Today is the first day of December - meaning, if you haven't done so already, it's time to get those Christmas shopping lists started! To help you out, I've sifted through the mountains of beauty and grooming products on the market.
Today and over the next few weeks, I'll be bringing you my picks of the nicest items to gift your loved ones. It's gentlemen first, so below I've outlined some of the loveliest gift sets and grooming goodies for the man in your life - no matter what his age or taste. From scent to skin health, these are products that I think he'll love.
* Weekend style columnist, broadcaster and all-round lovely person Darren Kennedy has launched his first male grooming line — Kennedy & Co. The Irish-made range includes a Purifying Peat Face Scrub, Hydrating Beard Oil, cooling Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel, Daily Moisturiser and a Matte Hair Clay. With all the goodies in the range priced under €15, they’ll make brilliant stocking fillers. Available at Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide.
Always at the gym, working or busy outdoors, the action man is aware of his skin health but prefers to spend minimal time on it. He wants no-nonsense grooming products that work as hard as he does…
Remington Flex 360 Degree Shaver, €89.99, from Argos, pharmacies nationwide and electrical shops
Gentleman's Hardware Hand Care Kit, €16, from Boots nationwide
Lynx Black Trio and Floating Speaker, €20, pharmacies nationwide
Spotlight Men's Gift Set, €50 (worth €75) from Boots nationwide
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Woody Armani Code Profumo, €90, from department stores nationwide
All of the Above Frederic Malle The Essential Collection Men, €120, from Brown Thomas and brownthomas.com
Spicy/Oriental Tom Ford Noir Extreme, €112, from department stores nationwide
Citrus/Fresh YSL Y Man, €46, from department stores nationwide
Refined, mature and fond of a little luxury, the gentleman in your life will appreciate high-quality, beautifully packaged grooming product gifts that will deliver while looking stylish in his bathroom cabinet…
The Body Shop Beard Care Kit, €35, from Body Shop stores nationwide
Gentleman's Tonic Body Lotion, €49, from Arnotts and arnotts.ie
Voya Men's Grooming Collection, €70, from Avoca stores, Kilkenny stores and Voya outlets nationwide, see voya.ie
The Grafton Barber Essential Guide to Grooming and Etiquette by Conor and Hugh McAllister with Caitlin McBride, €12.99, from bookstores nationwide and graftonbarbers.com
The chilled out man enjoys natural products, with an eco-friendly ethos. He meditates, eats organic and isn't averse to a spot of 'man-masking'…
Rituals The Ritual of Yalda Gift Set, €45, from Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Rituals stores and department stores nationwide
Aveda Groomed To Go Gift Set, €25, from Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Debenhams and aveda.com
Ted Baker Wash Bag Gift Set, €19.99, from Boots nationwide
Kiehl's Gift Set, €40, from Arnotts, Debenhams, Kiehl's stores, The Loop and department stores nationwide