Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One stop Christmas shopping for people who are either efficient or lazy (with bonus free festive stuff)

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Everyone has that one person who is hard to buy for. Just so we're clear, this is not me. I love everything and am always easy to buy for. Probably because I get excited over a box of chocolates or a cheap bottle of wine. Tell me it was on special when you bought it and I'll be even happier. BARGAINS!

The someone in this house who is hard to buy for is MapGuy. He's geeky and in to maps so I once considered buying him a GPS, but then I looked at them and my mind boggles with all the different types and features. Because he's so damn polite he'd open the crappy model I got and say it was awesome and just pretend for years that it was, all the while it only contained maps of London or some shit. Asking him kinda takes away the surprise so anything tech is out of the question.

But HUZZAH, I am totally going to the Myer Giftorium this year for his present!

I was lucky enough to head to the media launch a few weeks ago and was so impressed (and not just by the dessert buffet but OMG THE DESSERT BUFFET!). It's a one stop shop, for sure. Ideal for people who don't have hours to walk around entire shopping centres, who don't feel like dragging kids with them or for those, like me, are inherently lazy. Plus, ahem, they will be having these Treat Streets at stores too. You know, in case you feel like wrapping your taste buds around this. See, even the elves are excited:


Anywho, back to the details. There are twelve themes, and yes they're a bit stereotyped, but it does cover a whole lot of people and all budgets from the "ugh I can't believe I got that dickhead as Kris Kringle" to "I'm willing to go in to debt to show how much I love this person":
  • Dapper Dad
  • Miracle Mum
  • Glamour Gran (Grandpa gets left out, sorry)
  • Trendy Young Things
  • Kids Cubby
  • Food Fanatic
  • Stocking Fillers
  • Techno Freak
  • Fashionista
  • Globe Trotter
  • Paws Corner
  • Hop, Skip, Juice 
It's all arranged so you can easily navigate around and find something awesome. I loved that the kid's section had so many interactive toys - magic kits, make your own cape, gardening kits and the like, Gifts that will be more than just a once-play thing.

One of the coolest things is that from November 8th all stores will have a heap of free activities for young and old - face painting, tree decoration and table dressing demonstrations, book readings, cosmetic workshops and the like. Plus select stores will have demonstrations from major brands like SodaStream, Dilmah, Marvin's Magic and more. It was such a theatrical feel at the launch and that's exactly what it is going to be like on weekends and special days at the stores. They do fancy stuff like this all over the world but never before in Australia where it actually becomes a little Christmas carnival.

If you still don't have a clue what to buy, you can get a free consultation with a Giftician who can help you out. This is ideal for me. See previous note about being lazy.

I'll be using the online Santaland booking form because lining up with two kids for ever to see a guy in a red suit is not high on my priority list. Plus the longer we line up, the more Tricks will talk himself out of it. I need to get in and get out. Army precision. GO GO GO!

I think we'll be hanging out at Myer a bit over the next few weeks to get in to the Christmas spirit. Also, free stuff. But good will to all, and yaddah yaddah yaddah too, yeah? *coughtreatstreetcough*

We were told we'd get a little gift bag for coming along and I just imagined it would be something little. But hoooooly shizenhowzer, we got spoiled. I have wanted a SodaStream since I was six. Seriously. This is dream come true stuff!

Special thanks to Kids Business and Myer for such a great event.

Who is your hard to buy for person?

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