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Gifts for him

18 December 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

I'm all ears

Image sources: Toiletries bag from Fossil, Wallet from Politix, Garmin GPS System from Dicksmith.

Ah, dudes, tell me: is it that weird Y chromosome that renders you almost impossible to buy for? Is it your location within the cosmos (Mars, apparently) versus ours (the green-eyed Venus) that’s a distance too far to overcome and visit, presents in hand? Or is it because you never really say that you want anything – nothing that could be wrapped and under the tree, at least: only speedboat-bat-cars, villas in Tuscany and dates with Scarlett Johansson. Sigh.

So, seeing as the last time I checked, hybrid car-boats with untold superpowers were unavailable to purchase at Myer Forrest Chase and ScarJo has a thing for pretentious dickbags with mean eyes, I’ve read between the lines to find a selection of gifts from this world that will keep most any man happy on Christmas day.

I'm all ears

Image sources: Versace Glasses from Sunglass Hut, Sodastream fizz machine from Myer, Nike Frees from
The Athlete's Foot.

  1. Does the dude in question seem to spend more time in the air than he does on land? It’s probably about time he had a decent, not-inherited-from-Malaysian-Airlines toiletries bag to take along: a lovely leather one with a strong zip and seams that won’t explode should just about do the trick.
  2. Politix has come to the fore with a wallet that could only be described as sheer, unadulterated genius: ONE WITH A ZIP UP BIT FOR COINS. I don’t know where the myth that men don’t need a place to put coins has come from, but I’m glad to have righted this wrong for you.
  3. For gents on the road loathe to ask directions lest they get their license to be a man revoked, the Garmin GPS system just might keep your relationship intact.
  4. For the stylish, these Versace glasses are just about the best man-glasses I’ve seen in a while – they remind me a lot of vintage 70s Persol, and are quite a lot like the ones Adrien Brody wears in Darjeeling Limited (which are the holy grail of sunglasses).
  5. If your man likes to play bartender (or just muck about in the kitchen in general), lucky you! Also, the Soda Stream is a fantastic toy with plenty of cocktail potential.
  6. Last but not least, athletic types will fall in absolute love with the Nike Frees – THE sneaker of the year, they’ve sold out consistently everywhere because it not only looks fantastic, but it is the product of about 8 years of research by Nike to essentially mimic a barefoot run, helping the muscles in the foot to gain strength.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Myer, Politix, Special Occasion

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Jacket racket

16 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Jacket racket

Image sources: Dax, $359.10 from Politix; Ben Sherman Harrington jacket, $139.95 from Myer; All weather trucker, $219.95 from Levis.

Men of the world: we (women of the world) are sorry for raiding your winter wardrobe, leaving you cold, shivering and alone as the rain pours on your window. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s just an indisputable fact that your jumpers, for whatever reason, are ALWAYS warmer than ours. Likewise, your tracksuit pants seem to have both thermal and cuddle properties that ours do not. For the decades of stealing, I apologise. And I can only proffer one nugget of guidance: buy more jackets. Because while any woman who gets near you will probably try to take that from you as well, the stiff tailoring of a jacket will always make it’s way back to you. It’s much harder for us to make some comically oversized coat work in any other circumstance than a walk to the car after dinner. We don’t particularly want your leather jacket for slobbing around in about the house. And while the boyfriend-style blazer might be a strong point in women’s fashion at the moment, actual boyfriend blazers with the long arms and the boxy shape: much less so. Plus, a man always looks handsome in a jacket – something evolutionary to do with arms and shoulders and looking warm, so really, it’s sort of a win-win scenario here… are you sure you don’t want to be thanking me? You’re welcome.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Politix, Trends

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Maketh-ing the man

22 February 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Maketh-ing the man

Image source: Watch from Fossil, Wallet from Myer, Shoes from Politix

Twain reckons clothes make the man, and some guy called William of Wykeham said manners maketh them, and while I'm loathe to disagree with a 1300s scholar or America's most beloved author, I've got to say that I believe accessories maketh men. Why? It's all in the details: a guy with great accessories is more likely to have a discerning eye - basically; it's a great taste indicator. Maybe it's more commentary on my upbringing, but a childhood surrounded by finicky dudes in Italian leather has always left me judging men by their shoes. And for guys, accessories are largely articles you can hold onto for years, so it's worth investing in something worthwhile.

Wallet

Hey Costanza, your wallet should not appear to be a pocket-sized tumour. Simplify, go for a leather bi-fold and don't carry everything you've ever owned in it unless you've got a girlfriend to carry it in her purse for you.

Watch

Every dude has heard about the importance of a nice watch or two – having written a fair bit about luxury watches in my time (heh), I can confirm that the industry is mind-boggling. Niche sports star endorsed, diamond encrusted bezels, sapphire glass faced – the choices are epic. But to boil it down, men should have at least two watches: one dress for fanciness, one casual for everyday wear. Depending on your penchant for Kanye-West style bling, a dress watch should be streamlined, slim and with an elegant, less complicated face. Your casual watch can be the crazy chunky one that tells you stuff you don't need to know, like how far you are above sealevel or whatever.

Shoes

Now, I know you've all got dress shoes – boring or not, they're probably OK. But are you still wearing trainers with your jeans? Unless you're Jerry Seinfeld, stop that! Get yourself a clean pair of canvas laceups, some boat shoes or a moccasin. Please do not wear socks with your moccasins.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Politix, Trends

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Gift Guide: The one you love

09 December 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Whether it's a new, blossoming romance and you're eager to prove how deep and creative your love is, or it's a tale as old as time where you're just trying to avoid death stares, buying presents for your significant other can prove significantly difficult. Everything else aside, expressing some form of love via gift is pretty complex - and that's essentially what a Christmas gift is. My top tips for making your loved one feel it include keeping your ears to the ground –*listen* as they inevitably drop hints about what they'd like; don't buy them a gift similar to any you've bought them recently (especially if you're in a new relationship, that sort of thing just screams "unimaginative everywhere and I mean *everywhere*"); and NEVER give cash or gift cards. Ever. EVER.


Womenfolk


Gift Guide: The one you love

Image source: Bendon Yvette bra, $39.95, from Myer, Stella Mini stainless steel watch in rose, $159, from Fossil, Prada sunglasses, $400 from Sunglass Hut

Lingerie might be a bit of a classic, but it is for a reason - it's that intimate lacy thing women rarely buy for themselves. Do not go into the store and try to estimate your girlfriend's size, check in her knicker drawer first. And always err on the small side for size - nobody likes to be told they have a big butt, not even at chistmas. If your lady is a fashion fiend, she'll love a rose gold man-style watch (hottest hue, hottest style – trust me) and it's a great jewellery alternative. Otherwise? Say it with Prada.


Male-types


Gift Guide: The one you love

Image source: Alpha jacket, $299, from Politix, Moshi Moshi Pop Retro Phone, $49.95, from Myer, Alessi Proust Parrot Corkscrew, $99.00, from Myer

Does your guy fancy himself a snappy dresser? He'll go all Don Draper (hopefully without the misogyny) for this retro piped blazer. Otherwise, toys. For the tech-loving nostalgia fan, how about an outrageously oversized mobile phone handset? And wine connoisseurs should have beautiful barware (and it doesn't get much more beautiful than Alessi).

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fossil, Myer, Politix

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