MORE than ever, grooming is up there with the DIY on dads’ to-do lists. But gone is the clean-shaven, metrosexual look — the full, grizzly beard is back in favour, thanks to the likes David Beckham, George Clooney, and even Graham Norton.
Whether your old man is fuzzy faced, smooth-cheeked, or all about the designer stubble, there’s a grooming gift to suit...
Help him emulate his favourite sports stars with some winning grooming in his kit bag.
Baylis & Harding Sport Men’s wash care set comes with a black zip toiletry bag with aftershave balm, shower gel, hair and body wash, and face wash, €21.60. ( www.debenhams.ie ).
Never fear if his team missed out on the FA Cup this year. Your dad can hold the Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette trophy bottle aloft instead, and win a masculine scent with woody base notes, €29, for 50ml. ( www.boots.ie ).
If your dad prefers to play sport rather than watch it, give him a headstart in the changing rooms. LAB Series High Tech Travel Set contains a face wash and moisturiser and a sample of their all-in-one face treatment in a bag, €34. (Boots).
Give him extra style points with catwalk-inspired grooming to flaunt in his bathroom cabinet. David Beckham has officially brought back the beard.
Ensure your dad’s looks like he’s hired DB’s celebrity barber,with Tom Ford’s Conditioning Beard Oil, €44 ( www.brownthomas.ie ). Available in three scents — oud wood, neroli portofino, and tobacco vanille.
Traditional wash bag shapes are so last season. Switch to a rugby-shaped silhouette for a fresh take on grooming accessorising, with the O.S.P Rugger washbag. Made from Old Saddle leather. €44 (Debenhams)
Style-conscious dads don’t only need a designer scent but, for extra cool points, invest in Burberry Brit Rhythm Men Eau de Toilette 30ml, from €36.90.
Dads with an eye for quality will love Paul Smith’s Contents Print Wash Bag. With simple, colourful line drawings of your basic kit — cologne, shaving brush, shaver, tooth paste and tooth brush, it has a timeless appeal.
It comes with a leather base and gold zip fastenings that open up to show off a natty purple lining. All this class comes with a high price tag — €175 (Brown Thomas).
Make grooming on-the-go more inspiring.
Kiehl’s Skincare Clinic, Wicklow Street, Dublin, suggests a gift-pack combining a wash, shave and moisturise set.
The Facial Fuel Face Wash comes in a travel size at €10. The Sky-Flying Facial Foaming Gel, which doubles up as a face wash as well as a shave gel, costs €16. Also, check out the Close Shaver Squadron White and Blue shave cream, from €17.50.
www.kiehls.co.uk (free P&P)
OK, you couldn’t afford the superyacht this year, but Davidoff Cool Water Man Summer Seas edition will do nicely. Expect an invigorating scent with a base note of sandalwood. €44.50 for 125ml (Boots).
The no-fuss route to travel-sized skincare. Check your dad in with Liz Earle Men’s Try Me Kit, €23.50, (Boots). Containing travel sizes of four grooming essentials, this is a low-cost introduction to Liz Earle’s Naturally Active Men’s Skincare.
The zip-up kit bag comes with Cleanse & Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser (15ml) Sensitive Shave Cream (30ml) After-Shaving Moisturiser (15ml) Face & Body Wash (30ml) and a muslin cloth.
If he’s more comfortable hiking mountains than horizontal on the couch, bring a touch of the great outdoors to the bathroom.
Help dad prep his skin for facing the elements with the five-step regime in Man Cave Grooming Originals Gift Set, €28.19 ( www.feelunique.com , free P&P).
Get back to basics with Ted Baker’s Clean Break Shaving Kit which includes a retro shaving mug and brush.
It will make lathering up feel more like a roam in the fields, €35, (Boots).