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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start looking around and finding the perfect gift to celebrate your dad. Although there are endless generic gift ideas, you don’t have to stick with the traditional white shirt and “Best Dad in the World” mug combination – we’ve got your back with a list of creative ideas from sporty and casual to elegant and luxurious.

The Classy Dad

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If your dad is absolutely obsessed with collecting vintage treasures and has a more elegant wardrobe than most dads, he is probably a true gentleman at heart. Whether is a collector or just generally enjoys looking elegant and classy, surprise him with something truly unique. Visit an antique boutique for inspiration: paintings, notebooks, small collectibles, special edition books and little vintage décor items and classic fragrances are all great gift ideas that he will surely love. To stick with the antique theme, choose gold, bronze, crystal or wooden décor items that have a vintage flare, and for clothes, pick out a special pair of cufflinks or tie that he couldn’t find anywhere else. Personalize your gift with a small note (especially if it’s a notebook or book) and don’t be afraid to get a bit emotional and thank him for all he’s done in the past years.

The Adventurous Dad

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He’s always either in the park, on a backpack tour with his friends or on a vacation? For an adventurous dad, the most fitting gift idea is probably a whole new experience. Take him to somewhere new…and don’t worry, you don’t have to rob a bank and take him to Hawaii to make your gift personal and unique. Discover a new place together in your hometown or go to a small village nearby and spend the day there exploring the place. You will not only gift him the adventure of exploring something new, but you also give him your free time and the opportunity to spend a whole day with you and catch up.

The Chef Dad

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If your dad could watch cooking shows and talk about recipes for ages, we’ve got the perfect gift ideas for him. An impromptu cooking class with his daughter sounds perfect, right? If you’d like to surprise him with a learning session, make sure you find something special, such as an Asian cuisine guide or a baking class. If he wouldn’t really enjoy a cooking class, take him out to eat (choose a small, hidden restaurant instead of the obvious choices) or cook dinner for him. 

The Well-Groomed Dad

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Gift your dad that luxurious extra with an elegant fragrance, a grooming set or a teeth whitening kit. Instead of the regular choices, try to do your research and choose something limited edition or outstanding that still fits his taste and personality. For example, if he has a specific fragrance note preference, search for colognes that have that top note with a unique blend of other ingredients, or dive into the grooming section of Etsy to find one of a kind, natural treasures. Even if your dad does not seem to be very invested in the world of grooming, he will surely appreciate a grooming or pampering gift set. Introduce him to skincare essentials with a high-quality men’s skincare brand, such as Gentlemen Floris or Nurse Jamie for Men.

The Tech-Addict Dad

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Wireless headphones, waterproof phones and all that other tech stuff you don’t even know about…I know, finding a gift for a tech-addict dad might be a challenge, but there is no need to spend hours in an electronic store, trying to figure out the newest tech trends (if you’re not familiar with the topic –  you’re just like your dad, go for it and pick out something he’ll love!). Instead, stick with the fun side of technology and gift him something that is practical and shows his love for technology (such as a new laptop case).

Don’t Forget To Say Thank You

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No matter what gift you choose, ensure you include a Thank you letter or note. It doesn’t have be too long, but expressing your feelings and gratefulness will make your present a lot more personalized and will probably make him happier than any gift that you can buy.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is the special occasion of the year when you can celebrate the wonderful woman who raised you, supported you and helped you get through the hardest days. To show how much your relationship with your mother means to you, we collected the most personal, unique gift ideas that will make both of you relax and enjoy the day!

Gift Her The Experience

There is probably nothing better than to take a day off and spend it with your loved one – and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to do that. Make her forget all her issues and stresses and surprise her with a special program that will make her feel loved and cherished.

Mother-Daughter Dinner

This has to be one of our favorite gift ideas that can be easily personalized. Every mother deserves a night off, and with a dinner and a bottle of wine, you will help her relax and enjoy the night while chatting through the evening. To make the experience more personal, take her to her favorite place or do your research and find a hidden little restaurant that she will adore.

Don’t forget to reserve a table well in advance and don’t rush things. Forget about time and spend the whole evening chatting with her. It will be a huge difference from the regular 20-30 minute phone calls, and she will definitely appreciate it.

Spa Day

Another mother-daughter favorite besides the traditional “dinner dates” are Spa Days, which are great if your mother is a fan of massages, face masks and pamper days. Taking her to a spa, where you two can enjoy a Jacuzzi, a body scrub and a facial will definitely be a memorable day for her, especially if she is going through a stressful time.

Museum Tour

If your mother is into fine art, literature and architecture, she will adore the idea of a personal museum tour around the city with a takeaway coffee or lunch in a chic cafe. This program will not only give her the opportunity to relax and visit all the new exhibitions she was missing out on, but will also let you connect on another level as you discuss the pieces and your responses to them.

The Gift of a Whiter Smile

Your mother would prefer to stay at home rather than going out? Surprise her with an at-home pamper day together with a teeth whitening session. With the best friends pearly white teeth whitening kit, you can both enjoy a home spa day while making sure each have a luxurious, stunning white smile, perfect for those mother-daughter photos.

Last Minute Trip

We all deserve a bit of luxury in our lives, and if your mother has been incredibly busy recently and has had no time to relax at all, a last minute surprise trip will be the perfect gift for her. You don’t have to book a super expensive hotel and plan a fancy getaway trip – it’s all about going out of town for a few days and relaxing, basically anywhere.

DIY Surprise

Inviting her over and cooking a brunch or dinner is a very traditional and personal Mother’s Day gift, which gives you the opportunity to talk during the day in a personal atmosphere. Being just the two of you at home will help you discuss everything and forget about the world for a second, which is the perfect Mother Day’s program.

If you can’t be with your mother in person…

Don’t stress too much about it! There are still some classic ways to splurge her on Mother’s Day.

If she is a collector of any specific makeup brand or clothing item, she would surely love another piece in her collection, but instead of just randomly choosing a bag or lipstick, search for the perfect one, such as a limited collection makeup set or an evening dress that she can wear for special occasion. Another great way to surprise her on Mother’s Day is to give her something personalized, such as a small, silver charm bracelet. The most important thing to you mom will be that you remember and appreciate all those little (and big) things she has done for you throughout your life.

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The Gift of Beauty that will last past the Wedding Day

If you’re going to a wedding, you’re probably wondering how to choose the perfect gift for the happy couple. Wedding guests generally give homewares like toasters or blenders, or they buy something off a registry. But when our nearest and dearest tie the knot, we prefer to gift them with something a touch more personal. Beauty gifts are a great supplement to gifts off a registry, and they’re super fun to give and receive. To give you some ideas, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty gifts to bring a beauty-obsessed bride, to keep her gorgeous as she begins this new chapter in her life and after all the confetti has been cleared away.

1. Emergency Beauty Kit

As the couple is probably preparing to head out on their honeymoon, an emergency beauty kit that the bride can throw into her carry on bag, or take with her in her purse wherever she goes, will be a much appreciated token. We’re sure you’ve seen these emergency beauty kits, which include essentials like tweezers, nail clippers, mini sewing kits, bobby pins, deodorant wipes and more that quickly remedy any unexpected beauty problem that may pop up. This gift is super handy, yet most women don’t think about how much they need an emergency beauty kit until after the beauty problem arises, making it the perfect gift for the bride who loves to plan ahead.

2. Beautiful Blue Nail Polish

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As the rhyme goes, every bride needs something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue to ensure good luck on her big day. With a gift of gorgeous blue nail polish, you’ll knock out two birds with one stone. As nail polish trends come and go with the seasons, the one you gift should be appropriate for the time of year and should provide a good match to the bride’s honeymoon attire. You’ll check all of these boxes if you gift an assortment of cute shades. Be warned with this one, as nail polishes are pretty inexpensive, it may be a good idea to supplement a gift of nail polish with a bigger gift from our list.

3. Teeth Whitening Kit

With all the smiling the blushing bride will be doing on her wedding day and in the following months and years, she’ll want to keep her smile pearly and magnificent. You’ll help her eliminate all those costly, irritating trips to the dentist by gifting her with an at-home teeth whitening kit. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s something she surely doesn’t already have at home. Pearly Whites Australia offers a home LED whitening system which will add that lovely white gleam to the bride’s smile. Another option is whitening strips, like these coconut and charcoal ones.

4. Makeup Palettes

If there’s one thing every woman covets, it’s a top of the line makeup palette. Offerings like the Naked Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay have gained cult-like followings among makeup lovers. Now, there are palettes for bronzers and highlighters too! Palettes include a variety of shades, tones, and hues for all skin tones and occasions. Ask your friend what her most-wanted palette is and take a trip to your local beauty store to pick it up. This is one unexpected gift which will be cherished by any bride. The bride will surely thank you for this one!

5. Lip Care Kit

What’s the first thing every couple does after they pronounce the magic words “I Do?” Plant a huge “Just Married” smooch on their lover, of course! High end lip exfoliant, moisturizing balm, and lip plumper will come in handy for their first kiss as man and wife, so you may even want to give the bride this present before the ceremony. If you can’t find a moment to do so amid all the pre-wedding chaos, never fear. Lip care kits are a complete necessity for after the ceremony too, especially if it’s a fall or winter wedding.

6. A Year-Long Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. They are an amazing gift for the bride who is obsessed with beauty trends and loves finding new makeup brands and fun products.

Here’s how it works: popular subscription boxes like BirchBox and FabFitFun deliver a monthly box full of goodies from mascara to macaroons, right to your door. Buying the blushing bride a subscription box is a way to give her many thoughtful, heartfelt gifts, and because of the huge variety there is no risk that she won’t love the present. Also, many box services offer monthly payments, making them a more affordable choice than an expensive present you have to pay for all at once.

7. Fragrance Set

It’s always nice to have a little variety in your perfume collection, but splurging on multiple perfumes often seems extravagant and irresponsible to purchase for oneself. Their extravagance is precisely what makes them the perfect present with which to celebrate the big wedding day. You can curate an assortment of the bride’s favorite designer perfumes and artfully arrange them in a basket filled with tissue paper to create your own, customized fragrance sampler kit. Otherwise, you can buy a prepackaged kit from one of the heavy-hitting perfume brands.

So there you have it - 6 fab gift ideas to keep the blushing bride beautiful long past her wedding day.If you're helping the bride to plan her big day, our DIY Bridal Beauty Tips for the Budget Savvy Bride is a great resource to help with the planning while sticking to a budget. 

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Selfie Ready Gift Ideas

In our image driven society, snapping a gorgeous selfie is on everybody’s wish list this season. For your friends and loved ones that enjoy documenting each and every moment of their day-to-day lives via social media, gifts that improve their selfie game are a sure way to their heart. Use this list to help you find gifts that will keep them smiling, no filter required.

Sleep Mask

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Getting the perfect selfie is all about the looks. With the stress of the holidays, it can be impossible to get the necessary beauty rest to keep us all looking our best. To prevent tired eyes in pictures and Xmas morning selfies, invest in an adorably relaxing sleep mask for your photogenic friends. You can find options infused with lavender or essential oils to truly bring rest and relaxation together. This is a gift for the friend who does it all and wants to look beautiful doing it.

Artsy Wall Hanging

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Artsy Wall Hanging

If you’ve ever thought about the monotony of seeing your friend’s selfies always taken in the same place (shout out to the seat of their car and the bathroom mirror!) then it may be time to mix it up. To make the perfect backdrop for their selfies, gift them an artsy wall hanging that will brighten up their home. Something that fits their décor and complements their personal style is sure to please. Their outfits will pop and you may even get a mention in the captions.

Princess Mirror Selfie Case

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What better way for your selfie obsessed loved ones to take that perfect princess pic than with a Barbie Pink Moschino iPhone handheld mirror case? All you have to do is simply insert the phone into the mirror case and voila! Capture that perfect pout every time.

Teeth Whitening Kit

Some people love using filtering apps and photo shopping skills to create flawless, Hollywood ready selfies. But often, those little tips and tricks can create a selfie so fake and altered it’s practically un-sharable.

If you’ve ever scrolled through your friend’s account and found yourself cringing at their overly altered white teeth, a whitening kit could save you both this season.

At home whitening is easy, affordable, and will keep your besties looking their best. Throw in something like a facial to let them know the message of your gift is loving and not judgmental. You want to treat them, not make them feel insecure about their looks.

Statement Jewelry

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To showcase their best looks in all their photos, your selfie loving friends deserve fabulous jewelry.  What better way to show how well you know them than to pick out the perfect piece of jewelry to compliment their favorite outfit? Finding that ideal necklace or earrings that will go perfectly with their winter wardrobe is a surefire way to show you care.

Winter Palette

After a gorgeous smile, the next thing people are most likely to notice in a selfie is how strong your make up game is. Help your friend make the winter transition with a palette of frosty colors to spice up their routine. Whether it’s the latest lip kit, or a spread of shadow shades, this gift is certain to make an appearance in their next selfie. If you want to make it more personal you can include a handmade coupon for a makeup tutorial day for the two of you. Share some time together, try out your new colors, and of course take tons of selfies.

Hair Accessory to fit their Style

Have they been tossing the idea of a bob around for months, but just can’t commit? Help them out by gifting them a set of hairbands that will help them pull off the faux-bob look. Is your friend looking to embrace their curls or natural hair, but not sure how to start? Buying them some quality products can give them the confidence to change up their style. Having varying and interesting looks is key to having the best selfies. Your friends will appreciate the personalized gift and your support of their unique style goals.

Lens Add-ons

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In a perfect world we would all have megapixels to spare and enough internal memory to hold all our favorite pictures. Sadly, that’s not always the case. If your friend is cursed with a less than ideal camera on their smartphone, this simple gift can do wonders. While they may add a bit of bulk to your device, a lens clip is an easy way to take better pictures without dropping huge cash on the latest apple product. They also have lenses that are great for distance shots, which makes these an insta-ready gift for everyone on your list.

Natural Moisturizer

Santa visits in the night, and so do our wrinkles. If your friend is the type of person who never takes off their makeup properly or doesn’t have a nightly skincare routine, this Christmas is your chance to help her out. Gifting a natural moisturizer is a sweet way to show you care, while also making sure their skin retains that happy glow you love to see. An all-natural moisturizer will keep their selfies looking good well into the New Year. 

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7 Beautiful Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to us girls, it’s safe to say we’re pretty easy to buy for, especially when it comes to little gifts and Xmas stocking stuffers!

But for any partners out there really struggling to find something for their beauty-obsessed significant other, there’s plenty of small, affordable gifts to choose from.

Likewise for any girls doing a secret Santa in the office with a group of people you might not necessarily know well enough, or if you’re looking for cheap and cheerful presents for your main girlies, check out these 7 ideas for beautiful stocking fillers.

1. Limited Edition Candy Cane Tangle Teaser

Every girl needs a tangle teaser, to stop those windy morning commutes adding to the list of our worries. With so many tangle teasers available however, this limited edition candy cane brush is perfect for the holidays, and makes the gift a little more special. Perfect for your partner, or work colleague, and if you’re not feeling too bitter, great for your bestie with the lusciously long hair.

Alternative: For a cheaper alternative, grab a compact brush and mirror kit that’ll fit easily into her make-up bag so she’s never at a loss when fixing her hair or makeup.

2. Stardust Highlighter

Another limited edition item for the holidays is this Topshop highlighter: Mainly because it’s called Stardust and will allow every girl to live out their #unicornvibes goals. It’s crystal white and the perfect amount of sparkle that we’re all looking for in the festive season. Transforming any outfit into a killer statement piece, the Stardust Highlighter will be at the top of every beauty queen’s list.

Alternative: If she’s already found her perfect highlighter, and refuses to use any other – try to find a few complimentary items by the same brand!

3. Burts Bees Natures Kiss

If there’s one thing we can all relate to, it is the pain of chapped lips. In prime socialising and drinking time, the festive season is also – for many of us – the cold time of year! Which means a good lip care regime is important. Having the best of both worlds like with this Burts Bees Nature’s Kiss set is exactly what we’re looking for. Featuring a lip crayon and lip shiner, these naturally mending lip cosmetics help us stay her stay on point with her party pout.

Alternative: If she’s already a lover of balms, but doesn’t opt for Burt’s Bees, there are always a tonne of lip calm and lip care stocking fillers at the local drug store that are cheap and cheerful for the holidays.

4. First Aid Beauty Freshen Up Kit

The holiday season tends to mean non-stop fun with family and friends, so this freshen up kit by First Aid Beauty is the perfect stocking filler! With a lip balm for those wintery lips, and a hydrating mist to keep your dewy reflection on point, this is the simplest way to keep your look stylin’ all season round!

5. Rudolph Konjac Sponge

The best thing about beauty stocking fillers is that there are so many available with a festive theme! This Rudolph Nose Konjac Sponge is a great choice for a secret Santa gift, or for a girls’ pamper night in! Infused with red clays, the sponge helps to deeply cleanse and revitalise skin which has suffered the winter elements.

Alternative: Give all the girls a chance to pamper at the same time by buying a few sachet face masks with amazing smelling scents.

6. This Works Dream Team

With every long night out, comes a grumpy sleeping beauty in the morning, so combatting that with This Works Dream Team kit may save anyone with a beauty queen partner the hassle of making bed in breakfast ( coffee, orange juice and pain relief tablets, most likely) every day of the holiday. This aromatherapeutic set comprises off a pillow spray for deep sleep, and a de-stress roller – helping keep her calm and rested.

7. Teeth Whitening Strips

To help keep her teeth looking as white as the snow outside, teeth whitening strips are a really considerate gift for anyone who feels a little conscious about their smile; nobody should look unhappy at Christmas, and this might just be the perfect stocking stuffer to help her smile even wider when posing for those memorial holiday photos.

If you really want to push the boat out for someone special, a one-off beauty box, or even a subscription, like this one from Lookfantastic.com, could be the perfect way to fill her stocking full of luxurious products at an affordable cost. With the beauty box, there’s no knowing what you’ll get, but there’s always something for everyone and it gives her the chance to find her new favourites for the upcoming year.

So those are a few ideas to get you started with filling the stocking to put by the fireplace for Christmas day. Of course, be sure to go alone on your beauty buying adventure – you wouldn’t want Santa finding out that she knows what her gifts are before the big day!

Happy Shopping!

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