacco and citrus beard oils, wash and balm—and, of course, an all-important beard brush to keep facial hair perfectly conditioned.
Find online here, $120
2. Whimsical wonders
LushWhen it comes to the holiday season, natural cosmetics brand Lush gets into the spirit in a big yet charming way. This makes them a great source of stocking stuffers for those looking for clean and ethical products. This year they’ve added festive candy-cane toothpaste jelly, a Rudolph chocolate-scented jelly face mask, and two flavours of lip scrubs to their expansive holiday collection—practical and perfectly sized to slip into a stocking.
Find online here, $9.95 to $12.95
3. Beyond the man cave
Facebook/ Regal Grooming LoungeIf you combined an old-style men’s club with a traditional barbershop, downtown Vancouver’s Regal Grooming Lounge might just be the offspring. The aesthetic is one of masculine comfort and ease—leather chairs, a bar that offers complimentary beverages ranging from Scotch to espresso, tech charging stations and a shoe buffing area. Indulge him with services such as precision haircuts, hot-towel shaves, beard grooming, gentleman's facials, grey hair blending, brow shaping and sports-hand detailing.
Find details online; prices vary according to service; gift cards are available online
4. The merry minimalist
SimonsFor the stylish man in your life, try Tibéria's shaving soap and concrete bowl set by Montreal cabinet maker Pierre-Julien Major. There are three soap scents: almond, geranium and patchouli, all of which are individually made, eco-friendly, hydrating for the skin and long-lasting. Major also crafts a walnut wood version of the same design.
Find online here; $70 to $75
5. Scents for the season
Facebook/ Jimmy ChooThe man in your life may have his go-to fragrance, but Christmas is the perfect time to introduce something new to his grooming routine. This fall saw the release of three unique scents in established fragrance collections, perfect for any gentleman. Montblanc's Explorer Eau de Parfum will appeal to the sophisticate with its calming and uplifting notes of Italian bergamot; whilst Jimmy Choo's Urban Hero Eau de Parfum is both fresh and masculine in its flask-styled bottle. And if it's something with a little more edge you're after, Mugler's Alien Man Fusion Eau de Toilette has the intensity and depth you may be seeking.
Find online here, $87 to $115
6. The giving gift
The Body ShopGiving two gifts for the price of one is not only economical, but in the case of The Body Shop’s philanthropic partnership with Plan International—a development and humanitarian organization that advances children's rights and equality for girls—that second “gift” embodies the true spirit of the season. Alongside donating a percentage of each Christmas gift purchased to the organization, The Body Shop will also make a $50,000 gift specifically to Plan Canada. So, when you gift the Gent’s Energizing Skincare Kit, you’re supporting gender equality for girls globally and here in Canada. Oh, and helping your man have great skin. The cleanser and moisturizer in this kit are enriched with guarana seeds from Brazil and green coffee beans from Ethiopia. These two primary ingredients have antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help protect, repair and hydrate skin.
Find online here, $30
7. Holiday hydration
WoodlotHis skin will love you for tucking this nourishing body lotion by Vancouver-based Woodlot into his Christmas stocking. Formulated with a mix of natural oils like sunflower, cocoa and coconut, this small-batch of handmade lotion is scented with energizing botanicals rosemary and mint.
Find online here, $22
8. Festive detox
Shangri-La Hotel, VancouverFor some, it's the experience that counts more than the gift itself, and nothing says self-care like a relaxing spa day. And if you don't think your man would enjoy it alone, it's the perfect excuse to book a couples treatment. The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La in Vancouver both offer men and couples services on their treatment menus.