The Holiday season is underway and it’s time for our annual gift guide for bearded men, featuring all the goods to help your brother, father, husband, or friend keep his facial hair (and the skin underneath) in top condition.
So here are our favorite grooming kits that’ll make an immediate impact on maintaining a beard, a stellar shave cream, a beard oil designed for defense, a conditioning beard balm, and other high-quality beard accessories to the man in your life (or yourself!) save his face.
Woodsman Experience Grooming Kit – $100
The Bearded Bastard’s Woodsman Experience grooming kit comes in a hand-crafted wooden box and is teeming with essentials for a bearded fella who wants to clean up well. Boasting their legendary Woodsman beard oil, a beard balm, and a mustache wax all handmade in Austin, Texas. A burly boar hair bristle beard brush, a Kent pocket comb, and a pair of micro-serrated beard scissors for controlling the wildest whiskers finishes off one helluva bundle.
Olivina Men Premium Shave Kit – $100
This premium shave kit from Olivina Men contains six products made precisely for the man who likes to keep a baby face and smell great. Within this box contains Olivina Men classic shave soap (Bourbon Cedar), a durable Chrome Deluxe single-blade razor, a conditioning shave cream (Bourbon Cedar), their 2-in-1 Shave Prep & Beard Oil (Cedar & Bergamot), cologne, and a washed canvas travel bag, so you can take your smooth face on the road. They also offer some killer bourbon grooming products, if that’s your man’s thing.
The Roosevelts Beard Company Ultimate Beard Care Kit – $165
From band to beard culture, Jason Kloess of the indie rock band The Roosevelts founded the artisanal and premium grooming brand to help fellow men rock their best facial hair, even if they’re on the road. The collection features a variety of beard oils, balms, washes, and conditioners, gifted nicely in customized fashion, as you get to choose your dopp kit color, shampoo fragrance, and type of beard oil.
The Roosevelts Beard Company hand makes all of their products in small batches out of Nashville, Tennessee, boasting in quality essential oils like Jojoba, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, and Rosewood oils. They also continuously honor their appreciation for these landmarks by donating a protion of their proceeds to the National Parks Foundation. And for the month of November, the brand will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the entire site to the Movember Foundation to help raise awareness for men’s health issues.
The Art Of Shaving Personalized Shaving Set – Price Varies
The Art of Shaving offers some of the classiest grooming tools on the market and their kits always seem to find their way on to our gift guide for the bearded gentlemen just about every year.
This classic three-piece shaving set can be customized and tailored to your wants and needs. Choose a razor that’s right for you, add a corresponding stand, and finish it off with one of TAOS’s badger brushes. They also offer a selection of unscented shaving products, body soap, and other bathroom necessities. These personalized sets can get a little pricey, though. So if you’re looking for the effectiveness and feel of The Art of Shaving, but want it on the down-low, their unscented starter kit is also a good go-to gift.
Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap Beard Shampoo – $28
Specially designed with coarse facial hair in mind, this all-natural soap lightly exfoliates the skin beneath your bushy bristle, providing a clean and soft sensation. The herbaceous blend of rosemary and English mint gives off an amazingly fresh scent that will get you going for anything, from cutting down trees to long work meetings.
EVENPRIME Moisturizer and Cleanser Set – $45
Staying on the washing and conditioning train, the Korean-born skincare brand Evenprime is attuned to details when it comes to keeping your skin clean and hydrated. Founded by brother and sister Koh and Andrew Kim, Evenprime’s set comes at an good price point and boasts an awesome minimalist aesthetic, which is furthermore illuminated in the products’ effectiveness.
The cleanser features only 10 ingredients and the moisturizer acts as an all-in-one toner, serum, and moisturizer. This is a quick and easy grab to give your bearded friends a strong foundation to their grooming regimen. They even offer free samples on their site if you want to see what it’s all about.
Mavericks Shave – $25
Where tech and science merge, great things happen. Silicon Valley-based Mavericks offers a great face kit to keep your face feeling fresh throughout the day, but we can say from firsthand experience that their shave treatment is a must-have prospect for your grooming routine. Acting as a 3-in-one moisturizer, shave cream, and aftershave, the thick-textured shave cream is designed to condition stubble and soften your skin, allowing you to evolve from razor burn and ingrown hairs to an affordable, high-quality shaving experience.
Every Man Jack Oil Defense System – $24 ($8 each)
If you need a quick, easy, cheap-but-not-so-cheap gift idea, Every Man Jack surely has something for you. Their new Oil Defense collection is designed specifically to provide balance for a bearded man’s oily skin. Added volcanic clay attracts and absorbs excess dirt and oil from deep within pores, and is packed with Jojoba beads to help slough away dead skin cells without drying out you skin, leaving you hydrated, mattified, and ready for action.
Wild Willie’s Beard Balm Conditioner – $17
Wild Willie’s Beard Butter Balm made our list of best beard balms earlier this year, and for good reason. This balm will leave your beard in much better shape than when it started, while also promoting growth, skin hydration, and get rid of beard ruff or itchiness. With oils such as tea tree, rosemary, and cedar wood, as well as a soothing and easy-to-apply texture, there is no question this beard balm will help tame any beard.
FOREO LUNA 2 For Men – $200
We had the opportunity to give the Foreo Luna 2 a-go, and boy were we impressed. Although it’s an investment, it’s durability and results are worth it. It’s easy to use, highly effective in prepping your skin for a close shave, and will help you put your best face on everyday.
You could spend hours on grooming your beard, but if you don’t condition and exfoliate properly, your facial hair may remain coarse, unhealthy, and increasingly tougher to shave, trim and shape. That’s right. Exfoliating is for men, too. The Luna 2 is a facial scrub designed to enhance your pre-shaving cleanse by unclogging pores and removing dead skin, thus providing a smooth, more effective shaving foundation and extending the life of your razor blades.
The Strop by ShaveFace – $38
Every guy has his own routine to maintain his beard. For those that prefer an old-fashioned straight or cartridge razor, it’s important to take proper care of your blades. This swatch of denim is a must for keeping blades sharp.
Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 7200 with Vacuum – $53
A beard trimming session can get messy, but you don’t have to keep living with a beard or sink full of clippings. This trimmer not only keeps your beard tidy and in tip-top shape, it features a vacuum head that sucks up 90 percent of the hairs you slash. The head is versatile and adjustable, making a perfect companion for trimming your beard, neckline, and sideburns.
If you’re a Back to The Future fan, this safe ear and nose trimmer ($20) might also be a great addition to your trimming arsenal.
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