Fresh + clean: Three skincare gifts for men

men-title Shopping for men can be hard. Of course there’s the typical gifts of socks, cologne, gift cards, anything beer related, but with barbering being so popular right now, men have seemed to step up their skincare game.

Gone are the days of just soap and water (okay, not really), and lots of guys are turning to beauty products for smoother skin and more polished facial hair. Us women have known it all along, but suddenly skincare is making a comeback in the men’s world and there’s tons of brands and products out there to help your guy look more clean shaven and have amazing skin.

Since this is a beauty blog first and foremost, I took a look at what’s out there for men and let me tell you, there’s tons! From beard oils to shaving creams to face cleansers, here are my top three skincare gifts to give the man in your life this season.


Les industries Groom Shaving Care Set

If you love Canadian-made products (who doesn’t?!), this Montreal-based men’s skincare and shaving company has come out with the perfect set to gift anyone who cares about maintaining their facial hair.

Handcrafted from natural ingredients, Groom’s products contain no parabens, no artificial perfumes, colouring agents or petrolatum. They are also small-batch produced (super exclusive) and not tested on animals.

Since this is a Canadian company and not as well known as others out there, gift their shaving care gift set, which includes a selection of beloved products.  This set retails for C$80 and includes full sizes of their shaving cream (145 ml), aftershave balm (90 ml), and minis of their aftershave splash (15 ml) and protective shaving oil (7 ml). There’s also a branded shaving towel in the box, which really ties the whole set together.

You can order this set, and browse their other products, at their site, If you would like to see the products in person, visit their site to find a retailer near you.


Clarisonic Alpha Fit Cleansing Device

Clarisonic is the number-one face cleansing brush in the world, so it’s about time that the brand came out with a device just for men.

The Alpha Fit Cleansing Device is engineered exclusively for men’s skin. I believe this is the first Clarisonic targeted just for men, and it’s geared to get their skin cleaner and healthier looking. This is perfect to pair with the shaving sets I mentioned here as the Alpha Fit cleanses six-times better than hands alone while prepping the face and neck for a closer, smoother shave (meaning that the skincare products will work way better on your guys’ skin).

This device retails for C$229 and it’s different from the other Clarisonic as there is no handle. This device fits right in the palm of the hand and it also comes in the classic version as well, just in case you want his and hers.


Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit

I talk about Jack Black products a lot on here because I know they are amazing for men. They items can be a bit pricey, but they have a set for the holidays which would be amazing to gift under the tree.

The Beard Grooming Kit includes three essentials for keeping facial hair in check. First cleanse skin with the Pure Clean Facial Cleanser (3 oz.), then shave using the Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (3 oz.), then condition your skin with the Beard Oil (1 oz.)

This set retails for C$43 and you can find it at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, or Jack Black’s site. Although these aren’t the full size of the bottles, they are about half and are available in these sizes for individual sale. If you were to buy all these products separately though, you would be paying more.

Men can be tricky to buy for, however, since skin care and facial hair is so in right now (barbering is making a major comeback), these gifts will be so on trend.

What are you getting your guy for the holidays?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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