Girls’ day out – Myer giveaway

‘Mummy!’ shrieked Miss Four in excitement.

‘Look at the floor.

‘It’s sparkling!’

We were standing in a dirty old lift at Central Station when Miss Four made her dramatic announcement.

I looked down to see that the floor had in fact been made with a shimmery material.

The lift looked like a haven for germ and disease to me, but through her eyes it was a thing of beauty.

We were on our way home after a glorious girls’ day out – a blissful day where I had the chance to see life and the magic of Christmas through Miss Four’s eyes.

Myer had invited us to the media launch of their Giftorium, an Australian retail first aimed at bringing fun and theatre to Christmas shopping in the form of a one-stop destination for all Christmas gift giving needs.

I took the invitation as the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with Miss Four and catch a train into ‘Brisbane City’ where I work.

Miss Four hadn’t been on a train since she was a baby, so this was very much a big adventure for her.

As we sat down on the train she gripped my hand, concerned about how fast we were travelling.

A quarter of the way through, she began to enjoy herself.

She gave the commuters a running commentary of each station advising them of when we were speeding up and slowing down. Her excitement peaked when we reached one of our local hangouts.

‘Is this the REAL South Bank, Mummy?’ she asked incredulously.

When we hopped off at Central, she was amazed at the size of the buildings.

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‘Is this Brisbane City, Mummy?’ she asked looking to the sky.

‘Yes, this is the city,’ I replied.

‘Is this Brisbane City, Mummy?’ she repeated.

Nearly every step we took she pointed out something new – things that I rarely notice when I’m caught up in the hustle and bustle.

‘Mummy!’ she cried tugging on my hand.

‘Look at that beautiful wall.’

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High above us was the facade of the Wintergarden building, a beautiful piece of art that I rarely notice, but something she spotted straight away.

When you’re a child, everything seems so big, beautiful and amazing.

It was an awesome feeling witnessing her excitement over little things and sharing with her part of my world that she never sees.

When we finally made it to Myer, it was my chance to feel like a kid in a candy store.

Giftorium is amazing. It is an entire floor filled with the finest and coolest selection of gifts, magic, in-store demonstrations, gift-wrapping and more.

Myer has done their darnedest to make Christmas shopping a stress-free and FUN event this year.

Available in all 67 stores across the country, Giftorium is divided into the ’12 themes of Christmas’. From Miracle Mum to Techno Freak, there is something for everyone.

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If you have trouble finding the perfect gift, all you need to do is hit up one of Myer’s trained Gifticians for advice or a Productician to demonstrate how a particular product works.

There is also a gift registry, a shop and drop parcel service, and get this, if you live or work within a 2km radius of the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth stores, you can have your gifts delivered by elves!

Myer really put on a show for us last Friday.

There were candy canes and giant presents walking around, face painting, balloon makers, staff dancing with ribbons on sticks and magic tricks to entertain the kids.

It took Miss Four just under 30 seconds to sniff out the Frozen merch, where she found an amazing Queen Elsa musical snow wand.

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We spent close to three hours scoping out everything on offer. I also took the opportunity to chat to blogging buddies old and new with Bec from The Plumbette becoming Miss Four’s new hero after she and her daughter rescued Miss Four’s helium balloon from the ceiling.

You would think Miss Four would be tired after such a big morning, but she was as high as a kite on Wizz Fizz and the sheer excitement of it all. I decided to make the most of her good mood and continue our adventure into work.

Miss Four did Myer proud spruiking the Giftorium to my workmates. She was like a junior Jennifer Hawkins telling everyone how amazing Myer is.

‘What about David Jones?’ one of my colleagues asked.

‘Have you been there?’

‘No, just Myer,’ replied my Little Miss Myer as if she was an old pro at all things ‘Brisbane City’ now.

Miss Four having a chat with the Myer Store Manager

Miss Four having a chat with the Myer Store Manager

The grand opening of Myer’s Giftorium and launch of a ream of fun activities kicks off on 8 November.Β Giftorium is also available online now.

Thank you, Myer and Kids business for a wonderful experience.

In the spirit of Christmas, I’m offering one lucky reader a $50 Myer Gift card.

This competition has now closed. Congratulations Michelle V.

All you need to do is visit the Giftorium website and tell me in the comments below which of the 12 themes of Christmas you’ll be heading to first and why.

Terms and Conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

– Closing date for entries is 5pm, Tuesday 28 October.

– If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

– Entries will be judged on creativity and originality.

I was gifted a SodaStream, gift bag and a $50 voucher as part of this experience.

Linking up with Jess for IBOT.

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77 comments on Girls’ day out – Myer giveaway

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    October 21, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

    I should say Globetrotter, but I’ll say Glamour Gran (Gran & Grandad) because I want that Vintage Phone…(which that voucher would pay for, hint, hint)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Well if you be good, you never know what Santa will bring lol πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      They have such a great selection in that section. I’ve had my eye on that too!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

      It really was, Jodi. It was a great bonding experience for my little girl and me πŸ™‚

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  2. Tonia Zemek
    October 21, 2014 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    Tell Miss 4 – SNAP! I love that wall in that mall too. How lovely to see your city through her eyes. Lovely post, thanks for sharing it with us.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      It really is beautiful. I’ll take more notice of it from now on.

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  3. cara hewitt
    October 21, 2014 at 7:57 am (3 years ago)

    Defs straight to Dapper Dad. After a long year of hard work and time away from us, including missing out on Ethan’s 2nd birthday, I’d love to spoil hubby with something super stylish!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

      That is very sad missing out on Ethan’s second birthday πŸ™ Some spoilage is definitely required.

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  4. Jade
    October 21, 2014 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    Kids Cubby is first on my list – why? Because I am a sucker when it comes to buying stuff for my daughter.

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  5. Emma Fahy Davis
    October 21, 2014 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

    How cool are those Soda Streams?! We had an old one back in the day but these are super funky! If I won the gift voucher, I’d have to say I’d spend it in the Globetrotter section as Maya cast her eye on a very funky yellow travel case on Friday and has decided that’s what she wants for Christmas.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

      Ooh that does sound funky. And yes, the sodastreams are very cool. I feel very thankful to have received one.

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  6. Hugzilla
    October 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Bahahhahhhaha! That looks like so much fun. They’ve done really great with this promo, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers sharing their experience.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

      I know. They’ve obviously put a lot of thought into the campaign and it’s pulled off.

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  7. EssentiallyJess
    October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I was so envious seeing all the pics the other day! I would check out the techno Freak. Because I am a techno geek.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

      I wish you could have experienced it, Jess. It was pretty cool.

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  8. Kathy
    October 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m going to say Hop, Skip, Juice – because you know I’m now a yoga teacher, having taught my first class last night (two weeks to go of training). Oh, wait – Christmas is for giving things to other people rather than shopping for yourself! Well Hubby needs the Homedics neck massager, of course he does, and hubby’s are notoriously hard to buy for as we all know. And as I sit here typing I could really just use a Homedics neck massager ($49.95) from all this typing and social media sharing about how wonderful Myer Giftorium is (even though no invitation to launch event was forthcoming) and how much I love Christmas. And while I was sharing all that Christmas cheer and Myer love I could just try out the Homedics neck massager just to make sure it is the right gift for hubby.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:06 am (3 years ago)

      Lol, Kathy. Yes, we really must test these things out to make sure they are the perfect gift πŸ™‚ I want a homedics neck massager too now πŸ™‚

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  9. Denise
    October 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh that looks like a lot of fun (love the pic of your shadows!). It would have to be Kids Cubby because my son is going to be 20 months this Christmas and he might start to catch on to a bit of the excitement. That’s enough excuse for me to go crazy on the presents πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Oh yes, he will definitely be able to get into the spirit. He might even like a photo with Santa??!!

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  10. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    October 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Was great to see you guys on Friday. I think I’m going to have to make an extra trip back into the city to check it all out again because from everyone’s photos it seems there were some things I missed.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

      I can’t wait to check it out again either. I think I got a little over stimulated and missed a few things and of course spent a lot of time in the toy section with little miss.

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  11. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I must make more of an effort to get my kids on trains and buses, it’s the smallest things they love the most. I’m glad you had a special day out, so nice of you because you could have easily just gone solo – well done super mumma! Em – also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      It really is the simple things, Em. Our next adventure will be on a bus. She can’t wait πŸ™‚ Will have to include Miss Two this time too of course x

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  12. Bec @ The Plumbette
    October 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Awesome post Renee! You are such a great writer! So good to experience it all together. Miss 4 is gorgeous and I should take the girls on a train again. They notice and enjoy the simplest things don’t they?

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:10 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Bec πŸ™‚ Yes, I was amazed at how much she loved the train trip. She didn’t stop chatting the whole way!

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  13. Tegan
    October 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I have loved reading everyone’s posts on the Myer Giftatorium. I would grab something from the Stocking Filler section. I noticed they have a lot of great games and I would love to start a board game collection for Mr 5!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

      Great idea. We’ve just started our board game collection here. Your Mr Five might also be interested in the magic games. They had some great things there for little magicians.

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  14. Jen
    October 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Awesome read Renee – you’ve got such a talent for contagious enthusiasm! Am thinking this giftorium concept could be a god send…

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jen! Yes, it’s definitely going to make a difference to my christmas shopping this year πŸ™‚

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  15. Kirsten and co.
    October 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    It was lovely catching up with you at the event and your daughter was adorable! Sounds like she had such a wonderful time!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

      It was lovely seeing you too, Kirsten and seeing a friendly face when we arrived. She had an absolute ball. I think she’ll be talking about it for weeks.

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  16. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    October 22, 2014 at 5:28 am (3 years ago)

    What a great time you both had! It’s very true, our kids really notice so many things we simply take for granted. It was lovely to see you both x

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  17. Mummy, Wife, Me
    October 22, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

    It was lovely to see you and the boys too, Lauren. A fun day out πŸ™‚

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  18. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    October 22, 2014 at 7:07 am (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous day with a lovely little lady! The Giftorium is such a brilliant idea! PS – I loved your Tokito dress – totally want one for myself!!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Lucy, I saw a whole heap of Tokito dresses on sale today for $50. Run, I tell you, run!

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  19. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    Renee, I can almost feel your little possum’s excitement through the screen! This is a fabulous promotion, and I’ve loved seeing it all on IG.
    How lovely that she appreciated the architecture that we just take for granted x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa. It was a special day. She’s still talking about it!

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  20. DruimΓ©@SnippetsandSpirits
    October 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Ahh will you stop you always make me smile and almost weep with your description of her sweet innocent excitement. Sounds like some gorgeous one on one time for you both.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that’s a lovely compliment. Thank you!

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  21. Michelle V
    October 24, 2014 at 5:16 am (3 years ago)

    Dapper Dad to cheer up my man
    You see, he needs as much cheering up as he can
    His car was broken into, some meanie broke the rules
    Took all his possessions, including his tools
    They were worth a fortune, now nothing’s left
    He’s been so miserable since the theft
    This would hopefully make him smile
    And take his mind off all of that for a while!

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  22. Mummy, Wife, Me
    October 24, 2014 at 5:19 am (3 years ago)

    Oh your poor man, Michelle. That is not good at all πŸ™ He’s definitely in some need of cheering up.

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  23. Cate
    October 25, 2014 at 7:57 am (3 years ago)

    I’d be going to Stocking Fillers first. Such fun, affordable presents and perfect for Kris Kringles! Who doesn’t need a telescopic back scratcher for under $3?

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  24. laura powers
    October 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Dapper Dad for my hubby I always have no idea what to get him and end up buying him rubbish he doesn’t want or need!

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  25. christina
    October 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Trendy new things.. its the things trending in fashion, its something everyone wants

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  26. Kylie Bowers
    October 27, 2014 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    I would head straight to the stocking fillers, perfect for the whole family or as a last minute gift for someone!

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  27. Kelly Ryan
    October 27, 2014 at 9:30 am (3 years ago)

    What a hard choice! Being the mum I am though I wouldn’t be able to resist checking out the Kids Cubby first since buying for children is such fun!

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  28. Sharon Markwell
    October 27, 2014 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

    First stop will be Paws Corner as my soul mate and love of my life, Poppy, deserves pampering big time. She never whinges either!

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  29. Kirsten W
    October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    As an engineer by day and Mum by night,
    The Techno Freak suits me just right!

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  30. Louise
    October 27, 2014 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    Kids Cubby would be first on my list especially loving the Pink Poppy Carnival Dress very gorgeous for my princess neice

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  31. Nicole M
    October 27, 2014 at 10:57 am (3 years ago)

    I’d head straight for the ‘Globe Trotter’ section – hopefully hubby buys me an airline ticket to go with my new accessories!

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  32. Nicola James
    October 27, 2014 at 11:37 am (3 years ago)

    The Globetrotter department, I really want one of the Crumpler Rolling Tote, the hardest bit will be picking the perfect colour to reflect me!

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  33. Stephanie Compton
    October 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ll be heading to “Trendy Young Things” to get surprises for my lovely teenage daughter! I’m already mentally buying her the Miss Shop Mini Nails and the Tube Dress! Can’t go wrong with Myers!

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  34. karina lee
    October 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Food Fanatic. I need to learn how to bake so I can make some awesome desserts for our Christmas lunch. To start, I need to buy myself a nice big red KitchenAid!

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  35. Diana
    October 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Techno Freak, for those things people want but never tend to buy for themselves. Will make for many happy recipients this Christmas πŸ™‚

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  36. DIANA O
    October 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

    FOOD FANATIC – we all have to eat, so can’t go wrong heading here first.

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  37. Fiona Charlton
    October 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm (3 years ago)

    MIRACLE MUM – with the silly season fast approaching, I’m going to need a miracle or two! πŸ™‚

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  38. Aleisha D
    October 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Stocking Fillers – I LOVE making the kids feel awesome with everything cute and quirky! This theme is the shizz.

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  39. Alison Apps
    October 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    My teenage sons are ” trendy young things” that swallow all my money within half a breath so our first stop is the hop,skip and juice……a little present for me as well. Yay yay

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  40. Helen Gray
    October 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Techno Freak and I would grab myself SEGA
    Classic Mega Drive – White and play Sonic the hedgehog

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  41. tizzerina
    October 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    The stocking fillers! I always have trouble finding them, now I have checked out the giftorium, im all sorted πŸ™‚ hope your christmas is great!

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  42. Belinda B
    October 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Straight to Globe Trotter…as a busy Mum of 5 is it selfish to want a little getaway just for hubby and me? I’ve decided no, I’m going for it and the AMERICAN TOURISTER Dee-Lite Spinnercase means I’ll be I’ll be travelling in style!

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  43. Helen W
    October 28, 2014 at 1:12 am (3 years ago)

    I’m heading straight to the loot for grandies! My mother in law is just amazing (I know, how lucky am I?!) and deserves treats. Since my son was born, she stopped working so she could be available to have play dates with him while I had uni commitments (I was enrolled in a Masters program when I fell pregnant). Since then I’ve graduated with amazing marks, an amazing sense of achievement, and an even more amazing offer of a PhD position. She is over the moon about all the time she is yet to enjoy with her grandson. I can’t believe how supportive she is of my ambition and career opportunities. So I’d take my son to the Royal Doulton aroma reeds and let him pick which is his favourite scent, and that can be his present to a very special nana.

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  44. Laura Scriven
    October 28, 2014 at 7:01 am (3 years ago)

    Hop, Skip, Juice for healthy living for us all,
    So they grown up strong and tall!
    A juicer for tasty ideas,
    In hot weather, it’ll be great – cheers!

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  45. Leanne White
    October 28, 2014 at 8:38 am (3 years ago)

    Stocking fillers…
    This my absolute favourite part of Christmas. The sneaking around and the hiding of everything. I always feel I’m on some sort of secret mission when on this particular mission.

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  46. Helena Leung
    October 28, 2014 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

    Definitely FOOD FANATIC, because EVERYONE benefits from good food, not just the fanatic!

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  47. Kasey Ball
    October 28, 2014 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

    I’ll be heading to stocking fillers – we are hosting christmas this year for the first time, so that’s twelve stockings to fill. Joy of a big family eh?

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  48. Charlotte Scotton
    October 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    M iracle mum would be my first stop,
    I n search of the perfect place to shop;
    R eally, my mum is a miracle-maker
    A nyone raising my brother must be a mover & shaker!
    C leaning, cooking, organising, mum gets it done
    L eaving plenty of time for just having fun!
    E ndlessly patient, kind and lovely,

    M um deserves the best gift under the tree!
    U nder two months left to find just the thing,
    M yer will be my first stop for Christmas shopping!

    Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚ can’t wait to check out the gorgeous Giftorium!

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  49. cassidy logue
    October 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Dapper Dad. My husband has been away with the Navy for over 6 months and my kids and I would love to spoil him when he gets back.

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  50. Mikaela C
    October 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Food Fanatic,because if it involves anything with food I’m there!

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  51. Lynne Lillington
    October 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Dapper Dad , he said he’s enough of socks and jocks, and asked us to surprise him with a original and different present.

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  52. Annie
    October 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Straight to Food Fanatic because I have DE LONGHI-ng to FIND WONDERFUL culinary inspired presents for my budding MasterChefs!

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  53. Kasey E
    October 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm (3 years ago)

    ‘Miracle Mum’ section as I need to find something for xmas for my mum!

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  54. salvatore
    October 29, 2014 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    Techno Freak here. would love some of their gadgets πŸ™‚

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  55. jody buhagiar
    October 29, 2014 at 11:45 am (3 years ago)

    Well I think Im a miracle mum and I would like the help with the kitchenaid!! Might give a hint to Santa .

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