*I received product or press releases from various businesses in order to complete this gift guide. I believe in the products that have been included and all reviews are my own. I also received product in order to conduct a giveaway.*
Whether we like it or not, no amount of kicking and screaming changes the fact that it’s getting close to Christmas. Every year I tell myself that I will buy things through the year so that I don’t have to do the last minute scrabble and every year I don’t do it!
This year though I wanted to be different for my Christmas gift buying because I’m sick of the same old stuff that the department stores have been bringing out year after year. So without further ado, I bring you the Musings of the Misguided Christmas Gift Guide! I also have a giveaway of a few of the products featured in this Christmas Gift Guide. The giveaway is open to Australian residents only sorry!
NOT ALL OF THE PRODUCTS IN THIS GIFT GUIDE ARE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY. THE GIVEAWAY ONLY INCLUDES THE PRODUCTS LISTED IN THE APPLICATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
Musings of the Misguided Christmas Gift Guide!
For the adults:
The man box
Do you have a man in your life who is impossible to buy for? Are they the man who has everything or just isn’t into anything. I do! That’s where the man box comes in. There are 10 boxes to choose from – Beire Man, Fisher Man, Metro Man, Sports Man, BBQ Man, Golf Man and Jalapeno Man – so you’re sure to find something for the man in your life! Prices start at just $75 plus shipping and can be delivered to all capital cities and most regional areas. Head to The Man Box website for more details.
JOYA Massage Roller Classic
The Joya Massage Roller is a small hand-held massage roller which allows quick relief for those tired and aching muscles. Boasting a concept never seen before, the JOYA works on rotating crystal spheres that allow easy self or partner massages. The crystals balance the energy, meaning less hand strain for the person giving the massage. The JOYA is available for purchase through their website from $79 (price includes JOYA Massage Roller Classic and 1 Crystal)
Summer TABLE Cookbook
Summer TABLE is a world first interactive cookbook to solve the dinner dilemma, offering fast, delicious and healthy recipes for every night of summer. Every recipe is accompanied with a QR code – a quick scan will automatically generate a shopping list on your mobile phone, making summer meals times a breeze. Summer Table is available Independent Bookstores or online. The RRP is $34.95.
If you are a regular on the blog then you’ll know that I have reviewed this great product before. For those new here, Para’kito is a eco-friendly mosquito repellant device that was developed in France. Comprising of a unique blend of oils proven to repel mosquitoes, which are infused into a small pellet. The pellet can then be used with the Para’kito wristband or clip. The clips and bands, including 2 pellets are available for RRP $24.95 which last up to 30 days. Refill packs of 2 pellets can also be purchased for RRP $15.95. I also have some sample packs up for giveaway so be sure to enter via the widget at the bottom of the post.
Plox portable phone/tablet chargers
The Plox portable chargers allow you to charge your Apple or Android product on the go. These are perfect for holidays when you aren’t always able to get to a power point, especially on long days that are spent sight seeing. These chargers are available in a range of colours and can fully charge your Apple or Android product 2-4 times before the Plox charger needs to be recharged itself. I was sent a hot pink 6000 Power Box (RRP $77) which has a built in lightning cable, a usb port and a lightning cable to recharge the box. A single recharge of the Plox takes 7-8 hours, it was then able to charge my phone twice (a Samsung which can be connected via the usb port) and Mr 5’s Ipod 3 times before running flat. It only took 2-3 hours to charge my phone and that was with me using it while it was charging. The Plox phone/tablet chargers are available for purchase online through their website.
Bosch DIY Power Tools
Bosch have released a new range of power tools which are perfect for people who love to build small projects. Each power tool uses the Bosch Lithium-Ion battery technology and with 7 tools available there is sure to be one to suit your DIY projects this summer. With each tool being lightweight, it means that anyone, from the beginner to the more experienced DIYer can produce projects with a professional finish. Head to the Bosch Do It website for more information and inspiration for your latest DIY project. Paul and I made this using the Drill (RRP $149), Paint Sprayer (RRP $139), Multi-tool (RRP $119) and Sander (RRP $119).
Middletree Home Fragrance:
Middletree’s range of candles, melts and reed diffusers, is the idea gift for the friend who deserves something for “me time”. Available for purchase online from www.middletree.com.au their popular Frankincense and Myrrh is an enchanting aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, spice, patchouli and sandalwood. All of their candles are hand poured and crafted in Australia, made with 100% premium soy wax and use lead free wicks. Melts start from $12.95
Herbie’s Spices fills a need in the community of cooks and food lovers for one central place to access all those hard-to-find herbs and spices. Their Christmas Feast Spice Kit is perfect for creating nibbles and drinks over the festive period and is the ideal gift to give to host or hostess to say “thanks for a great Christmas”.
The Market Basket Co.
The Market Basket Co. is a french inspired, moroccan made basket company. This Christmas The Market Basket Co. has brought out a pastel range, with a variety of sizes, styles and pricing options to suit everyone. Their #1 pick for Christmas 2014 is the “Laura” basket in Raspberry RRP $59.00. The full range can be viewed at www.themarketbasketco.com.au
For the kids
Kimochis Nesting Heart
The Kimochis brand of toys are used to teach children about emotion. The newest character to join the gang is the Nesting Heart. The Nesting Heart comprises of two velvety hearts, a smaller one that nestles into the larger palm sized ‘holding’ heart. This great toy allows children to feel close to loved ones by creating heartfelt connections during separation. The child takes the smaller heart, while leaving behind the larger holding heart. These are great for kids who are just starting school, daycare, FIFO workers, relatives who don’t live close, hospitalised children and school camp. The Nesting Heart is available for $24.95, click here for stockists. You can also check them out on Facebook to see what adventures the Kimochis are up to! I also have 1 Nesting Heart to giveaway to a lucky reader so be sure to enter via the widget below.
Kids Bedroom Accessories
Fantastic Furniture have a great range of affordable kids bedroom decor including canvas prints, cushions and lamps. Prices start from a low $8! Check the website for more details.
The SwimFin is the only swimming aid you will need for your kids this summer. Endorsed in Australia and New Zealand by Olympic Gold Medalist Libby Trickett, SwimFin is a self-adjusting swimming aid which is suitable for children aged 2 and up. The Wiggles have also jumped on board with SwimFin and have created a series of water safety videos and a catchy song ‘Swim life a fish’. The SwimFin is available for RRP $39.95 online. I also have 1 SwimFin available for giveaway to one lucky reader so be sure to enter using the widget at the bottom of the post.
Hi-5 Big Adventures DVD
Hi-5 have released their newest DVD and it’s jam packed full of adventures. Stevie, Lauren, Dayen, Ainsley and Mary are having adventures around the world, from the Penguins to African Safaris. Hi-5 combines song and dance with educational material to help make learning fun for kids of all ages. Big Adventures is available from Big W, JB Hi Fi and all major retailers for a low price of $16.95. I have 2 Hi-5 merchandise packs to giveaway so be sure to enter using the widget at the bottom of this post.
Planet Eco Gardening Kits
The lovely people at Planet-Eco have created a range of gardening kits that help kids grow their own little gardens. We’ve planted a veggie patch this year and Mr 5 absolutely loves picking the veggies, watering them and watching them grow. Planet-Eco have 4 kids available – Flower Patch Kit, Tea Patch Kit, Veggie Patch Kit and Herb Patch Kid – there’s sure to be something for everyone. Each kit includes seeds, bamboo plant tags, 18 bio degradable coconut coir eco-pots and a plant-eco growing guide to show you the best time to plant your seeds. I have a Herb Patch Kit up for grabs for one lucky reader so be sure to enter via the widget at the bottom of this post.
Funky Elephant Play Box
Do you want to do activities with your kids that are both educational and fun? Then Funky Elephant is the product for you! The Funky Elephant is a subscription based product that delivers a trunk full of activities each month. Each trunk is gender-friendly and designed for 3-7 years old. The Funky Elephant ships nation-wide and is available online for a low $24.95. I have 1 Funky Elephant Trunk to giveaway to one lucky reader, be sure to enter via the widget at the bottom of this post.
Zak! Australia Plasticware
One of my favourite things about starting a new year at school is getting a lunch box. Zak! Australia has a great range available at Target including Frozen, Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse, TMNT, Spiderman, Disney Princesses and Planes: Fire and Rescue. They’ve also launched a new range in time for Back to School which includes Doc McStuffins, Frozen, Minions, Monster High, TMNT and Transformers. Zak! started in the US in 1976 and launched in Australia 10 years ago. With prices starting at a low $2 it’s easy to see why Zak! Australia sells over 5 million products per year!
Autobahn and Train Track Tape
This product is perfect for those who have have kids who absolutely love train tracks and cars but don’t have the room to have tracks set up. Or if you are like me, you’re sick of tripping over the things every time you walk into their room! Each roll has 33m of either train tracks or road and it’s small enough to fit in your bag so they can be taken on holidays too! The road and train track are available online for $21.95 + delivery. I have two packs consisting of one road track and one train track to giveaway so be sure to enter the giveaway via the app below.
BabyButton Hero Cape
If you have a superhero mad fan in your house then this is the present for you! The BabyButton Hero cape has your child’s initial embroidered onto it. You can choose from a range of colours for the cape too so there is sure to be a cape to fit everyone. To order you just need to pick a colour, select the letter for your cape and then the size. Due to each cape being custom made, please allow at least 10 days for your product to arrive. You can order your very own superhero cape online for $24.96 + delivery.
For the pets
Guide Dogs Hamper
Do you have a fur baby, who you love just as much as your kids? Want to buy a present that will help a great charity? Then Guide Dogs Hampers are the perfect present for you. Not only will your pooch reap the rewards of a basket jam packed with goodies, but you’ll be raising funds for Guide Dogs Victoria. You can order your hamper online for $29.95.
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Terms and Conditions
- The competition is open to Australian Residents Only.
- The competition starts at 5am on the 21st day of November in the year 2014 and ends at Midnight on the 28th of November in the year 2014. Entries received after this date will not be eligible.
- In order for the entry to be valid the question ‘If money was no object what would you buy yourself for Christmas’ must be answered. The competition is a game of skill.
- All decisions are final and no discussion will be entered once the winners have been announced.
- There is a total of 9 prizes and each entrant is only eligible to win one prize.
- One entry per household, duplicate entries will be removed.
- The winners have 48 hours to respond to email correspondence before another winner is chosen.
I would honesytly bite the bullet and buy those plane tickets to Japan. I’ve been wanting to go since I was 15, and haven’t yet made it happen 🙁 I could fly jetstar, or go on that airline that serves Hello Kitty bento on the plane…..
I’d like the Elephant trunk
I would buy myself a cleaner once a week!!
I would love the swim fin but they are all great prizes!!
Great gift ideas Tegan.
If money was no object I would you buy myself…. wow that is a hard one! I would buy myself GOOD HEALTH for Christmas. Does it count if you can’t actually buy it?? As for which prize I would prefer I can’t choose between the Hi-5 Prize Pack and the Autobahn and Train Track Tape Prize Pack! You are full of hard questions today 🙂
I would buy myself a holiday to France. It has been on my to-do-list forever, and hopefully I’ll get there one day.
I would LOVE the Bosch DIY Power Tools, so I can have a set to rival my hubby’s tools.
Thanks for this, one of those massage roller thingies sounds perfect for Willie so that’s one problem solved!
I’d love to win a nesting heart for Mercedes, she has really bad separation anxiety and it’s such a lovely concept.
If money was no object at all, the Christmas present I’d buy myself would be a house with a ginormous yard so we could foster a billionty and four dogs. Plus I’d put in a cat enclosure so I could foster kittens again as well. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for a while.
I’d love the eco kit for growing herbs, if I were to win! Not sure if I’d keep it for myself or give it to the nephew ’cause he’s got keen on growing things lately.
And finally, thank you for doing this! <3
If money were no object I would buy a new caravan and car.
As boring as it sounds I would buy myself a larger desk so I could be more productive in my organised chaos and a weekly delivery of flowers to be house for a year so every week something beautiful arrives – JUST FOR ME!
I would love to win the Planet Eco gardening Kit.
I would buy myself a private jet and designer handbags so I can travel in style
Hi-5 merchandise please
Quite simply: marbles. As I tend to lose mine at this time of year!!! 😉
But seriously, a tropical holiday would be lovely.
And I’d love the power tools (as my hubby got his car broken into and over $800 of tools were taken, and no insurance to cover it!)
I’d buy an ice cream maker attachment for my kitchen aid! But those Parakito bands look awesome, would be perfect for my little girl who has an allergic reaction every time she is bitten.
If money was no object, my Christmas to me (and the family) would be a cruise. No cooking, no cleaning, the kids have facilities designated just for them to have a great time which would let me and Hubby just relax together and enjoy our time with each other, and with the kids when they want to be with us. Most of the pressure of a holiday is in the chores that travel with you, so thats my dream!
I love the Autobahn and Train Track Tape, I’ve had my eye on them for aaaages!
We have a JOYA massager and it’s brilliant!! 🙂
OMG! I love that Man Box Idea. LOVE IT!
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
I would by a restaurant – such a dream of mine!! and the MAN BOX may put me in the good books for a while!!
I would love the Bosch DIY Power Tools thank you.
I’d buy myself an eco-friendly house. (Along with a housekeeper/cook to keep the house & myself in good shape.)
If money was no issue… A new, single storey house with a backyard that had plenty of shade, a real laundry, a kitchen with bench space and working appliances.
I forgot to comment about preferences… Probably the funky elephant play box or the para’kito. Ta
If money was no issue I would buy a big beautiful house for me and my kids , Would love the train track pack plz 🙂 Ty
If money mattered not……..I’d buy me a luxury camper trailer with all the trimmings!! After I get my hair done at an awesomely expensive and fantastic salon.
Omgosh……the swimfin!!!!! What a beauty of a product, I have never seen it before!!! Or the planet Eco herb kit! Although all are awesome prizes <3
I would buy a voucher for my local sewing store to have my sewing machine and overlocker serviced (nearly $300 to have them both done EEK!) and then I would buy myself some sewing lessons as I am self taught and think I could pick up a few handy tips to get me even further than where I am.
I would love the Funky Elephant Play Box
I’d hire a chef to prepare for a Christmas feast for my family so I could have more time to play with kids.
I’d love to win SwimFin. Thanks 🙂
If money was no issue I’d buy Kylie Minogue tickets for Christmas this year for DH, I’d buy new bikes for the kids and I’d buy a personal trainer for me 🙂
Love the gift guide ideas! I would love to win either the autobahn and track tape or the Para’kito mozzie band please.
If money was no object, I would pull every single piece of clothing from my wardrobe and shoes, donate them and start my wardrobe over again…and with quality garments. I’ve never been able to afford ‘labels’ and so this is what I’d spoil myself with. ..it’d make me feel a million bucks I reckon.
i would buy a house of our own as we are having issues with drunk/high/violent tenants and a car, because we’ve been car-less since march and it’s very frustrating to rely on pt – sometimes it can take 2 hours to get somewhere for a half hour appointment, and then the same again getting home.
i’d like the herb patch eco garden kit if i won.
I would love to buy my own theme park, so I can have fun everyday. I’d let my inner child run wild
Hi-5 merchandise or Autobahn and Train Track Tape please
I’d like the man box (but we’re already discussed I’m a man) and the track tape – how cool! (because I’m apparently 10 too)
If money was no object I would buy my dream home as I’m renting and really want to be a homeowner!
My prize preference is either the Bosch DIY Kit for hubby or the JOYA Massage Roller Classic for all the aches and pains in my back. 🙂
I’d buy myself a lifetime of weekly housecleans!
I am OVER it 🙂
Oh, and forgot to say Autobahn train track packs
I would buy myself a Plane ticket to New Orleans and I would love a Nesting heart
I’d buy my own plane. How wonderful would it be not to have to wait around at airports and be able to fly anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat, in comfort and style.
I would love the swim fin.
A family trip to Disneyland would be my dream Christmas Present!
I’d buy my dad a ticket to Europe with me and watch with great enjoyment him experience the world and see that there is life after losing your loved one.
I love the Bosch power tools for him otherwise!
I would buy myself a new home so we can finally stop renting!
Would love the Plant Eco Gardening Kits!
I would love the nesting heart, its such a great idea.
If money was no object Id find cures for all the illnesses that need money to research.
I’d buy myself a new home so I don’t have to pay rent and therefore cut down on work so I could spend more time on uni, or a new thermomix so I could focus more on creating healthy foods to improve my health. Or both. 🙂
I’d like the children’s train tracks tape as a gift for my one year old nephew.
If money was no option I’d want a pool! Although I’d have to buy a new house so I had a backyard big enough to put it in 🙁
I’d love the Kimochi nesting heart or the autobahn and train tape.
A gorgeous man slave, at my beck and call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He could do all the things that hubby hates to do, like the lawns and weeding, and all those other things he does but not for long enough…….and no not that haha, things like rubbing my feet for endless hours, or never ending shoulder rubs, the one’s that just get good and hubby starts to fall asleep because he’s tired from work! Oooh and he’d love to brush and play with my hair.
Prefer the Autobahn please 🙂
I would buy myself a tropical island with a huge beach house and a boat. The house would be fully furnished and the boat would have all the accessories lol i wish! Id love to win the swimfin or the track tape for my son. He would love either
My son still uses the swimfin! thank you so much! :)))
If money was no object I’d buy myself a new pc, sadly too many games and programs need a better computer then I have to even be installed!!
I’d love to win the Plox portable phone/tablet chargers
Well I want to have a thermomix if money was not the criteria . Another gift that even money can not buy is ” non stop 8 hours good night sleep” as christmas present .My son has severe eczema problem and is very restless at night – so i also can not sleep at night..
I would love to win Autobahn and Train Track Tape …
I’d buy a round the world trip for the whole family. I love this quote: “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”
I’d love the Bosch DIY Power Tools.
I would splurge out and get a whole lot of things for the nursery my hubby and me are doing up !!
Also the prize i would like to win is the Middletree Home Fragrance:
A ticket round the world, to explore
Jewels and cars and more.
If money was no object, yes
in style and the best 🙂
I’d love the Kimochi nesting heart thank you
The best present for Christmas for me would to be able to feed the homeless on Christmas day…go around and give gifts, share some joy and let them know that someone cares…
Any of the prizes will be fine…many thanks 🙂
A red ferrari!! or two 🙂
I would be happy with any prize thanks .
If money was no object then a complete makeover, boobs put back where they belong, hips reduced to manageable proportions, and wrinkles stretched so tight if you pinch my cheeks they stretch like a rubber band.
Plant Eco Herb Gardening kit
I would by myself a new car, my old one is falling apart!
I’d like to win the funky elephant play box 🙂
I’d buy myself a first class trip around the world. What an experience that would be!!
My ideal prize would be the Bosch DIY Power Tools – I am getting into DIY around the house and these would be a huge help!
I’d buy myself weekly massages and facials and an appointment with a stylist to help me buy a whole new amazing wardrobe! I’d like to win the Power tools, I need to become a master of the cordless drill!
Just realised the power tools aren’t a prize, I’d love the Funky Elephant Play Box, it sounds fun!
A present that makes all 365 days be Christmas, save for the cooking, cleaning and more annoying relatives.
The Man Box please.
Would love a thermomix, keeping hearing about how amazing they are,but cannot see me getting one any time soon.
I would love a Thermo mix!
SUMMER TABLE COOKBOOK please 🙂
How good does that Man Box look?!? Does it come with a free babysitter?
I’d buy a personal assistant to help me with all the organising and admin involved with running a family and household and to assist me technologically with my blog!
I’d love the Planet Eco Herb Patch Gardening Kit.
I’d buy a new house for my parents. And I’d use the gardening kits to start a garden for them. 🙂
I’d request a personal concert with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen! Some quality time with my idol of 30 years really appeals to me!
(Funky Elephant Play Box preferred please!)
I’d love to take my daughter to Fiji. Dan and I had such a lovely time there for our honeymoon. Thank goodness for chrisco having the all inclusive deal last year or else I doubt we could have gone anywhere.
The nesting heart seems like such a beautiful idea <3
If money was no issue,
I’d make my dreams come true,
and buy myself a block of land,
or maybe even two!
It must have a fresh running stream,
the greenest grass you’ve ever seen,
the richest of soil for my plants to grow,
and enough room for all the strays I bring home.
I really don’t wish for much,
just my own place to fill with love!!
The herb patch kit would be my pick if I won,
to satisfy my kiddies little green thumbs!
ohh the man box please
I would buy myself a baby sitter for the night so my hubby and I could spend a little time together
I would love to see the Christmas markets in Europe
Hi-5 pack would be great
If money was no object I would buy a house so my hard working husband could retire from work
would love the Planet Eco Herb Patch Gardening Kit
if money was no object I would buy a house so my husband could retire