Friday, 31 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Dr. Marcia Rodes, EdD, founder and head of school at The Polytech

"I grew up in a small farming community. My dad was not "long on words", but when he spoke his words were meaningful. He lived by and modeled his words. I live by and model his words:
- "An honest day's work for an honest day's pay."
- "Bring me solutions not excuses."
- "Be honest, always tell the truth." 
- "Don't be afraid to say you are sorry." 
- "All the days of your life show respect, be respectful." 
- "Our town is not just a town, we are a community. We are responsible for one another and to one another. Never forget this." - Dr. Marcia Rodes



Marcia Rodes, EdD, is founder and head of school at The Polytech, a private school that allows high school students to access college courses in career pathways as a part of their graduation. She is a certified school principal, counselor, and teacher, and has held multiple leadership positions of public and private schools and organizations serving children and adolescents.

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Le Videpoche Desk Tidy $58.95

Who doesn't aspire for a tidier desk? Help dad get his desk sorted with this stylish desk organiser.




The best advice my dad gave me: Kaylyn Jeffrey, HR & Web Content Manager

"The best advice my dad gave me was 'boys are like buses. When one leaves, there's another right around the corner.' - Mr. Jeffrey 



This quote by my good old Dad has helped me never settle, keep moving forward and trust it will work out for the best. I'm now engaged to my best friend... My favourite bus!" - Kaylyn Jeffrey

Kaylyn is the HR & Web Content Manager for a tech start-up. She writes articles for a living and runs a content and design biz with her partner. Catch up with Kaylyn on Instagram: kaylynjeffrey 



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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Michael Attard BSc. (Animal Science) Hons

"The best thing my dad taught me was that any career working with animals takes huge amounts of work, patience and sacrifice, but the payoff is that I would get to do what I love everyday of my life." - Michael Attard 


Michael Attard BSc. (Animal Science) Hons. is a professional dog breeder in Victoria, Australia and am involved in managing the dog breeding program for Chevromist Kennels and Hepburn Park. 

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Walk the Talk Socks $34.95

Nothing daggy about these cool socks...






Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Reza Khastou, M.Ed., founder and COO of The Polytech

"The best thing my dad taught me was, 'Nothing good comes easy, if it does beware'." - Reza Khastou. 



Reza Khastou, M.Ed., is the founder and COO of The Polytech, a private high school that offers students the opportunity to earn industry certificates and college credits at the same time they satisfy high school graduation requirements. Throughout his 30 year career, Reza has served as a school administrator, college director, teacher, advisor, business owner, and private consultant.

Reza Khastou, M.Ed., founder and COO of The Polytech


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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Suck UK Create Your Own Notebook (leather) $54.95

Dad will love this high-quality leather notebook that he can refill with his own favourite paper. It's also great for using up recycled paper.


The best advice my dad gave me: Becky Mckeown

"The best advice my dad gave me was 'to dust off and stop letting life beat you'. I was a teen Mom, domestic survivor and survived 30 surgery." - Becky Mckeown


Becky Mckeown is a single mom of two sons,  ages 12 and 23 and soon to be grandma of a grandson. 

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Monday, 27 August 2018

FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Cheeseporn Cheese Board $79.95

There's nothing cheesy about this gift!



The best advice my dad gave me: Paige Arnof-Fenn, founder and CEO of Mavens & Moguls

"I started a global branding and marketing firm 17 years ago in Cambridge, MA. I learned so many great lessons from my dad, we were really close. The best thing my dad taught me was to treat everyone with dignity and respect. My dad was down to earth even though he was the president of his company he took the time to learn everyone's names and about them as people, he greeted them personally from the people in the garage to the cleaning staff to his direct reports and staff. I think that set the tone and it was a very friendly and open culture where everyone felt included and part of the team. I now run my own business and have never forgotten that lesson.

My dad died 2+ years ago sadly and I use the many lessons he taught me every day." - Paige Arnof-Fenn. 


Paige Arnof-Fenn is the founder & CEO of global marketing and branding firm Mavens & Moguls (www.MavensAndMoguls.com) based in Cambridge, MA. Their clients include Microsoft, Virgin, venture-backed startups, as well as non profit organizations. Paige graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Business School. Paige is also a popular speaker and columnist who has written for Entrepreneur and Forbes. 

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Corey Batt, Managing Director and Co-founder of www.clickburst.com.au

"My father taught me to take risks - especially while you're young. I've found that in Australia the average person is afraid to go out on a limb and start a new business, take on an investment or put themselves out there. I started my first business when I was 20 and have built several successful businesses since which have completely influenced my life."Corey Batt


Corey Batt is the managing director and co-founder of www.clickburst.com.au, an online marketing firm specialising in search engine optimisation, adwords and content creation.

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Suck UK Barbeque Toolbox $184.95

BBQ anywhere...just because you can!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Louise Edmonds, founder/CEO of MenStylePower

“The best advice Dad gave me was to 'guard my brake' - Yep, while driving, he always said this and I must admit it has saved my life a couple of times." - Louise Edmonds



“Style is not just the clothes on a man, but the man in them”. MenStylePower was created by Louise Edmonds, who has over 20 years experience in the entertainment and media world working with brands and companies in Australia, UK and USA. She created MenStylePower.com which for over nine years has been providing content for Nautica and Barneys New York during New York Fashion Weeks, FashionBeans UK, Brands Exclusive, Sydney Morning Herald’s Executive Style, AskMen.com and CEO Magazine and is a video content creator for Marie Clare, InStyle Magazine and Swarovski.

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95

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!

Friday, 24 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Monika Gisler, Co-founder of ThinkChangeGrow

"The best thing my dad taught me was to 'approach, address and treat every person equally. No matter the profession, social background, religion or their status in society.'
It hugely impacted who I am and what I stand for and it definitely shaped what I am doing professionally today." Monika Gisler


Monika Gisler is the Co-founder of ThinkChangeGrow, a people & culture consultancy specialising in expert leadership and capability facilitation for organisations who see developing their people and creating a positive workplace culture as the means by which they will thrive long term.
Monika draws on over 10 years international experience in Google sales management, learning & development and strategic organisational development programs. 

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: Areaware Drink Rocks Whiskey Stones $57.95

There are plenty of whiskey rocks and drink stones on the market these days, but arguably none as stylish as Areaware's Drink Rocks Whiskey Stones.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Tahlia Mandie, Kakadu Plum Co

"The best thing my dad taught me was to say sorry like you mean it! Anyone can say sorry. But to say Sorry with passion and meaning is another thing all together!"Tahlia Mandie



Tahlia Mandie is the founder of Kakadu Plum Co., a social enterprise that celebrates Indigenous culture through food. 

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: 2nd Skin Men's goat skin Gardening Gloves $22.85

Even the toughest of men need to protect their paws! Available in navy or black.



Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Dympna Kennedy, Creating Balance Australia

The best advice my dad taught me was to walk tall, with a sharp step and to own my space. He said, 'It was important to be content in your own home because it impacts everything else in life'." - Dympna Kennedy



Through her work, Dympna helps the unsettled, the overwhelmed, the exhausted and the lost, by tweaking their home environment resulting in 'Content Babies', 'Cooperative Toddlers', 'Calm Mums' and 'Confident Dads'. You can find out more about Dympna's work at www.facebook.com/creatingbalanceaustralia

Picture of Dympna taken during a home visit.

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT OF THE DAY: Art Vinyl Flip Frame Record Frame $99.95

Celebrate your favourite records by using them as wall art. Available in black or white.



Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Rebecca Hannan, www.rebeccahannan.com

"The best thing my dad taught me was you can become anything you want to be. When I first left school I started as a checkout chick. I didn’t like it because at the time I wanted to be a hairdresser. Dad would always say, 'It doesn’t matter what your position is you can always work your way to the top.' I did get an apprenticeship but decided it wasn’t for me after all. Since then I’ve become a serial entrepreneur who has set up 5 businesses from scratch and sit on various boards – where I work my way quickly to the top.


Dad lived with dementia for 10 years and passed away this year. Through his dementia he taught me so much more about love and a deep spiritual human connection as he lost his ability to articulate his words." - Rebecca Hannan

Photographer: Archer Imagery

Rebecca Hannan is known as The Momentum Maker, your workplace wellness expert. Specialising in working with high achieving individuals and organisations. Learn more about Rebecca at www.rebeccahannan.com

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Monday, 20 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Hayden Brass, Managing Director of Zea Relief

"The best thing my dad taught me was the importance of building strong bonds with people. He had a natural knack and ability to develop meaningful relationships with almost anyone, no matter who they are. When I told customers and friends about the news of his passing, I received so many beautiful, heartfelt messages from people from all over Australia. As it approached two years since my Dad (and business partner) passed away, this is very close to my heart and I wanted to share." - Hayden Brass 




Hayden Brass is the Managing Director of Zea Relief, an Australian Family Business that have unearthed one of Tasmania's Best-Kept Natural Secrets in Australian Kunzea Oil. Check out the story of how Zea Relief started here

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Father's Day...it's not far away!

Fathers Day
Fabulous Fathers
We have gifts for every dad this Father’s Day,
Sunday 2nd September

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

FOR YOU: Here’s a $20 Discount Voucher + FREE delivery on us! To redeem your $20 voucher and free delivery simply enter Discount Code DAD in the Discount Code field when you place your order (product total must amount to $20 for voucher to work). You're welcome to use this yourself, or pass onto someone else you know who might enjoy using it. Voucher is valid until midnight Sunday 2/9/2018.

Here are a few of our favourite gift ideas for dads...
1. MUSIC-LOVING DADS
eg. Art Vinyl Flip Record Frame $99.95 
Music-enthusiast dads will love being able to display their favourite record covers in this stylish record frame. Simply change the record cover to keep your walls looking fresh. 
2nd Skin Gardening Gloves
2. GARDENING DADS
eg. Second Skin Leather Gardening Gloves $22.85
Every gardener needs a good quality pair of gardening gloves - including big tough dads.
 
Fitkick Folding Cap
3. ACTIVE DADS
eg. Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95 
Active dads on the go will love the convenience of this folding cap that can be easily stashed in a pocket or bag. 
Cheeseporn Cheese Board
4. FOODIE DADS
eg. Cheeseporn Cheese Board $79.95
A stylish cheese board with a playful edge. Combine with dad's favourite cheese and crackers for the ultimate gift set.


 
5.STYLISH DADS
eg. Walk the Talk Men's Sock Set $34.95
Whoever said socks were a boring gift never saw these socks! Great for the dad with a sense of humor. 
 
Le Videpoche Desk Tidy
6. BUSINESS DADS
eg. Le Videpoche Desk Tidy $58.95
Help dad keep his work-space in order with this cool desk organiser. Available in black and grey.
 
Eva Solo Catalyzer Bottle Pourer Wine Aerator
7. WINE-LOVING DADS
eg. Eva Solo Catalyzer Bottle Pourer Wine Aerator $99.95
Help dad aerate and pour his wine without an drips with this handy wine aerator.
 
8. WHISKEY-LOVING DADS
eg. Areaware Whiskey Stones $57.95
A gift for the purist, who can't bear to dilute his favourite tipple with water!
 
9. BBQ DADS
eg. Suck UK BBQ Toolbox $184.95
For dads who love an alfresco BBQ.
 
Suck UK Create your own leather notebook
10. STATIONERY-ENTHUSIAST DADS
eg. Suck UK Create your Own Leather Notebook $54.95
Dad will love this high-quality leather notebook that he can refill with his own favourite paper. It's also great for using up recycled paper. 
 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Elliot Dean, Temerity Digital

Back by popular demand - our special Father's Day series, The Best Advice My Dad Gave Me continues this year...


"The best thing my dad taught me was to always be myself. That way I would always attract the right people and be surrounded by those that had similar values and morals. I have always had true friends and avoided any toxic relationships which has resulted in a happy and fulfilling life." Elliot Dean. 


Elliot is the owner of Temerity Digital, a boutique online marketing agency in Melbourne helping small to medium businesses grow their web presence.
www.temeritydigital.com.au


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