Daniel Mackinnon
Daniel Mackinnon

My top grooming picks for the holiday season.

Sometimes, crossing off that holiday shopping list for the guys in your life can be tough. I road-tested a few amazing grooming products (in time for the holidays) that I think are perfect for even the most fickle man in your life.

Saving face:
Every guys needs to take care of his skin. If he’s not already on the skincare bandwagon, it’s time he jumps on it. Here are a few items he’ll be sure to love.

Vichy Homme Code Purete Purifying Cleansing Gel:
A solid face cleanser is the cornerstone to every man’s grooming routine. I love how this one works on all skin types and is paraben free.

Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum:
The holiday season can be stressful on your skin so give it the upper hand and fight the signs of aging (and stress!) with this outstanding serum. I love the added peptides and antioxidants, which aid in correcting and keeping skin looking young.

Biotherm Total Recharge Eye:
After late night holiday parties who couldn’t do with some under eye assistance? I love how this helps reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Clinique For Men SPF 21 Moisturizer:
This is the perfect protection for your skin against all the elements. I love how this moisturizer is lightweight and doesn’t feel oily. Plus, it offers SPF protection!

Hit the right note:
I’ve said it before and will say it again: I’m a scent junkie. Here are a few of my favourites that I know will make any man in your life smell like sweet success.

Boss The Scent Eau de Toilette Spray:
I love how unique this scent is. Think an exotic mix of ginger, lavender and leather. It’s very easy to wear and can be any guy’s signature scent.

Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette:
When I first laid eyes on this bottle, the packaging knocked my socks off! It’s a truly modern masculine scent, which smells crisp at first and then settles into a stronger woody base with notes of cedar wood and tobacco.

Adidas Born Original For Him Eau de Toilette:
This young and energizing scent blends spicy black pepper, rhubarb and orange oil. Perfect for the guy who loves a refreshing clean scent.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette:
What’s wonderful about this scent is how easy it is to wear. I love the distinct fresh citrus (Sicilian mandarin) scent along with bergamot, oak moss and pepper. This is a fragrance every man should own.

On the Edge:
I think it’s time to get up close and personal. Here are some of my top shaving companions.

Shiseido Shave Cream:
In order to ensure a great shave, you need to start with a good quality shaving cream. Shiseido’s is thick, yet smooth enough to protect your skin against any unwanted razor burn. Perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide
This is one of the most comfortable razors you can buy giving you the closest shave.  With five thin blades (one on the back for trimming) and a flex ball to better navigate the curves of your face, it’s sure to provide the ultimate shaving experience!

For those guys who prefer an electric shave, the Braun Series 3 is a top choice. I love that with the hit a button it automatically cleans, lubricates, dries and charges itself—any man’s dream!

LAB SERIES 3-in-1 Post-Shave
This gel absorbs quickly and helps soothe and calm skin post shave. I’m impressed with how it helps prevents razor burn and ingrown hairs and it leaves your skin feeling very refreshed.

I believe it’s the little things that count so I’ve chosen a few smaller items (perfect stocking stuffers) that pack a big punch when it comes to spreading holiday cheer.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer:
The foundation of every man’s grooming arsenal should be based on good quality tools. These tweezers are absolutely helping me keep the wild hairs between my brows at bay.

Old Spice Timber Deodorant Body Wash and Body Spray
Is you guy is a closet lumbersexual? If so, he’ll love the fresh woody scents of timber and fresh mint in these products. Talk about taking the outdoors in!