Tuesday 16 July 2019

Male order: The best men's gift sets to slip into your loved one's Christmas stocking

Designer Tom Ford
Designer Tom Ford
Acqua di Parma Christmas Gift Set €102 Brown Thomas
Ted Baker Set €19 Ted Baker stores and Boots nationwide
Clarisonic - €222
Clinique - €89
Clarins Men Hydrating and Exfoliating Essentials €65 Department stores nationwide
Clinique Great Skin for Him Gift Set €46 Department stores nationwide
JW Boxers and Facial Wash €26 Boots nationwide
Jo Malone London Addictive Cologne Collection UNISEX €139
Kilian Cruel Intentions Tempt Me Travel Spray €105 UNISEX
L'Oreal Men Expert Barber Shop €38.45 Pharmacies nationwide
Murdock Marvelous Beard and Moustache Box Set murdocklondon.com €81
Men's Society Damn Handsome Beard Kit €38 Arnotts
Pomp & Co Washbag €4.99 Selected salons nationwide, The Marvel Room Brown Thomas or pomp.ie
Tom Ford Gift Set
White Company
White Co
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme EDT€63 Aftershave, aftershave lotion and body cream Department stores nationwide
Ruth Griffin

Ruth Griffin

It may seem that women are easier to buy for at Christmas, with an endless array of female beauty goodies available - make-up, skincare sets, perfume and haircare products prove the most popular ladies' gift options.

It appears, however, that men are gradually getting in on this grooming act - the male grooming industry is predicted to reach $55.5bn a year by 2020.

According to high-end menswear retailer Mr Porter, its male grooming section grew by 300pc last year, with men's skincare lines showing the most increase in sales. Men of all ages are becoming more concerned and proactive with their skin health, a very positive and pragmatic development.

If your loved one is a bit shy about using grooming products, rest easy - studies have shown that women initially introduce their men to skincare products and men find it so beneficial to their skin health, that they then continue to use and buy the products themselves. Sometimes just a little gentle encouragement is all it takes. So, with that in mind, I've researched some fantastic male grooming gift sets that should suit most men (see below) with a focus on meeting skincare needs specific to men.


Celeb Inspiration — Tom Ford  

The uber stylish 55-year-old, pictured, is a walking advertisement for his male skincare line, never appearing less than pure, polished sophistication. Famous for his huge selection of aftershaves and scents, his male grooming line also includes moisturisers, eye gels, eyebrow and beard tints, concealers, and my favourite, the divine-smelling Oud Wood Conditioning Beard Oil, €47, Brown Thomas

Treat vs cheat

The iconic Clarisonic skin polisher, much loved by millions of women, gets a masculine makeover here with a stronger vibration and more compact casing, ideal for men prone to ingrown beard hairs. Clarisonic Alpha Fit Device.

This version from Clinique for Men is a great alternative if your Christmas budget is busted. Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush. 

Tips for choosing skincare for him this Christmas

Skincare is the fastest growing sector in male grooming, with double-digit growth last year alone, while research has shown that men of all ages are becoming more invested in their skin health.

● Studies have shown that simplicity is key in male grooming needs. If a skincare regime is too fussy or complicated, or even the packaging too ornate, most men won't bother with it.

● Research indicates that it is women who will first purchase male grooming and skincare products for their male loved ones, and that men later prefer to buy these items for themselves online.

● Men's skincare needs include products suitable for more oily skin, as they have more sebaceous glands.

● As men can suffer from ingrown beard hairs and facial razor burn, look for products that will specifically address these issues.


Aftershaves are always a popular Christmas present option, but sometimes difficult to get exactly right, so I've listed some unisex options that wont go to waste if the man in your life doesn't fancy the scent.

Kilian Cruel Intentions Tempt Me Travel Spray, €105

Kilian Cruel Intentions Tempt Me Travel Spray €105 UNISEX

With bergamot, orange oil, vetiver and vanilla oils, this scent starts off gently masculine but fades from the skin with a much softer smell. Exclusive to Brown Thomas

Jo Malone London Addictive Cologne Collection, €139

Jo Malone London Addictive Cologne Collection UNISEX €139

Jo Malone is a scent option much loved by men and women, and comes here in small versions of some of their classics such as Pomegranate Noir and Lime and Basil. Fresh, clean and gorgeous on both sexes. Brown Thomas, BT2, nationwide and The Loop.

The best gift sets for him

The Sophisticate

If you're looking for a gift for a man that appreciates the finer things in life, these luxe gift set options should satisfy. Think Tom Ford or George Clooney as manspiration.

Acqua di Parma Christmas Gift Set €102 Brown Thomas

The No-Frills Jock

Ted Baker Set €19 Ted Baker stores and Boots nationwide

If your male loved one is a no-nonsense, sporty type - think Irish rugby captain Rory Best or musician Bressie - check out these gift set options.

The Aesthete

Murdock Marvelous Beard and Moustache Box Set murdocklondon.com €81

If the man in your life is a stylish, hipster-type who loves individuality and fine workmanship in his grooming products, these should fit the bill. Think rugby player Gordon D'Arcy or designer Paul Galvin.

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