The Manual’s Ultimate Gift Guide for Bearded Gentlemen
Cold winds are blowing throughout most of the country, which means it’s time for men to beard up.
Of course, some men — including yours truly — elect to keep the beard year-round. Whichever beardly beast has taken the shape of your father, brother, husband, boyfriend, or other loved one, he would likely appreciate the items below. We’ve assembled a healthy list of gifts for bearded men, including beard oils, balms, brushes, shampoos, and other high-quality beard accessories to consider this holiday season.
A good beard oil is a must for any bearded man. We love us some beard oils here at The Manual. A good beard oil softens the beard, helps reduce itchiness, and leaves one’s face shrubbery smelling amazing. This particular beard oil has a masculine, foresty scent that is inherently appealing to the bearded and their admirers.
Juniper Ridge is one of our favorite brands because they sustainably harvest their ingredients from some of the American West’s most beautiful places. This particular beard oil is harvested from the flora of Southern California’s Mojave Desert, including Desert Chaparral flowers and desert cedar leaf.
A good beard brush is a fantastic thing for a bearded fella to have. Not only can it help work out pesky tangles, but brushing one’s beard can be therapeutic. Some guys even put a dab of beard oil on their brushes for a little extra scent and moisturizing. This handsome number is made from pear wood and soft but sturdy boar hair bristles.
For lighter beards, sun protection is even more critically important. We’re fans on Neutrogena’s one-stop shop sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 20 built into the formula. It’s a great, non-greasy lotion to use after shaving to reduce irritation and dryness. As an added bonus, the formula helps reduce aging and fine lines and also happens to be an excellent value at less than $15 for a 2-pack.
As your beard becomes thicker and fuller, you’ll need a tougher cleanser to keep the skin underneath fresh. Kaolin and Bentonite Clay help make that happen, while apricot kernel oil eases and moisturizes it all afterwards. Boosted with Vitamins A, C and E, it’s a mask you can feel great about.
Hair gets dirty if you don’t wash it, and a beard is no exception. That said, washing a beard too often and with the wrong product can lead to dryness, coarseness, and itchiness. When and if a man decides to wash his beard, he would do well to use Beard Buddy Beard Wash. Its gentle formula of chiefly organic ingredients is well suited to delicate beard hairs and the skin beneath.
If your bearded buddy is more partial to balms than oils, then consider treating him to this hot item. Like beard oil, this balm conditions beard hair and leaves it smelling delightful. This beard balm can also help style one’s facial hair, providing a hold similar to mustache wax.
Related: The Manual’s Top Ten Best Beard Oils
We’ve said it before, Hercules Beard Co. takes beard care seriously. At the end of your day, let the pure botanicals (rosemary, olive, coconut and more) refresh your mug and the beating it’s taken. It’s vegan-friendly and contains no thickeners, meaning a small dollop of the gel will do.
Some men use normal soap on their beards, then have the audacity to complain of dryness and itchiness. However, facial hair is more delicate than hair everywhere else. To make sure one’s beard hair stays clean and healthy, a fella needs special soap. This particular soap can work up a rich lather that bursts with the delicious scents of cinnamon, allspice, cedar, and clove.
If you don’t want to mess around with all this a la carte nonsense, you might consider this 3-in-1 set for beardy gentlemen, compliments of Billy Jealousy. This set comes with an aloe, soy protein and honey extract beard wash, a handsome boar bristle brush, and a beard control balm to help keep wayward whiskers in line. Excellent for keeping a beard clean, smooth, and shapely.
Each guy has his own favorite way to maintain his beard. For those that prefer the old-fashioned straight or cartridge razor, this swatch of denim is a must. ShaveFace’s handsome Strop is the best way to keep those blades nice and sharp in a simple-to-use design. It keeps your blades working 3-5x longer, meaning less metal in landfills and more money in your wallet – both things we can get behind.
In a perfect world, every beard would bloom into Zeusian magnificence without any grooming at all. Unfortunately, most men aren’t Greek Gods, and thus require beard-taming tools. This affordable beard trimmer boasts 19 settings, making it easy for bearded gentlemen to find the perfect length and shape. The 45-degree stainless steel blades operate perfectly dry or wet, with or without a power cord.
Article originally published December, 2015. Updated December 2, 2016 by Geoff Nudelman.
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