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Posted on 6 March 2014 | No responses
You stood there, listening to the music as it became louder and louder and you knew that at any minute the van would turn into your street.
Soft serve ice cream in crispy cones, gelato that put a tang on your tongue, yum.
The musical, brightly coloured vans seemed to disappear for a time, didn’t they? I don’t know what happened to them. But I do know that they have begun to appear again.
I was really excited to find this Model Ice Cream Van recently and I knew I just had to have it.
This is a rustic style model of the Classic Ice Cream Van, faithful to the original colours and ice-creamy decorations. It also has a windup music box in it which plays “Greensleeves”.
If this doesn’t bring back memories, nothing will!
The can is approximately 32cm long and made from metal so it is very durable. It’s the kind of van which would be the centrepiece of a bloke’s model car and truck collection.
This is just one of the new items in stock so pop over and take a look around. You might like to order your Ice Cream Van now because I think they are going to be very popular
Posted on 4 March 2014 | No responses
Doesn’t that little new bloke deserve the world?
We can’t always give our boys everything, any more than we can control whose hairline they inherit!
We have some great gifts he will love and which will let him know just how treasured he is.
Our Baby Time Capsule is a leap beyond the usual baby book, allowing family and friends to contribute items and information that will give your boy a unique insight into the world when he was born. When opened in years to come, the capsule will divulge information about his parents’ lives and letters from family members and friends.
The capsule includes stationary for the letters. There are also seals to make a scrapbook or album, and a comprehensive ‘how-to’ guide with many more suggestions.
Looking for a gift he can enjoy here and now? A boy’s teddy bear often becomes his best buddy, and Miles the toy bear is one of the cuddliest pals you could give your little bloke. Miles is a big 45 cm softie, who is a comfort to hug at night time and tough enough for many day-time adventures.
It is no secret that toddlers can be picky eaters, but it is important to know they respond with gusto when their playfulness is catered to. Me Meal Time Sets are BPA free and dishwasher safe. But the thing your little bloke will care about is how the plates are shaped like either a fire engine or police car, and have a cutlery set to match.
There is a whole world out there for your baby boy to discover, and the gifts you choose can help him understand, feel comforted, be confident and enjoy it!
Posted on 27 February 2014 | Comments Off
Blokes can often get a bit of a raw deal; they’re either considered dirty and smelly, yet they take a moment to look after themselves, use a few products and smell nice, and they’re labelled with terms like “metrosexual”.
Can blokes just be blokes without having to have some sort of nomenclature attributed to their behaviour?
Really, blokes tend to get a little filthy due to blokey kind of behaviour like working under cars and around their engines, crawling around roof spaces, and fixing all manner of things with nothing more than a butter knife and some ingenuity, in most cases.
It’s dirty, dusty, sweaty hard work.
Thankfully, someone not out to cast aspersions on the sexuality of men – metro or otherwise – has come up with a sensible invention; one that is simple, straightforward and practical. No lotions, potions or faffing about in the bathroom mirror for hours each morning.
It is a Face / Arse soap. Double sided, bi-coloured and two-scented, to be used as you shower each day, whatever time of day you choose to shower.
The white ‘face’ side is, obviously, for washing your face, and the rest of your body if you’re so inclined.
Flip it over and the chocolate-coloured fascia works wonders on your behind, specifically designed for dealing with sweaty arses and ensuring you don’t mix your bum cleaning products with those you use on your face.
We’re not saying whether we’ve tested this at Gifts For Blokes yet, but maybe you could try it out for us and see whether it makes a difference to the wafting scent of your shower farts?
Blokes, clean yourselves up in a quick, practical, blokey way; get your Face / Arse soap just here
Posted on 20 February 2014 | Comments Off
If you are a coffee lover who just wants to make the best coffee you can, read on.
Here are our four top tips for making the perfect morning coffee. (Or for any other time of day, too.)
1. Choose quality coffee beans.
There are many brands of coffee beans on the market to choose from and to some extent the choice will depend on your taste. How well roasted do you like your beans? What style do you prefer?
Regardless of your taste preference, choose the best beans you can afford. You will never make a perfect coffee from poor quality beans. If you can choose beans which have been roasted within the last couple of weeks, you will notice a definite taste advantage over regular beans. The beans lose their freshness and flavour quickly after roasting.
2. Don’t grind your beans until you need them.
Roasted beans don’t hold their flavour for very long and if you grind them and leave them to wait for a few days before being used, you are robbing yourself of much more flavour. There is a reason that quality coffee bars grind their beans when you order a coffee – you’ll taste it when you sip.
3. Store the beans properly.
Preserve the life and flavour in your coffee beans by storing them away from the light and in an airtight container. Coffee beans are quite perishable and the flavour will deteriorate quickly.
4. Don’t drown your beans.
It is so sad when I see quality beans, freshly ground, being drowned in too much water. What a waste. Where is the taste? What happened to the flavour? Use enough coffee shat you can enjoy real flavour – not just the muddy bypass of soggy beans.
Now that you know how to make a great coffee would you please make one for me?
Posted on 18 February 2014 | Comments Off
Whether they’re stealing some poor bloke’s girl, plotting to overthrow the world, or go around consuming everything in their path, including people, there are some men that are just perfect at being perfectly evil. So, here’s our list, in no particular order of evilness, of the top 5 male movie villains of all time.
“Why so serious?” Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in the iconic Batman film, The Dark Knight, proves that being a psycho is no laughing matter. In this film, the Joker’s grisly reign of terror takes centre stage as his exploits plunge Gotham into chaos – can Batman save the day?
Many of us would never think of pairing “fava beans and a nice glass of Chianti,” with anything after hearing Lecter confess to enjoying these sides with a serving of human liver. Anthony Hopkins’ masterful portrayal as the mad psychiatrist turned human flesh eating serial killer is considered by many to be the number one movie villain of all time. Hopkins first played the role in the movie Silence of the Lambs, as well as its sequels, Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon. Regardless of which film you watch, this cannibal killer will haunt you long after the film credits roll.
Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s work, The Heart of Darkness, Marlon Brando gave a stunning performance as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now. In this movie, Kurtz fights his war with ever evolving levels of barbarism, the end justifying the means to him. The film is quite explicit in its portrayal of evil, and after seeing all of the severed heads and brutality, by the film’s end you will join Kurtz in wanting this character to just die, so that his evil will finally come to an end.
Whether it’s the original trilogy, or the subsequent prequels and sequels, it’s apparent by his actions that Darth Vader’s soul is as black as his clothing. He is evil, personified. While several actors have portrayed this character, it is James Earl James’ rendition of Darth’s rattling voice that gives movie goers the chills, as it seems to animate from the very depths of a crypt. You won’t “underestimate the power of the dark side,” after watching this character on screen. Don’t believe me? Like Vader, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of the sermonizing, sociopathic serial killer John Doe in the 1995 movie Seven will haunt you. One of the unspoken themes at the end of the film is what would it take to drive you, the viewer, to commit a deadly sin -murder. Doe taunts the detectives that chase him (played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) from crime scene to crime scene. It’s obvious that the killer has planned his murders for over a year, and each crime involves one of the seven “deadly sins,” from the bible. It’s impossible for Detective Mills, played by Pitt, or the viewer, to not become “wrathful” as they watch the story unfold and ultimately complete the killer’s “work.”
This ends our list of the top 5 male movie villains of all time, what do you think?
Do you agree with our list, or did we miss some of your favorites?
Let us and other readers know whom you love to hate by leaving a comment below.
Posted on 13 February 2014 | Comments Off
STEP 1: THE CRUST
Pop over there to see the recipe they give for a great pizza crust.
STEP 2: THE TOPPING
Grate the cheese. Chop the capsicum into bite-size pieces and dice the chili. Leave the seeds in if you like it hot.
Peel and slice the zucchini, lay the slices on paper towels and sprinkle with salt on both sides to draw out the moisture. Leave for a few minutes, then wipe them and put them in a bowl. Add the paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, mustard seeds and liquid smoke and stir. Dry-fry in a non-stick pan over a medium heat.
STEP 3: THE SAUCE
Peel and finely chop the garlic clove, and fry over medium heat in olive oil for one minute. Add the tomatoes, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for five minutes.
STEP 4: THE ASSEMBLY
Cut the dough in half (it makes two bases). Shape each half in a ball, then flatten and, from the centre out, press the dough into a thin 30cm disc. If you have a pizza stone, dust with flour and stick the dough on it. Otherwise, put it on an oven tray.
Spread on the sauce, leaving a 1.5cm edge. Sprinkle with mozzarella, then add the zucchini, capsicum and chillies. Bake for 10 minutes, leave for two, then tuck in. Grad your Scizza Pizza Scissors to create perfect cuts. It comes with a nifty spatula on the bottom blade that slides under the pizza.
Posted on 11 February 2014 | Comments Off
Like many people, blokes will turn to alcohol, food, or some other comfort to help distract them from what’s going on.
There are problems associated with this behaviour, not the least of which is the fact that the cause of the stress has not been tackled. If your blokes seeks help through a sugar fix he’s putting himself at risk of diabetes. Alcohol offers a temporary relief but he has to cope with hangovers and long term damage to his body. Most of the remedies we all turn to offer nothing but a temporary solution.
So what can your bloke do to stay sane and grounded during a time of stress?
The obvious answer is to remove the source of stress but we all know that sometimes you just can’t do that. Of course, if the stress is coming from a permanent source you and your bloke will have to take solid action like moving jobs or shifting house. Usually you just have to work through it until the situation passes.
1. Get him active.
Playing sport, chasing the kids or working out at the gym will help release endorphins, the feel good hormones. These will help to steady him and add some balance to his life. What does he love to do? Is he a footy fiend or a would-be bikie? Does he love cars? Find something he loves and take him out to play. Imagine how he will feel after a lap the race track in a V8 race car, or a ride through the hills on a Harley.
2. Give him some playtime.
If you can’t make things better all the time, call on his mates. Put the footy game on and leave them to it. Let them do whatever blokes do when they get together. Lots of noise and good humour might be just what he needs.
3. Get him away from home.
Give him a change of scenery. Go away for the night or the weekend. Take a drive into the hills and stop to take in the scenery. Picnic on a beach and listen to the waves rolling in to shore. Change the place and change the pace.
He might not talk about what the problem is especially while it is really bothering him, but if you can offer your bloke some alternative stress relief techniques it will help him now and in the future.
Posted on 8 February 2014 | Comments Off
If on some mornings you can barely function without a coffee, you will admire the skill that goes into making a great one.
You might have seen some amazingly decorated lattes around town. It’s becoming quite a trend lately. There are photos all over Facebook of incredible latte art and many of them are the creations of a legendary Japanese barista called Kazuki Yamamoto. He specialises in 3D coffee art. You’ll see some of his brilliant and quite detailed works in the clip below.
Doesn’t it make you feel inadequate? (Or is that just me?)
Not to worry. While your morning coffee might not look like a piece of art it can still taste fantastic especially if you are the owner of our Like Coffee Gift Pack. You won’t go wrong with your coffee if you use our Premium Arabica blend full of body and aroma. Ah, can’t you almost smell it? The gift pack also comes with a Like Coffee Ceramic Mug and Oxfam fair trade Organic Chocolate.
If you’re not ready to face the day yet, have a coffee and watch the coffee art clip again.
Posted on 6 February 2014 | Comments Off
Being single means that you can enjoy the day even more because you have the ability to put a smile on the faces of many an individual. You don’t need to be in a relationship to embrace the spirit of the occasion – and there is certainly no need to feel left out or lonely.
Why not buy a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards and send them anonymously to friends and co-workers? You don’t have to like the people in a romantic way – just think of it as a nice gesture to show someone that you are thinking of them. What a lovely surprise when they get to work or open their mail – all because of you.
Stop by the bakery and pick up a little something to share with those at work. Show that you are comfortable with your single status and it will help others in the same boat not to feel embarrassed or ashamed about the day. Make it enjoyable for all involved – single or otherwise.
So you might not want to be alone on the day – we get that. How about arranging a Valentine’s Day dinner or a party? You never know it just may be the event where you do meet that special someone – wouldn’t that be a great story to tell the grandkids!
Celebrate being single – today is definitely not the day to contact your ex. Just try to be happy and celebrate the fun times with those you love.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something special – we know just the right store for that - after all self-love is important as well.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Posted on 31 January 2014 | Comments Off
Often when your bloke needs to wear a tie he will put it on a not bother to use a good knot. As a result, it can make the appearance look at bit messy.
While in some cases that may be the desired effect, the use of good tie knot can make a lot of difference. Plus if you want your bloke to make a good impression and look a bit snappy then the use of a good tie knot can have a great impact.
Some occasions really demand a well-knotted tie. Weddings, formals, graduations and most formal celebrations need your bloke to look well-presented and even stylish. A tie hanging 15 cms below his collar just isn’t good enough.
Tying a tie is not a complicated process and with a bit of practice most knots can be done quite quickly. There are many different methods of tying a tie with the Windsor knot being a stylish knot that is perfect for formal occasions such as weddings or job interviews when making an impression and looking good is important.
Have a look at this short YouTube clip that shows the few steps involved in tying the Windsor knot.
Furthermore, check out our range of Silk Ties that we currently have in stock and which are ideal for that special occasion. Some of our Silk Tie Sets also include cufflinks and a matching handkerchief to add the stylish finishing touches to your bloke.