What’s the best present you ever received? Chances are it was a gift you received as a child – something you really wanted, something that you wrote on your Christmas list and hoped Santa would remember. Buying gifts for children (apart from the ones that have everything) is easy – they know what they want and they’re not afraid to let you know. Adults, on the other hand are much more complex. There are few people that will tell you what they really want, with men often being the worst culprits. So how do you become a ‘mind-reader’ to find the perfect gift that they’ll really love? Our top 10 tips for buying the best gifts will set you on the right track:
When was the last time you called or visited your mum? If you’re now feeling a bit guilty, check out our top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas and spoil your mum this Mother’s Day, Sunday 13 May.
Alife Design believes that “design is very similar to dating”. Their theory stems from “carefully watching people’s lives” and endeavouring “to make our lives more enriched and enjoyable by contemplating hidden needs from various movements and implementing something sophisticated to satisfy the needs”.
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the right gift to buy for wedding anniversaries. Part of this confusion may be related to conflicting gift ideas from the UK and the US. We’ve tried to make things easy for you with our definitive list of anniversary gifts, along with some great gift suggestions:
1st anniversary: Paper (US) or Cotton (UK)
2nd anniversary – Cotton (US) or Paper (UK)
These gorgeous little paper gift tags $1.50ea are a fun and (environmentally friendly) way to label your gifts. Made from recycled paper, they are embedded with Oregano or Thyme seeds. They’re the gift that keeps giving!
3rd anniversary – Leather (US and UK)
Select a gift crafted in leather from our extensive range of leather products, including wallets, bags, laptop cases, iPad cases and pencil cases from brands including Helen Kaminski, Alan Myerson, Labrador and Boheme.
4th anniversary – Linen and silk (US) or fruit and flowers (UK)
5th anniversary – Wood (US and UK)
e+m have a great range of contemporary pens, pencils and letter openers that have been carefully crafted in a variety of woods such as olive and black oak. Prices start from $59.95.
Alternatively, enjoy some log-tossing fun with cool Finnish game, Klop for $64.95.
Gardeners will love the little wooden seed tool $19.95 that is designed to sow seeds quickly and evenly.
6th anniversary – Iron (US) or sugar (UK)
7th anniversary – Copper (US) or wool (US and UK)
8th anniversary – Bronze (US) or salt (UK)
9th anniversary – Pottery (US) or copper (UK)
10th anniversary – Tin or aluminium (US and UK)
11th anniversary – Steel (US and UK)
12th anniversary – Silk (US) or fine linen (UK)
13th anniversary – Lace (US and UK)
14th anniversary – Ivory
15th anniversary – Crystal (US and UK)
20th anniversary – China (US and UK)
25th anniversary – Silver (US and UK)
30th anniversary – Pearl (US and UK)
35th anniversary – Jade (US) or coral (US and UK)
40th anniversary – Ruby (US and UK)
45th anniversary – Sapphire (US and UK)
50th anniversary – Golden (US and UK)
55th anniversary – Emerald (US and UK)
60th anniversary – Diamond (US and UK)
70th anniversary – Platinum (US and UK)
75th anniversary – Diamond and gold (US and UK)
80th anniversary – Oak
We’re constantly on the lookout for new, unique products from emerging designers and artisans. High-quality handmade products (particularly from reclaimed or recycled products) are at the top of our list, especially if they have a unique point of difference or an interesting story behind them.
Check out Oopsmark’s cool video to see this fascinating product in action…
Having just walked home on a cold and blustery evening, I can really relate to what Senz° aim to achieve with their innovative umbrella brand. At some point we’ve all experienced the frustration of an unreliable umbrella that:
1. Senz Mini Umbrella $64.95
2. Senz Original Umbrella $74.95
3. Senz Umbrella XL $99.95
They make the perfect men’s accessory gift for guys that are hard to buy for. Offering the perfect combination of function and design, guys will be fascinated by how the Senz° umbrella works and will love the sleek, contemporary look.
Check out our new Saxon weather stations that cater for weather novices and professionals alike:
- Wired sensor that easily measures indoor/outdoor temperature.
- Weather display, including indoor humidity
- Hour, minute and second display
- Time, day, date and month display
- Alarm with snooze
- An option of Cº/Fº and 12/24 hour display
- Operated by 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
- Time, Day, Date and Month with option of 12 or 24 hour time
- Moon phase display
- High, medium & low tide indication
- Snooze alarm function
- Perpetual calendar up to year 2099
- Weather forecast icons with five options: sunny, semi-sunny, cloudy, rainy and cloudburst
- Indoor / outdoor relative humidity range: 20% – 90%
- Temperature range: 0°C – 50°C (indoor), 20°C – 60°C (outdoor) with the option of °C / °F display
- Indoor / outdoor Hygro-thermometer
- Trend indicator Max / min memory for Hygro-thermometer
- Outdoor temperature alert function
- Outdoor Hygro-thermometer from a maximum of 3 different wireless sensors by 433MHz RF transmission.
For the serious weather enthusiast, you can’t go past the multi-function weather station. Featuring separate devices that measure rainfall, wind and temperature/humidity the SA6033 delivers an endless source of fascinating data. Featuring all the bells and whistles, this unit includes:
- Key weather measurements, including: rainfall, wind speed, chill and direction, current dew point and temperature, which are recorded via five channels (three for temp and humidity, one for wind and the other for rain).
- Comprehensive display information, including:
1. BAR display in dynamic curve
2. Pressure measurement
3. History record and trend display of pressure in the past 12 hours
4. Max/Min value of indoor and outdoor temperature
- Components within this pack include: wireless sensor, rain gauge, anemometer and weather station display panel.
- Radio controlled clock
- Perpetual calendar with moon phase, RCC (WWWVB, DCF); NO_RCC; Moon phase display
- LED backlight
- Alarm with snooze and backlight.
SPECIAL OFFER: Receive FREE DELIVERY on any weather station purchased before 5pm Weds 21March 2012. Simply enter code WEATHER when you place your order.
Australian brand, Alan Myerson is the brainchild of dynamic design duo, Alan Myerson and Prue Buckley. The Alan Myerson collection features luxurious leather accessories for men and women, as well as Alpaca knitwear and hats. Myerson and Buckley draw inspiration for their collections from exotic locations such as Southern Mexico, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Andes of Peru and Ecuador.
Prue Buckley “believes in creating streamlined, simple pieces that are beautiful and versatile”. With a background in retail and women’s fashion, Buckley understands the importance of fashionable pieces that are designed to last. Buckley’s experience in costume design also helps her design original and beautiful pieces in a variety of materials.
The Alan Myerson brand works to the simple philosophy of creating “timeless pieces by incorporating a subtle twist to essentially clean design; using skilled craftspeople for production, resulting in quality pieces that can be worn for seasons to come”. In addition to skilled craftspeople, Alan Myerson products are created using high-quality materials and simple tools, which give pieces a “hand-made” feel. The range is jointly designed by Myerson and Buckley in their home on the Victorian coast.
Finally! There is quick and easy solution for buying gifts for guys…
My father’s birthday, my husband’s birthday and Christmas are the three times of the year that I dread, because buying gifts for the men in my life becomes increasingly difficult every year. Even when asked what gifts they would like, neither of them are helpful with their reply of “nothing”. So what do you buy for the man who has everything?
Having worked in retail for a number of years, I have a pretty good understanding of what women want. But when it came to men, I was clueless – until now. Having personally experienced a gap in the market for quality men’s gifts (yes, you can have too many socks, shot glasses and stubbie coolers), I discussed my dilemma with female friends and family members and realised I wasn’t alone.
This was when the inspiration for a one-stop men’s gift shop struck. Mr Gift offers gift solutions for the most discerning dad, fussy father or particular partner. All brands and products are carefully sourced to ensure that men of all ages, with a variety of interests are covered.
Who is Mr Gift for?
Wives, girlfriends, mums, sisters, daughters – Mr Gift was developed with you in mind. We promise to keep your shopping experience quick and easy so you can find the perfect gift, every time. Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves, so Mr Gift is also the perfect place for men to browse and purchase products for themselves. Specialising in a high-quality brand mix, Mr Gift offers the latest men’s fashion accessories, grooming products, homewares, gardening products and office gadgets. Guys, you can shop with confidence knowing that our product quality is second to none, and you’ll be the envy of your friends with the latest model or design.
Why shop with us?Although there are hundreds of other online gift stores out there, Mr Gift is all about ‘quality’ – quality products, service and advice. ‘Quality’ doesn’t have to mean ‘expensive’ either. In our eyes, quality is a simple combination of products you can trust, that offer excellent value-for-money, coupled with great service and advice from gift experts.