Holiday Gifting Ideas for the Mindful, Conscious Gentleman

Holiday Gifting Ideas for the Mindful, Conscious Gentleman

Holiday Gifting Ideas for the Mindful, Conscious Gentleman

By: Mikka Wee

While it may come more naturally for women’s products to have more eco-friendly and sustainable options, there are also a number of brands that cater to the male market and share the same values, too! Read on below for some holiday gifting ideas that will surely put a smile on your guy pals’ faces. Perfect for all the men in your life—fathers, husbands, brothers, and bros. Check them out below!

1.  O’Douds Standard Pomade

Crafted in Brooklyn, New York, O’Douds is not one to compromise when it comes to the quality of its products. Made only using high-quality ingredients that are natural, cruelty-free, and vegan, O’Douds purveys men’s grooming items that are both good for the Earth and good for the user. I love how their tagline reads “Sensible Grooming for Sensible Humans”, and the pomades have been one of their bestselling products. A bit on the higher end at SG$28 a tub, but very much worth it.

Great for stylish and classic hairstyles, O’Douds Standard Pomade is pliable and keeps hair in place. Perfect for the men in your life who are extra particular about their locks—I know my husband is! Laced with an all-natural cedar citrus scent, O’Douds’s Standard Pomade contains no harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

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2.  Sustenir Kale Juices

Here’s a smart way to incorporate a bit of health into your man’s diet—through kale juice! Sustenir has a delicious range of kale juices to choose from: Pina Kaleada, Kaleribbean Kale, and Kale Yeah! Each one is packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Most of the men in my life are hardcore carnivores and will turn down any sort of vegetable item, but these delicious juices taste like a tropical treat. It’s also a great post work-out reward for those who like to sweat it out in the gym.

Each bottle retails for SG$4.90 at RedMart, and a bundle of three would do just nice for a festive care package.

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3.  Etta + Billie Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap

Most of the men in my life thrive on coffee, so a cold brew coffee-based soap is always a good gifting idea.

There are many brands out there that make their own cold brew coffee soap, but one brand that I particularly love is Etta+Billie. Crafted in small batches in San Francisco, California, their soap bars are 100% vegan and are made with 100% all-natural ingredients. I particularly love this Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap (SG$18), which is an all-around skin treat; all packaging used is made from 100% recycled materials, too!

Coffee oil adds a sensual, invigorating aroma to the skin, while the ground-up coffee beans act as a skin exfoliator. The hint of mint adds a splash of freshness and a cooling feel after a warm shower. I’ve obviously bought (and happily used up) a bar myself. Take it from me, this is one amazing soap that the guys in your life will truly appreciate.


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4. The Bulldog Bamboo Razor

Every man I know owns a razor, and this one by Bulldog Skincare not only has everything needed for a great shave, but it also sets itself apart from other razors in the market because of its focus on reducing its environmental impact. Introducing, the Bulldog Original Bamboo Razor (SG$13.72 for a razor with two 5-blade cartridges).

Get this—everything about this razor is made from fully-recycled stock. From its natural bamboo handle, to its un-chromed metal components—not to mention, the packaging—this is the true tool for a sustainably mindful shave.

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5. Indosole Men’s Flip Flops

If you have a higher budget to spare, a brand whose products I highly encourage you to consider is Indosole. With an idea inspired from Bali, the founders of Indosole created the most durable flip flops from recycled rubber tires, which are nearly impossible to decompose. Waste tires that sit in rivers and tropical countries can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, resulting to deadly diseases such as dengue fever and malaria.

Each pair of flip flops retails at SG$45 and comes in eight beautiful shades to choose from. Made responsibly, Indosole’s products are repurposed from rubber tires and are vegan, all-terrain, and are waterproof. It makes the perfect present for travellers and backpackers.


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I have to admit, writing this list on eco-friendly and sustainable holiday gift ideas for men was more challenging than I expected. While a lot of cruelty-free products are marketed more for the females, I’ve learned through putting this article together that there is so much room for male-focused brands to emerge and create more eco-friendly and sustainable products. Trust me, the world needs more of it.


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