Posted in Food, Health

Gift ideas

In this post I’ve included gift ideas for Christmas, birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, as an act of kindness/appreciation, or as a gift for yourself! Most of these suggestions I have gotten for myself.

For the prevention and/or relief of colds

I’ve composed this post on a day that I’m sick with a cold, so it’s fittting to provide gift ideas for the prevention and relief of colds.

If you’re skeptical or want to know more, read the background information in the links at the bottom of this page. Gifts are for the lowest price that I can find, and are natural remedies, without drugs.

If no link is included for a gift idea, search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage. You may also want to compare the eBay search results with other sellers.

Zinc supplements

Look at this Neti Pot on eBay:

While the above product is cheap, I wanted something sooner than it would take to arrive by shipping. After contacting several stores near me, I found a ceramic Neti pot on sale for $40 at About Life Surry Hills. That was very a bit dear for me, so I decided to keep looking. A non-medicated alternative to using a pot is to use a saline nasal spray:

Pelargonium sidoides:

Look at this on eBay in natural plant form:

As a concentrated root extract:

Lemon and ginger tea: you can buy this from your local supermarket, e.g. Woolworths (here and here are links), and Coles (here is a link).

I went to Chemist Warehouse Redfern and bought the above Narium nasal spray, Blackmores Kaloba. Then I went across the road to Coles and bought an 80 g packet of Twinings lemon and ginger tea. I had already bought two sixty tablet jars of Swisse Zinc Plus from Chemist Warehouse, one a few months or so ago, and another when that jar started to run low.

Soups: again, check in food stores near you.

I forgot to check at Coles! I’ll get some barley and legume soup mix packets from Go Nuts the next time I go there.


Australian native food bearing plants: I had a macadamia tree in my family home in my youth (late primary school and high school). I also pet sat at a place last year which had many macadamias that had fallen to the ground. There were quite a few seedlings growing too! As for other native food bearing plants, I haven’t had much experience with them, apart from extracting nectar from a banksia tree.

Here is an email extract that I revived after making an enquiry about food bearing plants in Sydney:

Local to the Sydney area are the following:

Billardiera scandens – Apple Berry – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Austromyrtus dulcis – Midyim Berry – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Lomandra longifolia – Mat Rush – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Dianella caerulea – Blue Flag Lily – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Tetragonia tetragonioides – Warrigal Greens – tubes @ $7 each

Alpinia caerulea – Native Ginger – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Rubus parvifolius – Native Raspberry – 140mm pots @ $15 each

Delivery is $30.

Sydney Wildflower Nursery

9 Veno Street

Heathcote NSW 2233

Phone: 02 9548 2818



Fruit plants:

I got Mum an orange tree last year. She also got a lemon tree a few years ago. Grandma has very mature lemon tree and a cumquat tree at her home. I’ve also grown pineapple plants from the leafy head of pineapples, as well as pumpkin plants, banana plants, tomato plants, and watermelon plants. I’ve tried to grow passionfruit plants, apple trees, lemon trees, avocado trees, orange trees, and olive trees from seeds taken from store bought fruit, but without much success. In some cases I’ve been able to get the seeds to sprout. I remember that my childhood home (up to year 3 or so) had an apple tree, cherry tree, pumpkin plant, and potatoes. My home in my youth also had an apple tree, but the apples were crab apples.

Vegetable plants:

I’ve grown spinach, lettuce, carrots, corn, and potatoes from food scraps.

Nut and seed plants:

Products seem to vary with the season, as I think I remember seeing many more nut trees available.

I’ve grown sunflower plants, sesame plants, linseed plants, and pumpkin plants from seed. With pumpkin, care needs to be taken that the plants are not burnt, are not in a windy area, and receive adequate water with appropriate drainage. Tomato and banana plants also don’t like windiness.

Compost bin: Search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage.

Chicken wire: useful for putting underneath the bin to prevent vermin entering. Search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage.

Tumbler compost bin: suitable for homes with no bare soil. Search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage.

Worm farm: suitable for apartments. Search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage.

Bokashi bin: suitable for apartments, especially with low amounts of space. Search on eBay with a sort for the lowest price plus postage.

Food preparation

Use a steamer, e.g. a stovetop collapsible food steamer like this one:

Look at this on eBay

I’ve got one of these. It works well, however a couple of the metal petals often fall off, and the metal omega-like shaped attachments occasionally bend.

Food processing grinder:

I bought the Ultra Gold grinder, as I want to make nut butters. Blenders and food processors just won’t do the job.

Magnesium beads to purify water

Here is the cheapest source that I have found with the magnesium beads in sachets for $23 USD each:

I asked the seller if these beads were safe to use for purifying water as others are: The beads seem to be sold as shown in the pouch pictures, not being in sachets.

Look at this on eBay: beads in nylon bags:
Look at this on eBay This item includes reasons to use magnesium beads.
This link here includes test results using the beads: Here is a link providing 25 reasons to use the beads:


B12 supplements (particularly suited for vegans or those who are deficient in blood tests. By the way, if you don’t feel 100% healthy, getting a blood test and actionable advice from a doctor is probably a good idea): This website ships to Australia for $54.38 AUD:

Iron supplements (for low fatigue, and deficiency in blood tests):


Mattress  and pillow protector: good for protecting against dust mites if you’re sensitive to them; there are special anti dust mite ones, as well as spill resistant ones. Regular washing and vacuuming of the bed is a good idea too.

Body pillow: good for side sleepers

Different doonas/quilts with different thicknesses to match the temperature, i.e. a topsheet, a blanket (try searching on eBay for “faux mink fur blanket” with your bed size and sorting by the lowest price+postage. This material is not itchy, unlike wool blankets.), summer quilts, and winter quilts.

Other gift ideas

Wood screws—useful as a hook (e.g. hanging bags, utensil containers with holes in the bottom for draining, cookware, clothes hangers, and shoe hangers), and as a support for curtain rods (which can also be used to make clothes hangers). Look at this on eBay

LED motion sensor light: Look at this on eBay

Cuff links: Look at this on eBay

Watch: Look at this on eBay Digital avoids the distracting ticking noise. Avoids getting distracted by your phone when you check the time.

Shower scrubber: Look at this on eBay

Nail file: Look at this on eBay

Hair scissors: Look at this on eBay Good for men with beards who don’t already have them.

A bike: I use my bike for commuting a lot. Often, I use it in tandem with the train. My bike is a Wheeler 3100 road bike that I got second hand from my engineering teacher in High School, which he found on someone’s nature strip. He said that the guy who owned it used it in the Tour de France, and was about 25 years old at the time. That was back in around 2009! I’ve fixed it several times.

A skateboard: I sometimes use a skateboard coupled with a bus.

Background information:

5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Ginger Lemon Tea


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