Today, I am bringing you a few gifts for the men in your life. I sadly don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, as Ander Herrera is in a relationship (LOL), but I do have my Supadad and so here are some presents perfect for men of all ages (well over 18 anyway!)…
Grant’s Whisky 70cl £15
My favourite alcoholic drink is whisky, which some people find a little weird because I am a girl, and I don’t know if it is true but my Dad always used to tell me that he put a slight amount of it in my bottle when I was a baby. So that is perhaps why I have the taste for it, but if it isn’t true, then I don’t know where I got my taste for whisky from, but I bloody love it! In fact it is one of the few alcoholic drinks that I actually do like, and it is also my Dad’s favourite drink, and if I need to buy him a thank you gift I always opt for a bottle of whisky. For Christmas and Birthdays, it is always a must-purchase as I know it is something he will like and use.
So, that is why I am including a bottle of Grant’s whisky in my male gift guide, even though I would also love to find this in my own stocking this Christmas. Grant’s is one of those brands which a lot of whisky lovers know of, and I recently found out that Grant’s started off as a small family business, and since then, five generations of Grant’s have continued this family-run business to carry on producing great whisky.
From the highly skilled Coopers who tended to their casks, to the distillers and maturation experts, Grant’s whisky stays true to William Grant’s original, closely guarded recipe. You can use Grant’s whisky to make a variation of cocktails, but one of my favourite ways to enjoy it during the colder months is to have a Hot Toddy, which will also make any cold or bug disappear! Grant’s is available in most supermarket stores but you can check out the amazing cocktails you can create online at Grant’s.
Mandara Spa For Men Essentials Kit £3.50
If your budget isn’t on the greater scale, then Mandara Spa also have a men’s range, with some very good value gift sets within it. Here I have the Essential’s Kit, which includes 35ml of their Cardamom and Grapefruit Post-Shave Balm and 10g of their Mint Lip Butter. They both smell incredible, but then I do seem to love a lot of more woody, spicy scents anyway.
Why the Lip Butter for men? This may seem a little girly to some of you, but my Dad has to take medication on a daily basis which often makes his skin quite dry, sore and therefore his lips get prone to blisters, and so he is always asking me if I have a non-girly scented lip balm, so this is going to be great for him! The Mandara Spa range is available to buy from Sainsbury’s.
Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge and Blanc Pure Eau de Toilette Pour Homme 100ml £47 each
Another staple in men’s Christmas gifts always seems to be fragrance and aftershave, and one of my Dad’s favourite brands is Lacoste, who have quite a wide range of different scents, many from their L.12.12 range. This collection is based on the inventiveness and elegance of the Lacoste polo shirt revisited in a fragrance – a masculine, elegant and daring fragrance. The Rouge edition has a woody scent, mixed with spicy ginger and black pepper cardamom.
The bottles created for the L.12.12 range emulate the iconic polo shirt again, with quite a plain rounded-square shaped bottle, and an embroidered crocodile (yes, it’s a crocodile, not an alligator!) attached to the front of it, which finishes it off really nicely. The Blanc Pure edition is a pure and elegant fragrance based upon woody florals and cardamom tuberose. I myself am even obsessed with these scents! Sometimes my Dad will come downstairs and he smells like he literally fell into some aftershave, but the Lacoste scents are strong without being overpowering and tend to last throughout the day. Check these two out and the other colours in the L.12.12 range online at Lacoste.
The Great British Grooming Co – Various
My Dad doesn’t have a beard, but in the past year or two they have been BIG news throughout those men folk, and so I thought I would show you a range of products from the Great British Grooming Co, which is dedicated to bringing you everything a man could possibly need for a beard.
The Beard Oil (£8.99), is a multi-tasking oil that helps to soften coarse, dehydrated facial hair and includes Argan Oil to provide the beard hair with nourishment, as well as hydrating the skin that lies beneath. It is lightweight and easily absorbed, and can be applied directly onto the facial hair.
The Beard Thickening Serum (£5.99) is for those men who want a stronger and fuller looking beard. This powerful thickening serum contains protein building blocks, keratin and pro-vitamin B5 to help form strength within the hair shaft.
Next up, the Beard Balm (£6.99) is for stubborn beards that need more discipline than others and helps to tame flyaways, keeping the beard nice and tidy. It is formulated with coconut oil, shea butter and argan oil, and conditions the facial hair as well as nourishing the skin beneath.
Lastly we have the Beard Wash (£4.99), which is a little like a shampoo for your beard. It has been designed to freshen, cleanse and untangle facial hair to leave it super soft. It is infused with subtle notes of bergamot, fougere, cedarwood, cinnamon and amber, and therefore smells divine! Head online to find out more about the Great British Grooming Co.
LUMAS Art £24 Each
In my opinion, men can be SO hard to buy for, and I always like to try and find something a little different. I recently discovered LUMAS Art Now, which is a website which has a very wide range of picture art for sale, all with a budget to suit everyone. Here I have two pieces from the collection, the Laughing Reindeer by Catherine Ledner, which is super festive, but not so much that you couldn’t use it all throughout the year, and Christmas Lights by Alessandro Gottardo.
When you purchase an ART NOW picture, you can have it sent directly to the recipient with a personal message, which is such a good idea for those who can’t make it to see their family or friends on Christmas Day. Alternatively, you can have it delivered to your home along with fabulous ready-to-mail packaging, all you have to do is address the card, write a note and it is ready to send!
The package also comes with a hanging hook, built in magnets and a display stand so that your loved one can display it any which way they wish. Each print comes mounted under acrylic glass so it can be kept modern, or you could even buy a separate frame to pop it into.
I am in love with the Christmas Lights print, which I think would be suitable for a male or female. It really is so cosy and festive, but again could be used all year round. You can see these prints and many, many more online at LUMAS.