With the market for male grooming products booming, a wash bag makes a great gift. Cologne is very personal and giving a tube of age defending moisturiser could cause mild offence. But a stylish wash bag is not only thoughtful, but also a present that will get plenty of use on holidays and business trips.
It goes without saying a good wash bag needs to be practical and perhaps even waterproof, with room to fit all the essentials for a weekend or fortnight away. But today’s toiletry bags go well beyond just being functional. The shapes and sizes might be similar, but you can opt for fun, sporty, modish and luxe.
So if you are splashing out on a man who likes to travel in a pair of joggers or one who maintains a sense of sartorial style, even when flying long haul, choose one of our favourites and you’ll have this gift in the bag!
Gentlemanly style meets refined functionality with the Ted Baker Chocks wash bag. Crafted from tan leather this gorgeous bit of kit is embossed in a timeless croc effect and accented with metallic lettering. It opens with a top zip to reveal a spacious, navy lined interior with lots of pockets for small items, as well as bottles and lotions. But the real bonus here is large compartment at the base of the bag. Secured with zip-around fastening, it incorporates a net pocket and elasticated webbing straps to keep everything in its place.
Positively soaked in sartorial flair, the geometric Fenton wash bag from London label Otis Batterbee, offers the ultimate in modish style.
A mini work of art, this roomy wash bag is also extremely practical. Crafted from durable Nylon twill with an Art Deco inspired print, its lining is also waterproof and it boasts an internal pocket. Elegant finishing touches include a branded zip pull and Saffiano trim. A word of warning though, this is one you might not want to give away…
Constructed from genuine Harris Tweed in a signature herringbone weave, this timeless wool wash bag oozes quality and refinement. Complete with a sturdy gold-toned zip top fastening and faux leather trim, it opens up to reveal a spacious interior and its soft box design allows easy access to the toiletries tucked inside.
This stunning Cycling Jersey print wash bag from designer Paul Smith will certainly get you to the top of the ‘Best Present Buyer’ list! With the signature Paul Smith stripe trims on the side and its own Paul Smith dust bag, it’s clear this is an extravagant gift. The gold zip fastening is even finished with a tie-shaped pull. However, all this style doesn’t compromise its practicality. A black waterproof lining will contain any leaking toothpaste or lotions and a host of internal mesh slip pockets are perfect for storing little bits and bobs, like nail clippers and razor blades.
The Stanley brand is synonymous with the iconic knife and tools, but it has also brought its no-nonsense ethos to the world of wash bags. Its rugged canvas offering comes with a long pocket across the front – perfect for keeping razors safely stored! Practical and functional, as you would expect, but it’s also very stylish with its earthy colours, clean design and tan leather carry handle.