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Is it just me or are fathers so much harder to buy for than mums? I dont see why a pack of bath bombs and fluffy pink slippers cant be given to Dads, too. OK, so Ive never actually purchased that for my father, but I do tend to gravitater toward the same standard gifts every year. This year will be different of course, thanks to the gang at Officeworks.

Sourcing the best stationery and craft items from around the world is all in a day's work for Nadine Mari, the Sydney creative behind online emporium Le Petit Paperie. This registered nurse runs her online store by the mantra "If I love it, you'll love it" - and whaddya know, she's 100% right!

Made by Typo Store FloorIt's no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with Typo; it's the go-to store for all things affordable and on-trend in stationery and beyond. I was having kittens, then, when I saw these images of the new Made by Typo pop-up store in Geelong, which has just further fuelled my love for this crafty destination. I'm booking my flights down there immediately if not sooner (and I will be taking all of those pom poms home with me!).

Garden Life Redfern - Plants in Orange and Gold PotsI've always thought that the garden should be a little out of control, a bit untamed, a tad random and not too thought-out. I had never considered though - until my trip to Garden Life in Redfern - that it could also be a place for humour and fun. Needless to say, after hitting this Cleveland Street haven and eyeing off their wares, I am well and truly eager to make the garden a giggle-fest!

P1090489There's a homewares store I've been going to for years now, every time a birthday rolls around and I want to present a gift to someone that oozes heart and warmth; it's called Humble Beginnings and it's quite possibly my favourite homeswares store (and ok - you got me - sometimes I go there when there are no upcoming birthdays and I just want a wow moment!).