Grooming gifts are stuck in that limbo between a man’s needs and a man’s wants. They are definitely not on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs but are gradually becoming essentials in a time where first impressions matter. Grooming gifts are thoughtful and personal, and can even be cheeky reminders to your friends that they’re not caring for themselves enough. But hey, what are good friends (or family) for right?
Here are some of our Esquire Singapore endorsed grooming gift ideas for your loved ones and, heck, even yourself.
This advent calendar is every skincare junkie’s wet dream. To combat the aftermath of the intense festive season, 12 products curated by Mr. Porter are specially selected to hide signs of long days and late nights that might creep up on your visage. From instant depuffing eye masks from 111Skin to a handy travel shower duo from Le Labo, 12 Days of Grooming is definitely a timely gift that your friends will thank you for.
Mr. Porter's 12 Day of Grooming is available at Mr. Porter's online store.
If anything, National Service has taught us to buy disposable razors—a 10 pack staple—in bulk. They might not be the best at keeping your skin nick-free but it certainly does the job. If your gift recipient is stuck with those, you could consider gifting him a set of razors from Bolin Webb that draws its inspiration from lavish automobiles. Most importantly, they are compatible with either Gillette’s Mach 3 or ProFusion blades cartridges so the poor fella doesn’t have to scour around looking for replacements.
Bolin Webb is available online and at Takashimaya Orchard.
A brand that needs no further introduction (we've already shared the low-down on them) has come up with gift sets for the holidays, featuring their star products, C-Firma Day Serum, TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, and Lala Retro Whipped Cream. In fact, you might end up copping them for yourself.
Drunk Elephant is available online and at any Sephora stores.
Fuzzy boys will always appreciate a gratuitous gift card for a trip to the waxing parlour. Body hair has kept homo sapiens warm since the age of time but in the wake of global warming, it seems to have outlived its primitive function. Removing unwanted hair instantly helps to prevent painful chafing and abrasions, allowing perspiration to evaporate quickly so you don’t smell. A definite win in our books.
To book an appointment, visit Strip's website at www.strip.com.sg or call 6337 8747.
Sheets masks are great for people who don’t invest time looking after themselves. Dr. Jart+ Solution masks instantly plump up the skin with a boost of hydration while delivering beneficial skin care ingredients that help with various skin concerns ranging from wrinkles to dullness. Chuck them into the fridge and pop them out when your skin is visibly puffy, dehydrated and tired.
Dr Jart+ masks are available online and at any Sephora stores.
Mamonde Men Recharging Gift Set
This one is for the friend who is always feeling tired. Give him a needed boost (for his mug) with these dandelion root extract tinctures from Mamonde. The toner and lotion pairing instantly refreshes fatigued skin, giving the skin a revitalizing hit of moisture to fight off daily environmental stressors. It comes with a handy travel size for the active guys on the go.
Mamonde's Recharging Set is available exclusively at Ngee Ann City Takashimaya.
Sulwhasoo Men’s Limited Edition Holiday Set
If your friend's job title on LinkedIn happens to be "Father/Budding Entrepreneur/Digital Marketing Magician/Lightbulb Changer", you should seriously reconsider the legitimacy of this friendship. Jokes aside, Sulwhasoo's bestseller Inner Charging Serum is a serious multitasker, the serum-essence-aftershave hybrid is packed with hanbang or traditional Korean herbs that help accelerate the skin's turnover rate—revitalizing and treating signs of aging without feeling sticky.
The British fragrance house expands its reputable Gentlemen’s Collection this Christmas with Juniper Sling—a woody spicy concoction that instantly resonates with fans of G&T. Be it spritzing for an instant mood-lift or cementing an impressionable note after bidding adieu to an event, the bastion of oriental, aromatic, and chypre minis will come in handy for any formal or informal occasions.
Penhaligon's is located at 10 Bayfront Avenue #01-33/34, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956 and 2 Orchard Turn #03-16, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
A collaboration with Dutch haute couture designer Iris van Herpen, Aesop’s ‘Atlas of Attraction’ gift kits celebrates seasonal journeys while examining the driving forces of human connection and the methodology behind our attractions. The kits are organised in four themes—body, home, facial, and hands—and contains the best of the best from each category from the brand's offerings so you wouldn't feel overwhelmed as you peruse through the sheer number of products Aesop carries.
Available at any standalone Aesop stores and selected departmental stores.
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