9 best grooming gifts for him

Here are the pampering presents we know he'll love 

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From shaving soaps and serums to beard oils, fragrances and candles, whatever his grooming preferences, we’ve found something to suit. Take a look at our pick of the best grooming gifts.

1. Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet: £53 for Liberty

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This luxurious shaving gift includes the Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum packed with ingredients that work on hydration and inflammation – dehydrated, dry skin and irritation being two of the worst culprits for a poor shave. Simply apply before shaving and lather up into a low foam for a smooth and easy glide-on shave. The Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion is an instant soother, hydrator and protector that calms irritated skin – no redness, no rash, no ingrowing hairs. A high-end product with a corresponding price tag, but it's surprisingly concentrated so you don't need very much at all.

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2. Elemis Smooth Result Shave & Beard Oil: £22.50 for 30ml, Elemis

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Here’s one for any man, whether he's clean shaven or beardy. This can be used as a pre-shave smoother (just apply to clean, damp skin) to help the razor glide over the skin for a less irritated shave – avoiding shaving rash and redness. Or massage it into the beard for softer and more conditioned hair. A little goes a long way, as you only need four to five drops each time.

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3. Molton Brown Tobacco Absolute Single Wick Candle: £36 for 180g, Molton Brown

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As gift giving goes, candles are always a great choice. And this more masculine scented candle is a rich, warming blend of bergamot, grapefruit, cedarwood, nutmeg, rosewood, tobacco and leather. Perfect for cold winter nights inside.

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4. Marks & Spencer Darth Vader Gift Tin: £20, Marks & Spencer

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Any self-respecting Star Wars fan will appreciate this little slice of grooming fun. It includes a light sabre bubble bath wand, two shower gels and a Darth Vader keepsake tin to reuse after. May the force be with you on the 14th.

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5. Gucci Guilty Absolute Eau de Parfum: £54 for 90ml, Debenhams  

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This is one of those special occasion fragrances that only needs a spritz or two - you can easily over-do this scent and it's probably not one for every day at work. Having said that, it's a really beautiful gift, with a scent that most people will love. It's got a strong masculine aroma with its blend of rich leather, warming woods, luxurious patchouli and vetiver. A bottle design inspired by cigars and cognac, this is old-fashioned perfumery at its most refined.

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6. ESPA Men's Introductory Collection: £25, John Lewis

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If he's new to the idea of a skincare regime, or isn't tied to any particular brand, this starter set is great value for money. A face wash, a cleansing shave mud to prepare the skin for shaving, a post-shave rescue balm and a moisturiser makes up an easy 4 step routine to keep his skin glowing and in tip top condition.

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7. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: £38 for 30ml, Kiehl’s

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For the man who burns the candle at both ends, give his skin a little TLC with this award-winning anti-ager. He can use it at bedtime instead of moisturiser and it gives dehydrated, thirsty skin a long drink. It's a delicate oil, but doesn't feel greasy and is great if he gets dry skin from shaving too. You only need two to three drops a night, so it's surprisingly good value for money.

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8. Aromatherapy Associates The Refinery Shave Oil: £31 for 30ml, Mankind

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This multi-tasking oil can be used before and after shaving for a smoother, rash-free shave and then to calm irritated skin and put back in some nourishment. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, including rose hip seed oil to strengthen damaged skin and boost moisture in dry complexions, and anti-bacterial essential oils of patchouli, petitgrain and geranium. So if his skin is prone to a post-shave breakout, use this after shaving and the anti-bacterial oils can calm inflammation and reduce those hard to get rid of lumps and bumps.

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9. Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Shave Soap in Wooden Bowl: £22 for 100g, Look Fantastic

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If your man loves a good traditional shave, this beautiful wooden bowl is the grooming gift for him. Swirl a shaving brush round the bowl to pick up the creamy lather for a close wet shave. Refills of the soap are available, so the gift does last beyond one block of shave soap. Bergamot, lavender, vetiver and spicy cypress give this an exotic, uplifting scent - perfect for an invigorating morning shave.

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The Verdict: Valentine’s Day gifts for him

The Darth Vader tin is a must for Star Wars fans, while the Molton Brown candle will always be well received, even if he doesn't like lotions and potions. The Elemis Smooth Result works for clean shaven and bearded guys alike but it's the Aesop Shaving Duet that takes the top spot, as it had great results for calming irritated skin and gives such a smooth shave.

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