Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle
Helping to guide you in your Christmas 2021 gift purchases, we have selected a variety of lifestyle presents that make for premium gifts and stocking fillers which will appeal to anyone that appreciates high quality, consciously made goods, whether you are purchasing with family, friends or yourself in mind. As 2021 comes to an end, restrictions ease and travel resumes, our selection of Always in Colour books, vinyls, home fragrances and outdoor accessories are designed to help inspire in line with the changing seasons and coming end of year plans.
Igniting inspiration through snapshots of adventurous individuals and through the creative illustration of some of the biggest streetwear labels to date, our selection of Always in Colour books and magazines is designed to insight creativity chapter after chapter. For admirers of contemporary pop culture and the evolution of street styling, books such as Nike: Better is Temporary and Supreme’s self titled 352-page publication feature behind-the-scenes content and innovative insights into the legacy of each brand, whilst the black-on-pink edition of KAWS: What Party by Eugene Tsai is a comprehensive monograph of one of the most influential artists of all time; Brian Donnelly. If book ideas for outdoor orientated individuals is what’s needed, then Fred Beckley’s 100 Fav North American Climbs and The New Alpinism Training Log are designed to inspire beyond the remits of any home setting. Commemorating Yvon Chouinard’s illustrious legacy and Patagonia’s endless influence across the sustainable clothing market, books such as Let My People Go Surfing shares in the lessons and knowledge of ‘reluctant businessman’ Chouinard, whilst both Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Photography and 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless showcase a collection of photographs captured by the likes of Paul Dix, John Kelly, Jeff Johnson and Danny Moder.
If time spent reconnecting with loved ones in person or recovering after holiday celebrations is top of the list, our selection of Always in Colour electronic records will assist in creating the right atmosphere at home. For any music fanatic hoping to expand their horizons, our continually expanding vinyl collection focuses on UK and Europe based record labels which include the likes of Madrid based Analogical Force, Belgium’s WeME and independent Italian underground label Art-Aud. For an energetic vibe that will encourage enthusiasm for social occasions following the removal of social limitations, we would suggest anything from Analogical Force who are known for supporting artists who favour energetic backbeats and kaleidoscopic synths, whilst the Various Artists - Remixes - 3 x 12 inch from Clone Records is a special three-part release that celebrates the label’s 30th release and is packed with the sounds and visions of a handful of like-minded friends from near and wide.
In preparation for welcoming guests into your home or for use in creating a relaxing work environment, why not clear the energetic space and refresh your settings with Always in Colour home fragrances from the likes of Joe Lauder’s Satta, Los Angeles’ P. F. Candle Co. and the multifaceted Lola James Harper. For candle enthusiasts, 100% natural soy wax candles from P.F. Candle Co. are crafted to deliver a lengthy 40 to 50 hour burn time ranging in scents such as No. 07 Lavender and No.5 Watermelon & Chili, whilst linen sprays and car air fresheners are designed for quick and easy fragrances even whilst on the go. Inspired by wanderlust and narrated memoires, ideational fragrances from Lola James Harper turn to music, art and nomadic reference for inspiration, capturing the celebrated charm of coastal settings and favoured Parisian locales through candles such as Rue Saint Honore Air, Surf Shop and Vinyl Store, as well as through 50ml room sprays such as their Trufo Music Studio and Rue des Dames referencing scents. Renowned for its cleansing properties, the Satta Sage & Copal Incense is a sustainably sourced and naturally harvested fragrance that delivers an enlightened fragrance that is known for providing both health and spiritual benefits, whilst additional scents such as Copal, soothing Nag Champa and the brand’s Sukhsma Blend Incense are designed to work well with the brand’s Type A, B and C Incense Holders for maximised distribution across any living environment.
Alongside their premium soy wax and cotton wicked candles, such as the 270ml Pluviophile Rain Candle and Reculver GPS 12’ 0”E Candle, Margate-based Haeckels offers a revitalising selection of serums and skincare essentials to suit both varying necessities and seasons. Honouring their ‘healthy coastal living’ ethos through their conscious use of local botanicals, seaweed extracts and organic seed oils, cleaners such as the Bio Energiser & Broccoli Hair Cleanser, Bladderwrack & Fennel Hand Cleanser and the Algae Plump + B3 formula are focused in sharing the natural wealth of Margate’s highly diverse coastline. Natural vitamins sourced from seaweed alginate provide nourishing antiseptic qualities across essentials such as the Earth Marine Water + AHA 4% and the Eco Marine Extract Facial Cream, whilst their engineered Hydrating Beard Oil both hydrates and moisturises through the innovative use of Vitamin E and other antibacterial oils such as Neroli.
When it comes to buying for outdoor enthusiasts and keen travellers, versatile and hard wearing goods from brands such as B-Corp certified Klean Kanteen and coolbox pioneers Yeti are designed to combine durability with a refined sense of all-season, all-setting practicality. Our growing selection of Always in Colour drinkware includes stainless steel designs such as Klean Kanteen’s Classic 532ml Flask, the broader 946ml Vacuum Insulated Flask and the Wide Mouth 1900ml Flask, whilst other on-the-go drinkware accessories from the environmentally mindful brand includes the 473ml Straw Tumbler, the 473ml Brushed Stainless Steel Cups and the highly practical reusable Steel Straws - ideal for last minute stocking filler ideas. All of which are designed to help ensure maximised hydration, both hot and cold, whilst out enjoying the wonders of the natural world either as part of a group venture or whilst tackling a solo excursion. For those that enjoy cookouts and picnics, our collection of Always in Colour Yeti coolers includes both the PermaFrost™ insulated Roadie 24 Hard and Tundra 35 designs, whilst the go-between Yeti LoadOut 30 Go Box features pre-segmented compartments to help organise smaller items with ease. Over shoulder alternatives such as the Camino Carryall 35 Bag is perfect for pairing with Yeti drinkware such as the 20oz Rambler or the No Sweat™ 26oz Rambler Bottle. For those with beloved canine companions, give the gift of something special this festive season with help from Yeti pet accessories such as the double-wall non-insulated Boomer 4 Dogbowl or the EVA molded Trailhead Dog Bed.
With the same long-lasting, sustainable focus in mind, a trend that cannot be ignored this year is for gifting considered, well-made presents that will be appreciated and admired for years to come. Another option from gifting something brand new is to encourage the care of items your loved ones already own, which for any footwear lover means a good cleaning kit that will keep their favoured footwear looking fresh for longer. Jason Markk offers high quality cleaning goods that will encourage admiring glances from friends, acquaintances and strangers and are suitable for use both at home and whilst travelling. A perfect stocking filler for starting someone’s shoe-care journey, the compact Jason Markk Travel Kit is equipped with all of the essentials needed and is light enough to be carried whilst travelling, whilst Quick Wipes, Cedar Shoe Inserts and the Jason Markk Premium Microfiber Towel pair well with both the 8oz Premium Shoe Cleaner and Ready To Use Foam for those seeking a deeper clean.
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