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Fathers Day Presents, gifts for dad, grandfathersThis blog is an extension of the Gifts for Blokes Online Store and is where you can find product reviews, articles and a fun photo gallery of customers using products purchased from Gifts for Blokes.

We hope that over time the content that you find here will grow and expand into what will be an interesting and fun blog to visit.

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The Story Of The Tooletries Bag

Posted on 25 March 2015 | No responses

tooletrieesWhen brothers Josh and Saul Cockburn decided to design the Tooletries Bathroom Travel Case, they were driven by two major factors: firstly, that men are hard to buy a gift for, especially for big events like Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries etc., and secondly – that there was a need for a product with a similar design that will prove invaluable during travels of any kind.

When the brothers started the ambitious project of creating the perfect toiletry bag for men, they jumped in headfirst, without wasting too much time on hesitation or doubts. Together, they created the concept of a high-quality toiletry bag that will hold all the tools a man needs while on a trip – hence the name Tooletries. Seeing what they have created and knowing that they can have nothing to lose but can only grow big, the Josh and Saul hired professional design engineers and prepared prototypes of the product. It was perfect and just the way they imagined it, they knew that there is only one thing they needed to do – Kickstarter!

From there everything escalated quickly. Josh and Saul asked for $10,000 AUD and offered different incentives for their supporters, including Tooletries bags in a preferred colour and, for the most generous donors – engraved initials. Imagine how they felt after 40 days, when instead of $10,000 AUD, their crowdfunding project ended up with $48,627 AUD in the box!

Now, less than a year later, the Tooletries Bathroom Travel case is already being sold in the USA, the UK and Australia and, as you can imagine, we at Gifts for Blokes are proud to have it in stock. For only $49, you can get your bloke his own tough rugged toilet bag made of high-grade materials and available in two colours – black or grey. With its hard-shelled case, sleek modern form, minimal weight and removable elastic mesh netting, the case is exactly what you need when he will need on his trips – a safe sturdy tool-box-like case that wouldn’t let water in or out and will keep everything in there safe and ordered.

Go to our website now, choose your preferred colour and order your Tooletries Travel Case to get it in your mailbox in the next few days. Don’t forget that you can always combine it with some of our other popular travel products, like the indispensable Shaving & Grooming Travel Kit or one of our Happy Flight Travel Pouches.

“Time to book our flights, honey!”

What’s For Dinner?

Posted on 24 March 2015 | No responses

cookingIn households across the country, the most dreaded question at the end of the day is often, “What’s for dinner?” The person asking clearly has no intention of fixing it themselves, and it requires a whole bunch of hard thinking, when most of us are ready to just have a little vino and watch some mindless TV.

But what if the answer was easy? Better yet, what if the answer was delicious and (offensively) funny as well? Inspired by the popularity of his website of the same name, Zach Golden’s cookbook,“What the F*@k Should I Make For Dinner?”, gives fifty scrumptious, affordable and achievable answers to the dreaded question.

Golden is an experienced professional cook, a writer, and a fan of gratuitous swearing; basically a triple threat to the world of bloke friendly cook books. The easy on the eyes layout, pictures to make your mouth water and clear instructions to make full meals (that won’t break the bank) all make this cookbook massively appealing.

It would get a lot of use in any household, overflowing swear jar or not. It is even likely to teach those teenage blokes (who tend to eat mum and dad out of house and home) a thing or two about fending for one’s self, and might encourage them to contribute occasionally to the family’s need for daily sustenance.

If your bloke is a student just moved out of home, or is living the bachelor life, you can be pretty sure he won’t starve or live off week old pizza if he has this tome within arm’s reach. It will be much more fun to go to his place to sup as well, if you know the answer to “What’s for dinner?” is going to be something awesome, even if it is a little profane.

What To Get Your Bloke For Easter

Posted on 19 March 2015 | Comments Off

recipesOne of the great things about Easter is the chocolate, but if your bloke doesn’t have a sweet tooth it doesn’t meant he has to miss out. It probably works out better all round if you find something unexpected for him. (More chocolate for you!)

Gifts for Blokes has a whole lot of awesome gift ideas that men can really appreciate. From novelty presents to collectors items, there is a super wide range. Something right for every budget, and every guy.

winebottleThis time of year the heat is tapering off in most of the country, so it can be a good time to get some golfing in, or enjoy just about any outdoor activity really, before it gets chilly. If your bloke is so inclined, have a look at the Golf Gifts, Nautical and Fishing, and Outdoors and BBQ parts of our store.

There are oodles of accessories and novelties to enhance his hobby time.

Any time of year is a good time for new reading material, and who doesn’t like to sit with a new book and a cup of tea, or perhaps something stronger? Gifts for Blokes has books to pique your man’s interest, whether he is into cars, cricket, beer, or babies. And for the accompanying beverage there’s a great range of cups and mugs, or openers and holders. Check out the Books tab, and the Bar/Wine/Stubby tab if that sounds more like your bloke.

Shopping at Gifts for Blokes it is easy to find neat stuff your bloke will like. There are Dad Gifts, Desk and Office Gifts, and Retro Style Gifts too. Most blokes claim to be pretty simple, so have a look around the store, and see what you can do to make sure your chocolate stash remains all yours!

New – The Doctor Who Card Game

Posted on 16 March 2015 | Comments Off

card game“Hi, I am Martin Wallace. You might remember me from such games as Age of Steam, Railroad Tycoon and London.” That’s how we would start if we wanted to tell you about a The Simpsons Game. What we have now, however, is something much better! For the first time, Gifts For Blokes offers the exclusive Dr Who – The Card Game by the famous game designer Martin Wallace.

This amazing game will give you what every true Doctor Who fan wants – more and more of the Doctor’s world. And what’s even better – it will be your task to make sure this world (and actually the whole universe), is Dalek-free and not threatened by Sontarans, Cyberman and other creeps trying to cause harm and mischief.

By playing the game, you and your children will help the Doctor defend the world by dealing with all enemies and, of course, by controlling time and space. Some of the tools you will use to achieve that include Sonic Screwdrivers and Jammy Dodgers, but you will also need to devise your own equipment! If you want to win, you will need to think, focus and be creative as the Doctor Who Card Game is a challenging game that aims to improve your abilities, not only to waste your time with mechanic actions.

So what does the game include? To start with, you have a rule book to help you learn how to play and win! You also have a quick reference sheet – or a cheat sheet that would resolve all the arguments that may arise while playing. The game is intended for 2-4 players, so you also have 4 sets of pieces for the players, and each set consists of 10 counters – 5 Tardis and 5 Dalek ones. The game cards you use are 127 in total and you get 4 location cards to start with. Finally, you have 30 Point tokens and 1 Game End card – you will read more about what it does in the rule book! We don’t to give everything away.

The Doctor Who Card Game is intended for players aged 13 or above and it would take between 20 minutes and 1 hour on average to finish a game. A perfect way for every Doctor Who fan to spend some time with the characters and locations from their favourite universe and to actually save it from the dangers threatening it. Order it today from our website and you will have it in your hands within a week. Happy playing!

How To Make Yourself More Attractive To Women

Posted on 12 March 2015 | Comments Off

Lovely Mature Couple Enjoying Food in a RestaurantBlokes are often looking for ways to be more attractive to women.

Whilst some blokes have it, other blokes seem to miss the mark. Bad pick up lines, heightened sexual innuendo, or groping boobs or bums, funnily enough, seems to be a little bit of a put off for women.

Rather than enjoying a nice romantic dinner with her, you’re more likely to receive a slap in the chops, or on the receiving end of a nice, firm groping yourself. Many men refer to this particular ‘firm grope’ as a ‘squirrel grip’ and from all accounts, it’s not the kind of grope one enjoys terribly much.

Thankfully, the geeky science guys have come up with some answers. Yes, scientists have done some research and have uncovered six things that men can do to be more attractive to women.

Wear red: Red symbolises power and gives the impression of assertiveness and control (but not in a horrible, control-freaky kind of way). Wear red and you tell women you can look after yourself and you don’t need her to mother you.

Stubble: Whilst it does project a little bit of a ‘bad boy’ look, something women love, the research showed that it also gives the impression of maturity and manliness; and shows you’re all grown up.

Posture: A good posture signifies good standing, and if you hold yourself well, you can hold all the things going on in your life well. Nothing fazes you and you can handle anything that comes your way.

Smiling: Whilst women love a good sense of humour, smiling is a little bit of a turn off. It’s not just bad teeth, but blokes who smile a lot come across as a little bit too sweet and a little like you’re just wanting to please everyone. A bit like a doormat. Don’t go around being a grump, just keep the smile subtle.

Big muscles: Big muscles show a woman that you care about your body, and are all about being fit and healthy. From an evolutionary, “survival of the species” perspective, big muscles also indicate good genes, and genes worth passing on to the next generation.

Sweat: Along with good posture and big muscles, working up a sweat shows you’re not scared of hard work. Sweating also releases a chemical called androstadienone, which women find sexually attractive. Please, shower and put on some deodorant! Whilst sweating can be a turn on, persistent BO is a definite turn off! 

There you go, blokes. If you want to make yourself more attractive to women, drop the pick up lines and sexual innuendo, hit the gym and don a red shirt before you head out.

What women want is a man – not a(nother) child!

Can Anger Kill You?

Posted on 10 March 2015 | Comments Off

Depositphotos_21275329_xsA healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. In fact, well being is dictated by – and please excuse the airy fairy word – holistic health – which means your overall health: your mind and body; your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health. It also refers to the health of your relationships, your finances, your job, and your social life, amongst all the other things that happen in your life on a daily basis.

Whilst a good, strong, physically fit body is a definite benefit to your health and well being, and plays a significant role in your longevity, it is not the only factor.

There has been research recently that shows that being chronically stressed, angry, and/or anxious can have a significant impact on your heart health. There is evidence to suggest that up to two hours after a bout of intense anger, your risk of a heart attack is increased significantly. This appears to be the case, even if you are heart healthy, have no build-up or blockages in your arteries, and are fit and active.

Stress and anger release a range of hormones and chemicals that affect things like heart rate, blood flow, and the way your muscles function. Although research into how all of this can cause a heart attack is still new, and there is a lot more to be explored.

There is enough evidence, however, to suggest that the chance of having a heart attack under these circumstances is a factor – although they are not to be considered a cause.

Although physical activity, along with eating well, does assist in helping to manage stress and anger, it is not the panacea for it.

Keep up the activity – or start it if you haven’t already – to help the overall management of stress, and set about managing the circumstances that are causing you to be chronically stressed, anxious, or angry a lot. This may involve things like meditation, counselling, or group therapy. It may be seeing a financial counsellor, or speaking to your HR department at work about shifting some of your workload, or getting extra support for your role.

Laughter and having fun also makes a significant difference, so take any opportunity you can to just enjoy the moment and have a good laugh.

Just remember, that a healthy body, without a healthy, balanced mind, can kill you almost as easily as walking around with an unhealthy body can.

Birthday Coupons

Posted on 5 March 2015 | Comments Off

coupons_old__12887.1405412258.1280.1280 (1)Some birthdays are potentially so depressing the very best gift we give is a laugh. Birthday Coupons are exactly that, a chance to look at the lighter side of ageing. (And get a few digs in to the birthday bloke at the same time). These books of coupons are printed especially for those turning 40, 50 and 60, and there is also a book for those other birthdays, where the recipient is simply getting old!

Age is Irrelevant (Until You Hit 40) Coupons are for those just starting to feel their age. Many are still stunned they can’t drink without repercussions like they used to, and the grey hairs might be starting to outnumber the others. Their tired old egos need the privilege (one last time!) of having their ID checked at the bottle shop. They need reassurance, and a voucher, to allow them to wear the outdated, but comfortable shoes, and they need permission to snore the night away.

For those a bit older, How the Hell did 50 Happen? Coupons, and 60 and Still Rolling (Downhill Fast) coupons entitle the bearer to act their age, and gracefully, hilariously, begin the rites of passage reserved for elders.

For the in-between birthdays, or for those who no longer share (or know) their age, Getting Old Sucks (But it Beats the Alternative) Coupons entitle the bearer to a guilt free nap, or use of the phrase “Back in my day…” to name just two.

All the booklets are a convenient size to carry in a purse or wallet. The coupons can be torn out one at a time, or gifted as a complete 50 page booklet.

As our friends and relatives get older, it is not polite to laugh at them. Fortunately, with Birthday Coupons, you’ll be able to laugh with them!

“I Think I’m a Poof”

Posted on 2 March 2015 | Comments Off

poofHave you ever thought about how you would react if your daughter or son came to you with the intention to… “come out” to you? This probably is an uncomfortable topic for a lot of people out there, but just imagine it happened. How would you react? What would you say? Maybe every parent around the world should prepare for this moment. You don’t choose your sexual orientation – your children don’t get to choose theirs and every parent around the world may have to lead this conversation at some point. And if that moment comes, your children may be upset, scared, troubled and they will need you to tell them something to make them feel better.

Fortunately, you don’t have to find out what to tell them on your own. Maybe, if you start preparing now, you wouldn’t have to tell them anything at all and the whole thing would be much less tense and stressful. And one of the resources to help you prepare for it is the book ‘I Think I’m a Poof’ by the young Sydney-based queer writer and director Samuel Leighton-Dore, which was launched on 18 February 2015. The book is about the young boy Johnny who is troubled by the fact he might be a ‘poof’ and he comes out to his father. And the father reacts the proper way, telling him he doesn’t care and explaining why being homosexual is not a bad thing.

The book was funded with the help of Pozible – a platform for crowd funding, helping people to realise their projects. It is a children’s book written in rhyme and available to buy for $25 online from the website of the project. The main thing, however, is not buying the book – if you wanted, you could hear it read by three Australian dads whose sons came out of the closet on YouTube. What is more important is spreading the message ‘I Think I’m a Poof’ tries to convey. We live in a very important period of time. A time that may one day be known for some of the biggest achievements for the rights of the LGBTIQQA community. A time that saw Alan Turing pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II, 18 countries and most US states allowing same-sex marriage, and books like ‘I Think I’m a Poof’ being written and published.

For these three dads reading the book in the video, what they heard from their sons was not a surprise. Perhaps most parents of homosexuals know what they are going to hear long before the moment of “coming out”. The problem is, children don’t always know that parents know, that they will accept it and be okay with it; and that they will love them, no matter what. And these children have some really bad moments – being teased at school, teasing themselves, blaming themselves for who and what they are. But they don’t have to live through all that.

Your child may be homosexual or not, they may have felt it already or not. Just get the book, sit down and read it to them. If, at some point, it turns out that they can associate with little Johnny, they will know that they can depend on your support. If they are straight, they will see that there is nothing wrong in being “on the other side”. And when they get to know a different kid at school, they won’t call him a “fag”, as the book says, but will try to accept the difference. Because that’s how things should be.

“Even with the support of a loving family, coming out at sixteen was one of the hardest things I’ve done. And I can’t help but wonder whether I might have felt braver, sooner, should a book like this have come in to my possession back then,” says the author of ‘I Think I’m a Poof’. And now the “book like this” is out and available for everyone to read. Your children will be who they are no matter what, but this can certainly make life far easier for them.

What You Need To Know About Beer

Posted on 26 February 2015 | Comments Off

beer-422138_640Beer is, and has long been, established as the go to beverage. It is the one drink you can have to relax after a long day, to take to barbecues, to share with your mates, or catch up with a few colleagues to wind down after a long week at work.

It is the stalwart for any social gathering, TV sports watching, or just keeping cool on a stinking hot day.

It isn’t, however, simply “beer”. It is far more sophisticated and complex than that.

It is a highly drinkable substance that has been made since long before any recorded history. Possibly since the nomadic cavemen stopped wandering about and settled into one place so they could watch over and tend to their crops.

Four ingredients go into creating this delicious amber liquid; malt, hops (generally barley), yeast, and water. They are mixed in a barrel, where the yeast feasts upon the sugars in the malt and hops, causing it to let off a gas, CO2, which creates the bubbles, and alcohol.

A whole heap over other factors come into play here, including but not limited to how long it sits in the barrels to ferment, and they type of yeast used.

The upshot is, beer falls into one of two categories; they are either an ale or a lager.

Ales are darker in colour, are warm and complex, are flavoursome, with a strong, rich taste and accompanying aroma, and tend to be a little sweeter than lagers. They are perfect for chilly nights, steak dinners, and warming your soul. They can also be served at room temperature, although that may tend to be affected by where you live. A room temperature of 43° C may not make for a relaxing beer at the end of the day.

Lagers, on the other hand, are simple beings. Lighter in colour, flavour, and sweetness, they are cold, clean, crisp and refreshing. These are the perfect refresher for those hot days.

If you want to take it one step further, beers even have flavours!

Like wine with their lemony, peppery, berry, creamy essences, beer not only contains these elements (depending on the beer) but also falls into taste categories.

Beers can be:

  • Hoppy: possessing a bitter flavour
  • Floral: sweet, with notes of other flavours
  • Dry: no sweetness detected
  • Malted: the flavour of the malt is evident
  • Bready: a yeasty flavour, very much like the taste of bread

That’s just the basics of beer, and pretty much all you need to know.

Next time you head out, you’ll not only be able to select the right beer for the occasion, you’ll also be able to adequately choose the best beer to go with the meal you’ve ordered, and impress everyone with your knowledge.

Cheers!

The iRing For Your iPhone

Posted on 24 February 2015 | Comments Off

iringYou know those moments where you have your hands full, juggling your coffee, important documents, and you need your phone handy?

It’s either situated in your pants pocket, or you’re at great risk of dropping it, or worse, inadvertently deleting important apps, or you can’t easily get your hands on it.

This is where the iRing comes in. It is a detachable and reusable sticky ring that you can easily attach to the back of your iPhone so you can wear it, quite literally, as a ring.

Unlike most iPhone related products, this one can also be used for other smartphones, as well as tablets up to 6.8kg in weight.

iring 2Securely attached to your hand, you have immediate access to your phone at all times, without fear of the all-too-common dropping it and shattering the screen. Many of us have experienced the inconvenience of this mishap, and don’t wish it upon anyone.

The iRing is far more versatile than just keeping your phone permanently on hand (pardon the pun!). It also acts as a phone stand, placing your phone at a suitable angle for keeping an eye out for incoming messages or notifications, watching videos or playing games.

Your phone can also be set up in portrait or landscape mode, and is easily and readily adjusted.

An accompanying hook allows you to hook your phone, via the iRing, to any surface required so your phone is right where you need it, whenever you need it; in the car, in the kitchen, or just out of reach of the kids.

So versatile and handy is it that we couldn’t resist stocking them at Gifts for Blokes. They come in four colours (gold, silver, black and white) and are just a really useful gift for anyone; including your bloke … and yourself.

Get yours here – http://www.giftsforblokes.com.au/iring/.

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