Whoever said dads don’t need to be pampered obviously wasn’t a dad. Dads work hard. They get tired. And no matter how old their kid(s) are, they’re guaranteed to have jumped through enough hoops to deserve some TLC.
Just in time for Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up the best grooming gifts for dads. Whether he needs to be completely brought up to speed on the men’s grooming boom or just needs a refresher on the details, taking care of dad isn’t about making him feel out of date — it’s about making him feel fresh.
No matter his style — rugged or dapper — you can rest assured that there’s a lotion, potion or piece of hardware out there for every kind of man. But rather than overwhelm dad with the ultra-niche products you might think are cool, we suggest sticking to more classic items, like shaving essentials or a cologne — the kinds of things that will already be in his grooming vocabulary. But better.
Here’s to celebrating the guy who likely taught you a thing or two about personal care at one time or another.
Refresh by Bespoke Post
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An elegant waxed canvas dopp kit (available in four different colors) pre-packed with a fantastic selection of niche products including a Paul Mitchell shampoo and styling clay, Cremo Company Face Wash, Dr. Squatch Gold Moss Scrub, Gold Bond Ultimate Everyday Lotion and Marivs toothpaste. The guys at Bespoke Post also had the good sense to include drinkwel’s Drinker’s Detox Multivitamin for the morning after the night before.
$45.00 at BespokePost.com
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If the idea of committing to a single gift sends you into a wild panic – or you simply want Father’s Day to last longer than 24 hours – then consider a Birchbox subscription. Starting at $20 per month will buy him a customized box containing four grooming samples and one lifestyle sample. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Until you cancel it.
$20.00 at Birchbox.com
OneBlade Trimmer by Philips Norelco
Not a traditional razor and not standard beard trimmer either, this innovative electrical device from Philips Norelco will revolutionize the way he grooms his beard. The hardwearing dual-sided blade is great for taming stubble as well as trimming and edging with laser-like precision. The scissor-like action can also deliver a surprisingly tug-free ‘clean’ shave from longer growth too. Blades last an average of four months so it should save some money in the long run.
$34.99 at Philips.com
Kiehl’s Starter Kit
Considering the price, quality and range of products in this starter kit, it’s a hard-to-knock bargain. Starting Kiehl’s oatmeal scrub soap, cleansing face wash and menthol-spiked shave cream, dad will be able to lay the groundwork for clean skin and a close shave before finishing with the vitamin-enriched facial fuel moisturizer and beeswax hand salve. Plus, it’s all made in the USA — cheers to supporting local!
$43.00 at Nordstrom.com
Harry’s Shave Plan
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A winner of AskMen’s 2016 Grooming Awards, Harry’s is a subscription service that has adapted timeless needs to a modern marketplace. They have a few plans — the Truman ($15), the engravable Winston ($25) and Harry’s Father’s Day Shave set ($30) — any one of which will get dad set up with all the right tools for a smooth shave. Once he’s ready for blade refills, 5-blade razors made from German steel go for two bucks a pop, so you don’t have to worry about dropping dough. Not sure you want to commit? No problem. You Can also check out Harry’s free trial and get samples of all their goodies.
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The Art Of Shaving ‘Perfect Shave’ Kit
An option for the no-nonsense, less is more guy. This kit from the Art of Shaving isn’t bestowed with fancy ingredients, but it certainly gets the job done on. It comes compactly packaged to gift, and the items are travel sized for portability. The kit includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a genuine badger brush and after-shave balm.
$60.00 at Nordstrom.com
Gillette On Demand
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If you want to get dad a subscription service but don’t want to stray too far from what he already knows, Gillette On Demand will fit the bill. You can choose from Gillette’s top three bestselling razor options, then set up an automatic blade refill reminder by text. Alternatively, you can go for the subscription service, which will deliver at a whichever frequency you choose (every three months is recommended). Get three dollars off your first order and every fourth delivery is free with the subscription — hurrah to gifts all around.
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L’Homme Ultime by Yves Saint Laurent
The latest incarnation of YSL’s hugely popular L’Homme fragrance is an intensely woody and aromatic eau de parfum. Unlike the 2006 original, this version features a subtle (and decidedly masculine) rose note at the centre. Elsewhere, it’s similar to the original: grapefruit, ginger and cardamom in the opening and cedarwood and vetiver in the base.
$69.99 at Amazon.com
Vitamin E Face Moisturizer by Malin+Goetz
A deeply nourishing moisturizer formulated without any synthetics or irritants. If he’s not sold on skincare, things will change when he samples this lightweight, residue-free formula. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, absorbs quickly and is ideal for calming shaving-induced irritation.
$62.42 at Amazon.com
23 Eucalyptus And Rosemary Pre-Shave Oil
This 100% natural pre-shave oil will avoid dad unnecessary knicks in the bathroom. Made from sunflower seed, almond, avocado and meadowfoam oils with essential oils of spearmint, eucalyptus and rosemary, it’s a fresh and moisture sealing concoction that requires little-no-know know-how.
$24.50 at BespokePost.com
Baxter of California Best Box
Brand-favorite Baxter of California offers a quality and accessible line of products that dad won’t feel intimidated by. This box comes with all of their best products, including clay pomade, exfoliating body bar and moisturizer, daily protein shampoo, face wash, deodorant and limited edition marine-scented candle. Perfect for a dad tune-up. (Side note: The Best of Baxter Box is made of 100% post-consumer recycled content for a clean conscious and environment! Ten percent of all kit sales will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.)
$100.00 at Amazon.com
Morihata Bichotan Charcoal Face Mask
Traditionally made in Japan, bichotan charcoal has long been used in cooking and for its purification properties. Made from burning oak at high temperatures, it has become widely used as a super-ingredient in grooming products, like this charcoal face mask. Free of alcohol, added fragrances or synthetic dyes, it’s a gentle product that will help dad keep a healthy skin balance.
$44.00 at Amazon.com
Aesop Intrepid Gent Kit
Suitable for all skin types, this trio from Australian brand Aesop is a highlight of the list. This next level treat comes with olive-derived face cleanser, Moroccan Neroli post-shave lotion and coriander seed body cleanser that will work together to soothe, smooth and hydrate his skin. But watch out, you may have to get some for yourself. Did we mention Aesop products smell ridiculously good?
$92.00 at Nordstrom.com
Jack Black Edge Safety Razor
For the close-shave dad, this Jack Black safety razor will remind him how it feels to have skin as soft as a baby’s bum. A celebration of wet shaving, the German-engineered, handmade razor is designed to offer a close shave without risk of irritation. Consider it the manual version of a multi-blade racecar. As for the handle, the extended handle will give him plenty of room for maneuvering. Includes one blade.
$125.00 at Nordstrom.com
Duke Cannon Grooming Can
In the words of Duke Cannon, it’s time dad “open up a can of whoopass.” This gift set, back by popular demand is packed with a seven-piece collection from their signature grooming line. Inside, he’ll find Superior Grade Shaving Cream, Working Man’s Face Wash, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Cannon Balm and Cannon Balm 140 Tactical Lip Protectant, and two Big Ass Bricks of Soap (Naval Supremacy and Productivity).
$74.10 at Amazon.com
Read our Scentbird Review
Colognes can be hard to get right, even when you’re buying for yourself. But half the fun is finding one that smells just right on you. After all, the chemistry of our bodies will influence how certain fragrances interact with us. Enter Scentbird. They are a subscription service that will send dad a “bouquet” of sample scents to try out every month. Great for testing out different aromatic personalities. And once he finds one (or two) that he likes, he can go ahead and get the full-size bottle.
$14.95/month at Scentbird.com
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