Men's Grooming Gift Guide

9:39 AM 12/7/2018

by Melissa Magsaysay

What to gift him now.

When it comes to keeping up appearances, men are paying more attention to their hair and face, driving an uptick in sales in the grooming category. From October 2017 to October 2018, men’s skincare sales were $120.1 million, up 7 percent year over year. The total prestige skincare category generated $5.6 billion during this time and grew by 16 percent, according to industry analyst NPD Group.

Enter the influx of well-packaged men’s products hitting shelves at curated beauty emporiums like Blue Mercury and Violet Grey. Direct-to-consumer websites are also marketing high-end items geared toward jet-setting men who want to stay hydrated while in flight or maintain a visible glow between visits to their esthetician.

Here, a selection of some of the latest items that make great grooming gifts for the holidays. 

  • Joanna Vargas Glow-To-Go Mask Set

    $75

    Courtesy of subject

    This set includes five sachets from the celebrity esthetician (who treats Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig and Sofia Coppola) including the Eden Instant Lift Face Mask, Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask, Dawn Face Mask, Twilight Face Mask and Bright Eye Firming Mask per box.

  • The Now CBD Massage

    $110 for 80 Minutes; $58 for container of CBD Balm

    Courtesy of subject

    The urban oasis welcomes its newest treatment — a signature massage using a proprietary CBD-infused peppermint balm. The CBD balm is handmade in Los Angeles with skin-soothing nutrients such as peppermint, apricot and coconut oil, and features full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD, renowned for soothing inflammation and sore muscles. It can also be bought separately and makes a great stocking stuffer.

  • Claus Porto Musgo Real Shaving Cream

    $24 each

    Courtesy of subject

    This high-end shaving cream is infused with lanolin and glycerin and comes in 4-scents including, orange amber, spiced citrus, oak moss, classic. Each has a distinct and delicious scent, but let's face it, it's the packaging that's really the draw here.

  • Oribe Côte d'Azur Soap

    $28

    Courtesy of subject

    Infused with Oribe’s signature scent, this bar soap contains coconut fatty acids to create a rich lather to gently cleanse the skin. It’s also made with coconut oil to hydrate, soften and nourish, and glycerin to help prevent moisture loss. Clearly for the guy who has everything or who really takes his shower very seriously.

  • D.S. & Durga Amber Teutonic

    $260 for 100ml/$175 for 50ml

    Courtesy of subject

    The cult favorite candle and fragrance line makes some of the most interesting and unique scents out there, and Amber Teutonic is no exception. With traditionally “guy”-centric notes — think alpine cedar, Austrian pine and musk — it’s got a warm and woodsy vibe that’s especially appealing during the winter months.

  • Ursa Major Travel Essentials Kit

    $50

    Courtesy of subject

    The goop-approved personal care line has condensed some of its essentials into a kit that’s great for on the go or as an introduction to those who want to step up their skincare game with clean products. The kit includes face wash, face tonic, face balm, face wipes, and deodorant.

     

  • Rebels Refinery Limited Edition Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm

    $6, available until Christmas

    Courtesy of subject

    This limited-edition skull-shaped lip balm might sit well with teens who still look forward to tearing through their Christmas stocking. The edgy-looking item is made from coconut and sweet almond oils to moisten, nourish and protect while Vitamin E provides antioxidants.

  • Blackwood The Walk of Fame Gift Set

    $90

    Courtesy of subject

    Housed in a sleek and understated black leather case, this set has facial wash made with detoxifying Tanakura Clay from the Sea of Japan. A facial massager is said to soothe the eye area and tighten the jawline. Perfect for the person who likes to be pampered while on the road.