Wednesday, 09 June 2021 15:38

A Conscious Gift Guide for Father's Day

These sunny days may feel longer but, in a blink of an eye, it will be Father's day. Before it is too late, we have wrapped an ethical gift guide with plenty of ideas to make your dad feel special every day.

Gifts for father's day. Ph. Matthew Hery, BurstPhoto by Matthew Henry, Burst

For our Father's day gift guide 2021 edition, we browsed the net for the most ethical, customisable, and practical ideas for your dad.

Fashions Finest team travelled the globe to find the finest natural ingredients for unprecedented sensorial experiences and ancient secrets to enrich your dad's wellbeing routine to came back to the UK for refined and customisable gift sets. We are sure to make your Father's day 2021 memorable.

Lifestyle And Customisable Gifts

If d.i.y. is not your cup of tea but you still want something unique for your dad, here are some customisable and refined options for you.

Emma Alington

Emma Alington's handmade ceramics, made in the UK

Whether your dad is a tea person or not, you can think about a bespoke container for him and later about his brew. Emma Alington is a synonym for top-quality British ceramics counting a list of well-established partners of the likes of Fortnum & Mason, Missoma, Katie Leamon, Boots and University of the Arts London. Emma Alington established her ceramic studio in Berkshire in 2003, becoming a leading expert in modern luxury ceramics. The beauty of the glossy fine bone china of the 'Classic' range finds a playful twist in her 'Dots' and 'Stripes' ranges. We are sure you will love the customisable options to upgrade your dad's mug with a posh gold rim or with his initials with Emma Alington's online bespoke service. The mug price starts from £20 for the 'Classic' collection.

Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspaper, Newspaper Gift Set for father's day

In the '50s, you would have seen a typical dad sinking in the armchair reading his newspaper and having a sip after work. Newspapers are everyday goods, of course, but we dare you to consider them for a surprising father's day gift idea. Historical Newspapers is the world's largest archive with more than 3 million newspapers going back in time to over 100 years. And then? Find the UK newspaper of your choice and select a meaningful date. Every newspaper can be personalised with the name of the recipient or a special message on the opening page. Not exciting enough? The Newspaper Gift Set is the ultimate idea for father's day: the gift includes your newspaper and a bottle from a selection of single malt or 12-year old whisky, brandy, champagne, red and white wines. Both newspaper and bottle label can be personalised and they are ready to be gifted, presented in a luxury double satin-lined gift box. Starting from £49.99.

Historical Newspapers gift ideas are intriguing and genuinely unique as well as fun to customise.

Taskmaster - The Board Game
Taskmaster - The Board Game for the family, Smyths Toys

Your dad is a big child, in the end. Play with him - and maybe let him win - with Taskmaster (£19.99). Based on BAFTA-winning Channel 4 TV show hosted by Greg Davies and his assistant Little Alex Horne, this board game will bring hours of fun for the whole family, your dad and his friends.

Refocus Bands

Refocus Bands - motivational wristband

A gift and motivation in one. Refocus Bands 'You Got This' wristband (£8) is an original accessory that hides an uplifting message designed for those who 'refuse' to give up.

Find Me A Gift

FindMeAGift Superman Mug Father s day

Do you need a last-minute gift? FindMeAGift has got a funny answer with this 'flying' Superman Mug with Cape (£12.99). This is going to be loved by DC fans and dads with a nice dose of humour.

Skincare

Men do not pay so much attention to their appearance. Absolutely false... especially for those men with a beard to take care and be proud of! A pampering gift for him is more than welcome but we care about what we use. Our choices are multipurpose and sustainable skincare powered with natural ingredients from around the globe.

Aviela

Aviela, sustainable skincare with 100% pure shea butter

Show how much you care about your dad with the 'Nature's Miracle': 100% pure, unrefined shea butter. Aviela, a UK black-owned brand, uses exclusively unrefined shea butter harvested and produced by Women’s Cooperative in Ghana. The handmade process ensures the anti-inflammatory property and its content in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins are as high as found in the pod. We picked some daily essentials for your dad from the Aviela collection: the African Shea Black Soap (£14), with unrefined shea butter and cocoa pod ash, deeply cleanses face and body skin with a final smooth touch. The Pure Shea Butter (£14-30) - a head-to-toe, heavy-duty butter - hydrates and calms even the most sensitive skin. The airy and melting texture delivers a super luscious and pleasant sensation. To conclude this caring set, the Foot Shea Butter (£19) will give instant relief to tired and dry feet. Unrefined shea butter does its magic job with the help of cocoa butter, neem, tea tree, baobab, and sweet almond oils. Pure, simple and effective without parabens, mineral oils and animal-derived products. We love how Aviela takes care of our skin, the environment and the Ghanian community at the heart of this precious butter.

Elemental Herbology

Elemental Herbology, sustainable skincare

Your dad, the tireless man in your early life, needs a well-deserved break. Elemental Herbology thinks about people like him with its ethical ad sustainable skincare collection based on the 5 elements of the traditional Chinese philosophy. The selection that we are going to explore aims to release body and mind from the stress of today's hectic life and to slow down the biological clock. The Lemongrass & Nutmeg Body Wash & Cream Duo (£40) is a 'welcome home' after a long day at work or a gym session. The set reinvigorates at 360° with zesty notes and the warmth of nutmeg and pepper; the formulas are SLS-free and rich in botanicals extracts picked to relax and help circulation. The Muscle Melt Balm (£25) will do the rest for complete relaxation thanks to the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric and the warming action of ginger and ho wood.

Kear

Kear, cruelty-free and natural skincare form Greece

We are in sunny Greece with Kear. For Father's day and the upcoming holiday season, the brand proposes its skincare heroes that are perfect for the post-workout. Kear skincare is infused with Arnica Montana, a flowery plant locally sourced in Greece and known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Find the ancient Greek beauty secrets, like arnica and extra virgin olive oil, in Kear Calm Reviving Body Oil (€40) that soothes and helps circulation with a gentle massage. To get the best for your dad, a shower with Kear Exfoliating Herbal Soap (€5) with almond grain and algae extract with refresh and detox the skin before the invigorating massage. A favourite of ours and a pocket-friendly hero is the Sofi Lip (€5), made with just 5 ingredients and zero nastiness.

Dermatology M

Dermatology M, Chinese medicine-based ethical skincare

Back to China and its millennial knowledge. Dr Mazin Al-Khafaji brought ancient Chinese herbal medicine to the UK three decades ago, where he founded Dermatology M. Traditional principles and ingredients used in Chinese medicine made highly compatible remedies for eczema and everyday staples suitable for the most upset skin. Dermatology M skincare is carefully handmade to protect - condition - care. Invite your dad to have a fresh start to his day with Dermatology M Jin Yin Hua Honeysuckle Cleansing Wash (£42) - a daily soothing and brightening wash free from SLS, SLES, and soap - and Dermatology M Zi Cao Shui Gao Nourishing Cream (£42). This versatile cream nourishes and soothes the skin and can be used on both face and body on a rushed morning. It will wipe away any dryness and itchiness thanks to its anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants, vitamins, and soothing extracts of aloe vera and chamomile.

Ecooking

Ecooking, natural skin and body care for all skin types and genders

Made on Tina's kitchen table, Ecooking skincare started from a deeply personal and skin crisis. Her homemade products, kept refrigerated in repurposed jars and bottles, were so effective that her family and then beauticians started to ask for more. This fast-growing Danish skincare brand targets any skin problem with vegan and organic solutions that are luxurious on the skin but affordable. Your dad will enjoy a multi-tasking oil like Ecooking Beard and Body Oil (€27.50) that can be used to shave, condition skin and beard, and recharge the skin as a serum and his senses with its energetic lemon aroma. Ecooking Body Lotion (€30) is as good as a facial treatment is. This nourishing lotion with organic shea butter contains HA and niacinamide which contribute to smoother, firmer and younger skin. It is suitable for everyone's skin so, please, do not tell your mom!

Art de Parfum

Art de Parfum, luxury and cruelty-free fragrances made in France

Now that your dad is fresh and rested, he can dress up with a fragrance that represents his style and soul. The master parfumiers at Art de Parfum developed some new exclusive fragrances with a concoction of rare ingredients that you cannot find anywhere else.

Signature Wild is the essence of a man. It evokes the primordial strength of Nature with notes recalling earth, leather, and woods. This deeply masculine scent has a dark woody side of amber, leather, and sandalwood with boozy, fruity notes of dried fruits topped with the warm, Oriental and spiced character of cinnamon, cardamom, and Davan distilled oil. A rich, yet balanced and elegant perfume. Le Joker is for an unconventional man; it is the fragrance that really epitomises Art de Parfum connection with artistic expressions. Daring, unexpected, avant-garde. Le Joker plays with contradictory notes and the sense of the unknown. It starts with a warm heart of patchouli and cedarwood, intertwined with fruity and spicy notes of star anise and nutmeg evolving in exotic hints of pink peer, Timur pepper, and elemi. Le Joker will surprise with unedited powdery notes of makeup and cigarettes and salty ambergris. Art de Parfum fragrances start from £114 and are sustainably made in France with only cruelty-free ingredients.

Father's day often takes second place in family celebrations but your dad is still your #1 man and deserves only the best. We hope these ideas will convey all your love elevated with a sense of exclusivity. Come back and check this space to find new gift ideas.

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K-beauty, K-pop, K-drama. That 'K' means Korean - precisely, South Korean - and it is the signature of the 'hallyu' wave: the proud spread of Korean culture and lifestyle. Korean beauty and skincare have gained popularity and success across the globe but what is the secret of this massive success?

K-beauty is on everyone's lips and faces! Korean beauty spread and conquered the market and the public. However, K-beauty secret is beyond kawaii and colourful packages.

Korean skincare success secrets. Photo by Polina, Kovaleva, Pexels Photo by Polina Kovaleva, Pexels

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Mother Nature's Gifts

Anti-oxidant green tea in Korean skincare. photo by Tea Creative Soo Chung, UnsplashPhoto by Tea Creative|Soon Chung, Unsplash

K-beauty takes the very best from Nature with botanical extracts and fermented ingredients that create enzymes breaking into new and effective substances. Of the many key ingredients, snail slime and bee venom could refrain the most squeamish of you but they are safe with visible results! Korean skincare benefits also from brightening rice, mung bean, known anti-oxidants green tea, turmeric and ginseng, and superstars mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and cica (Centella Asiatica).

Hi-tech But Affordable

Korean skincare advanced textures. Photo by Jocelyn Morales, UnsplashPhoto by Jocelyn Morales, Unsplash

Koreans know well what goes onto their skin and they always look for the best; they are exigent customers. To satisfy their need, Korean cosmetic companies invest in new technologies and formulations to deliver what is expected and build up the result from the inside. The competition is high as the variety of products, yet the prices are never over the top. Korean skincare is for everyone's wallet.

Great Skin For All And Customisable Skincare

K-beauty. Cutting-edge, affordable skincare for everyone. Photo by Anna Shvets, PexelsPhoto by Anna Shvets, Pexels

It is not just a matter of money! Korean skincare is for everyone's skin type, even the most sensitive. With 56.8% of the Korean population suffering from sensitive skin, K-beauty pays a load of attention to hypoallergenic formulations with less harsh chemicals and more active ingredients from natural sources. A staple in Korean skincare is its routine made of 10 different steps. This routine would sound very long in today's hectic lifestyle but it is not as strict as it seems. These 10 K-beauty steps are not daily and can be customised to fit one's routine and skin necessities.

Effective Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Korean sheet face masks. Popular skincare. Photo Polina Kovaleva, PexelsPhoto by Polina Kovaleva, Pexels

Constant research and powerful ingredients are at the base of Korean cosmetics effectiveness. K-beauty high performance can be explained also by these facts: K-beauty is made to prevent rather than treating skin issues when it is too late; plus, skincare products are developed to hydrate, nourish, strengthen and re-rejuvenate from within. Korean skin products are more than a trend and go beyond skincare. They are 'cosmeceuticals', beauty products with a therapeutical side.

The cultural aspect cannot be undervalued. In fact, Korean men and women - think about popular K-pop boy band BTS - learn how to take care of their skin earlier and with constancy. An early start, protection from harmful sun rays, and a religious regime prevent skin from showing ageing signs too soon.

Unisex skincare. Photo by Sunny Ng, UnsplashPhoto by Sunny Ng, Unsplash

Cutting-edge formulas, appealing products - like skin patches, sheet face masks and packs - and the right dose of kawaiiness in creative designs are the recipe for this skincare. K-beauty owns a lot to Mother Nature and as such tends to be very gentle with our environment with cruelty-free formulations and investment in recycled and biodegradable packaging. Sometimes, this is the case of I'M FROM, the k-beauty addict can see where the key ingredients come from.

K-beauty shows that healthy-looking skin is achievable by everyone. It is a philosophy and a way of living: slowly, with patience and respect as Nature teaches.

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