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Pomp & Co. Wash bag (?44.99) and Signature Scent (?56)

A family-run company who decided on the path less travelled - a journey three generations in the making - Pomp & Co. produce authentic, classic and very usable grooming products, whatever your style. Originally envisioned by master barber and Dublin ledge, Sammy Donnelly in 1947, his original formulations were renowned for their fragrance. The fragrance is still a winner, the Signature Scent a cool addition to any chap's routine. Loving the herringbone tweed wash-bag too.


Prizefight Whiskey (?49.99, at Celtic whiskey Shop, Dublin 2)


Another whopper of an Irish product worth thinking about this Chrimbo - this time with an American twang - Prizefight Irish Whiskey ... Distilled and bottled in the Rebel County, finished in American rye barrels - incredibly complex, smooth, mellow ... a great gift for the whiskey connoisseur (who isn't these days?) worth wrapping and unwrapping.


Santa Maria Novella Before and After Shave Cream (?41, at Santa Maria Novella, Dublin 2)

Literally, the cr'me de la cr'me, the mouthfulsome Novella Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella has been creating heavenly products for earthly bodies in Italy since the thirteenth century. The dual-purpose cream works as balm and moisturiser, and is lightly scented with the clean essence of pomegranate, borage, sweet almond oil and calendula blossoms grown specially for the brand. Turns shaving into something to look forward to.


Tom Ford Noir Extreme (?85, at Boots)

A warm, layered and comfortably confident new scent from the men's style maker of the age. Noir Extreme is an amber drenched, woody, oriental fragrance with a jasmine heart. Think mandarin oil, neroli, saffron, cardamom and nutmeg, all of which makes it the perfect winter fragrance. The other thing about Noir Extreme is its staying power, a couple of sprays under the shirt collar will slow release through the day.



Regatta Great Outdoors Landman Parka (?110, at stores nationwide)

This hugely versatile, not to mention modish, parka is a shoe-in for any man's sartorial repertoire. It's not often you get practicality (it's 100% waterproof and keeps sharp breezes at bay too), style (loving the fishtail detail at the back), and affordability in the one pachage but the Landman is?all these things and the kind of coat you might make a long-term attachment to.

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