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How To Chill Your Drink Fast

Posted on 30 October 2014 | No responses

Imagine the following situation: you are having a bloke’s night and you run out of beer. A volunteer is urgently sent to the local store and gets back with an ample amount of beer which is…warm! Does this means that you need to pause everything and wait for hours for the beer to chill? In a less technologically-advanced world – yes, but now we have the technology to help you chill your beer instantly and keep having fun!

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The Beer Chill Sticks are an amazing invention aiming to help blokes all over Australia and the world cope with their beer issues. Their simple and effective design (basically a stainless steel stick ending with a mouth piece) makes it’s use as simple as child’s play. Just make sure you put the stick in the freezer two hours before your beer is required. Then, when you feel the need for cold beer (and have only a warm one), take a stick out of the freezer, put it in the beer and drink through the mouth piece. It’s that simple and you will instantly feel the cold blessing filling your mouth. It is important to know that the Beer Chill Sticks can be used for a variety of other drinks – for example, we tested it on a local cider and it was chilled to the perfect temperature in seconds.

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If you are more of a wine fan, you don’t have to worry at all. At Gifts For Blokes, we are always trying to satisfy the needs of all blokes out there. Bearing this in mind, what you need is our Wine Chill Stick which will make your wine cold in an instant. The Wine Chill Stick consist of two parts – a stainless steel stick and an acrylic pourer spout. Just remove the spout, put the stick in the freezer for two hours, take it out, put the spout back, put the whole thing in the wine, pour through the spout and enjoy your cold drink!

If you are a bloke, the Beer Chill Sticks and the Wine Chill Sticks are a great solution for your bloke gatherings. If you are the girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, aunt, or friend of a bloke who hates having his drinks cold and always forgets to chill them, you have found the perfect gift! The Beer/Wine Chill Sticks can save you further efforts of looking for Christmas, birthday, anniversary or any other present – just get your bloke a couple of sticks and he will be as happy as can be.

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If you want to make the gift for your bloke even more special, you can combine the Chill Sticks with another of our products. For wine drinkers, the Cork Wine Rack is great, and beer fans may enjoy the Beer Buyers Guide for Australia & New Zealand – it has 258 pages giving all the information every bloke should know about beer and some of our customers have taken to consider it their personal Beer Bible. Enjoy shopping and don’t forget that orders over $140 get free shipping to any point in Australia!

Becoming A Patient Bloke

Posted on 28 October 2014 | No responses

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We all know that guy who flies off the handle when presented with a mild inconvenience. His kids are afraid to talk to him, his wife walks on eggshells, and everyone, basically, wishes he would chill out and stop being such a jerk. Nobody, not even that guy, wants to be that guy. But, if we are being really honest, from time to time, most of us are no different.

Occasionally, we all find ourselves in situations that are hard to deal with. If you ever notice that your fists and jaw are clenched, you are breathing shallower than usual and are feeling anxious or irritated, there is a good chance you are seconds away from making a snap decision or rude remark. This is understandable. It’s a pretty normal reaction, designed to change whatever it is that has you feeling so uncomfortable both physically and mentally. But, it is not all that likely to change things for the better.

If you can take a few slow, deep breaths and remind yourself that whatever you are presented with is not the end of the world (no matter what it is!) you will find yourself halfway to a more positive outcome. By slowing down, and taking the time to truly listen to others, you will likely find your personal interactions more positive and productive.

It’s also handy to acknowledge that sometimes you just need a “time out”. Thirst or hunger can trigger impatience, so knowing when to take a snack break can save some slammed doors and hurt feelings. And sometimes distraction and a bit of laughter is the best approach. Books like “I See Stupid People” are worth their weight in gold at times like these.

Fortunately, we all have some control over how much patience we bring to any situation. With practice we can have immense control over our own minds. By training to keep our cool despite circumstances (which we cannot always control), we can lead happier lives, have better relationships with our loved ones and have a better chance of being talked about nicely behind our backs The biggest step is  identifying when we are stressed and admitting that we can do something about it.

Commencing Christmas Countdown

Posted on 23 October 2014 | Comments Off

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Look, we don’t want to freak you out or anything, we just want to let you know that there are only 9 Fridays left until Christmas.

Nine!

Plenty of time, right?

ARGH!

Thankfully, Gifts For Blokes has you covered for Christmas pressies for all the blokes in your life that you need to purchase gifts for.

You can even get your bloke sorted by gathering all he needs for the blokes in his life this Christmas.

If you’re really not sure where to start with it all, well, we’d suggest starting with a list of all the blokes who need a gift this festive season; husbands, brothers, dads, granddads, work colleagues and whomever else needs a gift this festive season.

Once you have your list, check out the Top Ten Gifts For Blokes for some ideas. It’s a great place to start, particularly if you’re a little overwhelmed or not sure what to buy.

From there, you’re covered. There are books for blokes who like to read, and vintage, retro, and remote control automobilia for the blokes who like cars.

Get him what he needs for his bar and his beer, games and puzzles to keep his mind active, or something for his desk at work; perhaps a photo frame or a Doctor Who Desktop Dalek Patrol to protect his work space.

There are clocks, socks and jocks and everything you need for the blokes in your life.

If you’re involved in a Kris Kringle, whether it’s for extended family or for the workplace, there are Kris Kringle gifts for blokes at under $20 each.

There is something for every bloke you need to buy for this Christmas. Start your shopping now and get your bloke’s gifts out of the way. You’ll also have them delivered well in time for Christmas.

Celebrate Your Age

Posted on 21 October 2014 | Comments Off

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40 is the new 30.  50 is the new 40.  60 is the new 50.  And so on.  Therefore celebrate your age, rejoice in it and shout it from the rooftops if necessary.  Hitting these age milestones should be just as exhilarating as turning 21 – even more so.  If we only knew then what we know now, right?.  I for one would much rather be my current age rather than 20 all over again.

Our “And Proud Of Itrange of books are fun gifts for those milestone birthdays:  40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.  They are packed with celebratory quotations to keep you smiling, regardless of how painful it may be for you to embrace.

“It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso

“Happy twentieth anniversary of your thirtieth birthday.” – Anonymous

“There was a star danced and under that I was born.” – William Shakespeare

“Getting older is no problem.  You just have to live long enough.”- Groucho Marx

You shouldn’t worry about getting older after all you aren’t the only one that’s doing it.  It may be unchartered territory but you just need to take each day in your stride.  After all being 49 and 364 days is not much different from being 50.

And to ease the pain a little bit more, here are some great things about getting old:

- senior discounts;

- you stop caring about what others think;

- you can dress for comfort;

- retirement; and

- you can appreciate all that you have, and more.

So this year, order the biggest cake and place every one of those 50, 60 or 70 candles on top.  Then enjoy eating those pieces – because let’s face it – you do deserve it.

Do Blokes Feel More Pain Than Women?

Posted on 16 October 2014 | Comments Off

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This was a question which prompted the MythBusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, to run a test where men and women had to plunge their arms in ice cold water until it became unbearable.  Did you see the episode I am referring to?

The results?  Women endured the cold icy water on average 16.1 seconds longer than men.  Of particular interest, the women who had given birth without painkillers outdid all the other groups supporting the myth about pain threshold increasing effects of giving birth.

So what can we assume from this – women are tougher?  Possibly!

On top of that, a Californian study which was carried out on men and women determined that women feel pain more intensely than men.

So not only can they tolerate pain more they also feel it more?  Now I’m really confused!

Hormones may go so far to explain some of the differences in the testing – estrogen in women can help soften the activity of pain receptions, enabling them to tolerate more pain than men.  On the downside of course, less estrogen periods mean a higher sensitivity to pain.

However in another study from the Leeds University, they claim that men can tolerate more pain and are less likely to let on that they are in pain due to wanting to appear macho.  But this study totally conflicts with the MythBusters experiment where women were clearly the overall winners.

Maybe it was something to do with the type of pain?  The Leeds University experiment used two pain-inducing procedures – being jabbed in the hand with a 1cm blunt tip and holding their hand above their head while restricting blood flow with a cuff.  Maybe men are more tolerable to that kind of pain and women possibly can handle icy cold water better than their male counterparts?

My question now is we will we ever know the truth?

The Cafe Racer Range

Posted on 14 October 2014 | Comments Off

cafe racerSome blokes are tough to buy gifts for, but the Cafe Racer range is designed to stand up to some tough treatment, and will bring a smile to the face of even the toughest guy.

Many bike fanatics will be aware of the Cafe Racers of the 1960s, who revved their stripped down bikes up and down the streets of London, racing between cafes and service stops, displaying an unmistakable rock ‘n’ roll attitude. The Cafe Racer range of gifts brings a bit of that back, and into your bloke’s workshop today.

Cafe Racer Enamel Workshop Mugs come in white, with either blue or black designs featuring pictures of bikes and parts, as well as racing numbers. These sturdy mugs are heavy to hold, and can stand a beating, making them perfect for the garage or workshop. For the travelling bloke, there is the Tin Travel Mug, which is actually made of stainless steel. It packs up small for touring, but pulls out to a useful size, and stands up to some tough treatment as well.

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When it’s time to come in from the workshop, too much time can be spent trying to get cleaned up. Unless,of course, you have the right tools for the job. In the case of the bloke who transforms into a bit of a grease-monkey, he’s going to need some heavy-duty soap, and Cafe Racer makes the biggest bars of the strongest stuff which is bound to do the job in record time. It contains bamboo charcoal and a menthol scent, so you know it’s going to work and leave him smelling clean too.

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Just because he’s a toughie doesn’t mean he won’t appreciate a thoughtful gift. Have a look at the Cafe Racer gifts on offer and you might just find a winner.

 

Bring Out The Inner Caveman

Posted on 9 October 2014 | Comments Off

caveman_bottle_opener_2__38894.1410933605.1280.1280If you asked modern day women they would agree that remnants of the caveman or troglodyte still exist.  In fact they might even tell you that men are only one beer away from reconnecting with their inner caveman.  Give them a big piece of steak and the similarities are even more abundant.

That is why our Caveman Bottle Opener is proving to be so successful.  While we don’t recommend teeth to open a bottle for fear of chipping the pearly whites, the ancient stone tool was made just for this purpose.  And to suit the caveman intellect, this tool is very easy to use.  No instructions necessary!

Even in 2014, the difference between men and women has never been so abundant – women are still the gatherers (hence their love of shopping) and men are still the hunters (give them a remote control and see them in action).  Women are the collaboraters – they shop in pairs and men are the negotiators – you do it, I brought the beer!

You’ve heard the old joke, men have feelings too – yes they often feel hungry, thirsty or tired.  The gender gap is still maintained even 100,000 years later.  The simple club may have been replaced by the mobile phone but their basic instincts still remain.  And chest beating still occurs on the odd occasion – have you seen them after their favourite sports team has a win?

So caveman, embrace your Neanderthal genes, sit back and enjoy your beer.  Your hunting days are numbered!

Power On Tap

Posted on 7 October 2014 | Comments Off

solar_torch_4__25119_1405413635_1280_1280We all know that men are really great for some things, and they absolutely love taking charge in certain circumstances.  For instance, when the power goes out, they like to step up, take control and ensure the safety and security of their families.

This is why they’d love to get hold of this extremely handy, capable of multitasking Solar Dynamo LED Torch; not merely a torch for when the power goes out, it also acts as a radio and mobile phone charger.

Who says blokes can’t multitask!

It does require five minutes of man power to manually crank it to power it up. From there it will provide approximately ten minutes of low volume radio play, on AM, FM and three, short-wave frequencies, and two hours of flashlight use.

It features a glow in the dark locator and a 5VDC USB 2.0 port for recharging the mobile phone, which makes it perfect to take camping, fishing or extreme sporting, and provides great peace of mind in case of emergency.

For blokes who are stuck at home however, there is still a need for accessible and portable power. In which case, the Portable Powerbank may be more their thing.  Highly portable and with a massive 5000mAh capacity, with outputs up to 2A, it allows for the charging of two devices at the same time, so he’ll never be left incommunicado. Including connectors for Apple, micro USB, and mini USB, it is capable to charge all major brands via USB.  Being roughly the same size as popular smart phones/iPhones, blokes can take it with them wherever they go.

Now the blokes have no excuse for getting lost and not being in touch. It is, quite literally, power on tap.

One Man’s Health Crusade

Posted on 1 October 2014 | Comments Off

men's healthProstate cancer is really funny.

Okay, no it’s not. In fact, it’s not a laughing matter at all. Of considerable concern is the number of men who succumb to this disease when it could easily be addressed if caught early. This, of course, requires men to go and visit their GP for checkups more often, and to definitely chat to their doctor if they notice anything unusual about their prostates.

Being a very serious issue has not stopped long time playwright, Alan Hopgood, from turning his experience with prostate cancer into a comedy.

A comedy about men’s health, intimacy and cancer.

Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.

The comedy isn’t just for entertainment. It has a message about men’s health in general and raising awareness of a number of health issues significant to men, encouraging them to take them more seriously and go and get them checked out before they become debilitating or even terminal.

Covering such topics as Alzheimer’s disease, geriatric sex, and diabetes, Alan has been on a crusade to raise awareness of such issues through a series of plays he’s written since the early 2000s.

Whilst loading them with humour, he also includes a large dose of warmth and compassion in his plays.

It is not surprising really, then, that he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his commitment and contribution to men’s health.

There’s a good chance he’s also made a considerable difference to a large number of individuals within the community.

 

 

Man Up – Men’s Health

Posted on 23 September 2014 | Comments Off

Here at Gifts for Blokes, we think blokes are a pretty awesome species.

But you know where they fall short of the mark? When it comes to their own health.

Blokes will happily pull a piece of machinery – any piece of machinery; a toaster, a coffee machine, a watch and, most commonly, their car – to see how it works and how they can fix it. They will go out of their way to ensure things are in good running order.

Take the car analogy again. Whether it’s a classic, or a brand new acquisition, regular tunings, touch ups and top ups will occur.

Their bodies?

Nuh uh.

Heading off to the GP for a regular check up is a great idea. Go for the full body look-over; the external and the internal. Check for moles, spots and other, potentially dangerous sun and exposure damage, test your heart and lungs and get your prostate looked at.

Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killer of men. A cancer that, if detected early, can be treated before it leads to a life of treatments, pain and horrible experiences, or before it kills you.

The prostate being in a somewhat unspeakable area, it is kind of understandable that men don’t like to walk up to another bloke and say “Hey, check this out? Do you think I should go to my GP about it?”

Prostate cancer survivor, Carl Nielsen is taking his story, and a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to speak up and go for checkups on the road, in a 5,000km trip around Queensland.

He’s not walking – because that would be silly. Instead, he’s taking the trip in his lovely blue 1924 Dodge. (http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/09/12/4086377.htm)

Open the bonnet of a car and you can open the minds and mouths of blokes the country over.

To learn more and to Man Up, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ManUpQLD

Or just got get a bloody check up!

 

 

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