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Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle

Helping to guide you in your Christmas 2020 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 2020 comes to an end but restrictions continue, online shopping has become paramount for choosing special items to gift with love and care. Taking this into consideration, we have gathered an assortment of our favourite items as suggestions that will assist in your selections and bring ease to holiday shopping this year. 

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

Encouraging New Year planning and fantasies about the removal of travel restrictions, our library of books and magazines is sure to ignite inspiration for a brighter year ahead with publications that present imagery taken around the world, from snow-capped peaks, to cosy cabins and snapshots of adventurous individuals exploring the great outdoors. Inspiring time spent home and away, the Gestalten Rock The Shack; The Architecture of Cabins Cocoons and Hide-Outs Book presents a beautiful selection of homes ranging in all shapes, sizes and materials with striking interiors that will either influence friends and family to begin a DIY overhaul or induce holiday planning. For any keen creative or nature-enthusiast, the hardback Gestalten The Outsiders; New Outdoor Creativity Book demonstrates the benefit of time spent in nature, especially when equipped with high quality hand-picked products which feature throughout the book. If lockdown hasn’t inspired any new fitness goals, the thought of a New Year may kick start a new regime which can be influenced further by the notes and guidance of Steve House and Scott Johnston through their two-part Alpinism training-themed reads which help to coach you during any mountaineering goal - not for the faint hearted, but inspirational nonetheless. To keep note of your travel wishlist or fitness progress, stationary specialists Field Notes are known for their superior, USA made notebooks which celebrate the process of analogue note-taking over screen-based systems, making them a reliable, creative necessity when it comes to keeping track of New Year intentions. We recommend the special edition Wilco x Field Notes Box Set - 6 Pack for colour lovers or for those more classically inclined the Field Notes Mixed Notebooks offers different paper types in one set.

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

If time spent reconnecting with loved ones in person or recovering after holiday celebrations is top of the list, our selection of electronic records will assist in creating the right atmosphere at home, whether solo or with friends. For any music fanatic hoping to expand their horizons, the vinyl collection at Always in Colour 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. 

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

In preparation for future social events and welcoming guests into your home, why not clear the energetic space, and refresh your setting with home fragrances such as a diffuser or Satta’s range of incense. Encouraging everyday rituals and the creation of a welcoming environment, each of Satta’s fragrances have been made using sustainably sourced, natural ingredients and will bring a rich scent to a bedroom, living room or bath time experience. Renowned for its cleansing properties, the Satta Palo Santo Incense includes Palo Santo wood sustainably harvested from tropical forests of Ecuador and delivers an aromatic fragrance that is known for providing health and spiritual benefits - the sticks themselves can be burnt at different intervals with slow burning smoke for use during a New Year ceremony when you want to remove any bad vibes and enhance creativity. Similarly, the Satta Nag Champa Incense and either of the artisan-crafted Satta Sage & Copal Incense and Satta Copal Incense packs has been designed to address the different layers of energy in any given setting, delivering enlightenment and energised blessings - certainly something we could all hope for more of in 2021.

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

When it comes to buying for jet-set fans or adventure addicts, versatile, travel-friendly goods are key and brands such as Klean Kanteen and Yeti offer go-to gifts built with durability and practicality in mind. As accompanying items for upcoming excursions, a focus on achieving robust, long-lasting finishes is notable from either brand who are known for their strong connection and appreciation for the environment, proven through selected manufacturing and production techniques. The wide selection of drinking utensils on offer will allow you to kit out any loved one with premium essentials with simplistic, material-focused aesthetics - which are extra helpful in not making any errors when it comes to colour or print! For daily use during the commute and dog walks we’d suggest the smaller Klean Kanteen Classic 946ml Vacuum Insulated Flask with a brushed steel finish and screw top lid, which also has its place on a home-office desk thanks to its sleek and simple design. For more family-orientated activities the larger Klean Kanteen Classic 1900ml Insulated Flask can be used for hot or cold beverages, making it a generously sized year-round essential for the beach, park or car journeys. Looking ahead to summer, any keen social host that prides themselves as the BBQ king or queen will appreciate Yeti’s ethos for creating ice chests, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware and soft coolers that can withstand repetitive use at home or away, making their goods essential for use in social situations throughout the year. If you’re looking to buy an impressive statement gift for your nearest and dearest, any of the Yeti Hard Coolers will go down well with those wanting to keep drinks and food cool when outdoors, whilst the Yeti Rambler Mug 14oz in either black or stainless steel have a curved carry handle for securely carrying hot and cold drinks and food when on the move.

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

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 creps looking fresh for longer. Jason Markk offers high quality cleaning goods that will encourage admiring glances from friends, acquaintances and strangers and can be used by both experienced cleaners or novices. A perfect stocking filler for starting someone’s shoe-care journey, the compact Jason Markk Travel Kit is equipped with all of the essentials and is light enough to be carried on the move, encouraging prep for your giftee - or yourself - to look their best whilst reentering the world in style following the celebrations of the New Year. 

Christmas Gift Guide: Lifestyle | Always in Colour

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