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

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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!

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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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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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.

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[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

Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

In this era of gift cards and downloadable gifts it can be a real thrill to have a proper present to open on Christmas Day.

Gift cards etc, while they might be what people ask for, do lack a lot of the magic of a physical gift. Let’s be honest, you can’t really have the same fun opening an envelope with a plastic card in it that you can with a lovingly wrapped present. With a traditional gift there’s the whole anticipation and experience of unwrapping… picking it up, holding it in your hands, feeling the weight of it, bringing it up to your ear to listen as you shake it a little, and then finally starting to unwrap it. Great fun!!

One of the main reasons people don’t give each other actual gifts so much anymore is that we’re apparently all stressed by not knowing what to buy or worrying whether the recipient will like the gift. But this is a problem we can help you solve! With just a little bit of thought and some inspiration from our gift selections below, you can bring back all the charm and nostalgia of a traditional Christmas present to someone you care about (even if you do want to slip them a little gift card on the side as well!)

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Selection 1: Natural Simplicity

Top row (L to R): Gardener’s Hand Cream : Botanical Cards Boxed Set : “A Day For Me” Gift Package

Middle row (L to R): O-Check Library Notebook : Sweets & Nibbles Gift Box : “Garden Notes” Gift Package

Bottom row (L to R): String, Spool & Scissors : Galison Weekly Organiser : Au Jardin Sticky Notes

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Selection 2: Elegance

Top row (L to R): Holy Night Gift Box : “Keep Your House in Order” Gift Package : Harmony Notebook

Middle row (L to R): Moleskine Book Journal : “Hello” Boxed Card Set : “Family Recipe” Gift Set

Bottom row (L to R): Vintage Album Gift Package : Passionflower Room Fragrance : “For Her This Christmas”

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Selection 3: Traveling with Style

Top row (L to R): “Stylista” Gift Package : French Card Boxed Set : Paris Sticky Notes

Middle row (L to R): Ephemera Stickers : “Notes from Paris” Gift Box : “Vintage Golf” Gift Set

Bottom row (L to R): Vintage Crackle Leather Satchel : “Vintage Travel” Gift Package : Paris Notebook

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Selection 4: Family and Friends

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Top row (L to R): Christmas Cookie Care Package : Talking Family : Moleskine Recipe Journal

Middle row (L to R): Butterfly Pocket Journal : Christmas Wishes Gift BoxAssorted Dog Card Set

Bottom row (L to R): Rosehip Organiser : Kitchen Care Gift Pack : Retro Housewarming Gift Box

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Introducing: Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle paper co.

When I recently went into town to buy a birthday card for a friend I have to say I was shocked (SHOCKED!) by the price of a single card. After spending some time browsing I eventually found a nice card for $5.99, but that was after I had put back quite a few in the $7-9 range. Considering the time it had taken me, plus parking costs, the whole exercise was pretty expensive for just one card. And worse still, the next birthday that rolls around I’ll have to do it all over again!

That’s one of the reasons why we’re so pleased to be able to stock these boxed assorted card sets from the Rifle Paper Co. At $35.99 for a set of 8 they are great value as well as gorgeous, and having a box of these on hand will mean that you’re never at a loss for a top quality card to send.

Botanical card set from Rifle Paper Co.

Botanical Cards – Boxed Set of 8

Rifle Paper Co. is a boutique stationery brand and design studio based in Winter Park, Florida. Created by Anna Bond and her husband Nathan, the company’s products feature Anna’s whimsical designs in a lovely nostalgic and timeless style.

Dog Boxed Set of Cards from Rifle Paper Co.

Assorted Dog Cards – Boxed Set

Rifle Paper Co. takes great care in choosing all of their stock and printing methods so that their designs come to life in an elegant, beautiful and durable way.  All the cards are printed in the U.S. using environmentally friendly printing methods and papers, and are then assembled by hand. Apart from the vibrant pretty colours and cheerful compositions, it’s the quality of these products that makes them so special to both give and receive.

French cards Boxed Set from Rifle Paper Co

Assorted French Card Set

Wouldn’t you just love to open the mail and find one of these… from a friend saying hello, or maybe wishing you bon voyage, or congratulating you on another year passing by?  That’s why these types of products make such great gifts.. you get to give something beautiful and original, the recipient gets to receive something beautiful and original, and then they get to send someone else something beautiful and original. It’s a lovely win-win-win all round!

Folk Art Card Set Rifle Paper Co

Folk Art – Boxed Set of 8 Assorted Cards

For a further look at the card sets we have in stock you can visit our website here, or to find out more about Rifle Paper Co. itself you could visit their blog here.

And finally, we wanted to show you these fantastic “Twas the Night Before Xmas” postcard sets. At $29.95 for a set of 10, these postcards will absolutely charm the socks off your friends or family, and make a great change from all those other run-of-the-mill Christmas cards.

Christmas Postcards - Rifle Paper Co

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Postcard Set

Great Gift Ideas from O-Check Design Graphics

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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!

Slow Work Day : Distracted by Decals

Vinyl wall decals make a great gift idea – or an easy winter “spruce-up” for your home. Forget messy paint and stencils, these are quick to put up and removable once you’ve grown tired of them. They would make a great gift for people flatting or renting, or for kid’s rooms (where their interests are likely to change every couple of years).

And the selection available nowadays is so great…

FOR THE KITCHEN:

Gift ideas for the Kitchen

Chocolate - A Scientific Breakthrough (approx $44.00 NZD incl. postage from US)

Gift Ideas for Kitchen

This Month... (approx $96.00 NZD incl. postage from US)

FOR THE LAUNDRY:

Gift Ideas for the Home

Sorting Out Life (approx $42.50 NZD incl. postage from US)

Gift Ideas for the Home

Classic Kiwi Clothesline ($120.00 + courier delivery)

FOR THE LOUNGE:

Gift Ideas for the Home

Family Tree (approx. $115.00 NZD incl. postage from US - you supply family name & colour scheme)

Gift Ideas for the Home

In This House... (approx. $80.00 incl postage from Canada)

Gift Ideas for the Home

Vintage Family Name (approx. $50.00 NZD incl postage from US - you supply name)

Gift Ideas for the Home

Birds on a Wire (approx. $38.00 NZD incl postage from US - you can specify width)

Gift Ideas for the Home

A Different Drummer (approx. $74.00 incl postage from US)

FOR KIDS ROOMS:

Gifts for Kids

Woodland Friends (approx $182.00 NZD inc. postage from Singapore)

Gift Ideas for Kids

Definition of a Boy (approx. $36.00 incl postage from US)

Gift Ideas for Kids

Alphabet ($30.00 incl delivery within NZ)

P.S.

Click on images to be taken through to websites for further details.

We don’t sell any of these products, and aren’t associated in anyway with the shops/products included – we just like what we see!!

Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal Review

Moleskine Recipe Journal

When you’re spending your hard-earned money on a gift for someone (or for yourself!) there are a couple of things you will want to know…

  • Is it a good choice (will they like it? will I like it?), and
  • Is it worth the money?

So, in relation to these two questions, here are our thoughts on the Moleskine Recipe Journal:

WHY WOULD THIS JOURNAL MAKE A GOOD GIFT?

1. Because it makes the perfect family recipe journal

Every family has favourite recipes. The ones that come out every Christmas or special occasion, the ones that you remember fondly from your own childhood or the ones that make up your favourite weekday meals. They all have memories and thoughts associated with them, they are part of your family history and your stories. And wouldn’t it be great if they were able to be passed on to other family members.

This Moleskine recipe journal is a great place to record these favourite memories through recipes, because

  • it has a classic style – and has none of the “tweeness” or “tackiness” of many published family recipe folders.
  • it is durable – with a hard cardboard cover and rounded corners
  • it is customisable – the journal has a mixture of pre-printed and blank sections and there are over 200 stickers and icons included for personalisation
  • there is a back accordian pocket with room to keep handwritten copies of recipes you’ve been given or snippets cut out of newspapers
  • it has acid-free paper (which means it should last at least 500 years!!) which is super-smooth and easy to write on
  • it has an elastic band to keep it tightly closed and protected when it’s not in use (also allows you to stick in lots of pictures and loose papers and keep it all together)
  • it has limited space for recipes per section (18 pages per section for appetisers, mains, desserts etc.). While some might see this as a negative, we think it’s good in that it makes you edit and prioritise your favourites – so the task of recording won’t go on forever.

The Moleskine Recipe Journal presented in this way makes a great gift idea for a bridal shower, engagement, wedding, house-warming, Christmas or birthday.

2. Because it makes the ideal “Cook’s Bible”

If you’ve been watching the Australian Masterchef show over the last couple of years, you might remember seeing George pull out his “cook’s bible” or collection of recipes from his apprenticeship. Everyone who cooks, whether just for themselves or for a family, as a hobby or as a lead-up to a serious attempt at masterchef, could do with a special place to record all those standard recipes, special recipes, tips & tricks they learn along the way.

The Moleskine Recipe Journal makes an ideal “cook’s bible” because:

  • it is durable (see above) and won’t fall to bits within months
  • it is customisable – as well as space for recipes, it also has half the journal blank to fill in as you like. So you are able to customise sections however suits you best (sauces, techniques, flavour profiles, expert tips etc) It also includes over 200 stickers and icons which can be used to further personalise the journal. Give recipes a “thumbs up” or categorise dishes into summer/winter favourites etc.
  • it contains handy information such as Northern & Southern hemisphere food calendars, food facts, measures and conversions, so they are always ready at your fingertips
  • Moleskine Recipe Journal in Useit has acid-free paper (see above)
  • it has an accordian back pocket with room for keeping various pieces of ephemera associated with food
  • it has elastic band to keep it tightly closed and protected when it’s not in use (see above)

The Moleskine Recipe Journal presented in this way makes a great birthday, Christmas or anytime gift for those interested in food or cooking.

SO IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?

Moleskine products are not the cheapest around, and this recipe journal is no exception. So at $56.00 (including gift wrap, gift tag and NZ delivery) is this gift good value for money? Here are a couple of reasons why we think so…

1. It will last. As noted above the Moleskine notebooks are durable and the covers will stand up to being stuffed in and out of drawers, left on the kitchen bench or carried around in a backpack or handbag. They are also book bound, rather than glued, so pages will stay intact and they can be stored upright on a bookshelf for easy reference.

2. They are classically styled and they feel good to use. Designed in Italy, with the heritage of European craftsmanship and journal making behind them, these are the kinds of notebooks that have been used by writers and artists for over two centuries. Although now made in China, the Moleskine journals are still handmade and each one is individually numbered and carefully checked for quality. You can feel the quality of the journal when you hold it, plus it’s stylish and the lovely ivory-coloured paper feels very soft and smooth to write on.

And our final question…

ARE THERE ANY DOWNSIDES TO THIS PRODUCT?

After personally using one of these journals for over a year I have only found one problem – if you use it too close to the stove top you can get a lot of food splatters on the pages. Because the paper used in Moleskine journals is fine, and not waxy or thick, it means that food or oil spilt on the journal stains quite quickly. Depending on your point of view this can either add to the journal’s character, or lead an unwanted messiness to the pages. Our advice is to not stir-fry too close!!

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