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.

housewarming gift ideas

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!

housewarming gift ideas

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!

housewarming gift ideas

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 !!

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

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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Valentine’s Day: Last Minute Gift Ideas

So you’ve forgotten all about ordering a Valentine’s Day gift online and the only things left to buy are supermarket chocolate or over-priced roses… well, don’t panic just yet, because we’ve found 5 great last minute Valentine’s day ideas!

Why not share the love this Valentine’s Day by…

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1. Sending them a love letter via the Bureau of Communication

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2. Getting crafty to tell them why you love them…

via http://papervinenz.blogspot.co.nz

52 reasons!! That’s going to be hard to come up with at the last minute – maybe this is more realistic…

via http://www.howdoesshe.com

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3. Making them a yummy heart-shaped something-something…

Like a Cake…

Or a Pizza…

(This would be a thousand times better with Jamie Oliver’s pizza dough!)

Or some sweet cinnamon rolls…

via http://poppiesatplay.blogspot.co.nz

Or BACON (come on… what says “romance” more than bacon?!)

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4. Re-packaging some supermarket goodies…

… and pretending they’re homemade, he he 😉

via the lovely http://www.twigandthistle.com

… or using this fantastic printable wrapper around their favourite (King-Sized!) chocolate bar…

via http://www.lesscakemorefrosting.com

[n.b. this took me a while to figure out, but you download the wrapper using the little downward arrow (next to the printer symbol) on the “box” (first image)]

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5. Having a laugh…

Funny “Valentine-Schmalentine” minimal-effort printable card from http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.co.nz

Heart-warming sentiment from Patrick!

Printable lunch-box jokes from http://kristendukephotography.com

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♥ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ♥

Afternoon Tea’s Time Comes Again

Afternoon Tea

[via Let them eat cake!]

After years of coffee and cafe supremacy over the more humble cup of tea and cake shop, it seems that Afternoon Tea is firmly back in fashion. More and more hotels and restaurants now offer an “Afternoon Tea” service, and many people are even replacing the ubiquitous wedding buffet with an afternoon tea. Far removed from dusty Church meetings and retirement homes, this new style of Afternoon Tea reclaims it’s history, being both beautifully smart and elegant while keeping that lovely sense of nostalgia.

Afternoon Tea 2

[via This is Glamorous]

Tradition has it that “Afternoon Tea” as such was initiated by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who complained of “having that sinking feeling” in the afternoon (at the time when the dinner meal was not started until 8pm at least). She found that this was relieved by a light meal of sandwiches or snacks and tea (usually Darjeeling), and this was such a sensible and sociable idea that the trend rapidly caught on. Soon anybody who was anybody in fashionable London was enjoying Afternoon Tea with friends in their drawing rooms.

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Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford (3 September 1783 – 3 July 1857)

So, over 150 years on, what does an “Afternoon Tea” service look like at a fine hotel or restaurant?  Well, as far as the food goes it is usually served on a 3 layer stand or trolley, and the layers contain (in order from bottom to top)…

1. A selection of dainty finger sandwiches

Popular selections of sandwiches include cucumber, egg & cress, some kind of chicken (coronation chicken etc.) and smoked salmon. Crusts off of course!

[via Square Meal]

On the second (middle) layer of the stand you will usually find…

2. Scones with Jam and Cream

Clotted cream that is.

Afternoon Tea

[via Sabrina’s Passions]

A quick aside… Whether you should put the cream on first then a dollop of jam, or the jam on first and a dollop of cream is commonly known as the Cornwall/Devon question. The former county tends towards jam first then cream, while Devon favours cream then jam. As noted last year by Susan Smillie in the Guardian, at last… a fight that’s worth fighting for! Which side are you on?

3. Miniature Cakes and Fresh Pastries

The final (top) layer of the tray traditionally holds a small selection of in-house made pastries and other mini delicacies.

Afternoon Tea

[via Daily Gloss]

Delicious!

But of course one of the most important parts of the ritual is the tea itself. As noted above the Duchess of Bedford favoured Darjeeling, but at many hotels now the choice is enormous… ranging from the more traditional blends to organic and herbal infusions.

Cup of Tea

And speaking of tea, here are a few quick etiquette tips (extracted and paraphrased from the Palm Court, Langham London’s guide) …

  • Contrary to popular opinion your pinkie finger should NOT be raised when holding your cup, but should curve back gently towards your wrist
  • Dunking of any food in your cup of tea is a terrible social faux-pas (luckily I don’t think this includes super wines in the comfort of your own home!)
  • When serving lemon with tea it is correct to serve slices and not wedges (presumably so as to not inadvertently squeeze lemon juice in your eye when retrieving said lemon from your cup). Also, be careful not to add milk AND lemon to your tea (or your clotted cream won’t be the only thing with curdles in it)

Harney & Sons Tea

So what with tea now being so fashionable and all, here at The Paper Package we are very excited to be introducing some of the fabulous Harney & Sons tea selections in our gift baskets.

So far we have featured the delicious, romantic Valentine’s Blend of black tea, chocolate & rosebuds in a small selection of our Valentine’s Day Gifts:

Valentines Day Gifts from The Paper Package - Tea for Two

Valentines Gift Box "Tea for Two"

Tea for Two Valentine’s Gift featuring Valentine’s Blend + an assortment of 3 other Harney & Sons teas (note: tea cup & saucer not included – they just looked pretty!)

Classic Valentines Gift from The Paper Package

Classic Valentine Gift Box featuring the Valentine’s blend.

And we have included some healthy Canton Green Tea Sachets in our His ‘n Hers Valentine’s gift…

Valentines Gift Box His 'n Hers

His 'n Hers Valentines Gift Box

His ‘n Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

As well as the lovely classic tin of Darjeeling in our feminine “Roses are Red” Valentine’s gift basket…

Roses are Red Valentines Gift Basket

Roses are Red… Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

These are only the first of a whole new year full of gift baskets and gift boxes that we hope to add to our website featuring delicious Harney & Sons Teas.

So next time you need that perfect gift for a friend or loved one, keep these lovely products in mind.

p.s. And even after the tea has been drunk… the tins are so gorgeous they make the perfect place for some soft pink roses!

Harney & Sons Tea Tin

Teacher Gifts

As we roll into the last week or so of primary school for the year, you might be considering giving a small Christmas gift to your child’s teacher(s).

I think it’s a nice idea at the end of the year to let teachers know how much they’re appreciated, and it’s also really nice for your kids to be able to give a present to someone who’s such a big part of their daily life.

With this in mind I did a little internet research to see what kinds of things teachers like to receive, and although it seems this varies widely, some gifts that are sure to be well-appreciated include stationery items (including quality journals or notebooks like the ones at The Paper Package:))…  or a diary for next year… a nice bottle of wine…  a book voucher… a lovely Christmas ornament… or even a gift basket. Realising that these involve a bit of cost however, it could be a good idea to join together with other parents to save the budget a little.

And speaking of cost… it really isn’t necessary to spend much money at all. I am sure any teacher would appreciate a heart-felt thank you card or note – especially if you take the time to specifically mention some of the ways that they have helped your child over the year (rather than just a generic “thanks”). And in our internet hunt we’ve also discovered some cute and creative ideas that don’t cost too much, and that could be fun to make with your kids…

Like this Reindeer Lunchbag idea from Family Fun.go.com. This would be great filled with some nice homemade goodies.

And staying with the theme, this cute Flannel Reindeer from Bumble Bee’s Craft Den is a great way of packaging a nice bar of soap…

Likewise this bag of Reindeer Noses (a.k.a.jaffas) from Craft Fairy also makes a super little gift…

Apples and teachers mix well together, so these simple but effective Candy Apple gifts from Somewhat Simple should make the grade…

Or these sweet looking Apple Cupcakes from Makes and Takes

Or what about these lovely sugar’ n ‘spice Apple Cookies (with free printable tags!) from Mum’s Business

For those of you with active little tackers, these rolls of Dynamite from Jasey’s Crazy Daisy are a bit of a blast…

Or for those with more studious offspring here are a couple of fabulous Wise Owl ideas from Lisa Storms

So cute, what a hoot!

Moving on quickly to more pun-filled fun… how great would these sweet bags & “O-fish-ally the Best”  labels from Eighteen25 be filled with that NZ all-time favourite, Chocolate Fish…

And sticking with the puns, these printable Flower Picks from Skip To My Lou look bloomin’ good!

And who could resist this final idea… it’s PRETTY. I don’t think it really matters what is inside the jar, but Simple As That‘s presentation is so simple and sweet it would melt the heart of Miss Trunchbull!

So thanks to all the teachers out there doing a fantastic job, trying to help all our kids get the eduction and opportunities they deserve!! Enjoy your holidays 🙂

D.I.Y. Advent Calendars

Would you like to get your children & family members even more excited about Christmas than ever?? Well an Advent Calendar is definitely the way to go!  But if you’re looking for something different from the standard supermarket version (although it’s hard to knock something that gives you a chocolate a day!), here are some creative and inspiring alternatives for the Christmas Countdown…

[ Click through all images for the original source & more info, instructions, printables etc where available.]

Christmas Advent Garland

A Christmas Advent Garland

Christmas Advent Socks

A Christmas Advent Garland Made of Cute Baby Socks

Santa Sack Advent Calendar

A Santa Sack Advent Calendar

Brown Paper Envelopes Advent Calendar

Beautiful brown paper envelopes with vintage images

Paper Packages

Paper Packages!!

Origami Advent Calendar

Origami Advent Calendar

Book Advent Calendar

Book Advent Calendar

Ornament Advent Calendar

Ornament Advent Calendar

Advent Tree

Advent Tree

Advent Activities

Advent Activities

Advent Activities (bottom image = printable)

Christmas Advent Jar

Christmas Advent Jar

Santa's Beard Advent Calendar

Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar (printable)

Santa's Beard Advent Calendar Version 2 (printable)

Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar Version 2 (also printable)

Wine Bottle Advent Calendar

An Advent Calendar for Mum and Dad??

Happy Christmas Countdown everybody!

Fun Christmas Food + Drinks

It’s 25th November today, which means that the next month will be filled with “Christmas Entertaining”. Picnics, cocktails, family bbq’s, get-togethers, work-do’s (arrgh), office parties and more!

So we thought some fun and festive food + drink ideas might be in order…

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Savoury:

Betty Crocker’s Easy Fiesta Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Cheese Board from Cabot Cheese, Vermont

Babybel Cheese Santa from Cute Food for Kids

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Fruity:

Edible fruit tree from Ginger & Garlic (scroll down for instructions)

Strawberry Christmas Tree from taste.com.au

Strawberry Santas!

Corporate Christmas Party Food from Tracey Lau.  No recipes but pictures show Chocolate Dipped Cherries and a Vanilla Bean Bavarois with Raspberry Coulis – gorgeous!

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Gingerbready:

Gingerbread tree – no recipe but I guess you could use any gingerbread biscuit recipe – the idea is lovely:)

Double gingerbread cupcakes from babble.com

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Yummy:

Mini snowman shots – eat em’ fast!

No recipe – this is from a wedding blog – but it is apparently chantilly mousse and raspberry sauce. Doesn’t it look Christmas-sy!

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Cupcakie:

Lovely Mini Christmas Vanilla Cupcakes from Once Upon a Plate

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from Sweat Peas Kitchen

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Drinkie:

Refreshing Raspberry Mojito from a la carte kitchen

[b.t.w. we have put a yummy ice republic mojito mix in our “It’s a Man’s Xmas” gift box – so cool for Christmas or Boxing Day bbq’s]

Apple, Ginger and Cranberry Cocktails from the fabulous What Katie Ate

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Party:

And if you’re looking for some fun entertainment ideas for young and old I love the “Christmas Minute-to-Win-It” ideas in oncloud8’s Not So Silent Night blog post.

Happy Eating & Drinking & Being Merry !!

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