06.His and hers
Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover ($39.95/15g) For a mineral foundation without a long list of ingredients and preservatives, Nude by Nature stands out. Its coverage score and ease of application, among other things, ranked among the best in our user trial, up against Elizabeth Arden, MAC, and Revlon. It retails in most Target stores at $39.95 for a 15g jar and $14.95 for its brush. Jump to Nude by Nature website - you might be able to score a free trial if you're thinking of buying this for yourself. Read the full report on mineral foundations.
Nivea for Men Cooling Gel ($7.99 for 75ml) Trialists who used this product in our 2008 user trial rated it above the more pricey Biotherm and Clinique. Our male trialists said it had a thin texture and that their skin felt smooth or soft after three days of use. The X-factor the Nivea has is its high absorption rate, as reported by our male trialists. It was the second-cheapest product on trial. It's widely available at supermarkets and pharmacies, so it's one cheap, fast and good gift you can grab last minute. Read the full report on men's moisturisers.
Philips Coolskin HS8020 ($200) The Coolskin was rated highest for rotary shavers overall and scored well for ease of use. Our trialists reported looking ‘clean-shaven’ after using this shaver on one-day growth. It's perfect for frequent flyers as it's very light compared to the other rotary shavers on trial. However, it had no trimmer and requires eight hours to charge for 30 minutes of use. The upside: its price has dropped since we conducted this user trial in 2008. You can now get it at $129.
Body fat scales
Visage Body Analyzing 4527 ($20) The scales measures water, bone and muscle compositions. This is definitely one of the best Christmas gifts you can give or receive after all that festive feasting. It's only $20 with a practical black (sleek looking as well) slate. It has the same overall score as the more pricey Soehnle Body Balance Shape ($170) but is ahead with what's important: price, body fat and weight accuracy. The catch: you can only find it at Aldi. Read the full report on body fat scales.
Wahl Supa Dry ($80) Don't diss this dryer for its pink look (you can get it in purple too). Among the14 hair dryers we trialled in a user test, the Wahl wowed the trialists with its easy to read and use functions. It ranked third in the user test but is our best buy because it has all the functions you need (ionic, ceramic, volumiser) to primp your tresses for a big night out. Read the full report on hair dryers.