{Gift Guide} Family Gift Guide

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Family Gift Guide

A year is full of wonderful dates which we all love to celebrate; there are many birthdays and anniversaries within a family and we all (but kids especially) look forward to the celebrations. And let’s not forget about the all sorts of ‘small victories’ which deserve to be celebrated: good grades, promotions, sport successes… It can become quite a challenge to come up with new gift ideas, but being predictable definitely shouldn’t be taken as a compliment.  Here are a few tips for those who would like to keep buying great gifts.

Kids

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Somehow, buying gifts for kids is the easiest thing to do. Since they mostly love playing games on their tablets, the safest solution is to buy them new games, or something game-related. Today, there’s plenty of merchandise inspired by Trolls, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and Star Wars. For little Minecraft enthusiasts there’s the exploding Creeper – when you press the button on its head it explodes (signature Creeper move). You can also buy them a hoverboard or a skateboard which is a clever way to make them be more active and send them outside to play.

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Teenagers are more difficult to please and keep happy  because they are going through puberty, and they are trying to discover who they really are. The teenage years are all about experimenting, trying to claim their independence, and – music. There isn’t a teenager who doesn’t like music, so you can’t go wrong if you buy them a T-shirt with a logo of their favourite band, a vintage record/vinyl or an official CD. If you want to really make them happy, buy them a ticket for their favourite band’s concert and let them have the time of their life.

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Being successful at what you do is incredibly important, and having your hard work and dedication recognized by others is equally rewarding. Being promoted is wonderful and it opens up a lot of great new possibilities, so it’s only natural that you want to celebrate this accomplishment with your partner or a close family member and show them how proud you are of their success. By buying wonderful unique gifts you will ensure that they remember you: a designer penbook, a colourful memo stand, a funny tape dispenser, or a strangely-designed calendar. These gifts will look great in their new office and every time they see them, they will immediately think of you and how much you’re proud of them.

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Anniversary presents are always tricky because they should show how much you know and love your partner, and that is not always easy to express through gifts. The greater the number of years the two of you have spent together, the more expensive the gift. Gentlemen, remember the golden rule- diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and by buying jewellery you will surely make your girl happy. As for you, ladies, men don’t always wear jewellery (if they do, it will be easier for you to pick a gift for them), but they usually wear watches. A nice watch is a great accessory (not to mention useful) and you can always engrave something on the back.

It’s important to remember that not everything is about gifts; the most valuable thing you can give to your family is your love and your devotion. Gifts come and go, but having a parent or a partner who is always there for you and who will always be by your side is much more important than toys or clothes. Keep your gifts unique and always put a lot of thought into choosing gifts for your family. After all, by picking a perfect gift you will show how well you know them, and that is something truly valuable.

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{The Nest Loves} 12 things I couldn’t live without – Spring 16 Edit

These are a few of my favourite things as we head into Spring 2016.

  1. Ronda Rousey – My Fight Your Fightrousey-book

This book has been a great companion of mine as we pop through into Spring. An easy reading, yet surprisingly inspirational read about one of the fiercest woman in the world. You can grab a copy from Booktopia.

2. Celine Shadow Sunglasses celine

Love is these sunglasses. They are fantastic this time of the year as they are not too dark unlike a few of my other pairs. Definitely an investment worth having.

3. Thermomix thermo

Once the spring fruit starts sprouting I love using the thermo to make jams and marmalades. Waste not want not and all that.

4. CR Mug cr-mug

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Spring, summer, winter, autumn I need it for them all. Get yours from Country Road.

5. Samsung S7 Edge s7

I am never far from my phone it is my camera, my watch, my distraction, my calendar and above all it’s just mine.

6. ViraproX Lip Care viraprox

I tried this recently as a sample and since then have become a solid convert. It moisturises without being sticky and helps keep away bloody pesky cold sores. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

7. Fresh Flowersflowers

These really are the simplest way to make your days happier. I love nothing more than spying a bunch of brightly coloured petals standing tall in the middle of the dining table. If you can’t be outside, bring the outside in! We loves these gorgeous posies from Vanessa Pringle Floral Designs

8. Bad sheets give me the shits cool-gret

Waking up in good sheets makes for better days. Trust me on that. Good sheets are worth their weight (x a bazillion) in gold. I am currently lusting after the cool grey linen sheets from the team at  InBed

9. Australian House & Garden house

My not so secret indulgence is losing myself in the beautifully curated pages of this magazine with a cup of tea and a strict do not disturb mummy policy for an hour at a time. I always come away afterwards feeling inspired and happy.

10. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense cream clinique

Makes your face prettier and stuff. Especially after all the artificial heating in winter.

11. Tiffany & Co Coin Purse coin-purse

I was given this beautiful little gift a few years ago by some gorgeous girlfriends of mine. I love pulling it out about this time every year because it fits so perfectly in my little handbag that can just be swung over my shoulder in a summer dress. Easy Breezy.

12. My Kikki-K Plannerkikki-k

This is literally the only thing that keeps my days ticking over and me not crumbling into a sad sack of shakiness in the corner. All my information in one stop. Job Done. Get yours from Kikki-k today.

What are your faves?

{The Nest Loves} Riff Raff & Co

Any help getting the little people to sleep is always okay with me, when that help comes in a super duper adorable little package that is even better!raff

Riff Raff & Co in Melbourne sell one of a kind sleep comforters for all the little babes in your life. raff2

One of my friends recently purchased one of these for her little lady and loves it! Apparently this was the first time she feel asleep without being held since being born!

We can’t wait to get our hands on the little fox! O, My! 

BUY:

| www.riffraffandco.com |

 

 

{The Nest Buys} Seriously Milestones

Friend is having a baby – check

Did receive baby shower invite – check

Am shit at choosing present – check

Enter saviors at Spilt Milk Interiors & Lifestyle – check

Purchase and have delivered to my door without leaving my glamorous pyjama no-bra situation ‘SERIOUSLY – MILESTONE CARDS’

Automatically look like champion gift giver-er person – check.milestone

Pop over and grab some today!

STOCKISTS: Spilt Milk Interiors & Lifestyle

Email | spiltmilkinteriors@hotmail.com

Phone | 0478 013 108

{The Nest Loves} Swing with Vines of the Wild

My latest love is  Vines of the Wild, an innovate and quality driven producer of eclectic and whimsical products for the little humans in your life.

Vines of the Wild source products from local artists from across the country, the soul purpose of their products is to enliven the gift of nature and awaken your bohemian soul.

They are constantly aware of the environment and so utilise mediums such as wood, non-toxic paint and natural fabrics and recycled materials to minimise their ecological footprint.

I love that Vines of the Wild is not only a source of mindful products but also will cloak our little adventurers in style.

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We love:

| Knit Overalls $85 | Knit Faux Fur Bonnett $69 | Heirloom Wings $159 | Australian Map Print $79 |

Find Vines of the Wild on Instagram @vinesofthewild

Happy shopping Nesters x

 

{The Nest Loves} Female for life activewear

While every single female body is different, every single female body wants to feel confident, supported and strong, especially when working out. I think I have found the answer, let me introduce you to Female for Life.

Female for Life provide a wide range of sportswear as well as a lifestyle range designed to help you feel comfortable while working out.  Their products are quality, feminine and affordable. female for life

Beginning back in 2009, Female for Life they certainly have come a long way, what I love about them is that they cater for your body, not for your size. They do not fear curves, bumps, big bums, no bums, cankles or otherwise.

An extra something special about Female for Life  is the fact that they support Endometriosis Australia and they have a zero carbon footprint!

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Happy shopping Nesters x

Find them:

| website: www.femaleforlife.com.au |

| facebook: facebook/femaleforlife |

| phone: 1300 025 013 |

 

{The Nest Loves} Spilt Milk lovin’

We have stumbled across one of the most beautiful providers of quality children’s interiors since, well, forever.

The gorgeous team at Spilt Milk Interiors & Lifestyle offer brilliant pieces that you will struggle to find anywhere else. We have been lusting hard after so many of their products for ages but now they have really outdone themselves! Check out these extraordinary playmats. O, my baby cheeses! bunny

Finally something for the babies that doesn’t need to be hidden when people come to visit. They are modern, functional and simply stunning.

We desperately love the polar bear and want it to take up residence in our home soon!polar bear

Plus the darling bunny is the PERFECT baby shower gift!

Happy shopping nesters x

CONTACT | www.spiltmilkinteriorslifestyle.com | facebook.com/spiltmilkinteriors | spiltmilkinteriors@hotmail.com |