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
For further information, please visit;
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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;
Christmas Gifts
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;
Christmas Gifts
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.
Shop online now at
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!)
Shop online now at
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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Christmas Gifts

Experience the ‘Joi of Giving’ this Christmas

Experience the ‘Joi of Giving’ this Christmas

More Christmas shopping inspiration … and one that works towards a fabulous cause!

This Christmas, JOICO will once again be lending a helping hand to the Starship Foundation with the release of JOICO’s Christmas holiday gift sets. For every specially marked JOICO K–Pak & Colour Therapy holiday gift set sold, $1 will be donated to the Starship Foundation.

JOICO have been working with the Starship Foundation since 2014, supporting the national children’s hospital.

“We are very grateful to JOICO and their customers who will help raise important funds for Starship, our national children’s hospital,” Chief Executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, says.

“The 2016 JOICO holiday gift set campaign will help with the refurbishment of the Starship Hospital’s Level 5 General Paediatrics ward, and will benefit our young patients and their families for years to come.”

Hair pamper lovers can help the Starship Hospital by purchasing one of five JOICO holiday gift sets:

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Classic Set
Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Traveller Set

1. The Classic Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner

2. The Traveller Set:
K-Pak Shampoo, Conditioner, Intense Hydrator, Flip Turn, Heat Set and clutch

3. The Beach Lover Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner, Intense Hydrator, Restorative Styling Oil

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Beach Lover Set

4. The Miracle Treatment Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner, Luster Lock

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
Miracle Treatment Set

5. The Revitalisation Set:
K-Pak Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
Revitalisation Set

JOICO holiday sets are available exclusively in salons nationwide, with gift sets starting from RRP $46.


Shopping for Mother’s Day made EZI

Shopping for Mother’s Day made EZI

There’s no doubt that mum’s a pretty special lady, but sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find her the right Mother’s Day gift. Here’s EziBuy’s five top gift ideas… (Plus, when you order via, you can rest assured that your Mother’s Day gift will be delivered to your door the next day!)

1.  Give mum the night off with some comfortable nightware, so she can pop her feet up to relax and unwind with a cup of tea and her favourite book in hand – bliss! RRP $39.99.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

2.  Make sure mum’s winter-ready with this stylish Zambezi faux fur hot water bottle cover – that way she’s warm and snuggly! RRP $19.99.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

3.  Give mum the ultimate of treats – breakfast in bed, with freshly washed crisp white sheets and this beautiful Derby duvet cover set – RRP $149.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

4.  With winter on it’s way, mum can keep warm with this 100% Australian wool tassle throw – RRP $129.99

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

5.  Nothing beats sitting on the sofa watching your favourite film wrapped up in this cozy robe – Mia Lucce Waffle Robe – RRP $59.99

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

To shop EziBuy, visit or phone 0800 800 350 now!


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!

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.

Buying Your Groomsmen A Gift

Buying Your Groomsmen A Gift

22322The weeks of planning, organising, mayhem and stress is almost over and your big wedding day is just round the corner.

Before you celebrate, take a moment to remember everything your groomsmen have done. From organising a kick-ass stag do to writing an hilarious wedding speech, these men have been by your side and now you need to thank them with an awesome present.

This is going to be difficult.

With all the different interests to consider plus the need for it to be memorable, this will be no easy task.

The first step is to not rush into buying anything for your groomsmen too soon. Take your time and choose carefully. They will be much more appreciative if they can see that you have put time and thought into their gift.

Traditional gifts for the groomsmen are often a pair of cufflinks or a hip flask. Both items are suitable as the cufflinks can be used for any special occasion and can be brought to suit their taste, and a hip flask will always get good use from any man. It is also can be seen as a way for you to say goodbye to your bachelorhood.

If you don’t want the traditional gift but would still like to offer something that all your groomsmen can use, then consider some luxury grooming products. This shouldn’t be anything too cheap as it could look like not much thought went into the present. Make it something that is classic and unique and can’t be brought at the local supermarket. The idea that it is a luxury product will signify that the gift is something special to your groomsmen.

There are also some items that you should avoid when it comes to gifts. Forget anything cheesy or with hilarious funny quotes. These are best saved for the stag do only. You need something that your groomsmen can cherish and that they can keep with good memories, not something that will cause a few good jokes and will be hidden in a drawer never to be seen again.

Forget the wife. This may sound harsh but the gift is to come from you and only you. You know your groomsmen best and know what they will like. By you deciding on the gifts, it will make it more personal and special for them.

Finally if the groomsmen are all so unique and different, why not get them something that is different to suit each one of their likes and personalities that they will all individually love. It will show that you thought about each one of them and took the time to choose each gift carefully.

Cufflinks, Hip Flasks and Grooming sets are all available at from £9.99

Lean Mean Roasting Machine

Lean Mean Roasting Machine

GeorgeForemanGeorge Foreman is well known for its fat busting grills, but with an ever-expanding range of exciting new must-have kitchen accessories, they are welcoming back the much loved Lean Mean Roasting Machine – the perfect addition to your kitchen collection.

The 360° cooking design heats and seals from all sides, ensuring your meat, veggies and potatoes are cooked to perfection, with minimal effort – and with a 5L capacity, the Lean Mean Roasting Machine is big enough to hold a 2.5kg chicken and full cuts of meat.

With everyone becoming more calorie conscious, the Christmas season can seem intimidating for health lovers, but with a sloped cooking plate to help drain away fat and grease, this roasting machine will ensure your Christmas feast keeps all the flavour.

With a digital countdown timer that lets you set and forget, the Lean Mean Roasting Machine will keep your turkey, beef and pork tender, while you make more time for all the important things in life, like mingling with your guests this Christmas time.
Even the Christmas Day clean up is made easier, with the excess fat pouring straight in to a removable drip tray which is easy to clean, leaving you with all the time in the world to soak in the Christmas cheer and culinary glory.

So if you’re health conscious but don’t want to sacrifice a delicious Christmas dinner this year, the George Foreman Lean Mean Roasting Machine is your perfect companion.

• Product available 1st November, 2013
• For all stockist enquiries, please call 0800 736 776
• Website
• George Foreman Lean Mean Roasting Machine (GV6B) RRP $249.99

Almost 50% Of Gift Lists Run By Grooms

Almost 50% Of Gift Lists Run By Grooms

Gift ListsA growing phenomenon in gift list planning is allowing the boys to wrestle back control and get excited about the big day.

The team at online gift list provider have noticed a shift in roles among the bride and grooms when it comes to who looks after the wedding gift registry.

While internet gift lists are a growing trend – a real time-saver and a means to keep friends and family around the world abreast of wedding plans – they are also bringing couples closer together, getting men more involved in the wedding planning.

Often it is the groom that sets up the page and manages the addition of items, plus the running of the guestbook. In fact, almost 50% of all pages activated in 2011 so far are run by men.

Grooms can set up a photo album, manage RSVPs and even add widgets, such as a Sky Sports Football News feed, to their page to encourage friends to visit more often.

And the ability to add gadgets, holiday experiences and quirky household items to online gift lists such as has led to many men wrestling the mouse off their beloved brides-to-be and taking control of the orders.

By contrast, women are more involved in co-ordinating high street store gift lists, and often enlist the mother of the bride or the chief bridesmaid in that part of the planning.

Belinda and Phil made their list a real joint project.

“Phil really liked the fact we could tailor-make it to our requirements and express our personality though it,” said Belinda.

“This appealed to him far more than traipsing round a department store zapping dinnerware and cushions. Like most men, he gets bored of this sort of activity after five minutes.”

The couple found the gift list easy to manage and flexible to run.

“In terms of what we were looking for in an online wedding gift list, Zankyou ticked every box,” said Belinda.

”Other sites require your guests to pay commission when giving you a gift, which is something we really didn’t want, as we feel we should bare the expense. 

In addition, we consider the level of commission charged by Zankyou to be very competitive.”

Couples can do more with a website, asking for financial contributions towards any sort of gift. You can also manage charitable donations, and all cash gifts go straight into a nominated bank account, negating the risk of cheques lost in the post.

“We loved the flexibility offered by Zankyou,” said Belinda

. “We asked our guests for contributions towards our honeymoon and we were able to build our trip piece by piece, listing things like a meal out or a night’s accommodation as something a guest could buy us, rather than making a faceless donation into one big pot.”

FACT FILE allows couples to register for honeymoon activities, a dream project or charitable donation, as well as household goods – and receive the full cash equivalent in their bank account. While other online cash wedding registries charge up to 7.5% for their service, Zankyou’s rate is just 2.85% per transaction, no matter what the amount contributed. And, couples can defer this rate to their guests, making it absolutely free of charge for the bride and groom to use.

Gift Registry: Tying the Knot

Gift Registry: Tying the Knot

Profile- Tying the KnotHe’s proposed, you’re wearing the ring and you’re both running around like chooks with your heads cut off. Not only do you need to plan the big day itself, you’re probably also thinking about where to honeymoon and whose flat or house will make the best marital home.

Many couples sort out their gift registry early in the planning, while others leave it until the last minute.

Selecting your gift registry often needs more thought and time than many afford it, resulting in unwanted or duplicate gifts, and leaving some couples guiltily selling things on sites like Trade Me so that they can afford to buy what they really need.

Since many modern couples are either already living together or have been living in their own house or flat, it stands to reason that the days of the standard gift registry are a thing of the past, as is the famed Kitchen Tea. There’s hardly a need for the kitchen paraphernalia of old anymore, and that’s where a company like Tying the Knot come into their own.

Their gift registry offers and array of gifts of those who already have all the basics. Sure, they do carry some stunning glassware, kitchenware, tableware and linen; after all, there are some things you may have put on your wish list for a number of years, but bills and a small thing called a wedding budget might have stopped you buying it.

However, Tying The Knot also offers couples the opportunity of being gifted a honeymoon and travel package, some fabulous wines to stock the cellar with, a delightful range of art and sculpture, or something as romantic as a sailing dinner cruise or a balloon flight.

There are gifts to suit every budget, and the grooms aren’t forgotten either, with sports products and packages aplenty!

A purely online site, Tying the Knot is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful products and experiences, and it’s convenient and very easy to use.

Once registered and logged in, you can set about making your choices. Add personal notes to items for your guests to read, check out the “popular” items that other couples are opting to select, add to or change your list at any time of the day or night, and you can even rank your gifts in order of preference.

As for your guests, they’ll find it just as easy – they can search using either of your surnames, and some gifts are available as part-purchases so that your guests can share the cost.

Once the gift is purchased, you’ll receive an email update. Your gifts will be luxuriously wrapped and cards attached. All of your gifts will then be delivered to the address you have selected, usually just before or after the wedding.

Tying the Knot still covers the basics, but complements these with desirable home and lifestyle gifts that today’s brides and grooms really want. To my mind, it’s the ultimate gift registry for modern couples.


Breville Espressos

Breville Espressos

TBrevillehree and a half years of tweaking, tamping and tasting has resulted in Breville launching the Dual Boiler espresso machine ($1799.95).

Sounds dear, but add up those daily coffees!

Breville took their cue from commercial machines and came up with a machine that has a home-friendly footprint and, for the coffee enthusiast, an affordable price tag.

The perfect coffee requires precision temperature and pressure control, consistently – the dual stainless steel boiler heating system provides that. The brew boiler (for the espresso shot) extracts to within 1’C, and a separate steam boiler offers instant and powerful steam on demand.

Brew temperature, pre-infusion pressure and duration are all programable – but it’s all kept simple with a quick heat up, front fill water tank and programable dose.

A shot clock and pressure gauge help the user improve their barista skills over time!

From Noel Leeming and Harvey Norman stores.