Friday, July 16, 2010

Candles.....the ancient new 'big thing'?

So are candles the next "big thing"?

If you have been following the fortunes of '42 Below' Vodka, you will know this very innovative brand was created by a very innovative bloke called Geoff Ross.  He has since sold out to Bacardi and moved on to his next exciting venture.......a range of candles!  I find it hard to see the connection between the two, unless of course candles are the next  new queen of cool. When you think about it, there is nothing new about candles, in fact they were in vogue way before vogue even started!

Being a staunch supporter of  NZ made, I think it is shame that his brand, which has received significant media attention here in NZ is made in Australia.  But luckily for us, we have a fantastic innovative candle making company 'Living Light'  right here in Golden Bay,  New Zealand. They make world class candles, from premium ingredients and package them beautifully, including soy wax candles, and eco candles.

I am still wondering what the link between hard liquor and home-wear is, and would love someone to enlighten us (excuse the terrible pun). Please let us know your thoughts.

P.S.  In the meanwhile, if you  beome a fan of our facebook page this week, you will go in the draw to win a gorgeous candle from Living Light.     Become a Facebook Fan

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Suitable Business Gifts for travel to China

We are often asked to supply gifts for business travellers heading to China.

 In NZ business to business gifts do not usually go past a Christmas gift, and while peoples' tastes vary, it is hard to go too far wrong. Things could not be more different when taking gifts to China. Your gift could become a giant gaffe, whereby you unintentionally cause significant offence. If you underestimate the significance of heirarchy, colour and symbolism, your gift could produce the opposite effect to that intended.  Some of the key considerations you should consider include:

  • Colour: Red and Gold are 'lucky' and if you can take a gift that includes these colours you are doing well.
  • Heirarchy: Do not give the same gift to all levels. A more senior person expects a more significant gift
  • Sets & Numbers: Sets of four items are not lucky, but a pair is
  • Logo/Branding: Include where possible to make it look more like a 'company to company' gift, not a bribe from one individual to another
  • No sharp items (eg paper knives)
  • Wrapping colour: This is important too
  • Never give a green hat or cap
  • Consider gifts with symbolism or additional meaning 
  • Ensure your NZ gifts are actually made in New Zealand

So what type of items are suitable.....? Some of our clients have taken:

  • Framed Maori Art
  • Coasters
  • Boxed tiles (individual)
  • Platters
  • Books
  • Business Card Holders/Boxes
Westerners do not always appreciate the importance of getting this right, but the last thing you want your gift to do is to embarass or cause offence. Please let us know if your gifts are intended for China, so we can help with your choice, and provide culturally appropriate gift wrapping. Our website gives additional information here: Business Gifts - China

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stylish and Sustainable - Eco Friendly Plus

Brand new to the site, this product ticks all the boxes for an eco friendly gifts, and is both stylish and sustainable.

Start with quality soy wax,  (from a sustainable source), which burns cleanly with virtually no soot, and is reknown for the fragrance it releases. Take a stylish shaped bottle (which the southern man will recognise) to create the container, and package it in a natural cardbord box. You get 45 hours of gorgeously scented burn time, and a great little vase or pen holder afterwards.

All in all a sustainable  quality product, in recycled container (which can be re-used), naturally packaged, and stylish. This gets top marks from me.