Each year around this time Sharpologist tries to give you some holiday gift advice, either ideas for your own list or for giving to your favorite wet shaver. After looking back at this year’s reviews for the best stuff, plus some of our personal favorites, here’s our 2013 Holiday Season Gift Guide.
- A perennial Sharpologist recommendation is Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving – Sixth Edition, the Alpha and Omega of traditional wet shaving gear and technique in written form. Probably the easiest recommendation on this list.
- A somewhat-similar book from the UK is Sharp Practice: The Real Man’s Guide to Shaving. This book is slowing finding its way into the US market.
- The Art of Shaving is another popular book, though oriented more towards the “commercial” aspect of wet shaving.
- Two other books, A Closer Shave: Man’s Daily Search for Perfection and A Stiff Drink & Close Shave The Lost Arts of Manliness, offer a more leisurely, entertaining look at shaving.
- Finally, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man is a good gift for the newly-minted man for some essential life skills, including grooming.
Sharpologist previously looked at what is the best DE razor. Certainly the
- Edwin Jagger De89lbl and the
- Merkur Heavy Duty Double Edge Razor #34C are both very popular and easy recommendations.
- If you are looking for something more luxurious, consider the Feather All Stainless Steel Double Edge Safety Razor (AS-D2).
- On the other hand if you’re looking for “value-oriented” razors, the Parker 92R Heavyweight Double Edge Safety Razor or the Parker 99R – Long Handle Heavyweight Double Edge Safety Razor are well worth your consideration.
- And if you’re thinking of an adjustable razor there is the Merkur Progress Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor.
Even though it’s a few years old now, Sharpologist’s Shaving Brush Buyer’s Guide is still worth a look for reference.
- Recently we discovered The “Monarch” High Mountain White Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush from Wet Shaving Products. We’ve reviewed a WSP brush before and they are well-made and an excellent value.
- If you’re looking for one of the new generation of synthetic shaving brushes, the Frank Shaving Synthetic Silvertip Fibre brush is a good choice.
- If your need (or budget!) is more modest, the Omega “PRO 48” boar hair shaving brush is an inexpensive classic.
- Some unusual brushes to consider might include Art of Shaving’s Power Brush in Fine Badger and a brush made out of a revolver (Six Shooter Tactical Shave Brush).
Shave Soaps and Creams
- Some others worth looking at as gifts include Synergy Shaving Soap from howtogrowamoustache.com (superior ingredients, an extra-wide puck, and a low-cost-per-ounce make any of the available scents a great value),
- Castle Forbes (in Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, or Cedar/Sandalwood),
- DR Harris (Arlington, Marlborough, Almond, and Lavender–but avoid the “Naturals” line), and
- Trumpers (Violet is an unusual and excellent choice, though there are a number of other great scents) would all make terrific gifts.
- Shaveology’s shaving-related T-shirts
- Shaving Scuttles (cream or soap)
- Ursa Major Essential Face Toner
- Lynn Abrams World of Straight Razor Shaving DVD
Other Gift Suggestions?
Do you have suggestion of your own? Be sure to leave them as a comment!