Showing posts with label Male Gift Guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Male Gift Guide. Show all posts

Friday, 7 June 2019

Father's Day Gift Guide

How on earth is it June already? I am sure I was still moaning January lasted for 36 months just a few days ago, yet here we are with half of the year behind us.  June is a busy month for me, off to see Metallica twice, the Mister has a birthday and of course, on June 16th it is Father's Day.
Father's Day Gift Guide
My Dad used to be notoriously difficult to buy presents for, he always claimed he had everything he needed and would just be happy with a phone call, but somehow that just never seems right when it is meant to be the day you are thankful for everything your dad has done.  Thankfully, with his love of fishing (the hubs too), ensuring he has an endless supply of vouchers to spend at his local Fishing tackle store means gifting is helpful but also a tad obvious and predictable.  With that in mind, I put together a little gift guide of products that might just help give you some ideas as to what to buy your husband, partner, dad, grandfather and any other male in your life.

A keen whisky drinker, my Dad has used the same glass to enjoy his favourite tipple in for years now and to be honest, the dishwasher has pretty much worn it out. Corkcicle have the genius design that is the Whiskey Wedge glass which is described as being the artful way to perfectly chill your favourite spirits without watering them down.
Father's Day Gift Guide - Corkcicle
Each glass comes with a 'wedge' which is made of silicone and to use, you simply add water into the double old fashioned glass, insert the mould, then freeze. The ice forms into a wedge and, similar to a glacier, melts slowly due to the reduced amount of surface area. If you Dad has another tipple of choice, then it would work perfectly with any other spirit, ive been trying it out using Baileys and it is just such a fabulous idea.  Priced around £15.

If your Dad/Husband etc. is a shaving enthusiast and likes to keep the facial hair trimmed and pruned, then The Personal Barber is the item you need to be buying. Best described as being a male grooming subscription service which focuses on the traditional razor and brush style of shaving.
Father's Day Gift Guide - The Personal Barber Box
Father's Day Gift Guide - The Personal Barber Razor
New members to the service get The Personal Barber signature safety razor and shaving brush included for free in their first box and with it comes a step-by-step instruction which guides you through the best shave of your life. The Mister has been putting this box to the test, so look out for a full review coming soon, but in the meantime, what I liked about this box is that clearly a lot of thought has gone into what the contents should be. Alongside the razor, you will, of course, be needed replacement blades, so each month you can expect to see those inside your box along with a Shaving Soap, a product which isn't as easy to find as you might expect, but when you find one you love, it is, I am told, worth hanging on too and buying in bulk. The part I really like about this box involves mystery products and they can be anything from pre-shave oils, aftershave balms, colognes to alum products. JWith the promise of no two boxes being the same, along with your mystery product will be an explanation as to what it is and how best to use them.

The box has two offerings of subscription depending on the frequency of shaving, so the choice is to have a box delivered every 6 weeks or every 12 weeks and the price of the subscription is just £24.95.  When I look at other boxes available that have a similar theme, this one is much better value for money.

If fragrance is your thing, then Le Couvent des Minimes fragrances will tick all those boxes for you. With a choice of four, there is definitely something for everyone whether you like the Woody or the Orientals versus the Fresh Citrus or the Bitter notes.
Father's Day Gift Guide - La Couvent de Minimes
Father's Day Gift Guide Valaparaiso
I have Valparaiso which is said to have been inspired by Chile, it reinvents woody scents in an unexpected way, and this is where all its boldness lies. In the top notes, a bracing mix of petitgrain essence and spicy scents are fused with bitter tones and on a first spritz, you cannot help but be drawn in by such an incredibly fresh, citrus scent. The heart notes of patchouli, myrrh and incense settle the top notes to give it a more smokey wood essence before the base notes of vetiver and cedarwood really make this an incredible fragrance which is perfect for the Summer.  It smells fresh, it is uplifting and if you like something like is long lasting and gets stronger throughout the day, then this is the fragrance you need.  Priced around £80 via Lookfantastic*.

Staying with fragrance and this time it comes from Atelier Cologne.  As a brand, I am loving getting to know their fragrances and I am obsessed with Pacific Lime (review here).  For the man in your life, the fragrance Musc Imperial is one not to pass on.

Father's Day Gift Guide - Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial
Launched back in 2019, Musc Imperial is described as being a Woody Floral Musk. With each Atelier Cologne is a story behind the fragrance and this one is said to have been inspired by the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona and the suites “impĂ©riales” in which Atelier Cologne founders Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel stayed, coupled with the vibrancy of the Catalan capital. It has top notes which are Calabrian bergamot, Spanish clary sage and black currant which really capture your senses with the fresh citrus and fruity notes.  Then we have the middle notes are lavender from Provence, Andalusian fig and leather accord which bring the fresh fruit notes under control as the Woody noted begin to make their mark on the fragrance and the intermixing is quite magical.  Then we have the base notes of Indian ambrette (musk mallow) and Virginia cedar which bring to life that muskiness and together creates a fragrance which is a fresh scented as it is unique and it is one I cannot help but love to smell.  Priced around £65 for 30ml rising up to £170 for 200ml from John Lewis*.

When it comes to Jewellery, my dad doesn't wear anything other than a watch, it just isn't him.  But, he could do with a new watch and the Adexe MAC Mesh Watch, which was featured on my misters' blog (here) is stunning.
Father's Day Gift Guide - Adexe Mac Mesh Watch
It is a simple design being all black, but features a mesh strap and is made from hand-polished All Stainless Steel. I like that it can be worn with all outfits, the time is clear to see and it also has a sub-dial so you can see the date too. Priced at £119 it is an absolute bargain.

If all else fails, then you can never go wrong with a pair of trainers. I am a huge fan of Skechers Trainers, they have been an absolute dream to wear whilst I have had an injured anklnow have 3 different pairs.  
Father's Day Gift Guide - Sketchers Trainers
More recently, the Mister has taken a shine to some, shown above and I know my Dad owns a few pairs of trainers and think he would really like these.  They are usually priced upwards of £30 depending on the style and colouring that you prefer.

So there you have just a few ideas for that special man in your life from me and of course, Father's Day here in the UK is on Sunday 16th June, so if you haven't given it any thought, then now is the time to be doing just that!

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide for Men

When it comes to purchasing gifts for men, I tend to find it quite an enjoyable challenge looking for the perfect gifts.  If you ever walk into a department store, much of the displays and stands are geared towards us women and it takes some time before you find something for the man/men in your life. So this Christmas, most of the work staff are male, I have male family members to buy gifts for and this includes 5 nephews and of course my mister over at Beautykinguk.
Christmas Gift Guide for Men Featuring Gilette
Christmas traditions for me have always included having a new pair of pyjamas and it is something I have had or done since I was a child and it is something I still do now.  If you want comfort and luxury but also something that extra special, then this Blackspade Mens Leaf Figure Print Pyjama Set is worth looking at.  
Blackspade Men's Leaf Figure Print Pyjama Set
Super comfy and a great size fit, these pyjamas have a charcoal grey torso and leaf pattern and they come with the matching bottoms which are a nice loose fit and have pockets. The mister said they are the most comfortable pyjamas he has ever tried and worn and because they are made of a cotton modal blend, it makes them some of the softest he has ever tried

Not too long ago I mentioned the fabulous Danish Beauty Brand Ecooking which I had been lucky enough to spend quite some time getting to know (review here).  
Ecooking Starter Kit for Men
Within this gift guide, I am including the Starter kit for Men which comes packaged inside this handy travel packaged and includes:
  • 100 ml Hair & Body Wash - Cleanses and nourishes using ingredients such as Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Glycerin and Organic Abessin Oil.leaving the skin, hair and scalp well-groomed and with renewed energy.
  • 50 ml Cleansing Gel - Suitable for normal and oily skin, this gel is enriched with Organic Cucumber Extract, Organic Sunflower Oil and Organic Vitamin E. Perfect for using both in the morning and in the evening.
  • 20 ml Beard & Body Oil - This is a multi-functional oil for men that can be used for shaving, as body oil or beard care with a fresh scent of lemon.
  • 50 ml Face Cream - Ecooking™ Men Facial Cream can be used both day and night and/or after shaving and has a long lasting moisturising effect and also improves the surface and structure of the skin. It is non-greasy and is scented of fresh lemons.
  • Wet Wipes - A pack of 10 wipes which are cooling and refreshing on your skin with Aloe Vera Extract.
This is a lovely introduction to Ecooking and each of the products is very generously sized to give you an insight into which work for you and your skin.  Priced at £50, this set is available from FeelUnique.

Whilst I actually like the mister to have a beard, we do always ensure there is a razor in the house for when he gets bored and randomly decides to shave it all off. 

Gilette Mach3 Limited Edition

The Gillette Mach 3 Limited Edition black handle limited edition gift box has a sleek design and a razor stand for what is described as being an elevated shaving experience. Inside the box, you will find a limited edition Mach3 chrome handle razor and razor stand.  It is currently on offer in Superdrug for just £11.99.

If you want to find something a little bit different to the usual afterhave, socks and body spray then Manly Man Co.® have an amazing array of fun gift ideas for men. 
Christmas Gift Guide for Men
They have everything from quirky jerky gift baskets, single malt scotch caramels and beard balm, all the way though to products such as this one which features an Authentic 30 Cal 7.62mm ammo can, used by U.S. military personnel in the field. - something my mister would love given his fascination with military history.

FCUK Socks & Body Duo Gift Set (£12.50 Boots) - You can rarely go wrong with a set like this, even better when it is on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots. 
FCUK Sock Duo Gift Set
This exclusive gift set has three products and they include: 
  • FCUK Vintage: Hair & Bodywash
  • FCUK Vintage: Bodyspray
  • FCUK Striped Cotton Socks
The FCUK Vintage fragrance features wood aromas and notes of orange citrus and spices and got the thumbs up from the Mister, even though it isn't for him and the socks, which he already has a pair of, are also apparently incredibly comfortable.

Staying with Boots, we also picked up this Ted Baker Refined and Invigorating Tin (£14 Boots) and apparently Ted pledges to make you more than presentable with the help of cleansing bar, plus a smooth-yet-spicey Hair & Body Wash and Body Spray. Does what it says on the tin - and then some. 
Ted Baker Refined and Invigorating Gift Tin
Inside, this collection features:
  • Refined and Invigorating Hair and Body Wash
  • Refined and Invigorating Cleansing Bar
  • Refined and Invigorating Body Spray
The Refined and invigorating range is formulated with notes of pink pepper, cardamon, tobacco and vanilla and it actually smells incredibly good but better than that, the tin is absolutely lovely.

The final product is the beautiful SAMAYA’s earthy Kapha skincare range which is described as being an all-natural luxury skincare range marries a blend of high-performance Ayurvedic infusions such as Ashwagandha, Vetivert and Frankincense while embracing the unique scent of Sandalwood Oil - a distinctive soft, warm, smooth, strong woody scent, perfect for the man in your reader’s life. The Kapha range includes four luxurious skincare products, a rich Hydrating Cleanser, a powerful Anti-Ageing Cream, an indulgent Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil and an over-night Renewing Exfoliant - all of which contribute to healthier, radiant looking skin.
Samaya Kapha Overnight Exfoliant
We have the Kapha Overnight Renewing Exfoliant which is an all-natural, gentle and highly effective enzyme exfoliant which safely removes dead skin cells and impurities without damaging healthy skin below. Instantly revitalises and softens skin. Helps minimise the appearance of pigmentation and pores to impart a much more even skin tone. The ingredients include Pineapple enzymes which help to break down dead and dry skin cells, Sandalwood Oil which not only smells incredible but is also has anti-inflammatory properties help smoothe and soften rough skin, Tumeric Root Oil which is also an anti-inflammatory as well as an antioxidant and it works to heal the skin’s barrier while protecting it from free radical damage and Amla Fruit Pulp Oil which is known as 'the Indian Gooseberry' and it is naturally high in Vitamin C; anti-ageing and immunity-boosting; rich antioxidant content reduces oxidative stress and protects from free radicals.  All of these ingredients, as well as many other, come together to work to transform clogged pores and dull skin into smooth, radiant and healthy skin. This overnight exfoliant costs £59 and is available right here.

I hope this gift guide has given you some ideas as to what to get the man in your life, be it your hubby, brother, dad or even grandad.  There is no doubting that my mister would more than love everything within this post and add to that a few new aftershaves which I can't share within this post or he will see them!  What have you bought for the men in your life?

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