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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How to Choose and Wrap a Wedding Gift

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

wedding gift wrapping 1

Via DinoCreator on Etsy

First up, how to choose a wedding gift:

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

1. CASH

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

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

wedding gift card wrapping

Via My Life Under the Bus

2. REGISTRY GIFT

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

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

wedding gift tips - registry

3. TIMELESS GIFTS

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

– Silver candlesticks

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

– French Champagne

– Quality cutlery

– Crystal

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

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

wedding gift tips 4

Eclectic Silver Plated Candlesticks from Pottery Barn

4. SENTIMENTAL FAMILY GIFTS

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

Wedding or Anniversary Gift - Happily Ever After Gift

Happily Ever After wedding or anniversary gift from The Paper Package

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

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

A few quick tips:

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

wedding gift wrapping collage


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

wedding gift wrapping vintage style

Via Original Home

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

wedding gift wrapping collage

Left to R: Something Blue : Martha Stewart Weddings

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

Via A Gift Wrapped Life

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

wedding gift wrapping - simple collage

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

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

Via Pretty Petals

And finally, don’t forget your wedding wishes!

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

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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.

Afternoon Tea 3

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

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!!)

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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

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…

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!

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…

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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 🙂

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

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

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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.

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“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

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

Mokopuna

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Wrap Merino Longsuit ($59.95) from Mokopuna

Father Rabbit

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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

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!