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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A Conscious Gift Guide for Mother’s Day


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For those who love the holiday season, the art and science of shopping for gifts for their loved ones is a treat and a pleasure. For others, however, the trouble of finding that perfect present might be more of a burden. You want to discover something unique, purposeful, something that the person for whom it is intended will love and genuinely use. Alas, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming, so you find yourself stuck with the typical selection of Christmas sweaters, a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and a bottle of her favorite wine for Mother’s Day – a safe, albeit mundane choice.

Why not leave your gift-giving comfort zone and choose something that is in line with your mum’s values? If your mother loves a gift that will make a difference and bring more than material, but spiritual value into their life, you can aim for such a present for this year. Here are a few worthy options to keep in mind for the motherly figure in your household!

The Socks That Keep On Giving

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Did you know that socks are the least donated item to the homeless, hence one of the most items needed across the US and wider? It turns out that you don’t have to stick to traditional design if you want to make this particular purchase. You can go for brands such as Mitscoots that make and sell gorgeous socks and other gear, and then donate items in the same value to those who need them most.

Plus, they go above and beyond to aid the community by hiring the transitioning homeless people. Alternatively, Conscious Step has other versatile contributions such as using their profits to provide treatment for HIV-positive expectant mothers, schoolbooks through Room to Read, and meals for starving children.

Add Some Sparkle With Ethical Makeup

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Your mum loves to use makeup? You can easily surprise her with a little gift bag of your own this Mother’s Day, with items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and made sustainably to avoid harming Mother Nature – a perfect way to send the right message.

Axiology makes natural organic lipstick that still pops, so the aesthetics of their products loses no luster to their ethical measures. Other brands offer an equally stunning range of beauty items, so take your pick and impress the mom in your home!

Haircare With A Green Twist

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Wherever you look, there’s yet another beauty brand with glitzy products perfectly alluring and simple to procure for the inexperienced shopper. Still, these are the perfect proof that all that glitters isn’t gold, and that you should refine your search and opt for brands with higher ambitions to heal the planet.

For example, organic and natural hair wax by Zenz uses only certified organic ingredients that cause zero harm to the environment, and that will provide ample goodness for your mom’s locks without causing any damage. The founder herself had trouble with allergies caused by the chemicals in typical hair products, inspiring her to create a label that will help women style their hair in a natural way. With ingredients such as aloe vera, essential oils, and beeswax, your mom’s hair and scalp will love the treatment.

A Handmade Purse

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If your mom is a great supporter of recycling and upcycling, then you can give her a long-lasting gift this Mother’s Day that is made with those precise principles in mind. Crossbody purses by Dagne Dover are as beautiful as their ethical efforts, while Cult Gaia uses natural materials such as wood in their bag-making processes.

You can also easily find brands that don’t use fur or support any other form of animal cruelty, while their creations are still lovely and up to par with the latest trends. It’s yet another wonderful way to express your appreciation of her style preferences, while you also treat her to something she likely wouldn’t buy on her own, and you can always easily check so as not to get the same one she already owns.

Responsible Apparel Brands

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Fast fashion is one of the greatest culprits of the climate crisis, and we can all make smarter decisions when we want to make our loved ones happy. Look for slow-fashion brands, those that give back, recycle, support different organizations, steer clear of water waste or toxic pollutants in their production lines, and the like.

Levi’s Water<Less Collection uses over 90% less water to make their jeans, making this a true leap forward in the industry. You can also look for other factors such as using organic cotton, recycled materials, and no harmful chemicals.

Finding the perfect gift is no easy task, but you can make the search a little easier when you keep your values in mind. Consider these gifts for your upcoming Christmas shopping list, and not only will you make your loved ones happy, but you’ll also help your purchases make a difference for the world.
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Jenny Holloway has been working in the fashion industry for over thirty years; both in the private and public sector.

Published in News
Saturday, 25 February 2017 19:59

Made With Love

In the world of Fashion and Beauty some things come across pretty standardised and impersonal. So it's always good to know that there are brands out there that carry alot of personality , and truly do have their end-consumer in mind. The last 5-10 years have witnessed this growing trend of sustainability and social responsibility. Brands that tell a story, one personal to the creator, are definitely winning in my books. These are brands made with love.

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So in no particular order - 

1. Keji Victoria Designs - a bespoke and Ready-to-wear collection by yours truly, is inspired by my cross-cultural journey between Africa and the West. The latest collection, #madewithlovebykv draws inspiration from the names of locals in Northern Nigeria; as well as pays homage and solidarity to local businesses in that area.

2. Shea Moisture - a hair and beauty brand that has a family history and African heritage: shea butter, a rich home-grown plant is the selling point of this kind-to-the-hair brand.
Sofi Tucker was the forerunner to selling shea butter (that inspired Shea Moisture); and the grandmother to one of the brand's co-founders.

3. The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, makes pure and harm-free baby products their priority. Once again, the most cherished brands are ones who the owners are also proud consumers of the goods.

4. Alex and Ani - an eco-conscious accessory brand that exists to give back to the planet. What I love about this brand is the recycle qualities in its manufacturing processes. The accessories are made with some recyclable elements, and the aesthetics are not compromised.

5. Studio 189 is a fashion social enterprise founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The Ghana and New York based platform works with award-winning artisans in Africa. 'Fashion Rising' has been notable campaign of the brand, which uses fashion to create more opportunities and empowerment for communities particularly in Africa.

6. Two-Thirds clothing brand - takes its brand inspiration from the ocean, which is known to take up two-thirds of the planet. Every collection is designed with lovable sea creatures and donations are made towards keeping our blue seas clean and safe. How lovely!

Can you share any brands in the industry that exist to help their community and make a difference?

Keji x

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