I always find it difficult to buy for the men in my life and I’m finding this harder as my son and my nephews get closer to adulthood. It can be hard to find inspiring presents. Generally though, I find that something practical goes down well or something geared up to a specific interest.
For those that are environmentally friendly
Nereus London was born out of a need for genuinely sustainable luxury beauty products. The founders of Nereus London developed their range when they realised just how harmful other “black plastic bottles” products were to the environment. Many people assume that black plastic bottles, containers and plastic jars are recyclable, but this is rarely the case. Our Shampoo is designed for all hair types and provides a high-quality lather, whilst leaving your hair naturally rejuvenated and nourished. The 100% natural Australian Buddha Wood and Organic Bergamot essential oils calmly enhances your hair washing experience. The shampoo and the conditioner smell amazing: so fresh, so vibrant and they will certainly help wake you up during your morning shower. Priced at £25 each or £50 for a gift set with both shampoo and conditioner.
For those who appreciate something bespoke
There’s something really special about having something made especially for you. In terms of clothing it’s difficult to know where you could get that experience outside of Saville Row. To the rescue thought comes Hockerty, an ethical fashion brand that produces made to measure garments for men. They have been doing this since 2008 and via their website, you can pick out your own design, choosing from more than 150 fabrics and picking every single detail. You can see more here https://www.hockerty.com/en-uk/. Prices start from £29 and you can choose from polo shirts, through shirts and suits to coats. It’s a really simple process and it’s lovely to be able to pick out exactly what you want and to be sure it will fit well.
For those concerned about hair loss
Sons, a male hair care subscription service whose tailored products are designed to both prevent and fight hair loss in men, which affects roughly 6.5million UK men. And if you don’t struggle with hair loss, the shampoo is great for thicker, healthier hair. You can opt for the Full Works (prescription) or the Non-Prescription pack. Both packs include a shampoo and a biotin vitamin tablet, as well as Minoxidil, a topical solution. Made from saw palmetto and argan oil, the shampoo is very pleasant to use. The Full Works also includes a daily Finasteride tablet (Finasteride is a prescription drug used to treat hair loss, which works by blocking DHT, the hormone responsible for male-pattern hair loss). The Full Works price starts at £24 a month and the Non-Prescription pack at £17.
For those that like to keep in touch
IMO Mobile specialise in affordable smartphones. With this year’s events it’s now more important than ever to stay connected with loved ones. Many are starting to feel the financial strain of the pandemic and it’s great to have a fantastic affordable option to keep you connected on a budget. One of their bestselling devices is the IMO Q2 Pus. This is a great device with many mobile phone “must have” features such as facial unlocking recognition, wifi, bluetooth, camera, 4G etc all this for just £29.99. It’s a good looking phone and very light to carry. Available from Vodafone, Argos & EE.
For those that like some planet friendly
Lamazuna are a zero-waste cosmetics brand who have a host of amazing plastic-free shampoo bars, toothpastes and deodorants. They are dedicated to giving back to the planet through their business with tree planting initiatives, charity partnerships and a commitment to continually working to improve their products and business operations. The Founder, Laëtitia, started the brand back in 2010 and having become a best-seller within France, is hugely excited to introduce this to the UK. I’ve picked out the Good Hair Day Duo from their range. I’m loving the quirky packaging and be a lovely addition to a stocking.
The Good Hair Day Duo contains a solid shampoo made with Scots pine and a solid shaving bar made with shea butter. The bars claim to last as long as two bottles of liquid shampoo and their performance so far suggests that’s the case. Priced at £18.
For those who like to stay connected
The juice® Wireless Charging Pad transfers 15W of power via wireless induction. Its fast-charge capability means it will charge your devices quicker than a standard charger, for when time is of the essence. RRP – £29.99 and available from Argos and juice.co.uk I love the ease of being able to charge my phone simply by placing it on this device. It’s so convenient and saves me plugging it in the whole time. It looks attractive too which means it’s earned a spot on my desk.
For those that like to smell fresh
This is a stylish gift made up of a luxury navy wash bag and Baylis and Harding’s travel grooming essentials: 100ml hair and body wash,100ml face wash and 100ml aftershave balm. Scented with the energetic aromas of Lime and bergamot expertly blended with woody base notes for a truly refreshing fragrance. A great choice of gift for the active man and perfect for those gym visits. Available from Amazon for £11.98.