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Housewarming Gifts

Welcome to our humble abode!

Traditionally, the warming of a new house was a literal act, with friends and family taking gifts of firewood to the new home. Fires were lit in all the fireplaces both to warm the home and to cleanse the house of any resident evil spirits. Today however, we are more likely to give housewarming gifts as a way to celebrate the purchase of a new home, when attending a housewarming party or as a welcome gesture for new people to the neighbourhood.

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Housewarming Gift Ideas

Gifts to Take to the New Home:

One of the great things about gifts that you are able to take personally to the new home is that they don’t need to be wrapped up for postage… so you are free to take…

A Fresh Plant:

There is always room in everybody’s house for a lovely, new, houseplant…

Image via Pinterest

Food:

Home baking is always appreciated, as are dinner standby’s such as casseroles and treats such as a freshly made dessert pie…

Housewarming gift ideas

Image of Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie from 101 Cookbooks

Champagne

Nothing says celebration like a bit of bubbly…

housewarming gift ideas

Image via The Glitter Guide

Homemade Gift Baskets:

These are really fun to put together and can look beautiful, especially if you forget the 1980′s cellophane and big ribbons look, and opt for a more lovely natural style…

housewarming gift ideas

Image via Daily Dose of Stuf

Or A Creative Gift Idea:

Like this fun gift presentation from The Housewife Rookie  which would be great for a housewarming…

housewarming gift ideas

As would this beautifully styled apron, recipe and cake tin gift idea from Julie Blanner

housewarming gift ideas

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Gifts to Send to the New Home

But what if you don’t live in the same town and can’t deliver a house-warming gift personally? Then you will need to send a gift, and at The Paper Package we have some great ideas for you!

A Stylish Set of Rifle Paper Co. Notecards & Envelopes

The perfect thing for every new home-owner to have on hand… to say thanks, or hi, or let people know their new address and phone number…

housewarming gift ideas

Lovely Kitchen Gift Sets

Not the kind of thing people usually purchase for themselves, these stylish and practical items will make a welcome addition to a new kitchen…

housewarming gift ideas

Left: Kitchen Care Gift Pack : Right: Family Recipe Gift Package

Room Fragrance

The unique packaging of this Banks and Co. Room Fragrance is reminiscent of the crystal port decanters on the “Endeavour”as used by the 18th Century Sea Captains. A quality NZ-made product, that makes a lovely gift for a new home.

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Gourmet Gift Baskets

A gift box of yummy treats is ideal for when you want to say “Happy Housewarming” but don’t have either the time (or skills hehe) to make something yourself…

housewarming gift ideas - gourmet gift baskets

Vintage Housewarming Gift Basket

An original gift box featuring a lovely bottle of lavender linen water, delicious white chocolate brownie, organic tea from Harney & Sons and yummy loose fudge bites. A wonderful way to welcome in a fresh, new home!

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And finally…

The Moleskine Home Life Journal

A new release from the uber-popular Moleskine brand, this journal is an indispensable companion for the home. The perfect place to plan domestic changes, organise large and small jobs in the home and record interior design ideas. An original and stylish gift that perfect for a housewarming!

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Happy Housewarming!!

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What would you like for Mother’s Day?

Mothers day gifts

Let’s start with the traditional…

A card?

Mother's Day Gifts - Mother's Day card

Funny, sweet, touching card from VixensEmpire on Etsy

Flowers?

Mothers Day Gifts - Mothers Day flowers

Via pinterest from Style Me Pretty

or perhaps Breakfast in Bed?

You might be thinking like this…

Mothers Day gifts - Mothers Day breakfast in bed

Via pinterest from La Belle Vie

Or maybe??

Mothers day gifts - mothers day breakfast in bed

From Voluptama

How about a cute homemade gift?

Mothers day gifts - Mothers day homemade gift

Via Our Best Bites

Or a shopping spree?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day clothes

Via Polyvore

Maybe a phone call will suffice?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day phone call

Via We Heart It

Or did you have something a bit more luxurious in mind?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day afternoon tea

Via The Langham

How about a simple family hug?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day hug

Via OMG So Cute!

Or a day out together?

Via Pinterest

Perhaps some time away from the family might be better?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day spa

Via Chuan Day Spa

What would you say to a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift box?

Mothers day gifts - Vintage french gift box

Vintage French Gift Box via The Paper Package

Or some sentimental jewellery?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day jewellery

Via DiemDesignsJewelry on Etsy

Or perhaps best of all, a simple sleep in?

Mothers day gifts - mothers day sleep

Via www.glamour.com

But however you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we hope you’ll enjoy it because you can be sure the next day it’ll be back to…

Mothers day gifts - the day after mothers day

Via Anne Taintor

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

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To check out our full range of Mother’s Day gifts and gift baskets please visit The Paper Package

We also have some suggestions for Mother’s Day messages

And more gifts for women here

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Easter Inspiration!

With just over a week now to go until Easter we thought it would be a great time to put together some fun ideas and images to inspire your Easter festivities.

The Easter long weekend is a fabulous time for families and friends to spend some good, quality time together – without the pressure of Christmas and bonus – more chocolate!

So let’s see what we could do to celebrate this Easter…

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1. Feast

All the best celebrations involve a special effort with food so here’s some great ideas for your Easter get-togethers…

Carrot Patch

There CANNOT be a cuter way to serve carrots and hummus!

via Taste and Tell

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Savoury Bunnies

Because not all bunnies at Easter have to be sweet…

On the left is a Veggie Platter via Better Recipes and on the right are scones (guessing!)

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Delicious Desserts

Old Fashioned Carrot Cake via Taste of Home & Creamy Lemonade Pie via Taste of Home  (nb. this second recipe is very American – but the presentation seems perfect for Easter – you just might need to find a different recipe)

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Sweet Treats

Some gorgeous homemade Easter treats for kids.

Marshmallow bunnies via Better Homes & Gardens & Lollipop Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

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And of course with any celebratory occasion it’s fun to decorate the table…

Easter Table

This lovely, nostalgic Easter table is featured in the latest edition of the fabulous Sweet Paul magazine

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And do the Bunny Fold…

Some holiday-appropriate napkin folding could also be fun (via Between Naps on the Front Porch)

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Cutlery Carrots

And this is a cute way to package your cutlery for a picnic or lunch outside…

via Family Fun

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2. Play

Easter egg hunts, Easter crafts, games, experiments and more… Easter is a wonderful time to be a kid, be with kids or act like a kid!

Easter Party

This is an absolutely beautiful set of FREE Easter printables from Ellinee… party invitations, cupcake wrappers, stickers and more.

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Easter Egg Art

Little Easter crowns via Sweet Paul : DIY Washi tape eggs via Lovely Indeed : Natural dyed Easter eggs via Two Men & a Little Farm

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Easter Egg Hunts

Check out these fun, rhyming clues from Nurture Store (scroll down for more some great ideas in the comments section also)

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Easter Games

27 Kids Easter Games, Coloring Sheets, and Printables from Tip Junkie

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Easter Experimentation

Ice Eggs from A Litttle Learning for Two & Walking on raw eggs experiment from Tinkerlab

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3. Decorate

And if you’re into seasonal decorating, here is some lovely Easter eye candy for your home…

100 Easter decorating ideas via Shelterness

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Easter decoration makeover by Dear Lillie

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Beautiful decorated eggs from Martha Stewart

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Peter Cottontail Easter Party table via Kara’s Party Ideas

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Easter bouquet and eggs via Better Homes & Gardens

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4. Giving

And finally, exchanging Easter eggs is of course the traditional way to celebrate Easter Sunday, and a great way to do this if you are not able to meet up with family or friends is by sending an Easter gift basket. At The Paper Package we have a range of Easter gifts we are able to safely deliver within NZ… perfect for when you want to say “Happy Easter” but can’t be there in person.

Easter Gift Baskets

Top Row: Happy Easter Care Package : Easter Sweets & Treats

Middle Row: Little Easter Treat Box : Easter Wishes Gift Box

Top Row: Gourmet Easter Gift Box : Vintage Easter Gift Hamper

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Happy Easter !!

 

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Why Moleskines Make Great Gifts

Moleskine Notebooks

In a previous post we’ve written about why the Moleskine Recipe Journal makes a great gift idea, and here I go again with more Moleskine ♥

So why do Moleskine products make such good gifts?

1. Quality & Style

Hard-wearing, long-lasting, durable covers in elegant black. Book-bound (not just glued) journals with smooth, fine, acid-free paper that’s a beautiful creamy colour. Sharp lightly ruled grey lines at just the right distance apart.

Moleskine Classic Ruled Notebook

Classy, functional, simple & elegant design that will reflect your good taste.

2. Variety

Moleskine notebooks and journals come in an enormous variety of styles for different uses and users. At The Paper Package we stick to the classic notebook, cahiers and “passions” range of journals, but you can also purchase Moleskines for sketching, watercolour painting, reporter flip-style notebooks, diaries (the BEST diaries), japenese-style albums, story-board notebooks, music notebooks and more…

Moleskine Cahiers

Moleskine Cahiers in Kraft, Black, Blue and Red ($39.90 per set including delivery from The Paper Package)

3. Creativity

If you put your mind to it you can find a Moleskine to inspire anyone (including your friendly neighbourhood megalomaniac!)…

Moleskine Notebooks collage

All Photos via Pinterest:

Top Left: Flikr :  Top Right: Champignons, Etsy :  Bottom Left: JulienDenoyer, Etsy :  Bottom Right: The Hike Guy

4. Community

When you buy someone a Moleskine product you are inviting them into a huge community of creative,  artistic, imaginative people

Moleskine notebook art

Moleskine Art via Smashing Magazine

5. Individuality

You can give someone a Moleskine notebook that perfectly suits their individual tastes and interests (and if they don’t have any interests, maybe these could inspire them!)  Even the specific journals like this “Passions” range are designed to be customisable and personalisable (err…if that’s even a word!)

Moleskine Passions Journals

Conclusion:

Moleskine notebooks and journals make original, inspiring and stylish gifts that are perfect for so many people and occasions, from that “hard to buy for” friend to your cat-loving aunt.

To check out our current range of Moleskine products, and gift baskets containing Moleskine products please visit us at The Paper Package.

Moleskine Journals and Notebooks

Top L to R: Moleskine Cahiers  :  Film Journal  : Family Recipe Gift Basket

Middle L to R: Music Man  :  The Connoisseur  :  Baby Journal

Bottom L to R: Moleskine Red Notebook  :  Garden Notes  :  Moleskine Black Notebook

And coming soon… even more Moleskine!!

New products and some re-stocking arriving from Melbourne soon…

Moleskine journals coming soon

“Passions” Journals: Home Life, Travel, Style

Moleskine gift sets coming soon

Gift Sets: Drawing, Traveling, Writing

Moleskine Passions

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Gift Ideas, Moleskine, The Paper Package

 

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Gift Ideas for GardenersI think you’ll agree that one of the hardest things about gift giving is trying to think up new gift ideas (hence the popularity of gift cards!)

At our online gift shop The Paper Package, we are obviously all about encouraging you to buy actual presents for your friends & family (rather than the envelope with a plastic card inside), and so to help with gift ideas we’ve written a number of gift guides for different interests, personality types and occasions.

Some of these are general guides to choosing gifts, such as wedding gift ideas, how to choose gifts for children & graduation gift ideas while others are more focused on gift ideas specifically from The Paper Package.

The latest edition to this collection of gift guides is “Gift Ideas for Gardeners“.

Gardening is one of the most-popular pastimes in New Zealand, so it’s likely that you have at least one gardener or garden lover on your yearly gift list. If so… what do you think of these ideas? Granted, they are not your normal gardening gifts – there’s not a trowel or gumboot in sight – but they could make lovely & original gifts that will be much appreciated and remembered.

The images have been directly taken from our website, and below them you’ll find more information about the products and links to them.

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners:

Row 1: Left to Right

Au Jardin Sticky Notes ($36.00) : Cavallini & Co. Butterfly Stickers ($36.00) : Le Jardin Gift Box ($89.90)

Gift Ideas for Gardeners from The Paper Package

This row is focused on gifts for home and garden-loving women, and features beautiful stationery from Cavallini & Co with their trademark vintage imagery and presentation.

The Au Jardin Sticky Notes would be great to have on hand while browsing through gardening mags.

The Butterfly Stickers are such high quality and can be used for everything from sealing envelopes, gift wrapping to decorating (I have seen them stuck onto plain white candles and they look absolutely gorgeous)

And, finally the “Le Jardin” gift box is a lovely gift-boxed collection of products that includes a jar of the very popular Scully’s lavender gardening hand cream.

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Row 2: Left to Right

Moleskine Gardening Journal ($56.00): Garden Notes Gift Package (82.00) : Green Hardcover Journal ($35.00)

Gift Ideas for Gardeners from The Paper Package

This row is focused on products for passionate, literate gardeners, who would enjoy having a special place to record & chronicle their garden tasks/dreams/successes & plans.

The Moleskine Gardening Journal is part of a series of “Passions” journals from the legendary Italian notebook brand. For further info on this journal please take a look at the Moleskine site (includes a fun, short  video)

The “Garden Notes” gift package includes the Moleskine Journal in combination with the Au Jardin sticky notes.

And, this handsome green hardcover journal from O’Check Design Graphic’s “Library Collection” would be the perfect place to record gardening histories, notes & plans.

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Row 3 : Left to Right

Folk Art Boxed Cards ($35.95) : Gardener’s Handcream ($29.90) : String, Spool & Scissors Set ($52.00)

Gift Ideas for Gardeners This is a pretty random row of gifts that a keen gardener might enjoy:

The Folk Art Boxed Card Set from Rifle Paper Co. is a great gift idea, and so handy to have on hand. Why waste time & money going to the shops every time you need a card, when you can have these gorgeous, original cards in your desk drawer. So these would be great both as a gift for gardeners, or to send to a gardener.

As mentioned above Scully’s lavender Gardener’s Hand Cream is very popular. This particular product is presented in a lovely, vintage-style gift box and would make the perfect little birthday or thank you gift.

Our final product in this row is O’Check Design Graphics String, Scissors & Spool Set. This is also a very popular product, it looks fantastic sitting on your bench or table, and the scissors work phenomenally well! I have been using my set for a couple of years now, and they are as sharp as ever.

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Bottom Row : Left to Right

Sweets & Nibbles Gift Box ($84.00) : Botanical Gift Box ($89.90) : Gardener’s Gift Pack ($44.00)

Gift Ideas for Gardeners from The Paper Package

This final row consists of boxed gifts that gardeners will love…

The Sweets & Nibbles Gift Box is filled with a lovely selection of gourmet food products, like handmade soft-centred chocolates, biscotti, fresh fudge, cheese sticks & more. Presented in a homely, fresh style with a charming vintage gift tag.

The Botanical Gift Box features a stunning collection of botanically themed products, including a boxed set of gift cards, small notebook, lavender, blackcurrent & cassis candle, Harney & Sons green tea and some handmade chocolate flowers. It really does make a gorgeous special occasion gift!

Finally, the Gardener’s Gift Pack is a lovely gift-boxed pairing of Scully’s gardener’s hand cream and gardener’s soap. Attractive and practical, this makes a nice gift for the green-fingered.

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And of course, we wrap them too…

Gift Ideas for Gardeners from The Paper Package

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Gift Ideas, The Paper Package

 

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Good Advice…

and finally…

Images 1,2,3,& 6 via Pinterest: All the rest – please click through for source

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Fun, Photos, Pinterest

 

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How to Choose and Wrap a Wedding Gift

If you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding over the next little while, here’s a few quick pointers for gift ideas, as well as some lovely inspiration for creative gift wrapping.

wedding gift wrapping 1

Via DinoCreator on Etsy

First up, how to choose a wedding gift:

Basically, for weddings there are 4 types of gifts to choose from…

1. CASH

This is generally the most recommended gift for a wedding these days, and because it’s something nearly all newly-wed couples are short of, you know it will be appreciated.

To make giving cash more personal you could attach your envelope to a smaller, personally chosen gift item. Or to make it seem more special you could wrap your envelope creatively.

wedding gift card wrapping

Via My Life Under the Bus

2. REGISTRY GIFT

If the couple has a gift registry then it could be a good idea to stick to a gift item from there. Although it can seem a bit impersonal, you will at least be giving them something you know they will like.

If all the items on the register are too expensive for your budget, it can be a good idea to either give a gift card from the registry store in an amount that you can afford, or chip in with other guests to purchase one of the couple’s dream items together.

wedding gift tips - registry

3. TIMELESS GIFTS

When there is no gift registry and you don’t want to give cash, the next best thing could be a timeless wedding gift such as:

- Silver candlesticks

- Best quality bed-linen (good for posting so a good choice if you are unable to attend)

- French Champagne

- Quality cutlery

- Crystal

- Cast-iron French cookware (not so good for posting!)

These gifts are great for couples that have been living together already and don’t require any of the traditional “setting up a home” type gifts.

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Eclectic Silver Plated Candlesticks from Pottery Barn

4. SENTIMENTAL FAMILY GIFTS

Sometimes the best-loved wedding gifts can come from thoughtful, sentimental ideas such as a book filled with the family recipes, or a photo album of candid, non-staged wedding shots. An anniversary journal is another romantic, sentimental idea for the couple.

Wedding or Anniversary Gift - Happily Ever After Gift

Happily Ever After wedding or anniversary gift from The Paper Package

But now you’ve chosen the gift, how are you going to wrap it?

Once you’ve settled on a gift for the wedding – why not go that little step further and make the gift something really special through lovely gift wrapping. It makes your gift stand out and gives the bride (and groom) that lovely sense of fun and anticipation that comes from unwrapping a beautiful or unique present.

A few quick tips:

  • It’s always classic to use white or silver wrapping paper or ribbon

wedding gift wrapping collage


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  • If you’re going to be putting your gift on a table or prominent position at the wedding it’s a nice idea to go with the theme of the wedding – take your cue from the look of the invitation. For example these types of gift wraps would look great for a casual, outdoors, vintage-y wedding…

wedding gift wrapping vintage style

Via Original Home

  • ALWAYS attach your gift tag or card securely to the gift – it’s very stressful for newly-weds or their family trying to remember who gave what, or match loose cards to random gifts. It also makes it a nightmare to thank people properly if you’re not quite sure what they gave you!

wedding gift wrapping collage

Left to R: Something Blue : Martha Stewart Weddings

  • If you’re planning on giving an envelope containing money or gift cards etc, transform it into a gift by using a generous length of double satin ivory or white ribbon, or other trimmings to embellish the outside.

Via A Gift Wrapped Life

  • Going simple, especially for a summer, garden or beach wedding can be fun and classy – maybe a little bit of lace on plain white or brown paper – or even some newspaper with tulle…

wedding gift wrapping - simple collage

Left to R: Hvitur Lakkris : The Country Chic Cottage :Marley and Lockyer

  • And if you’re a little bit crafty you can make a wonderful impression with embellishments

Via Pretty Petals

And finally, don’t forget your wedding wishes!

We have compiled a small list of messages suitable for wedding gift cards or tags on our website. You can check these out here.

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