My Top Gift Tips – Leanne Cox, Qld

Mr Gift loves hearing about the gift-giving, buying and receiving experiences of our customers and friends. This week we caught up with Leanne from The Grasshoppers Closet, who shared some of her tips…

1. The best gift I ever received was…Tickets to Cirque De Soleil.
2. The top gift on my wish list is…A hot air balloon ride.
3. The best gift I have ever given was…Telling my husband I was pregnant for the first time on his Birthday.
4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for was/is… my fashion savvy nieces in their early 20s.
5. The best last-minute gift is…Gourmet foods from a Deli, popped in a basket with a bottle of wine.
6. My hot gift buying tip is…Give experiences, food or something recycled – life is for living, not putting on a shelf to collect dust!

Leanne Cox is the founder of The Grasshoppers Closet, a web-based business that developed from Leanne’s passion about going green and selling high quality recycled children’s clothes.

Want a $20 Mr Gift voucher? We would love to hear about your gift giving and receiving experiences – just email your answers to the above questions to to receive a voucher on us!


Peter Maloney is a down-to-earth Aussie bloke and founder of Australian made no-nonsense men’s grooming brand, Beauty Mate. Beauty Mate’s high quality range of skin and hair-care products were designed with busy men in mind. Products are simple and effective to use, so men can complete their “sh*t, shower, shave” routine quickly and effectively. We’re excited to add Beauty Mate’s popular gift pack trio to the Mr Gift range, and are sure you’ll find the perfect grooming solutions for the men in your life:

1. Nude Nut Gift Pack $34.95
The Nude Nut pack is perfect for guys who aren’t fussed about the stuff on top of their head and would prefer to focus their attention on their face with awesome shaving, cleansing and moisturising products. The Nude Nut pack contains:
1 x Moisturiser 100ml
1 x Shave Gel 125ml
1 x Face Wash 150ml

 2. Good On You Gift Pack $39.95
The Good On You Gift Pack is the best of both – hair AND skincare. This pack lives up to its name with three sensational products that will definitely feel ‘good on you’.
1 x Shampoo 200ml
1 x Moisturiser 100ml
1 x Form 100g or Shape 100g


3. Big Boy Gift Pack $59.95
Can’t decide which products he’ll like? The Big Boy Gift Pack has the works – so you don’t need to choose. This is the complete package, offering a selection of hair and skin care products including:
1 x Shampoo 200ml
1 x Conditioner 200ml
1 x Moisturiser 100ml
1 x Shave Gel 100ml
1 x Face Wash 100ml
1 x Form 100g or Shape 100g


In true Aussie spirit, Beauty Mate don’t take themselves too seriously, as demonstrated in the funny video of the grooming routines of men versus women – check it out.

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any Beauty Mate Gift Pack purchased before 5pm Mon 29 October 2012. Simply enter coupon code MATE when you place your order.

Do you know a man who needs a wardrobe make-over?

It’s fair to say that most women enjoy shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories (some a little too much!). Women seem to have it made when it comes to reinvigorating their wardrobe and buying new clothes. They have the support of fellow female friends to debate whether or not they can pull of the neon trend, as well as a plethora of magazines dedicated to the latest fashion looks clamouring for their attention.

But what about men? Sure, there are some great men’s mags out there, but you’d sooner see your average bloke at the pub discussing which cleaning products he prefers before deliberating what he should wear to his next business function with his mates. So how do men with an untrained eye put together a wardrobe that works? Enter stylist and personal shopping expert, Sally Mackinnon, founder of Styled by Sally. Sally has over 5 years’ experience working as a full time personal stylist in Melbourne. 

Sally Mackinnon – style guru and founder of Styled by Sally

Mr Gift is proud to have partnered with Sally to offer a personal shopping and styling gift voucher for guys that need a wardrobe shake up. Whether you’re a guy about to embark on a new career and need to sharpen your look, or a dad whose wardrobe needs a bit of TLC, Sally can offer a wealth of advice on outfits to suit your body type, occupation and budget in a fun, non-intimidating environment. You can read more about Sally’s service and BUY GIFT VOUCHERS here.

We had a chat with Sally about what it takes to be a top stylist and learned how her personal shopping and styling service helps her clients, especially guys. Sally also shared some of her top style tips for men this season…

Mr Gift: How did you get in to styling and what qualities do you need to be a stylist?

Sally: After working in Education for 13 years I needed a career change. I decided to follow my passion for fashion and my innate knowledge of style and what suits the body. I took the plunge, registered my business name and embarked on an extensive advertising campaign directed at my target market. So for about 18 months I ‘moonlighted’ as a stylist before building the business to the point that I could resign from my day job…and the rest is history! There are a lot of really imperative qualities you need to be a good stylist, the most important being a good listener. If you don’t listen to your clients’ needs, then you’ll have a dissatisfied client. Also, well organized; most stylists work for themselves, so it’s up to you to do everything, from booking appointments, invoicing, chasing payments, returning emails and phone calls, social media (Twitter/Facebook) and of course preparing for (and following up) the day’s client. This is a very personal job, so you have to be very personable; every day you work with a new client with different needs. You won’t get anywhere as a Personal Stylist if you can’t relate to people on their level.

Mr Gift: When we think of styling we often think of women’s fashion. However, men can also get value from the assistance of a stylist. What benefits can men expect from your styling services?

Sally: Just like women, men too can find shopping stressful and the amount of choices confusing. Men can benefit from a personal stylist in exactly the same way women do. Men can learn what cuts and styles flatter their shape. Although the variety for men is less, men can still get it wrong. I can show a male client how to dress for his proportions so that the clothing he wears creates the right impression. I show men how to update their look and how to put outfits together for a variety of purposes from the corporate office to a first date.
Men are usually pretty matter of fact when it comes to style and shopping, and want decisions made quickly. So my male clients love the efficiency of the Personal Shopping service. In 2-3 hours they’re in and out with all purchases made and their wardrobe sorted until the next season.

Sally’s top tips: “Guys, don’t forget about your shoes!” and “Have some fun with colour” this season.

Mr Gift: What’s the key thing men should focus on when putting together an outfit for themselves?

Sally: Guys, don’t forget about your shoes! Shoes really do make or break an outfit. The most expensive suit can be ruined with the wrong shoes – an out-dated style, scuffed or dirty shoes, or just the wrong style for the outfit. Dress in clothing that flatters your frame. If you’re still wearing oversized shirts and baggy jeans, it’s time to update! Modern cuts of clothing flatter a man’s physique so much better than the shapeless, oversized styles of the 80s and 90s.

Mr Gift: What’s your top style tip for men this season?

Sally: Have some fun with colour. Try a coloured jean or chino instead of the usual blue denim this Spring/Summer. A coloured pant will still work with most men’s shirts, as a navy, light blue, red, grey, white or black shirt are most commonly found in their wardrobes. Avoid wearing coloured jeans with black shoes though; a brown or tan leather shoe is a better choice or otherwise a casual trainer for a relaxed look.

Mr Gift: What’s the best gift you have:
A) ever bought someone?

Sally: I bought my husband a vegetarian cooking course for Christmas.

B) ever received?

Sally: My engagement ring

What’s on in Canberra this October

Canberra has really turned it on this month. The arrival of spring and school holidays has prompted a great selection of garden-focused events, such as Floriade and Tulip Top Gardens Festival, as well as numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout the city.

Here are our top five Canberra events for the week ahead. Even if you don’t live in Canberra these events are definitely worth the drive:

1. Floriade
One of Canberra’s biggest drawcard events. The explosion of colour from an array of over 1 million flowers makes the cold Canberra winters worthwhile. The spectacular gardens are located in the heart of Canberra at Commonwealth Park, and this year is extra special as it’s the 25th anniversary of Floriade. To mark this anniversary, 24 images have been selected from a competition where Australians were encouraged to submit an image to represent each of Floriade’s previous 24 years. In addition to the captivating garden beds, there are also demonstrations, markets, and other fun activities for the whole family. Best of all, entry is free. Don’t miss this one before it closes on 14 October.

The striking spring colours at Floriade are spectacular

2. Tulip Top Gardens Festival
If you enjoy Floriade, then don’t miss Tulip Top Gardens. Located in a hidden valley along the Federal Highway, visitors can enjoy 10 acres of breathtaking gardens comprised of tulips and other magnificent spring flowers, as well as blossom trees and a waterfall. There are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities for families, as well as other family-friendly events such as stalls, live music and other special activities – you can even bring your dog! There is also a nursery if these gorgeous gardens inspire you to get out in your garden. Runs until 14 October.

Get lost in the 10 acres of garden at Tulip Top Gardens

3. The Living Green Festival
Committed to “bringing green and sustainable events and choices to Canberra”, the Living Green Festival is a celebration all things that care for and celebrate our environment.  Visitors can enjoy workshops on topics such as organic gardening, massage and energy use, food demonstrations, free yoga for adults and kids, as well as music on the big stage and market stalls. The Living Green Festival is on Sunday 14 October from 10am-4pm at Albert Hall.

4. Taste It – Canberra’s Food and Wine Festival
As the days grow longer and warmer, we become tempted to leave the cosy comfort of our house. If it’s the prospect of a tasty meal out, then look no further than Taste It, Canberra’s Food and Wine Festival running throughout October and November. Many of Canberra’s bars and restaurants will showcase their culinary delights with special dinners and events. There’s something for everyone; from local produce to tapas with wine and cocktail tastings, or a perhaps five course meal with matching wines tickles your fancy. Check out the Taste It website for the full listing of events.

Treat your tastebuds to Canberra’s culinary delights this October and November

5. Canberra International Riesling Challenge Public Tasting
Consider yourself a Riesling aficionado? Put your nose and tastebuds to the test with Canberra’s International Riesling Challenge Public Tasting this Saturday 13 October. The Tasting (now in its thirteenth year) will include a wide selection of Riesling wines from around the world and is the largest event of its type in the southern hemisphere. In addition to the tasting, there will also be a seminar on Riesling Excellence, hosted by Charles Sturt University on Friday 12 October, followed by a Riesling Masterclass. Visit for further details.

10 things you can do to add a little happiness to your day

Spring has finally arrived and there’s no better way to celebrate a new season than ‘spring cleaning’ your life. Here are a few ways you can add some happiness to your life this week:

1. Learn something new – Enrol on a course or read a book in an area you want to learn more about.

2. Listen to music – Dig out an old CD you haven’t listened to for a while or update the playlist on your MP3 player.

3. Spend time with friends – Arrange a catch up or even a ‘phone date’ with a mate you haven’t spoken to for a while.

4. Get out in the garden – Spring is the perfect time to reassess your garden. Even if you don’t have a garden, grab some pots and bright summer annuals from your local nursery to add a splash of colour to your house.

5. Take up a new sport – Golf, Tai Chi, whatever! Playing an outdoor sport is a great way of taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather (when it arrives).

6. Book your next holiday – There’s nothing like having some time off to look forward to, especially if it you are jetting off to an exotic location. Even if your workplace is busy, if you book your accommodation and flights far enough in advance it’s locked in then and you can’t back out. Your colleagues can also prepare and do a proper handover before you take off.

7. Go shopping – Few things beat a bit a retail therapy!

8. Rearrange your room/house – They say a change is better than a holiday. I guess it depends where you go on holiday…but rearranging a room offers the perfect opportunity to have a good clean out, which always feels good!

9. Just sit and think (preferably in the morning sunshine) – Something no one does very often these days…

10. Set some new fitness goals (and stick to them!) –It might just be running a bit further than usual, or increasing your weights. Either way, it feels great when you achieve small, realistic goals.

Father’s Day gifts to suit every budget

It doesn’t matter if you have $20 or $200 to spend on a Father’s Day gift this year – Mr Gift has a great selection of quality gift ideas that will make dad feel spoilt.

Don’t forget to enter our competition before Sunday 2nd September 2012: Tell us in 25 words or less the best thing your dad has ever done for you and go into the draw to win a Joseph Joseph No-Spill Salt and Pepper Mill worth $69.95. Email your answer to

Here are some easy Father’s Day gifts to suit any budget…

Gifts under $25

SPECIAL OFFER: We would like to offer our newsletter subscribers a $20 gift voucher for Father’s Day. Simple enter code DAD when you place your order to receive your discount.

All new subscribers can also receive this voucher, so please forward this email onto your family and friends so they can REGISTER and take advantage of this offer. Please note that only one voucher can be used per customer in one transaction. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or redeemed for cash.

We also offer FREE GIFT WRAPPING for any orders placed by our newsletter subscribers. Just type GIFT WRAP in the Comments box when you order.



Troika is a German-designed brand that reinforces many of the qualities that we associate with German products: cutting-edge designs carefully crafted from high quality materials. Specialising in quality giftware items, we love Troika’s stylish range of office products, such as business card holders, money clips and notebooks that make ideal gifts for business professionals.

“TROIKA’S designers dare to be different, as they combine modern shapes and insightful features to design interesting and ‘fun’ giftware for the home or office. They aim to create gifts that elicit an immediate ‘thank you’ as well as a lasting impression.”

Many of Troika’s products are made from a combination of leather and metal. The metal sections are ideal for engraving to personalise or brand for the perfect corporate gift that will impress your clients and colleagues.

We love the consideration that the Troika team put into developing products to fulfil a need and enhance our lives. Products such as the Toolegance Multi-Function Tool, Must Have Travel Set, Accurate Tape Measure and Smart Guide Compass effortlessly combine style and function.

If you’re looking for a stylish gift he will treasure and keep forever, look no further than the Troika range.

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any Troika product purchased before 5pm Tues 28 August 2012. Simply enter code TROIKA when you place your order.

BRAND OF THE WEEK: KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cups

My first encounter with KeepCup was when a thoughtful workmate purchased one for me after raving about hers for weeks. I was sceptical at first – surely this was just another cup to wash up? But once I started using it I was hooked. The sealable lid is obviously a key advantage. I could walk to work with my morning coffee without worrying about any spillages, and being the world’s slowest coffee drinker, my coffee stayed hot for ages. I have had my trusty KeepCup for over a year now and faithfully use it every day. It still looks as great as the day I first received it, despite countless spins in the dishwasher and microwave. I also get a kick thinking about how many disposable coffee cups I have saved from landfill over the last year.

Did you know that most disposable coffee cups are actually not recyclable? The waterproof coating made from synthetic latex and wax or polyethylene found in many disposable cups limits the recycling process. Here are some other facts about disposable coffee cups that you might not know:

Annually, disposable coffee cups account for the following worldwide:
• 4.5 million tonnes of landfill
• 54 million felled trees
• 340 million gigajoules of energy (enough to power five million homes for a year)

With confronting facts like these, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of a reusable coffee cup like the KeepCup. KeepCups are designed with the environment, consumer and baristas in mind. The KeepCup is the first barista-standard reusable coffee cup and speciality coffee roasters, Campos Coffee say, “We strongly believe this is the Coffee Product of the Year. The first Barista Standard, Australian reusable cup for takeaways. Affordable and environmental – this year, we hope to sell 10,000 of these cups to cut down on an estimated 4.65 tonnes of landfill. We are receiving excellent feedback on all fronts.”

Here are the main reasons why you need a KeepCup:
1. They are non-toxic, manufactured from polypropylene #5 – the safest food grade plastic, which is BPA Free.
2. Say goodbye to leaking coffee cups – KeepCups have a sealable lid and plug for sipper hole
3. Lid on or off, the thoughtfully designed shape is a pleasure to drink from
4. They are lightweight and stackable
5. Easy care – they are dishwasher and microwave safe
6. Perfect for travelling – fits in car cup holders
7. Perfectly sized – designed to fit under the group heads of most espresso machines.

What is the KeepCup silicone band for?
Each KeepCup has a thermal silicone band with coffee preferences debossed on it. A permanent marker can be used to mark your coffee preference for your barista.

Tip: Use a gold or silver pen to mark darker coloured bands. 
Once you’ve tried a KeepCup you’ll never want to drink out of a disposable coffee cup again!

Take advantage of our introductory multi purchase offer: 2 KeepCups for $25 (or $14.95ea), in addition to our Brand of the Week Offer.

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any KeepCups purchased before
5pm Fri 1 June 2012. Simply enter code KEEPCUP when you place your order.

Top 10 Gifts under $25

Most people I know are on a budget at the moment – and it’s not because they’ve overspent by living beyond their means. No, many of my friends have a wedding to save for, have just bought a house, or started a family.

Whilst there are quite a few things you can cut back on when you are watching your pennies, buying gifts for certain occasions, such as birthdays for family and friends is often an expense you can’t overlook.

Avoid forking out too much money for gifts by setting a budget, sticking to it, and looking for gifts at certain price points. Mr Gift has a great selection of gifts under $25 that offer excellent quality at a great price. Here are our top 10 budget gift ideas to get your started:

1. Mapkins, London $9.95

Also available in New York and Paris designs.

2. Credit Card Night Light $9.95

3. Joseph Joseph Quicksnap Ice Tray $14.95

4. Small Hotties $15.95assorted designs available

5. Seed Tool $19.95

6. IQ Brain Train Game $19.95

7. Alcohol Breath Tester $24.95

8. Bamboo Fiber Travel Mug $24.95

9. Thumb Waterer $24.95

10. Everyman Jack Travel Kit $24.95

 Check out more gifts under $25 or gifts at various prices points to suit your budget.

Receive FREE DELIVERY on any gifts under $25 purchased before 5pm Tues 31 July 2012. Simply enter code FREE POST when you place your order.

BRAND OF THE WEEK: It’s About Time

A childhood fascination with watches has become a full-time career for jewellery designer Robin Frances. Fond childhood memories of her father bringing home interesting timepieces ignited Robin’s desire to collect watches. A curiosity about the mysterious interior of the inner mechanisms of her watches spurred Robin to remove the watch casings to investigate further. The collection of cogs, wheels and rubies dotted throughout the intricately crafted Swiss movements discovered within was like stumbling upon a Lost World. It was this discovery that motivated Robin to showcase the hidden inner beauty of her watches. 

The popularity of French cuffs inspired Robin to transform her timepieces into cufflinks, from which her brand, It’s About Time was born. The majority of watches used are vintage – from the 1920s to the 1960s.

The cufflinks are sold in pairs, so Robin has her work cut out for her trying to match the inner mechanisms of the vintage watches she sources. Sometimes pairs differ slightly (although it is often challenging to spot the difference two mechanisms). However, no two pairs are alike, which adds to the unique charm of these cufflinks, ensuring that they are really one-of-a-kind pieces.

Watchmaker inscriptions appear on most pieces and include renowned names such as: Benrus, Bulova, Gruen, Hamilton, Omega, Waltham and others.

Each set of cufflinks is impeccably presented in a lacquered wooden box and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity making them the ideal unique gift for someone that is difficult to buy for.

How are they made?
Each timepiece mechanism is set on a hinged sterling silver cufflink shank. 

Caring for your cufflinks:
To keep your cufflinks in tip-top condition, store them in their presentation box when they are not being worn to prevent dust from collecting in the fine mechanisms. Any dust that accumulates over time can be removed with a small, soft brush (such as a cosmetic brush or paint brush).

What other customers are saying:
“I love the Cufflinks and my Fiancé loved them as well. He has made several comments about cherishing them for a lifetime, as well as mentioning, it’s something he can pass down to the next generation, when that time comes.”

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any It’s About Time Cufflinks purchased before 5pm Fri 15 June 2012. Simply enter code TIME when you place your order.