With trendy barbershops — and the slick pompadours and tight fades that they offer — taking the world by storm, gents have gotten more finicky than ever when it comes to keeping their appearances in check. If you’ve got a bro, a special someone, or just a guy in your life who needs some dire pampering, check out below for our favourite grooming gifts for the dapper dude.
Image courtesy of the ‘Coach for Men’ campaign.
Upgrade your dude’s regular schmegular soap bar with the luxe alternative from L’Officine Universelle Buly. Lightly perfumed with a choice of 11 scents, pH-neutral and soda-free, this soap balances your skin so you don’t feel dry and prickly after use. During the holidays, for any purchase of three Savon Superfins, you’ll also get a complimentary package of travel soap sheets (HK$138). All gifts at Buly are expertly wrapped with origami-inspired packaging and personalised calligraphy.
HK$300 from Buly 1803, G/F, 20 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2191 9005
Perhaps your man likes to change up his look every week, or has a demanding hairstyle that needs constant maintenance. Or, he just has a lot of mane to tame. This 12-in-1 styler is a beard trimmer, hair cutter, shaver and more, with 12 detachable blade tools to make sure he can clean up from head to toe (and if he’s got hairy toes, this tool is most definitely a required gift). The styler is also shower-proof and is designed with a non-slip rubber grip.
HK$598 from Philips, at electronics stores city-wide
For the ones who stick with simple drugstore brands for fear of the complexities of getting good quality skincare, the Tonic Grooming System is for them. We reviewed this men’s skincare subscription service back in August, and we love it for introducing boutique and sometimes cult skincare products that work for your skin type — thanks to a preliminary questionnaire — and simplifying the routine with helpful numbered labels. A gift card can get your man a one-off gift box, or enough for several months’ worth of subscriptions.
From HK$500 at Tonic Grooming
It’s hard to pick from Aesop’s six excellent-sounding gift kits this holiday season. Inspired by pivotal psychology studies on human behaviour between the 50s-70s, they’ve each been packaged with a psychedelic twang befitting the era, yet still retain Aesop’s signature minimalistic allure. The Regard Gift Kit references the idea of bystander effect, and the impact we have on people around us. Naturally, the kit addresses concerns surrounding the face and body, with the Fabulous Face Cleanser, Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser.
HK$690 from Aesop, 42-42A Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2673 3885
Looking for something extra special? The Ultimate Gift Set from Gentlemen’s Tonic makes for la creme de la creme of shaving and grooming experiences at home. This set features their most popular products: pre-shave oil, shave cream, a beautiful razor and brush set with matching holder, and a soothing aftershave balm.
HK$3,100 from Gentlemen’s Tonic, G/F, 43-49 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 2455
Tom Ford’s sensational 2017 fragrance release ‘Fucking Fantastic’ (meant to embody the reaction you utter once you smell it) would have likely topped many wishlists this Christmas, if only it was available for sale in Hong Kong. Instead, you can look to a reinterpretation of a classic. Also released this year, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood Intense refashions the beloved original with an even more heady, animalistic, and smouldering scent that’s perfectly apt for the winter season — featuring angelique root, ginger, juniper, cypress, castoreum and oud.
HK$2,950/100ml from Harvey Nichols
The first men’s fragrance for Coach launched just this fall. It’s a sporty, refreshing scent with a touch of elegance, with the juiciness of nashi pear, bergamot and kumquat rounded out by traditionally masculine notes of vetiver and suede, with a few delicious hints of spicy coriander, cardamom and geranium in between. This thoughtful gift set is made to be carried along for travels — perfect for any jetsetter — with 100ml bottles of shower gel, aftershave and fragrance. We love the clever design of the spray mechanism, which pays homage to Coach’s signature brass turn-key closure, but also prevents leakage: just twist it to lock down your fragrance during travel.
HK$700 from Coach, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Founder John Masters himself was once a renowned stylist with his own salon in New York’s SoHo, and sought to create organic (all the products contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients) care products. This set features a Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, a Citrus & Neroli Detangler, and a combo paddle brush (probably yours to keep if his hair is shorter). For a guy who cares deeply about his tresses — especially if they’re on the wavy and thick side — you’ll be giving the gift of shiny, crisp clean, manageable and earth-friendly hair this Christmas with this box.
HK$780 from John Masters Organics, Shop 3005A, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2117 0721
If you want a gift that will pamper and cover all bases for a guy’s skincare routine, Kiehl’s has got the essentials down pat in this ‘Ultimate Man Special.’ Featuring its bestselling ‘Facial Fuel’ line, you’ve got everything you need, from eye cream to serum, cleanser to scrub to moisturiser, toner to the all-important SPF 50. Wrapped up in a whimsical gift box designed by illustrator Kate Moross, this is as stylish as it is practical.
HK$605 from Kiehl’s, Shop 11A, Fashion Walk, 11-19 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2328 9399
If the guy in mind has a little bit more of a preppy personality, you might want to look to Acqua di Parma’s fragrances, for essentially what is sunny Italian sophistication in a bottle. In particular, Colonia Club, with its Haitian vetiver and musk mixed with citrusey notes of bergamot, lemon, mint and neroli oil, evokes the image of traditional private sports clubs, of those partial to noble sports such as dressage or polo. For the elegant man, this gift set features a fragrance, shower gel and aftershave balm, and can even be engraved at the Times Square counter on the occasion of its new renovation this month.
HK$1,345 from Lane Crawford