The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re frantically shopping around for last minute gift ideas. Rather than dish out the tried-and-tested but oh-so-boring socks and underwear package, take a look at these fabulous prezzies guaranteed to see your dad smiling all day! Dads are precious; remember, you’ve only got one. Make him feel special!

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Father's day, gift guide, dad, presents, celebration, fun Victor&Rolf Spicebomb, $90USD

Viktor&Rolf – Spicebomb: From Sephora, this masculine tip of the hat to the feminine perfume Flowerbomb is the epitome of style and scent. Your dad will love this sensual eau de toilette! Spicy, audacious, deluxe; it has everything to enjoy! Father's day, dad, celebration, fun, gift guide, presents

Topman Mi-Pac Messenger Bag, 20GBP

Topman Mi-Pac Messenger Bag: Join the growing trend of men’s satchels with this practical and stylish messenger bag from Topman! The Mi-Pac bag is as attractive as it is useful, and will definitely put a smile on Dad’s dial! Father's day, gift guide, presents, dad, fun, celebration

Noel Printed Polo from Cotton On, $24.95AUD

Noel Printed Polo: Spring is here, summer is on its way, and what better way to prepare Dad for the warmer weather than with this stylish printed polo shirt from Cotton On? Lightweight and stylish in a variety of colours and styles. Buy now and get 2 for $40!

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Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press, $37AUD

Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press: Everybody loves a good toasted sandwich, so why not get dad the Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press? Cook everything from meat to vegetables to panini, and enjoy lighter, healthier cooking as the fat drips away! Complete with temperature control and perfectly timed grilling, this is the perfect Father’s Day gift the whole family will love! Father's Day, gift guide, dad, fun, celebration presents

Felix Italian Black Wallet from Antoine and Stanley, $32.50AUD

Felix Italian Black Wallet: Made of 100 per cent Italian leather, this slim fit wallet from Antoine and Stanley is the perfect finishing touch. With four card pockets and two small change pouches, it will fit right in! Available in a variety of colours including tan, dark grey, Italian black, brown and Italian brown. Father's Day, gift guide, dad, present, fun, celebration

Netflix Gift Card, $20, $30, or $50AUD

Netflix Gift Card: Family time over a good film is convenient and fun with a Netflix gift card! Purchase them at any 7/11, Myer, Woolworths, Big W, Coles, Target or Australia Post. Entertainment for anyone and everyone!

September 2, 2015

Give Dad Some Healthy Time Out This Father’s Day

While the typical Aussie dad is probably not expecting to receive a stay at a health and wellness retreat this Father’s Day, according to Brigid Walsh, general manager of Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia, giving the men in our lives time out from their busy lives and the tools required to achieve optimal health and wellness, could be the most important gift of all.

Brigid says:

“The archetypical Aussie bloke is considered to be strong, independent and resilient, but when it comes to their health, more often than not they only seek help when something goes wrong. The most astounding part is that only 27 per cent of men seek professional help when in despair, which suggests many men are struggling to live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life that is also sustainable.” 

With more alarming statistics supporting men as being in some of the highest “at risk” categories in our country, The Golden Door Australia’s renowned men’s wellness expert David Ball agrees:

“Recent ABS statistics suggest that 70.3 per cent of men are overweight or obese. Not only does this substantially increase their risk of chronic disease but it also negatively impacts on their quality of life and increase their risk of early death.”

Additionally, according to beyondblue, one in eight men will have depression and one in fivemen will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives.  As we know, depression is a high risk factor for suicide and men make up 80 per cent of the ‘at risk’ group.

It may be that Australian men’s general reluctance to care for their health properly stems from societies view about what it means to be masculine underpinned by an Australian culture that endorses men to be tough, sporty and independent with a “she’ll be right mate” attitude and “never say die” approach.

David says:

“The emphasis on what it means to be a male can often conflict with health maintaining behaviours such as seeking advice about health and wellbeing, utilising health services and taking a break for ‘me-time’ when it is required.

“Further, the culture in which we live which gives us the major framing of our lives as men is derived from the sport we play, the friends we have, the school we go to, to the work choices available to us. We are often seen as the pillars of strength our families can constantly rely upon and in support of this notion, it can seem at times like there is little time left to focus on ourselves as often as we could or should.”

David Ball’s unique men’s wellness retreat is held regularly at The Golden Door Health Rereat & Spa Elysia and focuses on giving men the tools needed to achieve a life balance and become effective leaders of themselves, their work and their families.

Located just two and a half hours north of Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia offers a range of world-class health and wellness programs, led by renowned professionals and developed to motivate change and inspire lasting results. Featuring luxury one, two and three bedroom villas with packages inclusive of a range of informative health and wellness seminars, an extensive program of group fitness activities and relaxation classes, holistic and alternative therapy options, indulgent spa treatments, variety of premier leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, wellness centre with meditation and yoga studio plus all inclusive nutritious gourmet cuisine. For more information go to


August 31, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Food, Glorious Food!

Is your dad a bit of a culinary genius? Or does he just really, really love his food? Either way, you can tantalise his tastebuds and help him wow in the kitchen with these fabulous foodie finds in this, SHESAID’s third Father’s Day Gift Guide. Don’t forget – your beloved dad’s big day is looming large – Father’s Day is on Sunday, September 7. Shop to it!

Barbecue of his dreams: Make your dad’s day, hell even his year with the Weber 57cm One-Touch Silver Kettle Barbecue in blue, (pictured above), $309. Its features include an aluminium one-touch cleaning system, a single lever opens and closes the bottom vents and easily sweeps out the ashes and a heavy gauge nickel plated hinged cooking grill allows the addition of extra fuel and smoking woods. What’s more, it also includes The Complete Australian Barbecue Kettle Cookbook (pictured below) which includes recipes and barbecuing tips. Find it at or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Full of beans: Is your dad a coffee connoisseur? Delight him with a gift pack from Merlo Coffee this Father’s Day, with Merlo shining the light on Kenya in its September Bean of the Month program. Aside from exotic coffee flavours your old fella’s bound to love, by sourcing beans from these regions Merlo is assisting local businesses that fund North Sumatran foster homes for orphaned children as a part of their Hands of Hope initiative. This bean has a vibrant peach, floral and nectar aroma, pointed citrus acidity and a juicy body. Yum! Order online at

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Top shelf idea: If your dad loves his Jack Daniel’s, celebrate him in style by treating him to the ultimate gift – a bespoke bottle of Gentleman Jack, engraved with your very own personalised message to him. Gentleman Jack is the fine liquor brand’s premium whisky; combining a twice-charcoal mellowed whiskey, it is said to offer incomparable smoothness, with a  full-bodied flavour featuring fruit and spices – ensuring a warm, silky finish. Visit the Gentleman Jack Australia FB page: for more info. Gentleman Jack is available in 700ml bottles only, $64.99.

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Smooth operator: Help your dad perfect smoothies, juices and shakes on the go with this groovy, compact blender from Kambrook. The Blitz2go Blender, $49.95, features quality stainless steel blades, a quick 300 watt motor and BPA-free plastic bottles to blend and remove for quick consumption. Find it at or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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The top dog: Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods is the brains behind the ultimate Mad Dog Chilli Sauce, which is perfect for any spice-loving mad dog dad. Mad Dog Chilli Sauces, $9.95 each, are available in a range of delicious flavours and may just be the perfect accompaniment to make every meal special for the top dog in your home. The Chilli Jam in particular is said to be a palette-sizzling, must-have for all dads who like to show off their culinary skills at the barbeque – perfect to serve with chargrilled steak, chicken or fish. Mad Dog Chilli Sauces are stocked nationally at all good food stores and online at

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Dessert king: Gift your masterchef in the making the Avanti Creme Brulee Ramekins with torch, $84.95. If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with a dad, or father of your children, who can rustle up the popular French dessert, reward them with this four- piece set made from the highest quality ceramic. Plus, who doesn’t love a kitchen torch! Speaking of which, this baby automatically ignites, operates at any angle, and heats up to 121°C. Sold! Find it at or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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August 27, 2014