Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sponsored Post: Giftmas at Target

So it's that time of year again, when thoughts turn to gift giving. In our house we celebrate "Giftmas" - a season of generosity, giving, largesse and all that's good in the human spirit. We give our time, our attention, our love, and we also give presents. We also try extra hard at this time of year to appreciate the good things we've got, remembering that this can be a particularly difficult time of year for people who are doing it tough. 
Some people are doing Christmas, others Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Yule & Solstice celebrations.. whatever your beliefs it's a time of year where (hopefully) your thoughts turn to your nearest and dearest and the passing of another year.

We keep gifts to a minimum, feeling that a small number of well chosen items is better than the mountains of stuff others seem to go for - I think most of us have quite enough "STUFF" already! 
As regular readers know I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Target official bloggers, and they asked me for this month's post to put together a gift guide..  I thought I'd share what I have my eye on for my family this year.  
For my partner, something I have had on layby for quite some time now - he is a great cook, as anyone who's been keeping an eye on our food blog Abundant Appetites will have seen for themselves.. we both love kitchen gadgets and this one is a doozy - it's a mini kitchen in just one appliance, and compared to other similar several-thousand-dollar machines this one is a total bargain. It's the Bellini IntelliKitchen.  It's going to be fun to play with and provide lots of time-saving kitchen support that will free up more important blogging time in the evenings!

For the baby - the grandparents and other folks normally buy toys and fun things, I'm going to be terribly practical and buy her something gorgeous to wear on the day.. we have friends who are very generous with lovely hand-me-downs, and this makes up the majority of her wardrobe but it's nice to have new things once in a while. She has grown up in onsies from Target, and they have some really cute stuff out for the holiday season. These in particular caught my eye - red rick-rack trim and really cute embroidery.. how could I resist? I know it'll last nicely too, so I can throw it into the washing machine once it's been thoroughly stained with pudding, ham, and whatever else the little one manages to get her hands on. 

My teenage daughter likes to exchange gifts with all of her friends - because there's quite a large group of them this can be an expensive exercise but thanks to some bargains I spotted it is possible to do this in a budget conscious way! I loved these cute bon-bons that have a lip gloss, lip balm and nail polish in them for just five bucks. 
These hilarious looking emu reindeer hybrids complete with chocolate eggs made me laugh, and I think they'd make an amusing addition to anyone's stocking.

Another good option for the cheap and cheerful gift were these super cute "sundaes" that are actually a washcloth with some cute bath oil "fruits" - at just four dollars a pop these are great value, I thought.

Of course any visit to Target is incomplete without cruising the beauty section of the store.. there's always something on special and I can hardly ever escape the store without collecting a little something. It's very tricky to buy gift for a beauty-lover though - makeup is such a personal thing, you can never be sure that you're getting the right thing, and if you DO get it exactly right there's always the chance you've bought a duplicate of something they already have!

There is a solution though, the gift I recommend for someone who loves makeup is a nice beauty bag,  they're a much safer option than trying to guess a particular makeup or skincare item. A bag will always come in handy, and a set with several different sizes in means they've got one for every occasion!

Target has a really lovely collection of makeup bags that look way more expensive than their price tags would suggest.. the prints are really up to the minute, and no matter what the style of the recipient there'd be one to suit them here I think.

Another good option is something lovely for the bathroom - people often don't think to buy themselves nice things for the bath or shower so these are always welcome gifts. I spotted some lovely lavender scented things that have gorgeous vintage labels, these would look really lovely sitting in the bathroom. 

So, that's my list, now I want to hear about you! What's on your shopping list this year? Going to borrow any of my ideas? Got some better ones? Let's hear them! 

This is a sponsored post - Target have given me some vouchers and some money to write about shopping there. I've been shopping there for years so this seemed like an excellent deal to me! As always my opinions remain my own. 


  1. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your honesty about being sponsored by Target but may I suggest you go and look at the Target Australia wall and look at the customer comments in the posts by others.
    There are thousand of customers having major issues at present, this has been continuing for well over a month with on line orders and laybys.
    When I finally spoke to customer service they indicated that they were aware of the issues but were being ignored by the companys management, so the problem continues.
    Please consider reading the facebook page before contining as a Target Blogger, at least until they resolve these major customer service issues.

    1. Hi Rouge, I can only speak about my experiences with target - as someone who had a layby with them (that I paid off last week) I have experienced that they've had some computer hiccups with their layby system - but they bent over backwards to sort things out for me (and the guy at the layby desk has no idea I'm a target blogger, either, in case you think that had some impact). Based on the experience I had, recently, and in a couple of decades of shopping with them, I will continue to recommend them.

      Of course, you'll need to make your own decision (sounds like you already have.)

  2. I love Target for gifts too.
    I'm actually looking at some of the gorgeous satiny Pj's/dressing gowns with the fabulous prints.
    Also, for a family spending Christmas at the beach, a kaftan is a useful present for a lucky lady.
    Plus, who can go past all those fantastic bits and bobs in the beauty section.

    1. I noticed in the city store they have a lot of their nightwear on sale at the moment.. it's really pretty..

      You must be reading my mind, because I also bought a kaftan style cover-up from there too just in the last couple of days. I'm trying to work up the bravery to post it along with the swimsuit I bought on the blog! :D

  3. I make laybys all the time with Target, in fact I just picked up a summer dress that I had on layby today! They also put an Australis palette on hold for me via another store, which I thought was lovely. I am a sucker for their clothing and makeup sections, and I've been looking at a few shoes from there lately as well. Great gift list Omega!

    1. I have found their shoes to be really great quality for the price.. and yes, the makeup section of the store is always very tempting :)

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