My Christmas shopping suggestions for yourself
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It’s that time of year again, the fat bastard in the red suit is on his way. And since we all know that it is really not up to him to produce the all the jolly around the house, I thought a list of gift suggestions for those who really work tirelessly to make christmas happen was in order. These are a few of my favourite things…. hehe.
Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette – this is a scent for boys and girls, trust me you will both love it. One whiff of it was enough to tell I NEEDED it. It’s not too badly priced either at $79. “Marrakech Intense is a woody oriental blend balanced by fresh floral top and heart notes, with a hint of the animalistic. In developing this evolution of our original Marrakech fragrance, we were delighted to collaborate with French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, with whom we share a passionate curiosity about the interplay between innovation and tradition, and a deep respect for the intelligent marriage of science and nature.”
The Pebble Watch. You can wear swears, I needn’t say more really, but it is also very useful. I have this, best watch ever and it’s probably a twenty times cheaper than the Apple watch will be. ”Pebble connects you to your Apple iOs or Android smartphone via wireless Bluetooth so you get the information exactly when you need it. Pebble displays email, SMS, Caller ID and alerts from your favourite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you are in meetings, social events or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders and notifications. And because of the long running battery life, Pebble blends into your day to day activities without slowing you down while running, cycling, jogging or just going about your busy schedule.” Get one here.
Kobo Mini Ereader. I know we can read books on our phones now, but who really gets all the reading done they want to, if Facebook and Candy Crush are just a home key press away. This is why eReaders rock, no distractions and a new book is at your figure tips in seconds. This is another device I’ve gifted myself (I know, what is left for you to buy dear Husband?!) It the smallest reader on the market, but by far my favourite (and I have three Kindles, I know, addict). The text is as clear as a book and the screen size does not affect readability.
It’s Darth Vadar hugging a unicorn on a cushion. Enough said.
Lush Bubble Bars – these smell fantastic, and if you happen to get a bath alone, so relaxing. You can get about five baths out of a bar, just break off a corner and crumble it into the bath. They colour the water and the kids love them, but really you don’t want to share. Lush has some fab gift packs going for Christmas right now too. This orange one is my current favourite, it has a fruit tingle smell to it that makes me happy. Their handmade soaps and also gorgeous, and feel like a lot of luxury in the shower.
You love your iPhone, admit it. And how devo are you when the kids dunk it or drop it, they are too expensive and you love it so. So it is worth investing in a Lifeproof case. Seriously, this case has saved my phones and iPads so many times I’ve lost count. They are really waterproof, don’t be nervous about that, I’ve been tumbled in the surf with mine and it lived. Get one.
T2 teas are addictive. They’ve got just about every tea blend you can think of and a lot you haven’t. These kits with an ice tea jug and tea are on my list. Awesome for that elusive five minutes to yourself.
Happy Christmas shopping everyone!
As much as I complain about how much work Christmas is for me, I just can’t contain myself once someone busts out the tinsel. So when Myer asked me to come to the opening of their Christmas Giftorium in Sydney, I tried to be all cool and mature about it. However inner me was going; Oh my yes, can I come right now? Can I, Can I huh??
Tomorrow Myer will kick off their weekend events celebrating the Christmas Giftorium. In Sydney Guy Sebastian will perform in Pitt Street Mall, and in Melbourne Jennifer Hawkins will unveil the Christmas windows, followed by a performance from Harrison Craig from the Voice. Myer plans to schedule in activities for the weekends leading up to Christmas in the Giftorium, check them out in store for the when & what. When you walk into the Sydney Giftorium you won’t be able to suppress a smile, it’s beautiful, glitter everywhere! My kids were beside themselves with happy.
Inside the Giftorium you’ll find some exclusive shopping is to be had. Marvin’s Magic kits are now available only from Myer, and you can catch demonstrations from their trained magic specialists. Mr Men and Little Miss customised prints, get your own Little Miss name print! I love mine, thanks again Myer. Vistaprint have also opened their very first retail space, where you can go and physically check out their products and order them on the spot. There is also Plumm glassware, Dilmah Teas and Sodastream PLAY.
The Giftorium gifticians (yes a giftician is so a thing, I don the title every year at my house), can be booked if you want to avoid queues when you need help with your gift choices, or use the new iPad ordering system. Elf delivery is possible if you live or work in the CBD, and I think having elves turn up bearing gifts to your work Christmas party is a great idea. You can also book online to meet Santa, again helping you dodge the busy shopping rush. Also from tomorrow you will find the Myer Treat Street in the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth stores. This means roving assistants will give you lollies! Yeah, I know right? And Myers awesome community partnerships continue this year, and the Salvation Army will benefit again this year from the Power Of Give christmas campaign, and you can donate directly to it in store while shopping.
Now for my social media addict friends, here is some fun for you. Use the hashtag #giftorium on your instagram shots you’ve taken while shopping, and they will appear on a huge digital screen window in the Sydney City store. You know you want to.
Recently I found myself afforded a kid free day, so I did what any other mother that has not had time alone for many a moon does. No I didn’t hit the sauce, tempting as that may be. I went out to get a bra fitting done, which is a massive luxury for me, yeah I know excitement plus.
So I took myself off to our spanky new department store and their very swish bra fitting rooms. I’d chosen a couple of pretty bras before I walked in, in my usual size and a cup smaller. It’s been years since I’d worn a bra that looked even remotely foxy. But I’ve lost some weight recently, guess where? Yeah in the place you’d like it to stay. The fitting lady comes in and measures me up and declares me to be two cup sizes bigger than the size I normally wear, and a rib cage size smaller. A 14DD really?! Ok you’re the expert lady. So I wait topless in the little change room, while she sets out in search of bras that meet my measurements.
She returned with five bras in hand, not one of them could get around me. As I blush from the boobs up, she whips out the tape just to check she got the measurement right. Apparently she did. Perplexed she heads out for more bras, this time she comes back with another five in sizes ranging from 14 to 18. None of these fit right either. By now she was looking more embarrassed than me, and confessed that the sizing standard measurements seldom match up to what is on the shelf anymore.
See, this is why clothes shopping is not fun anymore. Actually I find it to be quite the soul sucking exercise. Despite my arse being a standard australian size 14, I can find myself having to try on sizes 12,14,16,18,20. In one store a 12 may fit and in another it’s a size 18, and it’s not just clothing. Last week I was buying shoes for my three year old, and after measuring his little foot with that metal thingy, the assistant gets out shoes in the size and discovered they were an inch longer than his foot!
Getting back to my blushing breasts… Eventually, after an hour trying on fifteen bras, we found one that fitted. A 16E from the super sized boulder holder section, designed to minimize and definitely not be seen. Well that was fun.
Do men have this problem? I don’t think they do, because if they did there would’ve been a commission by now and an enforced standardized sizing nation wide. Womens clothing sizes are meaningless, and probably based on an excess supply of labels of a certain size the manufacturer had to get rid of. Or they just make this shit up as they go along.
While I’m complaining about clothing, what is the story with fake pockets on womens clothing? I bought some jeans recently and went to put some change in the pocket only to discover that they were fake pockets! In jeans?! Who thinks to put fake pockets in jeans, they still had to go the effort of sewing the bit that looks like a pocket. Why not go the tiny next step, and not sew the opening together? I can understand that a pocket may change the tailored shape of a garment, but if I want to walk around with lumpy bits its my choice.
While I do realize that there are far more pressing issues for women right now, my time is precious and I don’t want to spend it in search of clothing that fits.
One of Henry the Future Dark Overlords favourite shows is the Octonauts, so you can imagine how nuts he went when a copy of the Octonauts magazine landed in our mailbox (thanks to ABC & Morey Media). The magazine was put together by the ABC editorial team in consultation with early childhood learning experts, and is aimed at three to five year olds.
Cheaper than some colouring books at only $5.95, and BONUS it comes with a beach ball and stickers. Filled with beautiful illustrations and activities, one of which is instructions to make your own pirate eye patch, posters and fun facts about the Octopod. Did you know that the Octopod has a library? I didn’t. Printed on quality matt finish paper, which has done well considering the love Henry has shown the book. This would make an excellent stocking filler this Christmas
I have an extra copy of the Octonauts 2012 magazine for a lucky little fan, all you need to do is comment below and tell me what ABC2 show is a favourite at your house, to go into the draw. Giveaway finishes on 25/11/12, please leave a valid email address with your entry so you can be contacted (this email will not be published or shared). And yes this time my overseas friends can enter!