Men’s grooming

Daniel Mackinnon
Daniel Mackinnon
@danielmackinnon

Let’s Hear It for the Boys: Our Men’s Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. Stumped on what to get for the special guy on your list? Don’t look any further: I’ve got you covered.

Skincare:

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Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
The perfect go-to face moisturizer for any guy. It’s lightweight (not greasy) and provides SPF 20. The sea parsley and blue algae not only provide added moisture but smell great too.

Biotherm Homme T-Pur Blue Face Clay
Finally there’s a face mask for men, and it only takes three minutes to use. Infused with Rhassoul clay, it helps smooth skin and reduce the appearance of pores.

Alpha Fit by Clarisonic
Do you know a guy who enjoys gadgets? Now’s the time to get him hooked on the ultimate skincare device. With two settings, daily and power cleanse, this tool removes dirt and oil at a rate of six times what you could do by hand. It’s also a perfect way to prep skin for a better shave.

No.7 Men Advanced Serum
Every man should get familiar with a face serum, which is basically a lightweight moisturizer that penetrates deeper into the skin, reducing the signs of aging. This one stands out since it is hypo-allergenic and perfect if you suffer from sensitive skin.

Fragrance:

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John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider
Inspired by the bad-boy motorcycle-riding guy, this scent makes a bold statement. It’s not surprising that leather is a key base note, though you will also notice top notes of bitter orange, saffron, resin and black violet.

Mr. Burberry
This is undoubtedly a new instant classic. Perfect for the modern, contemporary man, Mr. Burberry’s notes include grapefruit, cardamom, birch leaf and sandalwood. To me, this is the quintessential gentleman’s scent.

Diesel Bad
Bad is bold and young, and one of the first to sit on the salty side of the woody fragrances. You will notice bergamot, cardamom, lavender, tobacco, wood and, yes, even caviar in this restless scent.

Wanted Azzaro
This is a confident, masculine, spicy fragrance with woody undertones. The bottle design was inspired by a gleaming gun cylinder. Scent notes include ginger, lemon and mint, along with cardamom, apple and amberwood.

Tech:

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Beats Pill + Wireless Speaker

This little gem offers up premium quality sound while taking up little space. Equipped with 12-hour battery life and wireless Bluetooth, you can have amazing sound anywhere you go. Perfect for an office, small studio or your next AirBnb.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones
These beautifully crafted headphones are great for the guy who is big on performance yet doesn’t want to compromise on style. They’re designed with beautiful details, such as soft leather ear cups to provide extra comfort, and the 22-hour battery life ensures they can go the distance.

Skyroam
Anyone who travels knows how annoying and expensive roaming fees can be. Here’s the solution: Skyroam is a small, portable hotspot that allows you to connect up to five separate devices. You have the choice to either buy or rent the device, then pay only about $10 per 24 hours of roaming. Split between five devices, that’s a real bargain.

HTC 10
This is the phone people should be paying attention to. Not only does it look slick, its battery performance is one of the longest available. Throw in a great camera, speakers and a powerful display and this could be the phone you didn’t realize you were missing.

Grooming:

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Braun Series 3 System Shaver
This razor is for any guy who prefers an electronic shave. The cutting system is triple action so it can adapt to pretty much any man’s face, resulting in an extremely close shave. The real cool factor is that at the touch of a button this razor cleans, charges and lubricates itself. This helps make sure every shave is close and consistent. Talk about smart.

Dove Men + Care Post Shave Balm
Skincare should get extra attention while you’re shaving. This balm helps to soothe skin that may normally get irritated. It’s derm tested and really does make your skin feel more comfortable.

Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Gel
This is truly a well-formulated shaving gel. It delivers a thick, rich cream that primes facial hair and helps reduce friction. After using it, your skin really does feel soothed and hydrated.

Gillette Fusion Proshield Razor
The engineering that goes into this razor makes it a must-have among men’s grooming tools. Designed with two lubrication strips (one before and one after the blade) to better protect skin and deliver a closer shave, the razor comes with five extremely thin yet super strong blades and flex ball technology that responds to the contours of every man’s face. Think of it as the Swiss Army knife of shaving.

Clarins Men Shave Ease Oil
This wonderful product really helps to soften facial hair prior to shaving. It’s great for guys who suffer from razor burn or ingrown hairs. Rosemary, mint and eucalyptus essential oils assist in helping the razor glide more smoothly and comfortably.

Accessories:

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The Timex Weekender Chrono
For most guys a watch is the only accessory, so make sure it’s a good one. This is a perfect choice. The beautiful brown leather strap, silver tone case and green dial add hints of uniqueness without being over the top. In addition, it has 30-metre water resistance and an Indiglo night light.

Uniqlo Fleece Gloves
The Japanese cult brand has finally opened stores in Canada. Uniqlo is known not only for its outstanding quality but also for its performance fabrics. These polar fleece gloves will keep fingers warm while the tips and palms have an outside coating for extra grip.

Men’s Hunter Slides
This heritage brand has been outfitting men and woman for over 160 years. These slides take inspiration from the original Hunter boot and are a fun beach or poolside addition.

COS Canvas Cross-Body Bag
Slick, modern and cool, this is an urban alternative to the backpack. This small bag is a great way for a guy to keep all of his essentials in one compact place.

Warby Parker Reed Sunglasses in Jet Black Matte with Jet Silver
Not only do these glasses look fantastic, but the price is remarkably affordable. Check out the entire line of spectacles and sunglasses, all of which have great aesthetics. The bonus is that with every pair purchased they give a pair of glasses to a child in need. Talk about a win-win.

Vans Sneaker
This classic sneaker is slightly updated, and perhaps a bit more grownup. These kicks can easily transition from the weekend to an office casual look with their slick black leather and streamlined silhouette.

Stocking Stuffers:

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Old Spice Swagger 2 in 1 Shampoo
This has one of the richest, creamiest lathers you may ever find. Add in the outstanding scent and you will be left with hair that not only smells great but looks great too.

Axe Signature Clean Cut Look Classic Pomade
This is for any guy who wants to add control to his hair yet not look stiff or overproduced. It’s got a nice scent and does a great job of adding a classic shine and texture without looking greasy.

Schick Hydro 5 Men’s Razor
Santa would be happy to not only give but also receive this five-blade razor. It helps hydrate thanks to its unique gel reservoir. It also has a handy flip trimmer on the back that helps you reach those hard to trim areas.

Vichy Homme Shower Gel
Any guy would be happy to receive this in his stocking. Uniquely formulated with Vichy thermal spa water, magnesium and vitamin C, this shower gel (and yes, you can use it on your hair) leaves you feeling clean and energized. It’s derm tested and paraben free, so perfect for sensitive types.

Presidents Choice Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Fudge
The guy receiving this will be instantly addicted to the sweet chocolate fudge flavour crafted into morsels of creamy delight.

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JACK BLACK Double-Duty Face Moisturizer

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BIOTHERM T-Pur Face Clay

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CLARISONIC Alpha Fit Sonic Cleansing Device for Men

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NO7 No7 Men PPI Serum

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JOHN VARVATOS Dark Rebel Rider

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AZZARO Azzaro Wanted Eau de Toilette

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DIESEL Bad Eau De Toilette

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BURBERRY Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette

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