Buying gifts for your other, hairier and smellier half can sometimes feel a daunting task. You know he’d love the latest instalment of FIFA and maybe some bottles of Budweiser to be drinking whilst he’s pretending to listen to how your day was. This year, instead of subjecting yourself to a New Year of boring evenings, get him something you can both enjoy. Grooming products.
It may be difficult to imagine your boyfriend ‘grooming’ past a couple of squirts of Lynx Africa before a night out, but you might be surprised. The trick is to buy products that scream cool and thus make him feel cool for using them. Proper man stuff. I’m talking the things you might have found in Marlon Brando’s wash-bag.
This tricks your long-term boyfriend or Facebook un-official love interest into thinking that smelling nice and having a properly trimmed beard is all the rage (which it is, obviously). This means he’ll spend less time talking about how he’s managed to get Millwall to the Premiership and more taking care of how he looks. What more could you want for Christmas?
Before you throw away all your hard-earned cash at Boots, I thought I’d give you a few pointers to set you off in the right direction. Below I’ve listed some personal favourites suitable for all budgets and stocking sizes.
Paul Smith Toothbrush, £8:
Cool and inexpensive this Paul Smith toothbrush is a perfect stocking-filler. Team it with Marvis’s Cinnamint Toothpaste to dispel the taste of stale ale over the festive period.[www.paulsmith.co.uk]
Marvis’s Cinnamint Toothpaste, £11:
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel, £21
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel is great for a quick pick-me-up in the mornings after a heavy night on the mulled wine. It’s a moisturiser, yes, but it’s got an aeroplane on the packaging so he won’t feel too emasculated for using it. Plus, it means he’ll stop stealing yours and denying it, you both know he does.[www.kiehls.co.uk]
American Crew Fiber, £11.50
Supermarket hair products just don’t cut it, they leave hair greasy and disgusting after a few hours wear. Not ideal during the party season. American Crew Fiber provides a solid hold and a matte texture that will last until the lights come on.
Braun CruZer 6, £35:
Despite telling him literally hundreds of times that his beard looks nothing like Tom Hardy’s, he shows no signs of shaving. You can meet him half way with the Braun CruZer 6. That way you won’t feel so embarrassed when you’re out with friends on New Years Eve.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, £142
This fragrance from Tom Ford is possibly the finest smelling thing on the market. Its citrusy flavours offer a welcome change from the heavier scents traditionally worn in winter the months. And though expensive at first glance, £142 is a small price to pay to know that you’re with the man wearing Tom Ford. I mean, if it’s good enough for Beyoncé…[www.harrods.com]