Stuck on ideas for the yearly stocking filler? Why not try these neat ideas for the lads, ladies, and everyone in between.
UNDER THE PALM TREE
Enjoy cool drinks in style with his novelty cooler, which will transport you from your backyard to a tropical island. Fill its base with ice and your favourite drinks, ready for your own personal poolside oasis.
TAMING THE FUZZ
Maintaining that mo is a hell of a lot easier when you have a specialised moustache kit, complete with wax, scissors, and a handmade moustache comb. Moustache grooming kit, $35, Pigeonhole.
Goodbye bottle opener keyring, hello metal comb bottle opener. Fashion savvy males who also love a beer or two will be chuffed with this multipurpose tool. Metal comb with bottle opener, $29.95, Myer.
Green thumbs are covered with this nifty desktop planter. Crack the egg, water it, and watch it grow into a strawberry, mint or herb plant. Eggling, $24.95. Myer, Pigeonhole and selected stores.
ON THE MOVE
Going on a backpacking trip and have everything packed minus a cup? Resembling a small grinder, this item unfolds into a small cup – just take off the lid and extend it and it’s ready for liquid duties. Stainless steel collapsible travel cup, $29.95, Pigeonhole.
ON THE HIP
Ah, the trusty flask… where would we be without you? A fifty down no doubt. For those that love a sneaky tipple – be it barside, poolside, or, for the AA inclined, workside. We love the moustache hipflask $29.95, from Pigeonhole, or the circular hipflasks on offer at Myer.
If your inner child can’t quite let go of his/her lego blocks, why not opt for a more ‘sophisticated’ form – the nano block. Not suitable for the stubby thumbed or those lacking in patience. Nano blocks, available from Myer and various stores.
YOU SLINKY FOX, YOU
Whether you watched it move back and forth in its arch-like state between your hands, or found the perfect set of stairs for it to slink down, the slinky has endless ways to amaze and delight (well, until it gets tangled and ends up in the trash). Keep the springs going and the legacy alive.
SMALL PACKAGE, LARGE SURPRISE
Call it impersonal, call it lazy but hey, who doesn’t love a gift card? And in this day and age, money speaks louder than any crappy jewellery box or yearly deodorant set awaiting you under that tree. Our picks – JB Hifi, Coles Myer, and, for the DIY savvy, good old Bunnings.
It’s that time of the year where things need to get done, and nothing says it more than this notebook from Kate & Abel. Get it for that friend who needs a little motivational push.
For the RSPCA lovers who have an animal ark at home, warm their feet and their hearts with animal print socks. We give Topshop’s digitally printed seal socks the ‘seal’ of approval.
Always running out of mobile juice? Never fear, the portable mobile charger is here! Grab one of these compact chargers and keep it in your bag so you never get caught out. Available in bright pink and gold, or cute little hearts, and includes a USB charging cable to recharge the back-up. $54.95, Lark Store.
WOULD THE REAL HIPSTER PLEASE STAND UP?
The original hipsters, dads, are celebrated in this book that pokes fun at the dag that’s now become fashion. Filled with vintage photographs of dads in their former heydays – think sexy short shorts, tight tees and the mo – it’s perfect for the once hip daddo, or those that love to tease them.