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By Erin Williams

They steal your face wash, but wouldn’t be caught dead in a Sephora. You can stock them up so they won’t ever have to tell their secrets –

For the guy who doesn’t like anything that could ever be confused as belonging to you, Nivea’s Premium Face Care Set with CD Case takes the focus off of skincare and combines it with music – throw in a Dave Matthews CD and you’re set. The skincare will slip by him and we’re not talking froofy stuff here – Shaving Gel, Fresh Cooling After Shave Balm, and Revitalizing Lotion Q10 with SPF 15. Okay, you might have a little trouble with that last one, but just tell him it’s “cream” for his face. He’ll never be the wiser. www.nivea.com

For those more comfortable with their masculinity, pile on the products with Jack Black’s On-the-Road Travel Pack. Beard Lube Conditioning Shaving Lotion, All Over Wash, Face Buff Energizing Scrub, SPF 20 Moisturizer, Hand Healer, and Lip Balm. They’re all wrapped up in a smart black travel bag. You will have a partner in crime on the “I have to pack 10 things for the weekend!!” front. www.nordstrom.com

Know right now that this is one you’ll want to steal. With a Body Lotion, Buffing Soap for the feet, and the most amazing Foot Butter you will ever set your sights on, Davies Gate’s Holiday Sets are packaged in a retro red suitcase with a vintage Santa card. Go with masculine scents like Allspice or Seeds and Grains and you’ll still sneak over and borrow. www.daviesgate.com

This little guy is amazing!! My boyfriend single handedly went through one of these all on his own. I had to go and get another for myself! DermaNew’s Crystal Resurfacing Soap is a microdermabrasion bar for the body that is an incredible exfoliator. It doesn’t strip your skin. There’s a handle that makes for easy work in the shower. www.dermanew.com

For athletic boys there’s the Active Musclease Kit from Elemis. The box is a present all by itself with its hand-woven lime and turquoise silk and intricate beading. He’ll probably use it for his change. Sigh. Anyhow, inside is an Aching Muscle Super Soak, Musclease Active Body Concentrate for aching joints, Sharp Shower Gel for a boost, Devil’s Mint Body Scrub, Instant Refreshing Gel, and an Elemis Towel. It’s sure to help him unwind and recharge his hopes of the NBA. www.elemis.com

Okay, sorry Dad, but I’ve got to tell. My father walks around the house in one of two things – either these seriously beat up slippers that have been around as long as I have, or black socks and Birkenstocks. I kid you not. We need to do something about it. Penhaligon’s Gentlemen’s Travel Slippers are made of the softest black or tan leather and are soooooooooo much cuter that anything else your dad probably has. It’s true in my house anyhow. www.penhaligons.co.uk

You love him so hook him up with some fancy things he’d never buy for himself!

Originally published December 2004
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