Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day in Australia falls on the first Sunday in September, and in the United States and UK falls on the third Sunday in June.

This day is considered very important as it not only acknowledges the contribution of fathers to their individual families and in the community, but is also a day where children can express gratitude, love and respect for their fathers, a great way to build bonds and strengthen relationships.

This day can be celebrated privately with family in the home or at events organised by clubs and societies nationwide, some may take the opportunity to organise special programmes or fetes to encourage and entertain people and to even raise funds for a charity or club. There are so many ways that you can celebrate fatherhood, male parenting and to simply say thank you to a special person this Father’s Day! A beautiful breakfast in bed, afternoon tea or BBQ with dad are great ways to pamper your parent and the main thing is to spend some quality time together on this special day! For some there is the difficulty of time and distance adding to the dilemma of finding a unique gift that you can send and for others it is simply a task of creating a personalised keepsake that dad can treasure forever!

Here is some inspiration to help you find the perfect gift this year …

Gift Cards are a great way to say thanks, if your special someone is into DIY then check out some of the deals on at your local warehouse, they will have ideas for the garage, garden and much more.

Is dad a bit of a thrill seeker? Why not browse those experience and day out websites such as redballoon, these guys have days out in abundance from driving a V8 or sports car round a track to a beer & bbq cooking package. They have ideas to suit a range of personalities and budgets.

If you are looking for a personalised gift that is slightly different, then imagine a gift card that is also a stubby holder! The gift that keeps on giving (cold drinks that is!) a Coolaz Gift Card stubby holder will come flat in a bespoke envelope, can be printed with any pictures, text or graphics and sent anywhere in in the world! You can add your Dad’s name or favourite team colours for a truly unique gift!

Check out some of the design ideas below…

Happy Fathers Day!!

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31st August 2012 – Eat Outside Day!

The last day of August is monumental in most countries … it celebrates the end of the warmer days in most parts of Europe and the USA and marks the start of spring and the beginning of warmer weather in the Southern hemisphere!!

So whatever the season change is for you clean up your BBQ and invite your friends over to cook up some culinary delights on this very special day! Relish in the sunshine, kick back relax and enjoy something delicious – outside! Don’t forget this is a come rain or come shine event so pack plenty of umbrellas or choose a venue with some shelter if the weather is not so good.

Grab yourself a picnic basket and fill it full of all the things you love – head to your local park or playground for some food and Frisbee! Or for a casual beach celebration ask everyone to bring some BBQ meat and beer on ice and rendezvous at your favourite outdoor beachside barbeque… Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen!

What about a tailgate party?! Pull up your car with a bunch of mates, open up the boot or trunk (or tailgate) where you will have an icebox full of drinks and barbie food – perfect if you are going to a footy game or sports event and can meet in the carpark! Don’t forget to organise your Coolaz stubby holders to keep your drinkk cool on the day – these can be designed to match your team colours, party theme or have individual names on to identify each drink!

Maybe you are stuck at work on 31st August this year, if so then make sure you pack yourself a little snack and spend your morning break or lunchtime outdoors, even if you have to wheel your office chair into the carpark to make the most of the weather and take part in Eat Outside Day 2012!

Relaxation Day – 15th August.

Relaxation day is all about taking it easy, kicking back and having some total ‘me time’!! If you happen to have a day away from work then you should do your best to find a secluded spot for some well-deserved rest!

Relax by finding an enjoyable activity to do … this is described as a form of activity that provides a change and relief from effort, work, or tension, and gives you pleasure. What one person finds enjoyable may not be so for another – so make sure you choose something that you know will help you to relax; you might read your book under the shade of a tree, go for a swing in the park, treat yourself and your car to a detail inside and out (a job you hate doing yourself), bake some cupcakes, buy yourself a box of chocs and eat all the best ones first or have some friends over for a BBQ and a few cold beers!

Maybe you spend an hour or so doing some yoga or meditating, or perhaps browsing the internet to book yourself into a spa retreat for the day is more up your street. You could even extend it and make it relaxation week or two! Our top 10 favourite relaxation destinations and spa resorts around the world are;

1. Mandarin Oriental, Miami USA – A real taste of Asian serenity in the heart of Florida.

2. Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand – Absolute luxury staying in a spa pool villa.

3. The Rock Spa, Seychelles – Privacy at its best with outdoor therapies and treatments.

4. Forte Village, Sardinia – Pampering for the kids too in true Italian tradition.

5. Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania – Activities and spa all in one.

6. The Balmoral Spa, Edinburgh UK – Beautiful escape to the country.

7. Le Sport, St Lucia – ‘The body holiday’ for a healthy & sporty retreat.

8. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland – Amazing relaxation and treatment for your skin.

9. Polynesian Spa, New Zealand – Soothe your arching body in the natural hot springs of Rotarua.

10. The Refinery, London – One for the boys at this male only spa.

Make sure whatever you choose to do on your day of relaxation that you simply take it easy and enjoy yourself – maybe you will finish with an ice cold beverage of your choice wrapped up with a Coolaz cooler as a memento of your break away from reality!

Lefhanders Day!

 

Left Handed People…
13th August sees a nationally recognised day promoting the consideration of left handed people – it encourages left handed activities and raises general ‘lefty’ awareness. 10% of the population are born with Left-handedness also known as Sinistrality a word derived from the Latin word sinistral meaning “left”.

This minority also has a whole list of words that can be heard as slang (most of them very uncomplimentary) these include some of the following%u2026 lefty or leftie, cack-handed, squiffy, spuddy-handed or buck-fisted. A sports person may also be known as a southpaw or a hooker!

Left heanded coolersIn many European languages the word for the direction “right” also means correct or proper and a much nicer way of moderating the slang for lefties is by biggin’ up right-handedness. Maybe consider the following …

– Dextrous, from the word dexterity – skillful in performing tasks, especially with the hands – from the Latin “dexter” meaning on the right.
– Ambidextrous – jokingly described as to have 2 right hands.
– Adroit – quick witted – from the French “droit” meaning right or take the motto of the British Monarch Dieu et mon droit this is French for “God and my right”!

The odd fit …
Left handed writingYou will also come across some sayings where ‘left’ really doesn’t fit:

Has her heart in the left place
He’s not in his left mind
Waiting for Mr Left

Or perhaps where it does:

Right in the lurch
He was right at the alter
A man with two right feet

Inconveniences and Modifications …
Left handed toolsLeft-handed people spend the first part of their life fighting through our right-handedly created society! At school you begin with learning our written language – which is designed to be scribbled from left to right and most likely a nightmare for a lefties hand as it will smear everything they write along the way!

As we leave School and head on to learn skills and how to use certain implements, sinistral people will find themselves facing a whole heap of inconveniences, right-handed tools will be difficult and probably uncomfortable to use – some will have been modified however there are hurdles to look out for %u2026 items such as a pair of scissors, kitchen knife, can opener, pencil sharpener, and a fishing reel could all cause a problem.

Lefties in Sport
For experts in sport this can also have its advantages, if they are a left-handed player in an individual’s sport such as tennis, badminton, boxing or fencing and your opponent is right-handed then they are likely to be less practised in their backhand or left sided movements – this is why you will see a high number of lefties in one-on-one sports such as John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal and Greg Rusedski.

Famous Lefthanders …
left handed stubby holders kooziesSome Left handers in history;
Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da Vinci

Some other famous left-handers include;

Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone, and in music… Jimi Hendrix, Sting and David Bowie all play the left-handed guitar!

There are heaps of products out there that have been adapted to suit the minority, such as spiral notepads, watches, tools and if you are a stubby holder user then you can even request a left-handed cooler (koozie) from Coolaz where the adjustable strips are placed to fasten on the opposite edge!