November 02, 2014

Gifting All The Way

Christmas season is upon us once again. Don't try to ignore it. It's already November and the days won't stop ticking along just because you're not ready. I don't really exchange Christmas gifts with many people but I really do enjoy the process of finding just the right gift for a person and being creative and imaginative with it. Last year I was completely surprised with a Christmas gift from someone I hadn't expected to receive a gift from and of course I had nothing to give in return. I understand that the concept of presents comes with no expectations or obligations and are given unconditionally, but if someone gives me a gift I of course want to give one back. It had to happen as well that the unexpected gift was given to me on Christmas Eve which left no time to find a suitable gift to give in return before Christmas and really, who wants to spend the last frantic hours before Christmas trying their luck in the department stores? Using this as my excuse it bought me some time to think up the perfect gift and I spent the next few days after Christmas getting together all the bits and pieces. To be honest, I was pretty damn impressed with my efficiency. However, had Myer's Giftorium been around I probably could have got myself sorted with that gift on Christmas Eve with enough time left to put together a batch of chilled egg nog.

Launching on November 8, the Giftorium is like having Santa's workshop at your nearest Myer store. Taking the frustration out of Christmas gift shopping, Myer has already hand picked the perfect present for any and every body in your life. With twelve different Christmas themes such as Dapper Dad, Miracle Mum and Food Fanatic, it's sure to make shopping easier for you so that you can kick your feet up a lot sooner with that glass of egg nog.

I was invited to the media launch event organized by Myer a couple weeks ago introducing this new shopping concept and got to have a special preview of what the Giftorium is all about. I enjoyed myself just as much during the event as I did browsing through the Giftorium. I brought my little cousin along with me as the organizers welcomed us to bring children, if we had them, and I don't so I borrowed her for the day. With face painters and balloon artists on hand, she had a great time being made over as a tiger while enjoying the delicious dessert buffet.

The selection of gifts under the twelve different themes cover all budgets and there's enough variety to suit just about anyone. One thing that I found really special was the R&A Leather Gift Monogram Station. This monogram service is available with any of the leather goods in the range and something like that really adds a nice touch, especially when it's a gift.

Every Myer store in Australia will have a Giftorium and each store will also host a range of activities in the lead up to Christmas. Something new which has never been offered by Myer before is their Same Day Elf Delivery service which sees your gift delivered within a 2km radius of the CBD by a fleet of uniformed elves! How cute is that?! I want to use that service just to have something delivered to me by elves!

Myer was also very generous in gifting me with my own Sodastream system, which looks to be one of the must-have products of the coming season, and I also received a Kambrook Blitz2Go blender which is such a handy item to have in my kitchen! My smoothie making in the morning is so quick and easy now. Both products are available in the Giftorium and they're definitely worth checking out. I've seen quite a few people make really interesting drinks with their Sodastream and for someone who enjoys sparkling water it eliminates the need to keep stocking up on the bottled variety.

I'm a huge advocate for anything that makes life that little bit easier and the Giftorium definitely does that. In addition to the great selection of gifts, all the little extra services and perks make the entire experience much more enjoyable. Be sure to visit your nearest Myer Giftorium, and give Santa a kiss for me.

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