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The best holiday gifts for stylish men

THE SECRET TO BUYING THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A GUY IS TO CATER TO HIS PERSONA. THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, FOLLOW OUR GUIDE TO SPOILING THE VARIOUS MEN IN YOUR LIFE.

The outdoorsman

He’s at one with nature, so give him what he loves—an earthy, woody scent that reminds him of his greatest adventures. He’s more comfortable among fauna than flora, so give him what he loves—an earthy, woody scent that reminds him of nature. Comme De Garcons Wonderwood is a super-luxe blend of Madagascan pepper, bergamot, cedarwood and sandalwood, among other rustic ingredients. It’s the ideal treat for an outdoorsy go-getter. You know the type.

The night owl

The guy who happily burns the candle at both ends doesn’t always have the time for a multi-step regime. That said, he’s still aware of the importance of looking after his skin after all those late nights. Goldfaden MD The Glow Kit contains a gentle resurfacing peel, a collagen-boosting refining treatment and, the ultimate night owl essential, a Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate. This booster will wake up tired eyes and diminish the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. No one will ever know he pulled a 2am kebab run again.

The multitasker

Maison Francis Kurkdjian makes ultra-sophisticated fragrances, and this eight-strong Discovery Collection For Him offers enough olfactory firepower to get busy types through countless work meetings, trade shows and networking events. No matter how many commitments he’s juggling, this set will ensure he always smells sensational, cultured and discerning. Included are citrusy, woody and spicy options that work for day and night.

The new flame

You’re three dates in and already thinking about the seating plan for your wedding, but you can’t let him know that. You need to play it cool with a gift that says ‘I’m into you, but totally chill about it.’ This fiery red candle by Frederic Malle is sure to ignite your new fling’s senses and up his home interior game, too. Both festive and fabulous, it emits a seductive mix of pine, amber, cinnamon and a touch of cotton candy. It’s the perfect scent—and way to set the scene—for a snuggle on the couch. You can thank us later.

The aspiring architect

Rock his world with a Le Labo Santal 26 Concrete Candle. This astonishing gift, equal parts Brutalist, minimalist and maximalist, would thrill the design-conscious peacock in your life. It would also dazzle the dad who subscribes to World of Interiors, or impress the brother who rarely leaves his man cave. The brand’s best selling Santal 26 candle has been hand-poured into a grey polished concrete vessel, a weighty and wonderful addition to any lair. The enormous candle functions both inside and outside, and delivers 150 hours of burn time.

The Qantas business lounge addict

He has an enviable frequent flyer point tally, several pairs of Qantas pyjamas, and is on a first name basis with the ground staff at the airport—yep, this guy almost spends more time in the air than on the ground. When he is on terra firma, he’s treating himself to a long hot shower after one of his global excursions. Upgrade his grooming rituals with this collection of skin care essentials from Malin+Goetz. It’s got everything he needs: a purifying cleanser, a soothing face moisturiser, a revitalising eye gel and a healing lip moisturiser.

The CrossFitter

This guy is shredding for Stereo all-year round—we’re talking a pantry stocked with protein powder, a new pair of Nikes every other month and a daily fitness schedule. He’s more inclined to use the gym shower than his own, so he would appreciate products that will hit refresh after a serious sweat sesh. Malin+Goetz’s Body Essentials features a bergamot-scented wash, a super-hydrating lotion, and lime bar soap that’ll fit perfectly into his gym bag and leave him smelling like a zesty dream.

Words by Emily Deacon
November 2018

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