November 19, 2009

2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Shaving Stuff

When you're looking for a great shaving gift this holiday season for the men in your life, be it brother, uncle, father, son, or husband, you probably want to not only give a useful gift, but you also want to get the most bang for your buck.

There's so many choices for great shaving stuff at the store and on the web, that it can be hard to choose the best products, but we here at Shaving Stuff have spent all year using and reviewing the latest and greatest shaving accessories so you don't have to make a wild guess. For this year's gift guide, we're focusing on value - the products that work the best, for the best price.

Best Value Shaving Creams

creamocream.JPGAt the top of the list is Cremo Shaving Cream. For only $8, this shaving cream is a great value - it shaves well, smells good, and a single tube will last a long time. Pick up some Cremo for all the men you know!

speickshavecream.jpgSpeick Shaving Cream is another quality cream - I personally think it's the best smelling one, manly and earthy, with a hint of lavender - and I'm super happy with the shave I get from it. It's all natural, with beeswax and glycerin, leaving a smooth and happy face!

ErasmicMerkur.jpgOne of the favorite creams in my shaving cabinet is Erasmic. It's an old-school cream with a great, traditional scent and it lathers up into a thick cream once applied. At $6.50 a tube, it's also a bargain, considering the excellent shave it gives you.

Ingram.jpgLast, but not least, is Ingram. If you haven't tried Ingram Lather Shaving Cream yet, you're in for a treat! Made in the UK, Ingram has been around since 1932. It runs about $6.50 a tube, and is a solid, traditional-style shave cream, with a minty freshness to it.

Best Value Manual Razors

It's probably not a big secret that I'm a big fan of safety razors. The investment is initially more than your standard cartridge razor, but after that, buying double edged razor blades is pretty cheap. Here's my picks for best value in manual razors:

retrorazor.jpgRetroRazor offers modern versions of the old safety razors that lived for decades in nearly every bathroom medicine cabinet or drawer in America before the advent of the plastic disposable razor. The razors are well made, with a price point below that of my personal favorite, Merkur.

Merkur1.jpgThe Merkur feels great in the hand - solid and hefty, like a good tool should. It's a thing of beauty. I consider my Merkur an essential man's tool. It will be something you'll be proud to give as a gift, and will make a prized heirloom to pass down to the next generation.

Badger & Blade Straight Razor.jpg
Straight razors
are making a comeback. It takes some practice to get a great shave without worrying about slicing off a piece of your face, but I'm willing to bet that once you shave with one, you'll be the proudest man around!

There's plenty of cheap straight razors out there, but you'd be better served picking up a quality blade, like the Fromm Straight Razor or the Ultimate Pro 150 Straight Razor, to save on frustration with sharpening.

If you're looking for the ultimate in style for straight razors, and price isn't an issue, you've got to check out the Dovo 5/8" Carbon Steel Genuine Mammoth Razor. Sure, it's $579, but it's a collector's item - with a 20,000 year old mammoth tusk handle!

Best Value Electric Razors

For a solid performer, check out the Philips Norelco 7340 Men's Shaving System. At only $39, it won't break the budget, and it will last for many a shave - Philips makes great razors.

Stubble Trimmer.jpgKnow anyone who's rocking the stubbly, five o'clock shadow look? The your best bet is the Philips Norelco QT4021 Stubble Trimmer. Priced at only $35, this razor runs on a charge or on a cord, and has a well-designed length settings adjustment. I use it when I'm drawn to the well-trimmed beard look, and the removable guide lets you trim sideburns with ease.

Vortex.jpgThe Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver is a step up in price, but you can take it in the shower with you, plus the built in cleaning system keeps the razor in top shape. It runs about $115 - well worth the price.

BraunPulsonic.jpgIf you want to invest in the ultimate shaving gadget for the man in your life, you'll want to take a look at the Braun Pulsonic. The Clean & Renew System automatically cleans, lubricates, dries and charges the shaver at the touch of a button, giving the feel of a brand new razor everyday, and it shaves close ( with 10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers.

Best Value Manscaping Razors

When it comes to manscaping and trimming of excess body hair, two razors have risen to the top.

bodygroom200.jpgThe first is the Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver. It trims and shaves hair from chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders, and can even be used in the shower! The Bodygroom can be used with length guides for precision trimming, or without, to remove all of the hair. It runs about $33.

The other top pick in manscaping razors is the Braun bodyCruzer. It combines a Braun electric precision trimmer to shorten hairs and a Gillette blade for a clean and comfortable shave anywhere on the body. Also waterproof, with up to 50 hours of shaving on a single charge, it runs $59.99.

Here's to happy shopping, and if you have any other gift suggestions, please leave us a comment!

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Posted by Derek Markham at November 19, 2009 11:54 AM
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