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