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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.

April 25, 2016

16 Gift Ideas That’ll Make You The Fave Parent

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

December 16, 2015

11 Christmas Cocktail Kits That’ll Wow Any Booze Hound

For the friend who loves a cocktail. Or three.

December 10, 2015

23 Of The Best Christmas Gifts For Beauty Junkies

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

November 26, 2015

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!

RELATED: Happy Father’s Day: In Celebration of Hands-On Dads

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

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.

RELATED: Get The Look: Trendy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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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August 27, 2015

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.

RELATED: 5 No-Stress Wedding Gifts

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.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Square Bar Keyring, $43.23

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

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.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Story Of Us Print, $119.18

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

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.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Things We Love About Print, $19.50

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

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!

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Name Crayons, $5.20

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Big or Little Sibling T Shirt, $39

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July 19, 2015

5 Stylish Valentine’s Gifts For Him

Buying gifts for the special man in your life can be difficult enough, especially without the added pressure of Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re looking for something that he is bound to use almost everyday, then investing in skincare, and fashion accessories are a great choice. Shop our top five gifts for your man this Valentine’s Day – we’re sure he won’t be disappointed!

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Urban Skincare Co. Backstreet Bath Pack, $44.95

The ultimate indulgence ideal for de-stressing after a strenuous day in the office. The pack contains hair wash, conditioner, body cleanser, body balm, body bar, detoxifying bath salts, and a sweet-smelling bath-bomb to unwind. The perfect give for the man who is constantly on-the-go!

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Uppercut Deluxe Filled Wash Bag, $75

Is your man obsessed with keeping his hair in mint condition? This gift pack by Uppercut Deluxe features all the essentials in a convenient little carry case. With a wash bag, face wash, shave cream, aftershave moisturiser, and a toothbrush which is the perfect size to pack into your carry-on luggage.

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The Horse Matte Black/Black Leather Watch, $129

Stay on time with this classic watch featuring a matte black case, and a premium leather band which will only look better with age. There are a variety of colours and finishes available online, but we think this black on black is perfect for the man who wants to keep it simple.

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Fane Footwear Boater Black Canvas, $100

Not only is a boat shoe light and breathable for the summer, there are also a number of colours available in the collection by Australian based, Fane Footwear. The sole is entirely waterproof, and is designed to feel soft and comfortable on the foot in all weather.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky 700mL, $77

Dubbed one of the worlds most popular beverages, this award winning whisky is sure to make any man happy on Valentine’s Day. The Black label has been aged for 12 years, and creates smooth-tasting liquor which is packed with flavour.

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February 4, 2015

Gift Ideas For People That Have Everything

No one really has everything. Even the wealthiest of your friends will appreciate a token of your love and affection, however small. The most important thing to remember is that you’re buying presents for the recipient and not for yourself.

Show your personality with your present

If you want your gift to stand out, you don’t necessarily have to spend more dollars than anyone else. You could always go online and choose a gift from Glitter Gift Baskets and have a look at their range, or you can blow your whole Christmas budget on an extraordinary present and then spend the rest of the year wondering if you did the right thing.

Unusual presents

Often buying Christmas gifts entails a fair amount of research. The Huffington Post suggests that a unique and extraordinary present is the new Michael Kors watch. This item is actually called the ‘Watch Hunger Stop’ watch, as the manufacturers will donate $25 of the purchase price to the United Nations Food Programme. If you’re looking for the innovative present for the person who has everything, then $25 for someone who has little is a great way of celebrating Christmas. The recipient of your gift should applaud your originality and generosity.

Glamorous presents for women

If you want to give to charity and treat your glamorous friends at the same time, then consider the MAC-Viva Glam lipstick. This item is achingly fashionable. Miley Cyrus is headlining the Viva Glam event in January 2015, and you’ll also be ensuring that you’re contributing to MAC Canada’s AIDS fund. Charity Christmas giving needn’t be worthy or dull, and there are a whole plethora of these type of gifts around this year. Remember that it’s not the size of your gift that matters, it’s whether you’ve given a present because you really like someone.

Ballooning is a great idea

If you’re looking for an unusual or distinctive present, don’t opt for designer labels. If you can afford it, why not invest in a balloon trip? Just ensure that the recipient doesn’t suffer from Vertigo. This is a present that can be enjoyed at any time, and it is unique. Remember, the person who has everything probably has their own private jet, but a balloon trip will allow them to take life at a gentler pace and really enjoy the scenery. The travel specialist website Where Canada has some wonderful ideas for a perfect balloon trip.

Art doesn’t always have to cost a fortune

If you’re buying a present for someone who loves art, you don’t have to buy a Giotto or a Modigliano to curry favour. First Nation artwork is definitely unique and your present will be well received as a result of its originality. Alternatively, you could always have a look at some city bric a brac shops and look for an unusual curio. Individuality is what counts with present giving, and not the amount that you spend on a gift.

December 18, 2014

Christmas Presents For Crafty Kids

Does your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild love to create things in their spare time? Make their dreams some true this Christmas by investing in gifts which will enhance their creativity without ending up in the back of their cupboard.

These fun and innovative gifts are sure to be used time and time again, without ever becoming boring!

RELATED: Keeping Christmas Special For Older Kids

Crayola Doodle Magic Farm Friends Mat, $24.99

A fun way to draw and sketch until it’s nap-time, this huge colour mat is a life-sized and perfect for letting their imagination run wild.

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Colour Me Mine Hipster Bag, $12.49

Let your child decorate their first personalised handbag for a truly unique look. The pack comes with 5 permanent markers to design the bag.

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Frozen Air Brush Studio, $39.99

If your child loves Elsa and Anna as much as possible, this Air Brush Studio should complete their Frozen collection. Create memorable paintings using unique colours and one-of-a-kind stencils for family and friends.

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Rock Painting Kit, $10

An illustrated book and kit for kids who love to paint almost anything! Comes with stencils and paints for creating that perfect work of art that they’ll cherish forever.

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Micador Easy Wash Paint Tin, $39.99

The complete set of 5 popular paints, 5 brushes, and a smock for a child who loves to paint all day long! The easy carry kit makes it simple to pack and put away after they’re finished for the day.

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Paint My Own Piggy Bank, $18.95

A fun and personalised way to let your kids create their very own piggy bank. The kit comes with one blank piggy bank, paint brush, and a variety of colours to paint for hours on end!

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December 14, 2014

Christmas Gifts That Give Back

Nothing is more true to the spirit of Christmas than giving an item that gives back to those in need. While you can opt to donate to charity in someone’s name, if you would prefer to give the special people in your life something tangible, use our guide to find socially conscious gifts from brands that give back the world.

RELATED: 20 tips for a sustainable Christmas

Raven + Lily

Founders Kirsten and Sophia work to help women in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Kenya to help generate employment, relieve poverty and help combat issues like HIV, trafficking, poor education and genital mutilation in these regions. They also give back to their own community, by employing refugee women in their hometown of Austin, Texas.

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Seven Hopes United

Seven Hopes United sells stylish, handmade, fair trade and eco-friendly gifts from around the world. Each product – from homewares to handbags – is sourced by the company to ensure that the artisan responsible is paid a fair wage, and their working conditions are safe and ethical.

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FashionABLE

FashionABLE sells chic scarves, jewelry and blankets to help support sustainable business ventures in Africa. The business began when the founders traveled to Ethiopia and saw first-hand the extreme poverty forcing many young, local girls into an unsafe living in the sex trade. They realized the best way to assist the women was to help them gain other sustainable employment options – so they now employ them to craft their FashionABLE wares.

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Krochet Kids

What started as three teenage boys crocheting their own knitwear, has grown into an international not-for-profit, helping communities in Uganda and Peru. The venture started rolling when the young men visited Uganda and found displaced locals unsatisfied living in government-run refugee camps. In order to give them their own income and a sustainable career, the Krochet Kids taught a handful of locals to crochet and help them market their products to international consumers.

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December 11, 2014

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.

RELATED: Top 5 Christmas Stress-Busters

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.

December 10, 2014

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!

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November 18, 2014

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.

November 16, 2014

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

So you’ve only got a couple of days/hours to spare and the weekend is choc-o-block with events and… wait, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Thank goodness for late-night shopping and this guide on what to rush out and pick up for your dad right NOW!

VS-for-Men

With the VS for Men i-PRO Intensive Clipper dad will be able to craft a stylish on-trend hair cut thanks to the POWER of the Intensive’s heavy-duty 4.0V DC motor. With 3x more cutting power than a regular magnetic motor for an ultra powerful cut, it will give him the ultimate salon-even haircut quickly and easily. PRECISION – XL Professional Performance Blades made from especially hardened Japanese steel for ultra smooth effortless cutting will help him finish the job.

Braun_WaterFlex

Braun WaterFlex is waterproof up to five metres. This electric shaver is specially designed for use with water, foam or gel, turning shaving into gliding for a closer more comfortable shave.

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Max’s Chocolate Fondue Tower is the perfect gift to bring out your dad’s inner child along with the rich Milk Caibos which melts into a smooth chocolate fondue. This delicious dipping ritual, ideal with strawberries, marshmallow or banana, will bring the whole family together.

Men Expert Vita Lift Gift Pack

For the man looking to combat the signs of ageing, the Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Father’s Day Gift Pack includes a Vita Lift Cleansing Cream, Tough Stubble Shaving Gel and Vita Lift 5 Daily Moisturiser.  All L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Father’s Day Gift Packs are available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse from mid-August to September 2014.

Patron_Silver_700ML

Patrón Silver is a crystal clear, ultra-premium tequila and the brand’s iconic variation. This incredibly versatile spirit is ideal for a number of cocktail recipes – margaritas, paloma’s, tequila and tonic – and the ideal treat for dad this Father’s Day.

September 4, 2014

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

 

August 31, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Go, Go, Gadget!

Does your beloved dad love gadgets and big boys’ toys? What dad doesn’t? Treat him to some of these hot, new tech gifts this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, and you’re bound to achieve favourite-child status. Here, in SHESAID’S second of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to shop the latest tech stuff for your dad like a boss.

Work it, baby: Help your dad get his groove on while he works up a sweat with the Bose SIE2 Sports In-Ear Headphones, $149. They’re specifically engineered for exercise, so are sweat and weather-resistant. In addition, the headphones will stay comfortably, yet securely in place, and deliver robust Bose sound to keep dad energised. Go dad, go! Find these at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Movie night: If your dad’s a move buff, he’ll dig seeing three of MGM’s signature films Rocky, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and RoboCop (pictured), meticulously re-mastered and now presented on Blu-ray for a high-def home viewing experience. Just add beer and popcorn, and your dad will be in heaven! Find these babies at JB Hi-Fi, at $15.98 each. Visit www.jbhifi.com.au for your nearest store.

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Action hero: JOBY has launched two adaptable mini tripods enabling active dads to get creative with their compact digital gear: the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic, $14.95, and JOBY MPod Mini Stand (pictured), $18.95. The JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic is a mini-tripod with magnetic feet which secures to all types of metallic objects, designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras. Meanwhile, also mini in size, but said to be mighty in practicality, the JOBY MPod Mini Stand fits most smartphones, making it easy to set up a steady shot. For stockists, email support@maxwell.com.au.

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Fitness junkie: Fitness freaks will dig the Dick Smith Life Trak Move 300 Act Tracker, $79.98, a wearable tracker that is said to be unique, stylish and accurate. Your dad’s activity progress can be displayed graphically by hour, day, week or workout. What’s more, it can connect and sync to compatible smartphones. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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What’s on da box: Does your dad dream of a big-screen TV? Make his dreams a reality with this 32″ HD LED TV which also features a built-in DVD Player, PVR function for recording Digital TV and more. At $349, you may need to rope in a sibling or two to share the cost. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Time traveller: If your dad is a watch aficionado, he’ll be chuffed with these Melbourne Watch Company beauties: the Flinders, $549 (pictured below), and the Hawthorn (pictured at top), from $395. Named after Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, the Flinders exudes simple elegance and versatility. Meanwhile, the Hawthorn is aimed at bridging the gap between dress and sports styles and is available in a black, tan or steel strap. Visit www.melbournewatch.com.au.

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Go, Go, Gadget!

 

August 25, 2014

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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August 13, 2014

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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May 4, 2014

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?

August 16, 2013