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Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Totally Love

Written on June 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm , by

Beauty—er, grooming—products probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when hunting down the perfect gift for your dad, but since men rarely buy these goods for themselves (after all, there’s no grooming aisle at Home Depot), they make amazing presents. So spoil him with these foolproof Father’s Day finds. No matter what type of guy he is, we have something he’ll totally gush over.

The Role Model: What little boy doesn’t want to be just like his dad? Create an Instagram-worthy moment for father and son to share by getting him Harry’s Father-Son Shave Set ($30, harrys.com). This kit contains a limited edition three-blade Winston razor for the big guy, a toy razor for the little guy and a how-to picture book so they can “shave” side by side. Too cute for words!

The Jetsetter: Whether he’s flying from one business meeting to the next or driving to see different clients, this on-the-go dad might run into some snags along the way. Keep him prepared for anything with the Pinch Minimergency Kit for Him ($13, pinchprovisions.com). So small, it can be stashed in a carry-on or glove compartment and includes 13 must-haves: lip balm, dental floss, breath freshener, stain remover, mending kit, safety pin, extra buttons, shoe shine towelette, nail clipper, hand-sanitizing towelette, deodorant towelette, adhesive bandage, and pain reliever.

The Classic: This guy is simple but he cares about his skin and he doesn’t like all the girly stuff his wife uses. Stock him up with a dopp kit—grab the new PC4MEN Complete Skincare Kit ($98, PC4MEN.com), which includes complexion-perfecting essentials (face wash, shave gel, after-shave, sunscreen and night cream) that are free of fragrance and irritating ingredients so he can always put his best face forward. Bonus: he gets to keep the preppy travel bag, too!

The Man’s Man: Beer, bacon and the great outdoors. Sound like your guy? Give him a little taste of his favorite things with a Yankee Candle Man Candle ($28 each, yankeecandle.com). Allow him to escape in his man cave with scents like On Tap (the cool, golden smell of a freshly poured draft) MMM Bacon! (the mouth-watering aroma of sizzling meat) and Camouflage (a natural woodsy fragrance that’ll transport him to the wilderness).

The Gym Warrior: This guy makes pancakes in the morning, reads bedtime stories at night and yet he still finds time to fit in a sweat session every dang day. Turn his quick locker room shower into a spa-like experience that invigorates the senses with Organix Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash ($7, drugstore.com). The three-in-one formula saves him space in his gym bag and has citrus extracts to stimulate his hair and skin and refreshing spearmint and peppermint oils to re-energize after a hard workout.

The Sophisticate: Sleek and suave, smart and stylish—what man doesn’t want to be just like Bond, James Bond? He’s every guy’s favorite spy and now you can help your favorite father unleash his sense of sly adventure with the James Bond Quantum 007 Fragrance ($40, kohls.com). The fiercely masculine scent has a mix of earthy moss and a touch of lavender while notes of British crisp apple and sandalwood give it a modern twist. Offer him a spritz and then follow it up with a martini—shaken not stirred, of course.

 

Beauty Gifts Your Momma Will Love!

Written on May 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm , by

Whether the mothers in your life are savvy businesswomen, amazing cooks, dedicated yogis or just awesome women who do it all, there’s no doubt they deserve some extra pampering. Treat them like queens this Mother’s Day with a beauty gift customized to their lifestyles.

The New Mom: Give her a treat that she can share with her new bundle of joy. This Aveeno Baby Essential Daily Care For Baby & Mommy ($29, drugstore.com) contains daily facial moisturizer and body lotion for mom plus gentle body wash, shampoo and soothing relief cream for baby. Bath time just got even better!

The Techie: This woman gets giddy over a cool new gadget. She’ll go gaga over this cult favorite that combines beauty and brains—the Limited Edition Spring Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System ($150, ulta.com), a cleansing device that uses sonic technology to gently cleanse and smooth skin.

The Beauty Junkie: Yes, she has more makeup than she knows what to do with, but since she loves making herself up, her brushes are most likely in need of an upgrade. Gift her a new set, like this Sephora Collection Gift Of Beauty Brush Set ($42, sephora.com). The bristles are not only plush and effective, but also a pretty addition to her vanity.

The On-the-Go Girl: For the lady who just keeps going and going, help her unwind after a long day. A stress-reducing Eucalyptus Spearmint candle, bath soak and body lotion from Bath & Body Works ($38, bathandbodyworks.com) will calm her mind and ease her to sleep so she can conquer tomorrow.

The Timeless Beauty: She’s a classy beauty so why not give her a bottle of perfume that’s equally classic? A scent like Calvin Klein Eternity ($78, sephora.com) or Chanel N°5 ($120, nordstrom.com) never goes out of style and will leave mom feeling special.

The Mother-in-Law: Thank your partner’s mom for raising such a great mate with a set of sweet-smelling hand lotions, like this Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Paint Tin Box ($60, crabtree-evelyn.com). The variation of fragrances will please even the toughest critic and the colorful packaging is a cute addition to any bag or bathroom.

The Time-Saver: Isn’t beating the clock every mom’s goal? For those who can’t or don’t want to splurge on salon visits, give the gift of easy blowouts at home. The Conair Pro Series Ultimate Blow Dry Tool Kit ($20, drugstores) includes everything needed to perfect that shiny, voluminous style in your own bathroom.

The Fashionista: This mom knows how to rock a bright lip. Give her some trend-setting essentials she’ll never get bored with, like the Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo ($12, sephora.com) or the Lorac Pro Palette ($42, loraccosmetics.com).

The Athlete: Whether she runs marathons, does indoor cycling or rock-climbs, this woman isn’t afraid to sweat and get her hands dirty. Help her pack the perfect beauty bag for when she’s on-the-go with this Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Maxi Cosmetic Bag ($19, target.com). Then fill it with portable products—cleansing wipes, dry shampoo, a BB cream and a multitasking makeup palette. She’ll leave the gym feeling like a supermodel!

 

—Katie Maguire, beauty intern

Gift Guide (Guy Edition): The Best Grooming Products For Your Man

Written on December 9, 2013 at 10:23 am , by

The perfect gift can be hard to find, especially for those special guys in your life. Whether it be your hubby, boyfriend, brother, dad or friend, dudes are usually stocked up on the basics, like socks, ties, shirts and underwear. The one thing most guys usually don’t treat themselves to: You guessed it—beauty—er, “grooming” products. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite giftable picks that’ll make him smile (and smell good, too!) just in time for the holidays.

Bulldog Skincare Holiday Bundle ($25, us.meetthebulldog.com)
This kit takes the guesswork out of a man’s skincare routine. With an easy three-step system, any guy can manage using the Original Face Wash, Shave Gel and Moisturiser. The best part: it comes with a man-friendly carrying case so he can stash all his bathroom essentials in an easy-to-go pouch—perfect for travel.

Jack Black Balm Squad Lip Quad ($25, nordstrom.com)
Sick of him always stealing your lip balm? Well now he can have his own. Jack Black has created the perfect lip balm for men. This holiday set includes four flavors of moisturizing SPF 25 Intense Therapy Lip Balms that any guy wouldn’t mind pulling out of his pocket. Bonus: it’ll get his lips ready for your mistletoe moment!

Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 Limited Edition ($82, neimanmarcus.com)
Cologne is the perfect gift for the holidays because, let’s be honest, what man goes fragrance shopping for himself? Whether he only wears it on special occasions or on the daily, this limited edition Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men will please any nose with its notes of grapefruit, coriander, basil, ginger and a touch of tobacco. And with its sleek platinum bottle, you won’t mind if he leaves this one out on the bathroom counter.

Sephora Collection The Self Made Man Dopp Kit ($38, sephora.com)
This handy kit includes all of the necessities, like nail clippers, nose scissors, a lint brush and even a bottle opener! It’s all neatly packed away in a leather carrying case so you can know where to find it when an emergency strikes—the perfect gift for the guy-on-the-go on your list.

Trunk Club ($100-$300 per piece, trunkclub.com)
The only thing guys hate worse than shopping for you (give them a break, it’s hard!) is shopping for themselves. Enter Trunk Club, a website that sends you a customized wardrobe, handpicked by a stylist, based on answers to a personal style quiz. They send multiple options with a prepaid return slip to send back whatever you don’t like so you’re not charged until after you choose your items. Talk about convenient! Any stylish stud would love this monthly surprise.

Swiss Stays ($8-$50, swissstays.com)
For the guy you’re not so sure what to give or the guy who has everything, this is the gift he didn’t even know he needed! These adjustable collar stays will leave him wondering how he ever lived without them. They expand to four different sizes to fit all 24 different collar sizes on the market so he’ll always look sharp in a dress shirt.

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern