There’s at least one on everyone’s holiday shopping list: the bearded gentleman. But what does one gift to this modern dandy? It’s no longer fair to stereotype the whiskered among you as rustic, outdoorsy types.
After all, facial fur is a hot accessory right now, and the “lumbersexual” trend is on the rise. No longer are the bearded masses all of the mighty woodsman-hunter variety.
Regardless, we encourage you to champion the hirsuteness of your friends and family with a few options that would appeal to anyone with a beard in tow, regardless of their background. Here’s to happy, hairy holidays.
1. Beardsman’s Grooming Kit
Hardcore (and bearded) fans of the Shark Tank TV series will likely remember seeing the Beardbrand guys on the show. The community and e-commerce business is dedicated to the urban beardsman and the bearded lifestyle in general. And while there are plenty of enviable, beard-centric gifts available through this company, the Beardsman’s Grooming Kit ($200) is a must. No razors allowed here — just products for grooming the ultimate beard. The woodsman-crafted, black walnut box alone speaks to the quality and fine attention to detail here. A removable grid insert separates the products, which include a large comb, pocket comb, mustache comb, boar’s hair brush, trimming scissors, Beardbrand Mustache Wax, and your pick of Beardbrand beard oil (go for the little bit naughty Four Vices with notes of cannabis, coffee, hops, and tobacco).
2. Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar
The Bearded Man Co. is a small, family business in the rolling hills of Kent, England with a range that contains “no nasties, plenty of ethics, and fabulous ingredients.” And, as such, it has plenty of quite gift-able offerings, including punchy message T-shirts (“With Great Beard Comes Great Responsibility”). But, it’s the alternative beard oil advent calendar ($45) that really caught our eye. It comes crammed with enough mini beard oils, each a different scent, to see your modern bearded gentleman right into next year. Among the 24 fragrances are bay rum, bergamot, black coffee, Irish moss, rain forest, Sicilian lemon, Spanish orange, steel, tobacco, and “walk in the woods.” Because, you know, variety is the spice of life.
3. No. 258 Zipper Dopp Kit
Have beard products; will travel — with the proper case to put them in, of course. The Billykirk zipper dopp kit ($154) will hold every grooming essential so every bearded gentleman can hit the road in style. Plus, this genuine leather kit, which comes in shades of black, brown, oxblood, and ash gray, is handsome enough for everyday storage use on any vanity counter. Founded by brothers Chris and Kirk Bray, the Billykirk leather and canvas design company makes lasting items that only get better with age — and most are handmade by in-house artisans or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania.
4. Timberline Trail Desert Face & Beard Oil
Juniper Ridge products not only make for good gifts, they are also good for the environment. The sustainably minded outdoorsman will appreciate the company’s process of distilling and extracting fragrance directly from nature — wild-crafted from the wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings harvested on the trail of the American West. In that vein, the Field Lab organic jojoba-based Timberline Trail Face & Beard Oil ($45) hails from the steep, glaciated slopes of Oregon’s Mount Hood and is formulated with wild spruce resin, lichen distillate, and moss infusion. The bottle is decorated with real glacial silt from the riverbed under the Newton-Clark glacier on the east face of the mountain for a final touch of authenticity.
5. Of Beards and Men
For the bearded book lover, may we present Of Beards and Men ($79), a limited-edition coffee table tome that showcases 150 portraits of bearded gents and corresponding brief bios. Photographer Joseph D.R. OLeary set out to capture how men defined masculinity in contemporary society through facial hair. Along with the broad spectrum of bearded male species, the book includes three essays written by Douglas Beasley (photographer and educator), George Slade (photography historian, writer, consultant, and curator), and Andy Sturdevant (arts writer) plus a statement from The New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg.
6. Ultimate Beard Care Kit
Aside from the impeccably clever name of the company, Can You Handlebar’s Ultimate Beard Care Kit ($100) helps maintain a beard and moustache of any length. The one-stop-shop box includes the brand’s beard oil and accompanying flask, a wood and horsehair brush, a dry oil, and a pair of moustache waxes crafted with all-natural, Michigan beeswax. The kits are sold by scent, with options including Wisdom (the aroma of fresh-cut spruce and cedar with a hint of citrus); Initiative (a mature take on citrus with lime, bergamot, and lemon); Honor (complex, earthy notes of wormwood, roman chamomile, and sage); and Devotion (patchouli and cognac for a rugged floral scent).
7. Face Forest Fix-Up Pack
The Mr. Natty Face Forest Fix-Up Pack ($26.50) is the perfect introduction to all things Natty, which will certainly prove to be a very good meeting. Two of the England-based brand’s favorite and most loved, VIP products are included in this little package that’s very easy to wrap, may we add. The Shipwreck Soap is all-natural and packed with a signature vetiver, patchouli, and cocoa scent while Mr. Natty’s Famous Beard Elixir is just as magical as its sounds in caring for that face forest and the skin under it. The company was founded by Matt Raine, a classically trained London barber who has trimmed up fashion models, royalty, and rock stars, among others. So, he kind of knows what he’s doing.
8. The Bearded Chap Beard Soap
Normally, we wouldn’t advocate giving someone who is on the nice list a bar of soap, which could be likened to the equivalent of coal in the Christmas stocking. But The Bearded Chap’s Beard Soap ($26.95) raises the bar on the daily grooming essential. Australian-made and crafted from 100% natural ingredients including the finest oils of olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, and coconut, the formula was developed over a nine-month period and tested on bearded men to ensure it lived up to The Bearded Chap’s high standards, meaning that it leaves facial hair moisturized and in its most glorious form. The bars, which come in three masculine scents of Brawny, Rugged, and Staunch, are cut by hand from a slab of soap, so each one is unique in character and slightly rough around the edges.
9. Fear the Beard Socks
Fashion socks are hot right now, so why not give a pair that directly reflects the recipient’s bearded mug. You may see them as a gag gift. But there is no denying that these Fear the Beard socks ($10) will leave the wearer’s feet warm and toasty, with a touch of comical relief on the side. Of course, you could also go even further into White Elephant territory with Beardhead’s Barbarian Roadie hat.