Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Groomsmen gift wrapping

Looking for a creative way to wrap your groomsmen's gifts? Gift-wrapping their present with their bridal tie looks great and is a lovely way to present them with their tie for your special day...

Image from

Why we love it:
  • Simply wrapping your groomsmen's ties around the present and securing them with a piece of natural-coloured raffia looks really striking, especially with a contrasting/dark coloured wrapping paper. The tie becomes the 'hero' of the wrapping, which means you can use a plainer paper underneath. 
  • How special would you feel as a groom receiving a gift like this!
  • If your groomsmen are wearing a bow tie instead of a tie, you could also have fun incorporating this into the wrapping too. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


We all know the feeling well. We're on the phone trying to take down some important details and do you think we can find a pen that works?! If you're sick of cheap pens that run our, or replacing the refills in expensive pens, then this pen is for you...

Why we love it:
  • This pen is made from a special type of metal that is designed to write on any surface, meaning that it's "inkless" and doesn't need to be refilled. 
  • This pen comes with a key ring attachment so you can keep it handy with you keys.
  • The compact size of this pen means that it will also easily slip into your handbag. 
  • It's been carefully made from high-quality materials and comes individually packaged in its own stylish metal tin, so it makes a great gift for the person with everything. 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Today is...Drink Beer Day

It's a shame that this day falls on a Monday, instead of a Friday or weekend, but it's a public holiday here in Canberra CHEERS! :-)

If you need a cool vessel to drink your beer out of today, then these repurposed Corona Beer Bottle Glasses will hit the mark...

What's your favourite type of beer? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

WEEKLY SPECIAL: iPad Skin Pouch NOW $20 (was $29.95)

It's no fun when your iPad gets broken or damaged, which is why it's important to keep it protected in a high quality case. This iPad Skin Pouch has all the protection you need, in a simple design. This style is called "Par Avion", which is designed to look like a cool French Air Mail package - very Hipster!
Only while stocks last. 

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Handmade Wedding Gift of the week: Photograph of the couple's name

If you've ever written your name in the sand before, then you know how easy the first step of creating one on these beautiful pictures is. The trickiest part probably lies in picking the right time/light and angle to photograph it. But, if you can accomplish these steps, then the end result, as you can see, is quite spectacular...

Whilst we don't recommend going out and carving your or anyone else's name on the nearest tree or fence, there are professionals like Picture it Personal who can do this for you digitally without harming a single tree (we promise!). 

Why we love it:
  • This is one of the most unique and personalised gift ideas we've seen - ever! 
  • You can have a go at making one of these yourself by writing the couple's name in the sand
  • If you can make one yourself by writing in the sand, the cost is relatively low and the result even more unique. The main cost lies in printing and framing the image. 
  • You can customise the image and make it any size and use any type of frame to suit the couple. 
  • This would also be a great gift idea for a wedding anniversary, milestone birthday or even a newborn gift

Which scene would you pick for your photograph? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Friday, 25 September 2015

Handmade wedding card of the week: Tie the Knot

This card is a lovely visualisation of "tying the knot", and one we think that many couples would love to receive as a handmade wedding card... 

Why we love it:
  • These cotton spools are SO cute and easy to make - they are simply a piece of card cut in the shape of a wooden spool with yarn or wool wrapped around them and then glue to the card. 
  • You could use any coloured yarn here, but two contrasting colours work best to reflect the bride and groom. You could use their favourite colours, or metallic gold and silver would look fabulous too. 
  • You could also play around the with colour of the card - black with white or metallics would be striking, or a cream or natural kraft card would give a more natural/vintage look. 
  • You can write/print any message here. "FINALLY! (congratulations)" is a fun dig at the couple. However, you could write something more sentimental or traditional depending on the personality of the bride and groom and how well you know them.
  • This would be a great choice of card for a crafty bride that likes to sew. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Thursday thought...

"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."
John Wooden

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Fun bunting

There's something cheerful and festive about bunting that can put a smile on anyone's face. This miniature bunting used as part of this gift wrap is no exception when it comes to fun gift wrapping... 

Bunting from acottagelife Etsy shop

Why we love it:
1. It's bright, fun and festive
2. It would suit any recipient - male, female, young or older. 
3. It's a great way of using up fabric scraps if you make it yourself. Simply cut your fabric into little triangles and use a sew together with a sewing machine. Or you could purchase it from Etsy shop, acottagelife 
4. You can play around with the theme and colours. You could just use one type of fabric, plain or printed fabric, alternate fabric colours and prints, or use a contrasting coloured or metallic thread.  
5. The bright colours of this bunting look great set against the natural kraft paper used here. 
6. The handwritten message and haphazard way the bunting is wrapped around the gift all add to the handmade charm! 

Check out our other gift wrapping ideas here...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Today is...Wife Appreciation Day

Listen up Hubbies, today is Wife Appreciation Day! What does this mean, you ask? 
This is a chance to show your lovely wife how much she means to you, by (fill in the blank with any of the below):

1. Treating her to a romantic mini-break
2. Shouting her a meal at her favourite restaurant
3. Letting her sleep in (mothers will love this one!)
4. Making her unlimited cups of tea/coffee all day
5. Buying her flowers

Ladies, what else would you add to this list? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Today is...International Eat an Apple Day

Did you know that there are over 7000 different apple varieties world-wide? 
If you need any convincing of a good reason to enjoy 'an apple a day', here are some interesting apple health benefits

What's your favourite type of apple? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Handmade Wedding Gift of the week: Bride and Groom clothes peg

Who would have thought an unassuming wooden clothes peg could be turned into such a cute little wedding gift...

Why we love it:
1. Ok, so while you probably wouldn't give this peg as a gift on its own, it would made a gorgeous decoration on a card or as part of your present gift-wrapping. 
2. Some people have even used this decoration as a topper on their wedding cake. We think these would also look cute on cupcakes too. 
3. They're easy and inexpensive to make - wooden clothes pegs are easy and cheap to source, and paint colours required are limited. We would recommend getting a good fine paint brush for a neat paint job. 
4. Glue a magnet on the back so the bride and groom can keep this little gift on their fridge, or attach a little stand to the bottom of the peg and you can "clip" and display photos with the peg
5. You could also use these on wedding invitations, or attach them to the top of wedding party favour/gift bags

Where would you use this cute little bride and groom? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Friday, 18 September 2015

Handmade wedding card of the week: Two Hearts

This simple little collage would make a great handmade wedding card or framed picture for the happy couple...

Image from Emmaline Bride

Why we love it:

  • The beauty of this collage lies in its simplicity - minimal colours and simple elements such newsprint. 
  • The red hearts stand out against the white background and we love the coordinating stripy string used. You could also use the couple's full name in the hearts, or write a special message in the hearts. 
  • This idea could be applied to a gift card or framed as a picture to give as a gift. 
  • This would also be a cute idea for a Valentine's Day card. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Thursday thought...

"The manner of giving is worth more than the gift" 
Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Message for the Bride and Groom

This gift wrapping is sure to make your present stand out from the other gifts on the gift table...

Why we love it:

  1. This is a great way to share one of your favourite poems, quotes of advice for the happy couple. 
  2. It's simple to make - you could print the words from a computer or simply hand-write them. 
  3. If your message is longer you could simple wrap them words around the side of the gift. 
  4. The brightly coloured hearts used here are fun, but you could also opt for gold or silver or red and white, which would give a completely different look. 
What message would you give to the bride and groom? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Ten romantic quotes to write in a card

If you've ever struggled to find the right words to say to express your love for someone, help is at hand! 

Thankfully, there are plenty of skilled writers and people who have a knack with the written word who can help you out. We've collected ten of our favourite romantic quotes that are perfect to use in a wedding card, anniversary card, birthday card, or even a Valentine's Day card when the right words escape you... 

1. “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” — Judy Garland

2. “When you look for the right person, you always end up with the wrong one. But when you just sit by the corner and wait, he comes along and shares the corner with you.” —Unknown Author

3. “You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face, but in your heart as well.” —Unknown Author

4.  “For you see, each day I love you more
 today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” —Rosemonde Gerard

5.  “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” Roy Croft

6. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Wuthering Heights

7. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott

8.  “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss 

9. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.” Jeremy Taylor

10. “True love stories never have endings.” Richard Bach

What's your favourite romantic quote? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Monday, 14 September 2015

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Metal Storage Box with Chalk Panel

A boring topic like "storage" can be made pretty and exciting with a gorgeous box like this...

Why we love it:
  1. This is the type of box don't mind having on display (and you'd probably buy it even if you had nothing to put in it!)
  2. The chalk panel label is handy for labelling what's in the box and save time when you don't have to lift if off the shelf or out of the cupboard to check what's in it. 
  3. The neutral colour would blend with most interior decor. 
  4. The high quality metal will stand the test of time
  5. Great for storing cleaning supplies, sewing bits and bobs, pegs, tools and hardware
  6. Pop some homemade biscuits, lollies, nuts or other treat inside for a thoughtful housewarming gift. Fill with helpful household items for a practical wedding or engagement gift

Sunday, 13 September 2015

WEEKLY SPECIAL: Music Mug NOW $30 (was $59.95)

Share your music with your friends with this simple, user-friendly passive speaker. 
Only while stocks last. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Handmade Wedding Gift of the week: A Year of Firsts Gift Basket

The first year of being married is an exciting one. It is fun to enjoy special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, holidays and New Year's Eve together as a married couple. We thought this gift basket was a great way of celebrating these "firsts" together, with things such as a special bottle of wine for your first dinner party as a married couple... 

Image from Pinterest

Why we love it:
1. You can completely personalise this based on what the couple are into. For example, if they like to party and entertain, then things like a bottle of wine or some nibbles would probably go down well. 
2. A great deal of thought and care has been put into the labels of each item. An explanation for each item has been typed and printed on paper and then mounted on cards that have been cut out with pinking sheers (so they have a zig-zag edge). You could also hand-write a message on gift tags and attach them to the items. 
3. We love the neutral colours of this basket, as they make the products in the basket stand out, but you could opt for any colours you like. 
4. You could use a box or plastic crate instead of a basket - anything that could be used again when empty would be handy. 
5. You could apply this gift idea to a baby gift basket and include lots of interesting gift ideas that could be used for a newborn in their first year. 

What would you include or love to receive in a basket like this? We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Friday, 11 September 2015

Handmade wedding card of the week: Clothes peg bride and groom

It turns out that clothes pegs make a gorgeous bride and groom (check out Handmade gift of the week: Bride and groom clothes peg for a another variation of this idea)

Why we love it:
1. It's the attention to the little details that make this card - the lace veil and bouquet made from little balls of scrunched up paper are adorable. 
2. The 'Mr. and Mrs." text cut with a zig-zag edge has a lovely handmade quality - like a page from a treasured scrapbook. 
3. The blue card background is a good choice. If the card was black or white, certain elements would not stand out as well. Red, pink, green, yellow, silver, or gold would be other good choices. 

Check out our other handmade gifts here...

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Thursday thought...

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 
Winston Churchill

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Glitz and Glamour

It's Wedding Month on the Mr Gift blog this September, which means that many of our posts will have a wedding theme. Our first 'wedding orientated' post is dedicated to gift wrapping. The below gift wrapping examples originally came from a post on Christmas gift wrapping, but we love this glamorous style of gift wrapping and think it would suit a wedding or engagement gift...

This glitzy, glamorous gift wrapping style is perfect for wedding and engagement gifts for couples

Why we love it:
1. Weddings and engagements are special occasions that deserve to be celebrated in style - we're all for 'going to town' with the wrapping paper and accessories. 
2. Metallic colours set against black and white work well for men and women and are a great theme for presents for couple
3. You can unleash your inner Magpie to collect lots of glitzy accessories such as gold and silver braid and ribbon, sequins, glitter, metallic wrapping paper and gift tags. If you get stuck, you can always grab a can of metallic spray paint and go nuts spraying plain coloured objects like buttons, leaves, and other accessories yourself. 

Check out our other gift wrapping ideas here...

Gold or silver? Which metallic colours do you like? We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Why I do what I do: Renae Smith, The Atticism

When you read Renae Smith's bio, it doesn't take long to figure out that she's a hard worker. Fans of Channel Ten's MasterChef will recognise Renae from MasterChef 2014, but Renae has many talents, in addition to her passion for food and cooking. Renae has very kindly shared her inspiring story with us below... 

1.Tell us a bit about your job and how you got to where you are now?
I have two jobs. My ‘main job’ that pays the bills is a PR Agency called The Atticism.  
My focus there is on sub culture and urban products as this is where I feel my skills lay.  
I started this company after I got sick and tired of working in law. The hours are just ridiculous and I felt very uncreative - I had always helped friends and contacts with marketing and PR so figured, “Why not do it and get paid for it.”  

Apart from that, I teach cooking to people across Australia and Asia (so far). I specialise in vegan and vegetarian food and have travelled to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore as well as teaching on Food and Wine cruises with P&O, Festivals and catering events.  I got into this because of MasterChef - food has always been a big part of my life, but meat hasn’t - and I think it’s hard to get this type of food to be as popular as mainstream food - but I’m trying.

2. What do you love most about your job?
My favourite thing about PR is the fact that I can be really creative. Coming up with concepts for a client can be hard work, but when you finally get the vibe and can work with them to come up with some really great ideas - it's a fantastic feeling to watch those work and to allow others to see what you see in a brand.  

For my cooking work - the thing I love the MOST is when I give someone a sugar-free, raw, vegan dish to eat and their face lights up and they say “Oh wow, I would never have thought it could taste this good.” Every little bit of healthy and consciousness helps and I am glad to be a part of it.

3. What’s your life mantra?
I live by “If it doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it.” That's my one and only mantra.

Renae Smith, founder of The Atticism PR Agency and MasterChef 2014 contestant

4. What else would you be doing if you didn’t do what you do?
I’ve always wanted to be a psychologist and to study addiction. It's something that both terrifies and fascinates me and I believe, in my uneducated opinion, that there’s a connection between genetics and specific types of addiction. I would love to work out if this is right, and if we could potentially work on a preventative treatment for those who suffer addiction of certain substances and not others.

5. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I’ve never really dated anyone who's been huge on the gift front. I’ve received the odd thing here or there, but I’m not really a materialistic person. If I had to choose one, it would be from one of my boyfriends YEARS ago. We started dating and he had a daisy bush out the front of his house that I commented on the first time I went to his house (I love daisies). A whole year later I received a pressed daisy in a frame. He had picked me a daisy on that day and pressed and framed it for me as a gift. That was pretty sweet.

6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever bought someone?
I'm actually secretly very romantic, or lame - i haven’t worked it out yet. I once bought someone a star - hah. It sounds lame, but they travelled a lot and we were going to have to be apart a lot of the time. We were both feeling really sad about this and I ended up buying him a star - and getting the coordinates etc. Then, I gifted it to him and said that no matter where we were in the world, we could always look up and share something that was just ours and we could have a moment to not feel so alone. I know - super mushy! I don’t think I’d ever do that again haha. A nice journal will suffice next time.

Here's a delicious Dumpling recipe Renae shared with us recently...

Learn more about Renae at

Monday, 7 September 2015

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Hessian Tool Roll

Spring is a great time to treat yourself or someone you know to a new set of hand tools, and these ones tick the box for quality and durability...

Why we love it:
  • This set (including the tools) are made in Australia from quality materials designed to stand the test of time
  • The Hessian case protects tools by keeping them clean and dry so that last longer
  • This is a great gift for gardeners whose tools may have seen better days!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing all dads a very happy Father's Day 2015 - we hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends!

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” 
Harry S. Truman

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Five reasons to get out in the garden this spring...

Five reasons to get out in the garden this Spring
Gardening is good for you.
Fresh air, exercise, Vitamin D, stress-relief, as well as the satisfaction of growing your own produce, are just some of the benefits. If you need any more convincing, here are five great products that help make gardening easy and fun...

We're also offering FREE DELIVERY on all orders from now until Father's Day (midnight Saturday 5/9/15).  

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:)
The Little Veggie Patch Co Guide to Backyard Farming
1. You don't have to know what you're doing
That's where books like The Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming come in handy. Exploring the garden month-by-month, this book details what's happening in the garden each month, including which veggies, fruit and herbs you should be planting and harvestingThere are also delicious seasonal recipesusing produce – try the Haloumi, Asparagus and Roasted Tomato Salad or the Beetroot and Chocolate Cake.
Grow Bags
2. You don't need much space
You don't need a large garden or backyard to grow plants. TheseGrow Bags are ideal for balconies, patios or small courtyards and have a lovely natural, organic look. 
Sneeboer Great Dixter Trowel
3. Make life easier with the right tools for the job
The Sneeboer Great Dixter Trowelhas a strong, narrow blade that is ideal for transplanting seedlings (especially plants with long roots) and working in narrow spaces between other plants.   
Tweet Bird House
4. Make friends with your local wildlife
Spring-time flowering plants attract more birds and insects to your garden. You can encourage these little visitors with a cute Bird Houselike this one...
Burgon and Ball Herb Dryer
5. Make the most of your home-grown produce
There's nothing more rewarding than using the produce you've grown. But sometimes it's easy to produce more than we can consume. This is where drying and preserving produce comes in handy, especially herbs. The Burgon and Ball Herb Dryer will ensure that you have tasty dried herbs to flavour your cooking throughout the year.  

The best advice my dad gave me: Theresa Charles, Gidgee Baskets

Theresa Charles shares her dad's wise words in our latest installment of The best advice my dad gave me...

"The best thing my dad taught me was to show compassion for others, to never judge a book by its cover and two wrongs never make a right. My father believed in me, and loved me unconditionally and that's the greatest gift he could ever give me. He passed away before I had my children and a day doesn't go by that I wish he was here. My sister and I had engraved on his headstone 'you are our world, and the love of our life'."

Theresa is a wife, mother of 4, nurse, retailer and most recently author. "I live in a far north Queensland town, and as with all small communities it has it ups and downs but even after backpacking around the world (before children), it is always great to come home," says Theresa.   

Theresa's business is Gidgee Baskets, which can be found here: or on Facebook. She has also written a book - Fine Wine and a Midlife crisis by Tara Freeman

Friday, 4 September 2015

Father's Day Recipe: Prawn and Ginger Dumplings

The below recipe is one of Tristram Morgan's family favourites. It has been adjusted and tweaked over the years to get it just right. "I originally made some pork dumplings from a recipe in an Asian cookbook, but have gradually tried new ingredients and have arrived at this combination," says Tristram.

  • 2 packets of gow gee dumpling or wanton wrappers
  • 500g green (raw) prawn meat
  • 300g wombok (Chinese cabba ge) or bok choy/choy sum etc.
  • 200g bamboo shoot slices or chunks
  • 2 spring onions (green onions/eschallots)
  • 1 piece ginger 3cm x 3cm
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (or light soy sauce)
  • 3 tsp sesame oil

Dipping Sauce
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chilli oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 spring onion (green onion/eschallot)
Tristram Morgan's Prawn and Ginger Dumplings - a delicious and healthy Father's Day treat


1. Finely chop or mince the garlic cloves and spring onion for the dipping sauce. Mix all of the other ingredients together in a small dipping bowl and add the garlic and spring onion, stir well and set aside.

2. Finely chop or mince the prawn meat in a food processor (pulse until chopped but don’t overdo it) and place in a large mixing bowl. 

3. Shred the wombok or Chinese greens thinly, then chop into small pieces and add to the prawn mince.

4. Finely chop the bamboo shoots and add to the mixture.

5. Use a fine grater to mince the ginger and add it to the mixture.

6. Add the fish sauce or soy sauce and the sesame oil, and mix it all together thoroughly until all ingredients are evenly distributed (your hands are best for this).

7. Place a teaspoon of the mixture into the middle of a gow gee dumpling or wanton wrapper, wet the edge on one side with water and fold the two edges towards each other and press together firmly to seal. Repeat until the mixture is used up (probably 1 and ½ packets or wrappers). 

8. You can either steam the dumplings over a pan of water (line a bamboo or steel steamer with baking paper to stop them sticking – keep them separated or they will stick together!) or shallow fry the dumplings in small batches (a wok is best, but a frying pan will do), depending on your preference. They will cook in about 3-5 minutes depending on temperature and the number of dumplings you cook at one time.

9. Keep cooked dumplings warm on a baking tray in a very low oven (if steamed, covered in foil to prevent drying out). When all are cooked, serve with the dipping sauce.

Make an Impact Clothing by Tristram Morgan

This recipe was kindly shared with us by Tristram Morgan. Tristram is a keen amateur cook with a special interest in South-east Asian cuisine. Tristram's business, Make an Impact Clothing is an ethical and sustainable clothing company using organic cotton and other environmentally friendly fibres, with no sweatshop labour or exploitative employment practices. Check out the range here:

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thursday thought...

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.” 
Umberto Eco

Competition time! Your chance to win a Beauty Mate men's grooming kit...

If your man needs a little help with his grooming, these Beauty Mate grooming kits are for him. There's not a hint of pink, girly packaging in site, so he won't damage his "manly image", whilst keeping his skin and hair looking their best. 

To enter:
1. Visit the Mr Gift Facebook page to find this competition. Like the Mr Gift Facebook page, as well as the Facebook competition post.
2. Check out the Beauty Mate range ( and comment on this post by telling us which kit you'd pick?
3. Comp ends midnight Thursday 3/9/15 and winner will be randomly selected (open to Australian residents only, sorry!).

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The best advice my dad gave me: Sue Rittmeyer, Safe Solutions In-home Care

Sue Rittmeyer shares her dad's wise words in our latest installment of The best advice my dad gave me...

"Stay true to myself and remember that once said and done something can't be undone and to remember that I have to wake up each day and live with myself."

Sue Rittmeyer is a registered nurse who is passionate about supporting, adding value and comfort to people in times of need. Learn more about what Sue does here: 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The best advice my dad gave me: Alla Novochenok-Serhan,

Alla Novochenok-Serhan shares her father's advice in our latest post on The best advice my dad gave me...

"Dad always said to us when we were growing up 'whatever you do, do it as best you can'. This motto has shaped my way of life and I hope to be able to pass it on to my kids too."

Alla Novochenok-Serhan is an author and creator of Adventures of SuperYam™ - a children's book series focusing on food education and wellbeing. Learn more about Alla and her books at