Gigi is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. In all the years I’ve known her she never ceases to amaze me.
It was our good friend Kate’s birthday the other weekend. If you follow Notsopeachie on Instagram, you would’ve seen the sea wench costume I wore. It was a pirate theme birthday not that I need an excuse to dress as a wench.
I enjoy buying presents for friends but I feel that it gets harder and harder every year. I bought Kate a Pandora charm. Some of you will be thinking, oh that’s nice a Pandora charm. But wait till you read what Gigi got her.
Kate opened Gigi’s present. It’s a picture frame and inside real flowers arranged into a pretty picture. I said “That’s pretty Gigi where did you buy that from? She said “I made it using the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet”. My reaction, WHAT THE F***. WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? She had dried the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet from a year and a half ago and made a piece of artwork with it.
Rose chose that moment to ask me what I did with my bouquet I got from being Maid of Honour at Rachel’s wedding in January. I answered as quickly as I could “I chucked it out”. I could feel my heart sink I felt SO horrible. I felt like the worst friend ever.
One birthday Gigi made me a binded menu and when I opened it up it had three entrées, mains and desserts with pictures. My present was I got to choose an entrée, main and dessert and a day for her to come over and cook it for me. Another birthday she burnt her finger tips making fortune cookies where she hand picked quotes especially for me.
She made me a shoe box full of them. All my friends buy me wonderful gifts and I’m very lucky to have such thoughtful friends. I think with Gigi she puts in so much time and effort with her gifts it’s very touching.
I think Gigi should start a business selling gift ideas for everyone who struggles to think of what to buy people especially for heart felt gifts.
So readers, do you have a friend who comes up with amazing gifts every time? What do you think about a company that offers gift ideas?
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A reader asked if I could do a post on Christmas gift ideas for men and I wasn’t surprised by this request. Males are so hard to buy for. Whenever I ask my brother “What would you like for Christmas?” the reply is always the same. ‘I don’t know’ or ‘money’ and sometimes something that’s too expensive, like a car. He knows I’m not Oprah and I can’t afford to buy him a car but I think he likes getting a rise out of me.
Here are my picks for affordable gift ideas for men. There’s something here for every kind of man.
Mothers can’t help buying underwear for their sons. Every year without fail my nana would buy my dad underwear for Christmas. Even after having three children of his own, I think she still felt like it was her duty as his mother to make sure he had plenty of underwear. I couldn’t pass up not putting these sexy Bonds trunks. Their is currently a 30% off sale for all underwear and free shipping on all orders Australian wide.
iTunes vouchers – For the music and game lovers, no matter how old they are they’ll appreciate an iTunes voucher as long as they own an iPhone or iPad. I asked my brother last year to get me an iTunes voucher so I could buy myself music and audiobooks. You can purchase iTunes vouchers from supermarkets, any large retailer such as Myer and Target.
For the men who refer to there car as their ‘baby’ this Supercheap Auto Meguiar’s New Car Kit – 8 Piece is the gift for them. An 8 piece set of car cleaning goodness for only $73.99. There are a variety of kits to choose from Supercheap Auto so, if your not keen on this one checkout the others on offer.
My dad is also really hard to buy for because he’s not materialistic at all. I was struggling to think of what to buy him for his birthday back in May, when a colleague suggested a subscription to a gardening magazine. I thought brilliant idea, he loves gardening and loves watching gardening shows. I bought him a 12 month subscription to the ABC Gardening Magazine. It’s so affordable and he loves receiving his monthly magazine so much that for Christmas I’m renewing his subscription. I also sent an email asking a question and received a really informative reply. Love me some good customer service.
For all the men who like to be clean shaven or you might have someone in mind who is in desperate need of a shave, I have the perfect thing. I asked someone who knows more than I do about trimmers of a brand they recommend and they said Wahl. This Li-ion Trimmer & Groomer + Detail is over $100 but it’s still at a great price of $129.95.
So readers, are you stuck on what to buy … a particular guy?
The other week I posted my first All I Want For Christmas post – filled with gift ideas for Christmas. If you missed it you can see it here
. Not long till Christmas now and this week’s gift ideas are aimed for teenage girls (around that age) – they sure can be a hard crowd to please. It’s got to be trendy and cool so hopefully there is something below that will save you from receiving that unimpressed expression teenage girls are so good at giving.
Who doesn’t love rose gold or a clutch? Combine the two together and you get this Rubi Tech clutch for just $19.95. Who doesn’t love rose gold or a clutch? Combine the two together and you get this Rubi Tech clutch for just $19.95. This clutch is a beautiful accessory to compliment any outfit this party season. Free standard shipping is offered to all orders over $55, otherwise it’s $10 for shipping. You can purchase it here
How cute is this watermelon beach towel? There are different patterns to choose from but this one is my favourite. Round beach towels are becoming more popular and are appearing everywhere. I love the idea of a round beach towel, taking a classic and putting a new spin on it. Perfect gift for anyone who loves the beach. This is the cheapest round towel I found at $30 from Cotton On. To purchase it click here. Free standard shipping on orders over $55.
They may have a selfie stick but do they have a selfie tripod? Available in three colours, it elevates the phone by 15cm, 360° Rotation, 90° tilt and it’s only $14.95 from Cotton On. Cotton On have some great gift ideas so do check out their website. You can purchase the selfie tripod here.
This necklace symbolises everlasting love. Simple but elegant. I’ve selected the 50cm chain but there’s also a 75cm option. It’s made out of solid sterling silver and no charge of shipping. You can purchase it here for $49.
So readers tell me how is your Christmas shopping coming along? Have you started?
About six weeks ago I was shopping in Target for underwear when I heard the song ‘The First Noel’ start playing. An overwhelming feeling came over me, I wasn’t ready to think about Christmas yet and I was still coming to terms with it being October – like when did that happen! With six weeks till Christmas it was time to face the music, Christmas was coming and it was approaching faster than the speed of light.
Last year was a really sad time of the year for me after losing my grandma just a few weeks before Christmas. This year I’m hoping it will be more of a joyous time and filled with the Christmas spirit once again.
For me personally my favourite part of Christmas besides stuffing my face with food is buying presents for people. I love putting thought into a gift that I think a person will really appreciate and love seeing their face light up when they unwrap it. I see present exchanging as an opportunity to make someone happy who might look happy on the outside but not necessarily on the inside. A little thought can really make a difference to someone.
I do sometimes get stuck on what to buy people and I know I’m not the only one, so that’s how I came up with All I Want For Christmas. For the next six weeks leading up to Christmas I’ll post affordable gift ideas to hopefully make your life easier. You might even find something for those people who are hard to buy for. You can do your Christmas shopping online in the comfort of your own home, without the stress of trying to find an expensive parking spot at crowded shopping centres.
Sephora’s Mirenesse Mini Velvet Lip Plumper Mania – Nudes x 4 is a perfect stocking filler or Kris Kringle present. I picked nude because I love the nude colours but there are others to choose from. I want to buy these for myself, great colours and they plump up your lips … what’s there not to love? You can purchase all four for just $33. Sephora have free delivery when you spend $55 or over. Sephora has so many great products to choose from. If you purchase a second item its free delivery otherwise shipping cost is $15.
You’re either a tea drinker or a coffee drinker and my friends who love their tea LOVE T2. We all know someone who loves tea and this Cotton Collective Pack contains 80 teabags which would be a dream for any tea lover. This pack is $85 and standard shipping is free. They also do gift wrapping, what more could we ask for?
Stationery has certainly transformed since I was at school. Kikki.K not only has bright and colourful stationery but has useful tools to get you organised like this Textured Leather Personal Planner. I’ve chosen the colour Ocean but there are many to choose from. This planner isn’t just great for stationery lovers but for anyone. I have chosen the medium size because its a good size to fit your handbag. There is a larger size available. It costs $64.95 and it qualifies for free shipping.
Bras N Things have a great sleepwear range. I love this Sweet Gingham PJ nightshirt in light pink. I think its a great alternative from other sleepwear people may have in their wardrobes. It’s only $39.99 and express delivery is just $9.50.
If you have other suggestions for gift ideas please share. I will be back next week with more Christmas present ideas.