Father's Day Gift Ideas
Sitting down with a cup of tea and a newspaper on Saturday morning I came across an interesting article about gift buying for Father’s Day. The article was essentially about how times have changed and that there has been a shift away from giving traditional gifts, particularly tools because our lifestyles have changed. More and more people are living in the city where the shed has been replaced by small courtyards, balconies, a sunroom or even a media room. Inner city, space challenged dads are spending less time tinkering with big toys and more time on gadgety and tech type things.
The editor of tech website CNET Australia has also said that men often want to make the big purchase themselves which includes doing the research and picking something out. This is great for us as there are so many add ons and accessories available for the big purchases. The mobile phone holder
, iPhone bottle opener
and iPhone docking station
are perfect examples of this.
If you are buying a gift for your dad, give him something he wouldn’t buy as an everyday purchase for himself. Check out our Father’s Day Collection
to buy the perfect gift for your dad.
Buying a gift for your other half can be fraught with the possibility of disappointment by the gift receiver, which leads to unnecessary stress and running around for the gift giver. The key to buying a gift for your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend is to buy them something they would like, not something you like. I once received a vacuum from a boyfriend, yes it was a Dyson and very futuristic looking and did a great job but it just didn’t feel right. To this day I don’t know what the intention behind the gift was. A hint to vacuum more often? A sign of commitment?
Living with your other half or knowing them really well doesn’t make it any easier to come up with a great gift idea but it does give you an advantage to look for clues.
6 tips to help you buy a gift for your other half
- Think about what the other person likes. Jewelry, video games, board games, books, music, cars?
- Have they commented on a movie they want to see?
- Do they have a favourite colour?
- Do they like certain brands? Xbox or Prada?
- Is there something that would make their life easier?
- What makes them light up with a big smile?
Once you have an inkling of a gift idea, for example a video game, think about what kind, if you need to buy a console, does it need accessories etc.
An anonymous sage once said ‘the answers you seek to your gift buying dilemma are right in front of you’. If you can’t see them just ask.
Meet your maker has nothing to do with our own life expiration, but everything to do with buying products made by Australian clothing and footwear homeworkers. Ethical Clothing Australia is an Australian Government funded initiative that assists the local textile, clothing and footwear industry to ensure Australian workers receive fair wages and decent conditions.
You can meet the maker of your item by going to www.meetyourmaker.org.au and there you can learn a bit about the person who made the product.
The McFadyen Rug from Otto & Spike is made by Maria and this is what we can learn about her:
Experience: 34 years
Skilled at: all forms of sewing and construction techniques using a wide variety of machinery and hand techniques including mending and repairs
Why did you choose to work in fashion / textiles?when she started there was lots of work in the textile industry (it was protected) at her first job the factory taught her what to do in Greece she was a trained hairdresser
Best thing about the job?there are always new things to do
Favorite item of clothing? scarves
I believe everything has a story and it's nice to know what these are when we're out shopping.