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Whether you’re getting something to pamper your father, or you want to surprise your partner with a little treat this Christmas, here are the best gift ideas for men*.
*who care about the way they look
Designed to be an olfactory interpretation of the iconic white t-shirt and black jacket combination of the fashion house, the new Y EDP is sophisticated, bold and seductive all at once. With notes of bergamot, ginger and sage surfacing upon application, the scent settles to gradually reveal more depth as vetiver becomes more noticeable. Plus, its EDP formula also means that it lasts longer on the skin, perfect for the man who loves restrained audacity. Available here
This Christmas, Prada introduces the Prada Bears to dress up their fragrance coffrets, taking on different personas to match the spirit of the various scents. First launched to accessorise the Italian label’s bags, Prada Bears make a return this year, thanks to Canadian illustrator and artist Tracy Walker, who reinterpreted the charming characters to create this super cute Prada Bear Parade. A perfect gift for dad, this Prada L’Homme set consists of a 100ml Prada L’Homme, 100ml Shower Gel and 10ml Mega Spritzer, which features a blend of geranium, patchouli and neroli for a fresh yet sophisticated finish. Available here
Give your younger brother the gift of clear skin with this cleanser and moisturiser kit. As its name suggests, these products are from the Guarana & Coffee line, and are made of Brazilian guarana and Ethiopian green coffee. The cleanser forms a generous lather to remove impurities from the pores for a purified and refreshed complexion while the moisturiser replenishes skin with hydration for all-day comfort.
Available only during the festive season, Diptyque’s Pine scent infuses the surroundings with the comforting scent of fir trees that’s warmed by dry cedar. Perfectly encapsulating the essence of cold winter nights, it is also suitable for chilly rainy nights here in our tropical home. This set includes a candle and a room spray set so your loved one can be transported to a lovely vacation memory any time. Available here
It can be challenging to buy gifts for someone who has it all, but a little something from Aesop is sure to do the trick. We recommend the Contours of Discovery Gift Kit, which consists of the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Geranium Leaf Body Scrub and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser. Held in a reusable amenity case that’s perfect for travelling, it is wrapped in a beautiful sleeve with bears a print from couturier Iris Van Herpen’s archives. Not only is it practical, this gift is also well-designed and is sure to impress even the most discerning gentleman. Available here
Treat your globetrotting friend to a little something exotic. Inspired by the indigo city of Chefchaouen, this latest addition to MEMO’s range of leather perfume takes on a floral aspect to evoke memories of palm trees swaying in the wind of this mythical city. With notes of iris butter, vetiver, ginger, galbanum resin and leather accord, it is at once spicy, warm, floral and sensual. Available here
This year, Kiehl’s ushers in the holiday season with their limited edition collection designed by graphic artist Andrew Bannecker. Keeping to the brand’s DNA, the design is fun and vibrant and makes for great gifting options for anyone, young or old. Our favourite has to be the limited edition Crème de Corps. This iconic product is enriched with cocoa butter and squalene to nourish dry patches and keep skin soft and smooth. Plus, who wouldn’t feel festive just by looking at this cute-as-a-button design? Available here
Design buffs are hard to get, but more importantly, they’re hard to please. But the gorgeous candles from Goutal Paris will definitely strike a chord with them. Not only are they made of quality ingredients and smell absolutely divine, they are also beautifully designed by Spanish designer Tomas Alonso. Known for his bold colours and poetic pieces, he designed the contours of these candles to reflect subtle lines and angles so that their shelf life extends beyond being a candle holder. Get the Un Air d’Hadrien, a fresh and citrusy scent that has a hint of herbaceous and woody accord that is perfect for our hot and humid climate. Available here
By Joyce Cheo, Updated by Sandhya Mahadevan, December 2018
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