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We’ve rounded up the perfect Christmas gifts for men

Gentlemen relish a gift that’s not novelty socks. Notoriously difficult to please, avoid DVDs and the usuals ‘pants, books and booze’ combination with something a little less ordinary. Whether you’re shopping for brothers, boyfriends, your godson or a dad whose collection of tools needs no further expansion (they’re currently gathering dust in the garage), we’ve cherry-picked presents to thrill the menfolk on your gift list this winter and earn you major Christmas kudos.

From a stylish pomade to tame masculine manes (it’s perfect for poseurs who hate having hair out of place) to soul-soothing soaks that relive aches and pains (great for your resident exercise addict), we’ll help you to find Mr. Right something perfect…

Your dad will be delighted with Escentric Molecules {Molecule 02}. A signature scent that’s unique but low-key, this warm, musky fragrance boasts only one note – ambroxan (synthetic ambergis) – and is stylish enough to entice him away from that bottle of Tabac he bought at the airport (c. 1993). Your pa will be tickled (and you’ll earn a stack of must-have ‘favourite child’ points).

Your big bro will be thrilled with KEVIN.MURPHY’s {Knight.Rider} – it’s chic with enough ‘grrrr’ to look cool in school bags and keeps even flyaway quiffs looking coiffed with a demi-matte finish and flexible hold. You’ll earn gratitude from your mum too for services rendered to helping your frere look less feral (check!).

If your BF is cluttering cupboards with his manky, half-used tubes of congealed goo, do yourself a favour and indulge him with Aesop’s good-looking offerings. Boasting a host of stylish grooming goodies to keep both your man (and your bathroom) immaculate, we recommend the {Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum}, delectably scented {Coriander Seed Body Cleanser}, the soothing {Post-Shave Lotion} (and perhaps some {Post-Poo Drops}…), to satisfy your man-who-moisturises while you pacify your inner OCD.

And because nothing goes unnoticed by your gorgeous gay best friend, it’s probable he’s clocked the Allies’ must-haves sitting pretty in your bathroom cabinet. The last word in skin care luxury, the {24/7 Kit} unites the 1A Overnight and All-Day Masks with the {Molecular Saviour Mist} – a testament to your impeccable taste, and guaranteed to please even your most sagacious sidekick.

Rubis’s {Manicure Tweezer Leather Wallet Set} is a must-have for maintaining manly mains. Tweezer-makers for Swiss watchmakers, Rubis create the most precise, exquisite tools and this classic black leather roll is sufficiently androgynous to earn a spot in any man-bag. Equipped with stainless steel scissors, tweezers and nail file to ensure your dad’s digits look presentable.

Got a gym-going God to inspire this Christmas? Ache-easing treatments are sure-fire winners for… well, winners. A good-looking tube boasting ouch-ousting extracts, African Botanics’ {Revitalizing Therapy Gel} is packed with zing-bringing plant oils and extracts to help boost circulation, relieve inflammation and help keep your Iron Man smashing out Iron Mans.

And, if your man is a victim of man flu (boo hoo), Susanne Kaufmann’s unisex {Oil Bath for the Senses} is perfect for keeping the lurgies at bay. A soul-soothing blend of ylang ylang, lavender and patchouli (to name a few), this antibacterial, anti-inflammatory soak is a godsend for patients (and tolerant nurses!) – whisking him switfly towards full recovery, while saving your patience from fraying…


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…