My fondest memories are of family Christmases, whether at home for a snowy Christmas in Canada or in New Zealand for a BBQs and picnics on the beach. I’ve been looking forward to Christmas this year even more than usual because my parents are visiting! They’ll be visiting Christchurch, seeing our first home, and exploring the South Island for the very first time.
Despite loving the holidays, I still struggle with gift-giving. There’s so much pressure to find that perfect gift, it sometimes puts me off gift-giving altogether. My family rarely does gifts apart from necessary household items and holidays/experiences together. For friends and Nick’s family, on the other hand, I’m always on the hunt for useful, quality goods.
I partnered with Adairs to put together a Christmas gift guide to help you find something special for each person on your list. They have recently opened stores in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington,
I prefer to shop local whenever possible, so all of these items are available in New Zealand. I’ve broken my list into categories, focusing mainly on those ‘hard to buy for’ individuals who deserve something extra special.
For the new homeowner (or homewares lover, homebody, etc.)
My home (like many of my friends) is starting to look like a greenhouse. With small plants left, right and centre, I immediately fell in love with this three-tier plant holder. Perfect for smaller spaces, it fits well in a corner or behind your couch.
Another welcome addition to any living room is a shaggy, multicoloured cushion Whether for a pop of colour or a more-is-more bedroom, I’m all about mismatched pillows in various fabrics and textures.
If your loved one is a bit of a homebody, they will love the lush rose bathrobe (pictured above) for lounging around the house. I always buy my mum all-natural laundry detergent because it’s a treat I know she appreciates. A vibrant beach towel is another essential for a Kiwi summer spent at the beach.
For the men in your life
New Zealand mainstay, I Love Ugly opened a pop up shop in Christchurch – just in time for Christmas. On St. Asaph Street (wedged in between rows upon rows of car dealerships), you’ll find this lovely menswear shop. Stock up on goodies for the men in your life. I actually gave Nick his shorts a few weeks early and he’s been living in them!
For the food and wine lover…
Do you have a friend that’s obsessed with food and drink? How about a picnic in the park, a wine and cheese evening or a basket full of delicious goodies? These are some of my favourite items for that foodie friend who’s already eaten at all the best restaurants in town.
Black Estate – Treble Rosé
Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter – HoneyFix & Fogg Peanut Butter – Honey
J.Friend & Co – Lavender Honey
Heavensent Relish – Aubergine & Chilli
The Chocolate Workshop Salted Caramels
The Fine Cheese Co. – Toast for Cheese (available at Fresh Choice supermarkets)
Home Republic – Luna Salad Servers (Brass)
For the resolution warrior…
We all have one friend who is a machine – charging ahead at their resolutions with resolve and determination. If your loved one is fitspo AF, I’ve got a few gift ideas they’ll love. These items are also great for those who have vowed to hit the gym come 1st January.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet…? What’s on your wish list this year?
This post was sponsored by Adairs, but as always, all opinions are my own.