Aftershave gifts for the man in your life

Caroline Cassidy

Whether he's the rugged, outdoorsy type or a metrosexual, why not treat your man to a little luxury this Christmas and splash out on some scent. Aftershave not only does a fine job of closing up those pores and cleaning any accidental nicks, it also keeps a man smelling fresh and fabulous.

Man putting on aftershave
Man putting on aftershave

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As always at this time of year, the shops are full of gorgeous fragrances, many of which include excellent little perks such as moisturiser and shower gels to match.

One of the best-selling men's fragrances is Paco Rabanne 1 Million - a 50ml bottle of the eau de toilette with shower gel from costs £34 and, though the scent offers nothing new, its warm, spicy aroma with a touch of freshness means it's fantastically popular and a great masculine smell for evenings out.

For a fresh, modern scent you can't go far wrong with Hugo Boss - Hugo Man is a classic fragrance with fruity top notes that settle into the woody aroma of musk and sandalwood. Buy one of the special edition packs from Debenhams and a tree will be planted in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, so you'll be doing your bit for the environment too.

Another fresh fragrance is Calvin Klein Euphoria for Men. With a hint of ginger and pepper, it's sexy enough for a night out but fresh enough for day-to-day wear. Spoil him with a 50ml eau de toilette with 100ml shower gel for £35.50 from The Perfume Shop.

Marc Jacobs Bang is likely to prove something of a must-have this Christmas too - with a woody yet spicy fragrance, it's an elegant and sophisticated scent that's still sensual... and the ultra chic bottle will please any stylish chap. The Perfume Shop have a fabulous gift set priced at just £34.99 (if you're quick) that includes a 50ml eau de toilette, a 75ml shower gel and a 75ml after shave gel.

Macho men may prefer Diesel's Only the Brave - you've more than likely seen the adverts and the clenched fist bottle is representative of this masculine scent. Top notes of lemon and mandarin give a freshness to the underlying leather and amber aromas. A 50ml bottle costs £36.50 from Boots but it's also available in 35ml and 75ml.

If you are looking for an every day fragrance, Acqua di Gio for Men by Armani provides the answer. This light, citrusy scent combines with added spice and woody aromas for a stylish yet casual smell. Amazon stock a 100ml eau de toilette spray for £42.

And should your man prefer a classic scent, Chanel Allure Homme is the one - it's a deep, sensual, oriental fragrance, perfect for confident men and special occasions. Available at Debenhams from £42 (but worth the money).