Friday, 13 September 2019

5 things to make your garden thrive this spring

One of my favourite scenes in the movie, The Secret Garden is when main character Mary Lennox sees her garden come to life in spring after the long, cold English winter. Whilst some parts of Australia are more seasonal than others, we definitely have all four seasons here in Canberra, and fewer are celebrated more than spring after our cold winters. Whilst sunshine and warmer days make spring a pleasant time to be out in the garden, it is also an important time to get some key jobs done in your garden to maximise it's beauty and productivity over the warmer months. Here are some key jobs to tick off your list this season:  

1. Prune
Now is the time to prune back the growth of perennials from last season (if you haven't already). If you live in a frost-prone area, there may be some frost-tender perennials that you want to hold back on pruning until after the risk of frost has passed, but everything else is fair game! My buddleia and salvia have all been given harsh haircuts to prepare them for new-season growth (and flowers!). I am also planning on pruning my peach tree this weekend, but because it is flowering I will only remove the lower growth, as well as branches and stems without flowers. I don't want to jeopardise any potential fruit! 

Pink azalea in my garden

2. Mulch
A trip to your local garden centre to top up your mulch should be on the agenda this month. It is beneficial to alternate the types of mulch you use on your garden beds to ensure a diversity of beneficial bacteria in the soil for your plants. Different types of mulch include: straw, bark chip, and different types of compost, such as mushroom, laid thickly. For an extra kick, you could also add a layer of manure or compost under a heavier mulch, such a bark chip. The key is ensuring your mulch is down and watered in before the hot summer days arrive. 

Red azalea in my garden

3. Water
Most plants, including lawn will have gone through a low-growth period over winter, especially if you live in a cool climate. Give them the boost they need with a good deep soaking a couple of times a week to stimulate growth. We're still experiencing a dry period in Canberra, so watering is going to be crucial for us this season if we want strong plant growth, and ultimately fruit and flowers.  

Flowering plum in my garden

4. Fertilise
Adding mulch and manure to your garden will give it a great kick-start to the season, but for hungry flowering plants, such as roses, additional fertiliser may be required. I like using a liquid fertiliser, such as Thrive - especially after rain or a good watering when plants are more receptive to absorb it. Slow-release and pelletised fertilisers are a low-maintenance option if you have a large garden or just want to 'set-and-forget' for a few weeks. Beware of fertilising native plants, as some are not tolerant of high levels of phosphorous found in many fertilisers (such as chicken manure). Use a specific native plant fertiliser or if in doubt stick with an organic fish or seaweed tonic. 

5. Get out and enjoy it
Watch the flowers grow this spring. No seriously! The more time you spend in your garden, the more motivated you'll feel to look after it. If you, like me try to sit in the garden, but keep seeing jobs that need to be done, rather than mindfully enjoying the moment, remind yourself of all the hard work you've done. Tomorrow is another day. 

Make your life easier in the garden with some of these handy gardening tools

Monday, 19 August 2019

Gifts for Active Dads

Gifts for Active Dads
Father’s Day, Sunday 1st September

If he just can't sit still, then these are the gifts for him! For sporty dads, or those who just love being out in the garden, there's a gift to keep any fidgety dad occupied.  
We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight,
Sunday 1/9/19.  
Use Discount Code DAD 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:-)
Here are a few of our favourite active dad gift ideas...
Fitkick Folding Cap
eg. Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95
Stay sun-smart, without the inconvenience of carrying a cap around with you.
This genius cap features a peak that folds into thirds so the cap folds down to nothing and can be stashed in small spaces. Just imagine a cap that will fit into your pocket, handbag, backpack or suitcase!
S'well Teakwood Insulated Bottle
eg. S'well Teakwood Insulated Bottle $55.95
Hydration is essential, especially when you're active. This stylish insulated bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot ones hot for 12. The S'Well Teakwood bottle celebrates nature with its smooth, matte wood finish - without harming any trees in in its creation. 
Boheme Hombre Backpack
eg. Boheme Hombre Leather Backpack NOW $200 (as $349.95)
When you're moving around, a backpack is the best type of bag to carry your essentials. Boheme's Hombre leather backpack is made to last a lifetime. This backpack is designed to look authentic, so has been crafted from a special leather that is designed to mark and age.
Golf marker
eg. Golf Marker in Copper, Bronze or Stainless Steel $39.95
A golf marker is an essential piece of kit for any golf bag. But why settle for a boring golf maker, when he can have a snazzy one like this?!
Donkey Bike Picnic Bag
eg. Donkey Bike Picnic Bag $67.95
This is the bike bag that every cyclist needs. Donkey Products have gone all out with this one, creating a durable fabric picnic bag that securely fits over your bicycle frame and attaches to itself with Velcro. It features three pockets: two bottle size, one large, so there’s amble of room for booze - um I mean “water” – and gourmet snacks.
Bike Tool Kit
eg. Bike Tool Set $19.95
He'll be the most prepared cyclist on the road with this handy tool set, which includes:
  • Two screwdrivers
  • Seven Allen keys
  • Five wrenches
  • Nylon pouch for transportation and storage
Bicycle Puncture Repair Kit
eg. Bicycle Puncture Repair Kit $15.95
No one likes a puncture, and they usually occur at the most inconvenient time. This compact little puncture repair kit comes in a stylish tin, perfect for slipping into his pocket or bag. The Le Bicycle puncture repair kit includes:
  • Rubber cement
  • Rubber patches
  • Crayon
  • Chalk
  • 2 x tyre iron
  • Cheese grater buffer
  • 2 x valve tubing
Burgon & Ball Folding Saw
eg. Burgon & Ball Folding Pruning Saw $58.95
We've renamed this pruning saw, 'the pocket rocket saw', because this is exactly what it is! It's hard to believe something so powerful folds down to something so small. This is an essential tool for garden enthusiasts. 
How Champions Think
eg. How Champions Think in Sports and In Life $39.95
Dads with an interest in sport, or a competitive edge will enjoy this book with its fascinating examples and case-studies on:
  • How LeBron James used visualisation to overhaul his three-point shooting.
  • How Greg Maddux used self-evaluation to become one of the world’s best pitchers.
  • How John Calipari used process to remake his Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.
  • How Seal learned to free himself up and let go on stage to become a great performer.
  • How NASCAR star Jimmy Johnson uses a surprising mental approach on the starting line.
  • How Hall of Fame golfer Pat Bradley learned to use laserlike focus to win major championships.
Hooked on You Fishing Lure
eg. "Hooked on You" Fishing Lure in Copper, Stainless Steel and Bronze $49.95
These unique fishing lures with their cute hand-stamped inscription: "Hooked on You" will make the fishing enthusiast in your life smile. 
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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Man Cave Gifts

Gifts for Dad's Man Cave
Man Cave Gifts
Give him the Man Cave of his dreams this Father’s Day,
Sunday 1st September

What man doesn't dream about a Man Cave - a space he can call his own, where he can relax or hang out with his mates. These are the gifts that every dad needs to deck out his Man Cave. The only problem is he might never want to leave!
We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight,
Sunday 1/9/19.  
Use Discount Code DAD 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:-)
Here are a few of our favourite Man Cave gift ideas...
Suck UK G-Clamp Bottle Opener
eg. Suck UK G-Clamp Bottle Opener $29.95
If he disappeared out to the shed with this innocent clamp in-hand, you might think he was just popping out to fix something, but don't be fooled! This "tool" is a handy bottle opener in disguise! Now this is the kind of DIY every guy loves. 
100 Things You Must Do Before You Die poster
eg. 100 Things You Must Do Before You Die Poster $58.95
This poster will add a bit of colour to the walls of his Man Cave, and is a great talking point. 
Simply peel off the activities you’ve completed to reveal a cool illustration underneath. It’s like a Christmas advent calendar for your life. So, what are you waiting for?! Get busy!
Leff Amsterdam Scope Wall Clock
eg. Leff Amsterdam Scope Wall Clock $294.95
Every Man Cave needs a clock - not only to add a bit of stylish decor to the walls, but also so he doesn't lose track of time!
Art Vinyl Record Frame
eg. Art Vinyl Record Frame (3 pack) $199.95
If he loves his vintage records, he will love this unique frame to display his record covers. The frame simply flips open at the push of a button, so you can change it up as often as you like. Also available individually and in a choice of black or white.
Man Munchies Snack Tin
eg. Man Munchies Snack Tin NOW $15 (was $19.95)
Every Man Cave needs snacks...and a cool tin to stash them in!
A Balanced Diet Wall Plaque
eg. A Balanced Diet Wall Plaque $19.95
No Man Cave is complete without a little humour, and this fun wall plaque definitely ticks that box!
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
eg. Kreafunk aMove Speaker $169.95
Set the mood in the Man Cave with some cool music. Simply pair this bluetooth speaker with his phone to get the music cranking! 
Golf frame
eg. Golf frame NOW $25 (was $29.95)
Personalise his Man Cave space with a unique frame displaying pics of his family (or golfing victories). 
DIY Beer Brewing
eg. DIY Brewing: Creating your first homebrew by Astrid Cook $15.95
He'll happily while away the hours in his Man Cave with a good book like this one, or any of these...
Fitzroy's Storm Glass
eg. Fitzroy's Storm Glass $33.95
No Man Cave is complete without a cool gadget, and this Storm Glass is truly fascinating. A Storm Glass is a type of Barometer or historical weather forecasting device that came into general use in the early 1700s. The liquid in the glass changes based on varying weather conditions - it's a barometer in a glass! 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Gifts to Delight Dad this Father's Day

Gifts to Delight Dad
We have gifts for every dad this Father’s Day,
Sunday 1st September

Every dad is different. Some dads love getting outdoors in the garden or playing sport, others prefer relaxing with a beer or a book (or both!). Mr Gift has gifts to suit every dad - here's a taster of some of our favourites below...

We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight,
Sunday 1/9/19.  
Use Discount Code DAD 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:-)
Here are a few of our favourite gift ideas for dads...
100 Movies Poster
eg. 100 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die poster $58.95
Life’s too short to be watching bad movies. Focus your valuable movie-watching time by ticking off the best ones first. This handy poster features 100 must-see movies presented as an advent-style poster.
Simply peel off the titles you’ve seen and a colourful illustration inspired by the film is revealed.
This is the perfect gift for film enthusiasts. 
Eva Solo Coffee Capsule Dispenser
eg. Eva Solo Coffee Capsule Dispenser $86.95
Where to store the coffee capsules? The struggle is real. #FirstWorldProblems
If you don’t want them lying around on the bench all their life, Eva Solo have a solution. This cylinder-shaped coffee capsule dispenser provides a way to decoratively store your coffee capsules, while keeping track of how many capsules you have left.
eg. Suck UK Skull Tidy Decorative Bowl $94.95 
Losing your keys messing with your head?
The Suck UK Skull Tidy Decorative Bowl will keep all of those little bits and pieces in one place. Keys, spare change, glasses, phone or watch will always be where you need them if you put this skull in a central place where they are always at your fingertips.
Eva Solo Nordic Knife Stand
eg. Eva Solo Nordic Kitchen Knife Stand $149.95
If your kitchen is anything like mine, you'll have a few random knives hanging around in the top draw. This is where Eva Solo's Nordic Knife Stand comes into play. It's so stylish you'll love showing it off on your bench top, and your knives will always be at your fingertips.
Refinery Mens Manicure Set
eg. Refinery Men's Manicure Set $24.95
Clean and tidy hands, maketh the man.
Every man needs a quality manicure kit to keep there cuticle care in order, especially dads.
This 6 piece set comes in a stylish carry case and includes:
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail scissors
- Nail file
- Small nail clippers
- Larger nail clippers
- Tweezers
Bike Tool Kit
eg. Bike Tool Set $19.95
Dad will be the most prepared cyclist on the road or track with this handy repair kit.
This portable set contains:
- Two screwdrivers
- Seven Allen keys
- Five wrenches
- Nylon pouch for transportation and storage
The Game Leather Cricket Wallet
eg. The Game Leather Cricket Wallet $129
So there are wallets, and then there are really cool wallets. The Game wallet definitely falls into the later category. This wallet is an essential gift and accessory for any cricket fan.
Sagaform Whisky Carafe Gift Set
eg. Sagaform Whisky Carafe Gift Set $59.95
This stunning whisky decanter is a timeless gift for any whisky enthusiast. The contemporary design is completed with a striking cut-glass stopper. One of the features we love the most about this decanter is its unique packaging that doubles as gift wrapping. Simply slip off the outer sleeve to reveal a stylish polka dot box. Inside the main box is a black ribbon, as well as a gift tag which can be attached to the box to complete your gift wrapping. Genius!
Sagaform BBQ Multitool
eg. Sagaform BBQ 5-in-1 Multitool $58.95
No BBQ enthusiast should be without the 5 in 1 Multitool. It has all the essential functions, including:
1. Spatula
2. Grilling fork
3. Marinade brush
4. Knife
5. Bottle opener (possibly the most important!)
It is as simple to use as it is to keep clean – perfect for spring BBQs!
Suck UK Dinosaur Bottle Opener
eg. Suck UK Dinosaur Bottle Opener $74.95
He's got a killer thirst, and nothing is gonna stop him from cracking open a nice cold beer! This roarsome bottle opener will tear the Tricera-tops off dad's drinks.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Winter Warmer Gifts

Winter Warmer Gifts
Winter Warmer Gifts

Winter is well and truly here. Well, it is here in frosty Canberra! There's nothing better than snuggling under a soft blanket on the couch and hibernating until Spring arrives. But if you do need to do some gift shopping, forget having to layer up, de-ice the car windscreen and head to the shops. Jump online and get your gift sent direct to your recipient - you don't even need to leave the couch (just get someone to pass you your device!;-) Here are some winter-inspired gifts we're loving this month...

We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Friday 12/7/19.  
Use Discount Code WINTER 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:-)
Snuggle up!
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team
Walk the Talk socks
1. Walk the Talk Men's Socks $34.95
It's sock-wearing weather, so why not make them fun with this humorous set?
Boat Hottie
2. Boat Knit Hottie NOW $15 (was $19.95)
Beat the chilly days with the comfort of these gorgeous Hotties. Available in two sizes, they are filled with heatable/chillalbe silicon beads, so they can be used as a hot or cold pack.
S'Well Insulated Bottle
3. S'well Teakwood Insulated Bottle 500ml $55.95
Keep a warm drink handy this winter by stashing it in a S'well Insulated Bottle. This S'Well Teakwood bottle celebrates nature with its smooth, matte wood finish (without harming any trees in in its creation). 
Cognac Gift Set
4. Cognac Gift Set NOW $70 (was $99.95)
Guard yourself against the cold with a warming glass of Cognac. This beautiful gift set has everything you need to enjoy your Cognac in style, including:
- 2 Cognac glasses (3.5 oz glass)
- 2 leatherette coasters
- 1 10 oz stainless steel flask
- 1 stainless steel funnel
- All pieces are beautifully presented in a leather-look case
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
5. Kreafunk aMove Speaker $169.95
Kick back on the couch (or anywhere!) and enjoy some relaxing tunes with this handy portable speaker.

Play your music wirelessly using Bluetooth technology, whilst controlling what you play (and how loud) thanks to a control panel on the top of the speaker. The speaker even has a built-in microphone so that you can talk on your phone. Simply connect your phone to the speaker’s USB port and you can charge it up at the same time.

Prosecco Bath Bombs
6. Prosecco Bath Bombs $19.95
A nice hot bath is the only way to survive cold winter nights!
7. The Ultimate Pub Quiz $14.95
Plan a fun night in with a games night and a selection of trivia games, such as The Ultimate Pub Quiz. 
8. Kobo Seeds Candle NOW $30 (was $44.95)
Set the mood for a night in with a scented candle. The Siam Poppy candle is an aromatic blend of exotic scents, including poppies, black and red currants, as well as a sweet citrus note. It's tropical and refreshing, but also has deeper, exotic undertones.
Cantina Master Decanter
9. Cantina Master Decanter NOW $70 (was $99.95)
Settle in for a movie night with a nice bottle of decanted wine. 
The History of Fly Fishing
10. The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies by Ian Whitelaw $28.95
Snuggle up with a good book. This is an essential read for fishing enthusiasts.