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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re weeks are all going well
Before the weekend rolls along I wanted to make sure I shared a little gift guide with you all for Father’s Day as it’s rare I get to talk about Men’s products and it’s a nice excuse. Here in the UK Father’s Day is this Sunday so there are just a few more days to pick up your gifts.
Fragrance is such a stable gift, especially if you know the persons favourite/taste quite well. Paco Rabanne 1 Million remains a best seller but if you want something slightly different then there is the new 1 Million Lucky which is a slightly sweeter version of the original and marks 10 years since the launch of the classic 1 Million. One which my boyfriend wears and which I love is Paco Rabano Invictus and this year they have launched Invictus Aqua which is a fresher take on the original and which is perfect for summer! As I’ve spoken about before Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche do a yearly limited edition fragrance, this year the collaboration is with Parisian Graffiti Artist Andre Saraiva. The fun bottle shows ‘Mr A.’ Showing off his muscles! However, if you’re looking for a gift set over a single fragrance then check out this set from L’occitane Aromatic Collection, it has a shower gel, fragrance and deodorant and is perfect for a more traditional man with warm masculine notes.
If you’re buying for someone that likes to travel then I think a suitcase is a great option. I have a few nicer suitcases which I love and really makes packing a little more enjoyable. My most recent one is from American Tourister and they have some many different size, style and colour options, you’ll really be able to find the best one for your Father or Partner. Cristiano Ronaldo even has a range with them so if they’re a football fan then I think that one is a great option, who doesn’t want to travel like Ronaldo?
Everyone needs a great toothbrush but they’re often a little on the pricier side which is why I think they make great gifts, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean is a really sleek luxurious one which is also their best whitening toothbrush.
Head to toe grooming is definitely on the rise with men so there are a two face, body and hair grooming kits which are both great! The Philips Advance Styling & Precision kit and the Braun Multi Grooming Kit for men- they both come with everything from nose hair trimers to precision chasers to combs to groom your hair.
The next three items are bits which would be great for a man that likes to take care of himself a little more than most men I know (which is great!) For skincare lovers I have two affordable but luxurious items the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor MUD Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask which are both perfect for mens skin! Finally for any man that likes a little tan then the James Read For Men Hydra Tan Mist is perfect for the summer months!
And that the end of my men’s gift guide, what will you be buying your other half/Father this Father’s Day?
Am I the only person that almost forgot that it’s Father’s Day- TOMORROW!
I’ve picked a few last minute gifts which you can pick up in town (or even tomorrow morning) which I think any dad would love to receive.
A fragrance is always a great way to go in terms of gifts especially if you already know your Father’s (or partner’s taste).
If you’re looking for a woody night time fragrance then John Varvatos Platinum Cologne is a beautiful option, it’s a real man’s man scent. I actually gift John Varvatos fragrances quite regularly and they’re always loved!
If you’re looking for something for a younger man (like the father of your kids) or maybe your dad is just cooler than mine then I have a few picks too.
Paco Rabanne Invictus is one my boyfriend wears regularly and I really love, it’s the perfect summer scent with citrus and marine notes. Alternatively, I know there are lots of One Million fans out there, again by Paco Rabanne and they made the bottle even better with a rather epic Monopoly Limited Edition.
A recent launch is the Mont Blanc Emblem Absolu which is a new favourite in my family, it’s sweet and fruity but with warm spicy and woody notes which keep it very masculine, plus it comes in a beautiful gold bottle.
But my favourite is the Gaultier Le Male Superman Eau Fraiche, for the bottle alone. If you’re looking for a gift for your perfume-loving Superman then you can’t go wrong with this one, it’s perfect for the summer with notes of neroli, mint and aldehydes.
Also, worth noting, there is a Wonder Woman version which I might buy as it would be the perfect addition to any perfume collection- but maybe not for Father’s day.
If you dream of gifting your dad something luxury but can’t quite afford a Cartier watch then the L’Envole De Cartier gift collection is perfect! It is a unique oriental scent which is both soft and intense, notes of musk mixed with a real freshness and masculine wood and honey notes. All packaged in the famous red Cartier box with an Eau De Parum and Shower gel.
Alternatively, Etro ManRose is another great luxury fragrance, I stupidly didn’t photograph the bottle but it’s a really beautiful but yet elegant one. With warm spicy, aromatic and of course rose notes, it’s a little on the pricier side but with the extra money. Another new launch this year is the Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Bleu Astral a citrus, woody and leather scent in a very classic bottle, perfect for any age.
But if you’re not looking for perfumes I have a few options which are easily available in Boots
If you’re on a budget there are two options which I have for you the Superdry Sports wash pack and the Ted Baker Trio set, both include essentials that every dad needs, maybe not the most personal but very useful,
There is also a great offer on the Wahl Classic Grooming Set, it’s a great set with clippers, precision trimmer, combs, scissors and so much more! It’s limited edition and currently half price! I really love the retro feel of this one.
Hope this help you last minute shoppers like myself and hope you have a great Father’s Day tomorrow!
Admittedly, this post is a little later than expected but I’m sure I can’t be the only one that hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping so I thought I’d still share! I always struggle when buying men gifts, most of my girl friends I know would love a new MAC lipstick or an Urban Decay Palette but what do you buy the boys?
I’m going to start by pointing out the blog post is pretty beauty heavy, head to the end of this post if the men in your life aren’t too into beauty as I have some more ideas.
One of my favourite brand for men is Neal’s Yard as I find most of their packaging to be very luxe and unisex, I love the navy glass bottles! The Men’s Everyday Essentials Gift Set has a moisturiser, body wash and face wash, all essential items men will actually use.
If you’re on a bit of a budget Next and The Body Shop have some great gifts. My boyfriend loves The Body Shop shaving items and uses them almost daily so they’re always something I pick up for him but there are also other great sets from them. If you’re looking for a skincare and fragrance set then Next have it covered. Although Next fragrances aren’t the most expensive I personally really like them and are often very reminiscent of other fragrances. This signature set comes with a shaving gel, fragrance, post-shaving moisturiser and a really lovely toiletry bag!
If the man you are buying for is quite into skincare, then Clinique have a few different options to choose from. The Clinique Great Skin for Him would probably be my top pick as I love the toiletry bag and it’s very reasonably priced too! If you’re looking to get him a facial brush then I can’t recommend the Clinique one enough, in my opinion, it’s the best value for money and the one I recommend every time someone asks.
I’m going to be doing a whole post on Christmas fragrance but I have picked out Aramis Voyager and Joop! Homme Sport. Aramis Voyager is a great spicy fragrance, it’s not too strong and a quite a safe bet, especially if you don’t know the man’s fragrance taste too well. Joop! Homme Sport is a great scent for a younger man going into spring especially if he’s a fan of the original Joop!
If you’re looking for secret santa or stocking filler ideas then I’d head to Superdrug, not only do they have affordable pamper sets like the Man’s Stuff one which is photographed above but they also have great novelty gifts. I’m going to pick some up myself for my boyfriend as they’re so inexpensive that you can’t go wrong!
If your dad/partner likes beer then I can’t recommend the Brew Barrel enough. My dad rarely gets excited about gifts but I gave him one for fathers day and he really liked it. I ended up helping him make it and he was surprised about just how good the beer was. They’re reasonably priced, you can pick the sort of beer they like and it’s really quick and east to make. I really regret not picking up a few more of these as I know so many men that would have really appreciated it!
If you’re still in need of idea’s I always find Urban Outfitters have a good gift section, I’m buying my Boyfriend a good coat this year (which I am yet to find) but have previously bought watches, scarves, Playstation Games and shoes which have all gone down quite well.
If you have any other ideas leave them down below and be sure to come back tomorrow for another gift guide.
Buying for men is always really hard in my opinion so I love a good Father’s Day gift guide, usually I fill mine with just beauty but this year I have upped my game and I think you’ll find something your dad really loves…
A little bit pricier but everyone needs a pair of trainers especially if you’re father is quite active or you’re trying to encourage him to be more active. Infinities have a whole range of menswear but their trainer section caught my eye recently and I picked up the Nike Air Max 1’s as my brother swears that they’re the most comfortable thing ever!
If your dad is a film lover or you fancy offering him something that he can make the most of later in the year then a Cineworld Voucher is a great option. I’m not usually a voucher-gift-lover as I think they’re often not personal enough but I think a cinema voucher is a little more unusual and seems like you’ve bought more thought into what he loves.
I was actually super excited about this beer making kit from Brewbarrel so have already shown my dad this, I haven’t given it a go yet so I have no idea what the beer tastes like but we’re both super excited to try it and make it for ourselves. It’s a great fun idea which you can both do together.
If you’re on a budget and are looking for something quite fun then Superdrug have some surprisingly cool gifts including a self-stirring mug, mini tool kit and Blinktime Watch, all for under£10!
Now onto the beauty…
Every man needs a grooming/shaving machine, whether it’s to keep their beard in shape or they like a close shave. If they like to change up their beard look then Braun Multi Groomer is a great option as they can use it to shave style and trim their beard but if he just wants to shave then Braun Series 3 is the one to go for (it’s a best seller!). My dad is more of a razor man and if yours is too then the New Gillette Fusion Proshield is inexpensive and always useful!
Staying with shaving The Real Shaving Co is a company which is renowned for its superior men’s grooming products. I’ll admit I’m always a little confused by men’s brands as I don’t know too much about them but the brand is developed for men that want the barbershop shave at home. It’s all really affordable with shaving creams starting at just £3.99 but they also have moisturisers and everything else you’d expect.
For more luxe everyday essential MR. offer a thickening Shampoo and conditioner which uses their unique thickening complex to promote thick, healthy hair. The whole hair care range is really great for any dad that might be looking to disguise or add thickness to their hair but there is a styling range too.
My dad isn’t quite cool enough for skincare but if your dad is then Foreo have a sleek men’s range and since I’ve tried the ladies range (different colour) I can confirm it’s worth looking into! New from Foreo is their new Luna go, a facial cleansing tool for on the go and they even have a men’s cleanser to go with it.
Onto fragrance which I really struggle to write about but I think it makes a great gift!
If you’re on a budget and want to pick up a fragrance then Yardley 1770 is great and you’d never guess it’s £9.99! It’s quite a citrusy scent with hints of patchouli, ginger and more woody scents.
Next, Jimmy Choo Man– I’m not saying this is a unique scent because it isn’t but it’s a good one to consider if you’re not too sure what scent your father usually goes for as I think most men would like this.
Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct is a lovely daytime, spring/summer scent, with notes of Pepper, Melon and musk. It’s a little more sophisticated than other Abercrombie scents I’ve smelt in the past.
A new fragrance from Montblanc is Legend Spirit and this is my pick of the four. Again not ground breaking but I think it’s both classic and modern with notes of Lavender, white musk and bergamot.