Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

Yes, I know … it’s early; but being so busy, I do like to be organised. I start my Christmas shopping well ahead of time, ensuring I (a) don’t run out of money, (b) that I don’t forget anyone and (c) that I find great gifts that I’ve given plenty of thought to.

Here’s a handy list of goodies to help you find gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, especially for those who are notoriously hard to buy for. Check back often … no doubt we’ll update it as we discover more!


Murad Gift Sets – For you or as a gift

Get Christmas ready with the NEW range of Murad Gift Sets – making gift buying easy or prepping your own skin for the festivities ahead. There are five limited edition Murad Gift Sets  featuring their  top-selling, most luxurious skincare solutions. These sets include: Merry & Polished, Party Perfect, Merry & Beautiful, Merry & Renewed and Merry & Glowing.

For more information visit

Murray Gift
Get Excited for Santa
Let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year when you visit him at Snowplanet!
Auckland’s only real white Christmas experience is back for another season. Santa’s magic castle in the snow is the perfect location for your annual festive family photos, then have family fun tubing down the slopes after your pictures. Santa at Snowplanet sessions start 19 November and run right up to Christmas eve.
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Christmas Gifts
Never Miss A Moment
Capture every moment with instax! Unfussed by a myriad of bells and whistles and a mammoth instruction manual, instax is all about simplicity. Press the button and take a picture. Beautiful, real, physical photos, full of perfect imperfections, where you never know what you’re going to get until the image develops.
Take a break from loading on to social media and actually give a photo to someone. We guarantee you’ll get a very different, more satisfying, kind of ‘like’.
FUJI instax cameras are available at leading retailers nationwide. For full stockist information, please visit;
Christmas Gifts
Don’t Let Leftovers Go To Waste
If ever there was a need for a foodsaver it is the festive season! Hands down the easiest way to make the most of
what you have, by both prepping in advance and prolonging the life of leftovers.
Food Saver saves more than just food. Keep essentials clean and dry for your summer camping trip. Matches, first aid kits,  … you name it!
Sunbeam FoodSaver Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Norman.
Christmas Gifts
Pop the Cork on Something Special
Celebrations and sparkling wine go hand in hand. Akarua know
how to add the shine to any occasion. With three outstanding
Methode Traditionelle wines in their stable; Akarua Brut, Vintage
Brut and Rose Brut. Multi award winning Central Otago Akarua
winery has every special event covered. Akarua Methode
Traditionelle captivates judges the world over, but it’s how you
impress your friends and family that matters most.
Available at leading restaurants, supermarkets, Glengarry and
other fine wine retailers nationwide.
Christmas Gifts
The Ultimate Audio
ART by Tivoli Audio presents a new way of looking at wireless speakers for the home. The first offerings from their new release collection consist of two Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speakers, ORB and CUBE.
These speakers offer an effortless mix of style and sound, enhancing home décor with cable free high quality music streaming. With their easy- to-use controls and full feature app, the ORB and CUBE allow you to stream music from your favourite services, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal via any iOS or Android device. The ART speakers can perform in mono, stereo, or be used as a multi-room system, and with their optional rechargeable battery, moving speakers throughout the home, boat or bach has never been easier.
Available in dark grey, oak and light grey. ART will be available from Tivoli Audio stockists throughout New Zealand and online at from November 1st.
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Super Skin
Sukin knows skincare. Give the gift of a glowing complexion with Sukin’s limited edition Christmas gift packs. Buff and shine or detoxify and nourish with these two beautifully presented gift sets.
Sukin products are available at Farmers, pharmacies, and health stores nationwide.
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Shave Kit
Delivering a great shave and healthy skin with an exclusive three-step regimen that takes into account beard type, hair growth pattern and skin condition. Even Santa will want to go clean shaven with this value packed Dermalogica skincare kit.
Contains: • Daily Clean Scrub • Pre-Shave Guard • Soothing Shave Cream • Post Shave Balm
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Pucker Up for Santa
Make a statement this holiday season. Let your pout make a bold impression with the Liquid Lip Paint range from Kiwi brand Mellow Cosmetics.
From dusky nudes to rich burgundies, there’s a shade for every mood and celebration, every colour as expressive as you are. Long lasting with a velvety soft finish that never dries hard.
Mellow Cosmetics are available online through
Christmas Gifts
Skin fit for Summer
Get all-over skin health benefits with the Dermalogica Body Therapy kit, containing cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating aromatherapeutic favorites for smoother, softer skin.
Contains: • Conditioning Body Wash (botanical soap-free cleanser) • Exfoliating Body Scrub (creamy skin polisher) • Body Hydrating Cream (conditioning body smoother) • Climate Control Lip Treatment (soothing lip shield) • Hydro-Active Mineral Salts sample (sea-salt polisher/bath soak)
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Christmas Gifts
Mix Something Fancy
Cointreau Noir is the ultimate blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and Remy Martin Fine Champagne cognac. It is a deliciously smooth drink with soft vanilla and nut notes, a golden amber colour and a clean long finish.
The perfect way to try Cointreau Noir is simply poured over ice, or create your own luxury masterpiece by mixing with lime and soda.
Cointreau is available where all quality liquor is sold.
Christmas Gifts
Perfect Coffee
First we drink the coffee, then we do the things. The Café Series Espresso Machine plus Multi-Capsule™ Handle delivers the best in home coffee options. Busy mornings racing out the door are pod mornings, and lazy Sunday’s are made for fresh ground espresso. Whatever the landscape of your morning, Sunbeam has the solution in one sleek machine.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
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Ice Cream Magic
Treats for everyone! Get the lick on the finest homemade frozen treats with the no mess Sunbeam Snack Heroes Ice Cream Maker. Create Gelato, Ice Cream, and Sorbet at home. Impress your guests with limitless flavor options. Your limit is your imagination.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
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Avoid the Crowds
Get all your Christmas shopping done without fighting for a carpark. With everything from jewellery to fashion, electronics to homeware, there really is something for everyone in your whole family, but beware, TVSN shopping is so much fun, it’s oh-so-easy to grab a little something extra for yourself.Christmas colour that lasts a lifetime!
The special woman in your life will love the stylish simplicity of this 3ct Brazilian Rosanite Garnet & Diamond Ring showcases a striking cushion cut Brazilian Rosanite Garnet centre stone with ten round cut diamond accents on a 9ct yellow gold band.
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Christmas Gifts
Year Round Must Have
Silk Island kaftans are created with love for women to experience pure luxurious comfort. Slip into an enchanting kaftan to feel instantly glamorous thanks to the high quality range of silk materials. Feel and look beautiful in the fabulous Silk Islands range of prints and diamante embellished pieces, whether you are on the beach, by a resort pool side, going on a fabulous cruise or to a summer wedding!
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Christmas Gifts
Sparkle & Shine
Diamonesque offers you stunning jewellery at a price you can afford. Using the finest quality simulated diamonds, these earrings will add sparkle to everyday wear, or transform evening attire into a Cinderella story (but this time you get to keep them after midnight!)
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Christmas Gifts
Sweet Dreams
For the ultimate in luxury sleep and loungewear from around the world Esalare is the name. Exhale is the meaning.
The Esalare ranges feature quality natural fibres, particularly silk, cotton, cashmere, linen and merino.
Enjoy the most luxurious sleep of your life with the highest quality sleepwear. You’ll be the best dressed in early morning Christmas pictures as you delight in family opening their gifts.
Christmas Gifts
Satisfy His Inner Child
Ford, Holden and Chevrolet lovers will be delighted with these die cast replica models. The range of limited edition 1:18 scale models include opening doors, hood and bonnet, complete with detailed interior, rubber tyres and a steering wheel that really turns! Icons any car enthusiast will adore are available exclusively. This is not a toy for children! Dimensions approx 26.5cm(L) x 8cm(H) x 10.5cm(W)
RRP from $54.95 – $289.00
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Linden Leaves In Bloom

Linden Leaves In Bloom

This Christmas Linden Leaves is proud to launch one of their prettiest collections yet. In Bloom encapsulates fun, femininity and frivolity at its very best. It’s a breath of sweet air, a posy of fresh spring flowers and offers the most exquisite gift ideas for mums, daughters, sisters and grandmothers alike. The In Bloom range comes in two stunningly lovely fragrances:

Linden LeavesPink Petal – A modern floral fragrance with top notes of pink petals and grapefruit layered over fresh florals, with ylang ylang, clove bud and base notes of white musk and moss.

Green Verbena – A modern green fragrance featuring crisp notes of verbena and bergamot with citrus highlights, layered over herbal middle notes with a touch of freesia and a clean woody cedar base.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Christmas Cracker

A fun Christmas gift for all containing a deliciously scented hand cream enhanced with butter to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin, and a lip balm enriched with manuka honey and sweet almond oil to soothe, nourish and repair dry, damaged lips.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Fragranced Candle

Individually hand poured in New Zealand using clean, environmentally friendly, natural soy wax and multilayered fine fragrance exclusive to Linden Leaves.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Fragrance Diffuser

A stylish and long-lasting way to fragrance your home, Linden Leaves fragrance diffusers contain unique fragrant oil blends to offer a sense of ambience and delight to your home or office.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Bath Bomb

Contains four fragrant bath bombs enriched with skin-softening sweet almond oil. Pop one into a running bath and swirl to dissolve. Hop in, lie back and relax!

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Nourishing Hand Cream

Intensely nourishing, fast absorbing hand therapy.

About Linden Leaves:

For 20 years, Linden Leaves have focused on utilising the best quality, natural ingredients contained in beautiful,

recyclable packaging, made without animal testing, and in accordance with their sustainability policy, and a sense of

guardianship of the pure New Zealand environment.

• Linden Leaves has been handmade in Christchurch for 20 years

• No nasty chemicals in products, 100% cruelty free never tested on animals

• The Linden Leaves skincare range is 100% certified natural by NATRUE regulatory body

• The new Gold Range is a perfect example of how what we put onto our bodies is an important as we put into our

bodies, containing key ingredients – Chia Seed Oil, Amaranth and Red Rice

• Linden Leaves like to encourage women to take moments for ourselves to help us remain present and centered. To

relax and unwind and take good self-care of our mind and our bodies and to incite moments of bliss,

self-pampering and peace in our daily lives.


Modern & Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Modern & Traditional Anniversary Gifts

It’s nice to give something with meaning to a couple on their wedding anniversaries. The chart below encompasses both modern and traditional wedding anniversary gifts, based on comments from both the US and the UK. We did chuckle at the idea of a couple living long enough to celebrate an 80th or higher anniversary, and truly laughed out loud at the 85 and 90 ….. you’ll need wine after being married 85 years, and the stone and engraved marble we assume would be a headstone!

Year Traditional US Traditional UK  Modern
 1st  Paper  Cotton  Clock
 2nd  Cotton Paper  China
3rd Leather Leather  Crystal, glass
 4th  Linen, silk  Fruit, flowers  Electrical appliances
5th  Wood  Wood  Silverware
 6th  Iron  Sugar Wood
7th  Wool, cooper  Wool  Desk sets, pens, pencils
8th  Bronze  Salt Linens, lace
9th Pottery  Copper  Leather
10th  Tin, Aluminium Tin  Diamond
15th  Crystal  Crystal  Watches
20th  China  China  Platinum
25th  Silver  Silver  Silver
 35th  Pearl Pearl  Diamond
 45th  Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
 50th  Gold Gold Gold
 55th  Emerald Emerald Emerald
 60th  Diamond (yellow) Diamond Diamond
 65th  Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
 70th  Platinum Platinum Platinum
 75th  Diamond, gold Diamond, gold Diamond, gold
 80th  —  Oak  Diamond, pearl
85th  —  Wine  The wife’s birthstone
90th  —  Stone  Engraved marble

Mother’s Day at Farmers

Mother’s Day at Farmers

Whether you’re looking for jewellery, accessories or beauty products ­- celebrate your mum with sentiment and style this Mother’s Day.

Choose from cosy slippers, beauty gift-packs and keepsake jewellery – the options are endless.

Find something special at Farmers for that lovely lady in your life.

Mother's Day at Farmers


From left to right (top to bottom):  Lyric Slippers $24.99, Boston & Bailey Scarf $14.99, Tilly@home Intricate details Jewellery Box $89.99, Your Home And Garden Arica Glass Candle $39.99, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Mother’s Day Set $145, Boston & Bailey Tote $79.99, Dafni hair straightening brush $299.99, Xcesri Impulse Necklace $14.99, Natio Lovely MotherÔÇÖs Day Set $28.

DIY: Gorgeous Gifts

DIY: Gorgeous Gifts

DIY: Gorgeous GiftsDIY: Gorgeous Gifts

By Charlotte Clark & Olivia Ross

You’ve purchased a beautiful wedding gift for your best friend (or any other gift for that matter) and now you’re faced with wrapping it. Having spent a bit on the gift itself, we’re often faced with the dilemma of how to wrap it so that it looks stunning … without spending a fortune.

DIY: Gorgeous GiftsIt pays to remember that the care and attention you put into making your own wrapping will often be treasured just as much, if not more, than the gift itself. It shows you care!

All you need is some brown paper, some ribbon, a card and some good old fashioned doilies (we sourced ours from Milly’s on Ponsonby Road).

Step 1: When wrapping the brown paper, use double sided cellotape – that way you can fold in the edges of the paper so no ugly cello tape can be seen! This also makes the present look beautifully presented and makes you look like a bit of a pro!

DIY: Gorgeous Gifts

Step 2: We decided to fold our doily in half and then glue the doily onto the brown paper – takes seconds and is easy peasy!

DIY: Gorgeous Gifts

Step 3: Select your choice of ribbon and use the ribbon to add some colour and prettiness to your gift.

DIY: Gorgeous Gifts

Step 4: We have used a mini gift card, and given our parcel some final touches by using some paper flowers, and a wooden peg.

Viola! 10 minutes to wrap the gift and it will look amazing!

Vary your paper, decorations and card to achieve exactly the look you want, perhaps tying a theme together that suits the gift inside

(think ribbon and lace if you’re wrapping linens, or greens and flowers if you’re parceling up some gardening tools). If the party you’re

attending is on the beach, decorate with shells; in a garden setting, you might choose floral paper or some floral card cutouts. You could

also tie your wrapping to the theme of the party – think black and white, retro, vintage, etc.

The combinations are as limitless as your imagination!

I Flower

I Flower

Church Confetti - I FlowerChurch Confetti have added to their “green” portfolio with ”I FLOWER”, handmade natural paper embedded with plant seeds of Sweet Alyssum- No green fingers required!

While seeded paper is not a new invention overseas, it is new to the NZ wedding industry.

After much research, Ruth finally found the most amazing little Papermill, a charitable trust and not-for-profit business. In fact they teach intellectually challenged and disabled persons in the art of papermaking. Church Confetti - I FlowerThey were able to bring her seeded paper idea to life, and Ruth says it’s wonderful to be working with such a dedicated and compassionate team of people.

The paper is printable, so messages can be added. Embellishments are available in any shape or size … and growing is simple – just add water (full instructions are on the website).

“I FLOWER” grows all year round in the North Island and early Spring & Autumn in the South Island.

Choose “I FLOWER” for a unique wedding favor and your love will continue to grow across gardens all over NZ … maybe beyond! (not to mention you’ll be supporting a good cause and the environment).

Cherish her with Montblanc

Cherish her with Montblanc

Gift her a piece from the new Montblanc Meisterstück Soft Grain wallet collection or opt for an elegant classic like a timepiece or fountain pen.



From L– R: Montblanc Meisterstück Soft Grain Zip Coin Case $635;
Montblanc Star Classique Ladies Watch: $2980;
Meisterstück Soft Grain Flap and Coin case $695;
Princess Grace de Monaco collection fountain pen $1480, Rollerball $1240 and ball point $1080;
Meisterstück Soft Grain Zip Wallet $850.

Available from Montblanc 87 Queen Street, Auckland.