Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Dutch Auction..prices have hit rock bottom

Here's a bit of fun for the silly season....we are having a 'Dutch' auction.

Each of the products below will drop in price daily by either $5.00 or $10.00, until December 20th.

But stock is limited (in some cases there are only one or two of each item, so wait and watch, but not for too long, as someone else may grab the bargain before you do. We will be adding a few products in as we go along.

Check back each day to see where the prices have dropped to, and pounce when you are are ready.

Puma - World's best dart board

Was $135.00 now $105.00

The award winning Michael King Book

Was $67.00 now $37.00

Charcoal   Babu Merino Baby blanket

Was $155.00 now $95.00 (Charcoal only)

Fabric Painting Kit for creative kids & teens

Was $35.60 now $10.60

The Great NZ Songbook (2 CD set & book)

Was $101.00, now $71.00

Framed Heritage style Trout Flies

Was $160.00 now $100.00

But wait ...there are more! :

Summery Baby Clothes Gift Set    Was $70.00 now $40.00

Photo Album   Was $90.00 now $60.00

Bring on the BBQ Gift Set      Was $105.00 now $45.00

Beautifully Boxed hand pamper set  Was $40.00 now $15.00

Hip Flask - Plum colour only

 Was $106.00 now $66.00

Sophistocated Guest Hand Towel

 Was $25.00 now $10.00

And we will be adding in a few more, so check back regularly

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pohutukawa: NZ Gifts from The New Zealand Christmas Tree

A pohutukawa gift tree
Acrylic Photo Blocks for wall or table

Pohutukawa Honey

Pohutukawa Wall Tiles
Pohutukawa Glass Coasters

Styalised Pohutukawa Flower Coasters

I love the time of the year when the pohutukawa trees blossom. From the silvery bud, comes the most gorgeous red blossom, which fall to make a red carpet on the sand or ground beneath. Often called the 'New Zealand Christmas Tree', even though the flowers are often finished by Christmas, they are magnificent trees.

And somehow they have earned a special place in the Kiwi hearts. Maybe memories of those beach side picnics on hot summer days, when several families can easily share the shade of one large tree. 

It is no wonder that these special trees have generated their own little genre of 'Pohutukawa' themed New Zealand gifts, especially appropriate at this time of year. There are a few above, but just search 'pohutukawa' on our site to find them, or click here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NZ Post Deadline: Gifts for UK, Gifts for United States, Gifts for afar

NZ Post Deadline : Monday 29th November
If you need to send gifts to UK, gifts to United States or gifts to anywhere afar you need to keep an eye on the calendar. For these destinations, the recommended  NZ Post date to send Christmas gifts is Monday 29th November (via Airmail, which is the service we use). This applies to everywhere except Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Keeping the Cost down: Top 10 Lightweight Gifts
The best way to keep the cost down, is to keep the the weight of the gift down. So below are our top picks for lightweight gifts to post, so you spend your money on the gift not the postage:

Jo Luping handcrafted Dipping Bowls  
1. Jo Luping handcrafted Dipping Bowls
2. Stylish Acrylic Coasters
3. Clip Photo Holder
4. NZ Calendar eg Mountain Biking or Art
5. Kauri Chopsticks on handmade rest
6. Possum Socks (with free treat)
7. Leather Golf Glove
8. Leather Wallet
9. Little Rimu Bedside Clock
10. Jewellery - (Cufflinks, brooches, Pounamu)

Acrylic Pohutukawa Coasters

Clip Photo Holder    

And remember, we do all the fiddly bits! We will gift wrap for free,

write in the card for you, find a box, pack it up and post it. Easy!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Choosing Business Gifts for Russia

So you are planning a business trip to Russia....what do you need to pack?

Right up there at the top of the list should be business gifts. Russians spend a lot on gifts, and like to give and receive gifts. So you will need to take a collection of gifts. Obviously there will be business gifts for key contacts, but it can be it difficult to do business  in Russia without help from the locals, so you should take gifts for others who have helped, for example your car driver, interpreter etc. And not forgetting gifts which would be suitable if you are invited to someone's home for a meal.

Quality Hand Made Chocolates
What sort of gifts are suitable? For a start, remember that the Russians are generous with gifts, so do not take small gifts like pens or pencils unless they are expensive. Try to avoid taking Vodka (even though we have fantastic NZ Vodka). Quality office gifts may be suitable, for example hand blown glass. Remember the attention to detail, so quality wrapping is important for expensive gifts.

If you are invited to someones home, you can take flowers (but ensure there is a 'odd' number of flowers, as 'even' numbers are used for funerals), and quality NZ Chocolates, or expensive wine would be appreciated. It is especially thoughful to have small gifts for any children too (but do not take baby gifts for pregnant women as this is considered bad luck).

We are happy to help if you need some advice on your choice of business gifts for Russia.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Every Bastard Says No....The 42 Below Story

Every Bastard Says No....the 42 Below Story, with its intriguing old style cover, is a lively book including background, how-to, and a very colourful appraisal of every bastard who said 'No'.
Mark Weldon (CEO of the NZ Stock Exchange) sums it up neatly "This book will bamboozle those who look for neat classifications. Is it a business book? A biography? Or a beverage book? I don't know - and it doesn't matter, it works. It's brilliant"

An equally good book for the bach bookshelf, or the boardroom. More information

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Good Life

'The Good Life' by Francesca Price is subtitled 'your guide to greener, cheaper and more fulfilling life in New Zealand'.  If you are looking for inspired  yet practical eco friendly gifts, this is a great option.

It covers many aspects of sustainable living, including eating and shopping for eco friendly gifts, through to creating environmentally friendly homes, green living choices for holidays, travel and parenting. The upbeat approach is positive and it is loaded with useful web references to easily find more information, making it far more than a glossy coffee table book.

For more information seeThe Good Life or our other eco friendly gifts selection.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The classic sheepskin rug

Now this has to be one of those classic gifts.
A wonderful thick fluffy NZ  sheepskin rug. We have chosen the best available, and they are luxurious. Shown left is the single skin rug, but they are available in various combinations to make larger rugs. (Contact us for pricing).

Each of the single lambskin rug is crafted in New Zealand, from the finest homegrown NZ sheepskin. From a high end corporate gift to a wedding gift, they will be treasured for a lifetime.

Generations of children have grown up with their own snuggly baby sheepskin rug too. A baby sheepskin rug is perfect for floor, stroller or cot,  and they are comforting, soft and interesting for little fingers to play with. (The baby sheepskin is a more natural yellow colour (as shown left) and has a shorter wool length than the floor rug above). These make a fantastic gift for new babies.

Both the long wool floor rugs and the baby sheepskin rugs can be machine washed for easy care.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Suitable Business Gifts for Malaysia

Following on from the recent signing of the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Malaysia, there is expected to be significantly increased business travel between the two countries. Learning about other countries, and their cultural practices can be both part of the charm and the challenge of international business relationships. There is no doubt that the better your understanding of the differences, the better your chances of success.

Business gifts are a common part of doing business with the Malaysian people, and are a little more complex than in some countries due to religious and other beliefs of the various ethnicities.

While the gift does not need to be lavish, a small gift at an initial meeting does indicate you are genuine and sincere in trying to build a relationship. However you must pay careful attention to the type of gift you choose, so as to not offend the recipient. There is a mix of Muslim, Asian and Indian ethnicities, each of which may be offended by various aspects of business gifts commonly given in New Zealand.

It is easier if you know the ethnicity of the people you are meeting, but if you do not, it is best to avoid the following products altogether:

·       Alcohol (offensive to Muslims)
·       All leather (pig leather is offensive to Muslims and cow leather is offensive to Indians)
·       Gifts which depict dogs (offensive to Muslims, considered unclean)
·       Gifts which are predominantly white or black or wrapped in white or black (signify mourning to Hindus)
·       Personal items
·       No sharp items (eg letter openers) which symbolize severing (of your relationship)
·       Artwork depicting the human form (especially if partially naked)
·       Avoid clocks, and sets of four (especially when giving to Asians)
·       Items which are overly personal


Make sure you have chosen New Zealand made gifts (many items which have a NZ or ‘Kiwiana’ theme will not be made in NZ). Some items which may be suitable include:

Remember also gift wrapping is significant, so ensure you avoid the ‘mourning’ colours of black, white or blue. Red is a good ‘happy’ colour to wrap in.

How you give the gift is also significant. The left hand is generally considered ‘unclean’ so use the right hand only, or both hands if it large. Do not expect your gift to opened in front of you.

While the cultural considerations of business gifts to Malaysia may require a little more thought in choosing your gift, your thoughtfulness will help to make the relationship a more successful one.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A fishy Tale

For some people, the best thing about fishing has nothing to do with eating fish. It might be the thrill of the catch, a day out on the water, a day away from work, or just sharing a few fishing yarns.

And we are pretty spoilt here in NZ with gorgeous clean oceans and some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world. For those who love to fish, we have some fantastic gifts. I love the wooden fly fishing net, with three NZ woods curved into a lovely net, and unbelievably  light. NZ Wood Fly fishing landing net

Of when you can't be on the river, you can read about 23 reknown NZ Fly fishing rivers, with a few tips from the experts thrown in. Classic Fly Fishing in NZ book

And like something from the wall of a fishing lodge, how about the  framed heritage collection of classic flies

Those who love ocean fishing will think the "O-fish-al" bait board, (which shows legal lengths for king-fish, snapper, gurnard, scallops etc) is a handy gift.  Bait Board with legal lengths

Now all you need is someone to catch some fish!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Strahl 'Glassware' vs Richard Hammond and his hammer

We always knew that the Strahl 'Glassware' was pretty impressive.  It looks and feels so glass-like, and is promoted as virtually unbreakable, but  even we have been amazed but this latest show of strength.

Richard Hammond, on his UK programme, is determined to prove that despite the crockery claiming to be virtually unbreakable, that he could break it. Despite trying his very hardest (hammer, drill, throwing, stamping etc), the glasses and plates won.  His conclusion was a plea:  "Break! You are making me look stupid"

This stuff is rugged, see for yourself: 
Strahl 'Glassware' vs Richard Hammond's hammer

The range includes the hugely popular wine glasses (including stemless wine glasses) tumblers, jugs/pitchers, serving bowls and platters etc.

Strahl is made in New Zealand, (we ship Strahl Australia, US or where-ever you require us to). Please look on our website (  Wine GlassesTumblers )  for  individual product details, or contact us if you would like something in the large range is not shown there.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corporate chic...the leather laptop satchel

This is the ultimate in corporate chic. A rich chocolate brown leather laptop bag.   Styled to look like a leather satchel or messenger bag, but designed with the padded pocket to create a stylish leather laptop bag, with 3 external pockets plus an internal phone pouch and pen holders.

Crafted from highest quality fine NZ leather (not cheap surface dyed leather) tanned in NZ by a world class tannery creating sustainable and eco-friendly leather. Perfect high end New Zealand gifts for corporate clients or a very special treat for yourself or a loved one.  Contact us for more information on this bag.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Zealand Music: The Great New Zealand Songbook

This is a piece of light-hearted true Kiwiana.  42  of the very best NZ music tracks from this century and the end of the last, carefully compiled to create a wonderful gift set. Beautifully presented on 2 CDs with a scrap-book style book of lyrics, clippings and the musicians own hand-written notes. We can't list them all here, but some of the gems include Give it a Whirl (Split Enz), Whaling (DD Smash), Wandering Eye (Fat Freddies Drop), April Sun in Cuba, and so many more.

While it is not printed in New Zealand, it would be hard to find a more home-grown compilation, and will be adored by those in their 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. Wonderful NZ gifts to send to the Kiwis who have flown overseas; it is probably enough to make them want to come home!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Furry fluffy feet for Fathers and more.........

Worlds Best Dartboard
"No Nukes" Cuff links
Framed 'Heritage' Hand tied Fishing Flies
Wooden 'Caravan' Photo Album
Cowhide Slippers
Leather  & Oilskin Toiletry Bag

Fathers Day is looming this coming Sunday. If your 'Old Man' is expecting a gift, we have plenty of ideas, and it is not too late for us to gift wrap and get them to his door-step.

All these gifts and many more are on the For Him section of our website.
In our house gifts were not mandatory, just a well worded card and big hug was all that was expected.

Just don't forget the Old fulla on his special day!