Fab Gifts for Dads and Grads!

June is a  month that is notorious for gift-givers: Father’s Day, graduations and maybe a wedding tossed into the mix, it’s not the easiest month to be shopping for the men in your life.

While typically men don’t usually "cotten" to a lot of grooming gifts, there are enough unique things for the man who has everything or the man who needs everything!

For a twist on the ordinary, the  Breath Palette Toothpaste and Water Kits are something really unique. No one really likes to brush their teeth and mouthwash  isn’t  romantic at all but these products don’t come in the traditional minty flavors and just might make that grooming chore a bit more interesting.  The Breath Palette Toothpaste kits are made from naturally derived flavored toothpastes that encompass a flavorful canvas of grapefruit, bitter chocolate, yogurt, and lemon tea. These out of the ordinary flavors are the initial ‘rush’  when using the mouth water or toothpaste and then dissolve into a burst of menthol. It’s different! Breath Palette and fine department stores and boutiques. Shown is bitter chocolate and the East Meets West Toothpaste Kit

Give the guy in your life some fabulous grooming tools that almost qualify as fine art for the bathroom.  Hommage Monaco Groom Center provides a 3 piece grooming center that includes a chrome-plated base, brush and razor that is fitted with a magnetic disk that allows the pieces to "float" in mid-air. Priced from $320 for the basic metals to $6500+ for  platinum, each kit is packed in a wooden box  that can double as a humidor. (Barneys NY; Hommage )

A great gift is one that takes the man "away" (not Calgon!) from his typical daily routine. Pure Fiji has a super  product line that features a blend of virgin coconut oil and exotic nut extracts. Find it hard to choose? Try the Mana’ia Travel Set which will nourish, restore and protect hair and skin while on the go  on vacation or business as well as allow him to test-drive products at home. (Pure Fiji )

Fragrances are a great choice for gifts since most men won’t buy them for themselves. Don’t go all foo-foo  on the man in your life but here are some great choices that are something new and different.

BOSS Soul  from  Hugo Boss features a piquant blend of bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, star anisem and cardamom that reveals a heart of aromatics and spice of mace, lavendar, coriander, and cinnamon on a base of sweet and woody notes of patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood, Vetyver, tonka bean, amber and musk-like notes.  This heady blend comes in Eau de Toilette (EDT), After Shave and bath products . (fine department stores)

Del Mar  by Baldessarinni  definitely separates the boys from the men with a discriminating and luxurious fragrance. With a higher than usual percentage of essential oils, this is an urbane and sophisticated fragrance that creates an aromatic journey as it interacts with warm skin and personal chemistry.  Based on four key fragrance accords that are interwoven within the top, heart and base notes, each accord unfolds at a different stage of the fragrance journey. Avaiable in EDT, After Shave and bath products, this is one fragrance not to be missed. (fine department stores)

Calvin Klein  is known for his great fragrances.  His latest is CK One Summer which can be easily "borrowed" by her if one should choose to do so. (hmm. Did I say that? If you get caught,  don’t blame me!)  The bottle itself is definitely intriguing– a radiant yellow and glowing orange, it’s definitely nailed the summer day in its packaging. The fragrance opens with juicy tangerine and pineapple then evolves into a tropical heaven with frangipani floral notes coupled with the "hot sand" accord that completes the summer escapist dream. The dream isn’t complete until you hvae the bottle and since this dream will evaporate soon (AKA limited edition), buy one now! (fine department stores)

Frank by Frank Los Angeles is an atypical fragrance created by an atypical fragrance company. Created for those individuals who truly stand apart from the crowd, this fragrance at times might seem androgynous but then again is  very  masculine and deeply sensual. Starting with an herbal and spice  kick to open the fragrance, it morphs into a crisp, clean low-key citrus with  a sandalwood and clove base that is soooooooooo sexy. (can you tell I like this one?)  Yummy to have; great to share. (Luckyscent.com )

True Gentlemen grooming products are some of the finest on the market. Made from the purest ingredients including botanical extracts, these products ensure a smooth shave while improving upon the experience by including aromatherapy to make it a very pleasureable experience– or unscented should the gentleman prefer it. (TrueGentlemen.com )

Whether you are buying for a dad, grad, birthday or a gift for groom or groomsmen, this guide offers you an assortment of interesting selections.

If you have any great grooming gift ideas for guys, feel free to let me know!

See you at the beauty –OOPS scratch that–grooming counter!

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Author: Stevie Wilson

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