You don’t have to spend a fortune to show you care.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Buying the perfect gift at the best of times is hard work. It doesn’t matter how close you are to that person, how long they have been in your life or how many important factors about them you remember – it’s not always an easy mission. So what about when you need to buy for someone that doesn’t fall into that category?
Perhaps it’s your new boyfriend’s mum who you really like but hardly know, a work college or a friend of friend you’re expected to buy for; and you have absolutely no idea where to start. It’s almost as bad as buying for someone who just doesn’t know what they want, or has absolutely everything!
You want to find a gift that doesn’t scream excessively special or expensive, but you definitely don’t want to go tacky or boring either. It’s a headache of a task trying to find the perfect balance, the perfect message and the perfect price tag. Not to worry though, we’ve come up with some awesome ideas for you here.
1. Green gifts
Giving flowers is by no means something new, so it definitely pays to put a spin on things. Whilst a stunning bouquet of flowers are nice to receive (and a relatively easy gift to give for many), it can be seen a little cliché to give a prearranged bunch. Instead, think outside the box and go for something that’s in season – poppies, lilies, tulips – and buy a big, generous bunch for maximum impact.
Other ‘green’ gifts can be a good way to think outside the box too. As beautiful as flowers can be, they don’t last forever. This is where glass terrariums can make the perfect gift. Terrariums are a great way to bring that lush green feel into an indoor space and create a fun way to give a plant type gift that last nearly forever too. There’s a variety of different styles that range in sizes and price, from hanging glass terrariums to DIY ones that sit perfectly on your desk or shelf.
2. Delicious treats
It’s near impossible to go wrong with tasty treats because, let’s face it, almost everyone likes to splurge out at times! Depending on how much you know about the person (what treats they like and don’t like), you can opt for a flash box of chocolates wrapped elegantly with a beautiful ribbon. If you’re giving something simple like a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine, hunt down one that’s more unique and remember that packaging does matter.
Delicious food and drink hampers are a fantastic idea for when you don’t have much of an idea about what they person likes. Because they offer so much variety, you can pick one where’s there’s bound to be a few items in there they’ll love. From chocolate goodies, to fruit and cheese treats and beer and bubbles galore it’s super easy to choose one they can enjoy – and it’s all wrapped up for you too!
3. Something useful
Now I’m talking about a pair of socks or another daggy tie, I’m talking something they can use for hobbies they enjoy and useful gifts that are quirky and meaningful. Whilst this gift idea can require a little more thought and getting to know the person – it can show you have put thought into it without going too overboard.
For example, if you know the person loves cooking or gardening – why not get them a fun hamper with goodies to represent this? If the person enjoys writing or has a home office they’re always using, a personalised stationary kit or a quirky flash drive can definitely be a crowd pleaser.
Useful gifts don’t always have to be an actual product too. If you know they love music or sport, why not purchase some tickets to the next small concert or game they can go too? Giving the gift of an experience is not only valuable, but something very memorable too.
4. Pamper packs
These days, most of us lead pretty hectic lives and it can be near impossible to force yourself just to stop and relax. Pamper packs make one of the best gift ideas for almost anyone in your life because it allows them to do just that – stop, and relax. For many, the art of pampering is much easier when someone else purchases it for you too.
You don’t have to splurge all out to make this gift work. Depending on who the person is and their relationship to you, a gift card to the local day spa can be great or a simple pamper pack of some goodies and feel-good products they can use at home. Whilst this gift is probably more female related, there’s so many great ideas you can use for men too who enjoy a bit of RnR time.
5. A taste of home
People are always on the move lately and whether they are just passing through, or over your way for good, a taste of home can be a wonderful idea. Depending on how much time you have to get the gift, you can have a small package sent over from their local coffee or chocolate shop to indulge in or find a nice picture that they can put up in their home.
Just because you don’t someone that well, it doesn’t mean to say gift ideas will be boring or unthoughtful. By thinking outside the box and paying attention to the little details, finding the perfect gift that conveys the right message can be much easier than you think.
By Jayde Ferguson, an online blogger and copywriter who recommends the food and gift hampers at Boxt.com.au for the perfect gift for someone you don’t know well. Boxt are a leading online provider of hampers and other gift ideas and do delivery throughout Australia.
Personalised wedding presents are one of the most sentimental ways to gift your spouse for the big day.
Rather than shelling out hundreds of dollars for the same mass-produced item, why not get a little creative and personalise an existing product? There are hundreds of sellers on Etsy who are available to provide these types of services, and they also ship around the world!
Something every woman loves in her life is a good pair of heels. Why not take her wedding heels and have something personal scribed on the sole? This could be the form of a removable sticker, or something a little more permanent like getting it engraved.
Nothing beats a unique piece of jewellery, are we right? You could achieve ultimate brownie points by customised a standard silver bracelet with the latitude and longitude of your wedding location. You can have almost anything engraved by an Etsy seller, which is totally handmade!
Create your own wine label which will commemorate your wedding day, and taste super-sweet! You could also hand this out to guests as a gift to your wedding, which will have the date and occasion of your wedding.
Make your very own ideas into a reality by collaborating with a personalised artist on Etsy. This could be anything from a picture which represents the happy couple, the date you were hitched, or even a fun little quote.
Images via Jimmy Choo, Not On The High Street, Etsy
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.
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.
As a first-time parent, you’ve become the baby gear galore’s marketing dream. There’s a huge list of ‘essential’ items and before you know it, money is just slipping away. There’s no denying how expensive babies are – and they cost more than enough without having to buy all this additional stuff too.
Soon you find yourself asking “how can one tiny baby possibly need all this stuff!?” No doubt you simply want to do what’s best for your newborn, but the reality is you don’t need to be stocked up with countless purchases to accommodate the arrival. Take the clutter out of your baby’s homecoming and make sure your nursery is only filled with the ‘must have’s’! Here’s a list of items your baby doesn’t need:
Until they start to stand and walk babies have no real need for shoes, and most of the time they barely stay on anyway. Before you know it, you’ll have all the time in the world to buy those adorable sets of kicks – but as for tiny newborns slip those little feet into socks for warmth instead or ugg-boot type booties. As your baby starts to experiment with toddling around your home, bare feet or socks is actually much healthier for their development.
2. Oodles of stuffed toys
Whilst every newborn baby defiantly needs a cuddly teddy bear or two, you don’t need to spend a fortune on making sure they have every soft toy on the market. The ultimate toy for a newborn is your company, face and voice which serve as a stimulating entertainment session they actually need. As your newborn gets older (around 6 months is good), stuffed toys become necessary – until then, save your money. An overload on cuddly animals and bears as a newborn can also pose as a SIDS risk, another important reason to consider.
3. Fancy designer clothes
Sure, you want your baby to look stylish and amazing but at such a young age, it’s best to resist the urge to go on an expensive shopping spree. Buying baby designer clothes may look extremely cute but it’s inevitable your newborn will outgrow them in the next week or two. Not to mention all the spills, drool and diaper blowouts that’ll get in the way.
4. A baby bath
A big spending mistake first-time parents make is buying a baby bath when in fact; your house already comes with one. Yes – a sink! Believe it not, your sink in your laundry is actually the perfect baby bath for your newborn. Whilst it may not come with cute little ducks printed on it, it’s not going to cost you any extra.
As with designer clothes, a newborn baby will undoubtedly grow out of a baby bath pretty quickly. Utilising sinks in your home and then upgrading to the bath tub is a much more ideal and cheaper option. If you want to ‘prettify’ the sink, you can use fun wall stickers above the area for your baby to coo at and throw a rubber duckie into the sink too.
5. Expensive baby bedding
Sure you want your newborn to be sleeping in super comfy bedding, but it doesn’t need to cost you and arm and a leg. Some baby bedding sets can cost hundreds and at the end of the day, they’re just going to be ruined and washed over and over again. Many parents are drawn to the cute fluffiness of baby bedding and will spend a fortune on adorable patterns. Few of these though are actually safe and appropriate though as they pose a risk to your sleeping baby with their fleecy texture and risk of overheating. Instead, opt for thinner receiving blankets or swaddling blankets that’ll wrap your baby like a safe little burrito.
6. Changing table
As with the baby bath, your home already comes complete with your very own changing table. If your home is lacking room as it is, there’s really no use in adding another piece of furniture you’re not going to need – save your money and space! A dresser, living room table or mat on the floor can be converted into the perfect changing table for your baby. Purchase an easy-to-clean changing pad that can effectively turn almost any nook in your home into an instant changing table. Depending on which one you choose, most changing pads come complete with a safety strap and nappy storage for convenience.
7. Bottle warmer
A bottle warmer may be convenient, but it’s definitely not an essential item you’re going to need for your newborn baby. With good reason too – many parents aren’t too keen on heating a bottle up in the microwave (and we wouldn’t recommend this) but you do have hot water that’s more than suitable. Instead, sit the bottle in a pot of warming water. After a few minutes test the contents of the bottle (usually on the wrist as this is a sensitive place) and once it’s at a good temperature you can feed it to your baby. As long as you have brought the real essentials (baby bottles!), you can safely warm up a bottle without using a pricey bottle warmer.
By Corina Mentink, director of Boxt.com.au, a leading online provider of hampers, balloons and gift delivery in Australia. Connect with Corina on LinkedIn
Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? Here are 5 last-minute gift ideas for every kind of dad – from the dad that loves to cook, to the dad who takes up more more of the vanity than you do! One thing’s for sure, any of these Father’s Day gifts will put a smile on his face.
For the dad who deserves the best: Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide, $219
There are electric toothbrushes, and then there is the Rolls Royce of electric toothbrushes. And the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide is it.
It’s the first power toothbrush that comes with a wireless display to help enhance brushing performance – so dad can get his geek on while looking after his dental health. The wireless remote display provide while-you-brush real-time feedback, how cool is that?
Where to buy: Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Myer, David Jones and Priceline.
For the dad who needs a spruce up: VS for Men Limited Edition Deluxe Clipper Set, $39.95
The limited edition VS for Men Deluxe Clipper Set caters to all hair types, from the genetically blessed thicker headed hair types to the less-blessed! Comprising a premium mains powered clipper complete with high quality stainless steel blades, it is also includes an 8 comb guide (grades 1-8) and a five position taper lever, to ensure all desired cutting lengths can be achieved easily.
The limited edition VS for Men’s Deluxe Clipper Set includes a battery-operate trimmer for precision cutting to maintain smaller, harder-to-reach areas like sideburns, necklines, facial hair and ear areas. It also comes with its very own matching blue storage bag, perfect for storage when it’s not being used.
Where to buy: All major pharmacies, department and appliance stores including Myer, David Jones, Target and Priceline.
For the dad who’s a metrosexual (but won’t admit it): GAIA Made For Men Overnight Pack, $17
Perfect for the gym bag or unexpected nights away, GAIA Made For Men Overnight Pack combines four essential products (and none you don’t need) in one compact waterproof pack.
Each pack contains a 50ml refillable, recyclable bottle of Face & Body Wash, Scrub, Shave Gel and Face Crème, each infused with organic lime, organic patchouli and organic spearmint pure essential oils to bring you a fresh and invigorating masculine scent which will stimulate the senses. Plus GAIA products are sulfate, paraben and artificial fragrance-free, which we love!
Where to buy: selected Coles and health food stores.
If dad loves to cook, deck him out in the finest kitchen gear, like this smart pinstripe apron and glove set from gorgeous homewares store Rapee. Bundle it up with a cookbook (check out our best Father’s Day cookbooks!)
For the dad who lives to golf: Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro, $99.95
Give dad a golf lesson with a PGA pro. Lessons are suitable for beginners through to advanced players and the professional will tailor the lesson to suit dad’s personal requirements, so it’s completely personalised. Available in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australian and Western Australia, this is an experience dad will never forget.
Not a golfer? Red Balloon has dozens of experiences that dad has on his secret bucket list, including racing a V8 around a racetrack, learning to fly a seaplane, flying in a helicopter and more – best of all you can buy him a gift certificate and he can choose his own adventure.
Where to buy: Red Balloon
And don’t forget to serve dad breakfast in bed with our perfect scrambled eggs recipe!