What to Buy for the Dude on Your Holiday Shopping List
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Dewy skin is one trend dudes need not embrace. Instead, gift him a Mattifying Moisturizer ($45). This one, from new London-based brand The Refinery, is packed with frankincense and sandalwood to revitalize and soften skin, while pumpkin seed extract takes care of the mattifying part.
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For the guy in your life who isn’t constantly sporting a five o’clock shadow, there’s Harry’s Engraved Winston Set ($40). They’ll engrave the aluminum handle with his initials in just three days; it also comes with three blades and a tube of shaving cream.
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When you buy MCMC’s Hunter Candle ($48) for your guy, you’ll probably want to pick one up for yourself. Its notes of tobacco absolute, fir, and vanilla bourbon are intoxicating.
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The latest Lauren to launch a scent is Greg, Ralph’s nephew. The designer’s worked with Barneys to create a limited run of 3000 customized bottles of Greg Lauren for Barneys ($195), a rich, unisex scent of vanilla and Tonka beans.
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Know a dude with a taste for luxury? Gift him something from Tom Ford’s new men’s grooming collection. We’re partial to the very hydrating, yet totally matte Tom Ford Beauty Lip Balm for Men ($25).
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This lightweight, army green bag from Filson ($110) is the perfect way to transport all of the products you’re gifting him.
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Mason Pearson is the ultimate in hair tool brands: equal parts heritage, function, and luxury. This tortoiseshell comb ($18) will be the last comb he ever needs.
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Guys are just as likely to suffer from dry winter skin, but significantly less likely to do something about it, unless they’re packing Malin & Goetz’s Vitamin b5 Hand Treatment ($20). There’s shea butter and honey in there too, for extra hydration.
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We’ve waded through the sea of girly, floral-scented, fancy-wrapped bar soaps for you. Buy him this sampler from Baxter of California ($42). There’s one bar each of Flora and Cassis, Lime and Pomegranate, and Bergamot and Pear—all full of aloe, vitamins a and e, seaweed, and strip of hydrating glycerin.
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Everyone’s making makeup for men these days (ok, not everyone, but where Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford go, everyone follows). If you know a guy who’s self conscious about under-eye circles of the occasional blemish, stick Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen ($39) into his stocking.
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Grant’s slightly tropical-smelling pomade ($17) lends shine and hold to hair, but he’ll still be able to run his fingers through it—a winning combination. Bonus? The retro tin will look great in his medicine cabinet.
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If your guy’s totally clueless, help him out in one fell swoop with Aesop’s Grooming Kit ($150) made exclusively for Mr. Porter. He’ll get Face Cleanser, Hyrdrating Cream, Shaving Serum, a Spray-On Moisturizer, and Lip Balm in one very handy dopp kit.
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MCMC Hunter Candle ($48)
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Mason Pearson Pocket Comb ($18)
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Aesop for Mr Porter Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit ($150)
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Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade ($17)
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Malin & Goetz Vitamin b5 Hand Treatment ($20)
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Greg Lauren for Barneys New York Eau de Parfum ($195)
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Tom Ford Beauty Hydrating Lip Balm for Men ($25)
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen ($39)
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The Refinery Mattifying Moisturiser ($45)
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Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Bar Set ($42)
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Filson 2 Zip Travel Kit ($110)
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Harry's Engraved Winston Set ($40)