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Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts For Your Boyfriend

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Nov 4, 2020
Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts For Your Boyfriend

Take men's grooming to the next level with these beauty gifts

It’s not always easy choosing a gift for your boyfriend, one of your favorite people in the world. Especially when he refuses to give you any hints about what he wants, and is just incredibly difficult to shop for. Ugh, men. Sure, you could get your man a new video game or luxury watch for Christmas… but men’s grooming is having a major moment, and now is the time to be a little more original with gifting. Wouldn’t a face mask night be a little more fun? Or a beard gel that softens his bristles and makes kissing him more enjoyable? Okay, maybe that one is a present for both of you… but you should totally give your boyfriend the gift of beautiful skin and flawless facial hair for the holidays. And our Holiday Gift Guide is here to boost his men’s skincare and grooming routine! From exfoliants and cleansers to casual makeup, you and your man will be the most groomed and gorgeous couple at the virtual holiday parties with these beauty gifts for men.

Men Hydrating Lotion by Shiseido, $33

Men Hydrating Lotion by Shiseido
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Maybe your boyfriend isn’t exactly a skincare for men aficionado, and you want to start him off with something simple. Look no further than Hydration Lotion by Shiseido, which locks moisture into the skin for a radiant, recharged complexion. Because men deserving glowing skin too, okay? This lightweight, clear liquid may look simple on the outside, but don’t underestimate its strength. Made with Shiseido’s exclusive Damage Defense Complex to intensely hydrate and protect the skin’s moisture barrier, reduce irritation and redness, and protect against environmental stress - this lotion is exactly what your boyfriend needs to beat the woes of winter skin. It also contains Thiotaurine to fight excess oil, as men tend to have more sebum than women, and leaves the skin with a smooth and soft canvas that’s perfect for shaving. Or soothing the effects of razor burn, as the case may be! This easy-to-use hydrating lotion is a beautiful gift for a beautiful man, and you might even find yourself borrowing it every once in a while!

Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum by Biossance, $72

Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum by Biossance
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The real test of true love in a relationship? A shared passion for Retinol. And there’s no better Christmas gift than the anti-aging, exfoliating, acne-reducing, and glowing skin abilities from this powerhouse skincare ingredient. That being said, this Vitamin A derivative can be a bit intense, and it’s best to ease your boyfriend into the world of Retinol with a gentler version… like this serum by Biossance! Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum contains Bakuchiol, a plant-based Retinol alternative that delivers all the same benefits - including reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, fading of discoloration, and an increase in firmness - without the risk of redness or irritation. Add in Hyaluronic Acid for a serious moisture surge, and Niacinamide to significantly reduce dullness and even out skin tone, and you have the best Retinol alternative to help your boyfriend on his skin care journey. Don’t believe us? Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness loves the way this product enhances his skin, without causing flare-ups with his psoriasis - and over 90% of our MIRA community agrees that this Biossance serum is gentle, hydrating, and anti-aging.

Lip Balm by Mario Badescu, $8

Lip Balm by Mario Badescu
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There are plenty of iconic duos to celebrate during the winter - cookies and milk, trees and toys, you and your boyfriend in matching ugly Christmas sweaters. Sadly, dry lips and cold weather are not one of them. That’s why lip balm is the ultimate stocking stuffer to keep your man’s lips moisturized and kissable all season. Our top pick? This classic by Mario Badescu. The esthetician and salon owner was a man who really understood skin care, and this brand is all about going back to basics while protecting the delicate skin on your lips. Formulated with Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and antioxidant Vitamin E, just a bit of this creamy balm will provide the lips with hours of hydration and a smooth texture - without any of the dryness or flakiness that seems to happen overnight. The creamy vanilla scent doesn’t hurt either, while some MIRA reviews even say that it’s especially ideal for the cold winter months. Since your boyfriend may be reluctant to keep applying throughout the day, this long-lasting lip balm provides endless moisture for super-soft, sweet lips… and you’ll definitely want to meet him under the mistletoe!

Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar by Erno Laszlo, $38

Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar by Erno Laszlo
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While we’d normally cringe hard at the idea of washing your face with only soap and water, especially during the season of flaky skin, this cleansing bar is about to become your boyfriend’s new best friend. Simplicity is everything with men’s skincare, and all he needs to do is use this soap in the shower for all-over winter radiance. It’s formulated with Dead Sea mud, gathered from the lake of the same name and infused with 26 minerals to cleanse and nourish even the most acne-prone or dry sensitive skin. And that’s not all, let’s talk about exfoliation. Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar also contains charcoal to draw out dirt, oil, and toxins without drying out your pores, plus Glycerin for a moisture magnet that keeps skin hydrated for days. Glowing skin comes easy with this luxurious cleansing bar that gives a whole new meaning to “soap and water,” and not just on the face… but the entire body!

Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser by Boscia, $30

Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser by Boscia
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Okay, maybe the deep color of this face wash is more reminiscent of Halloween than Christmas - but it’s ideal for cleansing your boyfriend’s skin this season and restoring his natural radiance. Charcoal is a key ingredient for extracting impurities from the skin, even the dreaded clusters of blackheads that tons of men seem to get on their nose and forehead. And then there’s the oil, which always makes an appearance even on the most dry of winter days - as men tend to have much oilier skin than women. This Boscia cleanser features activated charcoal to absorb excess sebum and exfoliate, while Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid work together to improve the texture of the skin and give your boyfriend’s complexion a boost of brightness. Finding the right face wash for a men’s skincare routine is no easy task, especially as the dry and flaky skin increases with the cold weather, but this one will always leave him feeling refreshed, radiant, and ready to glow.

SkinClearing Blemish Concealer by Neutrogena, $10

SkinClearing Blemish Concealer by Neutrogena
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Blemishes are never fun, and even if you can’t convince your boyfriend to dip into a full-coverage concealer like tarte Shape Tape just yet...this 2-in-1 makeup and acne treatment product is a game-changer for any men’s grooming routine. Made with Neutrogena’s exclusive MicroClear® Technology, this oil-free concealer features acne-fighting salicylic acid to help your man say “bye, Felicia” to blemishes. Especially the pesky ones that seem to appear overnight, before your couple holiday photos or meeting your parents for the first time! SkinClearing Blemish Concealer doesn’t just contain medicine to fight off the most annoying breakouts, it also covers them up without looking cakey - as the color looks natural on anybody’s skin and leaves a fresh finish. No sparkles or blurring effects like an Instagram filter, as makeup for men is typically more on the subtle side. Since this concealer is only $10, you can get your boyfriend started on his men’s grooming routine without feeling guilty or breaking the bank - and Neutrogena is a cult favorite drugstore brand that the two of you will likely be bonding over a lot from now on.

Beard Wash Hydrating Wash by Billy Jealousy, $20

Beard Wash Hydrating Wash by Billy Jealousy
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Facial hair deserves extra attention, especially when your boyfriend is participating in No Shave November before the Christmas season begins. The perfect early holiday gift? This beard wash by Billy Jealousy. The ingredients read more like a men’s skincare product than a facial hair wash, infused with Green Tea Extract, Aloe, and gentle conditioners to detangle, deep clean, and soften the bristles. But that’s how you know it’s really effective at taming your boyfriend’s mane. The longer your man’s beard is, the more likely he is to get dead skin, food, and random objects stuck in it… causing annoying tangle and a look that’s more wild than sexy. And a regular shampoo and conditioner doesn’t always cut it, especially when you want him to look dapper for all the virtual Secret Santas and work parties. Let it snow and let it grow this season with this beard wash that’s definitely going to be a game changer in your boyfriend’s men’s grooming routine.

Balance It All™ Essentials Set by OLEHENRIKSEN, $36

Balance It All™ Essentials Set by OLEHENRIKSEN

“OleHenriksen is the best thing I have tried! The oil control line has salicylic acid and other AHA’s that are good for oily acne prone skin!” Blake left a glowing MIRA review for the Balance It All™ Essentials Set by OLEHENRIKSEN, and if it’s good enough for his gorgeous skin… it’s definitely good enough for your boyfriend’s Christmas present. This travel-size set features the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Balancing Force Oil Control Toner (a Desi Perkins favorite,) and Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator to keep oily or combination skin under control. These mattifying products are infused with a Green Fusion Complex™ (Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Algae, and Irish Moss Extracts) to absorb excess oil and minimize pores, and exfoliating AHA’s and BHA’s (Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids) to unclog pores and prevent breakouts. Balance It All™ is an entire men’s skincare lineup for one ultra-affordable price, making this one of our best holiday gift guide deals for your boyfriend!

Cover Click by Cover FX, $12

Cover Click by Cover FX
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Concealer is a holy grail makeup product that everybody needs in their beauty routine - regardless of age, style, or gender. And that includes your boyfriend, who may or may not have told you that he “doesn’t wear makeup.” That’s only because he hasn’t seen makeup quite like this! A medium to full coverage, creamy formula like Cover Click is the answer to tons of complexion issues - from dark circles and acne scars to hiding the odd blemish that appears seemingly out of nowhere. Since this creamy formula looks so natural, and can easily be blended out with the fingers rather than a makeup brush, your boyfriend will achieve complexion perfection without anybody even knowing that he’s wearing makeup. That’s the dream, right? Cover Click is a blendable, lightweight formula that conceals imperfections, and is even infused with Squalane to lock moisture into the skin. After you’ve gifted one to your boyfriend this season, you should totally get your own for concealing, contouring, and highlighting your best holiday makeup looks.

Face Buff Energizing Scrub by Jack Black, $30

Face Buff Energizing Scrub by Jack Black
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Holiday shopping for your boyfriend is all fun and games until you start stealing his facial scrub. Face Buff provides even the most dull skin with a boost of energy and vibrancy, as it’s designed to lift the deepest impurities from your skin for a smoother, brighter, and softer complexion. As your boyfriend (or let’s be honest, you!) lathers this scrub into the skin, the bamboo powder and mineral rich, eco-friendly granules help to unclog pores by removing dirt, oil, and dead skin - even when he hasn’t shaved in forever. It also features Licorice Extract and Allantoin to calm down and soothe even the most stressed skin, as Vitamin C fights free radical damage and brightens the skin for an A-list complexion. Seriously, just read up on the men’s skincare routine that Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evan use to get their glowing skin. It’s everything. Guys deserve to feel beautiful for the holidays, and this Face Buff Energizing Scrub from our Holiday Gift Guide will wake up the complexion while deep cleaning, hydrating, and brightening.

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