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Beards are definitely having a moment. And that’s OK by me, because I’m not sure I ever met a beard I didn’t like. I’ll go so far as to admit that I’m kind of really into the whole lumberjack thing that’s going on right now–extra points for a man bun!–even though it is sparking some oddball trends (see fellow below.) Yes, dudes are putting flowers in their beards. They’re also hanging ornaments from their beards, and even making beer from their beards. But whether your favorite beard is that of a hipster lumbersexual, dear old Dad or Santa himself, every bearded man deserves to put his best face forward this holiday season. So, I give you, my favorite holiday gifts for guys with beards!
Like this dude…
Or this one, below. That’s my dad. A beard guy for as long as I can remember. The beard has changed shape and color over the years, and it even disappeared a time or two, but it always came back. Good ol’ reliable dad beard…and now it’s a grandpa beard! Best darn one ever, and it deserves a little pampering, too (even if he isn’t as high maintenance as Mr. Marigold up there.)
So, for all the beard-sporting men in your life, a gift with a personal touch that’s just the right balance of rugged and refined…
The star of this show is the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300, a stubble and beard trimmer, delivering superior trimming performance with lithium ion power. The stubble comb is designed to create that sought-after perfect stubble (come on, ladies…we all know how important that is!) The feature I really dig is the integrated vacuum system that captures hairs for less mess guaranteed – also SO important, am I right? Ain’t nobody got time for cleaning up all those little hairs…
But the gift doesn’t end there. A really good quality beard trimmer only gets better when it’s paired with a few other fun finds from Target, like a red flannel lumberjack-inspired bag to store it in, along with an outdoorsy magazine (we chose The Backwoodsman), a balaclava to keep that bearded face warm in the low temps, and a cute little deer friend for the tree.
Because cuteness and beards are a natural match.
And finally, a DIY essential oil beard balm to add a handmade touch to your gift.
What’s a beard balm?
Beard balm is basically a conditioner that helps tame a beard. It moisturizes and helps a beard stay styled and manageable. Most contain some kind of butter, like shea or cocoa, and an oil like coconut or almond. Another important ingredient is beeswax that seals and softens a beard. A healthy beard is important not only for the sake of appearance, but also because good beard care reduces the risk of reduce beard rash and itching. (Source: Beardaholic)
In creating my beard balm, I chose to go with Vetiver essential oil. We keep it in our collection of oils because we find that it provides great calming and relaxing effects, but it also has an earthy, woodsy aroma that is perfect for that manly man you’re gifting.
Just a drop or two will do. It’s pretty strong, so go light. All you’ll need is a small stainless steel tin or glass jar and the ingredients listed below, most of which you can find on Amazon.
Yours may turn out a slightly different shade of yellow than mine, as I only had a little piece of beeswax on hand. If you have a candle warmer, I highly recommend using it to melt your ingredients together. Boiling is a no-no, and using a lower heat level will ensure you don’t damage all those great qualities in your natural oils and butters.
- 2 ounces Shea butter
- 1 ounce of Beeswax
- 2 ounces of sweet almond oil
- 2 drops vetiver essential oil
- small tin (2–3 ounces or 2 2-ounce tins)
- Place butter and beeswax into a small tin and place on a candle warmer. (A double boiler or pan on the stove over very low heat may also be used.)
- Watch ingredients closely to avoid overheating. Allow them to melt and blend together, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Once solution is liquidy, remove from heat. Stir in almond oil and 1-3 drops essential oil, working quickly before balm solidifies. Stir until well blended. (If using a pan, pour balm into tins.)
- Allow balm to cool.
Add some flower petals or a sprig of pine inside the balm tin to make it look more festive and gift-worthy. It’s pretty, and adds a little bit of scent (plus, it’s easily removed before use.)
Look for the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300 at your local Target in the aptly named Power Grooming Shop, near Pharmacy and HBC.