10 last-minute grooming gifts for Father’s Day

Don’t know what to get your dad for Father’s Day this year? Well, here are 10 bulletproof grooming gifts he’s bound to like. 

Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, £83. Trad and yet uber-modern thanks to the colours (there are 10 different ones to choose from) this safety razor is great for eco-aware dads as it says goodbye to plastic. edwinjagger.co.uk 

Aesop Adventurer Roll-Up, £45. A super stylish collab with Christopher Raeburn this roll-up pouch features pocket-sized hand essentials including a cleansing gel, evaporative mist and hydrating balm. Perfect pandemic protection for papas. aesop.com

BaByliss Super-X Metal Series Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer, £25. It might not be the most glamorous gift but it’ll certainly be the most useful one your old man will ever have and is the best quality trimmer I’ve ever tried. BaByliss.co.uk 

Miller Harris La Fueille Eau De Parfum, £160 for 100ml. I wrote about this for the Miller Harris website recently and totally fell in love with it its green, horticultural heart notes of ivy, tomato leaf and fig. Perfect for keen gardeners.

Bolin Webb 10th Year Anniversary ‘Racing Green’ Razor with stand, £90. British, award-winning, stylish AF. What’s not to love? bolinwebb.com

Eco Warrior Total Works Gift Pack, £27. As the name suggests, this six bar soap pack from the Little Soap Company has everything a dad into ethical grooming might need. littlesoapcompany.co.uk

Halston Z-14. Like your dad, Halston’s classic fragrance for men is an oldie but a goodie. I wrote about why it’s so good for Robb Report but let’s just say that truly great fragrances never go out of fashion. fragrancedirect.co.uk

Heath X Liam Mertens Washbag Set, £44. Exclusive to Anthropologie this trio of skincare essentials from one of my favourite grooming brands, Heath, comes with packaging designed by up-and-coming artist Liam Mertens and is housed in a cool vegan leather washbag. anthropologie.com

Barber Pro Foot Peel, £7.95. Featuring a raft natural botanical extracts to remove dead, rough and unsightly skin, this is the perfect product for ensuing your father avoids any foot faults this summer. barberpro.com

Harry’s Shave With Pride Set, £28. Launched for Pride month this cool-looking shaving set, with its unique irridescent rainbow razor, not looks the biz – it helps raise money for LGBTQ+ youth too. Because not all dads are straight right? harrys.com

[Press samples of some, but not all, of the products listed here were provided for review purposes]

Harry’s razors: born in New York, engineered in Germany, finally available in the UK

In the same way that a handful of supermarkets dominate the food market, the world of shaving has been monopolised by just a handful of big bucks corporate giants with a grip on the market tighter than your grip on their handles whilst shaving. They have had us,  if not by the short and curlies, then certainly by the fluff on our chins, for decades. Thankfully, things have changed in the last few years as increasingly savvy men seek out cheaper  – but equally as effective – brands that challenge the razor monopoly with money-saving subscription services that suit, not only customers’ pockets, but their increasingly time-poor lifestyles too.

The latest company to fill this need in the UK is New-York based Harry’s. Already well established Stateside, where they’ve been part of the shaving scene since 2013, the company perfectly chimes with the times and with the changing way in which we shop for our grooming gear. Harry’s mission is very simple: to offer high quality razors, delivered to your door and at a fair price. According to the founders, their leading competitors offer products with an average blade price of £3 whereas theirs come in at just £1.75 – a pretty hefty saving, not just for anyone on a budget but for all of us who’d rather spend our hard-earned dosh on other stuff (beer, holidays, generally having a good time).

I’ve been lucky enough to have met one of the brains behind Harry’s, the affable Jeff Raider (the one with the specs in the pic to the right), on several occasions and his enthusiasm for the brand is genuinely infectious, not least because the germ of the idea for Harry’s came about from genuine outrage about how men are taken advantage of by behemoth razor companies.

In an attempt to tackle this ‘injustice’, he joined forces with pal Andy Katz-Mayfied to create a flexible razor subscription service that offers a great shave at a fraction of the cost and removes the hassle of having to navigate a supermarket or chemist in the process. As well as some cool looking, ergonomically designed, handles featuring top-notch blades (they’re made in Germany in a factory owned by Harry’s) there’s also a superb ancillary range, featuring everything from Shave Cream and Face Wash to Face Lotion and an extremely good aloe-rich Post Shave Balm which, keeping with the value-for-money theme, ranges in price from just £4-£7.

If you fancy giving Harry’s a go you can try their free trial set which includes a razor, shave gel and travel for the price of delivery (just £2.95). You can then subscribe to one of their Shave Plans so new blades pop through your letterbox just when you need them.  As well as the economic advantage this subscription service is totally flexible, allowing you to modify or pause your plan depending on your needs,which makes it great for guys who occasionally like to mix things up by rocking some stubble or sporting a beard.

The big question, of course, is ‘are they   any cop?’ Well, even though I have a beard (or an approximation thereof) I still use a razor on a regular basis to give it definition and to shave my cheeks (no jokes please) and the Harry’s razor is as good as anything I’ve ever used. Plus, they come in a range of fab designs and cool colours so, at that price, what’s not to love?

For more info check out harrys.com