Gift Guide 2018 – The Men

I find boys and men hard to buy for, is it just me and the men in my life?

I’ve searched high and low and found a few fabulous gifts.
If you are a man in my life, stop reading now, because this is what I’m gifting y’all this year!

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the RED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Let’s go!

A briefcase? With all the laptops, tablets and technology around these days, most men use a bag of some description. The Vespa briefcase is soft sided with an all-black ripstop tough fabric, an interior padded laptop compartment and adjustable straps. It is the perfect mix of sporty and sophisticated and comes in under $160.

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Most men love technology and this Wireless Charge Pad is pretty cool. Say goodbye to tangled cords and the constant hunt for a charging cable, simply sit your phone on the charging pad, it’s so easy! This brand also has a great range of tough, but stylish phone cases if your man is a little rough like mine! Find them here.

Is your big boy the master of the remote control? Then he’ll go crazy for the Smart TV Keypad. It goes beyond what a remote control can do by having the capabilities of a keyboard, you  can search for content, enter passwords or browse the internet all from the wireless keyboard. You can also toggle between devices such as your TV, laptop and mobile to watch TV, send an e-mail and reply to text messages all in one place.

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Socks? Every man wears socks, right? I know, they could be a boring gift, but theses Funky Feet Socks are anything but boring. Six pairs of spotted and striped socks in fun colours all gift boxed ready to go.

And every man drinks, not just for alcohol, great for water or soft drinks too, these Stemless insulated Tumblers hold 355ml and keep it cool for up to 12 hours. They are made from food grade stainless steel and have a splash-proof slide open lid, perfect for serial spillers (like my husband).

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If your man is the outdoorsy type, this is a great idea. The Drysak protects his belongings from the elements, it is crafted from a durable PVC fabric with a watertight closure system.
This is perfect for my husband who often jet-skis, but also for anyone boating or near the water.

Another great idea for the outdoorsy type, these Beach Throws are perfect for your proud Aussie men, or great to send overseas to your family and friends. They feature the names of some famous Aussie beaches in a gorgeous navy blue and white colour. The oversized 2m x 2m beach throw comes with sand pegs in a handy drawstring bag and is compact enough to keep in the car glovebox. I know I’ll be using this one for school sports carnivals and picnics in the park.

Do you have a gym junkie in your life? This Sports Towel is made from an absorbent microfibre and rolls up easily with the attached elastic strap, handy for swimming, gym or yoga.

While they are a being sporty, a drink bottle would be handy, the Watermate Stainless Steel bottle keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours.

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This next one is from one of the coolest local businesses around, they make fabulous home decor pieces crafted by weaving revived rope from crayfish fishing boats. The Mahi Mahi mat is tough and hardy, the rope is marine grade polyethylene which means it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use. My husband says the chunky weave is great to give your feet a massage too.

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We all know the way to a mans heart is through his belly, right? The festive Plum Pudding is delicious, but the real joy about purchasing this pudding is that it’s from the Australian Red Cross online gift guide. When you buy from them you are gifting twice the goodness, once to the man in your life and again to the people in need that the Red Cross helps.

I love a win win gift!

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I think this Bottle Caddy would be such a great gift for a beer drinker, or any drinker really! Fill it with 6 fancy bottles of beer, or 6 small bottles of anything and tie it with a big bow for the perfect Dad gift!

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For the football fan, or sports nut, this premium leather washbag is crafted just like an American football complete with the authentic stitching. It’s big enough for all the essentials and looks super cool in his bathroom.

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Last, but definitely not least … actually one of my favourite things, so much so I got one for myself, is this anatomical wooden hand. I love leaving it in different hand gestures, so fun!

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I hope you found something for the man in your life (or for yourself)!

I am still shopping and will add things to this post as I find them, so pop back next week and see what else I’ve found.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Hx

Disclaimer : A few of these items were gifted for review, a few of these items I bought for the men in my life, so if you’re a man in my life … whoops … Sorry! I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Gift Guide 2018 – the Ladies!

I find girls so much easier to buy for than boys, do you?

I’ve gathered a few of my favourite things that I think would make perfect gifts for the woman in your life, and when you start to think about your gift list, there is a lot ladies in your life!

We are going to try and cover everyone from your Mother to your Sister, Aunt, Step-mother, Mother-in-law, Daughter and Bestie. I’ve tried to select things for every age group, different styles and every budget.
I hope you find something you love!

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as those ‘young ones’.
If you click on the product title I have shared in the different coloured writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item. No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Let’s go …

I’m starting with a few options for the travelling gals in your life.
The Eden Heritage Wallet on a String is perfect for keeping all the essentials close to your body, safe and secure when running through airports or touring a new city. It has 2 zippered compartments with 16 card slots, room for your mobile phone and a removable long strap that can be worn on your shoulder or cross body style. Such a versatile purse!
The Dover Zip Around french purse is PINK (need I say more?) and enhanced with RFID technology to protect your cards from being scanned. I use this one and I love the peace of mind this sweet little purse gives me.

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Next, let’s find some options for the princess in your life.

I’m pretty sure your princess doesn’t want her feet on the grubby floor, oh no! Protect her tootsies with a pair of Slipper Glam Thongs, and apparently they are perfectly acceptable to be worn out in public according to my 16 year old who often steals mine.
I’m also pretty sure your princess is dripping in jewels, what better way to display them, than in this Glass Cloche Jewellery Storage. This stunning piece elevates your jewellery into a piece of art when displayed on your bedside or dressing table.
Being a princess is hard work, what about somewhere luxurious to rest her head, try a silk pillowcase like this one in pink or this one in blue (other colours available from both retailers). They are recommended by dermatologists, hair stylists and beauty experts to improve your hair and skin. Worth a try?

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What about the über busy woman who’s always on the go?
The Patti Sling bag is a cross body design that leaves your hands free, while the zip top keeps your items secure, plus I love the denim look blue fabric, denim goes with everything!
A charged phone is pretty much a necessity for any busy girl, I found a super cute Rose Gold Power Bank for charging on-the-go, it’s powerful and has in built safety features to protect your phones battery life, and did I mention hat it is ROSE GOLD!

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The outdoors lover.
A hat is a necessity and this Gold Band Brim hat is all kinds of amazing with it’s wide rim and pretty gold embellishment. I’ll be rocking this hat all summer long!
This Dotty Tote is crafted from jute with super cute white spots, it has a zip top and is big enough for all her beach essentials. Who doesn’t love a polka dot!
A great kaftan or kimono is essential for easy, breezy sun protection. This Tie Die Kaftan in this pretty shade of pink is perfect for beach days or drinks on the deck.

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The domestic goddess, we all need one of these in our lives, they are the ones who cook, bake and clean and actually enjoy it, you know, the Martha Stewart type of gals.
This is the sweetest tea cosy I’ve ever seen, the Rabbit tea cosy, isn’t she adorable and perfect for keeping her pot of tea warm. I love gifts with a bit of a theme, so adding some beautiful tea would be a lovely idea with the tea cosy. I’m going to be honest, I only bought this tea because of the pretty tin it comes in, but the bonus is it tastes pretty good too! You can find similar here.
She’s also going to need a pretty teacup for her tea parties, You can’t beat the beauty of one lovingly searched out from your local antique or thrift store! This is such a thoughtful gift, but also very budget friendly.

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Everyone loves a party girl!
She can party longer with the Double Walled Stainless Steel Wine Wine Bottle, simply fill it with your favourite bottle of wine and it keeps it chilled for up to 24 hours.
You’d better get her some pretty glasses to drink her beverages from too, these Pink Chrystal glasses with gold rims are absolutely stunning!

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Does your party girl bake the cakes? I love these fancy cake pans / Bundt pans. Just bake your cake, sprinkle with some icing sugar and they look like they were made by a patissier! Pair it with a fresh pile of  Tea Towels, or even better, wrap it in the tea towels for super cute gift!

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And if we haven’t covered the lady in your life above, the gifts below are great all rounders that every girl needs.
I love the pretty fabric of these essentials of a Heat Pillow, Drawer Sachet and Shower Cap.

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She’s got to sleep, right? Let her sleep in a beautiful silk cotton slip nightie in the prettiest print. Or maybe she’s having a sleepover somewhere gorgeous, this overnight bag with twin handles and a detachable long strap will take her there in style.

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Every girl loves a pretty fragrance, choose a few with some Bath Salts and a Sleep Mist, oh and don’t forget a fabulous candle, I love this Oahu candle which reminds me of Mai Tais on the beach in Hawaii.

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Last, but definitely not least, find me a girl who doesn’t love a big bunch of beautiful blooms, impossible! This bouquet is from my local florist, but I’m sure you could find something gorgeous from your local florist.

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Happy Christmas Shopping friends!

Hayley x

Disclosure : A few of the products were gifted to me for review and I bought a few of them for actual Christmas presents, so if you are one of my friends or family … whoops … Sorry! I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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My week of presents 2017.

Having a birthday on Christmas Eve, a wedding anniversary on 2nd January and Christmas in the middle means that I get an overload of gifts all in one week.
Before you get jealous, remember … I don’t get anything all year and then it’s all bundled together in a short period, and speaking about bundles, hubby is often guilty of ‘bundling’ all the occasions into one present, but I won’t complain when the gifts are luxurious handbags!

Here’s my favourite things I received this year from my friends and family who know me well …

Spode Liverpool jug | Peters of Kensigton
Spode Liverpool jug | Peter’s of Kensington

I have been slowly collecting Spode for a few years now, I hope to have a full set one day. My family have bought me so many beautiful pieces and they added this beauty to my collection last year. I love it!

Purse spray | Chanel
Purse spray | Chanel

I received a few perfumes this year, including Elie Saab La Parfum, which I adore, and some Chanel No 5.
Perfume is always a lovely gift, but what I love about the Chanel perfumes is the purse spray packs which come with 3 x 20ml bottles and the refillable purse pack. They are so convenient for travelling or to keep in your handbag.

Rose Signature Earrings | PANDORA
Rose Signature Earrings | PANDORA

These cute earrings were from my parents-in-law. I have a similar yellow gold pair from Tiffany that I were often and they thought I would like these in the rose colour for something different. They were right!
I am actually really lazy with earrings and often leave the same ones in for days, I like small ones that I can sleep in and are crafted from metals that won’t aggravate my ears.

French House Chic | Thames & Hudson
French House Chic | Thames & Hudson
Art of the Bar Cart | Chronicle
Art of the Bar Cart | Chronicle

Books are one of my favourite things, but nobody buys them for me because I have a few and nobody can keep track of my collection, so I buy them for myself!
This year I bought myself these two, I haven’t had time to sit down and read either of them yet, that’ll have to wait till school goes back. I did have a quick flick of both and the pictures and styling look inspiring, I can’t wait!
Oh, and small details ….. I don’t actually have a bar cart (on the wish list).

Aura Manuka Honey Mask | ANTIPODES

I received a few items from the Antipodes range including the Grace cleanser, Reincarnation exfoliator and Aura Manuka Honey mask. They are truly beautiful to use, soft and gentle, perfect for sensitive skin. The mask was so soothing after a little bit of summer sunburn over Christmas.
I also appreciate the simple and stylish packaging in my bathroom.

Gold Polka Dot Apron | ANTHROLPOLOGIE
Gold Polka Dot Apron | ANTHROPOLOGIE

I swear my husband has the biggest grin on his face when he comes home and sees me in an apron. I’m not sure if its because he knows there is food coming of he just loves a gal in an apron.
Anyway, my girlfriend brought me back the sweetest apron and matching oven mitts from Anthropologie. It is totally adorable with gold polka dots and navy trim.

Blue & White spoon rest | William Sonoma
Blue & White spoon rest | William Sonoma

One of the handiest gifts ever!
My gorgeous friend brought me back a box of goodies from her vacation to America. It was full of the cutest things that she’d picked up on her travels, including a beautiful blue and white spoon rest. How did I ever cook without one? It saves so much mess and looks super cute too!
I couldn’t find the exact one she got, but I found this one that is similar.

Threads of Cosmos RNK | Camilla
Threads of Cosmos RNK | Camilla

I love Camilla kaftans, they are so beautiful and easy to wear. I dress them up with heels and statement earrings, or I dress them down tucked into jeans with flats. They are also fabulous for travelling as they pack into a teeny tiny space.
This is the newest one to my collection, I wasn’t sure about all the shades of purple at first, but as the Pantone colour of 2018 is Ultra Violet I’ve decided to embrace it.

Silver Droplets bracelets with charms | Coastalstyle Australia
Silver Droplets bracelets with charms | Coastalstyle Australia

I have worn this silver droplet bracelet nearly everyday for over a year, it still looks brand new and it’s very comfortable to  wear, the clasp design allows you to add charms easily and swap them out as often as you like.
It is also available in gold (on the wish list).
Coastalstyle Australia make handmade jewellery inspired by their coastal finds of shells and coral. They are truly unique pieces. My friend Pippa gave me a gorgeous fine silver charm with my initials stamped on the back to add to my bracelet, you all know how much I love anything personalised and this is no exception. I love it!

I also got the most amazing candle from my sister. It was made by a friend of hers and it has a collection of crystals buried in the wax for you to enjoy after the candle has burned. It has everything from rose quartz to amethyst. It really is beautiful.
Unfortunately she doesn’t have an online store, but you can find her on Instagram @live_in_your_light_

 I feel truly blessed to have such beautiful things and to receive so many thoughtful and luxurious gifts.
These are just a few of my favourites.
Show me yours, I’d love to see!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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How to Outlet Shop Like a Pro

It’s no secret … I LOVE SHOPPING!
I can’t tell you how many times people ask me where I bought things, tell me I find ‘the best things’ and then nearly fall over when I tell them how much I paid for it. It’s often followed by nudges from husbands saying ‘you have to go shopping with her‘ and gasps from the girls saying ‘I have to come shopping with you!‘.

So, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret – I have an Outlet Mall 15 mins from my house, I shop there far more than I am willing to admit to my husband, but I really do get some great buys.
There are some tricks to outlet shopping though and I thought I’d share this great article with you to give you all the pro tips. I found it really useful and I hope you do too, because you know all I’m about sharing the good stuff!

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Harbour Town … just down the road 🙂

How to Outlet Shop like a Pro

Do you ever wonder how some women manage to look amazing, stay on trend, but not break the bank? Well, their secret is out as we unveil the tricks of the trade to become a seasoned Outlet shopper!

With trends changing every season, Outlet shopping lets you indulge your inner-fashionista without spending a fortune. Outlet hubs like Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre, Harbour Town on the Gold Coast, offer up to 70% off the recommended retail price, attracting shoppers of all styles with their unique mix of popular international and iconic Australian brands at unbeatable prices every day.

The changing face of retail has seen a host of big-name brands join the Outlet revolution sweeping the country including the likes of Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Furla, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Coach and more.

There has never been a better time to update your wardrobe while still keeping your hip pocket happy. Harbour Town’s Marketing Manager, Rebecca Stevenson, gives us her top five tips to shop like an Outlet pro:

  1. Think Ahead, But Don’t Make A List!

Some days, your shopping stars align and you find exactly what you are looking for at an incredible Outlet price. Other days, you may not find the items on your list, but if you’re shopping with an open mind you could find something even better! When you hit the Outlet malls be prepared to comprise and be “fashion-forward” in your thinking. You may not need that beautiful dress on sale at 60% off today, but wedding season is just a few months away and Harbour Town’s Outlet prices make it worth investing in the piece now! If you come with a strict list, you may walk away empty-handed…but if you embrace the thrill of the Outlet find your wardrobe and wallet will come out ahead!

  1. Invest (Guilt-Free) In A Statement Handbag

In most cases of fashion and life, a statement handbag is all you need to lift your spirits and your outfit. Conveniently, the key to a statement handbag often lies in the quality and you don’t have to break the bank when you can buy premium brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Furla, Oroton and Mimco at Outlet prices. Most of these brands specialise in a specific style handbag, and while the colours may change ever so slightly each season, you can still buy a classically designed purse, tote, pouch, clutch or shoulder bag at a fraction of the price. It may cost you a little more than other brands, but if you’re wise in your selection you’ll find yourself taking your investment with you everywhere you go, and the extra dollars spent on quality craftsmanship will have been worth it.

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  1. Take A Friend A Make A Day Of It

Even back in the caveman days, the hunters and gatherers worked better in tribes…the same could be said for Outlet shopping. Two sets of eyes and two sets of hands will come in handy as you’re trawling through the racks for discounted delights. Also, a second opinion from an honest friend can really make or break a purchase, so take a friend who can offer a third-party view of your Outfit finds from every angle. You don’t want to miss out on anything either and shopping with a friend makes it easier to go the distance as you are more likely to enjoy a full day of strolling the malls when it’s a social affair. You can always schedule stops to refuel with lunch and coffee breaks throughout the day too!

  1. Try On Everything

Every Outlet pro knows the golden rule of all shopping is to try it all on – EVERYTHING! Particularly in an Outlet setting where you may be overwhelmed and a little frazzled by the countless options available and all of the enticing prices! This is the time to take a deep breath, check the fit closely, make sure the colour suits you and that you feel comfortable in the item. The Outlet prices usually help seal the deal!

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  1. Shop Weekdays

If you really want to get serious, schedule some time to go shopping on a weekday. You will avoid the crowds, there will be less competition and the queue for a coffee will be shorter. Remember, new stock is delivered to stores every week, so if you are really committed, a number of trips will help you find the Outlet buy of your dreams.

With these five tips on how to shop Outlet like a pro, you will find yourself looking your best and feeling even better because you managed to save a few bucks too. There’s no need to pay retail when Outlet centres such as Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast are on sale every day – because full price is so last season!

So, what have I nabbed lately?
Completely random purchase by me, but I saw this sweet little dress for my fur baby and just had to have it, doesn’t she look sweet!

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Other things that I recently bought from the outlets are Calvin Klein underwear for my girls, apparently they #NEED Calvin Klein. They are lucky it was 40% off or their #need would have become a #want and #neverhappening !!!

OK, So now you are armed with all the best tips I want to see your shopping purchases, make sure you leave a message, e-mail me or tag me on social media!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

  • Article written by Connor Wallace and published with permission.
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