Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

This post is sponsored by Target


Our first order of business today is to announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.

The winner had to be Harriet who confessed her worst gift-giving moment:

One year my uncle asked for fertiliser (he was getting into gardening). So, I bought it and I thought I wrapped it up quite beautifully. When we arrived at the family christmas party, his flight was delayed and he was extremely late. Everybody was asking what the horrible smell was in the big package in the corner! In hindsight.. Who really wants a bag of poo for christmas? Wish I thought of that at the time!

Oh dear! I’ll contact you with details on your prize, which you could use to make up to your uncle with a less smelly gift this year!


We’ve covered the ladies and fellas, now it’s time for gift ideas for the young people in your life, starting with tweens:

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

1. Hat  2. Watch  3. Gold flats  4. iPad cover  5. iPod cover  6. The Sims game  7. Cake decorating kit  8. The Hunger Games  9. Headphones  10. Speakers  11. String lights  12. Votive  13. Cushion  14. Skateboard  15. Sneakers 


And for the little ones…

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

16. Suitcase  17. Ride-on car  18. Paddling pool  19. Max Steel DVD  20. Up DVD  21. Uno game  22. Lego  23. Monsters plush toy  24. Play-Doh set  25. Planes toy  26. Roald Dahl collection  27. Nintendo kit  28. Little Big Planet game  29. Bubble lawn mower  30. Football


I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite budget-friendly gift giving ideas and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 9th December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.


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This post is sponsored by Target.

I lurve giving choosing the perfect gift for each of my family at Christmas. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t always match my enthusiasm.

But the good news is, it doesn’t have to! That’s why I’m happy to be presenting a special series of 30 gifts under $30 from Target. First up is gifts for the ladies – so have a look and you’ll find something for your mum, mother-in-law, sister and bestie.

Target 30 under $30 gifts for her

1. Bookends  2. Vase  3. Lamp  4. Plant  5. Tray  6. Makeup bag  7. Eyeshadow   8. Hair straightener  9. Sandals  10. Watch  11. Revenge Wears Prada  12.  Beach tote  13. Earbuds  14. iPod/iPhone armband  15. iPad cover


16. Sculpture   17. Black & white cushion  18. Textured cushion  19. Hourglass  20. Scarf  21. Hat  22. Ballet flats  23. Handbag  24. Coasters  25. Sandwich press  26. Champagne flutes  27. Serving bowls  28. Earrings  29. Bangles  30. Coin purse

GIVEAWAY – this giveaway is now closed

I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment with the worst present you’ve ever received and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 25th November and winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th November. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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gift card wrapping ideas
Gift card wrapping idea by So Shelli

I love choosing gifts for loved ones. But it can be tricky if your recipient:

  • struggles with clutter
  • has expressed desire to unclutter
  • lives far away from you
  • lives in a small space
  • is in a temporary living situation (eg dorm)
  • is moving soon or moves frequently
  • says they don’t need/want presents
  • is a person who ‘has everything’

I’ve had to buy for people in all of these situations (and am in a couple of them myself) so I thought I’d do a roundup of some no-clutter gift ideas to follow up from yesterday’s worst clutter gifts post.


Who wouldn’t want to be gifted a special night out?

  • Concerts
  • Movies
  • Theatre
  • Art exhibitions


Experiences make wonderful and memorable gifts. Great for kids who have more than enough toys!

  • Zoo trip
  • Golf session
  • Travel voucher
  • Wine tasting


A great option but you’ll have to be sure it’s something the recipient is interested in and that they have time for it.


Services can be some of the best uncluttered gifts. Choose from me-time treats or time-saving practical options, depending on what your recipient would appreciate most.

  • Hairdressing
  • Manicure / pedicure
  • Massage
  • House cleaning
  • Car washing


A homemade voucher is an especially good gift for new parents or if you are on a tight budget. I provided some meals to my friend after the birth of her first baby last year and she’s still talking about it as one of the most appreciated gifts.

  • Homemade meal
  • Babysitting
  • House cleaning
  • Car washing
  • Preparing taxes
  • House painting
  • Gardening


An oldie but a goodie. Make sure they’re nicer than your normal plonk or biccies they would buy for themselves.

  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Chocolates / sweets
  • Chutneys / jams / sauces

Digital media

Books, music and movies used to be some of the worst clutter offenders. Not anymore!

Charitable donation

A particularly good option if your recipient is known for their social conscience, is a bit older and ‘has everything’ or is experiencing a bereavement (as an alternative to flowers). The ones where you can sign up for a particular thing are good – a pair of slippers wouldn’t have meant much to my auntie but she was chuffed knowing that someone had been given the gift of sight in her name. Select a charity that resonates with the interests of your loved one. Here are a few:

Gift cards / cash

Obviously they could end up buying something ‘cluttery’ with it but the choice is theirs.

Tangible gifts

If you’re like me and prefer giving tangible gifts, there are still ways to keep it uncluttered.

  • To replace something else if you think they would appreciate it (eg a new lamp to replace a broken one, bonus points if it’s a versatile item that can replace more than one thing)
  • Something they need and would buy anyway, such as clothes (consider making it better quality than they would buy for themselves so it still feels special)
  • Something that will help get them organised (eg labels, scanner, calendar)
  • Chip in with others to purchase one more substantial or better quality item (give the newlyweds one kick-arse coffee machine instead of 20 platters)
  • Flowers!

So, what do you think? Anything you’d add to the list?

What are your favourite uncluttered gifts to give and receive?

P.S. Happy birthday to The Man!! The last year of our twenties and I’m sure it’ll be a good one. xxoo

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This post is sponsored by Target.

Ching He Huang dishes Target

Plain white servingware is versatile and classic of course. But you know I’m a colour girl (and am partial to themed meals) so when I saw the Ching He Huang home decor range at Target I knew it was going to be a new essential in my kitchen collection.

The bowl with bamboo tongs is going to be really versatile for stirfries, noodles, veggies and salads, but my fave item is the soy sauce jug. I’ve decided that I need to set up permanent stash of sauces and oils beside the stove just so I can have it on display all the time.

I can feel a Chinese dinner party in my fortunes.

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I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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Since I discovered the work of Penelope and Pip last year, I’ve been blown away time after time with everything that they produce. Artist Rachael Smith creates the most adorable illustrations on everything from cards to cushions (although the art prints are my faves), not to mention she is totally killing it on the DIY blog scene. Rachael was kind enough to design an exclusive new free printable wrapping paper just for Atypical Type A readers! What do you think guys, totally gorge, right?  – Alicia

Christmas gift wrap

One of the best parts of Christmas for us over at Penelope and Pip is the chance to create some cute wrapping paper.

When Alicia asked us to join in the fun over here at Atypical Type A while she was away, we knew just what we wanted to share!

Gift wrap can be so expensive and it’s lovely to have something different to the usual Santas and reindeer.

We’ve made a cute little wrapping paper just for you here at Atypical Type A that is full of birds and trees and some geometric shapes too.

Christmas gift wrap

You can download the paper here.

Pop over to our blog for lots more ideas on how to make your Christmas a Happy and Handmade.

We hope you enjoy wrapping all your goodies for Christmas!

(And we hope you’re having a fab holiday Alicia!).

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About the guest poster:

Rachael is an illustrator from Brisbane and the creator of the whimsical world of Penelope and Pip. She makes art prints and pretty paper goods and blogs daily about her art, craft and design inspirations at Penelope and Pip Handmade.

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I’m not a fan of giving money as gifts, but sometimes I know it’s what the recipient really wants so I’ll relent.

Honestly I feel a bit ripped off if I don’t get the chance to select a thoughtful gift and wrap it beautifully. This fun idea from the gorgeous Eden at Sugar & Charm at least takes care of the second part of that.

Head over there to see her tips.

Australian readers should note that the polymer notes won’t roll nicely like the paper bills so try using ribbons or small elastics to tie them up. It also could get expensive here where the smallest note is $5!

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I apologise for the title. I really do. Hearing people say ‘totes’ is like nails on a blackboard for me.

In this case, however, I am taking about actual totes.

Camera totes to be precise.

Jo Totes camera bag

(Apologies for the horrid grainy photos – I obviously had to dust off the ol’ point and shoot to take these photos.)

I’m not sure if I’ve even told you this but The Man and I are heading off overseas for five weeks this summer (HOORAY!).

I love travel photography, but I’m a bit of a princess and find all the paraphenalia frankly a bit annoying. I have a second lens but I never use it because I hate lugging it around, so I take the compact camera bag instead of the bigger one with room for the extra lens (then I’ll be taking a snap and go ‘Ugh, I wish I had my telephoto with me’). I also find it inconvenient to carry around a camera bag as well as a backpack or handbag.

Plus – you know me – I’m all about the functional but there’s no reason why it can’t look good too!

Jo Totes camera bag

Enter Jo Totes.

I had been coveting this baby for awhile now so I was very excited to unwrap it on my birthday recently (thanks to my parents and in-laws).

I looove how I can fit my camera and spare lens(es) all safe and sound between the padded dividers and there’s still room for my wallet/sunnies/cardi/whatever. There’s even a secret pocket at the back for my iPad as well as pockets at the front for the usual out-and-about essentials. I also like how it doesn’t scream ‘I AM A TOURIST AND I AM CARRYING LOTS OF VALUABLE EQUIPMENT’.

OK now I just sound like an ad I know, but seriously Betsy is going to be my new best travel buddy. The Man also gave me an iPad camera connector so I will be able to upload photos on the go.

Now I’m all set for blogging anywhere in the world!

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Akimbo - How Do I Love Thee tags 2

Have you got an anniversary coming up (especially anniversary which is paper), or perhaps even planning to pop the big question to your other half?

You will love these darling little tags that say ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…’ from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous poem.

Akimbo - How Do I Love Thee tags 1

Get the free download and instructions over on Polka Dot Bride today.

Photography by Love Joy Faith
Concept & styling by Alanna Lock for White Room Events

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To be honest I’ve never given a second thought to Christmas stockings, but these unique stockings made from sewing patterns are enough to make me wish I had a mantlepiece.

On the other hand (foot?) if Santa has long since forgotten about you and you don’t actually need stockings anymore, how about getting a bit more abstract awesome and opt for vintage wooden sock lasts?

Both from Country Living.

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Are you on Made It yet? It’s like Etsy but based in Australia so us locals don’t have to wait for a month or more for our order to arrive (but there is still international shipping for our overseas friends).

Go and have a window shop today and while you’re there, stop by Akimbo’s shop.

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