Christmas is just around the corner. And for many of us, when you are stuck for ideas, it can be difficult to not fall back on socks and undies.
Santa’s elves have been hard at work and together we’ve come up with a valuable list of beautiful items and experiences from Wellington and beyond for 2018’s Christmas.
From Mum and Dad, to your design obsessed friend, colleague who deserves a treat or hot-mess bestie, you will find something for everyone in the list below. Enjoy the season and take advantage of the opportunity to give something that truly says ‘I value you’ to those you love. Tried and true, I stand behind everyone of these gift ideas. Go for it and say Merry Christmas!
Sometimes, it is best to simply say it with flowers. A flower subscription is a fabulous gift which any mum will love. Send her a bunch every week or every fortnight of beautiful fresh blooms from Wellington florist Juliette Florist.
Dad will love an afternoon in the country at luxury lodge Boomrock. While many know it for its fantastic weddings and work functions, few know you can actually pop to Boomrock for an afternoon at certain times of year, and get the full treatment. For $115, Dad will get a transfer to the lodge, indulge in exquisite food and wine, participate in extreme activities and experience impeccable hospitality. Take advantage of the perfect opportunity to escape the city and take in the best views Wellington has to offer.
10.30am Board the coach at TSB Arena
11.15am Arrive at Boomrock
11.30am Activities & Canapes
1.30pm Three course lunch
4.00pm Depart Boomrock
3. For your sister - Slip Silk Pillowcases (available at Superette - $105)
I discovered Slik Pillowslips this year when visiting London, and although I was sceptical at first, I now swear by these amazing pillow cases which keep your hair in mint condition all through the night. Say goodbye to daily washing, knots and ragged ends, and hello to beautiful soft hair!! Has to be tried to be believed but seriously, I want you to try these! Eye-masks and scrunchies also available.
4. For your husband or partner - Woodcut Maps of Wellington from The Furnace ($179)(Small)
Finding something for someone who has it all? It’s almost certain that your giftee will NOT already own a stunning woodcut map of Wellington. Sustainably made, these Lyall Bay based creators have been crafting goregous eco-art pieces for a few years, and recently set up shop right here in Welly! There are other areas available, like Auckland, Kawau Island, Coromandel and more, plus you can customise your mapped area if you don’t need it in time for Christmas. In my opinion though, you can’t go past a depiction of the beautiful Wellington harbour. Perfect for a sailing fan in the family, geography nut or anyone who loves to call Wellington home.
5. For the Design-Obsessed Homemaker - Tom Dixon ‘Bump’ Glasses from ECC Lighting ($145)
These Tom Dixon glasses are the perfect present for any design/home obsessed family member. Inspired by laboratory apparatus, Bump is an exercise in the manipulation of the conical, spherical and tubular building blocks of glassmaking and a play in transparency and translucence. This pair will look bloody fantastic on your dinner table.
6. For the Muso brother - Tickets to Coastella 2019 (From $80)
From Trinity Roots to The Beths, there’s something for everyone at this boutique festival on the coast of the greater Wellington region which mixes music, food and fantastic wine with the unexpected. Over two days the quiet picturesque leafy Kapiti Cost is transformed into a swinging, surprising music extravaganza. Enjoy the worlds smallest theatre or simply kick back and listen to birdsong. Two tickets to this amazing festival would be perfect for someone who likes to enjoy great music without the chaos and crowds. Book now to ensure you don’t miss out!
7. For the good work-mate who deserves it - Glow Lab Mini’s ($25)
Got a work-mate who’s had your back this year? Show her you appreciate it. The Glow Lab Mini Pack features minis of some of this skincare superstars; Facial Serum, Facial Moisturiser, Night Cream, Crème Cleanser and Body Lotion, and at a super affordable price ($24.99). Glow Labs natural formulations are boosted with scientifically-proven active ingredients (usually found in high-end skincare brands) to deliver a natural skincare range that is beautiful to use but effective too. Proudly cruelty free with no nasties, Glow Lab’s products are developed right here in New Zealand by on-site chemists. The perfect secret Santa gift idea to get that holiday glow.
8. For the Beach Babe Bestie - Lonely Swimwear ‘Connie’ set (from $130)
A good swimsuit is worth its weight in gold. I found this Connie two piece before I went on holiday, and think it might be one of the most flattering styles out there. I wore it on the Amalfi Coast and on the Greek Islands and loved it! If you have a beautiful babe-like partner, or a best friend who’d appreciate something a certain special treat, get her the best swimsuit she’ll ever own from iconic New Zealand brand, Lonely.
9. For the ‘Sleeps-in-her-makeup’ friend - Kiehl’s Herbal Infused Micellar Cleansing Water ($20)
This micellar water is great if you know someone who needs to get into the habit of taking off her makeup before bed (that could indeed be you). Infused with Thyme Essential Oil and Lemon Balm Floral Water, Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water has been formulated with a non-stripping, soap-free and sulfate-free micellar cleansing system to gently remove dirt, impurities and makeup without stripping the skin’s moisture barrier. Suitable for sensitive skin, this is a pleasant and affordable product for any skincare regime.