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Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

Continuing on with our Christmas gift guides, today’s post is all about choosing gifts for children. Now, we’re not really talking here about parents choosing gifts for their own kids for Christmas (that is outside our expertise as mainly selling gift basket-type products), this is more a guide for extended family or friends who may not have a lot of day-to-day contact with the kids but would like to give them a present at Christmas.

In this post we want to start with some of our top tips for choosing gift ideas that kids will love, then go on to showcase some of our children’s gifts from The Paper Package, and finish up with a few fun examples of homemade gifts kids will love…

1. Top 5 Tips for Choosing Children’s Gifts

Tip # 1 – If at all possible – check with the parents first

Children’s interests can change markedly from year to year, so a quick email or phone call to the parents could be the best step towards finding that perfect gift. They often have interests (obsessions?) related to what is currently popular at school or on TV, and although the trend usually only lasts for a little while, at the time it can be all they want.

Tip # 2 – Online toy stores can have great gift buying guides

It’s really hard to keep up with what stages kids are at, so online stores where you can research what’s age-appropriate and popular can be a great help.

IQ Toys (www.iqtoys.co.nz) is an example of a great website in NZ for checking out kids toys. They have “shop by age” and “shop by price” categories, buyer’s guides for different age groups and customer reviews of products (note: we aren’t affiliated or associated with IQ Toys in any way :) )

Other good places to look for ideas include lists of the latest book award winners (try NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists) or toy awards.

Tip # 3 – There’s always the classics

There are just some gifts for children that never seem to go out of style – for example Lego, Barbies, crafts, stationery (especially for girls), stickers, magic tricks, bouncy balls and books.

Tip # 4 – Family presents make great Christmas gift ideas

Giving a gift to the whole family at Christmas time can be a nice idea. For example – movie passes, tickets to the local swimming complex, vouchers for a simple meal out or items like board games that the whole family can play.

Similarly, a family gift basket can make a great present. A family DVD with a big bag of popcorn (or packets of microwave popcorn if you’re posting the gift) and chocolate bars, minties etc. makes a great movie night basket. Or try a new tray of cupcake tins with cake mix, icings, liners and lots of sprinkles and little sweets for decoration – kids love making and decorating their own cup cakes, and this makes for a fun family-orientated holiday activity.

Tip # 5 – If in doubt – add something sweet!

A few lollies or sweets added to a gift for children always has the effect of turning it into a huge hit! It’s  especially fun to add things that sensible parents might cringe at – like those huge lollipops as big as your face, or their own individual boxes of chocolates. 100% Guaranteed to please.

So, on to some of our own lovingly wrapped gift ideas…

2. Children’s Gifts from The Paper Package

First up, gift boxes. Although it might not be the first thing you think of in relation to children’s gifts, receiving their own “brown paper package tied up with string” in the post or in person can be a fun idea for Christmas. In our Christmas gift basket range we have 4 that are particularly suitable for children (as well as anybody else who is young at heart :)) Please click through the links or images for more details.

Little Xmas Treat Box

Just like the name says – a nostalgic little package of treats…

Christmas Gift Baskets for Children

Jolly Sweet Gift Box

A traditional taste of the tuck shop in a box – with lots of freshly made old favourites like sherbet, candy rock, gingerbread, cola fizzies…

Christmas Gift Baskets for Children

Xmas Chocko Box

This is a guaranteed to please idea for most teenagers. Chock full of chocolate and wrapped in a lovely vintage-style…

Christmas Gift Baskets for Children

Christmas Bluebirds Gift Box

Particularly suitable for tween or teenage girls, this lovely gift box contains cute stationery and more…

Christmas Gift Baskets for Children

As well as these Christmas gift baskets, we also have available a small number of quality paper products for children that could make a great Christmas gift.

For example, these puzzles from the multi award-winning Mudpuppy Press, New York.

Christmas gifts for children

Around the World Puzzle  :  Fairytale Puzzle  :  Pirates Puzzle Package

Or these imaginative and creative gifts with a nostalgic twist…

Christmas gifts for children

Clockwise from top left: Robots Create-A-Card Set  :  Crafty Flowers  :  Little Robots Package  :  Fairytale Theatre

In the final part of this post we’d like to show you a few homemade gift ideas for children this Christmas…

3. Homemade Children’s Gifts

Candy Cane Playdough

A cute and inexpensive idea for littlies…

From The Artful Parent

Picnic / Adventure Basket

This awesome gift was given for a wedding, but the idea could be wonderfully adapted to make a children’s version (or an adventure basket). Thinking along the lines of… a butterfly catcher, binoculars, magnifying glass, notebook & pencil etc. along with the blanket and drink bottle (absolutely love the idea of the viewfinder too!)

From Tiger in a Jar

Ice-Cream Sundae Kit

Along similar lines, this collection of toppings, sauces and cones makes a perfect summer Christmas gift…

From Family Bites

So that’s our guide to children’s Christmas gifts… the next post planned is gifts for women so stay tuned for some nice eye candy :)

 

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How We Gift Wrap

Today’s post was inspired by a customer we had recently who asked for more pictures of the little sweet box we sell. After sending the photographs to her, we thought that other potential customers might also like to see in more detail what our packages actually look like when they are wrapped, and how they arrive on the doorstep of the recipient’s (or their) home. So here we go…

Our Vintage-Style Gift Wrapping in 7 Easy Steps

The gifts we sell at The Paper Package, whether they’re single items, gift baskets, gift boxes, Christmas hampers or anything else, are all presented in what we like to call our “signature vintage-style”. But what exactly does that mean?  Well, this is the way we usually go about wrapping our gifts…

[Please excuse the terrible exposure of these photographs - the light was very bad when I took them - and I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination :)]

Step One:

So, using one of our little “Sweet Boxes” for an example, the first thing we have to do is to get the gift box and the contents together…

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

The Sweet Box is quite a small gift, but we cram it full with as much yumminess as we can. There’s 3 bars of fresh fudge (Chocolate, Russian & Irish Creme), 2 Lindt bon bons, half a dozen handmade chocolate hearts, a bag of old-fashioned butterscotch sweets and 3 delicious lemon melting moments. Good stuff! And it all has to fit inside the box. But first…

Step Two:

We have to line the box with some lovely crisp white tissue. Then all the items are placed inside as attractively as possible…

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Three:

Then the tissue is folded over and the contents are sealed with either a vintage-inspired sticker or some decorative Japanese washi tape.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Four:

Then once everything is all secure inside, the box is tied with either string or ribbon in a simple bow.

Then we usually hand write the customer’s message onto the gift tag… and secure this to the outside of the box also.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Five:

In step five the gift box is covered again in some white tissue before being carefully wrapped in old-fashioned brown paper or its more modern equivalent, Kraft paper. The resulting paper package is then either tied with plain string, vintage seam binding or lovely satin or grosgrain ribbon. It is also hand decorated with vintage images and/or stamps so that it gives the feel of a nostalgic “brown paper package tied up with string” (a la The Sound of Music)

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Six:

In this step we wrap the paper package again with bubble wrap to protect it on its travels, and then secure this with a little hand made card.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Seven:

The final step is usually to put the package inside a courier trackpack. We use trackpacks to save costs, which allows us to offer an option of free shipping to all our customers. In some cases (generally the larger gift boxes or multiple orders) we will use brown cardboard boxes or brown wrapping paper and string.

The majority of our gifts are couriered with CourierPost, which reaches all rural addresses, urban & CBD addresses, PO Boxes and Private Bags.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

So that’s it… how we wrap!

Next post… we’ll be back into our Christmas Gift Guide 2011 (there’s only 60 sleeps to go!!)

p.s.

If you’re interested, we also have a pinterest board that features some of the images/blogs that have inspired our gift wrapping style:

Vintage-style gift wrapping insiration for www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Gift Wrapping, The Paper Package

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandparents & Extended Family

Continuing our series of Christmas gift guides, today we’re focusing on reasonably-priced gift ideas for grandparents and extended family.

It would be interesting to know how many of us still buy or give Christmas presents to our extended family?  A lot of people seem to have agreements to just give gifts to their immediate family members or they run things like ballots or secret santa’s within the family to keep the costs and stress levels down. But, not-to-fear, if your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. are still on your gift list, here are some great ideas…

Firstly, from The Paper Package:

1. Lavender Gift Box  $56.00 including delivery

This lovely gift box features high quality, NZ-made lavender products and old-fashioned sweets. It makes the perfect Christmas present for a grandmother or older aunt…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Lavender Gift Box

2. Talking Family $52.00 including delivery

This is a fantastic gift idea for your grandparents, or as a combined gift for your whole extended family. It’s a set of Table Topics conversation starters focused on family history and stories.Ideal for when you’re planning to spend some time with the whole family, this game can be great fun and who knows, you might even discover some hidden family secrets!

Christmas Gift Ideas - Family Gathering

3. Merry & Bright Sugar-Free Gift Box $58.00 including delivery

Thinking of older family members again, many of them may be diabetic or pre-diabetic. We have designed this Christmas gift box to be as sugar-free as possible, so it makes a great choice for anyone who needs to regulate their sugar intake…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Merry & Bright Sugar Free Gift Box

4. Jolly Sweet Gift Box $49.50 including delivery

For the younger family members, this gift box of tuck-shop treats would be perfect to send to nephews or nieces this Christmas. Packed with old-fashioned sweets like sherbert fizzies, fruit jellies, candy rock and gingerbread and wrapped in a gorgeous, nostalgic style with a handmade “jolly snowman” gift tag…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Jolly Sweet Gift Box

Christmas Gift Ideas

5. Ciak Golf Notebook $38.00 including delivery

The Ciak Golf notebook is handmade in Florence from soft leather. It makes a high quality gift for under $40.00 and is perfect for the golf enthusiasts in your family (women or men)…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Ciak Golf Notebook

6. Winterthur Flowers Flip Top Notecards $29.00 including delivery

These fabulous note card sets make a great Christmas gift for your nana, aunty or sister-in-law. Made by Galison, New York, this lovely set contains 12 gorgeous note cards and matching envelopes in a keepsake magnetic-closure box. The beautiful “Winterthur” flowers vintage design comes from a 19th Century book of watercolours, originally produced for the porcelain work of Thomas Dimmock & Company in Hanley, England.

Christmas Gift Ideas - Winterthur flowers notecard set

So that’s our top selection of Christmas gifts for grandparents and extended family… but of course there are plenty more gift ideas on our website that you might find suitable for Christmas this year, including some from our ranges of  gifts for men, gifts for women or Christmas gift boxes.

Now on to some other great gift ideas that you could make at home…

DIY Photo Coasters from Lee La La

Christmas Gift Ideas - Homemade Photo Coasters

These would make a fantastic gift idea for grandparents!

(note: in NZ Mod Podge is available online from http://www.artsupplies.co.nz)

Map Coasters from Martha Stewart

A similar idea that could be great for a grandfather (especially if you were able to use maps of places you had visited together or that were close to his heart…)

Christmas Gift Ideas - Map Coasters

Felt Christmas Decorations from Bugs and Fishes

These are very cute ideas for giving to extended family or friends (popped inside a Christmas Card maybe?)

Christmas Gift Ideas - Homemade Felt Decorations

If you have children at home it would be a great project to do together (especially if they don’t turn out looking this good – then you could blame it on the kids lol :))

Personalised Guess Who? Game from obSUESSed

This is a really fun idea for the whole extended family. Use an old “Guess Who” game to make a personalised version for your own family members…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Personalised Guess Who Game

Imagine the fun you could have asking “Does he look prematurely bald?” or “Does she have a silly expression on her face?” Could get the Christmas Day get-together off to a great start!!

Grandpa Photo Collage from Women Living Well

We first came across this idea when looking for Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas, but it works equally well for a Christmas present…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Grandpa photo collage

(of course you ‘d have to have the right number of grandkids in the family for the name you use!!)

Candy Cane Mice Decorations from Martha Stewart

Another great little gift idea from Martha Stewart. These look fairly easy for children to make with just a little bit of help, and would also make great little gifts for their friends…

Christmas Gift Ideas - Christmas mice decorations

And finally…

This last gift idea we found COULD be fun to give to your grandparents (but only if they have a nice and dark sense of humour!)

All My Friends Are Dead $14.12 from Fishpond

Christmas Gift Ideas

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas – For Neighbours, Colleagues & Acquaintances

We are starting our series of Christmas gift guides with this one for “neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances”. It is probably fair to say that these are people who you need/want to give Christmas presents to, while at the same time you don’t want to spend TOO much money on.

We’re thinking here of gifts for people like your neighbours (especially if they’re collecting your mail or feeding your cat over the holidays), your boss or co-workers, your customers or business acquaintances, and your children’s’ teachers, doctor or nurse etc. etc…

Some general gift buying tips:

  • Because these are people that you may not know very well personally, it is probably best to choose gifts that are fairly generic and non-personal (a good rule of thumb is that the less personal the relationship you have with somebody, the more generic the gift should be)
  • A good price range for these types of gifts would be around the $5.00 – $30.00 mark
  • You really want to avoid anything that has religious overtones, is tasteless or trashy or, worst of all, comes within the “humorous rude” category (especially for gifts that people have to open in front of others!)
  • And, as with all gifts (but especially inexpensive gifts), presentation is everything.

 

So, on with the gift suggestions. Firstly we will feature some suitable gifts we have available at The Paper Package, then we’ll go on to some other great gift ideas that you can put together yourself.

Gifts from The Paper Package:

We have a number of products available in the gifts under $30.00 price range that we particularly like as Christmas presents for your neighbours, colleagues or acquaintances.

1. Little Bottle of Gift Tags – Nature ($16.95 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

A cute little bottle of woodland/nature themed gift tags – perfect for Christmas-time gift giving.

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Little Bottle of Gift Tags

2. Banks & Co. Body Bar ($24.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

A lovely, luxurious gift for women, prettily wrapped up for Christmas…

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Banks & Co. Body Bar

3. Gardener’s Hand Cream ($29.90 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

A very popular hand cream for men and women, gardeners and anybody working outdoors…

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Scully's Gardener's Hand Cream

4. Italian Leather Notebook ($29.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

Handmade in Florence, this is a high quality, stylish gift for under $30.00

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Ciak Lined Pocket Notebook

5. Butterfly Notebook ($29.90 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

This is just the most adorable Christmas gift… a gorgeous purse sized notebook from Cavallini & Co.

Christmas Gift guide 2011 - Butterfly notebook

and last but not least, a gift that will probably suit everybody…

6. Merry Christmas Paper Package ($29.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)

A cheery little gift box of Christmas treats!

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Merry Xmas Paper Package

There are plenty more Christmas gift boxes and gifts under $30.00 to check out on our website, but for now we’ll move on to some fabulous, inexpensive gifts that you could put together yourself…

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Vintage Xmas Postcard

Food items make an ideal little gift for Christmas, especially when they’re presented creatively…

Homemade Biscuit Dough Roll

This is a great idea for an inexpensive Christmas gift from Southern Living… your favourite biscuit dough in a roll, wrapped in a printout of the recipe/baking instructions (note: this does have to be kept in the fridge – but wouldn’t it be a great Christmas gift for your neighbours?!)

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Cookie Dough Roll

Cupcakes

Cupcakes might be so last year, but how could you not love these!

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Frog Prince Paperie

And how cute are these…

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - North Pole Cupcakes

North Pole Cupcakes from Kara’s Party Ideas

Or, moving on from cupcakes, what about a plate of these fun melting snowman biscuits from Crazy Domestic? Love them!

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Melting Snowman Cookies

No-Cook Food Gifts

But if home baking is not your thing, there’s this idea for a hot chocolate mix in a jar (I know these ideas aren’t the most seasonally appropriate for a summer Christmas… but they all look so great!)

Peppermint Stick Cocoa from myrecipes.com

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Peppermint Stick Cocoa

And a couple of other non-cook food related gift ideas that we’ve come across:

  • a pretty old teacup & saucer from a second-hand shop filled with an assortment of herbal teas
  • custom spice blends or bbq rubs in jars with recipes to accompany

Gifts in Jars

Talking about jars… turns out just about everything can look better in a jar!

Like mini marshmallows (from delia creates – a lovely blog that has some great ideas for neighbourly Christmas gifts)

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Snowman Jar

Or bath salts

Christmas Guide 2011 - Bath Salts

[Click through the image to the recipe for these homemade bath salts, or there is another great tutorial here]

Or some gorgeous-looking homemade vanilla extract

Christmas Gift Guide - Vanilla

This beautiful DIY project from Style Me Pretty involves vodka, vanilla pods and 2 months infusing… so just a heads-up that if you’re interested in making it for Christmas gifts you will need to start it within the next couple of weeks :)

Other things that look good in jars…

Gift Cards!! (when they look like snow globes that is!)

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Snowglobe gift cards

Such a clever idea to make gift cards more fun from One Charming Party

And moving on from jars… a lovely fresh herb plant also makes a festive & inexpensive Christmas gift

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Christmas Herb Plants

And finally, here’s one to appeal to the guys… reindeer beer! An inspired idea from Life of a Modern Mom

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 - Reindeer Beer

So that’s about it for our Christmas gift guide for neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances. Hopefully you’ve found something to inspire your Christmas giving… and remember to keep checking The Paper Package website for other great gift ideas (we’re busy adding new products all the time) ♥

 

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A Christmas Guide for 2011

I know, I know!!  It is ridiculous to be talking about Christmas this early in the year. I am sure you will NOT want to be hearing about xmas gift buying etc. just at the moment. But because we want to be able to bring you so many great resources and guides for Christmas this year… well I’m afraid we are starting early!

Christmas Gift Guide 2011

There are now 89 days left until Christmas… and over the next couple of months we are planning a series of posts that we hope could help make some of our Christmas gift buying and organising a little bit easier.

First off, we want to start with general tips on Christmas Gift Planning, like making up a master gift list, setting your budget etc.

Then we are thinking of doing a series of Christmas Gift Guides:

  • for neighbours, co-workers and friends
  • for aunts/uncles and other miscellaneous relations
  • for grandparents
  • for children
  • for women
  • for men
  • for different interests & personalities (gardeners, creative types, pet lovers etc.)

These guides will feature gifts from The Paper Package (after all, they are the only ones we know much about!) but also homemade & handmade gift ideas and (where we can find the information) lists of the “most popular” gifts for each category.

We also want to share with you some other Christmas-sy stuff like:

  • xmas decorating
  • xmas food + drink
  • teacher gift ideas (for the end of the school year)
  • secret santa gift ideas
  • free printable gift tags and cards
  • creative xmas gift wrapping
  • last minute gift ideas

and anything else that comes up in the meantime!

So, apologies for scaring anybody with the Christmas talk, but the earlier we start planning the more relaxed our Christmas will be (or that’s the theory anyway :))

Christmas Gift Guide 2011 "Clear the way for Christmas"

A post on Christmas Gift Planning will be up on Friday… until then we’d love you to check out the first of our Christmas Gift Boxes for 2011 to be added to the website (there’s only 3 finished so far). And we’d be really interested in your thoughts & ideas on what you think makes a great Christmas gift basket or hamper…

 

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Great Gift Ideas from O-Check Design Graphics

o-check design graphics

If you’re like most people you might suffer a little bit of stress around choosing gifts… stress that comes from not knowing whether the recipient of your gift is going to love what you’ve got them, or hate it and pass it on to the next unlucky recipient as soon as possible.

That’s one of the reasons why we are so enthusiastic about selling and using O-Check Design Graphics products in our gift boxes – we think they make really fantastic gifts that will definitely not be “re-gifted”. And here’s some reasons why:

  • Their products are original and exclusive. In fact many of them are limited editions. This means they are not the kind of thing you will find in every stationery or gift shop throughout the country, let alone at the big chain stores. It’s really exciting to open a gift and find something lovely that you haven’t seen before.

gift ideas from o check design graphics

  • They are practical as well as beautiful. Not everybody gets obsessive over stationery (although many people do!), but it is something that most of us use at work or at home… memo pads, notebooks, key rings, pencil cases, journals etc. etc… even expandable rulers!

o check design grpahics ruler

  • They have a specific and cohesive style. Which means you can easily guess whether your gift recipient will love them or not. We think of them appealing to people whose personal style leans towards vintage but simple. Nostalgic but not gimmicky. Romantic but not cheesy. In other words, people with taste like ours! (Good taste we like to call it :))

gift ideas - o check design graphics - harmony journal

  • They are environmentally friendly, using recycled products and soy-based inks along with quality, natural materials such as linen, leather, wood and metal. So if this issue is important to your gift recipient or yourself, you can be reassured that this manufacturer is environmentally aware.

gift ideas from o check design graphics

  • They really have an inherent warmth and charm all of their own. Their journals are reminiscent of hardcover books your parents or grandparents would have read, while the travel/postage imagery, french wording and inscriptions on many of the items are quirky and interesting.

gift ideas o check photo album

  • They perfectly suit the particular style of gift wrapping and presentation that we use at The Paper Package. Simple wrapping papers, natural twine, vintage motifs etc.

gift wrapping - o check design graphics

So, now we have convinced you of how great these products are, you might like to check out the  O-Check Design Graphics gift ideas we currently have available at The Paper Package.

But we also wanted to share with you some products we have on order which will be available for gift ideas this Christmas (to keep in mind for the Chrissy presents :)):

Owl Hard Cover Notebook

Christmas gift ideas from The Paper Package

This is an elegant book bound notebook with 144 lined pages – perfect for someone to fill the bookcase with stories of their own! Has a fabric cover with a lovely vintage owl silk screen print.

Christmas gift ideas from The Paper Package - Owl Hardcover Notebook

Wood Pencil Stand

Gift ideas from O-Check Design Graphics | Wood Pencil Stand

This stylish wood product will help organise your office or study so that you can conveniently find all of your pens and pencils! The simple, clean design complements any desk arrangement, so it also makes a flexible gift idea.

gift ideas from O-Check - Wood Pencil Stand

Boxed Christmas Tag Set

Christmas gift ideas - Boxed tag set

The Noel Tag set is a beautifully packaged set of 25 Christmas themed gift tags. The set comes in an originally designed wood gift box and has 25 tags in total – 5 each of 5 different designs. Each tag is 6 x 10cm and has an endearing image and sentiment.

Christmas gift ideas - boxed gift tag set

Christmas gift ideas - boxed gift tag set - O-Check Design Graphics

If you would like us to let you know when any of these products become available, or would like any further information regarding any of our gift boxes or items please don’t hesitate to contact us.

And finally, if you like the style of O-Check Design Graphics, they also make available monthly downloadable wallpapers for your desktop. I have just put the September one on my computer – and it really is lovely…

O-Check desktop wallpapers

P.S. O-Check’s signature tagline is Spring Come, Rain Fall. How perfect for New Zealand in September!

 
 

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Baby Gifts ♥

It might have something to do with the arrival of spring, or the fact that it’s nearly 9 months since New Year’s Eve, but we’ve chosen baby gifts as our featured products at The Paper Package this month. And after much internet browsing (masquerading as “research”) we’ve discovered the following handy tips and ideas for how to choose the best baby gift…

Note to readers: if you have no need to purchase a baby gift in the near future you might want to skip this post and we’ll see you next week :)

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BABY GIFT?

There are SO many great baby products to choose from nowadays that it is really hard to decide on the best thing to buy. To help narrow your choice, these are the three most commonly cited factors you should try to take into consideration:

1. Uniqueness

You don’t want to give the same gift as everybody else. It will be a disappointment for both you and the person you are giving the gift to. Obviously you won’t know what everybody else will be purchasing for the new baby, but try to keep in mind how popular the item is and whether the recipients are either likely to get it from other people or have it already.

2. Practicality and Usefulness

It’s also important to take into consideration the circumstances of the family. With some families or expectant parents having a new baby is going to be a financial strain. In these cases it is probably fair to say that the more useful and practical the gift the better.

Baby Gift Ideas - Vintage Baby Clothes

There is also the time factor to take into account… even families that aren’t financially-strapped WILL be time-strapped. So while that vintage lace baby outfit might look gorgeous, if it needs special washing it will either become a mess pretty quickly or will never be used at all.

3. Thoughtfulness

As with any other gift choice we really believe that it is “the thought that counts.” Gifts should be given and received in the spirit in which they were intended. So if you keep in the front of your mind the person you’re giving the gift to, and the circumstances you’re giving it in, you are sure to choose something appropriate that will be gratefully received.

TYPES OF BABY GIFTS

There are a number of different options or types of baby gifts you can choose from – and here are some of the most popular…

Note: we have no affiliation with any of the products and/or stores mentioned in this post (apart from our own of course :))

Expendable Gifts

Basically here we are talking nappies. A lot of gift guides on the internet seem to think that disposable nappies are the be-all and end-all of baby gifts – because they are so practical and will definitely be used. Personally I’m not so sure… it feels a bit like giving someone a sack of potatoes instead of a box of chocolates. Sure it might be more practical – but where’s the fun? We say you can do better (and don’t get me started on those “nappy cake” things – ugh).

Practical Gifts

These are much better gift ideas because they’re either practical and beautiful, like lovely soft merino…

baby gift ideas | merino wraps

Soft, Natural Merino Wraps ($69.95) from www.naturebaby.co.nz

Or practical and cute, like this woodland themed dinner set  we just happen to sell :)

baby gift ideas

Woodland Dinner Set ($39.50) from www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

Or practical and stylish, like this super-handy change mat/wallet thing…

baby gift ideas

Skip*Hop Pronto Change Wallet ($78.95) from www.bellybeyond.co.nz

Toys and Books

Toys and books are another popular new baby or baby shower gift. It is great to browse for these online because it is so convenient and there is so much choice. Here are a couple of great online stores we found:

IQ Toys

We liked this store because it has a buying guide for 0-12 month babies which is great if you’ve lost touch on what is popular for babies (and how quickly you forget!)

This is one of their recommended products for this age group:

Baby gift ideas - Lamaze gym

Lamaze Spin and  Explore Garden Gym ($52.99) from www.iqtoys.co.nz

They also sell a great range of books for babies and children, and they do e-gift vouchers for when you’ve left it all a bit late.

Handy Tip: If you do decide to give a book, it’s an especially good idea to include an exchange card whenever possible. It’s very easy for new parents to end up with more than one copy of the same book.

Mummade and Felt

For genuinely handmade NZ toys you could take a look at www.mummade.co.nz or www.felt.co.nz. Both of these websites stock lovely, original handmade products, which are great for the “uniqueness” factor.

baby gift ideas

“Penny the Puppy” made by Lilly-Dee Designs ($27.00) from www.mummade.co.nz

And right here at The Paper Package we also sell a small range of baby toys, like this bright & colourful hedgehog…

Baby gifts | Hedgehog rattle

Hedgehog rattle ($29.90) from www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

Clothes

Clothing for the new baby is a traditional and popular gift idea. It’s usually recommended that you don’t buy the newborn size – but go for something a bit bigger that might last a bit longer. In this case you need to remember to think seasonally as well (ie. if buying the 6 month size of something, think about what the season will be in 6 months or so).

Some online stores with absolutely beautiful baby clothes include:

Dimples

baby gift ideas

Boys Striped Beanie ($39.95) from www.dimples.co.nz

Mokopuna

baby gift ideas

Wrap Merino Longsuit ($59.95) from Mokopuna

Father Rabbit

baby gifts

Hand knitted cotton slippers ($29.00) from Father Rabbit

Something for the New Parent(s)

It is also a nice idea to celebrate the arrival of a new baby with a gift that can be enjoyed by the parents, such as:

A TRADITIONAL BABY GIFT BASKET

Filled with toys, baby products, pampering treats for mum and yummy goodies to share.

Traditional Baby Gift Basket

Traditional Baby Gift Box ($89.90) from www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

Or…

A HELPING HAND

How great would it be to have a package of freshly made meals delivered to your door. This has to be one of the best new baby gift ideas! Baby Angel offers a great range of care parcels containing freshly made family meals and/or home help vouchers for new parents. You can check out their website and book products here:

www.babyangel.co.nz

Or…

HELP FOR DAD

If you are looking for a gift specifically for the first time dad a “new baby owners manual” could be fun and useful.

Baby gift ideas - baby owners manual

The Baby Owners Manual ($26.52) from www.fishpond.co.nz

Or…

SOMETHING TO RECORD THEIR MEMORIES IN

Like this stylish Moleskine Baby Journal.

baby gift ideas - moleskine baby journal

Moleskine Baby Journal ($58.00) from www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

This is a really unique, useful and practical gift for new parents.

★ A fun thing to give along with this gift is a handwritten list of baby predictions. We found this idea on the internet and think it would be so great for both the expectant parent(s) and their friends and families to do ★

It would also be a good activity for a baby shower because it has to be done before the baby is born obviously!

Baby Predictions – get everyone to record in the baby journal or on a piece of paper their predictions for baby’s:

Hair Color:
Eye Color:
Weight:
First Word:
Favorite Color:
Favorite Subject:
Favorite Sport:
Favorite Hobby:
Future Profession:
Favorite Toy:
First Steps:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Drink:

Then just sit back, let the mum do all the hard work and see who was the best psychic. It will be so much fun to read over the predictions as the years roll on!

So… that’s it for our tips, hints and ideas for baby gifts. Of course we haven’t mentioned it because we’re officially opposed to gift cards, but gift (or at the very least) exchange cards are a good idea if you are really not sure what the new parents like or need. Most of the stores mentioned above do gift vouchers as do many other places – just remember to gift wrap it beautifully to make it seem special!

Happy baby gift buying!

baby gift ideas - moleskine baby journal

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Gift Ideas, The Paper Package

 

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Hello Spring!

So after a pretty short (but for some days a very sharp!) winter, we are now officially 6 days into spring. And it’s started out so well with lovely sunny days and crisp mornings. The perfect time for all things new…

Like some new clothes maybe…

SPRING FASHION INSPIRATION

This is just for inspiration mind you… that Gucci handbag is over $6000 NZD!!

(this selection’s a steal, with the Miu Miu handbag only $1170 NZD (lol!!)

Add the perfect tint of pink for the nails

or pale blue

And that’s you all set!

Except some new bits and pieces around the house would be nice too…

SPRING HOME DECOR FRESHEN-UPS

The Lettered Cottage is the perfect blog for the fresh, clean decorating style that really suits spring. If you click through the image, their blog post has some great tips and ideas for home decoration (on a budget too!)

And some lovely spring flowers sprinkled around the house are always a real pick-me-up…

But if your house is like ours, before you get into the fun of flowers and homewares you might need to do a little bit of SPRING CLEANING (ugh).

If only the laundry looked this good, I might be more inspired to get on and clean (not really true – but I do like the laundry!)…

If you needed it – here’s some inspiration for cleaning the kitchen (SO sparkly!)

And some for the bedroom too…

Plus here’s one handy spring cleaning tip that doesn’t seem too hard – and apparently helps you get that well-deserved good night’s sleep…

(Easy instructions for a clean, fresh mattress from Make it Do).

But if you can’t be bothered with any of that, there’s always the alternative…

Or, even better, get someone else to do it… (and you gotta admit he looks like he’s enjoying it:)

Spring is also a good time to indulge a little of your OCD and get into some serious ORGANISATION (or at least enjoy looking at pictures of things that are really organised!)

Like these tidy desks…

Don’t you wish you could live like that?!

And of course we couldn’t do a blog post without mentioning FOOD…

Spring means fresh greens and perhaps some pastel treats…

Spring Minestrone soup from simplyrecipes.com.

And aren’t these Macarons the perfect shades for spring?

Plus, who can resist lemony cupcakes…

And finally, at The Paper Package we have recently added some gifts that have that lovely spring feel…

Like these Dandelion Fliptop Notecards from New York stationery company, Galison:

Or this lovely gift for women, the Dandelion Gift Set featuring a weekly organiser in the same design…

Or this cute Retro Housewarming Gift Box

Or finally, the popular Little Paper Package No. 2

Happy Spring everyone!

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Gift Ideas, Home, Photos, The Paper Package

 

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Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Over the last couple of weeks we have been posting a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, based on gifts we currently have available for sale at The Paper Package. But today, we thought we’d focus on some fantastic homemade Father’s Day gift ideas that you could make yourself at home to celebrate on Sunday 4 September.

1. Father’s Day Cupcakes

You cant go wrong with home baking for any dad, and cupcakes are so easy to make. My favourite recipe is from Nigella Lawson – very easy – and then some buttercream icing on top (piped on using a glad plastic bag with the corner snipped off).

Then all you need to do is decorate them a bit in a Father’s Day style:

  • Easy – Father’s Day Party Printables

Print out some of these fun printable labels and cupcake toppers, stick them on a toothpick and you’re done!

Party printables, cupcake toppers, banners, cards, invitation & more via blog.catchmyparty.com

  • Tricky  

These could be fun to try and make for a fishing-mad father…

Father's Day Fishing Cupcakes from Nothing But Country via tidymom.net

  • Fiendishly Hard

Warning – we are heading into Heston Blumenthal territory here…

Fast food fun from bakerella.com

Yes, these are actually cupcakes and biscuits (the french fries!). If you click through the image there is a full tutorial on how to make these, plus printable downloads for the french fry bag and snack holder. Incredible. If you actually have a go at trying to make these please send us a photo – we would love to see how they turned out :)

2. D.A.D. Photographs

We’ve found a few examples of these on the web – and it seems such a simple, but really cool idea that Dads will love.

Click through for tutorial from Twinkle Toes - the blog

You can find wooden letters in NZ from craft stores, Spotlight etc. I’ve also found a link online to Mums Know Best (we have no affiliation with any of these stores so can’t vouch for the product/service sorry).

If you don’t have the time to get the wooden letters for props here are a couple of other creative ideas for Father’s Day photos:

3. Dad’s Rule Print

Don’t you just love Dadisms!! They are so much fun because they immediately transport you back in time to when you were about 8 years old again!

This fantastic free printable was designed by Amy Proffitt (aproffittablelife.blogspot.com) and can be downloaded in various colour combinations. Makes a great print to frame, or to give as a Father’s Day card maybe… (and the hidden message is fun too)

4. A couple of great homemade gift ideas from Martha Stewart

Retro Father’s Day labels

Use these labels to make your own snack range, designed just for his tastes!

Or maybe you could try this yummy sounding Caramel, Bourbon and Vanilla sauce

The presentation of this is gorgeous – I don’t know where you would get the little spoons though, maybe from the Sallies or other second-hand shops?

5. DIY Superhero Gift Box

This idea is a bit more complicated but it could be really fun (and what dad wouldn’t love to think of himself as a superhero to his kids!)

Superhero Gift Box from alphamom.com

Click through the image for printable labels and full instructions (which can probably be simplified if you didn’t feel up to the whole shebang!)

6. Father’s Day Ticket Book

This is a lovely design for a Father’s Day coupon book… (note: needs login to download)

7. Father’s Day Card

And this is a cute design for a Father’s Day card that kids could print out and fold…

Father's Day greeting card from anythingbutperfect.com

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Fathers Day, Gift Ideas, The Paper Package

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011 – Part Four

Fathers Day gift guide

Our final post in The Paper Package’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is focused on gift ideas for professional dads (and we’re including in this category metro men, intellectuals, gadget geeks, creatives and more – all those dads out there with plenty of intelligence and style :) )

Our first pick for these dads is…

1. Classic Black Moleskine Journal

RRP $43.00 including delivery

Moleskine Black Large Ruled Notebook

Moleskine produces the premier range of personal stationery and notebooks in the world today -
highly sought after for their quality, user-friendliness and design integrity. This popular large, ruled journal is the ultimate accessory to a professional’s life – the perfect place to record business notes, travel plans, financial goals, creative ideas and more.

Moleskine Notebooks

500 Moleskine Miles by The Hike Guy

If you’re not sure what dad would like for a gift this year then this is a great choice. He’s bound to be impressed by the quality construction, and it’s hard to explain without using one, but they really are fantastic to write in. And as you can see from “The Hike Guy” notebooks above, once you’ve started using Moleskine notebooks it’s hard to stop!

Note: this isn’t just an idea for urban intellectuals either – these notebooks are ideal for using as fishing, hunting and hiking journals, ship’s log books and more…

2. Leather Card Case by O’Check Design Graphics

RRP $42.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gift Guide - Leather Card Case

How to make a collection of business cards or credit cards feel like they have some soul? Keep them in this lovely thick, soft, brown leather card case! Made with love and care by O’Check Design Graphics, Korea – this case makes a lovely gift for Dad.

Comes presented in a nice dark grey recycled cardboard gift box – which we then also wrap in brown paper & string with gift tag attached.

3. Sugar and Spice Gift Box

RRP $44.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gift Guide - Sugar and Spice Gift Box

A traditional type gift box of shaving soap, shaving/skin oil and chocolates which is totally elevated by the DELICIOUS smell of the soap and oil. Bay-tree spice smells awesome and any man in your life is sure to love it!

The Sugar and Spice Gift Box includes:

  • Scully’s Bay Tree Spice Soap bar; made in NZ
  • Scully’s Shaving Skincare Oil; made in NZ
  • 1 dozen handmade foiled chocolate hearts; made in NZ
  • Black gift box (148 x 105 x 50 mm) & vintage gift wrappings
  • Handmade gift tag by HappyHound, North Carolina
  • FREE automatic upgrade to courier delivery included

4. Classic Pen Set

RRP $56.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gifts - Classic Pen Set

Some people think pens are a really boring thing to give for a gift, but really, what rubbish!! Isn’t everybody totally sick of ballpoint pens that run out after you’ve written half a line? Pens just aren’t what they used to be, and that’s why giving Dad this stylish plus super-high quality German manufactured pen is such a great idea. He will love it!

Fathers Day gift guide - lamy logo

Made of gorgeous brushed steel, this Lamy pen could last a lifetime, and comes complete with the giant Lamy M16 refill with enough ink for 8000 metres of writing.

This stylish little gift box also includes some old-fashioned mints and silver foiled handmade chocolates. Cool.

5. I.T. Dad

RRP $90.00

fathers day gift guide - I.T. dad

This is the ideal gift for all those gadget/computer-loving dads out there… a touch of analog!

Perfect foils to their digitally-driven lives, this fantastic original gift set features an ingenious memo mousepad and internet journal from New York stationery company Galison, along with a Lamy Logo brushed steel pen and cute notepod notepad (formally made in Australia – but closed down by apple cos they don’t like anyone copying their stuff apparently even though it’d made of paper!)

This handy, practical collection of quality stationery products makes an original and memorable gift for Father’s Day.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Fathers Day, Gift Ideas

 

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