CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Christmas is my favourite time of year – everyone is in a happy mood, what is not to love?! We get to spend time with family & friends, the decorations, the parties, eating so much food and of course the presents! We all like to get something we want for Christmas but for me seeing someones face light up when they are opening a gift you got them is priceless.

If you’re anything like me and haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet here is my Christmas gift guide.

ASPINAL OF LONDON 

If you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to a little luxury this Christmas then head over to Aspinal Of London. Everything about this brand oozes class. I already own the black Boston bag, passport cover, ID wallet & iPhone 7 leather case. The quality of their products are exceptional and all hand crafted.

At Aspinal there is a gift for everyone, whether you want to treat your wife to a nice handbag or your brother to a wallet you are guaranteed to find something. The packaging is incredible and everything is gift wrapped to perfection. I would suggest going to into one of their amazing stores, they have recently opened a new store in Regent street which is absoloutley stunning. You can also get complimentary personalisation on all products which is a really nice touch and makes that gift extra special!

 

You can shop the products online here.

AMERICAN CREW 

Looking for a stocking filler? Then check out American Crew, they have some great gift sets in which are perfect for Christmas. Most men’s barbers stock American Crew so you know that their products will be top quality.

I use a few of their products when styling my hair, my personal favourite is the Fiber which gives you a more natural look without a shiny finish. A little goes a long way with this product and it lasts for a while. American Crew have a great range of products and cater for all skin and hair types.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a good gift set!

You can shop the products online here. 

BOOHOO MAN

The Biker Jacket will never go out of fashion and BoohooMAN do some really nice styles at such reasonable prices so you don’t need to break the bank. I wear my biker jackets on a regular basis and I can tell you if I got this jacket as a gift for Christmas I would be really happy. This would make the perfect gift for your partner or brother. I have a lot of BoohooMAN clothes and the fit and quality is great. Don’t forget to check out my latest post wearing this BoohooMAN jacket on my Instagram @finnerz.uk.

You can shop the jacket here.

Price: £40

ZARA 

A camel coat is definitely one of my staple wardrobe items this season. If you go on Instagram they are everywhere! My coat featured in the images above is from Zara and I actually got it for Christmas a few years ago from my mum (she has good style ha!) and it’s still in great condition so that tells you the quality is really good. The coat comes in a nice gift box so it is easy to wrap too. The Zara coats vary but are usually priced around £100.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative then check out New look or ASOS where you can find one for around £60.

You can shop a similar coat from Zara here

PAUL HEWITT

Mens accessories can bring an outfit together. I feel lost if I leave the house without wearing one of my watches. I have one for most occasions but can honestly say that my Paul Hewitt watch is definitely one of my favourites. I feel like a watch is a good investment and most guys will get good use of out of their watch wearing them daily.

If you are looking for a main gift then check the Paul Hewitt range out.  The packaging is smart and I am sure your partner or loved one would love one of these watches.  FYI gents they also do beaut women watches. If you go online now they are doing £10 off, see my choice below.

You can shop the watch here 

Watch Grand Atlantic LineBlack Sea Stainless Steel Metal Watchstrap Stainless Steel

Price: £249

JO MALONE 

Jo Malone offer a huge range of candles and colognes as well as body lotions. The whole range is unisex and all of the scents are great.  There are some really cool limited edition gifts just for Christmas too.

My fiancée loves their products and is forever bringing home something new. I cannot complain though as she keeps the house smelling really nice. I recently tried their award-winning exfoliating shower gel and not only does it smell amazing but the fragrance lasts all day.

The Jo Malone products are also beautifully gift wrapped – making it easier for us guys! The candles / diffusers would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone who might have just moved into a new home or loves luxury fragrance.

You can find their products in John Lewis or visit one of their stores.

You can also shop online here:

 

HOW TO PULL OFF THE SMART CASUAL LOOK

HOW TO PULL OFF THE SMART CASUAL LOOK

DEBENHAMS MENSWEAR

What does smart casual mean to you? It is hard to find the right balance – is it too smart? is it too casual? I have asked myself the same questions many times. Now the festive season is upon us we all have Christmas parties or drinks with friends planned which means we need a new outfit, right? I have teamed up with Debenhams to show you my smart casual look edit.

In my opinion you can wear any type of trouser when trying to pull off this look but I believe jeans work best. My choice of denim is dark blue slim fit or skinny fit.

A blazer makes the outfit and really pulls the whole look together. It is the perfect staple that everyman should have in their wardrobe as you can pair it up with different pieces. When adding formal pieces to my outfit the blazer is definitely my go to item, it helps create an effortless look. I chose the Grey textured weave blazer from Debenhams –  It is from the exclusive J by Jasper Conran range, crafted from a rich wool blend. Not only is the quality great but the fit is also perfect! I am wearing a size 40R, it is also available in big and tall sizes. Retails at £135.

SHOP THE BLAZER HERE

 

I’ve kept it simple with a navy crew neck t-shirt, not only is it reasonable in price but it gives you that more casual style if you wanted it to take you from day to night. You can’t go wrong with a sleek simple t-shirt. I am wearing the J by Jasper Conran – Navy supima cotton crew neck t-shirt in a size medium. Retails at £15.

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SHOP THE T-SHIRT HERE

For footwear you can wear trainers but I prefer to wear a nice pair of shoes. You can then go straight from the boardroom to the bar. My choice of shoe to compliment this outfit are the Red Herring – Tan leather loafers. Loafers are one of my favourite type of shoe they are very versatile and go well with both jeans and chinos. They are made from genuine leather and come in an iconic loafer style with tasselled detailing. Retails at £52.

SHOP THE SHOES HERE

Accessories are essential for those who love detail. If you wanted to smarten the outfit up then you could add a nice pocket square or even a tie. I picked out this Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant – Wine red geometric print scarf to give the outfit some colour and it goes really well with the textured weaved blazer. Retails at £25.

SHOP THE SCARF HERE

I hope you guys like my outfit choice – let me know what you think?

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS 

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS 

So today’s post is all about my travel essentials which I will always take away with me. As we know we are only allowed liquids under 100ml in our travel luggage and generally I only have travel luggage on city breaks.

Everything is just as important in my grooming routine and when I go away it’s no different.

Hair:

Firstly to style my hair into place I need a good hair dryer. I know most hotels have them but let’s face it they can be cheap with no power and the last thing I want is rubbish hair. I always take my ghd travel hairdryer with me. It’s perfect and folds away nicely. You can pick one up for under £60 it’s worth the investment. This would also make a great Christmas gift.


Travel size Got2b Schwarzkopf blasting freeze spray. No matter where you go &I no matter what the weather is like this stuff is holding your hair in place. It does exactly what it says freezes the hair. You don’t need to use that much and for me the smaller one is actually easier to style my hair with. This will be available at most airports if you do forget but your best buying this from Superdrug or one of the big supermarkets to save money.


I mainly use the hairspray to style my hair but in order to always keep the side of my hair and any baby hair in place I use a small amount of American crew fiber. If you like the naturally look then this fiber is the best out there.


Sachajuan shampoo and conditioner are the best out there. As I am always using products to style my hair I need something to wash it out but also keeping it in good condition and stopping it getting damaged. Sachajuan won awards this year at the GQ grooming awards so that tells you this is a great product and brand. They retail for £11 each but it’s definitely worth it. Your hair will feel so smooth and refreshed.

Fragrance:

For a city break you don’t need loads of fragrances so I just take my favourite one which is a 100ml. I love this fragrance from gentlemen’s tonic it’s called Sinsa and retails around £100.  If you have not tried it you definitely should!


Eyes:

When you travel or go on city breaks we are forever trying to fit everything in. This means late nights and early mornings so you can end up looking tired but I use the below products to help wake my eyes up. The Optrex sparkling eyes gives your eyes that glow I use 2 small drops in the morning in each eye. The next product is great I use it everyday to be honest. The bulldog eye roller just roll this under each eye and helps get rid of the tired puffy eyes and wakes your eyes up. What I do with both these products is store them in the fridge or at the hotel the mini bar.


Skin:

I don’t always use this when I’m away but just in case I want to treat myself to a face mask I use the Blaq face mask. It’s easy to use just apply wait 20 minutes and peel off. It’s gives you a deep clean and you can see the black heads it has pulled out. Retails for £14.99

La Roche Posay Effaclar duo this moisturiser has been life changing. I’ve spent years searching for the right product for my sensitive skin and since using this I have not changed. The Effaclar duo comes with me everywhere and is always apply every morning or after every shower. This retails at around £12. Our moisturiser is key to great skin! We all want to stay looking young and spot free don’t we?

Teeth:

Everyone brushes their teeth (I hope) so choice of toothpaste is important for me. I like to look after my teeth and want them nice and white but also fresh breath. I use the travel sized Arm & Hammer advanced whitening. It’s a great product and really does keep my teeth looking white. 

Body:

I don’t actually have a favourite shower gel at the moment so it’s a case of buy on the go for this so if anyone has some good ones to use under 100ml please let me know.

After showering or having a bath it’s so important to moisturise our body. A lot of people forget to do this and just moisturise their face. I use gentlemen’s tonic travel sized body moisturiser. You only need a small amount and it will cover most of your body. This actually comes in a travel kit for £29.99 this would be a nice Christmas gift.


The last product I take is my BaBylis beard trimmer. We always need one to have that quick trim to make us look that little bit sharper. I currently use the babyliss trimmer. It’s easy to use and has multiple grades without having to change heads. It’s only £24.99 in Superdrug and you can find this in Argos. It’s honestly one of the best ones I’ve used.


If you guys have any questions or feedback please let me know!

NEW BRAND 

NEW BRAND 

TREMOR APPAREL

 

A UK based clothing line based online. They  sell men’s gym and fashion clothing.

I chose to get the shadow zip tracksuit top and bottoms in black. You can’t go wrong with black it goes with all trainers and now it’s getting colder I can wear this lounging around or in the gym. It fits great I am 6ft 3 so went for a large. The tracksuit provides the perfect balance of athletic agility with aesthetic apparel.

Shadow zip up jacket £34.99

Shadow jogging bottoms £31.99


The second item I chose was one of their jumpers. I like the colour khaki especially now it’s winter. The jumper provides a tailored fashion fit with ribbed cuffs. This jumper is for everyday wear and is a great one to have in the wardrobe.

Khaki classic sweater £23.99


I do have a discount code for these guys if you see anything you like let me know!

Follow them on Instagram @tremor_apparel & check out my posts on my page @finnerz.uk

THE BREATH CO.

THE BREATH CO.

Everyone wants the perfect smile and great teeth but to do that you have to put just as much effort in as you do with your everyday grooming. Dental care is a big thing for me, I want to do everything I can to avoid those costly dental fees and have a nice smile.

I have recently tried The Breath Co products.

At first I tried the healthy gums oral rinse. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth. This mouthwash helps eliminate germs associated with gum disease. I use this every morning but for best result use morning and night. Rinse the mouth for up to a minute and gargle for 30 seconds.

 

My favourite mouth wash is the fresh breath oral rinse icy mint. Let’s face it nobody wants bad breath especially if your always speaking to people face to face. I personally find even after brushing your teeth in the mornings or after eating something such as garlic you can still taste a hint of bad breath. That’s why this mouthwash is perfect, it gives you that something extra with a cool blast of minty menthol and crisp citrus.

For the best results I would advise using the toothpaste as well. The mild mint toothpaste is dentist approved. It eliminates  the bacteria that causes bad breath & leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

The chewing gum is great for on the go. When I attend blogging events or if I have meetings I always get paranoid about my breath so I always ensure to have some chewing gum. The difference with The Breath Co fresh breath chewing gum is that it lasts longer but also eliminates those stronger odours caused by coffee, onion and garlic.

I highly recommend these products for your dental routine, you can pick them up from boots use the link HERE;

Prices start from £4-£14.99

Let me know what you guys think.