Just look at yourself: Shaving with a razor you bought at the drugstore, keeping it in the same plastic cozy it came with, shoving it unceremoniously into a medicine cabinet or, worse, a drawer when you're finished. If your ancestors were around to see this, they'd beat your patchy hide with a shaving mug. Art of Shaving recognizes that just because shavers live in a modern, plasticized world, it doesn't mean their shaving kit needs to be reduced to another throw-away toiletry. Love the closeness of your Gillette Fusion's shave but hate the handle that looks like it was stolen from a high school locker room? Art of Shaving has ivory, chrome and engraved handles that will take your cartridges. Still won't give up on the Mach 3 despite Gillette's best efforts to pry it out of your hands? The website has handles for that, too.
Not only does Art of Shaving supply the brushes, straight razors, safety razors and shaving stands you'll need to turn your loved one's shaving kit into a bathroom shelf showpiece, but it sells full sets and gift packs just to get them started. Stop reducing shaving to a chore and start making it what your forebears always knew it to be: A feel-good luxury. Ball and Buck
Imagine what Cabela's ( CAB) or Bass Pro Shops would look like if a bunch of New England boarding school kids got ahold of them, moved them to Boston and scaled them down to a boutique of high-end items for the Financial District sportsman. That's about the size of Ball and Buck, where $310 $310 Danner boots and a $150 Blue Ridge utility knife are essential hunting gear and a $1,000 turntable and $500 headphones are key to the sporting experience. You get the feeling that the last time Ball and Buck shoppers went hunting, it was for whale belts while summering in Martha's Vineyard. But fun little accessories such as their tiny split-pea lighter and P-38 can opener make great stocking stuffers for any day-trading fan of the outdoor life.