16 grooming gifts that are actually useful — from shaving kits to skincare sets

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He likely already has a lifetime supply of ties, socks, and grilling gear. So for this holiday season, get him a grooming gift he'll use — and one we bet he doesn't already have. 

Regardless of if he has no idea where to start when it comes to grooming and skincare, or if he's a well-seasoned expert, we've got you covered. From an innovative shave kit to a cologne made with clean ingredients, these are the grooming items he'll never buy for himself but will definitely appreciate once he has them.

Here are 16 great grooming gifts he'll never see coming:

A cologne made with clean ingredients
Phlur

Buy the Phlur Greylocke Eau de Parfum at Sephora for $96

Buy the Phlur Sample Set at Sephora for $18

If he's into clean ingredients, try a scent from Phlur. Made without parabens, sulfates, and more to adhere to the guidelines set by Credo and Sephora, he can spritz knowing that he's safe from questionable chemicals.

Greylocke is a nice warm, woodsy scent that isn't too musky, or you can get him a sample trio which includes fresh and citrus scents, so he can try them out before committing to a full-sized fragrance — on you, of course.

A luxe travel kit, complete mouthwash and toothpaste
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Buy the Aesop 9-Piece São Paulo City Travel Kit at Aesop for $65

Everything in this nine-piece kit of Aesop best sellers is travel-friendly, and it includes mouthwash and toothpaste too, so he can just throw the entire kit into his carry-on without even unboxing or use it right at home.

A fancy towel and candle set to make home feel new again
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Buy the Bespoke Post Sauna Set at Bespoke Post for $45-$55

A set of sauna towels and a subtle floral-scented candle is exactly what the doctor ordered after a tough work from home day.

A complete hair- and body-care set
Grooming gifts Baxter

Buy the Baxter of California On the Go Essentials Bundle Travel Size Kit at Ulta for $18

He can just unbox this kit straight onto the bathroom counter to use at home, or bring with him when travel is safe again. The set comes complete with a mini bar soap, face wash, and deodorant (we personally love the deodorant for anyone of any gender).

An electric toothbrush
Philips Sonicare

Buy the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6300 Electric Toothbrush at Walmart for $119.95

It's time to convince him to finally ditch his manual toothbrush. You know, the one with the overturned bristles that look like they've been used to clean grout.

Essential shaving tools
Art of Shaving

Buy the Art of Shaving Men's Sandalwood Mid-Size Kit at Amazon for $60

This four-piece shaving set is great for anyone trying to manage his five o'clock shadow; he just needs to supply his favorite razor. If he's on the fence about scented shaving products, know that the sandalwood scent is warm without being overwhelming.

A powerful clay mask
Anthony

Buy the Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing Clay at Amazon for $24

Now he can join your next spa-night-in with a powerful clay mask made with both bentonite and kaolin clays. It goes on rose-y purple for amazing selfies.

A classic cologne he's been using since college
Giorgio Armani

Buy the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Eau de Toilette Spray at Macy's for $72

Buy the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo at Macy's for $100

Buy the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Absolu at Macy's for $100

He's probably been using the original Acqua di Gio since he was in college. Upgrade him to the more intense Profumo or warmer Absolu, or just get him the OG — either way, you can't go wrong.

A tattoo maintenance set
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Buy the Jack Black Ink Boost Tattoo Care Kit at Nordstrom for $25

Like the handlebar mustache he may also be grooming every other day, tattoos need maintenance too. Make it easier to keep his ink looking fresh with this set.

Beard-conditioning essentials
American Crew

Buy the American Crew Beard Serum at Ulta for $17.95

If  he considers his beard as his third child, get him a conditioning Beard Serum made with argan and linseed oils.  

A complete shave set
Grooming gifts Dollar Shave Club

Buy the Dollar Shave Club The Shave Gift Set at Dollar Shave Club for $35

He will definitely appreciate the sleek packaging — and full-size grooming items — in this set. There's an Executive Razor, Shave Dew, Shave Butter, and a Prep Scrub — a seriously good value for $35.

Beautifully packaged soaps that double as decor
Claus Porto

Buy the Claus Porto 9-piece Deco Soap Gift Box with Sleeve at Net-A-Porter for $75

Whether he actually uses these beautiful soaps or just keeps them as decor in the bathroom like his mom used to is his call. 

An electric shaver and trimmer that can be used wet or dry
Philips Norelco

Buy the Philips Norelco Series 3000 Shaver 3100 at P.C. Richard and Son for $49.96

This two-in-one electric shaver also trims sideburns in one handy tool. He can use the shaver wet or dry, and it still won't irritate sensitive skin.

A curated dopp kit
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Buy the Duke Cannon Handsome Man Travel Kit at Bespoke Post for $30

Create his dream travel kit setup with this curated set from Duke Cannon. It includes shaving cream, shave balm, bar soap, and three cooling portable shower wipes. The zipper pouch isn't too shabby either.

A sleek cordless trimmer
Bevel

Buy the Bevel Trimmer at Amazon for $199.95

This device looks more like sleek decor than a trimmer, so it's great for those who appreciate design. But it's not just aesthetically pleasing; the blades can be adjusted with a dial and the precision trimmer can etch parts just as easily as fades. 

A body-care set developed by pro athletes
Art of Sport

Buy the Art of Sport Athlete Collection Skin and Body Care Set at Amazon for $39.95

Founded by the late Kobe Bryant and developed with the help of a group of major athletes, Art of Sport streamlines hair and body products into the art of showering quickly. Check out our full review over here.

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