Daytrippin’ to the Giftorium
Last Saturday saw me in the car and driving to Sydney (all by myself!) for the first time since I ruptured my ACL. Despite a combined 5 hours or so of driving, a fair bit of walking and lots of standing, I did okay*. Well nothing a good rest and icing couldn’t solve…
*Although I did forget to purchase an emu pass so I’m waiting for the toll notice to arrive in the mail…sorry Nathan…
The reason for my jaunt?
I had THREE reasons for my trip south.
#1 I started the day by attending a top-secret brand event which I will be blogging about in more detail very soon (it’s only top secret if you don’t follow me on instagram – so it’s really your fault if you have no idea what I’m on about!) But here’s a clue if you are still in the dark:
It involved me doing something that I RARELY do…
#2 I ended the day by visiting a friend in Sydney who had offered me the loan of his exercise bike for a few months while I continue with my ACL reconstruction recovery. I now have an exercise bike in my rumpus. What’s more, I’m actually using it. Who am I?
This exercise lark better be worth it…
#3 But the main reason for my day trip to Sydney was to attend the official opening of the Myer Giftorium for it’s second year. I was lucky enough to be there last year too and it was a whole lot of fun so I had no hesitation in heading down for a second go around.
My take on the 2015 Myer Christmas Giftorium
The quality of gifts this year is outstanding – I happily spent a couple of hours wandering though the many sections and was surprised to find something awesome around every corner.
This year’s Giftorium is divided into 7 themes – For Her, For Him, Tech Guru, Kids Cubby, Paws Corner, Stocking Fillers & Food Fanatic. There is honestly something for everyone. And if, by chance, you are still struggling to find the perfect gift, you can call on an expertly trained “Giftician” (personal shopper) who can help you select THE perfect present for that hard to buy for person.
Personalisation is the big ticket item at the Giftorium this year. You can get your name on your own jar of Nutella, Mr Men, Little Miss & Peanuts cartoon prints, on R&A Leather and even on Santa sacks and Christmas stockings too.
Just make sure your name is spelt correctly beforehand #KirstynotKristy
Just like last year we were gifted some beautiful samples of some of the gifts on offer. This year’s haul included a Hudson Bear (and haven’t my girls fought over him!), a personalised jar of Nutella plus mini keyring, a Peanuts print, Hasbro Battleship game, Dilmah tea, Myer Spirit of Christmas 2015 CD, Benefit Roller Lash mascara, Seedling play camera, R&A Leather pen and Marbles wooden mini bookcase.
That’s the 2014 bear, Archie on the left, with the 2015 bear, Hudson on the right. Both coveted by my daughters!
Our very own goodie bag – the kids are already into the Nutella in a BIG way!
And we were again gifted a $50 voucher to spend on the day. At least I was a little more prepared this time around and spent it equally amongst us all on Christmas presents. Sadly, as I do want to keep the surprise, I can’t share what I bought but I do have to give credit to Myer for putting on some awesome bargains. For a store I usually consider to be on the higher end of the department store scale, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I was able to buy with $50.
No peeking into the presents – it’s top secret!
Santaland was wonderful too – Myer have put a lot of effort into making the traditional family Christmas photo a full festive experience. After grabbing your photo with the great man himself you can write a letter to him and also have a ride on the Santaland Express mini train. Best of all, in the capital city stores, you can pre-book your photo with Santa to lessen the wait time and make the experience even more special.
Sadly I was too old to have a ride myself but luckily I was not too old to have a balloon tied to my wrist for the day! I confess I did have to get my friend to cut it off once I got to his place as eating with a balloon attached to my wrist was difficult enough, let alone driving home with a balloon attached to my wrist for over two hours…
Enough about me and my juvenile tendencies and back to the matter at hand!
Myer’s Giftorium really makes it so easy to do your Christmas shopping. Apart from the Gifticians helping you select your gifts and the personalised popup stores ready to individualise your gifts, the All Wrapped Up Christmas gift registry lets you scan your chosen gifts, pay for them and then leave before they are beautifully wrapped and delivered to you.
Honestly how much better can it get?
Myer you are definitely speaking my language (says lazy, cheap arse, idea-drained Kirsty…)
So make sure you check out your local Myer Giftorium this year. And thank you Myer & Kids Business for the opportunity to go daytrippin’ to the Giftorium!
Disclaimer: I received a gift bag and 2 x $50 vouchers from Myer as part of my Giftorium experience. I was not obliged to write this review but I did want to share just how genuinely impressed I was with the range, innovation and prices featured in the Giftorium.