BRAND OF THE WEEK: C&T Customer Lures

Anniversary gifts from new brand C&T
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New gifts from C&T Custom Lures

We’ve received quite a few requests lately for more wedding anniversary gift ideas. When we came across US brand C&T Custom Lures, we knew we’d found something special. C&T specialise in handmade metal accessories and quirky gifts, such as fishing lures, money clips, luggage tags and golf markers. Not only do some of their products make great gifts for people who can be hard to buy for i.e. fishermen and golfers, the metals they use to make their products are also compatible with several wedding anniversaries:

7th Wedding Anniversary – Copper
8th Wedding Anniversary – Bronze
11th Wedding Anniversary – Steel


We’re also offering a $10 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Thursday 11/8/16.  
Use Discount Code C&T in the Discount Code field when you place your order. 

This offer can’t be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)

Money clip set
Your Best Man and Groomsman will treasure these unique, handmade money clips. You could even personalise them further by getting their name or the date of your wedding engraved on the back. 
Fishing lures
Fishermen can be hard to buy for. It’s always tricky to keep up with the latest rod or fishing accessories they’ve got their eye on. These fishing lures are a unique handmade gift they’ve probably never seen before. Choose from stainless steel, copper or bronze. 
Golf markers
Need to buy a gift for a golfer, but don’t want to spend a fortune on expensive clubs? These golf markers make a fun, unique gift that every golfer will use. Choose from stainless steel, copper or bronze. 
Luggage tags
These metal luggage tags are a great way to identify your suitcase quickly and easily. They also make a thoughtful gift to give a loved-one as a parting gift before they travel. Choose from stainless steel, copper or bronze. 

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Cyber Clean High-Tech Cleaning Compound

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your mobile phone or computer then keep reading – this product is for you!
How it works: 
This pliable cleaning compound is designed to ‘squish’ into small cavities to remove dirt and germs. 

Why you need this:
  • This cleaning compound is safe and effective – it does a great job and doesn’t damage your precious devices. 
  • You can use it on multiple devices – computers, phones, calculators, electronic organisers, PDAs, MP3 players, etc. 
  • It doesn’t leave residuee
  •  It has a proven disinfecting action
  • This is a great gift for gadget-lovers, work colleagues or when you need a useful, unusual gift

BRAND OF THE WEEK: Brushtech Brushes

YES! There is an easier way to clean your wine glasses, decanter and BBQ grill. 

It’s all about having the right tools for the job. When it comes to household brushes, Brushtech have a solid reputation for quality products that are designed to make tricky jobs quicker and easier. 

The four “magic” Brushtech Brushes for your wine glasses, decanter, BBQ and grill

The “magic four” brushes are the:

1. Wine Glass/Stemware Brush

Brushtech Wine Glass Brush – get those wine glasses sparkling for your next dinner party

Why we love it:
  • The soft foam bristles gently remove wine stains, lipstick, and greasy lip marks around the rim of the glass
  • The tapered shape makes it easy to clean the very bottom of the glass (which is nearly impossible with a sponge)
  • The sturdy plastic handle makes it easy to hold and control the brush
  • The foam is water resistant, which means it doesn’t absorb water so it’s quick to dry and won’t harbor bacteria 
  • To thoroughly clean your brush (only necessary after many uses) you can simply pop it into the dishwasher.  

2. Decanter Brush

Brushtech Decanter Brush – this brush is designed to bend and clean unsually shaped decanters and carafes
Why we love it:
  • The slim shape is designed to fit in the narrow necks of most decanters to remove wine stains and residue. 
  • The soft foam bristles won’t scratch or damage your decanter’s fine crystal
  • This long brush is designed to be bent and flexed to get to those hard-to-reach spots
  • The brush can also be used for carafes, vases, water jugs and bottles (anywhere you’d use a bottle brush), so it’s a versatile cleaning tool. 
  • The foam is water resistant, which means it doesn’t absorb water so it’s quick to dry and won’t harbor bacteria 
  • To thoroughly clean your brush (only necessary after many uses) you can simply pop it into the dishwasher.  

3. Large BBQ Grill Brush

Brushtech Large BBQ Grill Brush – the fast way to clean max surface area of your BBQ

Why we love it:
  • The wide head quickly cleans a large surface area of your BBQ
  • The brass bristles are durable and long-lasting, but won’t scratch porcelain grills
  • One of these brushes will outlast the other sponges and clothes on the market, which over time will save you money. 
  • A dedicated tool for cleaning the grimy BBQ may mean that it will get cleaned more often! (although we can’t promise that!)

Brushtech Small BBQ Grill Brush – ideal for getting into these tight corners and crevasses 

Why we love it:
  • With all the same attributes as its big brother, the Large BBQ Grill Brush (which is durable and long-lasting) this small BBQ Grill brush is designed to get into the small spaces of your grill for a thorough clean. 

    How do you currently clean your glassware and BBQ/grill? What are your favourite products to use? We’d love your thoughts – please comment below…

    How to keep your drinks cool this summer

    You’ve been invited to the Summer BBQ or Christmas ‘Party-of-the-year’ – brilliant!

    Now you just need to decide what to take to drink. Once you’ve decided on your drink of choice, don’t forget to think about what you’ll transport it to the party in. As handy as the old brown paper bag is, it won’t keep your drink cool and no one likes a warm beer (unless you’re English;)

    Built have proven that neoprene fabric isn’t just for wetsuits. Their range of wine and beer totes have been lovingly crafted from this versatile fabric that feels great, protects your glass bottles, and most importantly, keeps your drink cool for hours.

    Plus, we’re offering FREE DELIVERY on all orders (for any products) placed from Sunday 23/11/14 until midnight Saturday 29/11/14.

    Use Coupon Code BUILT in the Coupon Code field when you place your order. 

    1. Built One Bottle Wine Tote $19.95
    This Built Wine Tote is the original classic.The best thing about this bag? It neatly flat-packs away when not in use. 
    2. Built Origami Wine Tote $29.95
    This Wine Tote is an object of beauty, which stylishly pays homage to the Japanese art of Origami. We also love the way the design allows this tote to be folded down for easy storage.
    3. Built Six Pack Tote $29.95
    Forget about the dodgy carton that might break on-route – this Six Pack Tote is the only way to carry your precious Six Pack.  
    4. Built One Bottle Messenger Tote $29.95
    This is a stylish Tote with a flap-over design to completely protect your bottle of wine from the elements. 


    Need a new wallet? 

    New Japanese leather brands now in stock…

    If your wallet is looking a bit tired i.e. dog-eared and missing a few stitches, then it’s definitely time to treat yourself. We’ve got some beautiful new wallets from two amazing brands we discovered on our recent buying trip in Japan: Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather and YMMN.

    SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: Receive a 10% discount on any Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather or YMMN product purchased this week.
    To redeem your discount, simply enter Coupon Code JAPAN in the Coupon Code field when you place your order.
    Offer ends 5pm Sunday 10/11/2013 and can’t be used with any other offer or redeemed for cash. Please feel free to forward this offer onto your family and friends.

    Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather

    Traditionally, the dying and finishing processes used for textiles and leather use a  lot of chemicals. Many companies are now rethinking their processes and moving towards more sustainable practices. One such company is Japanese brand, Kinuya, who are renowned for their AWA AI premium leather goods. Kinuya’s point of difference is their dying process. They use the leaves from the indigo plant (indigofera polygonum) to produce a natural dye. This natural indigo dyeing method know as “Ai-zome” has been used in Japan since the 5th century. The ‘Ai-zome’ technique results in a clear, deep colour, known as ‘Japan Blue’. The Kinuya range consists of a unique collection of leather goods dyed ‘Japan Blue’, using this traditional, environmentally conscious method.


    YMMN is a family-run manufacturer of  leather goods established in 1948 by Mr Yamada Haruhiko. Today the company is owned and run by Mr Yamada’s son. The family have an established reputation as high-quality leather manufacturers in Japan’s leather goods industry. All of YMMN’s products are made in Japan by skilled craftsmen at their factory located in Tokyo. It takes the craftsmen approximately 3 hours to complete a men’s wallet.

    BRAND OF THE WEEK: BrewSmith

    Love beer? You’ll love this…

    We’ve all heard some horror stories when it comes to home brew beer: exploding bottles, batches that would make petrol taste good, etc…but we reckon these BrewSmith home brew kits will convert the even the most loyal of wine-drinkers. With flavours such as Chocolate Paradise Porter (need we continue???), Honey Bomb Wheat, Hoppy Heart IPA, and Summer Citrus Blonde Ale the toughest decision you’ll make is which flavour to choose!
    If you need to buy a gift for someone who’s partial to a beer or two, look no further.
    These kits also make the perfect Father’s Day gift (coming up on Sunday 1/9/13).
    If you get in quick, you’ll even receive a FREE Guitar Multitool Bottle Opener with every kit purchased (available with orders placed before 5pm Sunday 11/8/13).

    BrewSmith Chocolate Paradise Kit

    Chocolate and beer. Could this be a match made in heaven??? Forget about a dark beer that’s bitter and thick. This one is sweet, strong, and full of deliciousness – without being heavy. The included bag of specialty steeping grains give the beer a beautiful dark colour, and a nutty-sweet coffee flavor.

    BrewSmith Hoppy Heart IPA Kit

    This is a well balanced beer. The sweet and fruity flavours aren’t overpowering thanks to a crisp bitterness and floral aroma from the hops.

    BrewSmith Honey Bomb Wheat Kit

    Honey is a soothing, comforting flavour. Imagine combining this with subtle wheat and strong hoppy beer flavours…mmm!!! This one doesn’t disappoint – and it’s super versatile as a summer or winter tipple.

    BrewSmith Summer Citrus Blonde Ale Kit

    This light, refreshing beer is a summer essential. Even during the cold months, this beer is a great way of adding a little sunshine to the dullest of days.

    BRAND OF THE WEEK: Fisher Space Pen

    When was the last time you were let down by a pen that wouldn’t work? Perhaps you were frantically trying to write on the high-gloss surface of a birthday or anniversary card at the last minute, or trying to write on a surface that (accidently) had a bit of grease on it, or (slightly less likely) trying to write in space. Whatever you’re writing on, you want to be confident that your message will get across loud and clear. A pen that works when you need it to is an essential item for any briefcase, handbag or car glove box.

    The Fisher Bullet Space Pen is sleek and compact – perfect for your business compendium, handbag or the car glovebox

    The Fisher Space Pen is better than conventional pens because:

    1. It’s designed to perform in harsh conditions – Space Pen designer Paul Fisher was inspired by space exploration and created a pen that withstands extreme temperatures and conditions.

    2. NASA has thoroughly tested the design of the Space Pen and it is still used on manned flights to space today.

    3. It’s compact – The sleek, minimalistic design is ideal for anywhere – your wallet, purse, pocket, the car or even your toolbox.

    The Fisher Bullet Space Pen in Titanium Nitride is the ultimate luxury pen, available in gold or gloss black

    Test it out – it’s guaranteed to write:

    – Upside down
    – Underwater
    – At any angle
    – In freezing cold
    – In burning heat
    – On most smooth surfaces
    – On coated papers
    – On photographs
    – On wet paper
    – On X-Rays
    and of course…in the gravity free vacuum of outer-space.

    The Fisher Bullet Space Pen with clip is the only accessory for your shirt pocket

    Fisher Space Pen trivia:

     – The Fisher Space Pen was first patented in 1965. Following a couple of years of NASA testing, the pen was then used on Apollo 7 in 1968.

    – A special Fisher Space Pen called the Stowaway was created in 1985 from genuine gold recovered from the 1622 Spanish Galleon – Nuestra Señora de Atocha treasure.

    – In 1998, a Seinfeld episode was dedicated to the Fisher Space Pen. Seinfeld accepts a Space Pen from his neighbour, which his parents are not impressed about.

    – Also in 1998, the Space Pen was also used to write the words “QVV” (for QVC Shopping Network) on the Russian Space Station Mir – so it became the first product sold in space.

    SPECIAL OFFER: Receive FREE DELIVERY on all orders containing a Fisher Space Pen placed before 5pm Tues 28/5/2013. Simply enter Coupon Code FISHER when you checkout.


    Years of travel are inspiration behind Junko Kobori’s candle collection, KOBO. Originally from Japan, Junko was strongly influenced by the scents she encountered on her travels with her husband. When the couple eventually settled in Saratoga Springs, NY, Junko set about recreating some of the fragrances that had stayed with her from her journeys. From its inception in 2006, the KOBO brand has grown to encompass several core collections that are constantly growing and evolving.

    What makes a good scented candle? Fragrance and longevity are obviously important, but what about packaging? The quality of the packaging a candle comes in is probably not something most people would consider when purchasing a candle. However, the packaging is one of the unique points of difference for Kobo’s candles: “the fresh look of the KOBO packaging is a gift so beautiful it need not be wrapped”.

    KOBO candles are made from domestically grown sustainable soybeans. The advantage of 
    soy is that it holds fragrance well and is one of the cleanest burning mediums. KOBO’s soy candles also have a cotton wick, which provides “a pure and clean flame”.  KOBO are proud to produce candles that “are not only created using environmentally friendly materials but they do not pollute the home either.”

    The quality, balance and strength of the fragrance are also important factors. KOBO use boutique fragrance houses in the US to guarantee only high quality aromas are blended. “Each candle is made to specific standards that maximize the fragrance yield to the individual scent to create a room-filling yet not overpowering aroma”.

    We are excited to introduce KOBO’s Seeds range of candles to Mr Gift. This beautiful collection of candles features environmentally friendly packaging that is infused with seeds so that it can be planted after use. Fragrances in the Seeds range include:

    The KOBO Seeds Candles boxes are infused with seeds that can be planted and grow the same plant as the candle

    The Thyme, Tomato and Calendula candles in particular have a deep herbaceous aroma that men will love. Sweet Sunflower is a light, refreshing fragrance, whilst Siam Poppy is dark and exotic. None of these candles are over-powering or sickly sweet – they are comforting home fragrances that everyone will love.

    Why not indulge mum with one of KOBO’s delicious candles this Mother’s Day?

    SPECIAL OFFER: Receive FREE DELIVERY on all orders containing a KOBO Candle placed before 5pm Sun 12/5/2013. Simply enter Coupon Code KOBO when you checkout.

    BRAND OF THE WEEK: The Little Veggie Patch Co

    Although I knew of The Little Veggie Patch Co, it was an online interview between Tim Reid (of Small Business Big Marketing) and The Little Veggie Patch co-founder, Fabian that made me realise – “we need to stock this brand!”

    The concept for The Little Veggie Patch Co (LVPC) was originally conceived in 2008 by Matthew Pember, who was joined by Fabian Capomolla in 2009. The duo is passionate about seeing “more people living a greener lifestyle – growing their own vegetables”. Fabian explained to Tim, “we’re a business that takes out the hard work of setting up your veggie garden. We’re about having fun and fun ways of growing food.” 

    The boys both have an Italian heritage, which probably explains the importance they place on food – and not just any food, but the freshest food they can grow. “We grew up being centred with food as part of our life. We always had the back garden full of veggies and fresh food coming from the back garden, so it’s a way of life,” says Fabian.
    The Little Veggie Patch Co founders – Fabian Capomolla and Matthew Pember
    This philosophy can sometimes present a challenge in large cities where many people live in small apartments and houses with limited space. Based in Melbourne, The Little Veggie Patch Co are aware of these limitations and “specialise in the design, installation and maintenance of chemical-free vegetable gardens” – for any sized space.
    Book 1: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces
    In addition to offering custom design and installation of gardens for clients, the boys have produced two books: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces (book 1) and Guide to Backyard Farming(book 2).
    Book 2: Guide to Backyard Farming

    They also sell a sensational range of heirloom seeds and are keen to encourage people to have a go growing these classic varieties at home for themselves.

    Novice and veteran gardeners alike will love the tips and tricks included in both LVPC books. The books are exceptionally well written in an easy-to-read style (not a sentence of gardening jargon in site!) and feature plenty of beautiful images to highlight a variety of topics, such as Making a Scarecrow, Building a Spud Tower or Growing Beans in a Bean Can. Book one also boasts an A-Z of edible plants.
    The Little Veggie Patch Co heirloom seed varieties

    About the boys:

    With 10 years landscaping experience from his previous job under his belt, Matthew knows a thing or two about creating the perfect space for clients. Matthew also has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne (2000).

    Fabian is adding another string to his bow by completing a Masters in Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus), in addition to his degree in Business Administration from Monash University (1998).


    LVPC received “Best in Show” for their display connecting edible gardens to native Australian landscapes at the 2010 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

    LVPC and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gardens Foundation (SAKGF) have been working together since LVPC started. LVPC is the sole representative of the SAKGF initiative with an exhibition garden at Collingwood Primary.

    Check out The Little Veggie Patch Co books: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces and Guide to Backyard Farming as well as their selection of heirloom seeds – the perfect gift for budding or experienced gardeners alike.

    “A little food, a little fun;
    a little soul, a little sun;
    a little green, a little grow…
    The Little Veggie Patch Co.”

    SPECIAL OFFER: Receive FREE DELIVERY on all The Little Veggie Patch Co orders placed before 5pm Sat 23/2/2013. Simply enter Coupon Code VEGGIE when you checkout.