Monday, 10 December 2012

My Top Gift Tips - Pauline Leonard, VIC

Not many people would know where to start when it came to organising a dinner for 50, but Melbourne chef Pauline Leonard takes it all in her stride. Pauline shares her Top Gift Tips with us this week:

1. The best gift I ever received was...some fresh truffles, dug that day.

2. The top gift on my wish list is…a house in Tuscany!

3. The best gift I have ever given was...a dinner party I catered for a friend's surprise 50th for 50 of her friends.

4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for is...my darling husband. He has me, what more does he need?

5. The best last-minute gift is...a bottle of something special, be it wine, sauce or oil.








6. My hot gift buying tip is...buy gifts as you see things throughout the year, don't wait until a week before the person's birthday. Failing that - get them a gift voucher to one of my cooking classes - young old, men, women, kids - they all love cooking in my classes.

Learning to cook is an invaluable, life-long skill
Check out Pauline's cooking classes at Queen Vic Markets, Melbourne


Pauline Leonard is a Melbourne chef who runs cooking classes at Queen Victoria Markets, weekend gourmet food tours to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, Saturday tasting tours in the picturesque town of Healesville in the Yarra Valley, and 10 day gourmet food and wine tours to Italy! For more information, check out www.tastecooktravel.com



Sunday, 2 December 2012

BRAND OF THE WEEK: Moleskine


Moleskine products represent, around the world, a symbol of contemporary nomadism”. Moleskine.


Great artists and thinkers such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin were the inspiration behind the classic black-covered Moleskine notebook. A small French bookbinder used to produce a simple rectangular black notebook with rounded corners, an internal expandable pocket and the signature elastic page-holder. For over a century, this artisan book maker supplied a number of stationery shops in Paris, where many of these artists shopped and purchased their notebooks. These notebooks became constant companions to this set of artistic avant-garde icons, capturing their innermost thoughts through notes, stories and sketches.
 

By the 1980s, these little black books had almost become obsolete, but their scarcity had been noticed. Bruce Chatwin shared the story of the little black notebook in his book, The Songlines. The shop where he usually purchased his notebooks from in Paris only had a few books left. After offering to purchase 100 notebooks (enough to last a lifetime) he soon learned that the bookbinder who made the books had died and the company had been sold by his heirs. It was Chatwin who named this notebook Moleskine after the French name, carnets moleskines which referred to the black oilcloth binding.

A decade later, in 1997, a small Milanese publisher revived this iconic notebook and named it Moleskine. The Moleskine brand has built a reputation on good, old fashioned quality and the range has been extended beyond the humble notebook to include diaries, planners, stationery, bags and other office accessories, as well as the popular Passion Journals.
 

Despite the dizzying pace our world moves at today and the constant evolution of technology, Moleskine has forged a firm place in the hearts of people who appreciate quality, and the simple pleasure found in the smell of paper.

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any Moleskine product purchased before 5pm Mon 10 December 2012. Simply enter coupon code MOLESKINE when you place your order.

Who wants to be out Christmas shopping when you could be at the pub?

Mr Gift

Top 12 Men's Christmas Gifts

Mr Gift has gifts for every guy - avoid the Christmas rush this year and shop from the comfort of your home

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a traditional Christmas carol that many would be familiar with (especially at this time of the year with Christmas carols playing everywhere you go!).

The Twelve Days of Christmas is actually thought to be a very old carol, originating in the late 1700s in England, or possibly even France. There are several theories behind the meaning of the song, with one of the more popular theories being that the carol was actually a memory game sung before the Twelfth Night (the eve of 5 January) which marked the end of the festive season. Whilst we may never be sure of the exact meaning of the quirky lyrics to this old favourite carol, we’ve drawn some inspiration from the song to create our own 12 days of Christmas for men.
Check out the below Mr Gift top 12 gift suggestions for 12 different types of men.

SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support throughout the year, we would like to offer you a 20% Friends and Family discount, valid until 5pm Sunday 16/12/12. To redeem your discount:
1. Login or create a Mr Gift account
2. Simply enter Coupon Code F&F when you checkout.


This offer can’t be used in conjunction with other offers, but feel free to pass this Coupon Code onto your family and friends.

12 Busy Businessmen

Cockpit Clock and Weather Station $49.95
Keep your desk tidy with this unique desk box that includes:
  • Thermometer
  • Hygrometer
  • 2 clocks for different time zones
View more business, office and stationery gifts...

11 Chefs Cooking

Joseph Joseph Elevate Knives Carousel Set $149.95

This set of 6 high quality knives come beautifully packaged in their own rotating knife block.

View more gifts for chefs and the kitchen...

10 Gardeners Gardening

Pro Gardener Tool Belt $34.95
Keep all of your gardening gadgets and tools at your fingertips with this handy tool belt.

View more gardening gifts...

9 Gadget Guys

Weather Station $49.95
This smart weather station features:
  • Thermometer
  • Hygrometer
  • A wired sensor to measure indoor and outdoor temp and humidity
  • An alarm with snooze function
View more gadget gifts...

8 Metro Men

Beauty Mate Big Boy Gift Pack $59.95
The ultimate Beauty Mate Gift pack that includes all our favourite products:
  • 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
View more grooming gift ideas...

7 Travellers Travelling

Würkin Stiffs RFID Passport Wallet, black/green $99.95
Würkin's high-tech passport holders will keep your personal information safe by protecting the data on your passport chip using RFID technology.

View more men's accessories...

6 Homeboys Chillin'

Large Belvedere Glasses (pair) $29.95
These cool glasses have been repurposed from Belvedere Vodka bottles and make a great gift for the person with everything.

View more gifts for the home...

5 Fitness Fanatics

Moleskine Wellness Journal $39.95
Monitor your exercise regime and diet whilst setting motivating goals with this comprehensive and versatile Wellness Journal.

View more Moleskine journals...

4 Beer-lovers Belching

Fred Thirsty Hopped Up Beer Glass $14.95 each or 2 for $25
A quirky beer glass that beer-enthusiasts will love!

View more Wine, Beer and Coffee gifts...

3 Caffeine Addicts craving coffee

KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup $14.95 each or 2 for $25
Enhance your coffee drinking experience with these stylish reusable cups.

View the KeepCup range...

2 Winos whining

Nuance Wine Finer II: The 4-in-1 Wine Aerator
The quickest and easiest way to aerate any wine.

View more Wine, Beer and Coffee gifts...

...and a BBQ Chef burning the snags!

MAN LAW Digital BBQ Tongs $29.95
Don't burn your snags (or any other meat) with these handy BBQ tongs that will prevent you from over or under-cooking your meat.

View more BBQ accessories...
There are still lots of new products arriving for Christmas, so keep checking our New Products section if you need some more gift inspiration or last minute gifts.

We’ve also had lots of fun blogging – check out the Mr Gift Blog for our latest Top Gift Tips, recipes such as the best chocolate chip cookies (in the world!) and new brands including MAN LAW BBQ accessories, Wurkin Stiffs men’s accessories and iconic German pen brand, e+m.

We hope we can help you get on top of some of your Christmas shopping so you can enjoy the festivities this December.

Friday, 30 November 2012

My Top Gift Tips - Kerrie Meehan, VIC

From a life as a travel agent to running a philanthropic Fair Trade shop, Fairly Cambodian, Kerrie Meehan shares her gift experiences including a Cambodian water blessing and gift buying for a Buddhist friend…

1. The best gift I ever received was...a water blessing from a monk in Cambodia.

2. The top gift on my wish list is…a donation from a mystery individual so I could set up a school in Cambodia.


3. The best gift I have ever given were some pens, magazines and toiletries to a sewing school in Cambodia.





4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for is...a Buddhist friend. She doesn't attach any significance to material goods.

5. The best last-minute gift is...something fair-trade, so your gift is helping the individual who made it.







6. My hot gift buying tip is...make your purchase count otherwise it is money wasted. Buy something from a fair trade outlet so that your gift gives twice, once to the recipient and once to the person who made it.




Kerrie Meehan runs Fairly Cambodian, a fair trade retail store in Healesville in Victoria's Yarra Valley - an enterprise that sells beautiful hand crafted goods made by Cambodians. Kerrie was a travel agent who travelled the world for her job. It was only when she visited Cambodia that she was struck by the country's tragic history, beautiful people and uphill struggle to rebuild what the Khmer Rouge destroyed. She is determined to improve the lives of the Cambodians she knows, by selling their goods on their behalf, spreading their news, telling their stories, and ultimately giving their children an education and therefore a future. You can buy from Fairly Cambodian from anywhere in Australia via her online shop, www.fairlycambodian.com/shop and sign up to the Fairly Cambodian Facebook Page.  

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

BRAND OF THE WEEK: MAN LAW

The MAN LAW mantras are as follows:

1. Grilling is ALWAYS the first choice of cooking!
2. Cutting meat to check for DONENESS is like sawing down a tree to find its age.
3. A garnish is a bad disguise for not buying enough food.
4. Two months' salary is a small price to pay for fireworks.
5. Vegetarianism is to be encouraged, as it leaves more meat for us Normal people.
6. The barbeque chef shall be kept hydrated at all times.
7. The collapse of a lawn chair by someone sitting in it is only funny if it's someone else.
8. A proper sear negates any harmful effect of a steak falling on the ground.
9. The cheaper the beer, the more loudly you should say how cold it is.
10. Flare-ups will be handled calmly and discreetly until such time as flames spread to a national park.
11. Due to the delicate balance and concentration required, the user of a hammock should not be disturbed under any circumstances.
12. The dinosaurs are gone, so it is no longer possible to buy a steak that is too big.

Aussies have an international reputation for being BBQ Kings, so it hurts to admit that this awesome BBQ brand was developed in the US. Truthfully though, it doesn’t matter if this brand was developed in Australia, the US, or on the moon for that matter. All that really counts is that these products rock. We’ve been looking for a killer BBQ brand since Mr Gift’s inception. We’ve had lots of requests for high-quality BBQ wares and now we’ve been able to deliver!


The MAN LAW range consists of exceptional BBQ tool sets in a traditional hardwood or contemporary metal finish, as well as cool gadgets such as the Digital BBQ tongs. We also love the meat thermometers – now there’s no excuse for an overcooked steak (unless nanna requests it), which will keep everyone happy, especially the BBQ Boss.


 
 

Why we love MAN LAW:
This brand does everything it says on the packet. The products are simple, non-fuss and smartly presented in packaging that echoes MAN LAW’s sense of humour. What you see is what you get, and best of all, these tools are built to last! High-quality BBQ tools are a backyard essential, as well as a great addition to your camping box. Nothing says ‘summer’ like a good old Aussie BBQ so make sure you’re the BBQ King this year and treat yourself or your bloke to some new gear from MAN LAW.



BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any MAN LAW product purchased before 5pm Weds 28  November 2012. Simply enter coupon code MAN when you place your order.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

BRAND OF THE WEEK: Würkin Stiffs

It was a night out that inspired the conception of the first Würkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stay. An expensive new shirt with a runaway collar that refused to stay in place prompted Würkin founder Jonathan Boos to quickly create a make-shift collar stay. Jonathan’s first attempt was pretty crude, but it worked. Several hours (and drinks later), Jonathan’s collar still looked pristine (even if he looked a bit worse for wear!).
How the Würkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stays work

 

The next day, Jonathan reflected on his creation and realised he might be onto something that other men may also find useful. He consulted his twin brother, Joshua, who was a hairstylist and constantly battled with runaway collars when he was moving around all day. Joshua was impressed with Jonathan’s concept and assisted with more research until a revised prototype was created.
Würkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stays in 2.5" length $44.95


 

In the early days, Jonathan’s wife Amie and 10 month-old son Aiden drove around, selling the range to specialty stores. Since Würkin’s inception in 2006, the product range has grown to include other high-quality men’s accessories such as cufflinks, wallets and passport holders.
Würkin Stiffs Multi-plaid Square Cufflinks $99.95

 
The Würkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stays still remain the ‘jewel’ in the Würkin crown and are available in various sizes, including the popular 2.5” length, as well as an Assorted Sizes pack to ensure all evil collars can be tamed. Clever design and quirky packaging further confirm why the range has such a strong following in the US, and now internationally.
Why we love Würkin Stiffs: The quality of all Würkin products is impeccable (an essential criterion to get the Mr Gift Quality Gifts for Men seal of approval). Quality, coupled with the timeless styling and design makes each piece versatile and suitable for men of all ages. No stylish man would be without a Würkin accessory (or two). If you’re looking for a gift with a unique point of difference for a discerning dude, look no further than the Würkin range – you’ll be impressed, but most importantly, so will he.


 Würkin Stiffs Passport Holder with RFID technology to protect your card information $99.95

BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any Würkin purchased before 5pm Weds 21  November 2012. Simply enter coupon code WURKIN when you place your order.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

My Top Gift Tips - Dom Romeo

What gift is at the top of a writer’s wish list? Freelance writer Dom Romeo shares his gift stories on softball bats and ex-girlfriends…

1.The best gift I ever received was…
An Bisonte notebook – gorgeous bison leather cover that slips over the notebook, so that when it’s filled, I can just replace it. As a writer, I like to carry around a pen and notebook at all times.


2. The top gift on my wish list is…
Boxing gloves and focus pads – the writer’s life is predominantly sedentary; I need more exercise.


3. The best gift I have ever given was…
A softball bat, for a dear friend’s 40th. I’d known him since we were kids, and I’d accidentally knocked him out with one when we were playing softball in primary school – a story he still tells when introducing me to new friends.


4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for was/is…
Always ex-girlfriends. You know them well enough to get it perfect – but if and when you do, you make it difficult for the poor guy who’s replaced you – which can also be fun!


5. The best last-minute gift is…
Creative and contains handmade elements – either the card (with a poem) or the hamper you’ve put together with delicious teas, yummy imported sweets and delicacies, or the home cooked meal you serve before presenting them.


6. My hot gift buying tip is…
Shop with them some time before the event – you get an idea of what they like, how they like to spoil themselves, and what they are eyeing off until they can better afford for themselves. And then you can surprise them with it!



Dom Romeo is a freelance wordsmith, blogger and broadcaster. Read his stuff: www.standanddeliver.blogs.com

Saturday, 10 November 2012

The best choc chip cookies recipe...in the world!

We’re feeling inspired by Kay’s comments in our latest Top Gift Tips post and have been trying to think of the best homemade gifts for friends and family, especially over the Christmas season. We’ve decided you can’t go past homemade baked goods. Here’s a classic choc-chip cookie recipe that’s a winner. The best thing about this recipe? It's SOOOO quick and easy, plus the ingredients are simple – nothing fancy or expensive required. Enjoy!


 

Ingredients:125g butter
¾ cup sugar (you can actually use less,  1/3 cup still tastes good and is a healthier option)
2 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
Choc chips


What to do:
1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Add eggs and to butter/sugar mixture and combine well
3. Sift flour into mixture and combine
4. Add choc chips (as many or as little as you like)
5. Roll into balls (about the size of a walnut) and place on a greased oven tray or baking paper
6. Bake in a moderate oven for 10-15 mins (until light golden colour)
7. Serve with hot chocolate or milky coffee


TIP: This biscuit recipe is really versatile and can be used for the classic Aussie Jam Drop (just make a hole in the centre of each ball and fill with a dollop of jam). Or add sultanas, dried fruit or nuts for another variation on this tasty biscuit recipe.

If you enjoy baking, check out our easy cheesecake recipe and if you love cooking, check out some of Mr Gift's great cooking and kitchen gift ideas...

Do you have a favourite recipe to share? Email your favourite recipe to info@mrgift.com.au  for us to share with our blog readers and receive a $20 Mr Gift Voucher.



Sunday, 4 November 2012

My Top Gift Tips - Kay Trembath, VIC

This week we caught up with Kay Trembath from Crumbz in Victoria’s gorgeous Healesville and decided that home-made treats are always the best option when it comes to gifts…

1. The best gift I ever received was…my engagement ring from my now husband.
2. The top gift on my wish list is…an e-type Jag.
3. The best gift I have ever given was…some pens, magazines and toiletries to a sewing school in Cambodia.
4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for is…my Dad. Men are so hard to buy for, especially ones who already have everything they need.
5. The best last-minute gift is…something home-made - a scarf you've knitted, some jam or chutney, hummus or some flowers from the garden.
6. My hot gift buying tip is…make it yourself. The time and love that has gone into making the present makes it priceless for the recipient.


A selection of Christmas decorations from Crumbz Christmas decoration workshop

Kay is the owner of Crumbz, a fabulous craft shop in Healesville, in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Crumbz is packed full of gorgeous designer aprons, fashionable fabrics and wool, kitchenware and house hold gift items. Some of their gorgeous products include washing up gloves with a leopard print trim, kids’ chef hats, china tea cups and polka dot cupcake cases. You can also buy all your haberdashery: wool, yarn, patterns, fabrics - whatever your sewing/craft needs. Kay also runs a series of classes and workshops on sewing, patchwork, crochet, knitting and stitching that help people learn about and enjoy crafts from yesteryear. Check out the Crumbz website to check out their products and classes: www.crumbz.com.au

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 info@mrgift.com.au to receive a voucher on us!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

BRAND OF THE WEEK: E+M

The unusual name behind German pen brand, ‘e+m’ derives from two words: Ehmann + Mümmler. Ehmann founded e+m in 1899 (it was known as Turnery Ehmann back then) and Mümmler is the current CEO and owner of the e+m brand today.

e+m founder, Konrad Ehmann
 
 Prior to World War II, Ehmann’s company became the largest manufacturer of nib penholders in Germany. Sadly, production was abandoned during the war, with only a few models produced after the war ended. The war resulted in a movement towards technical wood turnings, which e+m continued to focus on and produce after the war.

World War II resulted in a change of direction for e+m and an increased focus on technical wood turning
 
A desire “to keep the old traditions of classical manufacturing alive and to transform them into the modern production process” motivated Wolfram Mümmler (fourth generation of the founding family) to restart production of these unique writing instruments in 1983. Wooden pens, mechanical pencils, clutch pencils and other office accessories were developed and are now the major product lines. Once again, e+m have firmly established their place as a leading manufacturer of quality writing instruments not just in Germany, but also internationally.

Keeping it in the family: e+m's current CEO, Wolfram Mümmler is the fourth generation of the founding family and passionate about keeping old traditions alive.
 
Why we love e+m:
e+m’s high quality products are like an unforgettable dining experience from a five-star restaurant, where only the finest quality ingredients are used. As one customer recently pointed out to us, the thick wooden shaft of e+m writing instruments are beautifully balanced and ideal for people with arthritis or limited movement in their hands and fingers. e+m’s timeless design is unlike anything we’ve come across and we’re confident that e+m’s writing instruments are gifts that will be treasured for many years to come. It’s refreshing to see a return to simple, traditional writing implements in a world dominated by computers, tablets and mobile phones.


e+m's beautiful range of high quality writing implements


BUY NOW and receive FREE DELIVERY on any e+m product purchased before 5pm Thurs 8 November 2012. Simply enter coupon code E+M when you place your order.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Top three men’s grooming tips

So the jury’s back in and gentlemen, the general consensus is that there’s no excuse for hair in the wrong places when it comes to men’s grooming. We sought advice from our customers and friends for their top tips on how men can look their best and here are some of our favourite tips…

1. Nose hair is a no-no
Author and professional speaker Jennifer Burrows implores men to maintain their ‘manscape’ with a regular trim of stray hairs. “Gentlemen, please invest in a good quality nose and ear hair trimmer - preferably one that comes with an eyebrow shaping attachment. Bushy is not sexy and nose hair tickles during kissing”.

Trimming those stray hairs is an essential grooming task advises Jennifer Burrows, contributing author of You Can...Live the Life of your Dreams.

After 20 years in business, Sue Ismiel from Australian wax brand Nad’s is an authority on waxing and hair removal, affirming, “Nose hair is such a turn off for women”. After identifying that out-of-control nose hair was a problem for many men, Nad’s developed Nose Wax to target nose hair on the inside of the nose, as well as blackheads on the outside of the nose. “I am so excited about having found a simple way to get rid of unsightly nose hair and in the process have rekindled people’s passion for their partners now that their nose hair is gone!” says Sue.
Remove hair from the inside of the nose as well as blackheads on the outside with Nad's Nose Wax
 
2. Exercise caution when removing hair
“Always use a clipper guard when trimming your public area with hair clippers,” advises author of The Vagina Buffet, Tales of a Brazilian waxer, SJ Tierney. Tierney explains: “I was trying to get my husband’s pubic hair as short as possible, so I took the clipper guard off and I accidentally cut his scrotum - it was one of those "not happy Jan" moments”. Ouch!


Tierney also suggests carefully considering where you practice your hair removal. “Never drink and groom, and never allow wax, razors or tweezers at your bucks party!” and don’t forget to consider other members of the household, “If you want to groom in private, remember to keep the door locked”.

“If you want to groom in private, remember to keep the door locked,” advises author SJ Tierney


3. Tweezers are your friend, not foe
Andy Roache from Andy Hair and Makeup, Mooloolaba believes that all guys should have a pair of tweezers in their bathroom draw that aren’t just for removing splinters.

"Guys, even if you're low-maintenance, when it comes to grooming, there's one area to give a wee bit of attention to: your eyebrows. Just a bit of a pluck with tweezers can whisk away those wiry strays, or sneaky greys. Why distract from the conversation with an errant brow line? Tweeze with ease!"

Andy Roache from Andy Hair and Makeup says that a pair of tweezers are essential

Thanks to our contributors for sharing their tips and tricks for men’s grooming:

Jennifer Burrows is from Value for Life – creating insanely great presenters who get heard, get their point across and ultimately get what they want and is a contributing author of “You Can…Live the Life of Your Dreams” (due for release 1st December 2012). www.valueforlife.com.au

Sue Ismiel is founder of Australian brand, Nad’s, specialising in hair removal products, including Nad’s Nose Wax. www.nads.com.au

SJ Tierney is author of The Vagina Buffet, Tales of a Brazilian waxer. Read more about SJ Tierney’s remarkable (and hilarious) adventures at www.vaginabuffet.com.

Andy Roache is a freelance hairdresser and makeup artist based in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast. www.andyhairmakeup.com.au

Check out our range of men's grooming products, including high quality men's grooming brand, Beauty Mate.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

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. www.grasshopperscloset.com.au
 
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 info@mrgift.com.au to receive a voucher on us!

Monday, 22 October 2012

BRAND OF THE WEEK: Beauty Mate

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.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

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