Monday, 29 May 2017

GIFT OF THE WEEK: Best Ever Paper Airplanes by Norman Schmidt $19.95


Kids of all ages (especially the grown-up ones!) will love this book which features 18 unique paper airplane designs named after birds with comprehensive instructions on how to make them.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My Favourite Quote: Daniel Trani, eCommerce entrepreneur/stay at home dad

"It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." 
- Theodore Roosevelt Jr. 26th President of America


I read this quote about five years ago and at the time I thought what a great quote by an exceptional man, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. the 26th American President.
I found that at that point in my life I was yearning for a change but like most people change is hard and as humans we are creatures of habit so we tend to stick with what we know. I couldn't stop thinking about this quote however and I found an image on the internet with Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and the quote. I printed it out and laminated it. 

I must have read it a thousand times and finally it sunk in and I began to change aspects of my life through actually going out and putting myself in the "Arena". Fail or succeed I was going to pursue my dreams, goals and design my own lifestyle. 

The laminated quote sits on my bed side table, it even travels overseas with me and reminds me daily that you deserve only what your'e willing to fight for, fail or succeed it doesn't matter. 

I hope you find this as motivating or inspiring as I have and I hope that it may resonate with one or more of your readers and help them change their life.


Daniel Trani is an eCommerce entrepremeur/stay at home dad. Together with his wife they are changing their lives to achieve a more family balance life. Their three year old daughter has helped inspire the businesses that they have started which include www.violetandlily.com.au  and www.sleepybeans.com.au  

Family is very important to Daniel and even more important is the time you spend with family. Being able to travel and show their young daughter new things has inspired them to dream big and work to achieve the lifestyle they desire.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

GIFT OF THE WEEK: Foucault's Pendulum


If you thought pendulums were just for clocks, you need to check out Foucault's Pendulum. 
This is the perfect gift for science nerds!


Sunday, 21 May 2017

WEEKLY SPECIAL: It's About Time Cufflinks NOW $99.95 (was $249.95)



Who said watches were just for telling the time? The inner workings of these vintage watches look pretty neat as a set of cufflinks too!


Saturday, 13 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Nikki Arnold, Founder and Director of Inspired Living International

"The best thing my mum taught me was… to not put ALL of my time and energy into raising my children. My mum said that it was important to also focus on my husband and our relationship, making him a priority when possible and having date nights once a month. My husband and I are still very much in love, are very close, have time for one another and look forward to each date night with anticipation. Thanks Mum!"
- Nikki Arnold


Nikki Arnold, Founder and Director of Inspired Living International, helps people to live their best life possible through personal development programs and coaching as well as helping them to create a better work / life balance. Learn more at www.inspiredliving.international

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The best advice my mum gave me: Chloe Hung, author

"The best thing my mum taught me was that you must work and study hard to become successful in the future. God rewards those who hustle for what they want." 
- Chloe Hung


Actuarial Consultant and Coach Chloe Hung is the author of the upcoming book Strength In Numbers, a book dedicated to helping students and Math enthusiasts discover the world of actuarial science. Learn more at www.strengthinnumber31.com

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The best advice my mum gave me: Peggy Weekes, author

"The best thing my mum taught me was…to learn to forgive. It is not for us to judge, because God is always in control.”
Peggy Weekes


Peggy is an Author, Speaker and Consultant, with her first book "A Mix of Two World - Nature's Best From the East and the West for Optimum Health" available this summer. Learn more at www.peggyweekes.com

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The best advice my mum gave me: Charlotte Canion, author, Speaker and Mentor

The best thing mum taught me was to 'Lead by Example'." 
- Charlotte Canion


Charlotte was so inspired by her mum's simple advise, that she wrote a story about it titled "Hands of Love", which is about how a loving Mother passed her talents on to her daughter.

Author, Speaker and Mentor Charlotte Canion was the caregiver for three parents and shares her stories to help others going through the 'Parent Your Parent' journey to laugh and create treasured memories when they are gone - a beautiful journey that has lingered in her heart and inspired her to publish her book, "You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents." Learn more at www.ParentYourParentsBook.com

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The best advice my mum gave me: Maggie Georgopoulos, author

"The best thing my mum taught me was that everyone was the same. I was classed as the collector of strays when I was a kid as I always saw everyone as someone who wanted to be included. It meant that the reasons other kids had to avoid them weren't applied and I liked them for who they were inside. It has lead to who I am today as I'm still a strong believer in diversity and that we all have the ability to succeed." 
- Maggie Georgopoulos


Author Maggie Georgopoulos is a Leading Global Authority on career development for women and focuses on helping to destigmatize mental health and create a diversity of leadership in the workplace. Learn more at www.uptheladderinaskirt.com/book


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The best advice my mum gave me: Fabiola Gomez, founder and director of LUXit

"The best thing my mum taught me was - 'You always have choices'. My Mum always encouraged me to view life as 'a banquet'. If you don't like something try something new!"
- Fabiola Gomez



Fabiola grants part of her successes to her Mother, as she would never had the courage to work within so many different industries if it wasn't for her advice. Fabiola is the founder and director of LUXit, an award winning mobile beauty and wellness app. 

Taking on her Mothers advice, Fabiola has lived many professional lives including running her own law firm for eight years, working with renowned fashion designers such as Camilla Franks and returning to entrepreneurship with Aysana, a tanning product. March of last year Fabiola officially launched LUXit, a web platform and app that brings beauty to your door-step. 

With a multitude of partners, LUXit beauty professional's travel to your destination, whether it be a home a hotel room or an office. We offer premium service, be it make up, a blow-dry, a spray tan or male grooming! Just to name a few. With Fabiola’s guidance, LUXit has very quickly established itself as a formidable industry player and a game-changer. 

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Friday, 12 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Meiyoko Taylor, author & personal development coach

"The best thing my mum taught me was that I was capable of doing anything I put my mind to as long as I stayed true to who I am and worked hard at what I wanted to accomplish". That has stayed with me and has proven to be true many times over! I implement this in my personal life as well as the life of my clients in business."
- Meiyoko Taylor


Meiyoko Taylor is a Best Selling Author & Personal Development coach who went from being overweight with failing health, working at a 9-5 he hated, and an unhealthy relationship, to a leader in the self- improvement industry. Learn more at www.meiyokotaylor.com

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Chris Dyson, author

"The best thing my mum ever taught me was not to let circumstances get in the way of going after what I wanted in life and to believe I could achieve whatever I wanted. Being born with a serious heart condition, having open heart surgery at just 30 months old, experiencing over 100 cardiac arrests in a single day at age 7, receiving a pacemaker implant and then having a deadbeat dad walk away from our life, certainly could have given me reason to become a sheltered, meek person who felt sorry for myself, but my mum would never have allowed this and it made me who I am today - A successful professional hockey coach, heavily involved in the game I was never excepted to play because of my 'condition'." - Chris Dyson 


As an author and educator of coaches, children and parents, I am now an advocate for the ethical advancement of kids in minor sports and I am developing an online educational system for coaches that will allow us to accomplish the goal of helping 50,000 children and coaches in sports to better enjoy the game, stay within it longer and learn lessons that will enhance their lives forever. All because my mom taught me to go after what I wanted and believe in my ability to do anything. www.authorchrisdyson.com

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The best advice my mum gave me: Dr Karen Phillip, Counselling Psychotherapist

“The best thing my mum taught me was that all people are equal. They all get dressed one pant leg at a time, all use the bathroom daily and all eat vegemite on toast." 
The other thing she taught me was "everyone in a family is responsible to run the home, it's only that parents lead the way." 
- Dr Karen Phillip



Dr Karen Phillip is a Counselling Psychotherapist and relationship authority. Based on the last line and being Mother's Day soon, I have a Gift for every mum this mothers day titled "Get a Mother's Day Gift that lasts a year"It is a 25 page eBook with charts for families to complete to allow more balance within the home instead of mum doing everything for everyone, every day. I have attached a picture and you can just add the link below. Mum will also get a free relaxation session she deserves to have every day. Learn more about Dr Karen at www.drkarenphillip.com

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Cassie Parks, author

"The best thing my mum taught me was to be a woman who takes responsibility for building her own financial success." 
- Cassie Parks



Cassie Parks is a best-selling author, champagne lover and money manifestation expert. www.cassieparks.com

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Bianca Knop, Wildfire

"The best thing my mum taught me was to expect the unexpected. 
Life isn't always black and white and there's often more joy when you see it in colour."
- Bianca Knop


Bianca has over 12 years of integrated marketing, experiential, and event experience and has a proven track record of developing and implementing corporate and non-profit experiential and brand initiatives that deliver results. Learn more at www.wildfireevents.ca

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Monday, 8 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Amanda Palm, www.mindipalm.com

"The best thing my mum taught me was how to appreciate the value of money. Rather than dishing out money like a slot machine, my mother got me into doing chores at a very early age - things like laundry, vacuuming, gardening and even sewing. We received pocket money for 'work' to help my sister and I understand that money isn't free. It taught us a huge lesson and we both teach that to our children today :)" 
- Amanda Palm


Amanda Palm is the founder and writer of BLOGS + BANTER as well as a regular columnist in print and online media for women. Her straight-up, comical approach to modern motherhood, wellness and mental health inspires women of all body shapes, backgrounds and beliefs to love and embrace the inner fruitcake within. Learn more about Amanda at www.mindipalm.com

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Megna Murali, www.getspicequarter.com

"The best thing my mum taught me was to believe in my own abilities and not let anyone or anything tell me otherwise. My mother is the wisest person I know and her range of life experience has supported me through both good and bad times" 
- Megna Murali


Megna Murali is the co-founder of Spice Quarter, a spice subscription box that makes home cooking fun and healthy with their range of organic spice blends and recipes. 

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Scott Purcell, Man of Many

“The best thing my mum taught me was that when coming up against a challenge, the best thing you can do is to prepare well, and wait and see what happens.” 
Scott Purcell


Scott Purcell is the co-founder of Man of Many, an Australian Men's Lifestyle site dedicated to helping guys discover the latest in products, culture, and style. 

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Friday, 5 May 2017

The best advice my mum gave me: Sarah Donges, Box For Monkeys

We had SO much fun posting our last Father's Day blog series, 'The best thing my dad taught me' that we couldn't miss the opportunity of doing this for Mother's Day too! In the run up to Mother's Day, our guest contributors will be sharing some of the best advice their mums have given them. We hope this makes you feel as good as it made us feel...



“The best thing my mum taught me was…that woman can do anything. My mum was told by her father that she could only be a teacher or secretary, her mum had no say. Mum raised her three daughters with the belief that men and woman are equal and we can do what ever we want." - Sarah Donges


Sarah's company, Box For Monkeys sends out fun, educational and screen-free activity boxes to kids. Learn more at www.boxformonkeys.com


Thursday, 4 May 2017

My Favourite Quote: Hemda Mizrahi, www.lifeandcareerchoices.com

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
- Albert Camus



As a high schooler, I had a poster on my bedroom wall with this quote from Albert Camus. I love how these words evoke a warmth, brightness, and optimism that offer encouragement when times are dark and hard, especially during long stretches of turmoil or ambiguity. It’s a reminder that, beneath the stillness and heaviness of frozen ground, icy waters, and bare trees, vitality exists in the workings of nature. We are gifted with inner resources that are fertile if we decide to cultivate them. This is the underlying premise of coaching and consulting as I see it. The capability of an “invincible summer” exists and needs to be engaged, rather than created. 

I recently came across additional lines of this quote that were not included on my bedroom poster, which elaborate on Camus’s philosophy:

“And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/508603-in-the-midst-of-winter-i-found-there-was-within

Camus was a French philosopher, author, and political journalist, as well as a producer of theater and a playwright. He was born in French Algeria in 1913 and later lived in France. He passed away in 1960, at the age of 46. 

Hemda Mizrahi is a transition, performance, and leadership coach to high-level performers, as well as a consultant to family-run and small to mid-sized businesses. Her clients include professional athletes in transition, and entrepreneur-athletes whose missions extend to philanthropy. Learn more at www.lifeandcareerchoices.com

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Why I do what I do: Caroline Fenton, Avidiva

Caroline Fenton's passion for natural baby products started after a traumatic experience when her own son was born. Here's Caroline's story of why she does what she does...

1. Tell us a bit about your job and how you got to where you are now?
I own and manage my online baby boutique at www.avidiva.com.au... 
It all started as a unique and personal collection of gifts and goodies for little ones. When my son was born early at 30 weeks, we spent 3 months in NICU before we were allowed to bring him home. The journey we went on was pretty epic, full of challenges and lots of unknown. No new mum journey is easy but this really was a way to be thrown in at the deep end! With lots of time spent researching and sourcing natural products, looking into what really is best for bub, I wanted to share this with other mummies. We now have a range of gift boxes, support local businesses as well as source globally to bring you a beautiful collection of all natural baby products and gifts.




2. What do you love most about your job?
The fact that I am my own boss! I source the products, chat with the brands, decide whether or not to take on new lines…I have learned so much about marketing. About social media. About web techy stuff. It’s amazing just how many hats you need to wear… but I really do love it all! It’s not easy, and it’s certainly been a challenge, but it’s a great one!




3. What’s your life mantra? 
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle. Cliché maybe, but all too true! We are all full of this positive energy and natural want to succeed and be happy. But all too often we compare ourselves to others, or doubt our own abilities. Just keep on going, and keep believing, and don’t let anyone (including yourself!) tell you otherwise!!




4. What else would you be doing if you didn’t do what you do?
I would either be teaching English or working in Marketing somewhere. Or maybe completing by Masters in Psychology. See, I’m undecided! Who knows what I would be doing…




5. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Oooh a toughie. Not all too exciting but a purse from my sister. A really lovely real leather wallet that was just what I needed, but I wouldn’t never have treated myself to!




6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever bought someone? 
Even tougher! Probably a set of garden mugs for my Mum! She is forever out in the garden, and they have this awesome little lid on to keep the flies away and then use for your biscuits too! Plus they had some lovely garden flower design on. Can you tell I was pretty chuffed?!

Check out Avidiva's great range of products at www.avidiva.com.au and connect on Facebook and Instagram


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Favourite Quote: Brian Martin, Seamfoam Media

"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does."
-Jean Paul Sartre from the book Being and Nothingness (1943)


"I read this book when I was at a crossroads in my life, and this quote really resonated with me. Sartre essentially says that we are responsible for our actions. I was at a low point career-wise and reading Sartre gave me the realization that if I was unhappy with where I was in life, it was because of choices I made. Since I am "condemned to be free", I have the responsibility to change my life and to take the steps to improve myself."

Brian Martin is a SEO Specialist for Seamfoam Media in St. Louis, MO with a passion for philosophy and early 20th century writers.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

My Favourite Quote: Gillian Adams, www.colouringforhealth.co.uk

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
- Kurt Vonnegut



"I found this quote last year after I was made redundant from a stressful job. I'd started my career as a graphic designer, and though I'd moved into other areas, art was never far from my thoughts. Over the years I've used it to relax and escape work pressures, and this quote perfectly summed up what it has done for me. It also helps me to push through any blocks I have when designing now. Whether I develop an idea or put it aside, it's an evolution that makes me stronger."

Gillian Adams is a colouring book artist who wants to inspire people to colour for relaxation and its therapeutic benefits. You can find her work at www.colouringforhealth.co.uk


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

20% OFF AUTUMN STOCKTAKE SALE


Easter is my favourite time of the year: a four day break, and usually pretty reasonable weather that's great for a mini-break or spending time at home in the garden. This year we stayed at home for Easter, and made the most of catching up on lots of jobs around the house that we never get round to on weekends.

We hope you've had a great Easter weekend too. If it's been a busy one, then maybe a bit of quiet time doing a spot of online shopping with a hot drink is just what's called for.

If you've got a few more birthday, wedding, anniversary, housewarming, and thank you gifts to buy this year we hope you can take advantage of these great ideas at great prices in our store-wide sale.

So go on, make a list and let us help you tick some things off your gift list today...

20% OFF AUTUMN STOCKTAKE SALE 

store-wide until midnight 30 April 2017. 

This is a VIP sale offer, only available to those 'in the know'. To redeem your discount, enter coupon code STOCKTAKE in the 'Discount Code' field when you place your order. Please note that this offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offers.

PS: You can forward this email onto family and friends so they can enjoy this discount too.

Best Wishes,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team


Gadget Gifts on sale

Essential 15 piece Tool Set
Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Repair Kit
Precision 8 in 1 Screwdriver
Call Key Key Ring with LED torch
Burgon and Ball Folding Pruning Saw
Tweet Cone Bird Feeder
Burgon and Ball Gardening Gloves
The Little Veggie Patch Co Guide to Backyard Farming
Fred Have an Ice Day Ice Tray
Ceramic Measuring Jug
Man Law Meat Gauge with Glow in the Dark Dial
Weights and Measures Mug
The Game Slip Leather Wallet
Troika Card Saver card wallet
Fishing Reel Cufflinks
Wurkin Stiffs RFID Passport Wallet
Suck UK Floating Light

DIY Wall Clock
Kobo Seeds Candle Siam Poppy
Troika Fresh Breeze Paperclip Holder
e+m Wooden Maximo Pencil
Made By Humans Eco Stapler
Work Hard Play Hard Cufflinks
Cognac Gift Set

Corona glasses, pair
Brushtech Stemware Brush
Alife Design Washing Pouch
Guitar Multitool
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
Alife Design Travel Pouch