Is there a dude in your life who needs a little bit of TLC? Don’t let tired old gender roles stop him from feeling pretty and pampered! I went on a little expedition through the internet to find the set of 11 gifts for boyfriends, brothers, dads, and friends who like to get clean and comfy. Let us know if you end up getting one!
1. Kingsley For Men 4-Piece Shave Set.
I’ve always kind of fantasized about getting my nonexistent beard shaved in an old-timey barbershop, and I have a feeling that a lot of dudes share that with me. Not only is this adorable, but it looks fancy as hell.
2. NEW! Shampoo Bar from Lush.
You haven’t lived until you’ve used one of Lush’s solid shampoo bars. This one smells like cinnamon, mint, and cloves, so if you love a man who lives for his morning espresso, this might be perfect for him. It’s like a refreshing latte for your hair.
3. Mahogany Teakwood Candle from Bath & Body Works.
If I didn’t need to make money to survive, I’d become the Santa Claus of Bath & Body Works candles as my career. I’d fill up a giant bag with warm, manly scents like this one, frolic around the world, and make sure that every girl and boy has an amazing 3-wick candle to make their room smell like the inside of a cologne bottle. I love this one so much. (And yes, candles are beauty products. Don’t challenge me on this.)
4. HoMedics Bubble Bliss Foot Spa from Target.
Whether he’s a teacher, a construction worker, a cubicle worker, or a nurse, there’s a man in your life who deserves a relaxing foot bath after a long day of work. Pretty soon, he’s going to be asking to borrow your pumice stone.
5. Face Bronzer from Clinique.
This could be the perfect gift for a guy who’s expressed to you that he wishes he could wear makeup on certain days. It has good enough coverage to lift his spirits when he has a breakout, but its subtle packaging won’t make him think you’re saying, “You look awful. You need to be wearing concealer.”
6. Dirty Shaving Cream from Lush.
I’ve used a sample of this on my legs one time, and it felt like I’d just waded in a sea of lotion. It’s perfect for sensitive skin, and it smells manly enough to keep even the most insecure of dudes happy.
7. Tub Elixir Bubble Bath from ManReady.
While I’m pretty sure men are capable of using regular bubble baths (who doesn’t love lavender? Why shouldn’t flowers be gender-neutral?), there’s something really adorable about seeing it in a whiskey bottle.
8. Manglaze Nail Polish.
Do I take issue with the suggestion that men can only wear nail polish if it comes in a “badass” bottle with a vaguely offensive name? Yes. Do I still appreciate that this company gives dudes a gateway to trying nail polish if that’s what they want to do? Sure.
9. Percussion Action Handheld Massager from P.C. Richard & Sons.
Who doesn’t need a good back massage? There’s nobody in the world who doesn’t look better after getting the tension worked out of their muscles. The guy who receives this will probably appreciate how much it doesn’t look like a vibrator, too.
10. Cordless Beard Trimmer from Brookstone.
Men love Brookstone. How do I know? Because everyone with a pulse loves Brookstone. You can always count on them to make products that seem like they’d be featured in a Disney Channel Original Movie about the future, and this sexy chrome beard trimmer is no exception.
11. Queer Eye: The Fab Five Collection DVD Set from Amazon.
If you can get past the fact that this show is full of outdated references, no longer PC slang, and more skinny ties than the eye can handle, it might be just what your dude needs to watch on his lazy Saturday. It’s nostalgic, and it’s kitschy, and it’s fun. And it might give him some hairstyling advice!
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