This week really is all about Christmas on the blog, and I'm pretty sure that we won't be shutting up about the silly season for a while yet! Sinéad's already done a Beauty gift guide for the girls, but if you have a guy that is difficult to buy for, I'm hoping that this selection might offer some relief and guidance.
1. Cologne may be a bit of a clichéd gift for men, but let's face it, most lads don't really buy it for themselves, and if it's a good quality one, they'll hardly complain! Issey Miyake l'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Sport (€53 for 50ml) is a gorgeous cologne - distinctive without being too heavy or obstructive, so it's a pretty safe one for your dad, boyfriend/husband or brother. Both Sinéad's and my boyfriend wear this quite often, so it comes highly recommended from us!
2. This week, temperatures have dropped in Ireland, and I doubt they'll be picking up again any time soon. Again, it might be a bit of a clichéd gift, but a plain, good quality wool jumper will look great on guys of all ages, and they usually appreciate them in my experience! If you can stretch to it, Ralph Lauren and Lyle & Scott do beautiful ones, but if your budget's a bit tighter, this one from Next, €34, is great quality and comes in a variety of colours.
3. It's a total myth that women love chocolate more than men do. My little brother is obsessed with hot chocolate, and when I put this in his stocking a couple of years ago, he was absolutely delighted! Butler's Hot Chocolate at Home is decent value at €3.95, not to mention perfect for the festive season!
4. My family are quite traditional in that we usually make sure to give some kind of book as part of our gifts. My top pick this year for both girls and guys actually comes from a Dublin blog that I've been reading avidly for the last couple of years. Come Here to Me! Dublin's Other History contains anecdotes and facts that are often fairly left-of-field about the history of Dublin. Better still, it's Irish. €19.99 from bookshops in December.
5. It can be kind of difficult to encourage men to take care of their skin, so, adding in some kind of product as part of their pressie might encourage good habits! My boyfriend's been trialling Bulldog Anti-Ageing Moisturiser for a month or two now. It was kind of hard to get out of him why he actually liked it... 'er...it's not sticky'...but he definitely did. €12.99, from BeautyFeatures.
6. Continuing on in the vein of skincare, a lot of guys I know really love using exfoliating scrubs (my brother is constantly stealing mine), but it isn't usually something they'd pick up on a whim for themselves, so why not give one as a gift? I was sent the Clarins Men Exfoliating Scrub (€25.50) , and both my dad, brother and myself all used it and loved it! It leaves the face feeling amazingly clean, plus you only need to use a tiny amount at a time, which makes it well worth the extra money.