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9 Christmas Packs For The Hard-to-Buy-For

Just the thing for the hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list.

8 Non-Lame Gifts To Give Your Mom This Mother’s Day

They’re so good, you’ll want to keep these gifts for yourself.

16 Gift Ideas That’ll Make You The Fave Parent

Keep the kids happy with these next-level Christmas gifts.

23 Of The Best Christmas Gifts For Beauty Junkies

Prepare to become everyone’s fave BFF with these killer pressies.

Daddy Cool: Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Actually Love

Father’s Day doesn’t have to mean boring socks and jocks; these snazzy and stylish gifts are sure to blow his hair back. Shop to it – Father’s Day looms large on Sunday, September 6.

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1. Wax on, wax off: Does your dear, old dad have a moustache that’d make former Australian cricketer Merv Hughes jealous? Gift him Penhaligon’s London Bayolea Moustache Wax, $19. It’s a great facial hair accessory for men to keep their moustache neat, tidy and with perfectly twizzled ends. Find it via www.agencedeparfum.com.au or phone (02) 8002 4488.

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2. The smell test: Put your dad ahead in the style stakes with Costume National Scents’ Soul EDP 100ml, $199. Warm, spicy and manly, this unique scent centres around the iconic warm trail of pure amber. It’s top notes include cardamom, pink pepper and bergamot. Find it at leading department stores and viawww.agencedeparfum.com.au or phone (02) 8002 4488.

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3. The time machine: Help your active dad beat the clock with these stylish TRIWA watches. The Midnight Hvalen Black, $359, is a contemporary designed diving watch with a classic, sharply defined silhouette with a contemporary twist.

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Meanwhile, the Original Duke Lansen Chrono Brown, $399, is a sleek, sophisticated chronograph, set within a polished stainless steel case with push buttons. Find these luxury watches via www.triwa.com.

 

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4. Bring his sexy back: Get your dad to take better care of his skin with this fab Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set, $179. It includes an Exfoliating Wash, Shave Gel, Post-Shave Balm and Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. It’s everything your dad needs and more to minimise the signs of aging, condition and moisturise. Find it via www.arbonne.com.

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5. The sky’s the limit: Is your dad a modern-day renaissance man? Chances are, he’ll also love the Arbonne Sky For Men Cologne, $87. It’s a masculine expression of his strength and spirit, with notes of citrus, woods and refreshing herbs. Find it via www.arbonne.com.

father's day, fatherhood, father's day gift guide6.  A happy camper: Does your darling dad loving nothing more than kicking back in the great outdoors? He’s bound to love this Big Foot Chair, $149.99, from Coleman Australia. Designed for extra strength and comfort, with a wheeled storage bag, he’s bound to love baby. Visit www.colemanaustralia.com.au.

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7. He’s a master chef: Give dad a real treat with this portable Roadtrip Grill LXE, $349.99, from Coleman Australia. He’s bound to love bringing it along on your next glamping trip. After all, there’s never a better place to enjoy a BBQ than the great outdoors!

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Christmas In July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Who doesn’t love a bit of Christmas in July? It marks the halfway point until Christmas Day, and gets us all more than excited for the festive season. If you’re out of ideas in the presents department, try these bespoke gifts from just some of our favourite online sellers.

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For him

Men are generally easy to shop for, especially if they know exactly what they want! A personalised key ring is always a great idea (since they’ll actually use it), and cufflinks are a no-brainer for a formal event.

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Personalised Square Bar Keyring, $43.23

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Personalised Cufflinks, $51.98

For her

Even a picky wife or girlfriend is bound to love these bespoke gifts which are made just for her! Choose to incorporate her name, or get a little trendy with something on the fashionable side of life.

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Personalised Story Of Us Print, $119.18

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Personalised Stripy Accessory Clutch, $62.84

For friends

Gift your friends something for the home which fits into their aesthetic. Some of our favourite gifts include wine glasses (for those cheeky afternoon drinks), personalised wall hangings for the living room, and some special pieces of art.

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Personalised Things We Love About Print, $19.50

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Personalised Drinks Measure Wine Glass, $38.13

For the kids

Who said that kids are difficult to buy for? We have some of the cutest personalised gifts for babies, toddlers, and even those already at school. Anything colourful is sure to be a hit with the kids!

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Personalised Name Crayons, $5.20

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Big or Little Sibling T Shirt, $39

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Finding A Gift For The Person That Has Everything

Christmas is hot on our heels and it’s a mad dash until the end of the year. On top of end-of-year craziness there is the added pressure of finding the perfect gift for our nearest and dearest to celebrate the festive season.

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The question on everyone’s lips at this time of year is what do you buy the person that has everything?

Surprise them with a bedroom makeover

Why not get creative this year and surprise and delight your kids or loved ones with a bedroom makeover? Freshen up their bedroom for summer with a bright new colour scheme. Take it one step further and arrange for them to be out while you rearrange their room, giving maximum impact once they return home! This doesn’t need to cost a fortune either, and can be as simple as the addition of a few colourful pillows or a new bedspread. You might even find your new calling in interior decoration with the help of stores like Sheridan and Laura Ashley.

Travel experiences in the new year for the family

Get ahead of the 2015 crowds and excite your family on Christmas Day with a family holiday! If the whole family is a bit of a stretch for the budget, Flight Centre at Uni Hill has a range of up-to-date deals that have great getaway options for singles, couples and families. Take advantage of stores close by such as Strandbags for luggage and Kathmandu for jackets if you’re brave enough to tackle a northern European winter.

Kick-start a loved ones 2015 goals for fitness and health

After all the indulgences of Christmas parties and New Year celebrations, the beginning of a new year is a great chance to re-evaluate our health and fitness. It can sometimes be a daunting task to know where to begin, which makes the gift of brand new gym gear the perfect incentive to get moving. Snap up some new kicks from the Nike Factory Store or the latest running gear from Asics.

Delight the family with new games

The school holidays offer a fantastic opportunity for the family to spend more quality time together and what better way to enjoy each other’s company than with some healthy competition in the form of games! Great for problem solving and strategic thinking too. Try EB Games for a range of interactive and digital games to challenge and excite all ages, from the novice to addicted gamers.

This Christmas gift ideas article is courtesy of retailers at Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne. For more information visit www.uhfo.com.au or follow on Facebook.com/UniHillFO and Instagram @UniHillFO.

Great Gifts For The Garden Guru

Don’t give your gardener yet another plant! We’ve done the homework for you, hunted through cyberspace and come up with 5 top picks for your gardening guru. They are guaranteed to suit any budget and are highly recommended by people who genuinely love gardening!

Tubtrugs and colanders

TubTrug and colanderMost gardeners have ditched their old buckets for Tubtrugs. They are so versatile, tough and convenient that there really are hundreds of uses for them around the home and garden. If you are looking for a highly versatile gift that fits most budgets, this is it. They come in heaps of colors and sizes.

Luckily, someone has used their noggin and come up with a way to make it even better by adding a colander. It’s basically a giant strainer. It’s great if you want to wash freshly picked produce, garden tools, pots, whatever!

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There are so many different attachments for hoses, but anyone who uses one will love you for this little beauty. It provides users the control of the tap, but it’s conveniently located right where you need to use it, at the end of the hose. Once it’s attached, users turn the tap on and never need to touch it again. For under $10, this is possibly the best gardening gift you will ever buy. It saves time, energy, water, money and the possibility of getting soaked when changing nozzles.

Vertical gardens

vertical gardensAs land becomes more precious, gardens are growing up instead of out. That’s why these are becoming a massive trend world wide. Even people without a green thumb are able to manage a vertical garden with a few favorite herbs for their kitchen.

They are excellent for small spaces, like inner city apartments to large country farms. They require minimal care for maximum effect and labor output, plus there are varieties for all budgets; starting at under $10 and going up to the thousands.

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Boring right? Now, being a gardener I can tell you that not all gloves are created equal. There isn’t a gardener alive who wouldn’t love a pair of decent sweat-free, second skin gardening gloves. You know, the type which you can actually feel what you’re doing, pick up a drink while you’re working and can be thrown in the wash after a hard day’s work.

Yeah, I know it’s asking a lot out of a pair of humble gloves, but there are some great ones out there. They aren’t going to break the bank, so you can either wrap them up alone or team them up with some other ideas.

Strawberry rocks/protectors
Growing fruit and veggies is back in gardening trends in a big way, so these little things are a must have for anyone who grows strawberries. Instead of the birds hoeing into their nurtured fruit, these rocks deter them by changing tStrawberry rocksheir behavior.

When the strawberry rocks are placed around the plants as they grow, the birds peck at them thinking they are nice and ripe. They aren’t of course. They are hard rocks. Birds will try pecking a few more times and then give up, knowing that if they peck at them they will hurt their beaks. By the time the real strawberries are ripe, they won’t bother touching them. Violá! Cute, mini strawberry protectors.

Now, they can be a bit tricky to buy. They aren’t usually available at major garden retailers, so  check on-line. Alternately, what a great gift idea for the kids to make for the grandparents. It’s cheap, easy and will keep them entertained for ages!

Images via presenciapr.com, pinterest.com,1001gardens.org, gardeners.com and telegraph.co.uk

Christmas Gift Ideas For Travellers

Do you have friends or family members that are always on the go? Globetrotters often forgo luxuries for themselves so that they can afford to travel. Now is the time to spoil them and give them something that will make their next trip even more memorable.

RELATED: Beauty Essentials For Travellers

Beauty travel pack

Don’t you hate it when your skin starts feeling dry and flaky after a long flight? The traveller in your life probably hates it, too. To ensure well hydrated skin before, during, and after a long flight, RACINNE offers a travel-size skin care pack, which includes products from their hydrating range: Hydra Perfection Gentle Cleansing Foam, Essentialift Supplement Serum, Gentle Refining Scrub Mask and a cosmetic bag. Buy from RACINNE online. $39

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Stylish travel clothing

You don’t need to bring your whole wardrobe with you to achieve a stylish look on the go. Jane Ramsey has created a travel collection that’s high on style and low on effort. Her silk cargo pans and lyocell soft-touch tops can be transformed from day to night wear with just a change of shoes and some accessories. All items in the Jane Ramsey Travel Collection are lightweight, comfortable, versatile and made entirely from natural fibers. Buy at www.janeramsay.com. The Luxury T’s retail between $69 and $149 and the Camilla Silk cargo pants are $289.

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Ebook reader

Does your traveller like to read? An ebook reader is a perfect solution for those who’d love to be able to carry their library with them. I’ve had a few ebook readers over the years and Kindle is by far my favourite – easy to use and gentle on the eyes. Buy from Dick Smith or Officeworks. From $99, depending on the model.

Portable phone charger

When you use your phone for work and entertainment while you’re on the go, the battery quickly runs out and there aren’t always convenient charging stations nearby. Make life easier for the traveller you know by giving them a Smarter Charger. Available online at smartercharger.com.au. $39.99.

Travel pillow

You enjoy yourself so much more when you get there, if you manage to get some sleep on your long flight, . Give the traveller in your life some inflight comfort with the Safe Skies travel pillow, which offers 6 sleeping positions and can be rolled up to the size of a Coke can. Check the Safe Skies website for a retailer near you. $29.95.

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 http://www.goldendoor.com.au

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Cool, Daddy Cool

Give your dad the gift of good taste this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, with these stylish, yet manly grooming products. Here, in SHESAID’s first of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to spoil your dad and give him no excuse not to have sensational products in his man bag. Besides, you can always say that Brut 33 had “had its day” after it “accidentally” found its way into the bin. All manscaping items are available at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

Business class: Is your dad a bit of a jetsetter? Or does his job require him to regularly travel? He’ll love this Natio Men’s Travel Skincare Kit, $24.95 – the perfect companion for any trip. What’s more, it’s no fuss and compact for dads who like to travel light. The kit contains Natio’s Daily Shampoo, Daily Face Wash, Firming Face Moisturiser and its Smooth Shave Gel. These products suit all skin types.

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Animal instincts: Your dad may find shaving a new, sensory experience, with this Mason Pearson Pure Badger Shave Brush, in regular, $185. Actually made of hair from the belly of badger, this gentle brush performs a double duty of exfoliating his skin. Its ultra soft tip creates a rich foam, is gentle to the skin and softens skin for a smooth shave, apparently. I don’t know, I don’t shave my face, but it sure looks nice.

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Hairy situation: Does your beloved dad sport facial hair in places he shouldn’t? Help him manscape those hairs into submission with the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer in bahama blue, $19.95. A smaller version of Tweezerman’s award-winning slant tweezer, it’s so efficient and handy, you might find yourself wanting one too. This baby is made from stainless steel and is said to grab every hair, every time.

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A good sport: Your dear, ol’ dad doesn’t have to be David Beckham to enjoy a sporty man fragrance. The Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Sport Eau de Toilette, 75ml, $99, will have him feeling fresh and manly in no time. The citrus fragrance has top notes of green apple, mint, mandarin orange and cedar; middle notes of sage, ginger and green notes and base notes of fern, amber, musk, sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss. Basically, he’ll smell bloody good.

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Smooth operator: Is your dad the type who needs some help when it comes to classy manscaping products? Hopefully, he’ll dig this posh beauty: the L’Occitane Eau Des Baux Deodorant, $26. This alcohol-free stick deodorant is said to glide on easily, dry fast, and prevents bacteria from developing. What’s more, its long-lasting scent is said to be “woody and mysterious” – very James Bond.

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Perfect gentleman:
A gentleman always has fresh breath: help him be at his best with the Aesop Mouthwash, $25. This alcohol-free formulation is said to provide a solution to the sensitive problem of oral malodour without disturbing saliva production of the natural pH of the mouth. Plus, anise and spearmint will leave your dad’s mouth cool, refreshed and hydrated. No doubt, your mum will thank you for this one too!

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Technology

If you have a tech-savvy mum, give her the gift of the latest in digital technology this Mother’s Day. From cameras, e-readers and mobile phones, the list of possibilities is endless for a mother on the cutting edge of the digital world. Here are a few of our suggestions that will help make your mum the most savvy in her e-reader book club.

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Father’s Day Book Gift Guide

Australia’s largest bookseller Dymocks has Father’s Day gift shopping sorted with their annual Father’s Day book recommendations, covering the best new biography, crime, sport, cooking, history and fiction titles.

Some of Dymocks’ Father’s Day choices include Ugly by Robert Hoge – a remarkable biography of the life journey of Robert Hoge; Never Back Down by Lee Child – the highly anticipated second instalment to the Jack Reacher series; and Accept the Challenge by Leigh Matthews – the life and lessons from the world of Australian Rules Football.

For foodie fathers, Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals is a great choice, whilst history fanatics will love In Great Spirits, the World War I diary of Archie Barwick. For dads looking for escapism, the fictitious world of British government scandal and criminal underworld workings in The English Girl by Daniel Silva, is sure to keep them on the edge of their seats.

Father’s Day book picks for dad:

COOKING

1.      Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, RRP $49.99
2.      Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, RRP $49.95
3.      Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger, RRP $49.99
4.      The Blue Duck by Darren Robertson and Mark La Brooy, RRP $39.99
5.      Fired Up Vegetarian by Ross Dobson, RRP $34.99

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BIOGRAPHY

1.      Ugly by Robert Hoge, RRP $32.99
2.      A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, RRP $29.99
3.      Clive by Sean Parnell, RRP $39.99
4.      Ian Frazer by Madonna King, RRP $29.95
5.      Stillways by Steve Bisley, RRP $27.99

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CRIME

1.      Never Go Back by Lee Child, RRP $32.95
2.      Watching You by Michael Robotham, RRP $29.99
3.      The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth, RRP 32.95
4.      Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson, RRP $32.99
5.      Mistress by James Patterson, RRP $32.95

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FICTION

1.      The English Girl by Daniel Silva, RRP $29.99
2.      Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler & Tom Perry, RRP $29.99
3.      Cairo by Chris Womersley, RRP $29.95
4.      The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker, RRP $29.99
5.      The Heist by Robert Schofield, RRP $29.99

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HISTORY

1.      In Great Spirits by Archie Barwick, RRP $39.99
2.      Too Bold To Die by Ian McPhedran, RRP $29.99
3.      Tell My Sons by Mark Weber, RRP $32.95
4.      Killing Fairfax by Pamela Williams, RRP $39.99
5.      Eyre: The Forgotten Explorer by Ivan Rudolph, RRP $39.99

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SPORT

1.      Accept the Challenge by Matthew Leigh, RRP $45.00
2.      Home Truths by Craig Bellamy, RRP $39.99
3.      More Important Than Life or Death by Peter FitzSimons, RRP $29.99
4.      Hold The Line by Matthew Scarlet, RRP $34.99
5.      Amen by Will Swanton, RRP $27.99

What are you getting dad for Father’s Day?